Outfit Post: 11/29/12

Sweatervest and boots: Thrifted — Skirt: Gift — Hat: Macy’s — Leggings: Leah’s free pile — Pendant: Hand-me-down — Bangle: Solano Stroll

Recently, I gave away most of my sweaters and sweatervests with attached lapels and cuffs (you know the kind). They were all still in pretty good condition, but I’ve realized recently that I just don’t find them remixable enough for my wardrobe. I’d really like a nice selection of sweaters, sweatervests, and button-front shirts to swap in and out with each other, but I have a hard time layering them without looking extremely lumpy and annoyed, which is where the faux-layered shirts entered my wardrobe in the first place.

Someday I’ll figure this layering thing out for myself (tailoring is probably the answer, right?), but for now I’ll hang onto this one, because the pattern is just so much fun. I’m tempted to cut off all the non-sweater bits, though, because they’re super thin and wrinkle so easily.

Do you like the preppy layered look? Do you achieve it with pre-layered clothing, or do you have tricks for getting everything to lay smoothly?

Outfit Post: 11/28/12

Cardigan, slacks, and tee: Goodwill — Heels: Thrifted (Naturalizer) — Ring: Target — Necklace: Erica Weiner

Thaaaaat’s right! It’s that time again, when Mike and I start messing around with indoor lighting. (We decided to attempt an area other than the kitchen this year.) It’s also the time when Flat Tire starts shamelessly photobombing my pictures. Here are two things that I’ve learned about the Tire since we got back from Chicago:

1) She really, really likes kale, and will beg for it if I’m cooking some up.

2) At some point she chewed a hole in the fabric bottom of our boxspring and made herself a little nest in the space there.

The former is cute, but the latter was really startling to learn when I got up to pee this morning, and means that Mike and I will be flipping the boxspring when we get home from work today. Oh, cat, what will you destroy next?

On a side-note, I really love my birthday-present-to-me Erica Weiner hummingbird skull necklace, but it doesn’t photograph all that well, does it? I think I’ve only gotten one picture where it actually looks like what it is. Do you have any beloved but camera-shy or unphotogenic items in your wardrobe?

Team Outfit Post: 11/25/12

By the time this post sees the light of day, I will be back in California and back to work (and will be a very sleepy Mia, because our flight will have gotten into SFO at 11pm). Boo hiss!

At least I’ll be able to look back on our last full day with pleasant nostalgia–we did so much, and were dressed so cutely! (I believe Tia’s mom is responsible for most of this ensemble, which is delightfully bright and colorful. Tia also said it made her feel a little Ouran High School Host Club.)

First we went out to brunch, and then we split up as Mike and Braden went to take pictures for a client on the top of an amazing building on the water while Tia and I wandered around Navy Pier. I am officially in love with the Crystal Gardens, and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows is pretty rad too. Not a bad way to spend two hours for free!

After sunset, we went and picked the boys up and rattled our way over to the also-free Lincoln Park Zoo for ZooLights! It was kind of delightful to see all the bright lights and colors, although we were all somewhat consternated by this crab family:

Why so heteronormative, ZooLights? Also, since when do crabs grow facial hair or wear lipstick?

We also visited the giraffe exhibit, which is obviously why I wore my giraffe-print knee-high socks. I think they knew that, deep down, I was one of them.

Of course, once we were done wandering around and looking at animals, we completely negated the inexpensiveness of the rest of the day by stopping by Mindy’s Hot Chocolate and having ourselves some extremely rich and extravagant (and expensive) desserts and cocoa. For the record, their burnt honey ice cream is mindblowing and I want to try remaking it ASAP. Oh my word.

At least we made up for it by going home and eating homemade turkey, leek, and rice soup. Leftovers remix for the win! Also, being a grownup means sometimes you get to eat dessert first. I don’t think I’ll be able to look at sugar again for a week without feeling a little sick, but it was worth it. No regrets. Never give up, never surrender.

Team Outfit Post: 11/23/12


Whoo. Our Thanksgiving was quite fun! I did a lot of cooking, and even at the time of writing (Sunday), we STILL have a full pumpkin pie left to eat.

