Outfit Post: 6/27/13

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Blazer: Swap — Tank top: Goodwill — Skirt: Anthro — Sandals: Dansko — Necklace: Vendor in Hawaii — Earrings: Gift

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I’ve got a question for all yuhs out there who have their own blogs: do your real-life friends/family know about your blog? Do they read it?

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A few of my friends know about it, although I don’t know if any of them read it on the reg; obviously Mike knows, and is sometimes courteous enough to help me with the pictures.

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However, my parents and other relatives aren’t aware of Reading in Skirts, as far as I know. I don’t go out of my way to hide it, but it’s not a part of my life that I’ve chosen to share. It might sound a little weird talking about it this way–shouldn’t it be a nonissue?–but I’ve been very close with my parents my whole life, and there’s not a lot that I haven’t talked about with them. I do feel a little weird sometimes since this has become such an everyday part of my life, and I wonder if I’m shutting them out of something important to me by not sharing it.

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But then, I never had many secrets to keep as a kid, so maybe this is my one private thing. My dad recently found me on Twitter, which was a bit surprising, and at first I definitely felt an urge to censor myself in ways I hadn’t before. It was a little confusing trying to reconcile the Mia I am with friends and the Mia I am with my family–I know maybe some of you out there are the exact same You at all times, but that’s not really how I function. Eventually, though, I got over it, especially since I’m continually reminded that if my dad doesn’t feel the need to censor himself, I don’t need to either. Altogether I’m glad he found me, and it’s a good way for Dad and I to stay in contact when he lives thousands of miles away, but I’m not sure I’m ready to extend that to sharing this here blog.

So: how about you?

Outfit Post: 6/26/13

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Dress: Goodwill (J. Crew) — Oxfords: Payless — Socks: Sock Dreams (Bastia Comfort Top Crew in Wisteria) — Bracelet: Solano Stroll — Earrings: Hand-me-down

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I had a vision for this outfit, and that vision was “lavender and gray.” 

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A pretty simple vision for a pretty simple outfit! I like it, though, even if it got a bit hot later on in the day for socks and closed-toe shoes.

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I was pretty dang pleased when I found this cute J. Crew dress at my favorite Goodwill, and I was even more pleased when it actually fit me despite being a size S on the tags. (I can sometimes fit into a Small on top, but my hips left Small territory ages ago.)

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There’s your lesson for the day, kids: tags don’t mean shit sometimes. I mean, if you’ve ever worn clothing at all–and especially if you’ve had the special joy of having to deal with a number of plus-size clothing lines–you probably know how laughable the variations can be, to the point of meaninglessness. Will this size L skirt actually fit me when it arrives in the mail? Who knows, let’s find out!

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When was the last time size roulette actually worked out in your favor?

Second Annual Blog Anniversary Giveaway Extravaganza Winners!

Have you guys been waiting for this post all week? I know I have. (I like giving people things. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.)

Hold your breath, everyone! It’ll make the moment feel more dramatic!

Thanks, as usual, to that particular witchcraft of the Random Number Generator, we have our winners. The winner of the $20 USD credit to the Book Depository is:

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GoldfishGirl! Way to go, GG! May you read your winnings in the tub without interruption until your toes are all wrinkled and pruney.

The winner of the $20 USD gift card to Sock Dreams is:

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Megan Gann! Hurrah, Megan! It’s probably a little warm for sock times on your side of the country, but you can dream about them for the cooler months. (Also, oh my freaking god, sleeping with a book under your pillow is the cutest damn thing. I used to hide a tiny flashlight alongside my mattress so I could read after lights-out. This was after my stepdad took away my nightlight because he’d find me reading by the light of it, of course.)

I’ll be getting in touch with you both so that you can claim your winnings. Keep an ear out! To everyone else, you may not have won the prizes, but you’ve won…my love. And isn’t that really the greatest gift of all?

Wait, where are you going? Guys?

Outfit Post: 6/25/13

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Tee, shorts, and sandals: Goodwill — Camisole: Old Navy

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Sick day yesterday! I’ve been having a lot of trouble sleeping lately, partly due to unwanted thoughts and partly due to who-knows-what. Anyway, all that lost sleep caught up with me, so I took a day off to try and get things back on track. The extra sleep helped and I feel better today, although I know I need to make larger changes and deal with the causes rather than the symptoms.

