Outfit Post: 10/16/14

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Dress: Lana — Shoes: Golden Ponies — Belt: Thrifted — Earrings: Gift, from Greece — Ring: Vendor at Lake Bled, Slovenia

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Ugh, I still really love this dress. I’m glad it jumped out when my mom and I were shopping in Vienna. We stopped by this sorta hippie-crunchy-boutiquey store with loads of adorable kids’ clothing; I was on a quest for unstructured work-appropriate pants and it seemed like a good place to start.

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None of the pants quite worked out, but then this dress came along. There was actually only this dress in a size too big on the rack that Mom encouraged me to try on–and then I lucked out and got the last (correct-for-me) size from the back of the store! It’s definitely still a little blousey up top, but I’m happy to belt it and call it good.

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My mom has good style instincts sometimes. (Well, a lot of the time.) See: these pretty earrings she got me in Greece. Thanks, Mom!

This Just In: Mia’s Already Forgotten What Happened in Vegas

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If I reach back into the misty sands of memory (can sands be misty?), I almost remember seeing this view from my hotel window during my week of work conference in Las Vegas. Almost.

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On the other hand, I definitely DO remember Liberace’s short-shorts.

I have to say, the Liberace Foundation was a really rad free little exhibit at the Cosmopolitan, where I was staying. Plus the Foundation employees are very helpful if an old cigarette machine that’s been converted into an art vending machine eats your money!

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Said machine. I ended up with a teeny-tiny purse made out of a recycled German water tetrapak, so thankfully our story has a happy ending.

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This was only my second time in Vegas and my first time spending evenings on my own there, so I muddled around and saw some neat stuff like the shark aquarium at Mandalay Bay and a Cirque du Soleil show! (O, if you were wondering. My trip had a distinctly aquatic theme despite taking place in the desert.)

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I also wore conference-friendly clothes!

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Although after a couple days of conference, I noticed other attendees wearing jeans and tidy-but-casual clothing, so maybe the linen pants and reverse wrap dress were unnecessary.

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Oh well, it’s not like I haven’t ever been overdressed before!

(The conference went very well and I made some good contacts, like seeing and hugging Erin again, which was wonderful. It was a good trip, and I’m trying to hold onto the positivity of that among all the awful police and military actions that are taking place in Gaza and Ferguson, MO. In the case of the latter, though, I will say this: if you’re interested in trying to help, here is a good aggregation of ways to. I’ve personally donated to the folks running #OperationHelpOrHush on Twitter, and I wish I could do more; mostly I’m trying to stay informed and spread the word since so many media outlets are slow or nonexistent in their reporting of the events. If you have any other resources, please feel free to share them in the comments.)

Outfit Post: 7/25/14

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Top: Desigual — Skirt and bangle: Thrifted — Sandals: 6pm.com (Dansko) — Necklace and earrings: Gifts

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And we’re back, broadcasting to you live from a small, dim room somewhere in northern California!

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I’ll get into this more tomorrow, but the conference was very educational, as was bopping around Las Vegas by myself for several evenings. It’s such a curious city, isn’t it?

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As soon as I got back from the trip, I dove into moving stuff–a lot of which was prepared by Mike while I was gone, what a good fellow he is–so I’ve mostly been knocking around in shorts and sweaty t-shirts while we haul boxes and furniture.

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No long skirts or dangly earrings for me until it’s all over!

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No fancy appliqued t-shirts, either.

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Some of my clothing just wasn’t built for deep-cleaning floors, you know?