Outfit Post: 11/21/14


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


Communities United Against Police Brutality.


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


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.

Outfit Post: 11/22/14


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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.


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

Outfit Post: 11/18/14


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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

Outfit Post: 11/15/14


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


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!


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


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!


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.

Guest Post: Bringer of War and Perfect Jackets

[Happy Friday, pals that are in a Friday part of the world! Please enjoy this charming space-themed guest post from the glorious Diana. -Mia]

Full outfit

Please excuse the mirror selfies with tablet; I am a solitary witch without a tripod.

So here’s what was going on in my life on the afternoon of November 1, 2014:

1. My best friend Meg and I were spending the entire weekend having a long-distance two-person nerd con, which mostly involved watching a LOT of Babylon 5.
2. I had dressed as a space witch for Halloween the day before.
3. The event I was getting ready to go to that day was an orchestra concert featuring famous space-themed music.

Also, I am the sort of person who will accept any excuse to wear a costume, even (ESPECIALLY) if it’s not an obvious costume to anyone but me. You can probably see where I’m going with this. But as much as I love my galaxy leggings and my shooting star earrings, after Halloween I was in the mood for the statement my outfit made to be a bit less literal. So I thought I’d try to evoke the cosmic theme more subtly with colors and patterns.

Tights and bag

Match your bag to your legs, that’s what I always say.

Speaking of which, let me tell you about my legs. I’d been looking forward to wearing my cobalt blue footless tights, but discovered when I put them on that the stitching had partially come out of one of the cuffs, leaving a dozen visible runs up the back of one leg. Hearing of my tragic plight, Meg said, “Can you put another pair of tights on underneath and make it look deliberate?” which gave me an idea. I put on a different pair of tights in chalkboard green. Then I took the cobalt tights, ripped the rest of the stitching out of both cuffs, and pulled runs all the way around each leg, all the way to the top. Once they were on over the green tights and all the rough edges were covered by my shoes and dress, the effect was, literally and figuratively, seamless.

The color didn’t look all that different over the green; I’m curious to try some different pairings. I have some ketchup-packet-red tights that should make for an interesting experiment.

Back of jacket

When I discovered this jacket at Nordstrom Rack in what I’m pretty sure was the wrong spot (and yet, somehow, exactly the right spot), it was basically the clothes-shopping equivalent of a meet-cute. Love at first sight, trying-it-on-with-every-piece-of-clothing-I-own montage when I brought it home, the whole package. It is the best jacket in the world.

No jacket

There is nothing about this dress that is not perfect. I added a cardigan for extra color and a bit of warmth and buttoned two buttons to make it subtly evoke a waistcoat under the jacket.

The boots are from Kmart. I KNOW, RIGHT? An internet rando told me about Kmart shoes, which is why I now always listen to internet randos. These are awesome boots in pretty much every way that a boot can be awesome, not the least of which is that THEY FIT MY CALVES. It turns out that the price of having powerful Amazon legs is never being able to just go into a store and buy the sweetest pair of tall boots you can find, unless that store is Kmart, apparently.


One pair of earrings, the most literal space reference I allowed in this outfit. Meg gave them to me the last time I visited. She said that she never wore them and that I would probably get more use out of them; can’t imagine where she got that idea. Elsewhere, my ever-present Agnes Scott College class ring, as well as a ring that is probably made out of painted plastic but which belonged to my grandmother and I love it for both that reason and also the reason that it is gorgeous.


That concert was the best, by the way. Do not depart this mortal realm without having heard Holst’s Mars, the Bringer of War performed live at least once. Stop looking at me like that. I certainly didn’t tear up during that song just because I love it so much. You did that. It was you.

Jacket: Nordstrom Rack (Baccini) — Dress: Target — Cardigan: Target — Tights: Target — Boots: Kmart — Jewelry: Hand-Me-Downs and Class Ring — Purse: Wilson’s Leather Outlet

Outfit Post: 11/13/14


Sweatshirt: Printa — Skirt: Thrifted (Banana Republic) — Boots: Macy’s — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Heather Over the Knee Stockings in Slate) — Earrings: Gift


Experiment with indoor photos on a rainy morning? Don’t mind if I do.


Next time I should probably move some of the background junk, but our backyard sliding glass door lets in a lot of pretty and convenient morning light. No more jury-rigged flash setups for me. Hip hip hurrah!

Outfit Post: 11/12/14


Top: Thrifted (Moda International) — Skirt: Thrifted (CAbi) — Oxfords: Payless — Socks: Sock Dreams (Heather Bobby Socklings in Pink) — Earrings: MicDrop Design


See what I mean about wet hair? I’ve been trying to figure out how to get it dry before leaving the house without blow-drying it completely flat, but have yet to find the solution.


What’s your hair routine in the morning like?