Outfit Post: 7/27/13


Ahoy, compatriots! I took a sick day yesterday and completely forgot to do a blog post. WHOOPSIEDOODLES. I’m on the mend now, though, so I’m back to give you the irrelevant rambling and numerous self-portraits that you all crave. I know it’s been hard, but dry those tears.


Although, technically, these aren’t self-portraits for once. During his stay, I decided to tell my dad about the blog, and he generously took these pictures for me, because he’s cool. Thanks, Daddio!


We had a good visit, and I’m looking forward to seeing him again in September. Maybe by then the goofy-ass sunburn I got on my back at the flea market will have faded! (Never assume that you’ve sunscreened your entire back by yourself, kids. Don’t be like me. Stay in school.)

Outfit Post: 7/25/13


Top: Threadless — Skirt: Leah’s free pile — Sandals: Dansko — Earrings: Target — Bracelet: World Market


Hola, dear and valued friends! I am feeling a bit under the weather today, so please accept this mostly-wordless outfit post; perhaps tomorrow I will be back to my verbose self!


I’m sure you’re looking forward to it already.




Outfit Post: 7/24/13


Top: Gift — Pants: Goodwill [dyed by me] — Sandals: Goodwill (Aerosole) — Necklace: Thrifted — Bracelet: World Market


Woof, I’m tired. It’s been a long week, my little chilaquiles.


But at least it’s Friday, and I can appreciate these pants that I dyed a couple weekends ago! I found ’em at Goodwill and the fit was nice, but they were this sad sort of faded, washed-out red. I thought, I can fix that!


For the record: dying something on the stove in the middle of summer is not a great idea unless you like sweating buckets and coming close to heatstroke. This was the first time I’ve ever dyed a garment (as opposed to an accessory), and it takes a lot of labor and resources! I’m sure the washing-machine method is much easier, but you kind of need a washing machine in order to make that one work.


It was kind of a fun novelty, and it didn’t cost me anything except time since I already had the red dye sitting around, but I probably won’t be too quick to try it again. What about you, do you make a habit of dying clothes? How do you feel about the impact of clothing dye on the environment? What about more natural dyes as compared to RIT?

Outfit Post: 7/23/13


Dress: Goodwill (J. Crew) — Shoes: eBay (Keds) — Bracelet: Charming Charlie — Earrings: Target — Necklace: Gift


My dad’s visiting from Mexico! Did I mention that?


It’s nice, him being around for a little bit. We get to be weird at each other, although he is a true weirding master and out-weirds me every time.


So far we’ve been hanging out–you know, chillaxing. Last night we went to a free Music in the Parks concert, and it was a lovely warm evening and there were kids playing with their dogs and the big band music was great, and it was one of the summeriest things I’ve done in a long time. I wish we’d taken a picnic!


What about y’all, do you have any good parks around where you are? Do they have any fun summertime activities?

Outfit Post: 7/22/13


Tee: Gap Outlet — Skirt: Goodwill (Target) — Flats: Thrifted (Born) — Earrings: World Market — Bracelet: Gift


These outfit photos are actually missing something–I was also wearing my unicorn pendant for most of the day. Unfortunately, the chain broke while I was at the grocery store, so I stuffed it hastily into my purse and forgot all about it. It seems like an easy fix, though, so thank goodness for that.


On a more important note–what is up with this little guy in the toile pattern on my skirt? Is he some sort of human/star-nosed mole/catfish hybrid? Or is it a creepy racist caricature?


There’s some weird shit going on in this tableau and I demand ANSWERS. Ain’t no skirt gonna pull a fast one on me, no sir.

Outfit Post: 7/19/13


Tee: Gap Outlet — Skirt: Goodwill — Sandals: Dansko — Pendant: Found at campsite — Ring: Target — Earrings: Etsy


Y’all want to hear a sad story? Mike and I went to the laundromat on Sunday, and SOMEONE (*cough*) left a pen in a pocket that went through the wash cycle and stained a third of the clothes.


INCLUDING THIS SKIRT. Oh, my poor skirt. My ideal floral.


Really, it’s a few blotches down by the hem, so I suppose I could just ignore them and wear it as-is, but I’d rather mope about it for a few days.


He can’t give me any more crap for letting tissues go through the wash, I’ll say that much. (Please tell me I’m not the only one that does this. Tissues have to be on my person at all times, and sometimes I just forget.)


What do you do when a garment gets, uh, altered unexpectedly? Do you weep a little? Do you give it away and move on? Do you chop it up to make something new?

