Outfitblogging 18 April 2015

Spring dress with hat and shawl

Dress: eShakti (summer 2013)
Hat: Nine West, at Macy’s (spring 2010) with additions by me (spring 2015)
Shawl: hand-knit Sunflower Shawl, using Bittersweet Woolery Star Dust (summer 2013)
Shoes: b.o.c. at DSW (spring 2014)
Earrings, necklace, bracelet: Vintage 360, Etsy (winter 2012)

Just let me start off by stating that this outfit was all about the hat.

After each season of karaoke, a bunch of us celebrate with a huge brunch, including as many bottles of champagne as we can handle. When the fall season ended in December, we made the brunch theme “ugly Christmas sweater”, so for this brunch, a Spring/Easter hat theme was decided.

I had a few ideas of which dresses I could wear. This one, and the accompanying shawl, was worn for my friend’s fall garden wedding over a year ago. As soon as I spied the bright green dress with the embroidered flowers, I knew it would be perfect.

Sunflower shawl

The shawl was hand-knit by me over several months, and I was so super pleased with how it turned out. The pattern was a gift from a friend a couple years ago, and I finally found the perfect yarn for the job at the NY Sheep & Wool festival in 2012. It is one of my favorite knits.

Spring hat

Also: this hat! It was really all about the hat. For the base, I recycled my old floppy hat, which was starting to get a bit worn. I also bought a scrunchable floppy hat last year, so this one was seeing fewer and fewer wears. Now it’s got a fresh life as that wonderful ode to spring brunch, with its bright flowers and tiny martini glasses.


While the shoes are comfortable and pretty, there’s not much more to say about them, after the shawl and the hat.


Outfitblogging 11 April 2015

Cardigan over jeans and a tee

Cardigan: Target (summer 2011)
Tee: Target (winter 2015)
Jeans: Torrid (winter 2015)
Shoes: Converse, at DSW (winter 2015)
Earrings: Torrid (winter 2006)
Necklace: gift from Matt’s parents (Christmas 2011)

Casual Saturday! A few of us have started a graphic novel book club, and on this day we met for pizza brunch and discussion of both The Sixth Gun and Sex Criminals. Can I tell you how much I am loving The Sixth Gun? Because it is so good. We’re switching up books every month, so even though we aren’t on schedule to read the rest of the series right now, I picked up more. Of course.

I’m still iffy on jeans in general, but these are fitting much better after a couple washings. Once the weather gets even just a little warmer, these will go into the bottom of the drawers. I don’t think I will ever understand how people can wear these things in summer.

Double hoops and a guitar pick

I grabbed a couple tee shirts when Target was having a sale, but it’s still too cool to wear them alone. But… tiny flamingos! I added the cardigan for warmth, but then also included double hoops, pink to match the colors in the shirt and white just because.

Black chucks

My green Chucks are nearly nine years old and getting a little worn, and I figured why not pick up a new pair before needing them becomes immediate. I also chose the classic black so I could complete my Tina Belcher cosplay. Of course.

Outfitblogging 2 April 2015

Cardigan over striped tee and black skirt

Cardigan: Target (spring 2013)
Shirt: sewn by me (spring 2014)
Skirt: Lane Bryant (spring 2009), altered by my
Socks: gift from parents (Christmas, 2014)
Shoes: Dansko, at Walking Company (fall 2014)
Earrings: Torrid (winter 2006) and Torrid (summer 2012)
Necklace: thrifted, Goodwill (fall 2011)

I’ve got a bit of a backlog of photos on my phone, but I won’t post everything from the past month. I’ve gotten a little better at taking the photos before I leave for work, but somehow I’ve fallen out of the habit of posting them. Let’s get to it!

This outfit, I realize, has the same base as the previous one I posted: the same shirt and the same cardigan over fairly basic bottoms. I swapped out the jeans for a skirt—one that I altered from a maxi skirt that ripped! Instead of chucking it, I cut off the ripped parts at the waist, folded over the edge to make a casing, and inserted elastic for a new waistband. It’s nice enough for work but also perfect for throwing on with tee shirts on the weekend. Win-win!

Red beads and white hoops

I’ve worn this shirt before with a chunky red necklace, but this time paired it with the smaller red beads. Included the white hoops and tiny cherries for added interest (although I still think the tiny cherries kind of look like scrotums).

Black oxfords

Classic, comfortable shoes. I am on the lookout for a tan pair for summer!

My parents also gave me a bunch of socks for Christmas. My mom was apologetic about only buying solid colors, since my family knows how much I love cute, adorable socks, but they have come in handy! I had so many socks with patterns and happy little animals on them that the solid socks were a welcome addition.

Outfitblogging 6 February 2015

Cardigan over jeans and a tee

Cardigan: Target (spring 2013)
Shirt: sewn by me (spring 2014)
Jeans: Torrid (winter 2015)
Shoes: Dr. Martens, at DSW (summer 2012)
Earrings: Lane Bryant (summer 2011)
Necklace: Grace of the Goddess, vendor at MAGFest (winter 2015)

I few weeks ago, I stopped in Torrid only to pick up fishnets, and I ended up walking out with two pair of tights, two dresses from the buy-one-get-one-free clearance rack (one of which I wore earlier last week), and new jeans. I’m still iffy on wearing pants, but I keep trying. The skinny and the ultra skinny jeans weren’t quite right, but the boyfriend style? Excellent! They need to be tailored a bit, particularly in the baggy butt, but they are super comfy and the style is just what I was looking for. Fridays are always good for dressing more casually, at least for me; most of the rest of my office dresses way more down than this on a regular basis.

