Iconoclast: an unconventional eccentric, who marches to the beat of a different drummer. Let’s be that person and do whatever, whenever we want regardless of what season it is outside or in our lives. This week the Tuesday Ten has a few classic pieces that can be worn from the office to your dinner date and to meet your girls for drinks later. I also featured a few dupes, an article with some great interviews with stepmoms, and my favorite veggie sandwich recipe. Enjoy.
The bag pictured above is the Boyy Bag that I have been talking about, and I LOVE it. Some people, not so much, they aren’t an iconoclast, they like the same thing everyone else has. It’s definitely not a bag you see everywhere which is the main reason I LOVE it. I get tired of seeing the same thing everywhere, so I try to find something a little different than the person at the deli beside me, ya’ know. It’s a little on the pricey side because I spend all my money on handbags, but whatever, it is what it is. I haven’t been able to find a dupe anywhere, but I did find a dupe of the Cult Gaia bamboo bag that will be great for Spring. I have it in natural and black. The black doesn’t seem to be so oversaturated. The dupe for the black one is here; both dupes are under $40. I also found a dupe for the Staud Moreau Netted bag here in four colors for $50.
I am possibly the most disorganized person in the world; seriously, it’s cool, I own it. Although I am totally messy and I usually don’t have a clue where half my shit is, I accomplish a lot every single day. Can you imagine how much I would accomplish if I were neat and organized? I probably never will be but can you imagine? One of the reasons I can get so much accomplished despite being such a hot mess is time blocking. My schedule is so varied from day to day that a routine does not work for me, so I calculate how many hours I need to spend on each responsibility for the week and plug it into my schedule in chunks of time. Because in case you haven’t heard, multitasking is a waste of time; it’s better to work on one task at a time with focused effort. Time blocking is a great tool to use when you have a few hours home alone or when you can close your office door and put up a do not disturb sign. A great article on time blocking can be found here.
As an iconoclast, someone who does whatever I want regardless of what “they” say is the trend, I never got into the tiny sunglass trend. I have a big face so tiny sunglasses would just disappear on me. And how much sun can they really keep out? We’re all aware that the sun is fucken’ huge right? I prefer huge sunglasses that cover most of my face and are so dark that I’m practically blind. I got these Elizabeth and James Women’s Howe Sunglasses on Black Friday for $60. There’s an almost exact looking dupe here for $10.
Several of my friends are stepmoms, and my son has dealt with a stepmom. It can be a dream come true or a nightmare turned into reality, for parents and children. I have never been a stepparent, so I cannot imagine the joy or the heartbreak one must go through when walking a very gray line at all times. I found this article interviewing seven different stepmoms featuring their honest reviews. They answer questions from expectation vs. reality, discipline, all the way to overcompensating (which affects most parents, IMO).
A great black cashmere sweater is perfect this time of year. It’s a classic piece that can be worn, basically with anything, and it can be layered for chilly mornings and tied around your sweater when you take it off during the warmer afternoons (tie it over one shoulder and under one arm, it’s a more updated look, example here). Cashmere mixed with wool will be itchy so pay attention to the fiber mixture on the label. Cashmere made from long thin fibers are softest but also the most delicate. A great place to find cashmere sweaters that won’t cost a small fortune is Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack.
According to Carl G. Jung’s theory of psychological types [Jung, 1971], people can be characterized by their preference of general attitude. I don’t think I can be characterized, you know that whole iconoclast, do whatever I want thing, so I took one of those personality quiz things here. I was shook by the results. It said I was an ENTP-T, a Debator; this was not the part that had me shook; it was the description of my personality. It was so dead-on that I got cold chills reading it. A few highlights:
- Independent (I am like the most independent person ever, I will carry seven boxes in the post office and say, “No, thank you.” when someone offers to assist me. I am carrying all seven in one arm because I am using my cane, but I get it done damnit.)
- Suppresses emotions and feelings (Feelings? What are these feelings you speak of?)
- The idea of fun is often rooted in self-improvement (If I’m not learning, I’m dying)
- Can overcome & outmaneuver obstacles that seem unbeatable to most (I’m walking after being hit by an 18-wheeler)
- Debate for the sake of intellectual stimulation and love to play Devil’s advocate (I argue just to argue, it’s who I am)
- Only 3% of the population make up this personality type (Iconoclast, I can be a little eccentric. I have always wanted to be different from everyone else, being the same is like death.)
Take a few minutes and take this quiz. It is insane how accurate the results are.
I got this clear raincoat last year for $15, and it has been one of the pieces that I get the most compliments on. I wore it last week, and three people stopped me to compliment me and ask me where I got it. It has been sold out since I bought it but I found one here that’s pretty much identical, and it’s only $20. There’s another one here for $10 but the quantity is limited, and it’s from a private seller, buyer beware (but the seller does accept returns.)
These bamboo washcloths are a gamechanger when it comes to washing my face at night. If I am spending $9,000 (this may or may not be an exaggeration) on face oils shouldn’t I be a little more gentle with the actual skin that I’m cleaning? I am no longer brutally ripping off the important top layer of skin cells that protect my skin at night. A bamboo cloth that’s gentle enough to clean a baby’s bottom seems about right to me.
My leopard heels are my most worn pair of shoes in my closet. I have had them for years, and they never go out of style. Throw them on with jeans and a tee, and boom, I’m ready for date night. Leopard heels are the most versatile pair of shoes in my closet. If you don’t own a pair, I cannot recommend that you grab a pair or two (I own seven, yes seven). This particular pair has a fur texture so they never show scuffs and wear like a dream, I can dance all night and still walk the next morning.
Just because I don’t cook doesn’t mean I can’t but cooking for one is a pain in the ass, especially when you’re busy, and I am very busy. But I can make some really quick no-cook meals that are healthy, and one of my favorites is this veggie sandwich. I use my favorite Whole-Grain bread, hummus, avocado (I smash it and spread it, otherwise it slides out), tomatoes, onion, cucumber, sprouts, and baby spinach. You can mix it up according to your favorite veggies, what’s in season, and what you have on hand. Try adding Chipotle, wasabi, or other spices depending on your preference. You do you.
Let me know if you have tried any of the ten things I listed this week. And tell me some of your favorite things in the comments.