Guest Post: What To Wear To a Wrestling Show

[Happy Halloween to all you pals out there who celebrate it! Why not enjoy a guest post by my buddy Amanda about that most costumed sport of all: professional wrestling? -Mia]


Shirt is from Barbershop Window
Leggings are from Kohl’s
Shoes are Target’s Converse collection 


My husband and I went to the WWE Hell in a Cell live show on Sunday.


It was my first wrestling show, so I took the opportunity to go a little more colorful than I normally do – as a ginger, pink isn’t often my first choice!


I’m a pretty new wrestling fan and this was my first live event, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Happily, it was an excellent time! Lots of feats of strength, some fighting in a steel cage, and a lot of chanting for our favorites!


I bonded with the teenage girls behind me about how awesome the women’s champion AJ Lee is, drank a beer or two, and cheered the bad guys and booed the good guys, which is how it should go (sometimes).

Loads of (Eerie) Links 10/30/14


image via The Hairpin

Who’s in the mood for some Halloweeny links? (Spoiler alert: it’s me!)

Over at the Toast, Emily L. Stephens has an article about horror movies The Haunting (1963) and May (2002) and their late-blooming protagonists. (I participated in her live-tweet of The Haunting on Saturday and was completely fascinated by the amount of barely-“sub” queer subtext.)

I am loving The Ghost in My Machine’s multi-part haunted road trip series. Part 1: “Scaling the Ruins of Bannerman Castle.” Part 2: “Chasing the Ghosts of Clinton Road.”

Emily Carroll’s horror comics are always a perfect creepy read for the midnight hour, and “When the Darkness Presses” is no exception.

For some real-life unsettling reading, you could do worse than Will Storr’s article from March on the controversial maybe-disease Morgellons Syndrome.

Dinosaur Dracula is chock-full of vintage and contemporary Halloween-season food, toys, and commercials, and I can’t help reading about every single one of them.

R.L. Stine, master of my childhood, decided to write a story live on Twitter–unsurprisingly, it’s called “What’s In My Sandwich?”

Speaking of R.L. Stine: even though Blogger Beware hasn’t updated in over a year, it’s still my favorite repository for Goosebumps book reviews, and I reread the entire thing at least once a year.

Monica McLaughlin is BACK at the Hairpin doing Estate Jewelry posts, and last week she did a special Halloween-themed edition. Toadstones! Charivari! A disembodied penis made out of natural pearls!

For all my fellow white people out there: Mikki Kendall has advice for all of us on how to avoid wearing a racist costume on Halloween! You can do it, I believe in you.

Outfit Post: 10/27/14


Dress: Thrifted (J.Crew) — Cardigan: Thrifted (Carole Little) — Socks: Sock Dreams (Meg Unconstricted Top Crew in Pink) — Flats: Thrifted (Born) — Earrings: Vendor at Labor Day Pow-Wow


The briefest of posts because I have to fly–please notice that these earrings match this cardigan almost perfectly. It’s something I’m very proud of, despite having no hand in the creation of either.

Outfit Post: 10/26/14


Tunic: Thrifted (H&M) — Jeans: Nordstrom Rack — Vest: Thrifted (Ann Taylor Loft) — Shoes: Payless — Necklace: Hand-me-down — Earrings: Angela Grace Jewelry


Trying to decide how to feel about this vest that I picked up on a thrift run the other day. I…think I like it?


Time will tell, I suppose! Sometimes there’s just no way to tell how well something’s going to integrate into my wardrobe before a handful of wears.


Speaking of, this was also a test-run for a lacy bralette I ordered as a modest venture into the visible-bra thing that’s probably already not a thing anymore.


The lace is nice and makes it look more intentional under a loose weekend outfit, but it’s also kind of itchy. Another item that I’ll have to wear around a few more times before I decide how I feel.


Are there any garments you’ve been test-driving lately?

Guest Post: Grungy-Woodsy

[Happy Friday, everyone! Here’s a guest post from my super-charming friend Anne. Go fall in love with her, quick! -Mia]

body photo

I wore this outfit on a very reasonably-temperatured but overcast Saturday in October. Some friends and I went to the arboretum and spent the day wandering around, sitting on blankets and generally being dirtbags.

flannel closeup

I’m wearing my favorite shorts that I cut to the perfect length (originally from Target), a Marc by Marc Jacobs blouse that I found at a thrift store and makes me feel fancy, my amazing green leather boots, and my sorority flannel from college. I love flannel because it’s both a Seattle grungy thing and a New England woodsy thing, and those are my birth home and my chosen home, respectively. Wearing something that looks too put-together makes me feel uncomfortable, and throwing a flannel on an outfit is like a security blanket.

face closeup

I ended up having the flannel buttoned almost the whole time and tucking the front part into the shorts, and it looked GREAT. My trusty glasses are Oliver Peoples and I’ve had them for four and a half years. I’m going to order the same frames from ebay when I finally decide to replace them.

boots closeup

These are the most expensive shoes I’ve ever owned and my cat, Fox, attacked the left boot the first day I got them, thus transforming them from Special Boots to Everyday Boots in one emotionally charged instant.

watch closeup

This watch is stainless steel faux rose gold and I love it.

ring closeup

A blurry but still precious photo of my little mouse ring from Etsy.

