Outfit Post: 3/30/15

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Top: Thrifted (New York & Co.) — Camisole: Gap Outlet — Pants: Thrifted (Gloria Vanderbilt) — Shoes: American Rag — Earrings: Charming Charlie — Bracelet: Found

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What’s the deal with pants, anyway? When I finally find a pair that fits comfortably, the crotch area always looks awkward. Always. It gets so I’m not even sure what a non-awkward pants crotch is supposed to look like! (Please refrain from making any off-color jokes, please. I’ve already thought of them all myself.)

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My buddy Kitt at Trillflower Fiber Arts is an excellent seamstress and has advised me about the superiority of making your own pants, but that’s a bit beyond my abilities, seeing as how I’ve pretty much given up on sewing in favor of reclining on the couch while feeding myself peeled grapes.

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Complaining is easier than learning how to make good clothing, don’t you think? Complaining is easier than a lot of things. I think I’ve probably gone on about the trickiness of pants fitting before, but apparently I haven’t quite exhausted the subject yet.

Outfit Post: 3/29/15

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Shirt: Target — Skirt: Thrifted (H&M) — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Footie socks: Sock Dreams (Sheer Polka Dot Toe Footie, no longer available) — Vest: Thrifted (Gap) [patch: gift] — Earrings: Heatherly Designs

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This isn’t really an outfit, per se, so much as it’s a combination of two other outfits mashed together out of necessity.

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Let me explain: I went out to San Francisco this weekend for the aforementioned big brunch (!!!)–which was excellent, by the way–and I ended up staying over in the city an extra night to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

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Seeing as how I didn’t bring an extra night’s worth of clothes, bits from Friday and Saturday turned into Sunday’s exhausted ride-home-on-the-train ensemble. I was maybe a little rumpled (what else is new?), but I’d call it passable!

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My artichoke vest did most of the heavy lifting here, though, to give it the credit it deserves. Julie, who made this killer piece of embroidery, was visiting from Oregon and I wanted everyone to see how great her art looks out and about in the world.

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Plus, I got to sing “Sugar We’re Going Down” with her at my first-ever karaoke session in honor of our buddy Liz. That’s definitely worth having to wear clothes a second time.

Outfit Post: 3/26/15

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Dress: ASOS — Camisole: Old Navy — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Earrings: Quelly Rue — Ring: Target

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It’s been a while since I’ve done an outfit post on the day of! I don’t usually do it because it feels a little weird to blog about clothing while I’m still wearing it?

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Anyway, rest assured that this dress is even wrinklier now than when these pictures were taken.

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I stopped off at the store after work to get a) some dinner ingredients, and b) stuff to put into crepes for a crepe party (!!!) on Saturday (!!!) at a friend’s house (!!!), and the cashier who rang me up complimented my ring.

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Coincidentally, I had at that moment been thinking about how much I liked the cashier’s hair, but responding to a compliment with a compliment can sound a little phony, you know? Trying to jump through my brain-hoops related to this ended in me selecting the wrong payment option, which was totally smooth and cool. Never say anything nice to me while I’m driving a car. I’ll kill us all.

Outfit Post: 3/23/15

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Dress: eShakti — Shoes: Earthies — Socks: Sock Dreams (Bobby Socklings in Brownie) — Earrings: Hand-me-down — Pendant: Gift from Katie!

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This dress is still serving me well a year-plus down the road. It might actually be my favorite of my three eShakti purchases–it’s a little more versatile and year-round than both the toile dress and the gray hummingbird dress. Good for you, chambray dress!

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It’s a shame that I’m not feeling particularly twigged by any of their current offerings, since they’ve got a pretty good 30% off site-wide sale right now. It’s all nice enough! I’m just not feeling thrilled, you know? C’mon, eShakti, thrill me.

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I have heard rumblings that they’ll start doing bespoke pants soon, though. That would be pretty thrilling.

Outfit Post: 3/22/15

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Dress: Thrifted — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Footie Socks: Sock Dreams (Chevron Footie in Turquoise) — Necklace: Gift from Katie! — Earrings: Vendor at Labor Day Pow-Wow — Bracelet: Thrifted 

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Sometimes one’s weekend gets thrown off-course because one’s boyfriend has to deal with a server problem at work and ends up busy for two days straight.

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Sometimes one has to miss a college opera performance featuring a man singing in a seven-foot-high goose costume because of this.

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Sometimes one doesn’t get as much sleep as one would hope when a server almost crashes at 6am on a Saturday.

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Sometimes, though, one gets burritos and everything’s still pretty good.

Outfit Post: 3/20/15

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Shirt: Thrifted — Skirt: Blacklist Vintage (Lilly Sports) — Shoes: Golden Ponies — Necklace: Fuzppa — Earrings: Gift

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Pastels! Flowers! First day of spring!

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That’s actually entirely a coincidence, if you can believe it.

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Most of the time, I can barely remember what day of the week it is when I’m getting dressed in the mornings, much less whether or not it’s the vernal equinox.

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If it’s spring in your hemisphere of the world, how’s it going so far? Are you among the folks still getting snow, or are you living in the pre-desert world of California like me? We’ll all be dust and rattling bones soon, just you wait.

Loads of Links 3/20/15

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image via Junior Scientist Power Hour

Back in October, Jennae from Green & Gorgeous wore an all-gray-everything outfit and it reinforces my feeling that gray is the coziest-looking color.

Brand KTZ had a line at this year’s NYFW that suspiciously resembled designs by Northern Cheyenne/Crow designer Bethany Yellowtail, which follows basic fashion history of Native artists being co-opted by others.

The Shark Lady, Eugenie Clark, passed away in February, and she was an incredible scientist; I’m sorry I wasn’t familiar with her work before her passing.

Cartoonist Abby Howard made two comics about being fat and they are, of course, excellent.

This recipe for baked-in-their-shells eggs with mushrooms from The Furious Pear Pie is going on my breakfast list BUT QUICK.

What happens if you put placenta-based beauty masks on your face? Writers Jaya Saxena and Jazmine Hughes bravely found out over at The Hairpin.

Speaking of Jaya Saxena, she wrote about how to be comfortably naked in naked-in-public spaces!

Here’s a brief history of plagiarism in YA over at Bookshelves of Doom.

There are some comments disputing how representative of each era the looks are, but the North and South Korean edition of “100 Years of Hair and Makeup” is still a super interesting one minute of maybe-history.

If you’d like something a little more in-depth to distract you from the impending heat death of the universe, here’s a longform history of Harlequin Romance.

Alex’s best photos of 2014 at Delayed Missives are so, so beautiful. As per uzh.