Loads of Links 7/22/13


image via ArtSlant

+ Trungles on Liberal Allies: “Because the bottom line is that our academia has made a commodity of our lived experiences as teaching moments for you. And if you think your academic knowledge is more valid than our lived experiences, then you’re definitely not part of the solution.”

+ I don’t remember if I ever linked “Pancakes” here, but Kat Leyh’s new mini, “Welcome to the Family,” is just as lovely and heartwarming. I look forward to seeing more of Molly and May!

+ Also in comics, have I mentioned that Madéleine Flores’ Help Us Great Warrior! is extremely perfect?

+ Sci-fi author John Scalzi talks about boycotts and the creator.

+ Help support Black Girls CODE! The fundraising campaign for their summer coding program runs until Friday.

+ In bike news, Lumigrids is an LED projector that aims to make night riding safer for cyclists. COOL.

+ I saw Pacific Rim with Tito over the weekend, and it’s still lodged firmly in my brain as a freaking awesome movie; if you’re feeling the same, why not read this article about its costume design? (Article contains spoilers.)

+ The Evolution of Playgirl: Reviewing Three Decades of Covers. I find it impossible not to be fascinated by this.

+ Patrick Stump and Fall Out Boy give a good example of how to respond to criticism re: appropriation.

+ Photographer John William Keedy’s photo series It’s Hardly Noticeable is made up of pictures that represent the feeling of anxiety, and some of them resonate with me in an uncomfortably true way.

+ The Willendorf Project–feminist artist Brenda Oelbaum’s work turning diet books into models of the Venus of Willendorf–is going national.

+ In two great tastes that taste great together, captain of my heart Aimee Fleck talks about (and illustrates!) women on the USS Enterprise on The Toast.

+ Finally, The Legend of Korra Book 2 trailer. COMMENCE FREAKOUT:

Outfit Post: 7/17/13


Dress and bangle: Goodwill — Sandals: Target — Belt: Thrifted — Earrings: Fab.com (Tiklari)


A short post for a short workday! We had two power outages today and I didn’t get much done. The power’s been on and off through parts of the whole city, I gather, which is weird and simultaneously exciting and tedious–sitting in the dark stuffing envelopes and gossiping and hoping that in another five minutes we’ll get to go home.


We ended up staying until our scheduled leaving time, though, so I’ll have to look for excitement somewhere else. For now, I think I’ll take a nap and dream of polka dots and stripes.

Outfit Post: 7/16/13


Tee: Goodwill — Skirt: Blacklist Vintage — Wedges: 6pm.com (Sam & Libby) — Earrings and bracelet: Gift — Necklace: Thrifted 


Oh, look, not a single pattern in sight on Mia today!


It actually hasn’t been that long since I’ve gone patternless, but it feels rarer than it used to be.


I really do like both pattern-full and pattern-less outfits; I often look to Kasmira for bold, unusual pattern mixes, and I still trawl the archives of Academichic looking at E’s stylish, wonderfully put-together solid-color outfits.


And, of course, I have done infinitely many solid-and-pattern outfits, but those aren’t as interesting to talk about right now.


How do you feel about solid-color outfits? Boring? Your preferred look? Do you like to wear strong, contrasting color-blocking looks, or do your solid-color outfits tend to be more muted and/or harmonious?

Outfit Post: 7/15/13


Dress and bangle: Thrifted — Sandals: 6pm.com (Dansko) — Earrings: LiaSophia


Cute new dress for me! Last Friday I went to a thrift store (well, several thrift stores) looking for a big, cheap, crappy pot that I could use to dye some clothes–more on that later.


While I was looking, I just happened to find this interesting dress, which has a large pleat in the front that opens up to reveal a terrible endless void extra print! I like to imagine that it does cool things if I walk very purposefully, although I don’t walk purposefully very often, so we may never truly know.


I eventually found a pot, thank goodness. It took me four stores and a lot of walking, but really, if I’d gotten one on the first try, I would never have come across my new favorite dress.


It’s nice to get lucky sometimes!


I also recently got this new pair of Danskos in the mail–these are what ate up most of my clothing budget for the next little while, but I’m not sorry. I’ve been so happy with my other pair of Danskos that when I saw these online, I decided to take a chance. I’ve mostly given up buying shoes online because size, comfort, and quality are all so variable, but it’s  less risky when one’s already a little familiar with the brand, right?


Verdict: not as 100% squishy-comfortable as the brown pair, but still nice! I love-love-love the color and shape of them, and I want to wear them with just about everything I own. The piece that goes across the front of my foot is a little tighter than I would like, but it doesn’t rub or cause blisters, and it might loosen up a bit as I wear them. Or will it? Does vegan leather stretch? I am sore unschooled in the ways of shoemaking. (Shoeberdashery?)