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?!

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Outfit Post: 11/30/15

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Turtleneck: Old Navy — Skirt: Thrifted (CAbi) — Boots: Macy’s — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Heather Over the Knee Stockings in Slate) — Earrings: Target

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See, now this outfit I at least partially planned out the night before. Good thing, too, because I overslept my alarm and missed my chance to work a shower into my already-rushed morning schedule.

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That always happens this time of year, but I haven’t figured out a solid way around it yet. I’ve started placing my phone across the room so that I have to physically get up and turn the alarm off, but that doesn’t work very well when it’s so cold that I immediately turn back around and crawl under the covers again.

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I’ve also tried placing my fuzzy winter robe and slippers strategically near the alarm, but I’m not at my most rational when I’m sleepy. Let’s hope that setting the thermostat a few degrees higher in the morning makes a difference or it’s going to be a greasy winter.

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: 8/8/15

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Tank top: Threadless — Camisole: Old Navy — Shorts: Nordstrom Rack — Sandals: Dansko — Earrings: Gift from Katie!

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I forgot to take a close-up of the image on this tank top, so you’ll just have to trust me that it’s of pandas sleeping in trees.

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Well, actually, you don’t have to trust me. See for yourself!

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image via Threadless.com

(I tried to make one of the pandas hold up today’s newspaper as proof, but it didn’t work out.)

Outfit Post: 7/1/15

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Top: Thrifted — Skirt: Thrifted (CAbi) — Sandals: 6pm.com (Dansko) — Necklace: Shop in Hallstatt, Austria — Earrings: Hand-me-down — Headband: World Market

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My hair is aaaalllllmost long enough to wear this headband to keep it back. Almost.

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It still kind of feels like it’s going to slip off my head, and I have to practice wearing it so that it looks casually cute instead of like a mess, but we’re getting there.

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It keeps my hair out of my face, anyway, which I sorely need since I haven’t had a haircut in like four months. It’s about chin-length in front and I’m just not into having a cryshield anymore, you guys.

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I haven’t yet decided if I’ll get bangs snipped into it next time or let the front keep growing along with everything else. Eventually it has to stop getting in my eyes, right?

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Please say yes. Please.

Outfit Post: 5/19/15

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Shirt: J.Crew — Skirt: Thrifted (CAbi) — Sandals: Dansko — Socks: Sock Dreams (Meg Unconstricted Top Crew in Pink) — Ring and earrings: Vendor at Lake Bled, Slovenia

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(What is my hand doing here? I am a mystery, even to myself.)

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Hello hello! Took an unscheduled few days off from the blog, but now I’m BACK. I really should have slid in with some super-cool sunglasses, but we can’t have everything.

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This shirt was a sale buy when I was ordering something else from J.Crew. I’ve been looking for a nice sunshiny yellow shirt and thought this might be the one, so I indulged myself for $10 and waited.

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It turned out to be a bit more neon than my ideal, but that’s okay! It plays nicely with my neon pink socks. I really like wood with neon, for some reason–maybe because I was both a tetra and a carpenter in a past life?–so here we are. I promise not to resent the fact that you weren’t exactly what I was looking for, neon shirt. I like you on your own merits.

Outfit Post: 4/30/15

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Shirt: Target — Skirt: Thrifted (CAbi) — Shoes: Earthies — Necklace: Jewelry shop in Hallstatt, Austria — Ring: Monterey Bay Aquarium — Earrings: Apostrophie

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Is it a surprise that I wore this shirt and skirt together last summer? No. No, it is not.

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Everything else is different, though, including my hair. Ten months on, those cute, tidy Marcel-like waves in the back have given way to a more unruly thicket of almost-curls.

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That’s time for you, I suppose! Always passing and changing our appearances. (Unless we happen to be Gabrielle Union, who still looks precisely as she did fifteen years ago. And we are not Gabrielle Union, I’m sad to say.)

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Despite the unrelenting passage of days, this skirt is holding up pretty well, all things considered. Back when it got ink-stained, I was afraid it was ruined, but now I’m happy to just ignore the little blue splotches, which are hardly even worth noticing to my eyes anymore.

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That’s another thing time brings, is comfort and familiarity. A defect may seem huge at first, but after a while the defect shrinks and becomes part of the whole. I mean, mostly, unless we’re talking about giant bear-claw rips across the back of your shirt or something.

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And in that case, hey: crop top!