Outfitblogging 4 May 2015

Black dots

Shirt: Kohl’s (fall 2014)
Skirt: Lane Bryant (spring 2009), altered by me
Shoes: J-41, at DSW (spring 2013)
Earrings: Amazon.com (spring 2015)

This outfit is nearly perfect. I really like this shirt—I bought it on sale at Kohl’s, and altered it to remove the elastic hem and shorten it a couple inches. It’s cute and comfortable, but seeing it here, I think I know the problem now: the neckline! Perhaps unbuttoning the henley or widening the neck would work better.

The skirt I altered is holding up quite nicely. I’m still experimenting with altering my clothing. I recently bought a fun new dress (also on sale!) even though I wasn’t 100% into it, because I knew that if I shortened the straps about an inch I would be in love. My sewing skills are still rudimentary, but have been giving me more confidence about finding, fixing, or making clothes that fit me.

Large hoops

I really wanted some large silver hoops, so I bought these large silver hoops on Amazon, and now I have the largest silver hoops ever.

Black sandals

I’ve had these shoes for about two years, but I think this is the first time they are appearing on the blog. They are comfortable, but I’ve now learned I cannot wear them on the walk from my new apartment to work. It took practically two weeks for the blisters to heal.


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.


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 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 24 Apr 2014

Cardigan over shirt and a-line skirt

Shirt: Lane Bryant (summer 2011)
Skirt: Fashion Bug (fall 2012)
Cardigan: Target (spring 2013)
Socks: Target
Shoes: Bamboo, at ModCloth (winter 2012)
Earrings: CuteBricks, at GeekGirlCon (summer 2012)

This skirt says “spring” to me. I love the pattern, I love the colors. This outfit was great for a lovely spring day when I had a walk to main campus for a department meeting. While our dress code doesn’t prohibit tattoos, I do like to cover them when some of the senior leaders are around.

The look is almost perfect. Something is just a little bit off. I wonder if it’s the skirt—would it work better if I shortened the hem? Nothing to short, as I’d like to keep it work appropriate.

Lego earrings

Oh. Yeah. Lego earrings are always work appropriate.

Pink and cream oxfords

As are these shoes! They are wonderful when walking from my office to main campus, which is about a mile one way, and my heels needed something comfortable to take the pain away from the blisters.

Outfitblogging 13 Apr 2014

Denim and tee

Band tee: D&D Sluggers (winter 2014)
Skirt: Lane Bryant (spring 2007)
Socks: Target
Sneakers: Dansko, at Amazon.com (spring 2013)
Earrings: Target (summer 2012)

I don’t often post my weekend outfits, but over on the tumblrs, heckyesfatvisibility designated Sunday 13 April as a day for No Excuses for Fat Existance:

We’ve talked about this before, how fat people often feel as though we have to dress up to somehow justify the fact that we are fat, to prove that not all fat people are lazy, or something like that. And so often the pictures on tumblr enforce the idea that we are only worthy if we dress nicely.

Well, once again, it’s time to say fuck that to that idea.

Ice cream earrings

A post over at Shakesville touched on this topic a while back, stating that “being ‘put together’ is part of the way many of us convey to a judgmental world that we are worth caring about.” I think this is a small, subconscious reason I ended up accumulating so many accessories over the years, figuring that if I couldn’t find affordable, stylish, well-fitting, quality clothing in my size, then I needed to dress things up with necklaces and earrings.

Socks and mary janes

While I do enjoy mixing things up with style and fun accessories, at least in recent years since discovering the body-positive and size-acceptance communities, I also want to affirm that privilege is not needed to be treated like a human being. Like Melissa, I don’t want to worry if wearing sweatpants to the ER is going to result in subpar healthcare. No excuses.

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 27 Jul 2012

Comic book skirt and tee shirt

Shirt: Target (summer 2011)
Skirt: handmade, sewn by me (summer 2012)
Necklace: thrifted from Impact in Norristown PA (spring 2011)
Earrings: Torrid (winter 2006) and Target (summer 2012)
Socks: Target (summer 2011)
Shoes: Target (summer 2011)

Wow, you guys. This post has been sitting in my queue for a month. I swear I had this scheduled to post before I went on vacation! Oh well.

Here is an action shot of the comic book skirt! I wanted to make this specifically for vacation, but that doesn’t mean I can’t wear it any other time. This is the same pattern as my khaki skirt, but this one fits a lot better. I used the khaki as a learning piece, and when I made this one, I changed the shaping darts a bit, to bring them in closer to the waist. This fit of this is perfect!

Comic book fabric

Above is a better shot of the fabric, before it was made into a skirt. You can see all the comic book phrases on it. How many Marvel superheroes can you spot?

Cherry earrings and white hoops

Because the skirt is so busy, I kept the shirt and the accessories as basic as possible, but I couldn’t resist the little cherry earrings.

Blue dot socks and flats

Even with polka dots, these socks are still not too flashy, and the color almost matches the bias tape I used to bind the hem of the skirt.