Outfit Post: 4/24/12

Polo shirt: Old Navy — Skirt: Gift (made by Tia’s mom!) — Flats: American Rag Compagnie — Belt and bracelet: Thrifted

Ah, I finally got to wear the pineapple skirt Tia’s mom made for me back in September! It was too cold before, although I suppose in coming years I can practice styling it for non-tropical weather. But it was very appropriate and pleasant on this bright, sunny day, and I felt like the pineappley-est. (And the hibiscusy-est.)

(Excuse my distraction. I was looking at one of those big black bees that you see around here at this time of year…perhaps a Carpenter bee? I know not.)

I know lime green seems like a weird color to choose in combination with the reds and navies of the skirt, but it just popped into my head and I went with it. It works, I think? But I like to shoehorn lime green into many things, so maybe it’s just me.

Outfit Post: Tia Fall Down Go Boom Again

I am still mystified about how it happened, but walking to catch the bus last week, I fell and skinned my knee. I was so mad because I felt so boss about this outfit and because I had just finally patched the last pair of jeans I busted. Argh.

No gore on the outside, surprisingly, but geesh. It split in almost a perfectly horizontal line from seam-to-seam on these suckers. You’d think I’d be both too old and too young to be skinning my knees by spontaneously failing to walk.

Other than the part where I’m a clutz, I totally felt awesome in this outfit. Something about taking masculine elements and then femming them up(silk scarf like a tie paired with men’s cut shirt) just makes me feel so cool.

I just feel so natural in outfits like this. It sparks a tiny voice inside that says BUY ALL THE VESTS.

Then my wallet chimes in like buy all the vests? (BECAUSE THIS MEME WILL NEVER DIE).

Outfit Post: 4/23/12

Tank top: From my friend Leah’s free pile — Skirt: Gift — Button-front: Goodwill (Dockers) — Sandals: Goodwill (Aerosoles) — Necklace: NoMoreRack — Bracelet: ABC Store, Kailua-Kona, HI — Ring: ???

Happy Friday, y’all! I gotta be brief here, but you know the drill. Blues, browns, skirts, stuff like that.

Plus squirrels!

And giraffes!

And what’s that surprise from last weekend that I’ve been hinting at so irritatingly all week?



See you international oddities on Monday!

Outfit Post: 4/20/12

Blazer: Thrifted (Studio I) — Tank Top: Goodwill — Skirt: Goodwill (George Stretch) — Shoes: Goodwill (Aerosoles) — Bangle: Thrifted — Necklace: Goodwill

This? Is how I wish my new thrifted blazer fit. Up top you can see how it actually fits, at least when I have it open. Pretty comfy, and I love the color, but I’m not sure how I feel about how it hangs, and I have to wear it open if I want any of the under-garment color to show. Quite a conundrum. Plus, I feel like the sleeves are kind of a weird length; I may try and shorten them a bit. What do y’all think?

I have a hard time figuring out sizes of tops and blazers, especially since my automatic tendency is to have everything quite fitted and I feel somewhat awkward even in intentionally looser garments. Maybe it looks okay loose and I’m feeling weird over nothing? (I may have to invest in fashion tape to keep it open-but-not-flapping-in-the-breeze, though.)

If yesterday’s outfit post was ice-cream-themed, I think today’s theme is citrus: lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit! I have been kind of obsessing over warmer colors lately, and once I brought the blazer home (minus the shoulder pads) this felt like a natural combination. I think all the elements here might be going on my 30 for 30 list–we’ll see about the yellow skirt–but I just couldn’t sit on this outfit idea for that long.

It had to be seen, and I was powerless to refuse. You know how it is when clothing strong-arms you into doing its bidding, right?

Outside In

This is my end of term project for my physical computing class. It took a lot of time and brain power, and I’m even remarkably happy with it, which is why I’m showing it off, even if this is totally the wrong blog for that. But what’evs. Check out my first piece of “art” for a class since 2005. 🙂 (Sound is totally optional by the way: there is no narration or sound effects. There’s just a lovely composition by Zoe Keating. If you need amazing afternoon listening, I recommend living in her soundcloud page for a few hours. 🙂


Outfit Post: 4/19/12

Tank top: Goodwill — Button-front: Gift — Skirt: Goodwill — Belt: Thrifted — Socks: Big 5 — Shoes: Payless — Bracelet and ring: Hand-me-downs — Necklace: DIY (based on a design from Little Treasures by TG) — Earrings: Won in a Dressing Up For Life giveaway

When I came into work wearing this outfit last Thursday, the first thing my team lead said to me was, “You look like ice cream!” Apparently the tank top is Neapolitan and the skirt is sprinkles. Which is adorable of her, so I’m not going to argue.

I wasn’t sure the whole combination was going to work–and I’m still not sure how I feel about the shoes, they’re kind of dark compared to the rest of it–but I am generally pleased, and I’m looking forward to wearing this skirt way more. Tia actually invited me to do another 30 for 30 with her through the month of May, and I think the skirt is going on the list!

And fortunately one doesn’t generally count jewelry on the master 30 for 30 list, so I can wear whatever I want in that department. Take that, haters! (What haters?)

I do have a secret to share, though: I totally put a slip on after I got home from work, because I forgot when getting dressed in the morning that this skirt isn’t lined, so my dark gray bike shorts were showing through all day. Cool, right? That’s what the cool people are doing? Something something loud rock music and complicated shoes.

Outfit Post: 4/18/12

Top: Goodwill (Target) — Skirt: Gift — Flats: American Rag Compagnie — Belt: Thrifted — Bracelet: Hand-me-down — Necklace: Gift 

This is a fairly basic outfit from last week. I was too tired to come up with something more creative, so I just let matchiness do the work for me. Obviously I haven’t let my pink hair get in the way of wearing “clashing” colors like red; while it’s fun to have the added continuity of having my hair go with whatever else I’m wearing, I cheerfully ignore it as an element when it suits me to do so.

