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The Four Types of Discards

Readers, The Kondo effect has reached me even though I haven’t watched any of the Netflix shows yet: I recently examined everything in my wardrobe. I pulled coats, hats, and gloves from the coat closet; raided the laundry basket and to-be-ironed pile; unearthed...

Do You Know About the Ready to Wear Fast?

Readers, I was taking a brief break from Thanksgiving Day cooking when I saw an invitation in my e-mail. Sarah Gunn of the phenomenally successful sewing blog Goodbye Valentino was inviting her readers to join her in a year-long “ready to wear fast”...

Cooking Up My Style Recipe

Readers, Have you ever tried to define your fashion personality and wardrobe style in just a handful of words? Me neither. At least not till a couple of afternoons ago, when I undertook what I’ve found so far to be the single most important–and...

A Perfect Vintage Jacket

Readers, Last week I brought home a very special souvenir of Jack’s and my visit to Portland, Oregon: a vintage jacket with a mysterious past. It came from a lovely little shop, Living Threads Vintage, on Taylor Street opposite the Multnomah County central...