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I also used my sick day to catch up on Being An Adult (aka housework and organization), which meant comfy, easy clothes for moving around and scrubbing the shower tiles. Thus, peacock tee and red-orange jorts. I’m really into this shirt but it’s simultaneously covered in pills and too delicate for my sweater shaver–any suggestions on getting rid of t-shirt pills? Do sweater stones work, or are they also too rough?

(Reminder: Reading in Skirts’ blog anniversary giveaway is open until 11:59pm PST tonight! Go enter while the getting’s good!)

Outfit Post: 6/24/13 (Plus Sock Glue Review)

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Button-front: Goodwill — Skirt: Gift — OTKs: Target — Boots: Macy’s — Earrings: Hand-me-down

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I had to race outside and take these pictures just as it started to rain yesterday, so please, if you would, forgive the goofiness and weird angle (protecting the camera, donchaknow).

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During Sock Dreams’ recent summer solstice sale, I bought a bottle of their body adhesive to see whether sock glue would be a better fit for me a garter belt was. Verdict: I love it! It’s quite sticky and held my socks up all day–it was a fairly laid-back workday, but I squatted, walked, sat, and fidgeted, and had no problems.

I’m looking forward to trying it on thigh-highs to see whether my thighs rubbing together causes any issues, but that’ll have to wait until cooler weather commences. (I only happened to try it yesterday because we’ve had a couple rainy days, unusual for June around here, and the temperature dropped enough that long sleeves and socks didn’t sound like torture.)

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This is actually gonna turn my winter sock game around substantially, I think; I won’t have to worry about socks sagging, and while there was the occasional itch I mostly forgot all about the socks and the glue and was quite comfortable. I just muddled through applying it based on the bottle directions, but Sock Dreams has a tutorial with pictures if you’re curious. I probably won’t ever use the glue on calf-height socks unless I start shaving my legs again, but the hair that grows above my knees and on my thighs is apparently fine enough that I didn’t experience any pain when removing the OTKs after work.

All in all, I like it. $10 might be a little pricy for a 2oz bottle, but I imagine it’ll last me a long time, and I’m happy with my purchase. Now summer just has to hurry up and end so I can get back to wearing socks!

Loads of Links 6/24/13

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[via Japanese Streets]

+ Erika Moen talks about Babeland, her first first orgasm, and loving her body. [NSFW]

+ Jia Tolentino at the Hairpin interviews an international adoptee from South Korea.

+ Tokyo’s Gay Community Takes to the Street.

+ An Afroetic Narrative considers the “trend” of black hairstyles in Japan, South Korea, and other Asian countries. (The comments further the discussion in a valuable way, too.)

+ This article may be eighteen years old, but it’s still worth reading: Jennifer Miller, founder of Circus Amok, talks about what it’s like to be a woman with a beard.

+ Positive Exposure photographs people with genetic differences and disabilities to counteract the dehumanizing images in medical textbooks, and to help the subjects feel empowered.

+ The latest Rape Culture Round Up at Sociological Images is, to say the least, troubling–see their Rape Culture Pinterest board for more. [TW]

+ Also at Sociological Images: “‘Development’ Initiatives and the (In)visibility of Power” re: Punjammies. This definitely makes me think about the two pairs I own and my ongoing understanding of my own appropriative acts.

+ Tommy, a college student, spent three days wearing women’s clothing and documenting his experiences.

+ Artist Jessica Oddi has started an illustration series, Real Pin Up, to bring some diversity to the pinup genre and to “celebrate what makes us different.”

+ Finally, Ryan Gosling won’t eat his cereal:

Outfit Post: 6/20/13

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Top and skirt: Goodwill — Flats: Thrifted (Born) — Necklace: Hand-me-down — Earrings: Swap — Ring: Target

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Stripes and florals! Boring? No, classic!

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I thought about writing this whole post in short telegram-like sentences, but that’s not really my thing. I’m no good at committing to a gimmick, unless you count “rambling endlessly” as a gimmick.

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Anyhow, this tee is one of the first things I thrifted when I started getting interested in clothing and fashion, and it’s one of the few things that’s stuck around from that era. I’ve learned how to shop for myself more strategically since then, and my style has also just grown and changed.

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It hasn’t changed so much that I don’t still like being Matchy Matchy sometimes, though. I wondered whether stone earrings with a stone necklace would be too much, but then I decided to just rock them.

Get it? Get it?!

Happy Friday, guys. I hope your weekend…rocks.

(P.S. Quick reminder that if you’re interested in entering our Second Anniversary Giveaway, don’t forget to include a VALID EMAIL ADDRESS! It makes it so much harder for us to award you a prize if we can’t get in touch with you!)