I used to be too self-conscious about my legs to wear shorts in public, but now I do it all the time. I’m happy I’ve been feeling good about my legs, because they really enjoy being freeeee!

Outfit Post: 10/22/14


Shirt: Target — Shorts: Thrifted (J.Crew) — Leggings: Carouselink — Socks: Sock Dreams (Heather Bobby Socklings in Bark) — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Necklace: Gift


Sick day equals Shorts-and-Leggings Day. (And apparently also Earth-Tones Day.) I don’t think I’ll ever be 100% comfortable wearing leggings as pants (godspeed to all of you who are!), but short-shorts and leggings get a big thumbs-up.


The other thumbs-up that I’ve got hanging around goes to this necklace, which my buddy Jessica gave me as a birthday present!


I’m pretty sure this side–the fancy side–is actually supposed to be the front, but I like the simple look of the back better. And who knows, maybe it’s reversible! Do they make reversible necklaces? Has the fashion industry improved on the reversibility of clothing in general since the early innovations of Kris Kross?

Outfit Post: 10/21/14


Dress: Thrifted (no label) — Belt: Thrifted — Sandals: Dansko — Socks: Sock Dreams (Heather Bobby Socklings in Rust) — Ring: Target — Earrings: Vendor on campus


Speaking of forgetting things, here’s something I’ve been meaning to share!


I mean, besides my hair and these earrings you’ve seen a hundred times.


Here we go–it’s the little coin purse I got from the art vending machine in my hotel in Vegas!


It holds mmmaaaayyyybe one quarter at the max, although I bet you could stuff five or six pennies in there.


It was made by an artist–whose name I have woefully forgotten–living in Berlin, and he creates them out of tetrapaks! Natriumarm, indeed.

(These photos are dedicated to Tia’s aunt, who wanted to see what it looked like. Sorry I took so long, Amy!)

Outfit Post: 10/16/14


Dress: Lana — Shoes: Golden Ponies — Belt: Thrifted — Earrings: Gift, from Greece — Ring: Vendor at Lake Bled, Slovenia


Ugh, I still really love this dress. I’m glad it jumped out when my mom and I were shopping in Vienna. We stopped by this sorta hippie-crunchy-boutiquey store with loads of adorable kids’ clothing; I was on a quest for unstructured work-appropriate pants and it seemed like a good place to start.


None of the pants quite worked out, but then this dress came along. There was actually only this dress in a size too big on the rack that Mom encouraged me to try on–and then I lucked out and got the last (correct-for-me) size from the back of the store! It’s definitely still a little blousey up top, but I’m happy to belt it and call it good.


My mom has good style instincts sometimes. (Well, a lot of the time.) See: these pretty earrings she got me in Greece. Thanks, Mom!

Outfit Post: 10/15/14


Top: Thrifted (Eyeshadow) — Skirt: Blacklist Vintage (Lilly Sports) — Flats: American Rag — Scarf: Thrifted — Earrings: Solano Stroll — Ring: Shop in Hallstatt, Austria


An outfit from five days ago? What did I even do five days ago?


Wore a skirt and a scarf, evidently.


If any of you have crystal-clear memories of what happened to you more than three days ago, I don’t want to hear about it.

Outfit Post: 10/12/14


Top: Target — Shorts: Nordstrom Rack — Sandals: (Dansko) — Bangle: Thrifted (Target) — Earrings: Heatherly Designs


Thanks to climate change, it’s mid-October and I haven’t put away the short-shorts yet.


(I make climate change jokes occasionally but I can’t actually think about it too in-depth or I start having a panic attack. Try it sometime, it’s fun!)


(Okay, I make jokes about anxiety disorders too. It’s a coping mechanism.)


Uhh, anyway. This outfit was meant to go up yesterday, but then Mike and I had friends over and I forgot about my responsibilities like blogging and brushing the cat.


We watched a few interesting anime films and series! The Garden of Words is probably the most beautifully-animated thing I’ve ever seen, but the writing’s kind of weak; Little Witch Academia is precious and very seasonally appropriate (and which includes a witch with the amazing name of Shiny Chariot); and GunBuster is a little bit silly and a lot-bit 80’s. So, you know, it was a pretty good evening all-around.