Outfitblogging 21 April 2015

Cardigan over plaid dress

Dress: eShakti (winter 2013)
Cardigan: Hand-knit Soay, using Quince & Co Chickadee (winter 2014)
Socks: gift from parents (Christmas, 2014)
Shoes: Dansko, at Walking Company (fall 2014)
Earrings: vendor at Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival (spring 2013)
Necklace: Claire’s (fall 2008)

Ah. It’s been a month from wearing this outfit to posting it. How silly of me! I remember thinking that I needed to wear this sweater just a couple more times before the weather got too hot for it—and now it is probably put away until the fall. I’m working on some springtime knits, but those may not be seen until next year.

Knitting needle earrings

To go with my hand-knit sweater, I wore the earrings made from recycled knitting needles.

Black oxfords with green socks

They don’t come across well in photos, but these socks are totally the same green as in the dress.

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.

Sandals

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

Outfitblogging 11 September 2014

Plaid dress

Dress: eShakti (winter 2013)
Earrings: gift from my parents (Christmas 2012)
Socks: Target
Shoes: Fluevog (summer 2014)

Warmer temperatures returned by the end of the last week, so my dreams of layers will have to wait just a little longer. I’ve worn this dress alone a few times, but I do keep a cream-colored cardigan at my work desk for when things get chilly. The office can get 30°F cooler than outside, and days spent sweating on the walk to work often mean freezing under sweaters and shawls while coding all day.

Green drop earrings

I keep pairing different green earrings with this dress. That’s fine! It’s not like green is my favorite color or anything…

Purple and navy Fluevogs

But really this outfit was all about the shoes. I wasn’t planning on buying them, not really. I needed a new, good quality, more casual shoe for fall and winter, and while I was in Seattle, the Fluevog email newsletter popped these beauties right into my brain. I ended up walking past the store, and before I knew it, I was inside trying them on. I walked out of the store with them on my feet and they are so wonderfully comfortable. I adore my other Fluevog shoes, but with this style I think these will get a lot more wear.

Outfitblogging 20 May 2014

Summer sweater

Sweater: Land’s End (spring 2014)
Dress as skirt: eShakti (winter 2013)
Necklace: gift from parents (Christmas 2012)
Earrings: Optimystical Studios, at Geek Girl Con (summer 2012)
Shoes: Earth Origins, at DSW (spring 2014)

More spring! I picked up this amazing summer sweater at Land’s End last weekend. I’d gone to a local Sears/Land’s End to return a pair of ill-fitting shorts I’d ordered online, and couldn’t resist trying a few things on. The cost was a bit more than I’d usually pay, but there was a sale that weekend and when you return an online order in-store, you get 10% off if you buy something at the same time. Win!

I feel like I’m channeling Gracey a bit with this sweater. If only I had a pair of lovely skinnies (maybe in mint?) and some cap-toed flats, my transformation would be complete, bwahaha.

Also, could someone tell me, please, for the love of all that is good in this world, where a fat girl with a short rise could find a pair of colored skinny jeans? I really, really want pairs in white and mint. I tried on a pair of skinnies at Target, and while they fit OK, the waist still comes up about 2 inches above my belly button.

Also (#2), Target doesn’t think fat girls want skinny jeans in any other color except indigo and black. Gaddammit.

Green accessories

My preferred neckline is lower on my chest than this sweater’s, which is crew. I’ve usually shied away from crew necks, but I’m figuring out how to fake a neckline with accessories. While the crew neck is higher, the necklace creates the illusion of a lower scoop neck. It seems like Style Basic 101 to some folks, but even after over two years (!!) of blogging, I’m still learning some of these tricks. Hey, I never claimed to be a fashionista!

Black sandals

Shoooooooes. I picked up these beauties on the same DSW trip as the strappy cognac sandals, and I love them so much. I wondered how I would deal with no socks with a fairly closed toe like this, but I’m having no issues so far. The insole has a “breathable sock lining”, and that’s no joke. Even with a shorter heel, there’s enough support for my feet that I’m sure these will become my most-worn shoes by the end of summer.

