Outfit Post: 7/21/14

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Shirt: Target — Skirt and bangle: Thrifted — Sandals: Dansko — Earrings: Gift from Katie!

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More hints of red from Mia! I’m throwing so many curveballs at you guys.

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I just got some new nail polish in the mail (my friend Tito tipped me off to a Zoya sale over the 4th of July holiday), but before I dip into any of my exciting new colors, I decided to go back to geranium red.

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It’s a good, summery color, isn’t it? I’m going to The Toast’s one-year anniversary party tomorrow and I wanted to make sure my nails would go with the outfit I’ve been planning. (I’m sure I’ll be talking about that more on Thursday and gushing over how many amazing authors of Toast pieces I met.)

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Incidentally, talking about nail polish on Twitter led me to the understanding that a majority of my nail-polish-wearing friends redo their nails every 3-5 days, which is amazing to me! I only do my nails every once in a while, and when I do, I usually let that junk hang around for at least two weeks because I’m majorly lazy. For posterity’s sake: if you paint your nails, how often do you redo them?

Outfit Post: 7/17/14

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Shirt: Target — Skirt: Leah’s free pile — Flats: American Rag — Necklace: Thrifted — Earrings: Nervous System

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Did you fellow USians know that yesterday was National Ice Cream Day?

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Mike and I celebrated by eating…wait for it…cheesecake. Because of course.

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We do have lots of ice cream in the freezer, though! It’s been a very ice-creamy summer, which I like just fine. (Last summer was more of a frozen yogurt year.)

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Not to shill for any companies here, but I have been enjoying the HECK out of Talenti’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, as well as Three Twins’ Lemon Cookie.

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This is what I look like every moment that I’m not eating ice cream. I swear it to the Lord of Frozen Desserts.

Outfit Post: 7/16/14

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Shirt, pants, and flats: Thrifted — Earrings: Target — Ring: Nervous System

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Red, black, and white is a pretty classic color combination, but not one I employ too often.

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Breakin’ out of my mold here!

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Honestly, this color combination most reminds me of a book series I read when I was younger: Baby-Sitters Club-esque, with a group of friends who had adventures somehow, and also once won a donkey in a sweepstakes contest?

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Anyway, one of the characters had her own mini-house behind her parents’ house, with her own phone line and everything, and it was entirely decorated in red, black, and white. I think that series was also where I first saw a character described as having a “hollow leg,” which is a pretty disturbing idiom if you don’t know what they’re talking about.

I could probably use my super-awesome research skills to figure out what the series was called, but eh. It’s Friday night, and I’m going to kick back with a book that doesn’t involve a donkey. Enjoy your weekend, pals!

Outfit Post: 7/15/14

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Shirt and ring: Target — Skirt and flats: Thrifted — Earrings: Gift

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Yellow and black, yellow and black! I’m showing my Hufflepuff pride, apparently.

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I still haven’t decided if I’m more a ‘puff or a Ravenclaw, actually. I’d like to be a ‘puff but I don’t think I’m hardworking enough; I’d also like to be a Ravenclaw, but, uh…I guess I imagine I don’t measure up somehow thanks to impostor syndrome!

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I think I’d be awful at magic anyway, so maybe it’s for the best that I don’t have to make these kinds of decisions. (Did those kids even learn geometry?)

Outfit Post: 7/14/14

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Dress: eShakti — Sandals: 6pm.com (Sam & Libby) — Pendant: Gift from Katie! — Earrings: Charming Charlie

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I’m a little ashamed to say it, but when I went to research whether I’d worn this dress/necklace combination before, I discovered that I’m kind of terrible at tagging posts.

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Sometimes I tag this dress as “floral print,” sometimes as “toile,” sometimes as both! I can be consistent with a few of the tags–usually my name and the type of post, at least. Frequently, though, I get into internal debates about whether or not a post deserves to be tagged “brown” just because the shoes are brown or there’s a hint of brown in the necklace.

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Categorizing things is truly my downfall; you should see my bookshelves sometime. (Actually, you shouldn’t. You really, really shouldn’t.)

Outfit Post: 7/10/14

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Dress: Thrifted — Shirt: Gift — Sandals: 6pm.com (Sam & Libby) — Earrings: Target — Ring: Vendor at Lake Bled, Slovenia

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Mike and I found a new place to live, so we’re moving!

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…only 2.6 miles, to be perfectly accurate, but I’ll be able to walk to work, which holds a certain appeal.

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It also comes with a washer and dryer, which makes me do a happy little jig of joy. No more laundromats for me!

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Anyway, this blog has faithfully followed Tia and me both through several moves, so you know the drill. I’m doing my best to slowly pack books and trinkets up now while we still have a month to prepare, but if I end up wearing the same four outfits for a week or two in the middle of it all–well, there are worse things.

(Got any moving tips to share, perchance?)

Outfit Post: 7/9/14

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Top: Target — Pants and bangle: Thrifted — Shoes: eBay (Eleanor Grosch for Keds) — Necklace: Jewelry shop in Hallstatt, Austria — Earrings: Etsy

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I’ve been doing my best to wear below-the-knee skirts, dresses, and pants this week, on account of I got my knee sunburned going pedalboating with friends at Golden Gate Park last weekend.

