Outfit Post: 9/27/13

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Dress: eShakti — Cardigan: Goodwill — Flats: Thrifted (Born) — Earrings: Vendor on campus

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Hello, internet. I hope you had a good weekend, or weekend-equivalent!

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My weekend was so-so: our refrigerator broke, which put a crimp in most of my cooking plans, but I got a lot of cleaning and some writing done so I suppose it all comes out in the wash.

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And October is nigh, bringing with it the promise of Dewey’s Read-a-Thon and Halloween, so what better time to break out the pumpkin orange?

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Do you have anything exciting awaiting you for the month of October, besides the slow slide into Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Outfit Post: 9/26/13

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Blazer: Swapped — Camisole and skirt: Thrifted — Flats: American Rag — Ring: Old

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I used up all my color credits with yesterday’s outfit post, so I’ll have to make do with pastels and neutrals for the rest of the week.

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Color rationing is no joke, people!

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Our soldiers on the front lines are gonna need all the pigment they can get if they’re gonna win the Color Wars, and if that means a little sacrifice at home, well–pastels aren’t so bad, anyhow.

Outfit Post: 9/25/13

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Shirt: Goodwill — Skirt: eBay (Anthro) — Flats: Thrifted (Born) — Ring: Nervous System — Earrings: Apostrophie

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First button-front of the season! You can go ahead and mark that off on your outfitwatching cards.

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(Outfitwatching is like birdwatching, but with less necessity for binoculars and getting up at 5am.)

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This picture is a little bit misleading–almost immediately after taking these photos yesterday morning, I took off my ring so that I could drag the garbage can down to the curb, and promptly forgot about it for the rest of the day. The ring, that is, not the garbage.

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Garbage is extremely important to me, you know. As it is to all of us.

Loads of Links 9/24/13

These folks have had some really smart things to say lately:

+ Last week Jia Tolentino at The Hairpin intervewed Dr. Susan Robinson, “one of four American doctors left who openly include third-trimester abortion in their practice.” The result shows, to me, the incredible caring and sensitivity with which Dr. Robinson approaches this work.

+ Laura at Ruby Bastille attended PAX, and has some thoughtful words on cons and inclusivity.

+ Nicole Cliffe at The Toast took some time out from her regular workout column to talk about what it means to change your body.

+ Aliette de Bodard has some pointers for white authors writing POC in SFF.

+ Boggle the Owl reminds us to be gentle with friends who are struggling. (TW: rape/pedophilia.)

+ Allie Shyer at Autostraddle talks about fatness and how it affects gender expression. This really struck me: “There is little precedent for fat androgyny. Generally our androgynous icons are svelte and lacking in secondary sex characteristics. David Bowie, Tilda Swinton, Katherine Hepburn; these small-bodied, predominately white figures of androgyny have created an aesthetic with little room for deviation.”

+ And since I haven’t shared much in the way of outfit inspiration lately, Cherell has some MAJOR double-tie action going on over here.

Outfit Post: 9/21/13

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Tunic: Threadless — Leggings: Carouselink — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden) — Jacket: Thrifted (F21) — Belt: Thrifted 

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This is a shortie post to go with my shortie hair. Well, really, I had to run out and take these pictures in between bouts of rain, so most of them didn’t turn out so well. We’re back up in the 80s today, but here, have a fall outfit for once! You’ll be seeing a lot of these leggings in the coming months, so get ready to get good and sick of ’em.

Outfit Post: 9/19/13

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Dress: Goodwill — Flats: 6pm.com (Frye) — Belt: Van Heusen Outlet — Bracelets: Thrifted — Earrings: The Wood Merchant

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I was having a little trouble getting dressed yesterday morning, but then I put on this dress and thought, “What would Gracey do?”

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I don’t know if my answer is 100% on-point, but I figured leopard couldn’t be too far wrong. Spots with spots!

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Add a few neutral bangles…

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…and some neutral-ish earrings (and some pink shoes, naturally), and at least I was ready to roll. Literally, since I got on my bike and rolled off to work. Thanks, Gracey! You’re an inspiration to us all.

Outfit Post: 9/18/13

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Dress: Solano Stroll — Vest: Goodwill (Ben Sherman) — Flats: Thrifted (Born) — Ring: Target — Earrings: Apostrophie

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This is the dress that I bought at this year’s Solano Stroll! Pretty, ain’t it?

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It’s slightly unusual in that it’s a wrap dress that wraps in the back rather than in the front, which creates a slightly-inappropriate-for-work back-V that I covered up with my handy vest.

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Seafoam isn’t usually a color that I’m panting to have in my wardrobe, but it looked so good with the orange that I went for it anyway. I’ll have to get a better picture of the pattern next time–it’s really cool.

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I’ll have to get creative with layering if I want to keep wearing this dress to work, but that’s a burden I’m willing to bear.

Outfit Post: 9/16/13

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Tee: Threadless — Skirt: Goodwill (H&M) — Shoes: eBay (Keds) — Necklace: DIY — Bracelet: Gift — Earrings: Etsy

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I got this chevron-printed shirt at the same time that I got my new bee tank top because I need (“need”) more easy, slightly-dressy tees that are work-appropriate, and this one seemed to fit the bill.

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For its inaugural outing, I decided to stack geometric patterns, just to confuse people. Like dazzle camouflage! (Not actually anything at all like dazzle camouflage.)

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Normally it would probably bug me to wear this daffodil-yellow necklace with the gold-yellow of the skirt, but I think the shoes helped tie everything together.

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Who’d’ve thought parrot shoes would be so versatile?

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It was an easy bit of pattern-mixing, anyway, and since “easy” was the whole point, I’m going to declare myself the winner.

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I’ll be able to pick up my new washer/dryer set and lifetime supply of toothpicks on the way out. Better luck next time, everybody else!

Outfit Post: 9/15/13

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Dress: eBay (Anthro) — Flats: 6pm.com (Frye) — Hat: World Market — Belt: Thrifted — Necklace: Gift

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I thought Sunday was going to be a quiet, lazy day, but then it turned into Mike and I going to IKEA to test out beds for five hours.

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Wouldn’t you dress like you were going to Easter brunch under similar circumstances?

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On the plus side, we picked out a new bed and were able to all the frame pieces home in the car.

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On the minus side, we’ll have to have the mattress delivered unless we want to schlep out again with Mike’s dad’s truck, so the new bed can’t be set up quite yet.

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Soon, though. I have hopes that getting my sleep schedule back on track will lead to more energy, which will lead to more engaged blogging. We’ll see!