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.

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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: 12/1/15

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Top: Thrifted (Weston Wear) — Camisole: Target — Skirt: ASOS — Shoes: Golden Ponies — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Heather Over the Knee Stockings in Graphite) — Earrings: Lia Sophia

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I’m all about the pattern on this top I thrifted a couple months ago, but jeez if the fabric doesn’t pill like a mother.

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It’s super soft and cozy, which I guess contributes to the problem; I wore it two times before this (on our trip to NYC and Philly), and before wearing it a third time I had to get out my sweater shaver because the shoulder area where my purse usually hangs was significantly, visibly pilled up.

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I mean, you probably wouldn’t’ve been able to see the pills in any of the full-body shots, but would know.

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Also, pilling is just so distracting in detail shots. It just bugs me. So I guess this top will be getting regular shaves for as long as it otherwise holds up. Should I throw in the haircut for free?

Outfit Post: 11/3/15

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Sweater: Thrifted (Philosophy) — Skirt: ASOS — Shoes: 6pm.com (Frye) — Earrings: Sabo Design — Bracelet: Stars & Stripes Ltd in Philadelphia

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The other day I was rooting around in the closet for my store of cold-weather clothing and I happened to find a box…of shoes.

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Turns out that’s where my pink Frye flats went. I’d been missing them and a few other pairs–like some wedge sandals and several pairs of heels–for quite a while, and had pretty much given up on finding any of them.

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I guess I must have packed them up for our last move, and then they sat in a closet for a year and a half without ever being investigated. (No, you have too much stuff.)

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Honestly, I hadn’t missed the heels much, if at all, but I’m pleased to have these guys back in my repertoire. They’re still waterstained and altogether not a terribly robust-feeling pair of flats, but I do like them. They’re pink!

Outfit Post: 9/18/15

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Shirt: Target — Skirt: Wild Life Reserve — Sandals: Dansko — Belt: Thrifted — Ring and earrings: Vendor at Lake Bled, Slovenia

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I came really close to picking a belt that matched my sandals on Friday, but somehow swerved away at the last minute.

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I like this better anyway–it reminds me a little bit of one of my early outfits for the blog, even though the belt is the only item I’ve held onto all this time.

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And to be honest, the belt is starting to look a little…distinguished? It might be in its twilight years at this point.

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Anyway, is matching one’s shoes to one’s earrings as passé as shoes/belt? I never can keep up with these things.

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: 8/11/15

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Shirt: Target — Skirt: Wild Life Reserve — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Earrings: Solano Stroll — Ring: Nervous System

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Another new thing: this skirt I got in New Orleans. It was a complete impulse-buy; Mike and I were walking around the city when we passed the Wild Life Reserve on St. Charles Avenue, and a peek of wax prints through the window was all I needed to go inside.

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They had some really gorgeous clothing and this skirt particularly captured my heart, but we weren’t planning on going back to the hotel right away, so I paid and arranged things with the (awesomely accommodating) shopkeeper that I’d pick it up the next day.

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And so I did (after falling down the hotel stairs, but that’s a story for another time). And here we are!

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I do wish the fabric were matched up a little better at the seam on the side–you can see in the side-view photo up above that the print kind of skips there, like a scratched CD. If I still had my sewing machine, I might take it in on that side just enough to match things up.

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Then again, I might not.