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Just the one knee, though; I was wearing my Desigual dress–very practical for pedalboating, as you might imagine–and the slit up the side exposed my poor left leg to the harsh elements of San Francisco.

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Even so, it was pretty much worth it. I got to hang out with some awesome friends, including one who had come down to visit from Portland!

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And we had ice cream, which was also good.

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You can get me to come along to just about any event if there’s going to be ice cream.

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And we saw geese and turtles! Man, San Francisco really does have everything.

Outfit Post: 7/8/14

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Top: Thrifted — Pants: Old Navy — Sandals: Dansko — Bangles: Leah’s free pile? — Necklace: Combo of thrifted and found — Earrings: Gift

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It’s funny–I’ve actually worn two other variations on this outfit in the last month, but I keep not being able to photograph it, so I keep trying again.

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I think that this time I improved on the previous two versions, so maybe it’s just as well.

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The first time I added a light blue camisole that sort of washed things out, and the second time I wasn’t fond of the earring/shoe combination.

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This, though, I think is just right.

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Don’t worry, though, I didn’t steal these clothes from any bears, and my locks are hardly golden anyhow.

Outfit Post: 7/7/14

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Top and skirt: Thrifted — Flats: American Rag — Earrings: Solano Stroll — Ring: Jewelry shop in Hallstatt, Austria

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Oh boy, Literary Stylings! My favorite! (That sounds sarcastic, but it’s really not.)

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I’ll be up-front with you guys, though; I kind of forgot about Literary Stylings this month, and this outfit isn’t directly based on any of the books I’ve read recently.

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But never worry, I can shoehorn a connection in anyway! To wit: I just finished a slim little anthology that Tia generously sent me, called Bikes In Space Volume II: More Feminist Science Fiction, edited by Elly Blue.

See? I’m a feminist! I have a bike! I’m technically in space! There you go.

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For real, though, I really enjoyed it. Most of the stories are quite short; the longest hits twelve pages, and the rest average something more like seven, and I think a few of them would benefit quite a bit from expansion. I particularly felt this way about the first few pieces–definitely good, but some pacing issues pulled me out of the story–but then I hit E.L. Bangs’ story “From an Interview with the Famed Roller Sara Zephyr Cain,” and my heart was totally won over.

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I do enjoy the very particular topic material, though (no surprise there), and some of the stories, like the aforementioned “From an Interview…” and like Maddy Engelfried’s “Midnight Ride,” feature disabled women and trans women as main characters, which is great! Other favorites of mine included “Winning Is Everything,” by Emily June Street, “Grandma Takes Off,” by Elizabeth Buchanan, “Bikes to New Sarjun,” by Jessie Kwak, and “Butt Dial,” by editor Elly Blue. They’re fun stories, and interesting; I recommend the collection if you have any interest in women, science-fiction, bikes, or all three. I’m going to check out volume one and then look forward to the publication of volume three. Who knows? Maybe I’ll submit a little something for the next issue!

Thanks for the book, Tia. You know what I like. <3

EDIT: How could I have written this article and failed to link to a place where you can purchase Bikes in Space? Terribly neglectful of me. Go here to buy it and to take a look at other Elly Blue Publishing books!

Loads of Links 7/7/14

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image via Stacy Bias

You can read an excerpt from A.K. Summers’ comic “Pregnant Butch” here–if you’re curious about one butch lesbian’s thoughts on pregnancy and gender presentation, I recommend checking it out.

This Girl With Curves post is a couple of years old now, but hot dang, that wrap dress looks phenomenal on her.

Mary Hendrie’s post “Why I Don’t Want Your Compliment” is great, and the core of it can’t be repeated enough: unless you have explicit permission, please, please don’t comment on someone else’s body.

Grown and Curvy Woman is consistently great with her outfits, but, in particular, her styling of this skirt knocked me off my feet.

Nina Mitchell’s spoken version of her sneaking-out-of-the-hospital-after-a-stroke story is wonderful; she tells it so well and it lifts my spirits.

Big necklace, loose dress, cool boots: it’s official, Stef looks amazing.

Stacy Bias has a really incredible, thoughtful illustrated post on “Good Fatty” Archetypes.

Also illustrated and so, so good is Jana Christy’s diary comic about donating a kidney to her brother.

Jenny Trout wrote an article for the Huffington Post about wearing a bikini while fat, and then reflected on the article’s impact a couple of days later.

Stephanie at Chocolate Laced is cute as a dang button. And those yellow pants!!

I’m not sure I’ll ever stop being fascinated by the Somerton Man/Taman Shud case, and Lucia Peters’ writeup of the incident only further inflames my curiosity.

A Canadian sex worker (who is a really cool friend!) wrote this very no-nonsense response to Tasha Kheiriddin’s uninformed “prostitution is sexual abuse” opinion piece.

Over the weekend I saw some really shitty headdress-appropriating clothing in San Francisco, so this seems like a good time (actually, always is a good time) to link to Beyond Buckskin’s helpful how-to guide for non-shitty Native-inspired summer festival fashion.