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: 7/15/15

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Shirt: Thrifted (Lauren Conrad) — Pants: J.Crew — Shoes: American Rag — Earrings: Charming Charlie — Ring: Monterey Bay Aquarium

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A warning, vegetarian and vegan friends: this may not be a post you will enjoy the words of. Just so you know!

So, anyway. I had to wear something easy to move around in yesterday because I had the exciting task of unboxing half a cow on my lunch break.

Yeah, half a cow. In the normal course of things I don’t buy much beef because it’s expensive and the meat industry is pretty fucked-up and blah blah blah, but I found a nice-looking place a couple hours north of us who sell cows whole and half semiannually, and decided that from an ethical and practical standpoint, it felt like a pretty good idea!

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Of course, I’ve never bought half a cow before, so it was a learning experience; there are more cuts of beef in our garage now than I ever knew existed. Also, half a cow is A LOT OF MEAT. I expected this, but I really had no idea of the volume. Fortunately, it all juuuuust fit in the nearly-empty chest freezer we’ve brought with us through a few moves–Mike bought it spontaneously at a yard sale some years back and it’s really coming in handy now, since it would be impossible to store so much meat otherwise.

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Between paying the beef provider and the butcher, it did end up less cost-effective than I’d expected–about $8/lb, give or take, and that’s including everything from the filet mignon down to the ground beef. The business has a reputation for really good-quality meat, though, and the folks on the other end of the line were really helpful in assisting me through the process for the first time. I really don’t regret giving it a try. Their cows look like they have pretty good lives as far as cows go, and that much beef between me and Mike ought to feed us for a good long while. Now I just have to learn how to cook steak and I’m all set!

Outfit Post: 6/14/15

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Dress: Thrifted (Laura Ashley) — Shoes: Golden Ponies — Vest: Thrifted (Gap) [patch: gift] — Earrings: Lia Sophia — Pin: Gift

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Sunday was full of adventures! A couple of friends were visiting from mysterious faraway lands like Texas and Michigan, and I rode out to the good city of San Francisco to spend some time with them.

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We laughed, we cried, we ate fried alligator. (Well, we didn’t actually cry, but I talked about crying in reference to a Sufjan Stevens song. Dude does a lot of crying in his lyrics and it’s catching.)

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We also checked out the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park and took another pedalboating excursion–another for me, that is. My Michigander friend was a good sport about it even though it became sort of a forced march for him, seeing as how he’d spent the last several days hiking actual mountains and walking around large cities.

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Sorry, Will! I’m still glad we grimly paddled around that lake together! If your legs fall off, I’ll take full responsibility.

Outfit Post: 5/31/15

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Shirt: Target — Shorts: Thrifted (J.Crew) — Vest: Thrifted (Gap) [patch: gift] — Shoes: Gift (Clarks) — Earrings and pin: Gifts

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It occurs to me now that I never discussed my thoughts leading up to Eurovision 2015, or the dramatic results!

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Opinion one: Aminata from Latvia was robbed. ROBBED.

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Opinion two: Sweden’s song was awful in a bad-Imagine-Dragons-overplayed-radio-song kind of way and it pains me emotionally that it won. (I won’t be embedding or linking it here, but I invite you to go look it up if you’re curious. Really, it’s probably not that horrible, but I heard it at least ten times over the course of the last month and am thoroughly done with it.)

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Opinion three: For weird videos, it’s hard to beat Belarus, with their angry fire running and frantic inside-a-giant-hourglass violin playing.

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Opinion four: if you’re not familiar with Eurovision now, I highly recommend you check it out. It’s not too early to get excited about Sweden 2016, and I’m already looking forward to any stiltwalkers, wolf-people, or giant Vikings that the prospective entrants might have in the works. Here’s looking at you, 2013’s Ukraine performance.

Outfit Post: 3/29/15

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Shirt: Target — Skirt: Thrifted (H&M) — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Footie socks: Sock Dreams (Sheer Polka Dot Toe Footie, no longer available) — Vest: Thrifted (Gap) [patch: gift] — Earrings: Heatherly Designs

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This isn’t really an outfit, per se, so much as it’s a combination of two other outfits mashed together out of necessity.

