This Just In: Lucy Bellwood Strikes Again

…or struck again, I should really say. I may be reporting on these sketches a month late, but couldn’t you call my style timeless?

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The esteemed Miz Bellwood seems to enjoy sketching my outfits on occasion to cool down from drawing ships and boats and schooners and other seafaring things, and I’m certainly not going to dissuade her. She makes me look so sassy! Go see the whole trio of most recent sketches on her Instagram, and then stick around to watch her wrestle alligators. Is there anything that lady can’t do?

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.

Guest Post: Business Breakfast

[For today’s Friday Guest Post, please welcome adorable Canadian Rae back to the show! Yae, Rae! -Mia]

Blazer: Target – Scarf: Van Heusen Outlet – Camisole: Old Navy – Leggings: Ricki’s – Shoes: G.H. Bass Outlet – Earrings: Target

I’m also wearing my FitBit and my promise-engagement-wedding rings, which you can’t really see.


Every so often, there’s a day where everything sartorial just seems to go right.

It was my dearly beloved Jeans Friday, but I also needed to go to a networking breakfast, and my coworker attending with me had expressed some denim-related doubts. So as I pinned my hair to the side, SpaceWitch style, and contemplated my wardrobe, I decided that if I couldn’t wear jeans, I could make my leather-ish leggings look pretty fun for a business breakfast. (I’m a social media coordinator, so it isn’t like I was trying to wear this to something involving, like, Profit Margins).


I’m glad selfie-style photos were good enough for Mia’s forefathers (and foremothers, I’m sure), as I have a few of those mixed in with the ones I had my coworker-friend take with my iPhone in front of our storage room door.

“Do you mind if the door’s in it?”

“Nah, doesn’t matter; I look cool as hell.”

Vain as hell, too.


The newest thing in this outfit is probably the earrings or the leggings; ever since I started watching these cool Twitter people and their outfits, I’ve been more inventive with mine – this meant starting to wear earrings, thinking maybe I could pull off leggings, etc. I’ve had the camisole for years and the scarf and shoes for at least a couple. I am also going to be mourning the loss of Target Canada and their cheap blazers.


I felt confident at an event which had made me nervous; I entirely credit the SpaceWitch hair.


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]


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.



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!

This Just In: Pretty Sketchins


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!

This Just In: TIAAAAA




TIAAAAAAAAAA!! Ending Mia transmission, beginning Tia transmission:

I guess maybe I could’ve taken the things out of my pockets. Whoops. This is a lot of my life now. Doing a thing, and then realizing that maybe there was a slightly better way to do it only hours after I had done the thing. This is what happens when you go to graduate school, I suppose. A lot of things have changed since I last had the chance to say things — I got my proposal in, which means I’ve only about a year or so left in my PhD. I started teaching lindy hop and blues dance locally, and even got one job in Columbus, Ohio! I briefly ran a weekly blues dance, but we decided to put the event on hiatus. Things! It’s been lovely having Mia out again, and we got to visit the Bowie Is… exhibit today at the Museum of Contemporary Art. It was a really interesting exhibit, and I’ve basically come to the conclusion that it’s a pretty obvious tragedy that I haven’t really plunged into Bowie’s artistic legacy before. Seriously, it’s so obvious that Bowie is my art guiding light. Dang past Tia, why didn’t you know that David Bowie would pretty much be everything you needed in an art hero?

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]

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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.

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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