We did little other than watch movies and go on a walk Thursday, so these are our Friday outfits. This is a shirt Mia brought me, and said if I didn’t like it, she was going to take it. Considering how well it went over, I don’t think she’ll be going home with it, mwahahaha.


This knot actually got Mia complements when we went out to the Art Institute to give Braden a chance to do some homework. She ended up untying it and retying it to show someone.


Apparently, among other things, an Art Institute trip is becoming part of our Thanksgiving tradition. This year we got to see a few areas I hadn’t previously seen, including the new Greek, Roman and Mesopotamian exhibit.


We also saw the print and illustration exhibit, which I hadn’t seen before. The last few times I’ve been to the Art Institute of Chicago have been for Braden’s homework assignments, which all have been in the medieval art area, so it was cool to see the new things.


We actually stayed at the Art Institute almost until closing, which was a first for me. People were still coming in until a half hour before the museum was closed, which goes to show that it’s weird that the museum closes at 6.


After all that fun, we went to a friend’s post-Thanksgiving hangout.


It was supposed to be a pajama party, so we were definitely a bit overdressed for the party, but it was a good time. We watched a couple of movies, ate more, and chatted a bunch.


I think our day after Thanksgiving was a pretty good one, and involved absolutely no shopping except at the Art Institute’s gift store.


Molly would like to know if mew had a good Thanksgiving too? Did you hit the Black Friday sales? Or maybe hit up Small Business Saturday?


Team Outfit Post: 11/21/12

Back in May, Mike and I gave Tia and Braden a wedding present–you know, as you do when you like someone and want them to be happy or whatever. Anyway, our gift to them was a gift card to Home Bistro, because we’re good friends! But the gift card came with the stipulation that they couldn’t go until we came to visit Chicago again in six months, because we’re also jerks. Jerks who like good food.

And lo, those six months came to pass, and Tia and I did dress up all fancy for our shmancy dinner! She nabbed her black, white, and green dress at the swap on Saturday, and I borrowed the purple faux-wrap dress from her closet, because I did not bring anything suitably dressy. (Unless you count giraffe knee-highs as dressy.)

We make a lovely prom couple, don’t we?

It makes Tia want to siiiiiing~

Did I mention that we both snagged bomb-ass shoes at the swap too? Tia’s rad (and generous) friend Abby brought some kicks that no longer fit her, and I happily scooped up these Naturalizers. They were her wedding shoes, too! I promise to love them and feed them and walk them every day.

And Tia brought home these babies, which actually make her as tall as me when I’m barefoot. How novel!

After getting finely kitted-out, we went and had our ets. And ohhhh myyyyy godddddd, the ets, they were good. The night was a prix fixe where we each got to choose three courses from the menu–I could list each and every delicious thing that we had, but suffice to say that there were sweetbreads, there were lamb meatballs, there was poached pear in champagne with mascarpone.

Say it with me now: [unintelligible drooling noises].

In the spirit of food-lovers everywhere, Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! And Happy Regular Thursday, non-Americans!

Team Outfit Post: 11/20/12


When Mia saw this picture, she made some comment about how silly the pictures of us next to each other but not interacting are. To that I say…my boobs are nearly interacting with her elbow, as far as I can tell. So yeah!


Speaking of boobs: today I wandered with Mia to Nordstrom so she could be fitted for some bras. She came out absolutely flabbergastered – the sales associate had put her down a band size and up not one, but two cup sizes. This was both shocking and alarming, and lead to a five minute discussion about boob shapes and how unique they are to each person, and how cup sizes don’t really encompass that.


If it seems like every time we’re in the same space, we talk about boobs, it’s relatively true.


Anyway, onto a non-boob topic, the fact that Mia’s thigh-highs match her hair is sort of killing me here.


Also, I am a dope who loves scarves.


The weather has been a bit odd…it’s never quite warm enough to go coatless, but never so cold that all the extra sweaters I made Mia bring by accident are useful. Whoops.


