Outfit Post: 8/29/13

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Dress: Thrifted — Sandals: Dansko — Earrings and bracelet: Gift

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Gotta get a couple more wears of this dress in before cool weather is upon us! It’s cute but it doesn’t feel like it’ll translate well to the winter months.

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(Actually, I’m probably jumping the gun a little, since cool weather isn’t likely to be upon us until mid-October. I’m willing to be surprised, though.)

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Same with these earrings–they don’t feel very wintery either. They’re definitely not made for windy days, anyway, unless one enjoys being clanged in the face by a couple of miniature gongs.

Happy Friday, everybody! And have a fun three-day weekend to my fellow USians. I’ll be cleaning my house–exhilarating. 

Outfit Post: 8/28/13

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Top: Target — Pants: Old Navy — Sandals: Dansko — Necklace: Fable and Fury — Ring: Nervous System

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Second verse, same as the first, just with a little more Tom Waits involved.

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Rewearing outfits ain’t no crime. I henceforth resolve to do it more often!

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Y’all have probably pretty much forgotten about last year anyway, right?

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Tom Waits looks nice on a lavender background too. He’s a versatile kind of guy.

Outfit Post: 8/26/13

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Top: Thrifted — Skirt: Goodwill (Target) — Flats: American Rag — Earrings: Target — Bracelet: Found

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Not gonna lie, this outfit made me feel like a straight-up cutie patootie.

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Turns out that I like this shirt and its ruffliness so much that I bought some more ruffly shirts at my second-favorite thrift store over the weekend.

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Sometimes I think about the language I would use to describe my clothing and style if I were to abolish all gendered terms. If I couldn’t call this outfit “feminine,” how would I talk about it? Can a description of physical characteristics  convey the same image as context-heavy and abstract ideas?

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This isn’t to say that I think that gendered terms should be completely struck from the record of our language. I simply like to remind myself that gender is, at its core, a social construct, and that low-grade gendering can affect our perception of people just as much as heavy-handed gender essentialism does. It can be limiting, you know?

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For example, see this gifset in which Eddie Izzard breaks it down for some folks. (Oh yeah, I have a tumblr now. Wanna be my tumblr friend?)

Do you have any gender-based thoughts on this fine Wednesday?

Outfit Post: 8/25/13

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Top: Gift, from Crete — Shorts and sandals: Goodwill — Bracelet: Flea market — Necklace: DIY

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I was going to make a joke about turning up the volume with this top, but then I realized probably every fashion blog has made that pun since the beginning of time.

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Seriously, though, it makes me feel like I’m wearing a circus tent and I love it.

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Even though the neckline stands alone beautifully by itself, no jewelry necessary, I threw on a necklace anyway.

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Never let it be said that I don’t enjoy gilding the lily a bit.

Outfit Post: 8/23/13

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Top and skirt: Goodwill — Sandals: Dansko — Necklace: Fuzppa — Bracelets: Thrifted — Earrings: Target

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So, after all that whining and wailing about this skirt getting ink on it in the wash, I just went and wore it as-is anyway. The ink isn’t super noticeable, and I’m over being melodramatic about it.

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It’s funny, though, how when I went to get dressed, I thought, didn’t I just wear this skirt? I did, if by “just” you mean “over a month ago.”

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The desire and pressure to always be showing off new and different garments or accessories so as not to bore the audience–this is an effect of style blogging to which I’m apparently not immune. It’s not something I think about consciously most of the time, or something that makes me feel anxious or burdened, but I also can’t say that it hasn’t changed my shopping and dressing habits.

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I own more clothing than I used to, and these days I get bored of wearing the same thing too frequently. My wardrobe also goes through more frequent changes than it did in the past, although this I partially attribute to thrift shopping. When thrifting, I’m more likely to take a chance on something unusual, because it’s cheap and I don’t mind donating it back if it doesn’t work out after a wear or two.

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I talked a bit last year about the feelings of materialism that occasionally crop up in conjunction with this hobby, and I still think about those feelings when they come around. I’m not living beyond my means or my storage space, and I enjoy the variety that I’m able to have in my wardrobe, so I don’t tend to beat myself up about liking clothes. I do try to be mindful of my consumption, though, especially how it’s linked to my emotions and physical/mental state (see this post over at Already Pretty re: HALT). Dressing up in clothes is something I like, and shopping for those clothes has become an extension of that–I don’t want shopping to become something disordered for me, something that I do to try and fill a void elsewhere in my life.  Blogging has been healthy for me, and I want to keep it that way.

Outfit Post: 8/22/13

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Dress: Goodwill — Sandals: 6pm.com (Dansko) — Belt: Thrifted — Earrings and pendant: Gifts from Katie!

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You know, back in high school and through most of college, I never wore jewelry.

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I wasn’t at all into fashion back then–being a giant-tee-and-grubby-jeans kind of teenager–but bracelets and rings in particular felt extraordinarily awkward and strange.

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Since starting this blog, though, my taste for accessories has grown, and these days not wearing a bracelet or ring makes me feel odd, like I’m forgetting something.

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This is possibly because when I do wear rings I’m forever leaving them by the sink in my office building’s bathroom. It’s probably for the best that none of my rings are particularly valuable, hmm?

Do you have any accessories that feel more comfortable on than off?

Outfit Post: 8/21/13

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Shirt and belt: Goodwill — Skirt: Gift — Flats: American Rag — Earrings: Hand-me-down — Necklace: Erica Weiner — Ring: Solano Stroll

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Hello, everybody! I’m feeling cautiously optimistic today, how ’bout you?

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I took these pictures after my first depression skills class last night–something my new doctor encouraged me to do alongside therapy. Attending it left me feeling pretty positive, and feel like I’m already armed with some good weapons with which to battle Depression Brain. 

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Since I was in a good mood, I decided to take some energetic, spirited pictures! They were not all…successful, let’s say…but it was fun to play around. Sometimes I get in a pose rut.

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I recognize that these positive feelings may just be part of the up-and-down cycle that’s been pretty standard for me lately, but I’m going to work on cultivating them within myself while they’re here.

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How are you doing, everybody? Share or don’t as your heart desires.