Outfit Post: 2/24/15

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Dress: eBay (Anthropologie) — Jacket: Thrifted (no label) — Knee-highs: Sock Dreams (Heather Socklings in Plum) — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Earrings: Freehand Fig Jewelry

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Some days Flat Tire costars in the outfit photos (or–let’s be real–outshines me altogether), and other days she’s a butt or a shoulder mysteriously lurking on the fringe.

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One of these days she’ll make it into my detail shots, too, I have no doubt.

Outfit Post: 2/23/15

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Dress: eShakti — Cardigan: Thrifted (Carole Little) — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Harajuku Scrunchy Socks in Pale Mint) — Earrings: Hand-me-downs

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Had enough light after work yesterday to take pictures outdoors for the first time in a while–and you know what? I don’t know if I like it anymore!

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Now that I finally have a decent indoor setup, outside pictures are just so…outside-y. I guess we’ll see how I feel in a month or two. I’m so capricious, you know. You can never guess what I’m gonna do next. (Probably more outfit pictures.)

Outfit Post: 2/20/15

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Top: Thrifted (Gap) — Skirt: Thrifted (Maurices) — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Dreamer Tartan OTK in Charcoal/Natural/Ochre) — Flats: Thrifted (Born) — Earrings: Gift from Katie!

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I want a girl with a short skirt / and loooooooong sleeve-ies

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Okay, it doesn’t really scan. I’m working on it. Anyway, I spent a while with the sleeves of this top pushed up to 3/4 length, but sometimes I just want to feel like a freshman in high school again.

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Are they still making hoodies with built-in thumb holes? Can I get a super-professional blazer like that somewhere?

Guest Post: Spoon Handles and Schoolmarm Booties

[With another Friday upon us, I encourage you to read and rejoice in this guest post from the vibrant and amazing Anna. And then go read her delightful fanfic, if you’re so inclined! -Mia]

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I felt super cute in this outfit. The sweater tunic/dress I got at a shop on north Greenpoint Avenue, during a birthday shopping excursion with fashionable friends; the fleece-lined leggings (which are a marvelous invention) were $6 at Walgreen’s.

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I’m wearing brown argyle kneesocks–argyle has been my fave sock pattern since high school, when I used to buy handfuls of old man socks at the Goodwill where I worked. Most of those have developed holes over the past twenty years, and I have no clue how to darn, so I have to toss ‘em.

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I asked for socks for Christmas, and my mom and my sister, without talking to each other, each got me the same pack of a half-dozen argyle kneesocks in various colors! So now I’m set.

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My pendant is a bent spoon handle–Exeter 1913 is the pattern. I got it at the Grassroots Art Museum in Lucas, KS; I don’t remember the name of the woman who made it, but I’m sure she’s never heard of Etsy.

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And the shoes! These are my wedding shoes. I can’t walk in thin heels, and I had no desire to trip walking down the aisle, so I got these schoolmarm booties instead. They’re Born brand, and I think they’re a half size too small, so I don’t wear them often.

Outfit Post: 2/18/15

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Top: Target — Camisole: Old Navy — Pants: INC — Boots: Macy’s — Earrings: B&A Estate Jewelry — Heart ornament: Gift, from Laos

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I feel like Flat Tire is getting the hang of this posing thing, don’t you? When she’s not a blur, she’s pretty modelesque.

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Also modelesque: wearing a handmade heart ornament as an earring?

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I wore both of these studs and hooked the ornament’s loop over the front of the left one, but you can’t really see it up there because my hair is hogging all the attention. Get a grip, hair.

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Maybe it knows it’s getting trimmed down this weekend and is trying to have one last hurrah.

Outfit Post: 2/17/15

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Top: Thrifted — Jacket: Thrifted (Converse OneStar) — Skirt: ASOS — Shoes: American Rag — Earrings: Solano Stroll — Ring: Shop in Hallstatt, Austria

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Can I be real with you folks for a second? I made the mistake of not wearing a camisole with this outfit and I had an extremely hard time not showing my bra to coworkers all day.

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Sometimes I forget what happens when you combine a low-cut shirt with a modest bosom.

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I don’t know how I could, I’ve had the latter for most of my life. Inconvenient things they are sometimes, too. Down with secondary sexual characteristics! Down, I say!

Guest Post: Professional Bull Riding

[Hey, it’s a Friday! Well, it’s Friday here, I don’t know about your time zone or moon year. Anyhow, let’s have a Western-style guest post from my most cow-tippin’ friend, Edie. -Mia]

Every year, Professional Bull Riding comes to town and what started as “We have GOT to check this out!” has now become a yearly tradition. I live in a city surrounded by farm and ranch land and PBR is as good excuse as any to see a slice of life completely foreign to me.

(PBR isn’t like bull fighting in Spain, in case you’re horrified right now! Cowboys stay on a bucking bull for as long as they can and earn points for the length of time they stay on and how well they do it – the goal is to stay on the bull for 8 seconds. The bulls get points too, for bucking off the riders and for how quickly. Sometimes the bulls are even bigger celebrities than the riders…they made a big deal about Bushwacker’s retirement after this season. After I went a couple times I did some research on the animal ethics of PBR and I was comfortable with continuing to spend my money there. I would understand if you disagreed.)

Please excuse the selfie-style mirror-and-phone pics, I am not as adept as Mia with an awesome camera & remote set up. [Ed: I would never speak ill of selfie-style outfit photos! If mirror-and-phone pics were good enough for our forefathers, they’re good enough for me.]

Being somewhat bereft of true cowgirl clothing (see above: city girl), I tried to pull together an outfit that leans towards “rancher chic.” It mostly involves finding a button down and jeans. I do own two plaid button downs but since I’ve worn them to the past three PBR excursions I wanted to find something new this year.

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The shirt is from the Banana Republic and one I wear to work on occasion. I don’t love it; the pink plus the pintucking make it a little too feminine for me, but it ended up being just right for dinner, PBR, and drinks afterwards. The jeans are new from Uniqlo – I was NOT expecting them to be quite so skinny, but they’re actually the most comfortable jeans I own thanks to a lot of stretch. They’re the only ones that I don’t take off as soon as I get in the house. Not the easiest to put on/take off, however (which may have something to do with it….). The boots are from Ralph Lauren. I hemmed and hawed over them for awhile because they were more than I had spent on a single pair of shoes in a long time, but I’ve worn them nearly every weather-appropriate weekend since then so: good decision, E.

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Southwest-inspired jewelry seemed right for the occasion, so I wore my silver and turquoise Kokopelli earrings and silver Kokopelli bracelet. I got these as a teen on a family trip to Arizona and I’m impressed I chose souvenirs I still wear as an adult. I normally really love useless tchocktes. The necklace was a gift from my mom from a local artist’s shop in my city, and the bracelet is from when I was a kid. I recently got it fixed and I’m really happy I did; there isn’t much that comes with my name on it so even though I didn’t wear it for a decade, I’m glad I dragged it around two states and four cities.

So that’s rancher chic! My job has me interfacing with ranchers more and more, though, so by the time PBR comes around next year, I may end up with legit boots and maybe even a cowboy hat. I’ll keep you updated!