Outfit Post: 11/7/15


Shirt: Marty May — Skirt: Thrifted — Leggings: Gudrun Sjödén — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Earrings: Vendor at Lake Bled, Slovenia


This outfit is something I puzzled together to go see Vienna Teng again!


I have a penchant for seeing her in November, I guess.


This time it wasn’t just Vienna, but also most of the rest of the cast of The Fourth Messenger, a musical about a modern-day female Buddha. They performed a selection of the songs and then did a signing for the album release party! Neat!


I’ll be honest–I just don’t know if I’m a big fan of musicals anymore. There were definitely a lot of good parts to The Fourth Messenger, though, and I’d recommend it if musicals are your thing. The performers were all excellent, particularly Cailan Rose and Reggie D. White. Vienna did some solo music after The Fourth Messenger, too, and that was delightful as always. A good outing to inaugurate my new leggings, indeed!

Outfit Post: 10/21/15


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


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.


(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!


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.


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.


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.


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: 5/31/15


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


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


Opinion one: Aminata from Latvia was robbed. ROBBED.


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.)


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


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: 3/4/15


Button-front: Leah’s free pile (Old Navy) — Skirt: ASOS — Shoes: American Rag — Scarf: Gift — Necklace: Lia Sophia — Earrings: Nervous System


When I looked over my options for this month’s Literary Stylings party (courtesy, as always, of Gracey), there was really only one correct answer: Bellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia. [Disclosure: I’m Twitter friends with Kate–and she’s a delight–but I was not asked to review this book and I did not receive any compensation for talking about it.]


See, it all started with the scarf. Bellweather Rhapsody centers around a high school state music conference at an old hotel in upstate New York, and several mysteries, old and new, that make themselves known. Two of the main characters are teenage twins attending the conference–frenetic singer Alice Hatmaker and her shy bassoonist brother Rabbit. Alice’s deck of tarot cards come into play, and it’s noted that she keeps them wrapped in her grandmother’s purple scarf. Purple scarf, meet purple scarf!


As for the rest of my outfit: top+skirt came as close as I could to my own orchestra outfits of yore, though it’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a violin. The necklace was a nod to the important role water plays in the story, the earrings reminded me a bit of Alice’s firecracker energy, and the shoes were…shoes. Not in the least appropriate for a novel set during a snowstorm, but what can you do?


It’s really a fun book. I don’t want to give too much away since I’ll be writing a proper review over at Nisaba Be Praised (my sheepish return to book-blogging), but the characters are wonderfully well-drawn, the plot is thick and a little bit rompy, and by the end I was as won over by Alice–a bit overbearing compared to, well, just about everyone else–as I had been by Rabbit, my obvious favorite from the start. Forget state, kids, you’re gonna go far.

As per usual, go investigate Gracey’s Literary Stylings post and the other folks linked up therein!

Outfit Post: 2/25/15


Button-front: Gift from Gracey (vintage, Take #1) — Vest: Thrifted (Ben Sherman) — Pants: INC — Shoes: Golden Ponies — Socks: Sock Dreams (Heather Bobby Socklings in Graphite) — Earrings: Leah Staley


[content warning for death]

My hair is much more 70s than it was when I last wore this shirt, I think. I decided to play things up with the vest, because why fight it?


(Also, the morning that I put it on, I discovered that a middle button was missing and had to improvise with a safety pin.)


I’m so glad I wore it, though! The weather was perfect, which is a little unusual for 100% nylon garments anytime in California, and I got to support a buddy who asked everyone to wear orange and yellow, the favorite colors of a deceased friend of hers.


I hope my buddy is doing okay! Death anniversaries are hard, and if/when you have to get through one, I hope you watch Robyn videos or wear bright colors or whatever you need to do.

Loads of Links 1/9/15


image via Naturalist’s Cabinet

Thrift-o-Rama’s “lady friendships” post from last October makes me smile every time I read it, I swear.

Naturalist’s Cabinet makes some of the most stunning nature-inspired jewelry I’ve ever seen. I mean, this Bird’s Nest Fungus necklace? WOW.

Why not take an hour to enjoy this supercut of Jessica Fletcher’s epiphanies?

Merritt Kopas makes some really thoughtful, unusual games, like the transgender-identity-and-family-themed Conversations with My Mother, that are worth checking out.

Ytasha Womack and her work on Afrofuturism are inspiring and amazing.

“Sandra is one of Australia’s unofficial experts on the living aspects of death”: read about how an Australian trans woman started her own trauma cleaning business.

Whether or not Stef Conner’s album The Flood is an accurate approximation of ancient Sumerian and Babylonian singing, her music is gorgeous and eerie and very haunting.

I’m pretty hopeless at knitting, but if I were better, I would absolutely pounce on my friend Kit’s gorgeous handspun yarns in her Etsy shop, Trillflower Fiber Arts.

I really enjoy Kasmira’s breakdown of her best/worst/cheapest/priciest purchases for all of 2014 at What I Wore 2Day–the way she keeps track of what she buys is something I’d like to do myself this year.

Man, Kiah and her daughter KILLED IT with their outfits at Fashion X Dallas back in November. That hat! That necklace!

