Outfit Post: 8/19/15

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Shirt: Target — Skirt: Thrifted (Banana Republic) — Sandals: 6pm.com (Think!) — Earrings: Gift — Bangle: Thrifted

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Time to celebrate a new pair of shoes! Internet shopping is tricksy sometimes but this pair worked out.

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(The pairs I have to send back, on the other hand, not so much. You have to crack a few sandals to make an omelet, I guess?)

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They’re a good choice, I think! And they helped me trick myself to making this outfit, which is otherwise comprised of old pieces.

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(Relatively old. It’s not like these earrings were part of the Greatest Generation.)

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Anyway, gray and yellow and cute straps and velcro. What will those Germans think of next?

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Outfit Post: 3/6/15

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Dress: Thrifted (no label) — Socks: Sock Dreams (Heather OTK Stockings in Rust) — Shoes: Earthies — Necklace: World Market — Earrings: Hand-me-down — Belt: Thrifted

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Friday was one of those days that I was really starting to feel the mullet. I respect Becky’s choice to cut layers into my hair so that I wouldn’t have the Roseanne Rosannadanna look, but growing one’s hair out is always going to be awkward at some point, and perhaps at a lot of points.

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Jaunty friend Rebekah commented on yesterday’s post that my buzz cut grow-out has seemed “graceful and painless”–which is a wonderful compliment and also astonishing to me because there have been a not-insignificant number of days where I’ve just done my best to power through the weirdness of my hair.

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Part of this is that my grooming habits leave something to be desired. In a perfect world, I would get my head sopping wet every morning and let it air-dry to create nice waves, but between my penchant for sleeping in and the reality of work and bike helmets, many days the whole situation ends up a little frizzed, flattened, or shaggy-looking.

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Growing it out has still been lots of fun, although as it gets longer I’m torn between continuing to see where my hair will take me and going back to the wonderful convenience of the buzz cut. I’m still not used to shedding so much, for one thing.

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My hairstyle anti-inspiration is Janet from Three’s Company, and I’m a little afraid of skewing too much in that direction. Hair is such a powerful part of one’s appearance! It has a huge impact on my day-to-day self esteem, and I know that’s the case for lots of folks everywhere. As things shake out, I still feel cute more often than not, so for now the hair stays. Let cuteness reign!

Outfit Post: 10/6/14

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Shirt and earrings: Target — Skirt: Thrifted (Banana Republic) — Shoes: Golden Ponies — Necklace: Thrifted — Ring: Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Oh man, where to start today? New gold shoes, new-to-me ruffly skirt…actually, I guess that’s about it.

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My Golden Ponies oxfords finally arrived over the weekend and they fit amazingly well and are surprisingly comfortable. I’m really just so pleased with them, since I have a spotty record when it comes to internet shoes.

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The only downside so far is that after one sedentary day of wearing them at work, I’d already put two scratches/scuffs in the gold. Since I’m not the most graceful person in the world, I’m a little worried about how long it’ll take before they look totally beaten up–but I guess I’ll just walk softly and worry about that when I get there. (Do they make gold shoe polish?)

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A while ago at the office I was quite taken with a coworker’s pink-and-gold outfit combination, and I can finally replicate it as often as I want. Gold shoes pretty much go with everything, but I’m looking forward to thinking up some particular pairings for maximum effect.

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Over and over lately, I keep finding myself drawn to a particular type of feminine clothing–“romantic” is really the word that comes to mind for me, despite the fact that I don’t consider myself a very feminine or romantic person. There’s something about the drapey fabrics and muted colors that really appeals to me, though, and I think I just have to accept it instead of feeling self-conscious about it.

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I’m not planning on going full-on romantic anytime soon, I should note. I like loud colors too much and would be loath to give up my hot pink floral pants. But even so, it’s good to know myself just a little bit more.

Things I Did Not Buy: Things I Actually DID Buy (For a Change) Edition

Well, now! Since I gracefully ended my shopping ban, I’ve had the opportunity to make a few purchases. As such, this edition of Things I Did Not Buy is hilariously misnamed. Never mind that, though. Let’s see here…

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Okay, so this isn’t the exact two-layer gold triangle necklace that I bought, but it’s the closest equivalent I could find. This particular necklace is thirty times more expensive than the one I got–and relatedly, you probably can’t find this one at a thrift store in San Francisco. But they both have two layers, they both have triangles, they’re both trendy. Close enough for horseshoes, I say! (I have never actually said that.)