Then again, I’ve also never really been one to worry about my coloring and what hues do or don’t work with my skin tone or natural hair color, so basically I just wear whatever color I wanna and anybody who objects can go suck rocks. (I’m so extremely mature, aren’t I?)

Do you worry about coloring clashes? Do you like the colors that supposedly suit your skin, eyes, and hair? (Fortunately, I love most of the colors that do suit me; I just don’t let it all get in the way of wearing colors that supposedly don’t. I will also unabashedly admit to unconsciously dressing Mike in blue hues 90% of the time when we go shopping for him because they go with his eyes so well.)

T-Shirt: Vendor at the Orpheum in SF — Bike shorts: Walmart (I knowwww) — Running shoes: ???

On a side-note, I thought I would quickly show off some of my exercise clothing. (Although, admittedly, normally I wear an exercise top with a sports bra underneath rather than an old t-shirt; it just so happened that my exercise top was unbearably stinky and I forgot to wash it, so I had to scramble for an alternative.) I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it around here, but I started going to the gym on campus a few weeks ago, after having a small mental war about weight and fitness and body love. The war was won in favor of exercise with many self-reminders that health and weight are two separate things, and that I can strive for better health without also striving to lose weight or focusing on pounds and dress sizes. HAES, everybody! I’ve been going a couple of days a week, usually for 30-4o minutes at a time, and I’m already seeing results in my biking stamina, which is great!

I was a little nervous at first to stroll into the gym in my little bike shorts when it’s mostly populated by already-fit young college kids, but a) I love my body so I will keep fighting not to feel embarrassed about it in public and b) if they’re paying more attention to my bike shorts than to their own workout, then they’re doing something wrong. So my bike shorts and I will keep chugging along on the elliptical and reading or watching whatever they have on the TV. Last time it was Roadhouse, joy of joys–Mike got to watch Ice Loves Coco one night, but thus far I haven’t been so lucky. Maybe I should just stick to my Kindle…

Outfit Post: Double Rainbow

So mom sent me this rainbow argyle sweater in with the last care package, and it’s kind of magical. I also got rained on this day, as made clear by my jeans. A CTA worker commented on how lucky I was to have found shoes and a sweater that matched so well, and I of course bragged about how I made the shoes myself. She was impressed. XD I’m impressed with how the acrylic paint is holding up. Even the cracks don’t really make it look bad, I think. I want to do mooore painted shoes, but it requires both some purchasing power and some time. Which, as end of term approaches, I have less time than I had hoped. I wore this to watch the first Iron Man movie and The Incredible Hulk at Keith’s place. We’re watching all of the movies leading up to the new Avengers flick. I’m excited.

Posts may be sparse as I wrap up the term. Sorry! For example: I wrote this post 8 hours ago, and then never got the chance to upload the post. Ugh.

Outift Post: 4/17/12

Top: Express — Vest: Goodwill — Skirt: Goodwill (H&M) — Shoes: American Rag Compagnie — Necklace: Grouse & Badger

I cannot for the life of me get this top to look the same color in photographs as in real life. I promise that it is not, in fact, a bright tomato red, but rather extremely hot pink–closer to the color of my hair than it appears.

Pinky swear. Would I lie to you? (Well, maybe. I do enjoy lying. It’s a trait I inherited from my father.)

Do you have any garments that tend to upset the camera? This old post does a much better job of approximating the color, but it still isn’t quite right. And it looks like I was already complaining about the same color problem in this other old post. Siiiiigh.

At least there are still leaves lying around that I can use as stupid props.

Did you have a good weekend, folks? Did you do anything special? I did! I will have a little surprise (yes, that same surprise that I keep going on about) to share with you later this week, and also Tito and I participated in Dewey’s Read-a-Thon and went to my first-ever MLS soccer game. Go Earthquakes!

Between the surprise and the soccer game, our Read-a-Thon participation was not as dedicated as it has been in previous years, but we still had a good time, and we each finished a book! Go wait with bated breath over at Nisaba Be Praised for one or the other of us to post a review, I dare you.

You can totally see that my hair is growing out, as hair does; I, unfortunately, have the burden to bear of significantly darker roots than Tia does, so that tends to be my motive for redying, as opposed to the dye fading too much. I just gotta hold out a couple weeks until Tia’s mom can give me a pre-wedding haircut, and then I’m going purple all the way. Have any of y’all ever used one of Special Effects‘ purple dyes? Purple is actually one of the few colors I’ve never tried, mostly because it’s purported to fade more quickly than any other color, but I’m leaning towards Pimpin Purple for its reddish tones. I could be swayed, though, if anybody has a suggestion!

Periodic Table of Elemental Cupcakes

This weekend, my Chicago ladies surprised me with a bachelorette party. I thought I was going to just another Girl Party(a Chicago institute, since we dancer-folk rarely see other girls on a regular basis, and it allows us to get to know each other), but my sneaky ladies surprised me. Heather and Jen made the entire periodic table of elements in cupcake form.

I was entirely surprised. I seriously had no idea. And the cupcakes were fabulous.

This is my “I don’t understand why there is confetti being flung at me, or why there is a camera, but I guess I’ll smile and be confused at all the people yelling surprised” face.

Luckily for me, there were green drinks to match my dress and help me climb back down awkward mountain. It took me a while to cope with the surprise, and get back on sturdy footing, but I’m so grateful to my wonderful friends. I had no idea, and was doubly impressed when it was revealed that Braden knew about it too. He is not a good secret keeper, but I still had no. clue.

(These photos not by me, but by one of the attendees of the party).