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February 6th, 2016


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09:50 am - Changing Unworkable Practices, Post #9
(Where I've been: work. Where I will be for the next weeks: Work. It's a swamping wave of Work to Do.)

Anyway, since I follow the fashion world (whilst remaining unfashionable in my personal life), I've been fascinated this week by the news that Burberry is blowing off the current outmoded runway-show system, in which collections are shown 6 months before they reach stores, in order to "align [the] runway and retail calendar." In other words, Burberry will show their clothes right before they reach stores. They're also uniting womenswear and menswear in the same show. Right after their announcement, Tom Ford announced he was doing the same thing.

This seems like the most obvious change in the world, doesn't it? Fashion shows used to be for 1) store buyers and/or 2) couture clients who would order off the runway in order for the house to make the clothes. This also gave fashion magazines lead time to put together editorials, etc. But Burberry makes ready-to-wear clothes -- why should they adhere to the couture schedule?

On the other hand, as Bailey says in the linked article, the change meant rethinking their supply and production chain almost completely. It meant a major re-visioning of their work cycle. It meant examining every part of their process.

All of this leads me to say that if I were to rethink my own work practices, I should stop looking at email first thing in the morning AND investigate a standing desk for home and/or office. (I have been spending long hours at work, and I HATE my desk setup so much and I HATE sitting down for hours and hours.) :)

What practice would you like to change in your daily routine?

And now, links:
*Grey Fox models tartan trousers. WHY DO I NOT LIVE SOMEWHERE I COULD SEE GENTLEMEN ATTIRED LIKE THIS OMG.
*From the Sartorialist, a woman mixing patterns and looking like a freakin' boss.
*Love this Tara Dillard blogpost about gravel paths, grandmothers, and the Duchess of Devonshire.

Cheers to all, and may your changes be good ones.

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From:stevie_carroll
Date:February 6th, 2016 10:53 pm (UTC)
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Oh Debo! And now I can browse the auction catalogue of her possessions via your link's links.

:-)
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From:laurawise
Date:February 6th, 2016 11:34 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah! She's definitely one of the Good Mitfords. :)

Happy weekend to you!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:February 7th, 2016 12:13 am (UTC)
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Hooray for seeing clothes in the season I plan to wear them! I'm so sick of all the summer things appearing mid-winter just when my woollies are wearing out and need replacement.

We had snow on Tuesday and today it's well into the 60s... so confusing. nevertheless, happy weekend to us all!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 7th, 2016 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Well, snow in the mountains is good, right? Go snowpack! (But that is definitely weird weather.)

And yes, I too would prefer to see clothes in the season I'll be wearing them!

[all the hugs]
From:gwynnega
Date:February 7th, 2016 02:21 am (UTC)
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I love that mixed prints photo.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 7th, 2016 10:18 pm (UTC)
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That woman is Pure Style. Love the look.

Happy Sunday! [hugs]
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From:claudia_yvr
Date:February 7th, 2016 04:05 am (UTC)
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Sometimes when I want to stand while using my laptop, I clear off part of my kitchen counter as a work space. I'm 5'6" and find the counter is the perfect height for me.

Years ago, I read a book called Never Check Email in the Morning and I recall having great success with some of the suggestions. That said, you might want to carve out some time in your busy schedule to look for a job that allows for work/life balance. In the meantime, try to get away from the office for a daily walk so that you get some daylight as well as some time for yourself. I spent years working crazy long hours and that's my biggest regret, because I gave work some of my best years. I enjoyed the money and affirmation, but yeah. BIG regret.

For the most part I'm pretty happy with my routines these days, though I definitely want to spend less time online! And I think I need to limit myself in terms of keeping up current events; reading the news right before bedtime leads to insomnia, I've discovered.

::hugs, hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:February 7th, 2016 10:20 pm (UTC)
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I don't have much counter space, alas. But I'm going to try to budget for a bar hightop table to replace the kitchen table that isn't really working in the space any more...

I concur on not reading the news before bedtime! I'm trying to turn off the internet at least an hour and a half before bedtime...

Hugs hugs!
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From:claudia_yvr
Date:February 11th, 2016 12:21 am (UTC)
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Sorry, I should add a bit more context to my comment about regrets. I try not to dwell on past choices, but I recently found out that one of my classmates from grad school died of leukemia last November. She was a bit older than me, but it was still a shock to hear the news as she was only 52.

I'd lost touch with her but Mark J, the friend that broke the news to me, is friends with her widower. She and I worked closely together during the program, hanging out socially as well, but lost touch when she and her husband moved back to their home in Ottawa.

Here's an Ikea hack for a $22 standing desk you might want to try :-)

::hugs, hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:February 11th, 2016 01:24 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry to hear about your classmate. [hugs hugs]

I really like the idea of a hack for a standing desk, although maybe not that one! Thank you!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 11th, 2016 01:24 pm (UTC)
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Happy, er, almost end of week! And a great weekend, L!

[hugs]
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From:janus_74
Date:February 8th, 2016 03:40 pm (UTC)
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I would never be able to pull off a mixed pattern look like that, possibly because I'm not starting with fabulous clothes to begin with :)

Have a good week!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 11th, 2016 01:25 pm (UTC)
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I get uncomfortable even with mixing similar patterns on different scales, so... I aspire to that woman's cool. :)

Cheers and happy end of week!
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From:roguedemon
Date:February 11th, 2016 08:40 pm (UTC)
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If you're going to mix patterns, that's definitely the way to do it. And I like the idea of having the fashion world adjust itself so that the clothes are actually seasonally appropriate. It would be cool if that changed the way clothes were marketed -- I am tired of shopping for fall/winter when it is ninety degrees outside. :-p

I am working on readjusting my sleep schedule. I am making reasonable progress, considering that I am still groggy from the anesthesia. But I am feeling well enough after being treated for the infection that I am doing better at sticking to a routine.

Hope you're having a good week. ((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:February 14th, 2016 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Ack, so late in getting back to this.

Yes, while I've read some interesting arguments why the ready-to-wear market as a whole can't do this...selling in proper seasons just makes SENSE.

Hugs and more sleep and healing!

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