Outfit Post: 2/27/14

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Dress: Thrifted (J. Crew) — Cardigan: Target — Scarf: World Market — Thigh Highs: Gift (from Sock Dreams) — Boots: Macy’s — Earrings: Angela Grace Jewelry

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I feel much better today, friends! Thanks for sticking with me when my brain goes pleh.

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It’s funny–I put lots of outfits together, and take lots of pictures of myself, and edit all those pictures–but most of the time I still feel a degree of separation between “me” and the person in all those outfits in all those photos.

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I think this is largely because I don’t feel a strong mind-body connection in real life. There are moments when the two come together–riding my bike, snuggling up in a warm bed–but the “me” that thinks these words usually feels completely separate from the “me” that’s actually firing signals to type the letters out. I’m a little too brain-fried to properly explore the whys of this, but it’s been on my mind.

Do you inhabit your body strongly? What makes you feel connected?

Outfit Post: 2/26/14

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Top and tights: Target — Skirt: Thrifted (Target) — Boots: Macy’s — Earrings and ring: Gifts — Coat [below]: Thrifted — Firebird pin: Christkindlmarket in Chicago

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Hey there, you amino acids, you! I’m feeling a wee bit botched today, so please enjoy the calming silence of this mostly text-free post. I’ll probably be back to my old self tomorrow.

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Outfit Post: 2/24/14

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Dress, belt, and boots: Thrifted — Tights: Target — Necklace: World Market — Bracelet: DIY

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Can you tell that I am really looking forward to Daylight Saving happening in a week and a half?

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I’m not looking forward to morning sleepiness, but I AM hotly anticipating the return of evening sunlight that makes after-work photos easier.

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My evening photos are much less likely to come out unfocused than the morning ones, and things look much prettier with a golden-hour glow washed over them in general.

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Of course, not all my morning photos have been bad. I guess I can wait.

Outfit Post: 2/23/14

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Dress and jacket: Thrifted — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Socks: Sock Dreams (Heather Socklings in Plum) — Earrings: Target

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I think I’ve mentioned that I’ll be going to Austria in a couple months with my mom, but we recently had an exciting development regarding the trip!

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Well, exciting for certain definitions of the word. See, part of our plan for the visit was to go to the region where my mom’s grandma–my great-grandma–was born in the 1880s; we knew she’d come to the US from Steiermark (aka Styria), but none of our living relatives knew which town.

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I got a copy of her birth certificate from my uncle, and ended up asking a couple of German professors at my workplace for their help in deciphering it–my German is so-so, but it was written in that Olde Tymey script that makes my eyes go crossy.

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As it turns out, we’ll have to make a side-trip, because while the town she was born in was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the time, it’s now in Slovenia! We’ve got some research to do, because what Mom and I know about Slovenia could fit in a thimble. Even so, it’s pretty neat to know where your family comes from! I know tracing ancestry is harder for some folks than others due to name changes, lost paperwork, and institutionalized racism, so I feel very fortunate to have been able to get this far.

Do you have any interest in genealogy?

Outfit Post: 2/16/14

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Dress: eBay (Aryeh) — Jeans: Nordstrom Rack — Shoes: eBay (Eleanor Grosch for Keds) — Earrings: Gift from Katie! — Bracelet: Thrifted

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Things have been up and down, up and down, but Sunday was decidedly UP. We got lots of good vegetables at the farmers’ market, which is a big factor into my happiness, I find.

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Case in point: today I bought a giant bag of kale from our university garden, and I’m on top of the world! Yippee!

Outfit Post: 2/15/14

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Dress: Thrifted — Cardigan: Gap — Leggings: Carouselink — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Pendant: Hand-me-down — Earrings: Angela Grace Jewelry

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On Saturday Mike and I had lunch with one of my friends from back in the day (hi, Paco!).

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Then I went home, sat around a bunch, and drew some internet friends.

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I know, I know, it sounds thrilling when I put it like that, but sometimes sleeping eleven hours a night and being quiet at home is just what I need.

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I can’t always be running off on magical world-saving adventures, after all.

Outfit Post: 2/14/14

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Top: Target — Skirt and belt: Thrifted — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Dreamer Tartan OTKs) — Flats: 6pm.com (Frye) — Earrings: Vendor on campus — Bracelet: World Market

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The other day, blogfriend Amy asked a good question:

I don’t know if you have ever mentioned this before, but is it difficult to come up with your different outfits? I don’t worry too much about my outfits ~ if it is clean and matches even remotely, I throw it on and go. Accessories happen sometimes, but generally as an afterthought and when it is subzero outside, I don’t even bother as I don’t want any jewelry permanently frozen to my body :O
I know you have a blog and therefore probably do put more time and effort into what you are wearing for the day, but are there days where you just don’t want to even try? Just curious :)

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I’ll level with you–there are definitely days when I don’t want to try at all. Probably 2-3 days a week (at least) I don’t even take pictures of what I wore, either because a) I didn’t have time, or b) I didn’t think the outfit was post-worthy. When I have the mental energy to put fun outfits together, I honestly enjoy it a lot, and it makes me feel most like myself when I do. There are lots of times when I’m too tired or out of whack to spend the time matching things up, though–especially like now, when the weather is in a weird middle-ground where a good portion of my clothing isn’t suitable for both the cold mornings and the warmer afternoons.  (I’m lucky to live in a state with fairly mild weather, so extreme winter cold isn’t an issue, but my style would definitely take a different tack if it were.)

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Plus, there are sick days (like yesterday) and there are weekends when I spend the whole day in shlubby clothes cleaning the bathtub and the kitchen. But! I miss “dressing like Mia” if I go too long in knockarounds, and feeling cute and put-together does my spirit good. I know that’s not a priority for everyone, and that’s perfectly OK! Through most of high school and college I didn’t give a rip about what I wore and was happy that way. It’s only within the last couple years that I developed an enjoyment of clothes and putting together outfits, so that’s who I am now.