Outfitblogging 28 May 2015

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Dress: sewn by me (spring 2015)
Camisole: Target (spring 2015)
Belt: unknown
Earrings: Amazon.com (spring 2015)
Necklace: birthday gift from a friend (fall 2013)
Shoes: Spring Step, at DSW (summer 2011)

It’s a dress! That I sewed myself! The fabric feels as comfortable as wearing pajamas, but the pattern makes it appropriate for work days (with the cami) and party nights (without the cami—vavavoom!). I originally planned to make my own maxi based on a really simple tutorial, but after sewing, felt the pattern too busy for a full-length dress. I cut the hem to my knees and like it much better this way.

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I’ve been wearing these hoop earrings pretty much non-stop. This day I added the Weeping Angel necklace and it’s a lot of fun watching people figure it out and then get a little nervous checking out my jewelry.

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These shoes. Four years. They had a good run, and this is the last time they will appear on the blog. I spent the workday with uncomfortable feet, and on my way to karaoke that night, I stopped off at DSW and picked up a new pair of tan flats, which I’d been wanting for a while but put off buying.

Outfitblogging 7 May 2015

Blue stripes over a skirt

Shirt: sewn by me (spring 2014)
Skirt: Eloquii (winter 2015)
Socks: Target
Shoes: Fluevog (summer 2014)
Necklace: gift from Matt’s parents (Christmas 2012)
Earrings: gift from parents, Alaska (fall 2011)

Oh, I so badly wanted a swingy midi skirt. They looked so gorgeous on other bloggers, and the item sat patiently on my wish list for so long. This winter, I finally ordered the ponte circle skirt from Eloquii, and as soon as it arrived, I eagerly tried it on. The color was beautiful, and it was amazingly comfortable… and it looked terrible on me. The hem hit at exactly the wrong place. I paired it with both flats and heels, and neither worked. Perhaps midi skirts just aren’t my thing.

I loved it so much, I didn’t want to return it, so I chopped off about 87 inches to create a knee-length, and lo! It’s perfect.

Almost. Halfway through the work day, I realized there was a huge gash in the back. Centered on my butt. On only my fourth wear. Luckily, it’s right on the seam, so I should be able to easily sew that up.

Black and silver

Gift earrings and gift necklace. A winning combination! Also new glasses. I have two new pair: these, which are fabulous, and a purple pair with little sparkly bits.

Dots and oxfords

Who says you should never wear stripes and dots together? These cuties were just made to be worn with the Fluevogs.

Outfitblogging 27 April 2015

Stripey sweater vest

Shirt: Lane Bryant (spring 2011)
Vest: Hand-knit CustomFit, using KnitPicks Stroll and Felici (winter 2014)
Skirt: Lane Bryant (fall 2010)
Socks: gift from parents (Christmas 2014)
Shoes: John Fluevog (summer 2014)
Earrings: vendor at Nerdapalooza (fall 2014)

This lovely little vest has been put on a shelf in my closet, not to be worn again until fall. It’s so comfortable to wear, and I love love love the way the stripes turned out. The look here with the black pencil skirt isn’t too off, but I think I do prefer wearing this one over fuller or flippier skirts.

Tea kettle

One day I will take a photo of this earrings set together. Here is the kettle! Last year, I photographed the tea cup.

Fluevog

I can’t get enough of these shoes. They have become my most-worn pair of Fluevogs. I’ll probably still get to wear them with outfits in the upcoming warmer weather, but not as often.

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 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.