Outfit Post: 3/27/14

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Dress and tunic: Thrifted — Cardigan and earrings: Target — Shoes: Payless — Socks: Sock Dreams (Heather Bobby Socklings in Pink)

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Forgive me if I look a little disheveled in these pictures. In addition to my usual semi-disheveled state, I found (read: “almost hit with my car”) a lost dog on the way home on Thursday afternoon, and had a bit of an adventure trying to help him get un-lost.

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Fortunately, a neighbor with the capacity to baby-sit a small, friendly, curly-haired dog pitched in to help–I hope she was able to get him back home!

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Small, friendly, curly-haired dogs deserve to be at home, don’t you think?

Guest Post: How to Dress Like a Graphic Designer

[Hey, it’s a presumably-beautiful Friday! How about a guest post from my kickass graphic designer friend Bergie? Let her teach you the ways of her people. -Mia]

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Long-sleeve black T – Kohl’s Juniors section
Black tank (worn underneath) – Mossimo/Target
Charcoal skinny jeans – Mossimo/Target
Boots of Power – Globe Shoe Co.
Sunglasses – Target
Earrings – DIY
Not pictured: filthy black Toast hoodie for warmth

IceBergMama earring detail

Like every other graphic designer, the vast majority of my wardrobe is solid black. It’s a shortcut to looking stylish, and you know we love our shortcuts almost as much as we love caffeine. Also very slimming.

The infamous Boots of Power help when intimidating ad reps into accepting that my design may not be what the client asked for, but it’s what the client needs. Also good for striding down the catwalk / to the photocopier.

Giant sunglasses help us cope with natural light. Graphic designers prefer to be bathed in the soothing glow of our monitors.

I made these bad-ass earrings myself – yep, those are guitar picks! Accessories & makeup is where I typically break away from the 100% K (black) motif.

Outfit Post: 3/25/14

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Dress: eShakti — Jacket: Thrifted — Socks: Sock Dreams (Heather Socklings in Plum) — Boots: Macy’s — Earrings: Target — Ring: Monterey Bay Aquarium

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When I first thrifted this jacket (it’s just F21, don’t get too excited), I didn’t wear it to work because I thought it might be a little casual for a workplace environment.

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More recently, though, I decided that I didn’t care, and wore it anyway. It’s comfortable and clean, after all!

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So far I haven’t gotten any admonishments about it. I’ll just continue to gently, innocuously push our vaguely-stated dress code boundaries, shall I?

Outfit Post: 3/23/14

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Shirt: Threadless — Jeans: Nordstrom Rack — Sandals: 6pm.com (Dansko) — Hat and belt: Target — Necklace: DIY — Bracelet: Hand-me-down — Earrings: Gift from my Daddio

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Gotta cram in a few more wears of these jeans before it gets too warm around these parts for long pants.

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I wish I were kidding, but it was in the 80s last weekend! Of course, it’s supposed to rain today, so who the hell knows.

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If you’re tired of me talking about the weather in California right now, I could talk about the weather in other countries!

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Specifically, I’m trying to get a handle on what the weather will be like in Austria and Slovenia in a month (!!!) when my mom and I go there for our trip. When we went to Germany a few years ago, it was a little earlier in the year and still on the chilly side of spring, but I’m a little terrified of packing the wrong clothing and either sweating or freezing my nads off. (My theoretical nads. You know.)

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Traveling was easier back when I didn’t care about clothing very much! Still, we’ll see if I can work at least a few outfit photos into our trip, because god knows you won’t already be sick of hearing about it by the time we actually leave.

Outfit Post: 3/21/14

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Dress: Solano Stroll — Shirt: Thrifted — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Socks: Sock Dreams (ECO Scalloped Top Crew in Pink) — Earrings: Gift — Ring: Target

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Dangit, I keep forgetting to double-check the name of the business that made this dress!

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They had some really lovely clothing when I bought it from them at the Solano Stroll last year, and I’d love to tell you to go look at their stuff.

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I’ll have to cheat and sneak a peek when I get home from work later so I can come back and edit this post.

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You’re all willing to come back in about four hours and pretend I knew the name all along, yeah? Good, that’s what I thought.

EDIT: Aha! The maker of this dress is field day, go look at all their pretty pretty dresses!

Outfit Post: 3/20/14

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Shirt, camisole, and pants: Thrifted — Sandals: 6pm.com (Dansko) — Socks: Sock Dreams (Bobby Socklings in Brownie) — Necklace: Fuzppa — Earrings: Apostrophie

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Hey guys, sorry about that alien takeover yesterday, I dunno what happened.

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I swear, they’re worse than mosquitoes this time of year.

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Allergies and bike accident (and alien invasion) notwithstanding, I’m doing pretty good! I hope you are too. If not, maybe a little yellow would inject some sunshine into your life?

Outfit Post: 3/18/14

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Top: Target — Skirt: eBay (Anthro) — Shoes: eBay (Eleanor Grosch for Keds) — Earrings: Etsy

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*bssKKKSSHHHHRRrrrrzzzzzz*

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Do not be alarmed, meat puppets. We have gained control of this so-called “weblog” while the author is away suffering from allergies and a minor bike accident.

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Starting tomorrow, you are commanded to enjoy a change of topic from “how to cover your shame” to “ALPHA CENTAURI RULES, ALL HAIL ALPHA CENTAURI.” Unsubscribing is not an option. You cannot escape.

Outfit Post: 3/16/14

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Shirt: Marty May — Jeans: Nordstrom Rack — Sandals: Dansko — Hat and belt: Target — Earrings: QuellyRue Designs — Bangle: Thrifted

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While double-checking the links for this post’s clothing list, I got sucked into looking at the new stuff featured at QuellyRue Designs and in Marty May’s shop.

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This was a mistake, because I want it all.

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Of course, part of the point of this year-long shopping ban (which, incidentally, I’ve already broken, but that’s a story for another day) is to get used to wanting things without immediately getting them. Over the last couple years I definitely developed a bad habit of see-want-buy. Not the biggest deal, but I’d like to get back to appreciating the pretty things I already have without going out to hoard more!

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Those earrings, though. Don’t mind me, I’m just going to sit on my hands for a while until they stop making grabby motions at the computer screen.

Outfit Post: 3/15/14

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Top and skirt: Thrifted — Oxfords: Payless — Necklace: DIY (based on a design from Little Treasures by TG) — Earrings: Hand-me-down

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Knotting! The perfect way to give a little shape to a too-big shirt!

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(I mean, you might also consider buying a shirt in the correct size, but I obviously didn’t go that route.)

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My last few weekends have been pretty quiet, honestly–mostly staying at home, catching up on chores and going to the farmers’ market. This weekend we also hit up a food truck convocation in town. I didn’t even think we had any non-taco food trucks around these parts, but some tasty empanadas proved me wrong.

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Not to knock on the taco trucks; they’re a delicious and important establishment that shall never be maligned so long as I live.