Outfit Post: 2/25/13


Button-front: Leah’s free pile — Skirt: One Mango Tree — Belt: Thrifted (Old Navy) — Tights: Target — Flats: American Rag — Earrings: World Market


Sometimes when I’m looking at pictures of myself (and, as you might guess from this blog, I look at a lot of pictures of myself), I have a hard time understanding the design of the human body.


This isn’t a knock against my body in particular, or bodies in general–just sometimes I look at a picture and the arms look spidery and weird, or I can’t quite get a grasp of the whole and how it works in concert. Most of the time I inhabit my body without thinking much about the easy, automatic movements it makes in response to impulses, but sometimes when I look at myself (or other people, too) all I can see are strange, disconnected pieces that don’t seem like they quite sum up to anything functional.


Odd thoughts for a tired Thursday. What odd thoughts have you had lately?

Outfit Post: 2/23-2/24/13


Is it sad that I had to check my Twitter history because I absolutely could not remember what I did on Saturday when I wore this outfit? Possibly because I spent part of the day in pajamas doing crafting:


Well, dip-dying a piece of venice lace for a necklace, if you count that as crafting. (Said lace is now dry and hanging in the spare bedroom, waiting to be stiffened and adorned before it’s done.)


I think I only threw on clothes when Mike and I decided to make a snack run to World Market with a giftcard someone gave me for Christmas. That weekend was the last one I’ll have completely free for at least a month, so I was prepared to wallow in it, and wallow I did.


See, on Sunday I decided to participate in Maureen Johnson’s Name of the Star readalong, wherein a bunch of people read NotS and chattered about it on Twitter in preparation for Tuesday’s release of its sequel, The Madness Underneath.


 I didn’t win a copy, but I did enjoy NotS and also got to lounge around in my favorite t-shirt tunic and leggings, so I’d call it a success.


When was the last lazy weekend you had? Do you like them, or do you get bored? I am a supremely lazy individual, so I’m a fan, but I’ve also got lots of fun stuff coming up in March so I can’t be too sad about that. (Well, I could, but it seems counterproductive.)

Outfit Post: 2/22/13


Turtleneck and tights: Target — Sweatervest: Thrifted [shirt-bits cut out by me] — Skirt and flats: Goodwill — Earrings: Gift from Katie!


Thanks to the recent combination of Chelsea’s sweatervest love and Gracey’s zigzag love on my Google Reader, it was basically compulsory for me to wear my good old zigzag sweatervest last Friday. Thankfully, all the layers were lightweight enough that I wasn’t sweltering by the middle of the day. (It’s going to be 68F this afternoon! Almost jort weather.)


It wasn’t until I was taking pictures that I realized that this tissue-tee turtleneck from Target (5 points in the alliteration jar!) was nearly the same shape and color as the shirt I wore the day before, aside from obvious neckline differences. I don’t think anybody noticed, though, so I wasn’t stoned to death in the town square or anything. I don’t think our town even has a square.


I have also been meaning to show you guys my new and slightly-improved jewelry storage situation. You may remember that it was previously a big jumble at the top of my chest of drawers, but no more! I picked up a cheap corkboard last time we were at IKEA and used it to hang up all my necklaces, since they tended to get tangled and suffer the most in the dogpile. It’s still not perfect (maybe I should get a second corkboard) but now I can at least see everything I’ve got and it all stays more or less tangle-free.


This has allowed me to free up the top of the chest of drawers for rings and bracelets–and if I ever think I need more jewelry, may this serve as a reminder that I already have plenty.


The earring situation has pretty much remained the same, although I gave it all a good sorting to weed out that which is no longer my style.

Have you had any good storage innovations lately?

Outfit Post: 2/21/13


Blouse: Swapped — Slacks: Thrifted — Flats: 6pm.com (Frye) — Earrings: Fab.com (Tiklari) — Belt: Van Heusen — Ring: Hand-me-down


Who’s tired of tights weather? Mia’s tired of tights weather.

More specifically, I’m tired of it being too cold to go barelegged in the morning but then warm and pleasant in the afternoon. Layering is all well and good, but my coworkers would probably notice if I shucked the tights around lunchtime. That being the case, out come the pants!


I’ve mentioned that I have difficulty styling slacks sometimes without looking shlumpy, but I like how this outfit turned out. I kept it simple, with just a little pattern-mixing (plaid+leopard if you look closely at the belt) and some chunky jewelry. I have to baby my ears for a few days after wearing these heavy earrings, but they’re worth it.


And they go so well with this ring that my mom passed down to me.

Chelsea’s had some great pants-based work outfits lately, so don’t be surprised if you see me playing off her style. It’s homage, I tell you, homage!

Outfit Post: 2/19/13


Sweater: Goodwill — Skirt: Leah’s free pile — Tights: Spanx — Boots: Macy’s — Earrings: Target — Necklace: DIY (based on a design from Little Treasures by TG)


Marigold and lavender! I had a premonition that these colors would go well together, and I think I was right. (Even though the sweater tends to photograph less gold and more…mari?)


