Outfit Post: 1/13/16

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Top: Thrifted (Chaps) — Cardigan: Thrifted (no label) — Skirt: eShakti — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Extraordinary Thigh-Highs in Navy) — Earrings: Gift

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I don’t use the “navy” tag on this blog very much, since navy isn’t usually my first choice for neutrals and I don’t have much of it in my closet, but I guess I really should use it in reference to this shirt. I think of it as blue, but isn’t it navy?

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Where’s the line for navy, anyway? Is it a question only of shade or also of saturation? I guess I could look it up, but I’d rather ask you.

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(Please to ignore the my phone; the sticky note just has a to-do list on it. I make to-do lists on my phone, on my computer, on Habitica, and it still isn’t enough. It’s a wonder I get anything done.)

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Anyway, I find myself grateful that this blog doesn’t have a “mustard” tag in addition to “yellow,” or I’d be here all day.

Outfit Post: 12/14/15

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Shirt and Cardigan: Thrifted (Target) — Skirt: ASOS — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Thigh-highs: Sock Dreams (Extraordinarily Longer Striped Thigh Highs in Steel/Light Blue) — Earrings: B&A Estate Jewelry

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The beginnings of this outfit were discards from the weekend–before deciding on the tunic and leggings from yesterday’s post, I spent a long, indecisive time trying things on for the very important task of leaving the house to go grocery shopping.

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However, a few of these pieces ended up together in the meantime, which explains how I was so coordinated first thing on a Monday morning.

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I don’t usually have the wherewithal to come up with something like this right after I wake up anymore.

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(You might have noticed the simpler outfits, and I appreciate your not saying anything negative about it. You have wonderful manners!)

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Anyway, the tiny tie worked out and we haven’t seen it in ages, so sometimes initial failure leads to later success. A life lesson for us all, especially in regard to tiny ties.

Outfit Post: 10/9/15

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Button-front: Vintage Fashion Faire (Ship ‘N Shore) — Pants: Thrifted (Polo Ralph Lauren) — Shoes: 6pm.com (Dansko) — Earrings: Apostrophie — Bangle: Thrifted (Target)

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This outfit was pretty much inevitable, I think. It was just a matter of time.

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It works, right? I mean, I think it does, and I’m okay if you don’t. Life is a rich tapestry!

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Honestly, it’s not that surprising a mix to have made, even though it felt really edgy when I was getting dressed this morning. Same-size florals, both with pink/yellow/orange. Like I said, inevitable.

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did manage to keep from wearing my Labor Day Pow-Wow earrings, which itself feels inevitable every time I wear these pants.

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Those earrings, these pants, and these sandals. They make a very compelling case for themselves.

Outfit Post: 9/30/15

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Dress: eBay (Maeve) — Button-front: Thrifted (Ann Klein) — Shoes: Golden Ponies — Earrings: Gift, from Greece

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Hmm, this button-front doesn’t layer under dresses as well as I hoped it would.

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Not this dress, anyway. I suppose I should be grateful that it doesn’t look any more absurd than it already does; it’s just a little poofy on top.

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You can tell the weather’s cooling down when I start to haphazardly and/or desperately combine whatever pieces of clothing I think will fit and keep me warm. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes, well…at least the color combination’s nice, right?

Outfit Post: 9/14/15

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Button-front: Thrifted (no label) — Skirt: Thrifted (Banana Republic) — Shoes: Earthies — Headband: The Faerie Market — Bangle: Thrifted — Earrings: Lia Sophia

I only have one photo of this outfit because my after-work grocery-shopping trip on Monday went long, and I had to contend with dim light when I finally got home. We have garlic and rice stick noodles now, though, so I think you’ll all agree that the sacrifice was worth it.

Outfit Post: 9/11/15

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Top: Thrifted (JCPenney) — Pants: Old Navy — Shoes: eBay (Eleanor Grosch for Keds) — Earrings: Lia Sophia

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I swear on a stack of last year’s Good Housekeeping that I ironed this outfit vigorously before wearing it.

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Of course, silk and linen aren’t known for their wrinkle-release properties, and I always have to tie up these pants so I can bike to work without getting chewed entirely to bits by the bike chain.

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The bike chain which just got cleaned and re-greased by me, I might add, so it better continue to be on good behavior! No biting, bike, or I’ll have to start crating you again.

Outfit Post: 9/9/15

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Top: Thrifted (Chaps) — Skirt: Thrifted (CAbi) — Sandals: 6pm.com (Dansko) — Bangle: Thrifted — Necklace and earrings: Gifts

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This skirt is holding up pretty well after two and a half years in my hands. I’m impressed, because I tend to be pretty hard on clothes.

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Sure, I have a lot of variety so certain things don’t necessarily get worn out that way, but I am a creature of spills, stains, rips, and general tomfoolery.

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Probably most folks with personal style blogs say that, though, huh? I guess it’s an easy way to be relatable, since a lot of people have spilled an entire drink on themselves at least once in their adult life.

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Which is not to imply that all bloggers are constantly calculating how to draw the largest readership with a veneer of authenticity, but if you must admit to something embarrassing, coffee stains are an easy go-to in lieu of other foibles that might feel more isolating.

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Of course, any time someone on the internet asks, “am I the only one who [x]?,” they inevitably learn that they are far from the only one who [x]es, so sometimes it pays off to take a brave little step and open yourself up. As a f’rinstance, I read this essay about loneliness just a little while ago (thanks to my friend Quin), and amusingly enough, it made me feel a little less lonely to know there are other people who experience frequent loneliness even when they have an active social life. I’m lonely! I’m lonely a lot! I’m lonely when I’m by myself and I’m lonely when I’m with friends! I never know when it’s going to strike. Who wants to hang out and be lonely together with me?

Outfit Post: 9/2/15

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Dress: Thrifted (Laura Ashley) — Button-front: Thrifted (Faded Glory) — Sandals: Gift (Clarks) — Earrings: Hand-me-down — Bangle: Thrifted

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If I’m going to be honest here (and when am I not? also, you’ve got something in your teeth), I like the offhand mirror pic of this outfit I took with my phone for Instagram better than any of the actual outfit photos.

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It’s almost like a body shouldn’t even bother with a nice camera and natural light, for pete’s sake.

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Not that I think my photography in whatever form is any great shakes; in fact, it seems like I need a refresher course in posing for the timer since lately I’m dissatisfied with the results more often than not.

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Maybe I should take one of those, uhh, “TyTyTips” from this cycle of America’s Next Top Model and practice my owl neck?

Outfit Post: 8/18/15

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Button-front: Vintage Fashion Fair (Ship ‘N Shore) — Skirt: Thrifted (Fossil) — Sandals: 6pm.com (Dansko) — Earrings: Lia Sophia — Bangle: Thrifted

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I’d been planning this top+bottom pairing for a while but only got around to ironing the shirt on Monday.

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I don’t even dislike ironing–I genuinely find it kind of pleasant, even though it always makes my back sore–but somehow it just never gets done. The iron and board have been sitting out for at least a week now, and I’ve done ironing a grand total of two days.

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Of course, longer and fuller garments like the Laura Ashley dress or the green maxi-skirt take about a hundred years to finish each, so I’ll grade myself on a curve as far as they’re concerned.

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It’s a good thing I don’t flatiron my hair anymore, am I right, folks?! Haha, do you get it? Do you? Do you get it? No, but really, do you get it? Do you?

Yeah, you got it.

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Outtake: lost my balance while doing absolutely nothing. Nice.