Hoop earrings and gear necklace

This nifty necklace was another prize in the Mystery Box I picked up from a MAGfest vendor! I don’t generally like surprises, but I am into controlled suspense, like not knowing what’s hidden inside a tiny box full of what is sure to be awesome. I think for $5, I definitely got an amazing deal. I still have yet to wear the barrette!

Dr. Martens boots

Winter calls for boots. I’ve already worn the jeans with my Fluevog saddle shoes and with my grey checked Vans, but it was pretty cold on Friday, so out with the boots. Wearing the Dr. Martens takes me back to high school, and I think I may pick up a lower profile shoe for spring, to wear with all the frilly, flowery dresses.

Outfitblogging 5 February 2015

Cardigan over pencil skirt

Shirt: Target (fall 2014)
Cardigan: Target (fall 2012)
Skirt: Lane Bryant (fall 2010)
Tights: Lane Bryant
Shoes: John Fluevog (summer 2014)
Earrings: Claire’s (fall 2008)
Necklace: Lane Bryant (fall 2012)

I’m still working with a limited wardrobe, but on the bright side, it’s fairly easy to make outfit decisions in the morning. It’s making me wonder about cutting down my closet even more, and getting rid of another bag or two of clothes. My plan is to only unpack and organize things I really love; the rest will get thrown into a box and put away. If, in a few months, I haven’t worn or thought about those clothes, off to the thrift shop they go.

I went to the doctor on Wednesday, who told me my broken finger is healing quite nicely, and graduated me from the splint to buddy-taping. Going to the CVS for supplies reminded me I needed a new hair dryer, and I felt much better all around yesterday.

Drop earrings and a statement necklace

My accessories are also not really unpacked yet, but there is a huge box sitting in my bathroom, full of smaller boxes of earrings and necklaces and headbands. This day’s choice was made by grabbing the first things off the top.

Tights and Fluevogs

But the shoes. The shoes. I’ve worn these with dresses, and I’ve worn these with jeans. I was also tickled when I was sitting at work and I realized they matched both the cardigan and the shirt I was wearing. An excellent coincidence!

Outfitblogging 3 February 2015

Lace dress with cardigan and tights

Dress: Torrid (winter 2015)
Cardigan: Target (summer 2011)
Tights: Lane Bryant
Shoes: Dansko, at Walking Company (fall 2014)
Earrings: Grace of the Goddess, vendor at MAGFest (winter 2015)
Necklace: gift from Matt’s parents (Christmas 2012)

Here it is, you guys! The lobby of my new apartment building! I started moving in around mid-January, and as of last week, I’m living in the new place full-time. I wasn’t sure if my own space would be good for taking outfit photos, so I’m trying the lobby, which is bright, airy, and full of mirrors. Interestingly, no one came through while I was shooting today, but I can’t imagine that will always be the case.

Somehow, I lost my hair dryer in the move, and although I’ve been rockin’ this sweet-ass pompadour lately, I can’t quite get it right without fully styling it. I am also working with a limited wardrobe, as most everything is still packed and stacked in my walk-in closet. (It’s small, but walk-in closet!) I picked up this cute dress last weekend on clearance at Torrid, and wore it with fishnets and lots of long necklaces for the ’80s prom at MAGFest. Throw on a cardigan and tights, and it’s now work appropriate.

Glitter bottle earrings

Speaking of MAGFest, it was pretty much awesome, even though I couldn’t find the DeLorean that everyone else was getting photos with. These were surprise earrings! I bought a couple things from one of the vendors and, at the last minutes, decided to throw in one of her “mystery boxes” for $5. I got these earrings, a barrette, some candy, and a button.

Tights and oxfords

Oh, Dansko shoes, how I love you so. I wanted simple oxfords to wear on my first cruise last October, and found the perfect pair. These are super comfortable, as I generally expect from Dansko, and I’ve worn them with skirts and dresses and pants. I’ve been wearing these at least two times a week, more now that most of my shoes are still in boxes, and have walked all over the place with them. They look particularly adorable with ankle socks.

Settling in to a new routine

Great socks or greatest socks? (PS: new style blog posts coming soon!)

The past few months have been filled with loads of schoolwork (3.8 GPA, what what), competitive karaoke shenanigans, and a bit of emotional and physical health issues. The latest big event has been a move to a new apartment, away from a basement to one bathed in invigorating sunlight. I’ve barely been there two weeks and I can already feel my mood improving.

The new apartment building also has this great lobby, where I hope I can take some outfit photos and experience some curious glances from my not-yet familiar neighbors. I’d also like to take more action shots around town, like my tidal basin adventures last year.

My new home has a closet layout that’s pretty cool, but I need to experiment with organizing my clothes and accessories and may write up a post about that in the next few months. I’ve also had a few people tell me how much they enjoy reading the blog and seeing my outfits, and I’m interested in hearing about what you like specifically. Are there any features you’d find intriguing? Have I posted anything in the past you would like to see again?