Because the sweater is 100% cotton (or maybe not, I’m not a textiles expert) it tends to get a little slouchy over the course of the day. This goes double for the sleeves, especially when I’n pushing them up and pulling them down all morning long in a futile attempt to regulate my body temperature in our old, poorly-ventilated office building.


And look, I wore my DIY necklace again! I made a few necklaces for people for Christmas and they generally seemed well-pleased with the results. I’ve been itching to branch out and have pinned a number of necklace tutorials to my crafting board; tomorrow I might actually try dip-dying the piece of venice lace applique I received in the mail last week. I’ll keep you posted.


Have you crafted anything lately?

Outfit Post: 2/15/13


Dress: eShakti — Leggings: Target — Boots: Woman Within — Belt: Thrifted — Bracelet: ABC Store — Earrings: The Wood Merchant


I forgot to mention it yesterday, but in case your observational skills are on the fritz, I dyed my hair! The purple was getting faded and messy-looking so I just went over it with some black box dye from the drugstore, and I like the results.


I’m having a bit of a mental dilemma about how to proceed with my hair from here on out, honestly. I’ve enjoyed the funky colors–you know I have–but now that we’re living in a nice new house with a nice new bathtub, I feel a bit leery about staining that tub pink or purple and taking away from the nice-newness of it. Additionally, I know all the bleach and dye I go through isn’t super-great for the environment, so I’ve just been feeling…complicatedly about the matter.


It also feels kind of weird when people get really invested in this sort of thing as a part of your persona. I think Tia has mentioned this before, and it’s a pretty nebulous feeling to try and talk about, but I feel odd when it seems like I can’t stand on my own merits if brightly-colored hair is the only thing that makes me stand out.


I just don’t know, folks. What do you think? Tell me about your experiences with hair dye, if you have any!

Outfit Post: 2/13/13


Lace top and clogs: Goodwill — Skirt: Gift — Camisole: Old Navy — OTKs: Target — Necklace: Gift from Erin! — Earrings: Hand-me-down


I really gotta do something about these clogs. They’re extremely cute, but even with OTK socks layered over tights, they kept threatening to slip off my feet and made the ten-minute walk to and from my car uncomfortable (don’t quite feel well enough to get back on the bike yet, so I’ve been driving). Should I invest in some gel things or just give up on them altogether?


Other than the Clog Issue, I quite liked this outfit. Lace! Grumpy fish necklace! I should have folded the OTKs down a bit so the rust-colored tights were visible–I really liked the rose-rust-blue combo–but I’ll just have to remember next time.


Plus, some earrings made by my grandma. She’s responsible for most of the interesting rock-based jewelry in my collection. What can I say? The lady loved geology.

Outfit Post: 2/11/13


Dress: Ross — Shirt and flats: Goodwill — Necklace: Gift from Erin!


Yaaay, my first post-30-for-30 outfit and it’s sick day clothes! Seriously, though, this dress is comfy as balls and it makes me want to get twenty more maxi-dresses to just wear forever and ever, amen.


(Check out the pretty necklace Erin sent me! Thanks, Erin. Therin.) I think I’ve neglected to mention it, but I started up with the Twitter again. Be my friend, read my tweets about bruises and dairy! You know you wanna.

Mia’s Winter 2013 30 for 30: Retrospective











Look at that! Billions and billions of galaxies Mias. Yes, we are past my spontaneous let’s-do-this-thing 30 for 30, and I didn’t even stab anybody.

So, how do I feel about it, looking back? Hmm–alright. I’m not sure I’m as satisfied with the results as I was with 2012’s 30 for 30, but I do feel like I’ve come a ways since 2011’s 30 for 30. I feel like some of these outfits, while acceptable combinations of the stuff I picked out for myself, were a little…boring, maybe? But I guess that’ll happen with any capsule-type challenge, where you’re walking the line between picking items that are as remixable as possible while still keeping things fresh and interesting.

Also, as always, some unexpected elements kept things challenging: having semi-limited washing machine access put something of a cramp in my style and made me put together some odd combinations out of the only things that were clean. The unseasonally warm weather meant that I couldn’t wear certain items as much as I wanted to, and made for some weird layering experiments. Weekend-wear was also difficult–next time, I definitely need to include at least one or two more weekend-appropriate tops, since I just don’t do button-fronts for relaxation purposes.

Other observations:

– MVP: polka-dotted bubble-hem dress (4 wears)

– LVP: red slacks, striped tee, and dark red button-front (2 wears each) — I think this was because I let them all get horribly wrinkled during the move, and fixing that wasn’t on the agenda since I’m still in the market for a new iron (any suggestions?).

-MVC (most valuable color): red (12/30 outfits) — success! Red and I are much more friendly now.

– Hats worn 3 times

– Belts worn 10 times

– Scarves worn 3 times

– Suspenders worn once — far too few times, I reckon.

Have you considered doing a 30 for 30 lately? It’s definitely about a once-a-year thing for me, but I think it’s a good creative exercise, and helps me appreciate the rest of my wardrobe that much more. What do y’all think?