Outfit Post: 11/28/13


Dress, belt, and necklace: Thrifted — Long-sleeved shirt and leggings: Target — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Socks: Sock Dreams (ECO Scalloped Top Crew in Pink) — Earrings: Angela Grace Jewelry


I don’t normally take pictures in this much direct sunlight anymore (hssss, it burnssssss), but I just wanted to snap a few quick photos before Mike and I took off for Tia’s family’s house yesterday, and they didn’t turn out too shabby!


Thanksgiving is a holiday with a really awful history and origin, and I know this time of year can be hard for a lot of folks, so I hope you’re all doing well out there, internet friends.


We did have a lovely time with Tia’s family (even if Tia is a couple thousand miles away right now), and I got to help her mom decorate their Christmas tree, so I’m really appreciative that we have such wonderful family friends who cheerfully let us into their home.


I didn’t even steal any table runners or Christmas ornaments. I mean, what the heck, ’tis the season, right?

Loads of Links: 11/28/13


image via Pam Wishbow at Style Journal Tumblr Blog

Litographs offers shirts, posters, and other merchandise printed with the entire text of a book on them; I’m pretty partial to their The Last Unicorn shirt myself.

Ragini writes about fatshion and the proliferation of pinup style.

Stephanie at Chocolate Laced has been killing it with her recent 30-for-30 styles–days 5/6 and 13 are especially great and give me some awesome fall-color remix ideas.

Beyond Buckskin is encouraging us to buy Native for the 2013 holidays–check out their list of Native businesses worth supporting, as well as the Beyond Buckskin boutique, which features this incredibly gorgeous scarf that I’ve been eyeing for a while.

You may have seen the recent hubbub about Plan B’s ineffectiveness over a certain weight limit. The Dirty Normal breaks down the details and research and what they really mean.

The Style Journal Tumblr Blog is charming, delightful, and features a fair amount of cats and farting. What more could you want?

There is nothing about this recipe for chai-spiced persimmon scones that doesn’t sound amazing. (Also, she’s right about Hachiyas. Eat them at the wrong time and your mouth will turn inside-out. Don’t fuck with Hachiyas.)

Liz at The Fluffy Bones talks about her strategies for self-care on bad body image days.

On a similar note, a little drawing meme involving “items of power” has been going around Tumblr, and I’m really liking some of the posts. (That last one was drawn by one of my college roommates! Hi, Zoe!) What are your items of power? Right now, mine are my new pyramid stud earrings, my spice grinder, and the smell of peeled clementines.

Happy Thanksgiving and/or Hanukkah, all!

Outfit Post: 11/26/13


Dress: Solano Stroll — Button-front: Thrifted — Flats: American Rag — Tights, earrings, and ring: Target


Since it’s a short workweek for me due to the holiday and a number of my coworkers (and superiors) are out of the office, I took the opportunity yesterday to do a little outfit-experimentation.


I’m determined to make this dress work at least a couple of times this winter, and since the sleeves and wrap detailing mean I can’t really layer over it, under is going to have to do.


I think a darker-yellow button-front (closer to the mustard/gold of the tights and the ring) would have been better than the pastel yellow I chose, but my selection of button-fronts is a bit eclectic, so I worked with what I’ve got and I don’t think the effect is too terrible. Could use a little tweaking, but I’m getting there.


What do you think? How do you adapt wrap dresses for colder weather, if you do in fact adapt them at all?

Outfit Post: 11/25/13


Dress: eShakti — Cardigan: Thrifted — Sandals: 6pm.com (Dansko) — Scarf: World Market — Tights: ??? — Earrings: QuellyRue Designs


Life has been pretty steady-as-she-goes lately. I’ve been a little bored, but also a little relieved, because minor boredom is still better than existential despair.


And, at least sometimes, boredom can be temporarily assuaged by wearing a bunch of funky colors!


And if that doesn’t work, I just need to think outside the box a little–take up BASE jumping, double-secret reverse knitting, or Charades. Something of that nature.

What have you been doing to stave off minor boredom and/or existential despair lately?

Outfit Post: 11/22/13


Cardigan, skirt, scarf, and boots: Thrifted — Tights: Fab.com — Earrings: Apostrophie


I recently became the final person on the planet–or at least on my Twitter feed–to start watching the inimitable Parks & Recreation. I’m only on season 2 so far, but it’s pretty solid! (Other than the Venezuela episode. Not so sure about that one.)


Relatedly, this outfit contains a great number of shapes, and so I hereby dedicate it to Tom Haverford.


I like to think he would appreciate the gesture.

(P.S. You have until 11:59pm PST to enter the giveaway over at Nisaba Be Praised for a signed copy of Jennifer Laam’s The Secret Daughter of the Tsar. And, I have to say, if you entered now your odds would be SPECTACULAR. So go, go! Free book, what more do you need to know?)

Outfit Post: 11/20/13


Sweater and tank top: Thrifted — Skirt and earrings: Gift — Tights: Spanx — Booties: Some shoe shop in Santa Cruz


I’ve seen yellow/olive combinations around a few places lately, including over at Swear Jars & Shoe Funds, and when I realized I had the pieces for it, I thought I’d give it a try too.


It also gave me a nice opportunity to trot out these booties, which I don’t wear often enough anymore.


I was warm despite the rain, and had a little bit of sparkle (and sunshiney yellow) to brighten my day. Just what the midweek called for.

Happy Friday, everybody!

Outfit Post: 11/18/13


Dress: Blacklist Vintage — OTKs: Target — Belt and flats: Thrifted — Necklace: Gift


One of my particularly stylish coworkers gave me a few compliments on this outfit Monday, and I have to say that it was really gratifying.


It’s nice to get compliments on your style from someone whose style you admire, you know?


Actually, that goes for most anything. If I admire someone’s ____ and they compliment me on MY ____, my heart stops. But, uh, in a good way.

“Outfit Post”: 11/16/13


Okay, this isn’t really an outfit post per se, so sue me.* Mike and I had a day out in San Francisco on Saturday, and I coerced him into taking this picture of me by the Ferry Building. (He was more interested in taking pictures of the small bird to my right, but close enough.) We had lots of delicious foodstuffs, including Cowgirl Creamery mac and cheese, and in the evening wandered across town to see…

*Please don’t sue me.


…VIENNA TENG. Oh my goodness, it was an amazing show. Funny and beautiful, and she played so many songs from her new album, Aims. I want to just dissolve into inarticulate babbling, but here–if you’ve ever wanted to hear a song representing what I do for a living, you could do worse than “The Hymn of Acxiom”:

Have you had any fun day trips lately?

Outfit Post: 11/15/13


Top and skirt: Thrifted — Boots: Macy’s — Thigh-highs: Sock Dreams (Extraordinarily Longer Thigh Highs in Teal) — Earrings: Etsy


It may or may not be apparent from these photos, but last week I moved into the world of makeup-owners by buying my first ever lipstain!


(Well, it’s definitely not apparent from this photo, but you know what I mean.)


As you may have noticed, I’m not one much for makeup–like, ever–but I like this lipstain’s pretty red color a lot, and it doesn’t make me feel like I have to go and slap on a full face of foundation and mascara to go with it. (A full face of makeup is a-OK for other folks, don’t get me wrong! And it would be a-OK for me too if I was in the mood–but let’s face it, I’m generally not.) Just a little something for fun! I took a couple of selfies to celebrate, and to get used to what it looks like. It doesn’t seem so obvious in these pictures, but red lips felt really VISIBLE when I first tried them, you know? Sometimes change is scary, but in this case it’s a good kind of scary.