Archive for August, 2014

This might be an odd question, but I know you’re very fashionable and have lived in multiple cities where you’re forced to walk a lot in shitty snowy weather – what kind of shoes do you recommend for walking on wet, icy sidewalks and that aren’t hideous? Also, because of you I have listened to every episode of How Did This Get Made twice and actually watched Mr. Nanny, Mortal Kombat, and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.

OH MY DEAREST GOOD FRIEND. PULL UP A SEAT. LET US TELL TALES OF FUCKING WALKING AROUND IN SHITTY WEATHERED CITIES.

So you’ve isolated a particularly challenging weather + fashion dilemma, how to look good while not (a) drenching your feet and suffering the subsequent frostbite or pneumonia (b) skidding to your undignified death off of some fucking curb with 1 inch of unsalted sidewalk which is where you put your fucking weight down go champ. 

There are two approaches to this — you have to decide which is best for you based on the type of inclement weather you’ll be facing. 

1) RAIN. FUCK THIS RAIN. FUCK THIS FUCKING FREEZING RAIN.

For rain, nothing is better than a high wellie. For years I suffered without these because I I have fabulously muscular calves and I thought I’d have to make a sacrifice to the elder gods in order to pull them up on my tree trunk legs — not so. They do actually sell wellie boots with wider circumferences, but they may not be cheap. That makes this tough, but I think it’s an investment that’s worth it. There’s nothing worse than having to slog through winters and autumns in drenched feet with your shoes disintegrating in the puddles — it’s not fun, and I imagine in the long run might be more expensive if you have to keep replacing your shoes.

2) SNOW. FUCK THIS SNOW. FUCK THIS FUCKING SNOW.

Snow makes things extra complicated because depending on how long/often there is snow, there’s also the added joy of a lot of road salt, which is fucking hell on leather. You have options in the form of waterproofed leather boots, but even those are going to be vulnerable to the salt, and frankly after laying out several hundred dollars, I don’t want to have that leather eaten over the course of a single winter.

So! My answer for snow? Also wellies, but with accessories:

Buy warm socks, first off, and then invest in some fleece boot liners. These things you just tuck into your wellie, and cuff over the edge, and if you’re already wearing thick wool socks and leggings or trousers, it is unbelievably warm and waterproof. Wellies are also designed to keep you from skidding in rain, which is also massively helpful during the snow, too. 

I have a pair that comes up mid calf in a neutral gray, so even though I’m tromping around in rainboots, essentially, I still look like a grown ass stylish lady. It also goes well with my giant coat. During shitty weather I basically don’t bother to leave the house in anything else — I keep my nice office shoes in my office, and my down to fuck shoes and my casual walking gear at home. It’s a good system. I don’t fall down that much, I don’t destroy any more boots, and Bill de Blasio can hurl a metric ton of ice and grit at my feet and nothing will harm it. 

aufwiedersehen:

4gifs:

Puppy growing up, no hesitation on the second jump.

I’m just gonna curl up and watch this until the end of time okay

mj-scully:

had to do this…

THIS IS THE GREATEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN.

hi, hello, sorry, this is probably a stupid question, but if you could choose an object- any object at all- to represent your fic Presque Vu, what would it be?

This is weird, not stupid, which is totally okay!

I think the object would be an old watch, the kind you have to wind. The whole story is about the way time can help and hinder you, how you can’t rush to your happy ending, and how no matter what you do, you have to live the valleys in between. But that getting that progression is also work. 

Actually, it makes me think of the beautiful skeleton watch I own, except with a rose tone face, too. 

This is…hypnotic.

mlb:

This is Masahiro Tanaka saying Hello Kitty before the game. You are welcome.

avelera:

olessan:

Hey look, Weta put that concept art of shirtless young Thorin smithing up on their site in high res!

So wait, does this mean Thorin having tattoos is semi-canonical?

I’m even angrier that they denied me shirtless Thorin in the movies now.


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