Trying to hustle for a temporary position in the department, filling for the lab coordinator who is leaving in a couple of weeks. Went with #menswear version of business casual.
Lands End blue microcheck shirt (thrifted)
Calvin Klein black merino crewneck sweater (outlet)
Basileia Zaharoff grey flannel pants (thrifted)
Clarks chukkas (outlet)
Stafford tan overcoat (thrifted)
lookwhatimadeforbreakfast asked: do you consider yourself a "success" now? if not, at what point would you consider yourself "successful?"
I was out with friends shortly after selling the book based on its proposal, and one friend who’s written a few books congratulated me. I crossed my fingers and said, “We’ll see, we’ll see, I still have to finish writing the actual book.”
He shouted, “No. Uncross your fingers. If you’re crossing your fingers now, you’ll be crossing them when you give your editor your first draft, and you’ll be crossing them when the book comes out, and you’ll be crossing them as you wait for your first review. If you don’t uncross them now, you never will.”
I was out with some other friends recently and a few people were feeling like their creative lives weren’t where they wished they’d be, even though they were all creating fantastic work.
I said, “What would yourself five years ago think if they could see what you were doing right now?” Most of us agreed that our younger selves would think we’d “made it.” But it didn’t feel that way anymore because we’d all raised the bar higher for ourselves.
So, I’d say:
The only thing you can value is the work you put in every day, not any of the results. If I sit and get work done instead of BSing online, it is a successful day.
Great insight into what success means and how it evolves as you keep succeeding.
"At $10 an hour you’d have to work 1,250 hours to cover the UW’s $12,500 tuition (more, once you take out taxes). In a 12-week summer, that’s more than 100 hours a week.
What really made me feel ancient is that the 1981 UW student guide shows the Med school charged only $1,029 a year back then. Today: $28,040!
Now, I didn’t go to the UW. But I’m going down Husky memory lane because last week The Seattle Times featured a crop of harried UW students looking rueful and broke. The story said skeptical state legislators often say how “they worked their way through college. And then they ask: Why don’t students do that today?”
Of all our delusions, we old farts cling to this bootstrap one the most. We worked our way up on sweat and chicken grease, we say. Can’t this generation? What’s wrong with them?
What’s wrong is that after we got ours, we cut it off for them.
The reason a summer at KFC could pay for a year of UW med school in 1981 isn’t that we were so hardworking and industrious. It’s that taxpayers back then picked up 90 percent of the tab. We weren’t Horatio Algers. We were socialists.
Today, the public picks up only 30 percent of UW tuition, and dropping."
Not bad. Not bad at all. But I’m ready for trouser lengths to come back down a bit. What’s wrong with a tiny bit of break?
If people can see the outline of your junk through your pants, and your sleeves fit wider than your pants, your pants are too tight. I’m not even sure how he gets those pants on in the first place.
That said, the concept is pretty good.
WHEN I FINALLY GRADUATE
I made a thing and I 100% encourage sharing it with as many people as possible through all means possible.
Even better, just stay home on Black Friday.
And I passed!!! Soon to be Dr. TD!
Went for a more scholarly/trad look with striped blue & white OCBD instead of spread collar shirt. Thanks to @maxminimus & @afistfulofstyle for your responses!
Suit: LS Ayers vintage (thrifted)
Shirt: Lands End OCBD (bought on sale)
Tie: Brooks Brothers (thrifted)
Shoes: Johnston & Murphy Limited, Made in USA (EBay)
Dear tumblr #menswear friends, I need some style advice.
I am doing my PhD defense on Tuesday, and trying to put together a nice outfit. I just received a nice blue Brooks Brothers dress shirt from the eBay, NWOT, retails for $185, for $58 with shipping. Great construction, wonderful fabric, but it is a bit darker than I thought. I was thinking of wearing it with my grey flannel suit, but I’m not sure there is enough contrast. I took these picture in natural light, and processed them to make them as accurate as I could.
What do you guys think? Can this combo work, or should I go back to my original plan of light blue & white striped OCBD? Thanks!!!