Outfit Post: 10/15/14

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

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

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Wore a skirt and a scarf, evidently.

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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

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Top: Target — Shorts: Nordstrom Rack — Sandals: 6pm.com (Dansko) — Bangle: Thrifted (Target) — Earrings: Heatherly Designs

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

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(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!)

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

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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.

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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?

Outfit Post: 10/10/14

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Top: Thrifted (Ann Taylor) — Pants: Thrifted (Ralph Lauren) — Flats: Thrifted (Born) — Earrings: QuellyRue — Bangle: Thrifted (Target)

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Sort of the work-appropriate equivalent of this outfit, eh?

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I don’t own too many black-and-white garments; as I’ve probably said a dozen times, the contrast is a little harsh for me (and yes, I’m aware of how that sounds when I regularly wear hot pink floral capris).

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The black in these pants’ print does make it a natural pairing, though! And makes for easy mixing with a patterned black-and-white top, should I so desire.

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And, of course, I’ll throw in these earrings wherever I can, and some places where I can’t. They complete me.

Outfit Post: 10/9/14

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Shirt: Target — Skirt: Thrifted (Target) — Flats: American Rag — Necklace: Hand-me-down — Bracelet: Solano Stroll — Scarf: Thrifted — Earrings: Apostrophie

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I hear tell that it’s World Mental Health Day, so how about a Mia mental health update?

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It’s been a year and a bit since I started therapy, and a few months shy of that since I started taking medication. (I’m on two different ones now!)

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As many folks will tell you, managing brain problems is not usually a perfect uphill climb. I’ve had some setbacks and some scary impulses, but right now things are…okay.

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I just recently switched to a new (female) therapist, and that’s been helping a lot. I really appreciate the work that my last therapist did with me, and his gentleness and kindness, and I think he was a great introduction to the mental health services at my disposal! Now I’m giving it a go with someone who has a more directive approach, and that’s something that’s working for me at this stage in the game.

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Talking about brain stuff can be hard. Early on in my journey, I attended a depression group, and I’m currently part of an anxiety class. I’m privileged to be able to take time from work to attend it; the classroom setting has (unsurprisingly) always worked for me, and being around folks who know what it’s like makes me feel like less of an anomaly.

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And tons of people deal with anxious and depressive thoughts all the time! I am very much not alone, and although I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, I’m grateful to have friends that understand.

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So: two therapists and two medications later, it’s not perfect. It never will be. How does one qualify perfect mental health? It’s something to be managed, like other long-term disorders and diseases. Things are still hard sometimes–a lot of the time–but: I’m here, I’m here, I’m here.

Outfit Post: 10/8/14

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Dress: Thrifted (Laura Ashley) — Shirt: Thrifted — Flats: American Rag — Earrings: Heatherly Designs — Necklace: Freehand Fig Jewelry — Ring: Asian Art Museum

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Here’s a thing: I opened an Etsy shop! I am now the proprietor of Freehand Fig Jewelry.

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It’s only got a couple of pieces in it so far, but I’m working on adding more.

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It’s all made with pieces of Venice lace that I dye all sorts of pretty colors. Like this one!

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I know it’s a very particular kind of fance (made-up back-formation of “fancy”), so you don’t have to like any of it!

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It would make me happy if you checked it out, though.

Outfit Post: 10/7/14

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Top: Thrifted (Weavers) — Pants: Thrifted (Ann Taylor Loft) — Flats: Thrifted (Born) — Earrings: Gift — Bangles: Leah’s free pile — Ring: Nervous System

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In case you didn’t notice, I’ve decided to stop being lazy and start listing the brands of my thrifted clothing again.

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Sometimes I feel a little goofy when an item is a nondescript mall-brand type of clothing, but hey, accuracy is important.

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Anyway, spikes, red, black-on-black leopard spots. I’m breaking out, and I’m being specific about it!