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Let me explain: I went out to San Francisco this weekend for the aforementioned big brunch (!!!)–which was excellent, by the way–and I ended up staying over in the city an extra night to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

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Seeing as how I didn’t bring an extra night’s worth of clothes, bits from Friday and Saturday turned into Sunday’s exhausted ride-home-on-the-train ensemble. I was maybe a little rumpled (what else is new?), but I’d call it passable!

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My artichoke vest did most of the heavy lifting here, though, to give it the credit it deserves. Julie, who made this killer piece of embroidery, was visiting from Oregon and I wanted everyone to see how great her art looks out and about in the world.

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Plus, I got to sing “Sugar We’re Going Down” with her at my first-ever karaoke session in honor of our buddy Liz. That’s definitely worth having to wear clothes a second time.

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.

Outfit Post: 3/14/15

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Shirt and belt: Target — Shorts: Thrifted (J.Crew) — Shoes: Earthies — Earrings: Gift

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Because I am a) a dork and b) a wagon-jumper-onner, we had pie on Saturday. It was a Pi Day for the century! It would’ve been unpatriotic to do anything else.

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I didn’t make any pie, though–I don’t want to misrepresent myself here. We just bought a selection from a bakery and a fancy grocery store, and ended up with berry, fudge, banana cream, and a lemon tart. Not too shabby for a last-minute pie run!

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I also took a long nap during the day, but that wasn’t pie-related.

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Or was it? Maybe I was resting up to tackle those blackberries.

Outfit Post: 3/12/15

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Top: Thrifted (Bobeau) — Skirt: Thrifted (Target) — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Socks: Sock Dreams (Heather Bobby Socklings in Bark) — Earrings: The Wood Merchant — Ring: Vendor at Lake Bled, Slovenia

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To go along with my spice organization project, I bought some ice cube trays recently!

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We discarded our ancient, cracked ones a couple years ago when we moved into a house with an icemaking freezer, but I needed some in my life again for the extremely Pinterest-y activity of freezing fresh herbs in olive oil.

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This is almost certainly the first time in my life that I haven’t just let most of a package of sage go bad after using the requisite two teaspoons for a single recipe. (Well, I’m half right. The sage, and the thyme I also just spent an hour and a half stemming, were a little on the iffy side, but I like to live on the edge vis-a-vis expiration dates.)

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I’m not usually on top of my game like this, but it’ll feel good when I don’t have to pay another four dollars for the next two teaspoons of fresh sage that I’ll need someday. Is this what they call adulting?

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As far as the spice project goes, this is the progress I’ve made so far. Look, jars instead of easily-infestible bags!

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For the stuff I ordered from Penzeys, I just “artfully” tore the label off of each bag before filling the jars so that I can make sure to order the same thing next time. It would be a shame to run out of Vietnamese cinnamon and buy Korintje by mistake. (Kidding. I’m sure the cinnamon of Indonesia has a lot to offer and I don’t want to hurt its feelings.)

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For my locally-purchased stuff, especially the herbs and spices I restock a lot, I just wrote on the jars with my terrible, terrible handwriting. It’s legible, but I’m not going to be called on to calligraph wedding invitations anytime soon, let’s be honest.

Anyway, I need to wash out the largest grade of jar so that I can finish things up, but my cumin is secure and I’m pretty happy about that. Good for me!

Outfit Post: 2/6/15 (and 2/7/15)

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Tunic: Real Gone Girl Studios — Leggings: ASOS — Boots: Macy’s — Necklace: Freehand Fig Jewelry (made by me) — Earrings: Angela Grace Jewelry

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I put this together on Friday evening to go have a celebratory dinner with some friends.

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(Birthdays are a pretty great occasion for enjoying delicious Korean food together, I think.)

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Then, seeing as how I only wore this perfectly good outfit for a handful of hours on Friday, I put it back on for brunch and shopping in San Francisco on Saturday!

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There wasn’t a birthday to hang the brunch on, but it was pleasant all the same. I got to eat what amounted to an entire ramekin of wild mushrooms with a little bit of egg mixed in!

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Mushrooms are my jam, and these ones made up for the fruitless shopping experience later in the day. It’s nice, you know, being so easy to please.