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Month: April, 2013

finding the perfect wristlet

this post is dedicated to w. w. who is on the lookout for the perfect wristlet…

in my immediate group of friends (and also me), there is definitely a growing obsession with wristlets.  i don’t know, maybe the types of girls that i attract and become friends with are the types who value the no-nonsense, compact efficiency of wristlets.  i remember that j was the first one of my friends to run around with one and i liked that she was always ready to go and never was digging and digging and digging around in a purse. it seems that vibrantly colored ones are especially in demand right now but not all wristlets are created equal.  quality/durability, color, size/fit, accessibility (the cellie needs to be accessible as well as the cash and cards) are all important aspects to consider.

i was given a vera bradley wrislet in ellie blue last summer by my students and i just LOVED it.  i actually went out and bought another one in happy snail print. i have an iphone 4 and it fits in the wristlet just snugly enough to offer speedy access without accidental “there goes the screen to the floor” if held in the wrong direction. it comes in all sorts of pretty and some wacky prints so lots to choose from. i heard that it could even be laundered if need be…good for the clumsy like me who often spill drinks onto things or oneself (gah coffee).

w. w. is looking for a prettier, more chic version however. thus, i started my search for a chic, preferably leather wristlet option that isn’t shiny (w. w. doesn’t like shiny things haha). so far i’ve come across some coach ones which are classy and pretty in nice colors but a lot of them are too small and wouldn’t fit her iphone well or are too big and bulky. surprisingly, i found an option at old navy for $7.99 on sale for her and even though it’s not leather (it’s cloth) it’s quite a steal. it should do for now at least until we find her the perfect one…

old navy wristlet


tory burch also makes a beautiful wristlet in turquoise and orange-red (and black(?) on the original tory burch website) but is really expensive ($155)…maybe w. w. can ask for it as a gift?


why blog?

so lately, i’ve had a lot of time on my hands.  i finished grad school in chemistry last year and am currently in the weird limbo period between that and the next thing, my post-doc.  thus, i’ve decided to make good use of this time and do something new (blogging) since this break has come only once (now) in the last 22 years of my life, nine of which was for chemistry [4 undergrad + 5 grad…scary].

i’ve always been a fan of many other things besides chemistry, two of which are food and “fashion”.  while food makes sense as an interest for a chemist (cooking is essentially lots of chemical reactions, following of procedures aka recipes), “fashion” is less obviously connected with chemistry.  i believe that both my interests in “fashion” and chemistry stem from the same vein;  both draw upon the visual and spatial functions of my brain which explains why i enjoy organic chemistry so much.  i use “fashion” because i don’t actually live out/wear the impractical fashion trends from haute couture/runway shows although i have an appreciation for it.  my real, tangible interest in fashion is more based on practicality and looking nice and successfully blending the two.  i’ve known girls who are true fashionistas, willing to brave the freezing cold of bostonian winters in bare legs and all, in the name of fashion (and perhaps to look goooood too), and i am not one of them.  thus, i use “fashion” carefully because things that i will be blogging on will not be fashion in the true sense of the word but rather my distilled down, cute but practical fashion.

i’ve been encouraged by a good friend to write about things that she and others are currently looking for, whether it be a gift for another or a little something for themselves.  i think this would be a good endeavor since it wouldn’t be just me gratuitously posting about things i like but rather would serve a purpose and provide a service of sorts.  for now i think i’ll be focusing on the requests from my immediate group of friends and see where it goes.

and so it begins…