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Nov. 8th, 2013

09:59 am - Success! Winning! Tiger blood I has it?

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One of the things about hand sewing leather that is Not So Fun is when you stick the needle in your finger. This happens more often with leather than with fabric, for obvious reasons. And the thing is that because you're working with waxed thread and animal skin and a needle that's designed to slice as it pierces, those wee cuts tend to get infected.

I can tell you exactly how many times I've stabbed myself with the awl by the number of tiny infections that are happening in my fingers right now. I'm sure shearing tomorrow will help with this..


Boots! In a last ditch attempt to find boots before giving up and paying $300 for a pair, I went on a tiki tour around the shoe shops of Wellington. I ended up in Overland, which was having a sale. And lo! they had a boot that I liked. But because I'm like that, I just noted the name and went back to do more research on the internet. And it turned out they had another pair that was on special, down from $260 to $170.

At this point folks in other countries are probably going "Oh man, shoes in NZ are expensive!" Yes, yes they are. I don't know why, it's not as if we're short of leather here or anything. And you can get $60 boots but don't expect them to be waterproof or to last more than about 3 months.

Anyway, here they are. Or at least, here it is:



I fully expect these boots to be at least a little bit waterproof and to last more than three months. I had to resign myself to the fact that flat heeled ankle boots, while looking nice with floaty dresses and things, do not go well with clothes that match the dress code in my workplace. Boo. But that heel is only about an inch high, so even I should be able to cope with that without wanting to throw my shoes out a window.

Things still on my list to purchase for Tats Work Wardrobe Rehash Version 3.5:

Grey blazer
Grey pants
Black fitted shirt (these are harder to find than I expected)
Blue tailored dress
Top that goes with a particular skirt. This is hard, and somewhat frivolous, but it's an awesome skirt and deserves to be worn more often.

Nearly there. This list is boring, but once it's done I shouldn't have to think about work clothes for a while. Also, grey pants? Hard to bloody find. WUT.


Thank you to everyone who gave shoe advice. I'm very appreciative because with all the suggestions I was able to pin down exactly what I want, then use a process of elimination to circle around till it was pinned. It takes a village to buy Tats shoes? Or something equally trite.

Anyway, I'll finish this foray into WTF Tats Why Are You Posting About Shoes now. Have something more meaty...

Regarding the spoof of What Does The Fox Say?, cunningly entitled What Does My Girl Say?, fengi had this to say. I can't phrase it any better than that. Except to add - people, you are supposed to love your partner. Publicly implying really negative stereotypes about them, even as a joke, is not an act of love. Check yourself. Jesus.

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From:bekitty
Date:November 7th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
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As far as grey pants go, I have a pair of these, and they are AMAZING. I bought them at Target when I was living in Knoxville.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 7th, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
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They do look nice, but the 'unique fit' statement makes me go "Hmm". In fact, with pants I think I want to try them on before buying, because I'm a 'unique fit' too, and their unique may not be my unique if you know what I mean.
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From:bekitty
Date:November 7th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
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They fit me perfectly, if that's any guide. Also, the fabric is really nice.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 7th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
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That's good to know, and I understand Mossimo is a good brand, however, no - unfortunately how something fits another person doesn't tell me anything about how it'll fit me. What it does do though, is make me wonder if they have a stockist in NZ where I could go try on a pair. Because it sounds like if they did fit, they'd be awesome. ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:November 7th, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
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I'd definitely be interested. Cap sleeves make my arms look like a lumberjack, but these days I'm ok with that. ;-)
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From:tyellas
Date:November 7th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
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Do you use waterproofing spray on your leather shoes/bags? I recommend it...
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From:tatjna
Date:November 7th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
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I tend to use dubbin and the like on my shoes. I don't own any leather bags.
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:November 7th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, things are incredibly cheap in the US, but generally you get what you pay for. Most people don't care though because it doesn't cost much to replace things that fall apart. I think it's a big reason the US's consumer culture is so strong. We're encouraged to buy cheap and constantly replace our stuff with new.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 8th, 2013 12:02 am (UTC)
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The sad part about that is that it's false economy. And it affects mostly poor people, at least here. Because if you need boots today and you only have $50, you'll buy the cheap ones that crap out in 3 months, and end up spending $400 over the course of 2 years. I'm lucky enough to have the money to spend the $170 on boots that'll last me the same amount of time at least. But I remember when I had to keep buying cheap crappy ones too, and never had the money to get quality.

/narrowly avoided rant
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:November 8th, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
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Yes, and since we're taught that more is better people get suckered into going to a shitty store like WalMart and buying 2 or 3 pairs of shoes for $15 (or less) each, rather than one better pair. We seem to have lost sight of the fact there are more than one way to save. I know I'm particularly terrible at that.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 8th, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
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I'm better with some things than others. Shoes are luckily one of the things that I tend to go for quality with, probably because I walk so much. Other things? I'm working on it. I am appreciating not having had to buy sheets for 5 years since my brother cottoned me on to buying higher thread count linen ones instead of those el cheapo loose weave ones from The Warehouse (our equivalent of Wlamart).
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From:anna_en_route
Date:November 8th, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
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The commander Vimes theory of boots...
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From:t_c_da
Date:November 8th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
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I was about to say that, too...
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From:jaelle_n_gilla
Date:November 8th, 2013 07:57 am (UTC)
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Ow, leather sewing, and don't I feel you pain... I'm usually trying to sew it with the sewing machine when it's thin enough and use a hole puncher and leather thread for the thicker types. The awl is just ouch!

The shoes are lovely and the dresscode sounds nice for work. Somehow trough your post I always imagine you in larp gear or at the very least in stained work jeans and an old sweatshirt *lol* this is the first time you appear in my mind's eye in a blazer :)
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From:meathiel
Date:November 8th, 2013 08:10 am (UTC)
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Oh boots ... shiny! They look really good!
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