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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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

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Guest Post: Flamboyant Time Traveler

[Hi, folks! I’m off on a little-deserved vacation around Austria and Slovenia, so please enjoy a series of guest posts from my rad internet friends! This one is from Megan Patterson, who is a dress addict and the Science and Technology Editor at Paper Droids. -Mia]

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Hi everyone! I’m Megan, filling in for Mia while she is off in the wilds of Europe. You may recognize me as Megano! from Twitter/The ‘Pin/The Toast, but I’m also the Science and Technology editor over at Paper Droids, a feminist geek culture site for and by women.

I usually write about tech and video games, but I also looooove clothes and makeup, which is apparently difficult for some people to wrap their heads around. I can be a nerdy tomboy and like video games and still love dresses, y’all, the universe won’t implode because of the societal contradiction.

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Anyway! Onto the outfit. This outfit hits pretty much all of my sartorial buttons: lots of colour, red lipstick, dresses, hats, and polka dots. My look is very vintage-inspired. I literally paid $5 for those sunglasses, and have somehow managed to not lose them in like 5 years. Which is great cuz they’re super dope. It’s a bit hard to tell that I’m wearing a beret, but it is there. I started collecting vintage hats when I was 19, first by trawling vintage stores and flea markets, but now I mostly use Etsy, due to laziness and the glory of the internet. I think I have somewhere between 10-15, more if we’re counting fascinators and headbands. I LOVE HATS, Y’ALL. Let’s bring ‘em back! Wear ‘em to the movies! (I have done this, not the obnoxiously tall ones, obviously.)

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I’m also a huuuuge lipstick fan. I came of age in the early aughts (ugh, do I seriously have to call it that now?), when lip gloss was all the rage, and I just hated it. I don’t like how lip gloss is sticky, and sheer, and just no. I am so glad lipstick is all the rage now, so I can hoard it like it will kill zombies in the upcoming apocalypse. I know for some people, strong lips read as sexy, but I really just find it powerful, and I am a colour fiend. Basically, just give me all the colour for my face and body, is my style philosophy, even though plus size girls are so often made to feel like we should be the opposite. It took me a while to embrace dressing the way I want to (like a flamboyant time traveler) regardless of my size, but I have to say, I’m much happier now that I’ve figured out how to be at peace with it.

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Dress: eShakti – Hat: vintage – Sunnies: Smart Set – Shoes: Drew – Clutch: Mossimo – Lippie: Nars Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl

Guest Post: Icicle Bonnet

[Hi, folks! I’m off on a little-deserved vacation around Austria and Slovenia, so please enjoy a series of guest posts from my rad internet friends! This one is from Rae, who, and I quote, “spends more time on Twitter than is practical or reasonable and was inspired to start caring more about style by some great people there! Her nonsense resides @slowseptember.” -Mia]

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Shirt: Ricki’s. Pants: Ricki’s. Boots: G.H. Bass outlet. Earrings: Ricki’s. Headband: actual headband from Shoppers Drug Mart, fascinator hair clip purchased at a street stall in London by The Fellow shortly before I shaved my head and couldn’t wear it so sewed it to the headband. Bracelet: #allinforGillian. Sunglasses: Melanie Lyne. Purse visible in top two pictures: Miche Canada.

Our choir director, in tandem with the lady who takes care of all our music and herds us around on performance days, decided that for Easter we should wear “spring colours on top, dark bottoms, dress nicely but it doesn’t have to be formal.” (Our choir dress codes can sometimes be maddening). Nevertheless, I struck out to Ricki’s and bought a blue shirt that had enough room in it to take deep, soprano-note-sustaining breaths. I also bought some matching earrings.

I made my dad take pictures of me. He was a little confused as to why, but was fairly game.

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I couldn’t stop singing “in your Easter bonnet/with icicles upon it” all week after I saw it on Twitter, since in Calgary spring means nothing. I decided that therefore Easter Sunday meant fascinator time (as close as I could come to an Easter bonnet).

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“Okay, let’s go,” said my dad, so I took the opportunity to grab my turquoise sunnies and take one more quick picture. I make this face in 90% of my selfies – they just don’t make it to Twitter.

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Happy Spring, everyone!

-Rae (@slowseptember)