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.)

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Outfit Post: 10/7/15

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Top: Thrifted (Self Esteem) — Vest: Thrifted (Ben Sherman) — Skirt: Thrifted (Banana Republic) — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Earrings: Lia Sophia — Socks: Sock Dreams (Lemon Rib Scrunch Crews in Desert/Turquoise)

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I wanted to wear my gold shoes with this outfit, but, uh, I can’t find them right now.

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I guess that’s what happens when your house is a sty!

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I have been somewhat remiss in cleaning lately due to a) tiredness and b) laziness, but all that is GOING TO CHANGE, I swear it in front of the fives of people who read this blog.

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I have nothing going on this weekend, so sweeping of floors, sorting of laundry, and washing of dishes will be the order of the day.

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I’ll probably listen to a lot of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar while I’m at it. I’ve been on an old-timey radio kick lately, and when Johnny Dollar switched to its five-day story arcs, it got pretty good! And he is the fabulous freelance insurance investigator with the action-packed expense account, after all.

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Anyway, I’m kind of glad I couldn’t find my gold shoes because it gave me an opportunity to wear these Lemon-brand socks with the narrowest turquoise edge. They’re scrunchy and light and thin, and slip around on my feet a bit but are great when it’s still too warm for proper bootsocks. Thanks for hiding from me, Golden Ponies!

Outfit Post: 9/24/15

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Dress: eShakti — Vest: Thrifted (Ben Sherman) — Sandals: 6pm.com (Enzo Angiolini) — Bangle: Solano Stroll — Earrings: Target

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Got my flu shot yesterday! (That’s the thing you can see on my arm there. I usually like to write something on the band-aid, and this year ended up with “THE POX.”)

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My workplace makes it easy to get a shot–they usually put on a couple of clinics at the beginning of flu season so that pharmacy students can practice their needle-poking skills–but even if you have to make a special trip, I highly encourage you to do so.

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From what I’ve read, this year’s vaccine is supposed to be quite effective, and it’s good to get yourself immunized not just for yourself but also for the safety of people who can’t get the shot this year.

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You’ve probably heard this spiel at least once already, but it’s a subject that’s important to my heart. Jessica’s death was ultimately due to flu complications, and I’d selfishly prefer not to lose more friends that way. So put on something with short or easy-to-roll-up sleeves and go get that shot, eh?

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(You can probably guess that I don’t take much stock in anti-vax points of view for a variety of reasons, and I probably won’t be very interested if anyone brings it up in the comments. Thanks, pals!!!!!!!)

Outfit Post: 6/14/15

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Dress: Thrifted (Laura Ashley) — Shoes: Golden Ponies — Vest: Thrifted (Gap) [patch: gift] — Earrings: Lia Sophia — Pin: Gift

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Sunday was full of adventures! A couple of friends were visiting from mysterious faraway lands like Texas and Michigan, and I rode out to the good city of San Francisco to spend some time with them.

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We laughed, we cried, we ate fried alligator. (Well, we didn’t actually cry, but I talked about crying in reference to a Sufjan Stevens song. Dude does a lot of crying in his lyrics and it’s catching.)

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We also checked out the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park and took another pedalboating excursion–another for me, that is. My Michigander friend was a good sport about it even though it became sort of a forced march for him, seeing as how he’d spent the last several days hiking actual mountains and walking around large cities.

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Sorry, Will! I’m still glad we grimly paddled around that lake together! If your legs fall off, I’ll take full responsibility.

Outfit Post: 5/31/15

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

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

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Opinion one: Aminata from Latvia was robbed. ROBBED.

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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.)

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

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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: 5/6/15

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Top: Swapped (Gibson) — Skirt: Thrifted (Banana Republic) — Vest: Thrifted (Ben Sherman) — Shoes: American Rag — Earrings: Hand-me-down — Necklace: Thrifted — Ring: Asian Art Museum

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Compared to Tuesday’s outfit, this is sort of the opposite; it somehow looks better than I really expected it to.

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(That’s not really the opposite, is it? It’s sort of a…tangent off to the side, or something. Never mind.)

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This outfit was born from your basic laundry-day panic. You know the drill. Or maybe you don’t, because you keep your clothes regularly washed and neatly put away.

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Blush and olive is a pretty well-established color combination, the vest made it at least somewhat work-appropriate, and accessories in unrelated colors were just because I can’t leave well enough alone.

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So that’s me! Some days I do better than others. I like to keep you readers on your toes, after all.

Outfit Post: 3/29/15

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Shirt: Target — Skirt: Thrifted (H&M) — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Footie socks: Sock Dreams (Sheer Polka Dot Toe Footie, no longer available) — Vest: Thrifted (Gap) [patch: gift] — Earrings: Heatherly Designs

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This isn’t really an outfit, per se, so much as it’s a combination of two other outfits mashed together out of necessity.

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Let me explain: I went out to San Francisco this weekend for the aforementioned big brunch (!!!)–which was excellent, by the way–and I ended up staying over in the city an extra night to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

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Seeing as how I didn’t bring an extra night’s worth of clothes, bits from Friday and Saturday turned into Sunday’s exhausted ride-home-on-the-train ensemble. I was maybe a little rumpled (what else is new?), but I’d call it passable!

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My artichoke vest did most of the heavy lifting here, though, to give it the credit it deserves. Julie, who made this killer piece of embroidery, was visiting from Oregon and I wanted everyone to see how great her art looks out and about in the world.

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Plus, I got to sing “Sugar We’re Going Down” with her at my first-ever karaoke session in honor of our buddy Liz. That’s definitely worth having to wear clothes a second time.