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I forget how I ended up there, but the other day I was poking around the internet and found my way to Poshmark, which basically appears to be eBay with comments? Anyway, this cute dress popped up, and as you can probably guess, the awesome colors had me immediately doing grabby-hands. I checked things out and it seemed legit (and the price was right), so we’ll see in a week or two whether I actually get the dress or just a box of spiders in the mail.

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On the opposite end of the spectrum, I’ve been admiring Ragini’s gold oxfords for eons, and finally made the decision to go over to Goldenponies and place an order. My gray cheapo oxfords are looking a bit worse for wear, and why NOT have a pair of gold shoes?

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Finally, we have a t-shirt with a goat on it. See, an awesome farmer and goat-breeder I follow on Twitter was in need of a little financial assistance so that one of her dogs could get surgery, so she set up a Teespring campaign. (It’s since ended, but you can still give!) I’ll always help a doggie out when I can, and since I am way more aware of dairy goats than I was before I started following her, this shirt speaks nothing more than the truth. Plus, it has a goat on it.

Any new purchases in your neck of the woods?

Outfit Post: 9/9/14

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Dress and belt: Thrifted — Sandals: Gift — Earrings: The Wood Merchant — Ring: Shop in Hallstatt, Austria

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So hey! Life at 26! What’s the deal?

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Not too different from 25 so far, much to nobody’s surprise.

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(Although 26 has contained 100% more Andy Richter Controls the Universe than 25 did, which has been great for all parties involved.)

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Are you or have you been 26 years old? Did you enjoy it?

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Did you get free shoes at 26? I did. (Well, the correlation is pretty loose, actually. My mom got these and they didn’t fit her so she passed them on to me. Are they still technically hand-me-downs if they’re pretty new?)

Guest Post: Malice Springs

[Hey, pals! To celebrate this Friday, how about a guest post from the beloved IceBerg? Yes, I think that is a wonderful idea, indeed. Take it away, Bergie!]

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T-shirt – gift
jeans – Target junior section
boots – a cheap shoe store I forget the name of!
earrings – made by me!
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The t-shirt was a gift from my brother from when he was living in Darwin; it features a roller derby girl named Malice Springs (after Alice Springs)!

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The badass boots cost me $25. No animals were harmed in the making of these pleather babies. The heels are 5″, but that includes about 1.5″ of platform. They are surprisingly comfortable, although it is a decidedly relative term in this case. I had a long conversation with the owner of the shoe store, a very hardworking gentleman from Pakistan whose children still live over there.

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I made these cool Pegasus charm earrings for myself, but will be selling similar at my shop MicDropDesign and have lots of other designs already for sale as well!

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Space Witch Mani (DIY!!!): Sally Hansen Hard As Nails in Black Heart (how good is that name?), LA Colors Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer in purple/blue glitter, & LA Colors high gloss base/topcoat – (Awesome instructions on how to achieve this glitter fade look here by high priestess of beauty, Adwoa Asiedu)

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[Isn’t she a badass, folks? And to the rest of you, have a great weekend.]

Outfit Post: 7/15/13

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Dress and bangle: Thrifted — Sandals: 6pm.com (Dansko) — Earrings: LiaSophia

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Cute new dress for me! Last Friday I went to a thrift store (well, several thrift stores) looking for a big, cheap, crappy pot that I could use to dye some clothes–more on that later.

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While I was looking, I just happened to find this interesting dress, which has a large pleat in the front that opens up to reveal a terrible endless void extra print! I like to imagine that it does cool things if I walk very purposefully, although I don’t walk purposefully very often, so we may never truly know.

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I eventually found a pot, thank goodness. It took me four stores and a lot of walking, but really, if I’d gotten one on the first try, I would never have come across my new favorite dress.

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It’s nice to get lucky sometimes!

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I also recently got this new pair of Danskos in the mail–these are what ate up most of my clothing budget for the next little while, but I’m not sorry. I’ve been so happy with my other pair of Danskos that when I saw these online, I decided to take a chance. I’ve mostly given up buying shoes online because size, comfort, and quality are all so variable, but it’s  less risky when one’s already a little familiar with the brand, right?

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Verdict: not as 100% squishy-comfortable as the brown pair, but still nice! I love-love-love the color and shape of them, and I want to wear them with just about everything I own. The piece that goes across the front of my foot is a little tighter than I would like, but it doesn’t rub or cause blisters, and it might loosen up a bit as I wear them. Or will it? Does vegan leather stretch? I am sore unschooled in the ways of shoemaking. (Shoeberdashery?)