Outfit Post: 11/20/15

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Dress: Lana — Cardigan: Thrifted (no label) — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Dreamer Tartan OTK in Charcoal/Natural/Ochre) — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Belt: Thrifted (no label) — Earrings: Hand-me-down

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When I put this outfit together I wasn’t sure about it, so I asked Mike if I looked weird.

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His response? “Usually.” Wise guy.

Outfit Post: 10/1/15

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Dress: Blacklist Vintage (Jean Lang) — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Socks: Sock Dreams (Bobby Socklings in Brownie) — Earrings: Woodland Market

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For a brief moment we had autumnal weather here, and even–hold the phone–RAIN, so I honored it with a long-sleeved dress.

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(A long-sleeved dress that needs ironing badly, it would seem.)

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I also honored fall…somehow…by wearing earrings made of wasp’s nest! Kicky, right?

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We’re back to 80F and above for the next fortnight, so at least I’ll have time to iron the dress before its next wearing.

Outfit Post: 9/18/15

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Shirt: Target — Skirt: Wild Life Reserve — Sandals: Dansko — Belt: Thrifted — Ring and earrings: Vendor at Lake Bled, Slovenia

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I came really close to picking a belt that matched my sandals on Friday, but somehow swerved away at the last minute.

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I like this better anyway–it reminds me a little bit of one of my early outfits for the blog, even though the belt is the only item I’ve held onto all this time.

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And to be honest, the belt is starting to look a little…distinguished? It might be in its twilight years at this point.

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Anyway, is matching one’s shoes to one’s earrings as passé as shoes/belt? I never can keep up with these things.

Outfit Post: 9/17/15

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Dress: Thrifted (no label) — Sandals: 6pm.com (Dansko) — Socks: Sock Dreams (Bobby Socklings in Moss) — Belt: Target — Necklace: Fuzppa — Earrings: Leah Staley

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I bet I’ve worn a near-identical version of this outfit on the blog before, considering most of the pieces have been with me for some time, but I’m not about to go look.

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Plausible deniability is the name of the game, folks.

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It’s not that surprising, anyway. I’ve had most of the pieces in this outfit for a long time, relatively-speaking. The dress has been with me for over two years!

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And okay, two-plus years is not that long a time to have a garment (my dad has bragged about shirts he owned for twenty years or more), but it’s longish when you consider the lifespan of this blog, and my interest in clothing in general. It’s practically an old-timer! Let’s hope it doesn’t get gunned down three days before retirement.

Outfit Post: 9/5/15

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Dress: eShakti — Shoes: Dansko — Belt: Thrifted (Target) — Bangle: Thrifted — Earrings: Gift from Megan Mae

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Ahoy-hoy! Remember me? My dad’s been visiting–just left this morning, as a matter of fact–so it’s been a little hectic around here the last few days and a couple days off the blog were a necessity. (Also Monday was my birthday, but that’s beside the point.)

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My usual photo spot was a little crowded, so I gave the spare room a shot. It’s mostly a storage space, with a dash of Flat Tire’s food and unmentionables, and also where I keep my clothes-drying rack (thus the cameo by that floral shirt I got at the Vintage Fashion Faire). The light isn’t quite as good as in the dining room, but it’s not bad for a backup plan.

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Also, check out these earrings from Megan Mae! She threw them in with the purse I bought from her recently, and I’m a fan. Seems like they were a little jittery about their first appearance on this blog, though. Next time I’ll have to calm them down first.

Outfit Post: 8/27/15

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Dress: eBay (Marimekko) — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Belt: Thrifted — Earrings: Angela Grace Jewelry — Footie socks: Sock Dreams (Tabbisocks Heather Footies)

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The neckline of this dress makes it difficult in certain situations–it doesn’t really work with necklaces and I have to be really careful not to lean over too far–but it’s fun and interesting enough that I don’t really care.

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Who needs necklaces or leaning over, anyhow?

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Speaking of difficult: I really like the clean lines and stitching of this belt, but it’s a little too small and it’s time to admit that we should part ways. It’s nobody’s fault; sometimes these things just don’t work out. Anyway, belt, I hope we can stay friends, and maybe get some coffee sometime.

Outfit Post: 8/23/15

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Dress: eBay (Maeve) — Sandals: Gift (Clarks) — Belt: Thrifted — Earrings: The Wood Merchant

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I had to take these photos before sunset for once because I wore this outfit to brunch and then promptly got back into my weekend duds to clean the kitchen.

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It wasn’t fancy brunch or anything, we were just trying out a new diner. Actually, the place is a Chinese-American/classic diner combo; they serve burgers and omelets as well as fried rice and cashew chicken.

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It isn’t the only Chinese-American/classic diner joint in town, either, which makes me wonder: is this actually a thing across the US, or are we just lucky?

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Either way, they do a pretty good French toast! Good for them.

Outfit Post: 8/17/15

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Dress: Hand-me-down (Casual Corner) — Belt: Thrifted — Sandals: Dansko — Earrings: Charming Charlie — Ring: Jewelry shop Hallstatt, Austria

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Is this dress what they mean when they (you know, “they”; the Fashion Police, who I imagine are an army of terrifyingly orange Michael Kors clones) talk about something being boatneck? I love the height it hits when I’m standing, although sometimes when I sit down it creeps a little close to the jugular notch for my comfort.

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I mean, I assume most boatneck garments don’t have the lower V in back, but the front seems about right from what I’ve seen. I’ve never owned something boatnecked before; I didn’t even know what it meant when I was younger, but it sounded very fancy and related to cashmere sweaters.

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This dress is decidedly not cashmere, which is just as well, since it hit 104F on my bike ride home yesterday. It’s such a short ride these days that there isn’t really enough time for me to suffer from the weather, so I continue to shock and confuse my coworkers by biking in.

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They think I’m being hardcore, but really, I’m just too cheap to shell out for a campus parking permit. It’s not like I’m riding Badwater!

Outfit Post: 8/6/15

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Dress: Thrifted (no label) — Belt: Thrifted (Target) — Shoes: eBay (Eleanor Grosch for Keds) — Earrings: Vendor on campus — Bangle: Gift

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Well, that short blog break sure turned into an unintentional three-and-a-half-week vacation! Welcome back, me.

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New Orleans was great fun–I’ll try to share some pictures here if and when I get my act together. Work stuff was good, I got to see some old friends and meet some new ones in person for the first time, and I was blessed enough to gaze upon a wedding dress made for a dog.

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Since we’ve been back, I’ve somehow found my wardrobe…unsatisfying. Everything still fits and all, but I’ve had a lot of trouble putting together outfits that make me feel good, and I end up just “wearing clothes.”

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I’m trying to figure out ways around this without buying a ton of new things, but somehow my solution so far has been to buy, hmm, a few new things? I have recently retired some garments that didn’t work for me anymore, so I don’t feel too bad working a handful of new (and mainly new-to-me, to be fair) items into my closet and drawers. Maybe they’ll help my more well-worn feel refreshed!

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This particular outfit is all old stuff, and in fact is only a slight variation on this one from 2013. Why not copy myself from two years ago, anyway? What am I gonna do, take myself to small claims court?