Outfit Post: 1/5/16

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Dress: eShakti — Cardigan: Thrifted (Carole Little) — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Harajuku Scrunchy Socks in Pale Mint) — Boots: Macy’s — Earrings: Gift, from Barcelona

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I love this dress. I love how yellow it is. I love how it makes me look like a happy circus tent.

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It’s not restrictive so I could conceivably escape peril while wearing it, but it also goes nicely with argyle!

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Even action clothing has its limits, though, so please enjoy a few examples of why I don’t try to do jumping (or in this case, high-kicking) pictures for the blog anymore.

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It’s dignity! Gah! Don’t you even know dignity when you see it?!

Outfit Post: 1/4/16

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Guess who overslept on her first day back to work in the new year?! I completely spaced on resetting my alarm after the holidays like a champ. Fortunately, my boss was very understanding, and I’m also glad that I remembered all the appropriate pieces of clothing while rushing to get dressed. Any potentially positive aspects of this outfit just frosting.

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: 12/7/15

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Shirt: Thrifted — Vest: Thrifted — Skirt: Thrifted (Target) — Flats: Thrifted (Born) — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Over the Knee Stockings in Black) — Earrings: Solano Stroll

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Does this work? I think it works, so I guess it’s actually pretty irrelevant what anyone else thinks, but I welcome your comments and constructive criticism nevertheless.

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Speaking of criticism, these photos were unusually difficult to edit, for some reason, and I’m still not really happy with them. I mean, it’s not like I do anything fancy or complicated, but trying to get the light correct was an exercise in futility. I swear these socks and shirt are the same shade of black, even though you wouldn’t know it from the pictures. I blame the sun.

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(I blame the sun for a lot of things.)

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: 11/30/15

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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: 11/25/15

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Dress: eBay (Marimekko) — Cardigan: Thrifted (Belldini) — OTKs: Target — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Earrings: Gift

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Pink socks weren’t my first choice for this outfit, but sometimes you gotta go with what’s clean.

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Getting up and dressed in the mornings has been a struggle lately–it’s cold, it’s dark, and everything’s kind of a mess. I should really help myself out by working up the energy to organize outfits the night before.

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My morning hair-drying experiments continue apace, though, so at least that’s something.

Outfit Post: 11/20/15

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Dress: Lana — Cardigan: Thrifted (no label) — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Dreamer Tartan OTK in Charcoal/Natural/Ochre) — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Belt: Thrifted (no label) — Earrings: Hand-me-down

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When I put this outfit together I wasn’t sure about it, so I asked Mike if I looked weird.

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His response? “Usually.” Wise guy.

Outfit Post: 11/19/15

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Dress: eBay (Maeve) — Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Heather Over the Knee Stockings in Bark) — Flats: Thrifted (Born) — Necklace: Hand-me-down — Earrings: Woodland Market

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I know this might knock your socks off, but this necklace? Used to be two necklaces.

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I know, I’ll let you catch your collective breath. I don’t know if I can even delve far back enough into this blog’s past to find one of the original shorter incarnations, because one of the problems with them being shorter was I just didn’t wear them much. Same problem as the Tom Waits necklace, which I lengthened a while back by adding some chain to it.

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I guess longer necklaces are just my deal? I dunno, man. Anyway, I just made a few modifications to the two vintage amber necklaces my mom gave me so that I could fix them together, and here we are! Truly mind-blowing work, I know. I’m impressed with myself too.

Outfit Post: 11/16/15

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Sweater: Thrifted (Lauren Ralph Lauren) — Skirt: Thrifted (Maurices) — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Heather Over the Knee Stockings in Rust) — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Earrings: Heatherly Designs

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Lately I’ve been thinking about getting a tarantula. Ideally I’d keep it in my office at work, although the jury’s still out on whether tarantulas fall under my workplace’s “no animals” policy.

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I actually have asked my supervisor to find out what upper management thinks; if and when I hear back, I’ll check around to see if any of my coworkers are prohibitively arachnophobic. I really don’t want to make work a bad or upsetting environment for anyone–I just think tarantulas are neat, and have ever since my kindergarten class had one (named “Harry,” of course) as a pet.

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If the option is open to me, I have to figure out the best way to choose one. There are pet stores, of course, but is adopting one better? Are tarantula rescues even a thing? These are the hard-hitting questions I have to ask myself as I think about how to proceed.

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I’d also have to pick a species. Preliminary research tells me that “grassland or desert” tarantulas are best for a beginner, and I do want to tread carefully in choosing one that I’ll be able to appropriately care for. The females of many tarantula species can live for decades, so I need to make sure I’m not entering into things lightly! I’m reading up on the subject (naturally), and it’s pretty amazing stuff even if I ultimately decide not to bring one home. For instance: did you know that in addition to shedding their exoskeletons when they molt, tarantulas can replace some internal organs, such as their genitalia? Fascinating!