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Wear, Watch, Want #41: The Straight Up Outdoorsy Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #41: The Straight Up Outdoorsy Edition

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Wear: Lou & Grey Warming Knit Tee and & Other Stories Striped Top

I bought the Lou & Grey Warming Knit Tee in three colors over Thanksgiving and I've been reaching for them ever since. They're good to wear on their own. They're good for layering. They're good for everything. They're thin tees, but they're super cozy and just right for days that aren't cold, but have a little nip in the air. Basically, winter in Los Angeles. Then around Christmas I was browsing the racks at & Other Stories (I knew that store opening in my 'hood would be dangerous) and I found basically my favorite Lou & Grey shirt, but in stripes. I'm a complete sucker for stripes. This top is extra long, and it does that scrunchy around the hips thing perfectly. You know what I'm talking about - it slouches expertly. It has the same almost-sheer but still cozy and warm feeling of the Lou & Grey shirts I'm obsessed with, but with the added bonus of stripes. Have you seen the movie Force Majeure? Well, it's a good movie and you should see it if you haven't. If you have seen it, I bet you're wondering where the hell I'm going with this, huh?! The movie is about a family that goes on a skiing holiday (I mean, it's about more than that, but that's not my point), and they all wear matching long underwear outfits under their ski gear and they look sooo cozy. Basically, when I'm in these tops I feel like I'm in 1/2 of a ridiculously chic, comfy European ski holiday outfit.

Watch: Hunt For the Wilderpeople

We're currently waist deep in award season and the fact that Hunt For the Wilderpeople isn't nominated for more awards is an abomination. I saw Jackie this week and the fact that it is nominated for awards is mind boggling to me. Did someone switch my antimalarial pills with crazy pills? Please do yourself a favor and watch Hunt For the Wilderpeople and tell me it isn't the most enchanting, funny, heartwarming movie of the year. It was definitely a bright spot in my 2016.

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Hunt For the Wilderpeople was written and directed by Taika Waititi, who you probably know from his previous work: Eagle vs Shark (which I quote regularly), What We Do in the Shadows (which is A++), and directing the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok (which I have no investment in whatsoever). It's the story of a juvenile delinquent named Ricky who is taken by child services to live in a remote area of New Zealand with married couple Bella and Hec. When Bella dies Hec tells Ricky that he'll be put back into the foster system, so Ricky attempts to fake a suicide and runs into the bush and almost immediately gets lost. Hec finds Ricky but gets injured, and through many alarming yet hilarious mishaps, the two end up on the run in the bush for months.

Hunt For the Wilderpeople is definitely one of my favorite movies of 2016. I laughed, I cried, I want to see it again. If you're looking for an uplifting movie about adventure, family, and gangsta rap, look no further.

Want: REI Co-op Merino Wool Expedition Socks

My feet are regularly freezing cold, thanks to Raynaud's disease. I have two pairs of super warm socks that I'll wear when my feet are feeling particularly icy. I should say had two pairs. My parents were both here visiting over Christmas and my mom ever so kindly did laundry. She thought one of my pairs of thick wool socks belonged to my dad and sent them back home with him. To be fair, I'm almost completely sure I stole those socks from him many years ago, but once you've been in possession of stolen property for over five years I think it just becomes yours. Either way, I now only have one pair of warm socks, which means that when I need to wash them, I will have freezing feet. So I need to buy some outdoorsy wool socks to replace the mountain man hiking socks I stole and then had stolen from me. OY VEY.

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