Outfit Post: 7/1/15

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Top: Thrifted — Skirt: Thrifted (CAbi) — Sandals: 6pm.com (Dansko) — Necklace: Shop in Hallstatt, Austria — Earrings: Hand-me-down — Headband: World Market

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My hair is aaaalllllmost long enough to wear this headband to keep it back. Almost.

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It still kind of feels like it’s going to slip off my head, and I have to practice wearing it so that it looks casually cute instead of like a mess, but we’re getting there.

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It keeps my hair out of my face, anyway, which I sorely need since I haven’t had a haircut in like four months. It’s about chin-length in front and I’m just not into having a cryshield anymore, you guys.

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I haven’t yet decided if I’ll get bangs snipped into it next time or let the front keep growing along with everything else. Eventually it has to stop getting in my eyes, right?

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Please say yes. Please.

Outfit Post: 6/29/15

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Dress: eShakti — Shoes: American Rag — Necklace: Vendor in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii — Earrings: Nervous System — Bracelet: Solano Stroll

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Rainbow chip necklace: too on-the-nose for the week after Pride?

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Maybe, but I don’t know that I’ve ever been a bastion of subtlety. (Most people I know probably thought I was just being an enthusiastic straight ally; such is the reality of bi erasure! Ah, well.)

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This necklace doesn’t get much wear anymore for a couple reasons; Monday morning when I was getting ready, I finally thought to fix one of them.

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I just quickly put together a chain extender with some of my jewelry-making supplies, and bingo-bango, an awkwardly short necklace was immediately a much more pleasing length.

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The necklace still has its inherent rainbow qualities, which means that it’s a little too much for many of even my outfits, but I do think it’ll get more wear now. Thanks for your patience, little rainbow necklace.

FOURTH ANNUAL BLOG ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY EXTRAVAGANZA WINNERS!

Time to announce the Fourth Annual Whatever-It-Is-Who-Cares Giveaway winners! I’m so excited. Drumroll, please:

Close enough.

Thanks, as ever, to the Random Number Generator, the winner of the copy of Ruby Lang’s Acute Reactions is:

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fourwindsharbour! Congratulations, 4-win-harb! (Can I call you 4-win-harb?) Ian and Petra are rather less Canadian and turn-of-the-century than Anne and Gilbert, but I think you’ll enjoy them all the same.

And the winner of the $25 USD Etsy e-giftcard is:

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slowseptember! Hooray, slosept! (Can I call you slosept?) You might notice that 4-win-harb and slosept happen, charmingly, to be comment twins. I have, however, verified that they are two different people. No gaming the system here, no sir.

So, watch your email for contact about your winnings, you two–and everyone else, thanks for entering, and I wish I could give you all prizes for being so dang great! Thanks, really, for reading this blog, whether or not you’re in a skirt while you do it. These four years have been a hoot. FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS! It’s a good thing blogs don’t have term limits.

Outfit Post: 6/27/15 & 6/28/15

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Tank tops: The Bub Store/Target — Shorts: Thrifted (J.Crew) — Sandals: Gift (Clarks) — Earrings: Gift from Katie!

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Here is an un-secret-y secret for you: I wore this outfit two days in a row.

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I had a low-impact weekend, and it was comfortable, and on Sunday I just didn’t feel like picking something else out.

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Also, I haven’t worn my Lil Bub tank top in a while and was excited to get some mileage out of it. It’s possible some folks in town saw me wearing it to both the community cultural event on Saturday and the farmers’ market on Sunday, but hopefully history will not judge me too harshly.

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And to the gentleman on Saturday who gave me That Look after I responded, “She’s a cat!” to your “Lil Bub?” query: you came up and asked a stranger at a park about her shirt without preamble. Give me a break.

This Just In: Mia Doesn’t Have A Post For Today So Instead Here Are Some Photos Of Her Looking Angry At The Camera When It Wouldn’t Focus Where She Wanted It To

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It does what it says on the tin, basically. Outtakes that probably say more about me than all my other outfit photos combined.

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Also, I apparently have a go-to grumpy face when I can’t get a good shot of my earrings. Those pursed lips and that disapproving glare.

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I wouldn’t want to be on the other end of an expression like that, believe you me.

Outfit Post: 6/25/15

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Kurti: Thrifted (Fabindia) — Skirt: Thrifted (Maurices) — Flats: American Rag — Ring: Target — Earrings: Solano Stroll

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The second of my kurti purchases! From a distance it just looks like it’s solid teal or jade, but up close…

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Polka dots! Proper copper polka dots, no less.

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One of the sleeves actually had a big tear in it at the time of purchase; my plan was to just remove the sleeves, and it worked pretty well. The way the seam is constructed, I was able to trim the sleeve neatly down to the very edge of the stitching and preserve the hem. No sewing for me! In the long run, we’ll see if it holds or if I trimmed too close–I may have to make the proverbial nine stitches in the future for the one I saved right now.

Outfit Post: 6/22/15

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Shirt: Threadless — Pants: J.Crew — Sandals: 6pm.com (Dansko) — Bangle: Thrifted — Earrings: Lia Sophia

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I recently switched over to sitting on an exercise ball chair at work, and it’s been an interesting experience so far.

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My regular desk chair aggravated some hip pain I was having, I think largely because I kept my legs crossed for most of the day. (I also had a recurring numb patch on my calf, although I don’t know if that was related or coincidental.)

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While I can cross my legs on the ball chair if I really try, it’s enough of a challenge that I mostly don’t bother. I also think it’s been helping my posture, as I’ve been much more conscious of keeping my shoulders and hips aligned. My lower back muscles have been a little sore, but that’s probably because they’re used to sandbagging it and haven’t had much asked of them lately.

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Of course, it’s a little hard to look 100% professional while sitting on a ball chair, and it’s much easier when the sitter is wearing pants, like the ones I have on here. I haven’t flashed anyone yet while wearing a dress or skirt because I usually wear slipshorts or bike shorts underneath anyway, but it’s not terribly dignified. (When has Mia ever been a dignified person, you ask? Hush, you, I reply.)

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I do like it, though; I think I’ll keep it. Trying it out was an experiment after it was surrendered to the common good by a coworker, and I figured that if I hated it, it would’ve gone to surplus anyhow. But I’m surprisingly aware of my body on the ball chair! I adjust more often, and get up to walk around more often, too.

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Also, it’s fun to bounce on when I’m listening to music. I just have to make sure my coworkers don’t sneak up on me while that’s happening.