This Just In: Mia Needs Some New Electronics and a Moving Van

Well, then. Sorry about the radio silence! A couple of things have happened in quick succession in the last couple of weeks: 1) my laptop broke and I lost the ability to process outfit photos, and 2) I was offered a job and will be shortly moving to Tacoma, WA.

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Pictured: Tacoma, or at least a very small piece of it.

Given these turns of fortune, blogging might continue to be a little staticky over the next few weeks. If you bear with me, friends, it’d be much appreciated! I’ll make sure you’re handsomely rewarded with overcast photos of Puget Sound and, of course, of myself. Never let it be said that I’m not willing to give the people what they want.

This Just In: Mia’s Best of 2015 Is Semi-Democratic Once More

Last year I cast aside my previous tradition of sharing my  top ten outfits for the year–five chosen by the internet (as judged by views), and five chosen by me–to just choose all ten my own dang self. In 2016, we’re returning to form because I didn’t have enough favorite outfits to fill out the ten on my own! Hooray! First, I offer the internet’s five, in order of popularity:


June 11


March 4


April 8


February 4


March 2

Some observations: 1) 80% of these are from my participation in Gracey’s Literary Stylings challenge, so evidently, either the internet gets a kick out of me dressing like books, or I need to trick Gracey into linking to this blog more often. Possibly both. 2) The internet seems fond of my more subdued color palettes! You mean not everyone digs it when I pair neon yellow, chocolate brown, and fuchsia?? 3) Button-front shirts are a Good Thing and I should do more of them.

Now, for my personal favorites, in chronological order:


March 6


June 9


October 9


December 4


December 14

Some observations: 1) I sure learned to use my teeth in 2015. (You should see the photos I had to cut. So, so toothy.) 2) Those pink floral pants remain extremely important to my way of life; also, the internet and I seem to agree that a certain purple ponte skirt is a surprisingly valuable part of my wardrobe. 3) It would appear that I do my best outfit work early in the month. Go figure.

Well, there we have it. Maybe when 2016’s over I’ll ask readers to vote for their favorites! Or maybe by then we’ll have experienced the technological singularity and this will be a blog run by my laptop about it’s daily outfits. We’ll just have to see, won’t we?

This Just In: Mia Doesn’t Have A Post For Today So Instead Here Are Some Photos Of Her Looking Angry At The Camera When It Wouldn’t Focus Where She Wanted It To


It does what it says on the tin, basically. Outtakes that probably say more about me than all my other outfit photos combined.


Also, I apparently have a go-to grumpy face when I can’t get a good shot of my earrings. Those pursed lips and that disapproving glare.


I wouldn’t want to be on the other end of an expression like that, believe you me.

This Just In: Some People Have Real Problems

So! This week turned out to be a rough one for me, mental-health-wise. Things are looking up, though, and I hope the same can be said for you.

Regarding the Charleston mass murder, if you want to do something and aren’t sure where to start:

1.) You can consider a couple of ways to donate to help the families of the murdered and their communities in South Carolina directly on the Charleston government website. I know lots of folks don’t have money to spare, and I don’t want you to feel guilty if you’re one of them. As someone who can, I always look for these funds to try and help folks on the ground who are in need.

2.) Check around your city to see if there’s a vigil you can attend. Many took place on Thursday night, but there will be more in the days to come. Even if they’re prayer vigils and you aren’t religious (like me), showing up and listening to what people have to say counts for a whole heck of a lot. I don’t have a comprehensive resource for this, but sourcing one on social media seems like a good bet.

Today is actually Reading in Skirts’ fourth birthday! How about that? Keep an eye out for the traditional celebratory giveaway on Monday. For now, I hope you can go into the weekend empowered and comforted, be it by your community, your plan, or whatever gives you strength. Also, please enjoy these photos of Flat Tire going from deep sleep to wideawakeness in under thirty seconds:



This Just In: Lucy Bellwood Strikes Again

…or struck again, I should really say. I may be reporting on these sketches a month late, but couldn’t you call my style timeless?

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The esteemed Miz Bellwood seems to enjoy sketching my outfits on occasion to cool down from drawing ships and boats and schooners and other seafaring things, and I’m certainly not going to dissuade her. She makes me look so sassy! Go see the whole trio of most recent sketches on her Instagram, and then stick around to watch her wrestle alligators. Is there anything that lady can’t do?

This Just In: Mia’s Top Outfits of 2014, As Chosen By Her Own Vain Self

Wellity, wellity, wellity. Yes, it’s that time again. This year, though, I’m forgoing a split between my top five and the internet’s top five because I’m a wild card and only the blogging gods can judge me many of this year’s most popular posts were written by guests to the blog! I like seeing faces besides mine around here too, so we’ll see if we can’t keep that up in 2015. So, here we are, my ten favorite outfits for 2014:


January 7


March 6


March 24


April 5


May 31


May 23


August 30


October 6


November 21


December 19

Some observations: 1) I frequently don’t know what to do with my arms in outfit photos. Or my feet. Or my face. 2) Those brown boots got a lot of good use. 3) I may have officially hit Peak Mia on May 23, but I’m not packing up just yet, and my love of bright colors and pattern-mixing will continue unabated until further notice.

Not a bad year, all in all. What will 2015 hold for Mia’s closet? Will I throw everything on the fire in an anti-materialist rage before winter’s end and spend the rest of the year taking pictures of the same sackcloth dress? Will I finally get that mechanical third arm I’ve been wanting for bracelet-display purposes? Will I finally come to terms with the color red? Stay tuned to find out!*

*You probably won’t find out. That’s okay, though; we’ll get through this together.

This Just In: Pretty Sketchins


On this most Christmassy of Eves, I’m happy to bring you some neat fashion sketches of me done by the inimitable Lucy Bellwood! Two, to be exact. You might recognize my vintage brown shirtdress in the one above, and over here you can admire the fine work she’s made of my wacky plaid jeans. Lucy does gorgeous work and I’m delighted to have been a subject for her sketching. She does great work, including an educational sailing comic, so go check it all out. Please, for me.

Thanks, Lucy, and Merry Chrimbo to the lot of you!