Outfit Post: 12/28/14

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Jacket: Thrifted (Converse One Star) — Shirt, earrings, and leggings: Target — Skort: Thrifted (Gloria Vanderbilt) — Socks: Sock Dreams (Heather Over the Knee Stockings in Slate) — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Belt: Thrifted 

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I wore this yesterday to a) hit up the farmer’s market, b) sit around reading at home and c) pick tangerines off the tree in our backyard.

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You might not think of this as a particularly practical outfit for fruit-picking, but that’s the beauty of the skirt!

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I think of it as my Sport Skort, actually, because it’s really pretty handy for any physical activities that I might engage in. Bike-riding! Leisurely hill-climbing! Cleaning the bathtub!

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Okay, I’m no Action Jackson–but it works on my level, and the tangerines aren’t complaining.

Outfit Post: 12/24/14

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Dress: eBay (Aryeh) — Jacket: Thrifted (Converse One Star) — Leggings: Carouselink — Boots: Macy’s — Necklace: Beyond Buckskin Boutique — Earrings: Apostrophie

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Christmas Eve outfit! Most of our activities that day weren’t particularly festive–grocery shopping, for one–but later on, I made a batch of vanilla marshmallows and we visited Mike’s mom and her dogs.

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One dog got so excited she peed a little bit, and we all had hot chocolate with marshmallows to celebrate. (Okay, the two events weren’t actually connected, although I’m usually willing to give a hip-hip-hooray when a dog only pees a little indoors instead of a lot.)

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I unintentionally told a falsehood re: this jacket being my last purchase of the year, as I ended up treating myself to a gorgeous pendant, hand-beaded by Jessica Metcalfe of the Native American fashion blog Beyond Buckskin and the boutique of the same name. The pendants are currently sold out, but you can read a bit about what prompted her to start making turtles here.

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Her talking about healing and strength really resonated with me, since I’ve been having a hard time with depression and anxiety lately. I can’t make anything as intricate as Jessica Metcalfe’s beautiful turtles, but creating jewelry out of lace and beads makes me feel lighter. Making things feels good, whether it’s food, accessories, or writing. It helps lift me out of self-doubt, little by little.

Outfit Post: 12/23/14

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Camisole: Thrifted (Self Esteem) — Cardigan: Thrifted (Forever 21) — Pants: Thrifted (INC) — Shoes: Golden Ponies — Earrings: Target

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Merry Christmas and/or Thursday to everyone! I hope your day has been some combination of restful, fun, and/or world-dominating. This outfit was from my last day of work for the year–I’m really lucky to get Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day off, and I plan to be both as productive and lazy as possible with my time.

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Today, Mike and I spent most of the day cleaning in preparation for having his family over for dinner. It was great! We looked like grownups in front of his parents, and as a bonus, we now have a really, really clean house.

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Really, really sharp knives, too, because my mom sent me a knife sharpener! Who wants to have a tomato-slicing party later?

This Just In: Pretty Sketchins

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On this most Christmassy of Eves, I’m happy to bring you some neat fashion sketches of me done by the inimitable Lucy Bellwood! Two, to be exact. You might recognize my vintage brown shirtdress in the one above, and over here you can admire the fine work she’s made of my wacky plaid jeans. Lucy does gorgeous work and I’m delighted to have been a subject for her sketching. She does great work, including an educational sailing comic, so go check it all out. Please, for me.

Thanks, Lucy, and Merry Chrimbo to the lot of you!

Outfit Post: 12/19/14

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Dress: Thrifted (Laura Ashley) — Sweatervest: Thrifted (Mix It) — Button-front: Thrifted (Penguin) — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Solid Over the Knee Stockings in Black) — Boots: Thrifted — Earrings: Hand-me-down

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Sometimes you don’t do laundry for a couple days, or a couple weeks, and getting dressed every morning turns into an adventure.

(By “you” I mean me, of course.)

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A lot of my desperate experiments are kind of wonky or not especially noteworthy, but I’m actually kind of delighted by how this combination turned out. Nobody at work said anything, but it tested very well with a small selection of people on the internet, so I’m gonna call it a victory.

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Three days later, most of the laundry is clean again, which leads us to the next challenge: ironing. As a wise and pale man once said, what am I, a triathlete here?

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Furthermore: work, work, work, work, work.

Outfit Post: 12/15/14

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Dress: Blacklist Vintage — Thigh-highs: Sock Dreams (Extraordinarily Longer Striped Thigh Highs in Steel & Light Blue) — Boots: Macy’s — Belt: Thrifted — Earrings: Target

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You know the nice thing about sheer dresses like this one? They dry quickly after the wearer gets rained on.

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These earrings, on the other hand, dry slowly, which is why I took them off before eating my lentil soup at lunch.

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I think these boots would keep soup out, but I can’t be sure. They’re definitely the boots I would turn to in case of a Major Soup Disaster. I hope you all have soup boots, friends; these are some dark times we’re going through.

Outfit Post: 12/12/14

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Sweater: Thrifted (Target) — Jeans: NYC Tripp — Boots: Macy’s — Belt: Target — Earrings: Nervous System

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Oof. My posting has been and might continue to be a little spotty this week! Mike’s dad has needed help moving house and it’s occupied most of our waking, non-working hours since Saturday.

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Jumping back, though, this is what I wore to my office’s holiday party. We were given rare permission to wear jeans, so I got excited and wore my plaid ones again. Twice in one week! Calm and order are really breaking down here at Casa Mia.

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Anyway, the party was pretty good, as office holiday parties go! Good food, a nice employee appreciation gift, and we played a gift exchange game where I gave away a small, highly-detailed plastic hand and got a fuzzy scarf in return. Festive!

Outfit Post: 12/11/14

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Dress: Thrifted — Leggings: Leah’s free pile — Boots: Macy’s — Necklace: World Market — Earrings: Angela Grace Jewelry

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This sweater dress might be a little short for some workplaces. Actually, it might be a little short for my workplace in particular, but I seem to have tricked my department into being charmed by my skirting of the dress code, so it’s all good.

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It passes the fingertip test, anyway, which I think means it would be good to go at many of the fictional Catholic schools that appeared in my reading material growing up.

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I don’t think I’ve ever been closer than 500 feet to a Catholic school, so I have no way of verifying whether the fingertip test actually is or ever has been a thing.

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What were we talking about?

Outfit Post: 12/10/14

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Sweater: Thrifted (Anthro) — Dress: eBay (Anthro) — Thigh-highs: Sock Dreams (Extraordinarily Longer Thigh Highs in Spice) — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Earrings: Gift from Katie!

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Wow, there are a lot of Mias in this picture. It’s a pretty good thing there’s only one of me in real life–could the world handle this many yellow-sweatered weirdoes?

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I suspect not.