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Wear, Watch, Want #45: The Stretchy, Slow, and Extravagant Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #45: The Stretchy, Slow, and Extravagant Edition

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Wear: Athleta High Rise Chaturanga Tights

For a long time I was hopelessly devoted to Zella leggings, and no other leggings could compare. Sure, I'd try other brands, but no one did right by my bod like Zella. Well, sorry Zell, but I've got a new love. During Thanksgiving I bought a pair of Athleta High Rise Chaturanga Tights and they almost immediately became my favorites. I hated when they were in the wash and I'd have to resort to wearing an old, stretched out, tired pair of Zellas. I have recently added two more pairs of Chaturanga tights to my collection (Zellas are still sticking around, mostly for laundry days and trips to the dog park, where I usually end up immediately dusty and grimy), and I've found out that you can get pairs that have pockets. I didn't think I'd be that into leggings with pockets at first, but now I'm utterly addicted to them. The pockets are long and go down the side of your thigh, so you can slip your whole smartphone in and it will be secure and safe. Sure, you'll have a conspicuous rectangular growth on your thigh, but it's not like we don't all immediately recognize the shape of an iPhone by this point. They also have a wide, extra thick waistband that stays put and holds everything where it's supposed to be. It's great to be able to go to a pilates class and move around and not have to constantly be yanking up my pants. Added bonus: Athleta is a Gap company, so you know there's always a sale going on. I recently managed to find this great pair of high rise Chaturanga tights (with pockets) in my size and I grabbed them immediately.

Watch: Slow TV

I had a hard time picking a Watch this week. The thing I was most excited about watching was Legion, and I already told you about it. (Did you listen? Are you watching? As of this writing there are only three episodes left and I'm already mourning the loss of such a great show in my life.) I was poking around my streaming subscriptions looking at what I watch and I realized I regularly turn to one odd little corner of Netflix: Slow TV. You may have heard of Slow TV, Norway's collection of programming that's basically a camera pointed at a simple (some might say boring) action for hours. When I say hours, I mean like six, eight, sometimes twelve hours. My personal favorite of the eight Slow TV episodes available on Netflix is National Firewood Night, which is six hours of a fire in a fireplace. Occasionally there are musical selections and spoken word pieces played over the video, and when necessary a phantom arm will put an extra log on or use a poker to rearrange the setup. If you're not into hearing Norwegian readings or songs you can always have the fire on with no sound, but I kind of like it (but I do think they have far too many variations of "Norwegian Wood"). I've also enjoyed National Knitting Night, but it's got a lot more talking and action. That one is a recording of an international, live knitting marathon. There's a host that goes around interviewing the knitters and regularly checks in to give stats from knitters around the world and plug their Facebook page. It's fun, but not as chill as six hours of firewood. However, it does start with a guy bringing a sheep into a big circle of Norwegian woman and nonchalantly shearing it and tossing the wool out like Eva Peron throwing money away. That knitting is fresh.

Want: Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

On Thursday I wrote about the magic of retinoids, and mentioned my minor obsession with Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night Oil, a product I have never owned but have fantasized about owning often. I have tested it in stores and swooned over it's luxurious feel. I have dreamed about being the type of person who can drop over $100 on a face oil. I have also faced the harsh truth of my own finances. Perhaps some day, but not today. But OH MAN I love face oils and I want this fancy one so BAD.

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