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?