Outfitblogging 19 May 2014

Cardigan over shirt and embroidered skirt

Shirt: Lane Bryant (summer 2011)
Cardigan: Target (spring 2014)
Skirt: eShakti (winter 2014)
Earrings: vendor at Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival (spring 2013)
Necklace: gift from Matt’s parents (Christmas 2012)
Shoes: b.o.c. at DSW (spring 2014)

Spring! It’s actually spring. Since moving to DC, I’ve discovered the seasons here transition basically from winter to summer, with summer being not only hot but disgustingly humid. There’s been some rain the past couple weeks, but the temperatures have been wonderfully spring-like.

I am absolutely loving this skirt from eShakti and I’m trying to pair it with as many different shirts as I can. I also picked up this cardigan on clearance from Target last weekend and it’s perfect for spring and summer layering. It’s lightweight and airy, and the back (which I will have to remember to take a photo of next time) is open and lacy. A bit of extra coverage without all the extra warmth.

Repurposed earrings

These earrings add some color and remind me of good times with my knitters, who all live far away, some farther than others. I didn’t attend Maryland Sheep & Wool earlier this month, but I’ve got my earrings from last year’s haul, so all’s good. I also bought vacation yarn when I visited Asheville NC, and it’s not like my yarn stash is desperately wanting.

Sandals

My other purchases this month include these super comfortable sandals. While I do enjoy my beige wedge sandals, I wanted a different pair sandals in a darker shade (these are cognac) with more straps. These fit the bill! And feel amazing. Even as I tried them on in the store, a sales clerk commented how comfortable these are.

Outfitblogging 10 Apr 2014

Airplane embroidered skirt with cardigan

Cardigan: Target (summer 2011)
Shirt: Lane Bryant (spring 2008)
Skirt: eShakti (winter 2014)
Socks: Target
Shoes: Report, at DSW (summer 2013)
Earrings: Alex’s Misfit Joys, vendor at MAGfest (winter 2014)

Dude. Dude. I’ve been wanting to wear this skirt as soon as it arrived in my mailbox, but winter held on for a little too long. But it’s finally spring! I keep worrying that making exclamations of spring will bring us back into the snow and ice, but I really think it’s here, for real. Fingers crossed I didn’t just jinx it all.

This skirt is pretty amazing, but it’s also a slightly expensive lesson in lengths. I ordered this from eShakti and chose a standard size, basing my decision on waist measurements as the full skirt would allow room for hips. I assumed that “knee-length” would be just fine, as most of my eShakti dresses are knee-length, but not this time. The tailor charged me $30 for hemming, which is not super-ridiculous, but still way more than the $7.50 custom fee that eShakti tacks on.

The Prince of All Cosmos

These earrings! I’ve loved Katamari Damacy since I first played it while visiting some friends back in spring 2005. I remember going home and proclaiming that I just had to have this game. It remains, to this day, one of the handful of video games that I’ve played through and beat multiple times.

Prince and Katamari earrings

Oh, and I even remembered to post a photo of both earrings.

Lace wingtips

These shoes are super cute, even though they don’t have a lot of support and the soles are fairly thin. I bought them to wear at a friend’s fall wedding at an arboretum, because the lace part dresses them up a bit more than other casual shoes but non-heels meant I wouldn’t keep poking holes in the grass. I slipped in a pair of Dr. Scholls inserts and they’ve been fine since.

Outfitblogging 16 Apr 2013

Plaid dress with cardigan

Dress: eShakti (winter 2013)
Cardigan: Target (summer 2011)
Earrings: Optimystical Studios, at Geek Girl Con (summer 2012)
Socks: Sock Dreams (winter 2013)
Shoes: Dansko, at DSW (winter 2012)

Argh, I love this dress so much. I wore it to a wedding last month, and I also wore it on Easter for dinner with my parents. That look was similar to this one, albeit with different cardigan and socks.

(With a paper due and finals coming up, I’m backlogged on outfit photos! My apologies for the short-and-sweet posts over the next week or so.)

Green drop earrings

Earrings! These are becoming my favorite, which is not surprising, since they are green. They bring out the green in the dress. Did I mention I also love this dress?

Socks and Danskos

These are the best socks from Sock Dreams. So far, I have them in four colors, and I want to buy more.