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Fashion, vegetables, shopping binges, etc.

I have discovered my brand of disheveled, nomad Asian rocker chic. It is called Alicegohome. It has the requisite amount of confounding layers, completely unreasonable zippers and straps (What! What do you mean they are two separate things?), an intense love of fabrics, deliciously complex constructions and has a name that sounds like a band I'd listen to.

It has things even my mum might approve of, stuff she probably won't (I am 100% not a jegging person, or a legging person, but something has to be said of combining denim swatches and stockings), and stuff that look like unique perversions of the girly clothes she would make me wear.

Naturally, being something that I like, it's primarily in a foreign language, has nearly no international shipping and is hardly ever distributed abroad. Yesstyle actually has a fraction of the current season's collection. Which includes about two of the pieces I'd actually get. Maybe that's a good thing. Maybe that means I save money. Maybe.

Yesstyle finally mailed out my order from three weeks ago. One of the items somehow fell out of stock, got back in stock, fell out of stock again. On the bright side, the short hop from their Hong Kong headquarters took all of three days. My clothes are technically now in southern California, with potential delivery possibly by Monday. Also broke down and got a sock garter band, because my classic sock garter isn't very good with thigh highs, and I find sock glue dubious. Sock glue works -- it works great actually, when your socks have lacy tops and you are terrified you might damage the lacy tops by pulling. I just like generally more permanent-looking solutions.

Meanwhile, the spouse and I are planning to make turning my hair purple a weekend event, we hope. He has dyeing experience enough for the both of us. Theoretically, I get this idea that if I ever developed a penchant for putting eyeliner on myself, he could help with that too.

My Gentle Souls boots arrived last week. They are gorgeously soft and decadent. I think at 5.5, I got the right size to hold thicker socks while still being tight enough to need breaking in. I still can't help but think I am wearing the gentle souls of docile deer. Not in a bad way. I'd wear the deer and eat it too -- alas, vegetarian I am not. But hey, deer. I still have no idea where my camera went, so no photos yet, countlibras.

Speaking of countlibras, I nearly lost the crop of shiso she sent me too. I think I overwatered the seedlings way back, and I watched in terror as one half-inch high seedling after another withered and died. In great desperation, and also because my other vegetables looked thin and weak, I ordered some liquified carp. My mother used liquified carp on her garden, and I think it has made the soil in every pot and planter I have a lot healthier. The EarthBoxes actually have very good compost in them, and thriving worm colonies, which get fed all the time with my kitchen scraps. It just was lacking decent fertiliser. The shiso pot was erring on the side of dry and dessicated. I essentially repotted the three seedlings that were left, added plenty of diluted carp and watched how, in a week, the plants seem to be growing. It has been now long enough it's probably not my imagination saying the leaves are bigger. My catnip in a catnip jar is shooting up, enough that I'm considering trying to transplant a couple of the seedlines onto my barren window planter. I fancied my idea of planting catnip in an ex-catnip jar (even has a smiley cat on it) was clever, but Dorian, the cat most liable to taste things, has shown more interest in the lemongrass growing practically feral out of its pot than the catnip. I wonder if I should be worried.

The daikon top I tried to grow got nowhere once it was transplanted into the box. My theory is that there were enough rotting bits on it the compost creatures just ate it from within. In its place will go a resurrected celery heart, whose miraculous properties are not quite a joke. This was a wilted, yellowed celery heart my husband dug out from our onion cabinet in the fridge and stuck in water. Not only did it double in size overnight (I had to ask Seth where we got this new celery bit from), it's now green with splendid tops.

Unfortunately, try as I might, I think the purple mustards I grew back in April have probably stagnated. The maturity period on the seed packet says 45 to 75 days, but given that these guys are supposed to also grow about 18" high, I think the lack of early fertilisation meant they're stuck dwarves at 3", even after thinning and transplanting. The good news is that more mustard seedlings have already started to shoot up underneath the biggest plants. The new seeds I bought are kind of awesome that way. Chicory is putting out lots of greenery. Keep staring at the stems hoping the bottoms are also fattening up. One step closer to growing food (that lives).

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feyandstrange
Jun. 22nd, 2013 07:44 am (UTC)
Not really my style these days (flowy layers and wheelchair = embarrassing accidents), but those are some pretty handkerchief hems and patterns! I'll keep an eye out for more things like that and let you know if I see anything a little easier to translate or import. I do feel your pain there; my favorite catalog stopped having a US site a few years ago, and now I just look at the prices in euros and sigh and wince most of the time.

By the way, since I don't seem to have an email or better contact for you: Linda mentioned that your agency might have extra proofreading/copyediting work? My friend Fred aka coyotegoth is a fancy pants pro copyeditor (formerly with Gannett I think) who recently moved to Oakland from NYC and could use some work. I'd love to put you two in touch somehow.
vampyrichamster
Jun. 22nd, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I just sent you a private LJ message with my email. Let me know if you don't see it.

For the longest time, most of the stuff I wanted was in Yen, and yeah, the prices are terrible, terrible tragedies. I like pretty handkerchief hems and patterns. My big enemy is ironing, which is of course the enemy of having fashionable clothes, or it used to be. I'm uber glad most people these days actually seem to use materials that can be machine washed, and not just on gentle.
mokie
Jun. 22nd, 2013 10:23 am (UTC)
Between compost and kitchen scraps, could there be too many nutrients going in the EarthBoxes? It's easy to overfertilize potted plants.

(Also, sorry about the comment/delete--I hit Leave a Comment, but it seemed to thread into feyandstrange's comment, which either means LJ glitched or I need sleep.)
vampyrichamster
Jun. 22nd, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
Some of the details there do match up to what I've been seeing: sudden death of seedling, rotting roots, browning and yellowing of lower leaves. Aw, man. I think it was the artificial fertilizer concentrate I used before, which must have been too much on top of compost. Switching to the fish mulch was totally the better idea. It's a natural fertilizer, takes longer to break down, and can be applied once a week, properly diluted.
resonant
Jun. 22nd, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
I had no idea that sock glue was a thing.
vampyrichamster
Jun. 22nd, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
Unbelievably, they are. No longer can we depend on the tactile qualities of nylon!
countlibras
Jun. 22nd, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
Speaking of greenery, most of my okra died out due to heavy thunderstorms last week. (They were all in the self watering planter.) Only one survived and looks good. Instead, a lot of mushrooms popped up instead. D:

If you ever need more shiso seeds, just say so. I saved a handful from my plants last year with the intention of using them as micro greens, and that hasn't happened yet.
vampyrichamster
Jun. 22nd, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
Augh! It pains me when I see mushrooms sprouting up after rains. In Australia, you could mail mushrooms to your local agricultural agency and get it tested, so you know 100% sure if it is edible. I don't know what the equivalent service is here, and it all seems like a lot of trouble.

Okra is delicious and wonderful. I hope your one plant lives! To provide deliciousness!

I'm watching the 3 shiso seedlings, and willing them to grow. Will take you up on the offer if they make me cry.
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