However, that weird mix of chilly and not that chilly weather has made the new blazers all the more wonderful. This one was pretty much just the ticket today. It wasn’t quite warm enough if I was standing still, but we mostly kept moving so I stayed pretty warm altogether.


Also, this shirt has convinced me that Mia might be a spy or from the future. Superfluous zippers!


This was not the most…coherent post. But adventures in Tia and Mia under the same roof will continue! I’m not sure if we’ll be posting on Thanksgiving, but we’ll figure it out!

Team Outfit Post: 11/19/12

The wonder team, together again at last! It’s a beautiful thing, people.

See, part of the thing about the outfit capsule I packed for this trip is that a week ago it was freezing here in Chicago and Tia advised me and Mike to pack as warmly as possible; when we arrived, we found out it would be in the mid-fifties and up basically this whole time. Lucky us!

Fortunately, I am a consistently chilly person anyway, so this Pendleton 100% wool skirt I thrifted a month or two ago is getting some love. Next time I’ll need to wear thicker tights or leggings underneath it, though, because it’s kind of scratchy even through these thin ones.

This outfit actually went through a few transitions over the course of the day; the camisole went on when we decided to jaunt on down to Unique Thrift, the earrings and bangles came off at some point because I’m lazy, and the glasses only came along as I remembered their existence.

As for Tia, I think this is another dress she ganked at the swap? Between the swap and Unique (not to mention the couple of recent thrifting runs I’ve done recently), I feel like we both have new clothes for dayyyyys. Which, it’s nice to have an infusion of new blood in one’s closet once in a while!

I like Tia’s mix of lime and dark blue, it’s quite pretty.

Plus, hold the phone, it’s a necklace! A different necklace than the one she usually wears! (Well, plus the one she usually wears.) And it goes nicely with her color scheme, even. Well-played, Tia; well-played.

Team Outfit Post: 11/18/12

There’s a Mia in my bedroom! She arrived yesterday and we IMMEDIATELY went to a clothes swap (like, I picked her up from the airport and drove straight to it). In retrospect, considering how hungry and tired we both were, maybe not the best idea, but it was still fun.

I, of course, needed to integrate one of my swap grabs right off the back. This blazer was one of my “finds”, and by finds, I mean blazers that my friend Abby brought mostly because she reads the blog and has heard me grumble about my blazer lust for a bit too long. So, YAY ABBY for not needing blazers!

After Mia’s super early flight (7:00am California time) and a hard day of thrifting, we actually ended up going to bed super early last night…Braden and Mike both crashed out at 8PM, and Mia and I crashed out at 10PM.

I honestly don’t think we’re gonna make it up too late today either! We got up a bit early (but after 10 full hours of sleep) to go to the flea market near my school. We had some really delicious Mexican food…the best I’ve had since moving from California. We got 4 delicious gorditas and two horchatas for $16 and ended up wonderfully full.

From there we went to a secret I had lined up for Mia…massages. One of my friends was offering a special deal to help get herself a bit of extra cash on the side and I thought it would be a nice way to welcome Mia back to Chicago.

I blame said massage for my own current sleepiness. Every massage I’ve ever had (2) has taken so much out of me. I’m going to hypothesize this has something to do with the fact that I use the crap out of my body and I go too long between getting fixed again that whenever I do get fixed, my body is a little…stunned.

Mia and I decided to include this image because she had tossed items in her suitcase just assuming that the item lengths would be compatible. So…here is your visual moral of the post: check that your clothes will work together.

Anyway! I’m going to guess that we’ll be pretty actively posting while Mia is here, because I’m excited to show off my new finds. 🙂

(Note from Mia: I’m excited too! I got some pretty sweet tidbits at that swap, exhaustion and all. Also, for the record, Saturday night I totally had a dream where Gracey was having a birthday party at the townhouse in Santa Cruz where I lived senior year of college, and we were all playing video games. Jaunty Dame was there and was wearing a fabulous vintage hat–and was super charming, as was Gracey. Travel and sleep deprivation do weird things to my brain, but I’m willing to believe that part of the dream was accurate!)