Outfit Post: 12/13/15

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Tunic: Thrifted (Charlotte Russe) — Leggings: Carousel Ink — Boots: Amazon (Diesel) — Earrings: Heatherly Designs

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Dudes and duderinos, I hate to say it, but I’m wiped. It’s only Monday and it’s already been a long week! Please accept this text-lite post with my apologies, and feel free to fill in your own witty captions about leggings with Victorian houses on them.

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Outfit Post: 12/10/15

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Dress: Thrifted (Laura Ashley) — Cardigan: Thrifted (no label) — Boots: Macy’s — Headband: World Market — Earrings: Angela Grace Jewelry — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Extraordinary Thigh Highs in Navy)

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This whole thing probably would’ve looked better with my tan ankle boots, but when I wake up and it’s raining, there’s really only one pair of boots I go for. I’m sure you’ll all forgive me.

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(If you don’t forgive me, please write your local congressperson. They might be able to help.)

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In this installment of Mia’s Greasy Winter, I use a headband once again to try and disguise my unwashed hair. It used to be hats, but now it’s mostly headbands.

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I’ve also made an amazing discovery with headbands now that I don’t have a buzz cut anymore: they can actually keep your hair out of your face! Who knew?!

Outfit Post: 12/4/15

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Shirt: Target — Pants: J.Crew — Cardigan: Thrifted (Indigenous) — Boots: Duo — Necklace: Fable and Fury — Earrings: Apostrophie

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I knew I hadn’t worn my Duo boots in a long time, but has it really been two years? Good gravy.

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The thing about those Duo boots is that…well, they hurt. I don’t know if it’s an issue of them not being broken-in enough or if they just don’t suit my legs, but the crumple zone at the ankle rubs blisters something fierce. Even when I wear thick socks with them, by the end of the day I end up hobbling.

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I haven’t wanted to wear them but spent too much money to justify giving them away, so naturally they ended up in the back of my closet. I guess it’s time to look up the town cobbler. (Probably located in the same strip mall as the town smith and the town fishwife, huh?)

Outfit Post: 11/16/15

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Sweater: Thrifted (Lauren Ralph Lauren) — Skirt: Thrifted (Maurices) — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Heather Over the Knee Stockings in Rust) — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Earrings: Heatherly Designs

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Lately I’ve been thinking about getting a tarantula. Ideally I’d keep it in my office at work, although the jury’s still out on whether tarantulas fall under my workplace’s “no animals” policy.

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I actually have asked my supervisor to find out what upper management thinks; if and when I hear back, I’ll check around to see if any of my coworkers are prohibitively arachnophobic. I really don’t want to make work a bad or upsetting environment for anyone–I just think tarantulas are neat, and have ever since my kindergarten class had one (named “Harry,” of course) as a pet.

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If the option is open to me, I have to figure out the best way to choose one. There are pet stores, of course, but is adopting one better? Are tarantula rescues even a thing? These are the hard-hitting questions I have to ask myself as I think about how to proceed.

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I’d also have to pick a species. Preliminary research tells me that “grassland or desert” tarantulas are best for a beginner, and I do want to tread carefully in choosing one that I’ll be able to appropriately care for. The females of many tarantula species can live for decades, so I need to make sure I’m not entering into things lightly! I’m reading up on the subject (naturally), and it’s pretty amazing stuff even if I ultimately decide not to bring one home. For instance: did you know that in addition to shedding their exoskeletons when they molt, tarantulas can replace some internal organs, such as their genitalia? Fascinating!

Outfit Post: 10/21/15

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Top: Thrifted (The North Face) — Skirt: Thrifted (Maurices) — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Footie Socks: Sock Dreams (Basic Liner Socks in Grey) — Necklace: Fable and Fury — Bracelet: Small Change Finery — Earrings: Gift

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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, did you know that The North Face made non-outerwear clothing? I sure friggin’ didn’t! I thought they were entirely a fleece-jacket concern, but apparently I was incorrect.

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(Okay, deviating from the script.) I found this boatneck top while thrifting, as per usual, and even though I wasn’t sure about the pale blue color on myself, it seemed nicely-made so I picked it up. In a detail I didn’t capture, the outer points of the neckline are oddly reinforced with triangles of fabric–to what end, I’m not sure. Mystery shirt!

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The whole outfit ended up thrown together in two minutes after I overslept–I was dreaming, not at all embarrassingly, about Nekoatsume–and so it is a complete coincidence that I wore my elk-antler bracelet with Mr. Thomas Alan Waits, pictured below.

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The connection didn’t actually occur to me until I sat down to write this post. See, the woman who made the bracelet named her business after one of Tom Waits’ albums–or at least, the friend I bought it from said she did, and I have no reason to disbelieve her.

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Perhaps the theme had burrowed its way into my subconscious while I slept? I blame my subconscious for a lot because it can only get back at me in weird, roundabout ways.

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Anyway, now I’m a bit disappointed that I spent the whole day listening to Deb Talan and Hellogoodbye. Not that either of those choices were bad ones, but I could’ve scored a hat trick without even knowing it!

Outfit Post: 10/6/15

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Shirt: J.Crew — Skirt: Thrifted (Maurices) — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Necklace: Naturalist’s Cabinet — Ring: Asian Art Museum — Earrings: Gift, from Barcelona — Footie socks: Sock Dreams (Chevron Footies in Turquoise)

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I’ve been trying to hold out on laundry until the end of the week–two days to go and I have one wearable top and a bunch of articles of clothing that badly need ironing before they’re fit to be seen in public.

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I guess this outfit isn’t that creative, but I don’t think I would’ve thought to put together a neon yellow shirt and a white-bordering-on-cream skirt if I hadn’t been in dire straits.

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Either way, I think they nicely accentuate the piece I finally picked up from Naturalist’s Cabinet! I’ve been interested in Maris Hare’s gorgeous hand-carved jewelry since January, but it took me a long time to make up my mind.

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I still have strong feelings about the sea urchin cactus earrings, to be honest, but I thought the necklace would be more of a branching-out.

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She is too fond of earrings, and it has turned her brain. That’s what they say about me, you know.