Outfit Post: 11/21/14

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Hey, pals. I’m gonna share some links for helping re: Ferguson and police brutality across the United States.

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Communities United Against Police Brutality.

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The National Bar Association–an association of predominantly Black lawyers campaigning, among other things, against police brutality.

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The National Lawyers Guild, which is doing on-the-ground work in Ferguson.

And lastly: look up who represents you in Congress and send them a letter calling for mandatory body cameras on law enforcement officials in your area and nationwide. Do what you can.

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Outfit Post: 11/22/14

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Dress: eBay (Aryeh) — Jacket: Thrifted (Converse One Star) — Leggings: CarouselInk — Boots: Macy’s — Earrings: Quelly Rue — Socks: Target

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Whoops and hello there! The two-day hiatus wasn’t intentional, although I do always feel a little conflicted about posting after a national tragedy. The systemic white supremacy that led to Darren Brown’s lack of indictment is almost incomprehensibly big to me, and ingrained in the fabric of the United States, but we still have to do what we can. We have to try.

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I usually keep the tone of my posts here light because I want to be a fun, lighthearted read for folks! But sometimes I can’t not address something that’s going on, or at least acknowledge it.

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I wore this outfit almost a week ago to go see Mallory Ortberg read from her new book, Texts from Jane Eyre. Fellow writer Alexis Coe joined her–I was so glad that I got to tell Alexis afterward how much I enjoyed Alice + Freda Forever–and the whole  dialogue was absolutely hilarious and amazing. Texts from Jane Eyre really is meant to be read aloud, and they both have wonderful stage presence; I’m looking forward to the audiobook, even if Mallory won’t be one of the voices recorded.

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It was a great evening, and I had a wonderful time from my giant earrings down to my secret turquoise socks. You’ll be hearing more about my adventures soon–did I mention I’m in Chicago now, visiting Tia?–so I hope everyone’s had a safe and pleasant holiday, or a safe and pleasant regular-end-of-the-week. Take care and see you soon.

Outfit Post: 11/20/14

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Top: Thrifted (Bobeau) — Skirt: Thrifted (H&M) — Boots: Macy’s — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Heather Over the Knee Stockings in Olive) — Earrings: Hand-me-down

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I’m lucky that we have private bathrooms in my building at work. Trying to take pictures when someone could walk in on me would be a little nerve-wracking. I still have trouble doing outfit photos in public, too; people watching make me very self-conscious. I guess if I were making money, I could power through like some of the big-name style bloggers do, but I don’t know how the other public-space folks manage. Better self-esteem, maybe?

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Unrelatedly, I’ve been developing a concentrated gray streak on the left side of my head, which is kind of neat. I’m tempted to try and part my hair the other way to see if it does it on the other side too.

Outfit Post: 11/19/14

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Button-front: Leah’s free pile (Old Navy) — Sweatervest: Thrifted (Heart & Soul) — Skirt: Thrifted (Extyn) — Tights: Leah’s free pile — Boots: Macy’s — Earrings: Hand-me-down — Ring: Shop in Hallstatt, Austria

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I’m a little disappointed in myself for not wearing a patterned button-front shirt to go along with the rest of this outfit.

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Actually, I think that this white one is the only button-front shirt I still own at this point. The rest of them had to move onto a better life because they weren’t doing it for me, comfort-wise.

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Where do people get really comfortable button-front shirts? Does it actually happen or is it a government conspiracy?

Outfit Post: 11/18/14

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Sweater: Thrifted (Banana Republic) — Skirt: Thrifted (DKNY) — Thigh-highs: Target (cut from tights) — Shoes: Golden Ponies — Scarf: Shop in Hallstatt, Austria — Earrings: Gift

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And then there are some days where you don’t manage your time well in the morning so outfit photos with a real camera in nice light turn into outfit photos with your phone in the bathroom at work.

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The only thing I have to say in my defense is that it’s HARD to get out of bed when your house is 59F in the morning and the blankets are begging you to stay. I must toughen up, I suppose.

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In my quest to do away with tights in my wardrobe, I’ve taken a couple pairs of cheap Target tights and cut the legs off, turning them into thigh-high stockings (and a particularly horrible pair of underwear, I suppose). Sock glue helps them stay up since they don’t have any inclination to do so on their own–although I had to reglue this pair three times over the course of the day, so make of that what you will. My gluing technique seems to be wanting, these days.

Outfit Post: 11/17/14

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Dress: Lana — Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack — Thigh-highs: Target (cut from tights) — Boots: Thrifted — Necklace: Erica Weiner — Earrings: Hand-me-down

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Indoor photos always increase the possibility of a Kitty Sighting by approximately 89%. (Look up top if her clever stripes deceived your eye.)

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She’s just very, very curious about the camera, and my shoes, and the area where I’m taking pictures, and that thing on the wall, and so on and so forth.

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Maybe I’ll start putting her in little outfits too?

Outfit Post: 11/15/14

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Tunic: Real Gone Girl Studios — Leggings: Target — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Earrings: LiaSophia — Ring: Asian Art Museum

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I did a really cruddy job taking full-outfit pictures of this tunic that I picked up at APE in October, but at least you can tell that it’s got fat fish on it!

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Fat fish on a mint field can be seen on my heraldic standard, by the bye.

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The fat fish accompanied me on some Saturday errands. Did you know that Target doesn’t sell individual diffuser attachments for hair dryers? I didn’t!

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also didn’t know that the citrus tree in our backyard apparently produces tangerines rather than lemons or limes, as I originally wagered. That was a more welcome discovery, though. May you all discover the equivalent of tangerines in your yard this week.