Guest Post: Grungy-Woodsy

[Happy Friday, everyone! Here's a guest post from my super-charming friend Anne. Go fall in love with her, quick! -Mia]

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I wore this outfit on a very reasonably-temperatured but overcast Saturday in October. Some friends and I went to the arboretum and spent the day wandering around, sitting on blankets and generally being dirtbags.

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I’m wearing my favorite shorts that I cut to the perfect length (originally from Target), a Marc by Marc Jacobs blouse that I found at a thrift store and makes me feel fancy, my amazing green leather boots, and my sorority flannel from college. I love flannel because it’s both a Seattle grungy thing and a New England woodsy thing, and those are my birth home and my chosen home, respectively. Wearing something that looks too put-together makes me feel uncomfortable, and throwing a flannel on an outfit is like a security blanket.

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I ended up having the flannel buttoned almost the whole time and tucking the front part into the shorts, and it looked GREAT. My trusty glasses are Oliver Peoples and I’ve had them for four and a half years. I’m going to order the same frames from ebay when I finally decide to replace them.

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These are the most expensive shoes I’ve ever owned and my cat, Fox, attacked the left boot the first day I got them, thus transforming them from Special Boots to Everyday Boots in one emotionally charged instant.

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This watch is stainless steel faux rose gold and I love it.

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A blurry but still precious photo of my little mouse ring from Etsy.

I used to be too self-conscious about my legs to wear shorts in public, but now I do it all the time. I’m happy I’ve been feeling good about my legs, because they really enjoy being freeeee!

Outfit Post: 10/22/14


Shirt: Target — Shorts: Thrifted (J.Crew) — Leggings: Carouselink — Socks: Sock Dreams (Heather Bobby Socklings in Bark) — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Necklace: Gift


Sick day equals Shorts-and-Leggings Day. (And apparently also Earth-Tones Day.) I don’t think I’ll ever be 100% comfortable wearing leggings as pants (godspeed to all of you who are!), but short-shorts and leggings get a big thumbs-up.


The other thumbs-up that I’ve got hanging around goes to this necklace, which my buddy Jessica gave me as a birthday present!


I’m pretty sure this side–the fancy side–is actually supposed to be the front, but I like the simple look of the back better. And who knows, maybe it’s reversible! Do they make reversible necklaces? Has the fashion industry improved on the reversibility of clothing in general since the early innovations of Kris Kross?

Outfit Post: 10/21/14


Dress: Thrifted (no label) — Belt: Thrifted — Sandals: Dansko — Socks: Sock Dreams (Heather Bobby Socklings in Rust) — Ring: Target — Earrings: Vendor on campus


Speaking of forgetting things, here’s something I’ve been meaning to share!


I mean, besides my hair and these earrings you’ve seen a hundred times.


Here we go–it’s the little coin purse I got from the art vending machine in my hotel in Vegas!


It holds mmmaaaayyyybe one quarter at the max, although I bet you could stuff five or six pennies in there.


It was made by an artist–whose name I have woefully forgotten–living in Berlin, and he creates them out of tetrapaks! Natriumarm, indeed.

(These photos are dedicated to Tia’s aunt, who wanted to see what it looked like. Sorry I took so long, Amy!)

Outfit Post: 10/16/14


Dress: Lana — Shoes: Golden Ponies — Belt: Thrifted — Earrings: Gift, from Greece — Ring: Vendor at Lake Bled, Slovenia


Ugh, I still really love this dress. I’m glad it jumped out when my mom and I were shopping in Vienna. We stopped by this sorta hippie-crunchy-boutiquey store with loads of adorable kids’ clothing; I was on a quest for unstructured work-appropriate pants and it seemed like a good place to start.


None of the pants quite worked out, but then this dress came along. There was actually only this dress in a size too big on the rack that Mom encouraged me to try on–and then I lucked out and got the last (correct-for-me) size from the back of the store! It’s definitely still a little blousey up top, but I’m happy to belt it and call it good.


My mom has good style instincts sometimes. (Well, a lot of the time.) See: these pretty earrings she got me in Greece. Thanks, Mom!

Outfit Post: 10/15/14


Top: Thrifted (Eyeshadow) — Skirt: Blacklist Vintage (Lilly Sports) — Flats: American Rag — Scarf: Thrifted — Earrings: Solano Stroll — Ring: Shop in Hallstatt, Austria


An outfit from five days ago? What did I even do five days ago?


Wore a skirt and a scarf, evidently.


If any of you have crystal-clear memories of what happened to you more than three days ago, I don’t want to hear about it.

Outfit Post: 10/12/14


Top: Target — Shorts: Nordstrom Rack — Sandals: (Dansko) — Bangle: Thrifted (Target) — Earrings: Heatherly Designs


Thanks to climate change, it’s mid-October and I haven’t put away the short-shorts yet.


(I make climate change jokes occasionally but I can’t actually think about it too in-depth or I start having a panic attack. Try it sometime, it’s fun!)


(Okay, I make jokes about anxiety disorders too. It’s a coping mechanism.)


Uhh, anyway. This outfit was meant to go up yesterday, but then Mike and I had friends over and I forgot about my responsibilities like blogging and brushing the cat.


We watched a few interesting anime films and series! The Garden of Words is probably the most beautifully-animated thing I’ve ever seen, but the writing’s kind of weak; Little Witch Academia is precious and very seasonally appropriate (and which includes a witch with the amazing name of Shiny Chariot); and GunBuster is a little bit silly and a lot-bit 80’s. So, you know, it was a pretty good evening all-around.

Ada Lovelace Day 2014 – Minal Sampath

What ho, fellow travelers through time and space! I hope you’re well. And speaking of space, today is Ada Lovelace Day once again and I’m here to profile Minal Sampath!

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image via Skies of Couple-Colour

Here’s what you need to know about Minal Sampath:

- She’s a systems engineer in India.

- From roughly 2011-2013 she was working intensively, sometimes to the tune of 18-hour days, on ISRO’s mission to Mars.

- You know, the one you might be familiar with from this photo of amazing Indian scientist women hugging each other after they successfully landed their orbiter, making India the fourth country in the world to do so.

- She was inspired to become a scientist when she saw a live launch on TV as a kid, so she worked to make it happen like a boss.

- She and her team built three instruments for the orbiter, including an infrared camera and a methane detector.

- In an interview with BBC, she stated that she wants to help improve the ratio of working woman scientists in India: “I want women to imagine that they can do this.” I can only imagine how many young girls she’s motivating with her visibility, just as she was motivated in her childhood.

- She’s also said that she wants to be the first female space-center director in India, and that someday she’d like to go up into space herself.

Keep an eye on her, friends. She’s going to be running ISRO before too long.

If you’d like to know more about some of the women who worked on the Indian Mars mission, this Firstpost article by Sandip Roy is a great place to start. You can also peruse this year’s ALD spreadsheet to see other great women who are being profiled in Ada Lovelace’s honor. Finally, if you want even more reading material, go through The Toast’s Gal Science archives to read interesting, funny, smart pieces written by lots of woman scientists themselves. Astrophysicists! Biologists! Volcanologists! It’s heady stuff, I tell you.

Why not celebrate a woman scientist today?