This Just In: TIAAAAA




TIAAAAAAAAAA!! Ending Mia transmission, beginning Tia transmission:

I guess maybe I could’ve taken the things out of my pockets. Whoops. This is a lot of my life now. Doing a thing, and then realizing that maybe there was a slightly better way to do it only hours after I had done the thing. This is what happens when you go to graduate school, I suppose. A lot of things have changed since I last had the chance to say things — I got my proposal in, which means I’ve only about a year or so left in my PhD. I started teaching lindy hop and blues dance locally, and even got one job in Columbus, Ohio! I briefly ran a weekly blues dance, but we decided to put the event on hiatus. Things! It’s been lovely having Mia out again, and we got to visit the Bowie Is… exhibit today at the Museum of Contemporary Art. It was a really interesting exhibit, and I’ve basically come to the conclusion that it’s a pretty obvious tragedy that I haven’t really plunged into Bowie’s artistic legacy before. Seriously, it’s so obvious that Bowie is my art guiding light. Dang past Tia, why didn’t you know that David Bowie would pretty much be everything you needed in an art hero?

Guest Post: Bringer of War and Perfect Jackets

[Happy Friday, pals that are in a Friday part of the world! Please enjoy this charming space-themed guest post from the glorious Diana. -Mia]

Full outfit

Please excuse the mirror selfies with tablet; I am a solitary witch without a tripod.

So here’s what was going on in my life on the afternoon of November 1, 2014:

1. My best friend Meg and I were spending the entire weekend having a long-distance two-person nerd con, which mostly involved watching a LOT of Babylon 5.
2. I had dressed as a space witch for Halloween the day before.
3. The event I was getting ready to go to that day was an orchestra concert featuring famous space-themed music.

Also, I am the sort of person who will accept any excuse to wear a costume, even (ESPECIALLY) if it’s not an obvious costume to anyone but me. You can probably see where I’m going with this. But as much as I love my galaxy leggings and my shooting star earrings, after Halloween I was in the mood for the statement my outfit made to be a bit less literal. So I thought I’d try to evoke the cosmic theme more subtly with colors and patterns.

Tights and bag

Match your bag to your legs, that’s what I always say.

Speaking of which, let me tell you about my legs. I’d been looking forward to wearing my cobalt blue footless tights, but discovered when I put them on that the stitching had partially come out of one of the cuffs, leaving a dozen visible runs up the back of one leg. Hearing of my tragic plight, Meg said, “Can you put another pair of tights on underneath and make it look deliberate?” which gave me an idea. I put on a different pair of tights in chalkboard green. Then I took the cobalt tights, ripped the rest of the stitching out of both cuffs, and pulled runs all the way around each leg, all the way to the top. Once they were on over the green tights and all the rough edges were covered by my shoes and dress, the effect was, literally and figuratively, seamless.

The color didn’t look all that different over the green; I’m curious to try some different pairings. I have some ketchup-packet-red tights that should make for an interesting experiment.

Back of jacket

When I discovered this jacket at Nordstrom Rack in what I’m pretty sure was the wrong spot (and yet, somehow, exactly the right spot), it was basically the clothes-shopping equivalent of a meet-cute. Love at first sight, trying-it-on-with-every-piece-of-clothing-I-own montage when I brought it home, the whole package. It is the best jacket in the world.

No jacket

There is nothing about this dress that is not perfect. I added a cardigan for extra color and a bit of warmth and buttoned two buttons to make it subtly evoke a waistcoat under the jacket.

The boots are from Kmart. I KNOW, RIGHT? An internet rando told me about Kmart shoes, which is why I now always listen to internet randos. These are awesome boots in pretty much every way that a boot can be awesome, not the least of which is that THEY FIT MY CALVES. It turns out that the price of having powerful Amazon legs is never being able to just go into a store and buy the sweetest pair of tall boots you can find, unless that store is Kmart, apparently.


One pair of earrings, the most literal space reference I allowed in this outfit. Meg gave them to me the last time I visited. She said that she never wore them and that I would probably get more use out of them; can’t imagine where she got that idea. Elsewhere, my ever-present Agnes Scott College class ring, as well as a ring that is probably made out of painted plastic but which belonged to my grandmother and I love it for both that reason and also the reason that it is gorgeous.


That concert was the best, by the way. Do not depart this mortal realm without having heard Holst’s Mars, the Bringer of War performed live at least once. Stop looking at me like that. I certainly didn’t tear up during that song just because I love it so much. You did that. It was you.

Jacket: Nordstrom Rack (Baccini) — Dress: Target — Cardigan: Target — Tights: Target — Boots: Kmart — Jewelry: Hand-Me-Downs and Class Ring — Purse: Wilson’s Leather Outlet

Guest Post: Schoolgirl Weirdo Robyn

[What’s that, everyone? You’ve been wanting another guest post? Want no more, friends, because my buddy Julie is here to rock your world. -Mia]


I’m Julie aka J Twitch aka yrpretendfriend and I’m a biology undergraduate in the Pacific Northwest. My style is usually a dirtbag Clarissa Explains It All but today I’m feeling more schoolgirl weirdo Robyn.


I secretly wish I wore glasses so this shirt from buffalo exchange is a compromise.


I thought I would wear my eyeball necklace with it because why not? It’s from a random store in Portland.


My skirt is thrifted and my socks are from H&M and shoes/earrings from target! (My nose ring is from a deleted etsy shop. Possibly sketchy?)


Watch is from the Piccadilly flea market and friendship bracelet from my pal Edie!


Peep that rad ant poster I just discovered in my lab (I research leaf cutter ants)!


Thanks Mia!