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.


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

Outfitblogging 23 May 2014

Shirt over maxi skirt

Shirt: Target (summer 2008)
Skirt: sewn by me (spring 2014)
Necklace, earrings: Optimystical Studios, at Geek Girl Con (summer 2012)
Shoes: b.o.c. at DSW (spring 2014)

Style in my office leans toward the casual side, but I usually reserve my casual outfits for Fridays. I’m sure my knit maxi and tee shirt would be even too casual for some offices, but I could probably wear something like this every day and no one would bat an eye.

I’m pretty happy that I’ve pulled out my sewing machine again and have gotten back into making things. Expect more skirts in the near future! This maxi is so comfortable, which makes sense, as I originally bought the fabric to sew pajamas. I’m not quite as confident in my shirt-sewing abilities yet, but after putting together a few more skirts, I may try my hand at a dress, or something more challenging.

Supernatural necklace

Do you watch Supernatural? Did you even see last week’s finale?! I seriously shouted at my television in the last minutes and immediately started texting friends and reading tumblr posts. I usually reserve this necklace for non-work days, but made an exception and kept those boys close to my boobs heart.


The heel on my new strappy sandals gave just enough lift to work with the maxi skirt. Super comfortable. Really, how was I even allowed out of the house with this much comfy?

Outfitblogging 9 May 2014

Hand-knit shirt over maxi skirt

Shirt: Hand-knit Roanoke, using Ella Rae Lace Merino (spring 2014)
Skirt: Target (spring 2014)
Shoes: Crocs (summer 2013)
Earrings: Optimystical Studios, at Geek Girl Con (summer 2012)
Necklace: Lane Bryant (summer 2010)

Newly acquired maxi skirt, newly finished knitting project! Last week was very warm and I was so happy to finally wear my Roanoke tee. It was a really quick knit but the blocking/drying time took three impatient days. If you are interested in the technical aspects, you can read much more about it over at our knitting blog.

I’m reluctantly pleased with my new maxi skirt. I’ve wanted a black with white or grey chevron striped maxi for a while and picked this up as an impulse purchase at Target while on a road trip the week before. There’s been a lot of muttering in the plus-size style community lately, about the long absence of the “women’s plus” department in physical Target stores. They told us change was coming and when it did, it was sparse and full of shapeless grey clothing. I think the grey color is called “manatee”. le sigh

Long necklace and short earrings

I want to reach for long necklaces when wearing a maxi skirt, and chose this one for the colors. They match smoothly against the bright deep hot pink of the knitted tee. I then picked the earrings to bring out the green in the necklace. Green and pink? Why not!

Crocs sandals

This was the first sockless day in the office! These Crocs are a little snug—I usually wear a US women’s 7 in Crocs, and both my purple flats and my classic clogs (I used these as house slippers) are size 7 and fit very well. So naturally I ordered these in size 7, but alas. Snug. I’d like to order a new pair in an 8 but don’t want these to go to waste. Does anyone need a pair of Crocs sandals?

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 21 Apr 2014

Shirtdress with sweater vest

Dress: eShakti (fall 2012)
Vest: Hand-knit CustomFit, using KnitPicks Stroll and Felici (winter 2014)
Socks: Target
Shoes: Crocs (summer 2013)
Earrings: Optimystical Studios, at Geek Girl Con (summer 2012)
Necklace: Torrid (summer 2012)

Yes, I had just worn the stripey chevron sweater vest two days before this, but I love love love it so much, I’m wearing it out before summer hits and it goes in the closet until fall. This blue shirtdress matches the blue a little better than the shirt I’d previously worn with it. Perhaps next time I’ll try a color other than blue for the underlayer.

Star necklace

I really wanted the vest to shine through, but I did chose cute little stars for the necklace. The green in the earrings also goes well with the green in the vest.

Striped socks and flats

Because I was dealing with the heel blisters from Easter Sunday, comfortable shoes were imperative for work on Monday. I chose the Crocs flats and Band-aid Advanced Healing bandages.

Outfitblogging 20 Apr 2014

Embroidered flower dress with cardigan

Dress: eShakti (summer 2013)
Cardigan: Hand-knit Soay, using Quince & Co Chickadee (winter 2014)
Earrings, necklace, bracelet: Vintage 360, Etsy (winter 2012)
Shoes: Report, at DSW (summer 2013)

Last Sunday was Easter, and while I don’t religiously celebrate the holiday, I do like to observe it as the unofficial start of spring. On this day, I put on a pretty dress and took myself out to a brunch filled with donut holes, eggs, vegetables, fried potatoes, cupcakes… and three glasses of wine, one to complement each course of the meal.

Vintage accessories

I bought this dress to wear to a friend’s autumn wedding, outdoors at an arboretum, but it is equally fashionable for a beautiful spring Easter Sunday, and it pairs perfectly with my hand-knit cardigan! (I am wearing the heck out of this cardigan before the weather turns too warm for it.) Vintage accessories complete the look.

Lace oxfords

These shoes were also worn with the dress for the wedding, and while they are great for walking around at a wedding, they were not so great for walking over a mile and a half downtown. My heels are still recovering from the blisters. Oh, lesson learned!