Saturday, April 22, 2017

I Pre-Furret

"Blazing Blush"--Wednesday, 4/12/17

The black skirt with a white pattern reminded me of an embroidered skirt that I haven't worn in a long time.  But when I went to get it out of the closet, I realized that I'd rather wear my black and white space dye skirt...pretty much any time.  So the embroidered skirt went into the donation pile, even though embroidery continues to be very trendy.  Anyway, I paired the preferred skirt with a light pink blazer and my burgundy peplum top to play off the color combinations in this inspiration photo.


I admit, this made for a kind of incoherent outfit with the sleek professional blazer and the casual knit skirt.

Light pink blazer (thrifted, Kasper), $2.25/wear
Black space dye skirt (Old Navy), $1.00/wear
Burgundy peplum sweater (Loft), $8.72/wear
Black tights + maroon ankle boots by Dolce Vita, $5.86/wear
Orange/pink/green Moroccan scarf (Charming Charlie), $1.75/wear
Gold tassel necklace (Kohls), $0.80/wear

Outfit total: $20.38/wear

But these maroon ankle boots are so kick ass that they make up for a lot (...or they make the outfit even weirder...or both).  The scarf also helps on the sartorial obfuscation front.

The Sartorial Obfuscation Front: dedicated to "sewing" confusion since 2016!

In other news...Emails!  No, you haven't traveled back to the time people were ignoring Donald Trump's behavior to focus on Hillary's emails.  But if someone sent you an email about that a few months ago that you haven't yet responded to, there's no need to apologize for the delayed response.

But if you do want to apologize, here are some examples to follow.

A few weeks ago, I responded to a bunch of emails from Tam (and yeah, I implicitly apologized for the delayed response by saying I felt like a dick.)  In the end, I decided to characterize her getting a bunch of responses like a few weeks after sending the emails as: "Just pretend it's the 19th century and I am living overseas and a bunch of letters to you got piled up on the same boat, I guess."

So fundamentally this post is about emails and time travel, it turns out.  And the color pink.  And bunnies!  Because: BUNNIES!  They're wondrous cuteness is not just for Easter.

This post was brought to you by Furret, an animal that begins life as a lagomorph and then evolves into...well...a furry ferret creature that can "slickly squirm through narrow spaces."

Friday, April 21, 2017


Yeah, I have been a lousy blogger lately.  Mostly because I've been splitting my time between Pokemon Go and headaches (stupid pollen), but also because I've been running out of steam.  But I am going to push on through the end of this year's style challenge on April 30, and then re-think where I want to go with this blog next.

In the meantime, here's a quick overview of last week's work outfits.

Monday: I LOVE this white leopard blouse + tipped blazer combo, and it goes nicely with any solid, bold-colored pencil skirt or pants.

Add a sparkly necklace and it's even better.

Tuesday: Yet more pink and grey.  I won't stop with this lovely pink sweater (well, I won't stop until it gets to warm for it, which I think might be happening right now).

Wednesday gets it own blog post later.  Stay tuned.

Thursday:  What you wear to a meeting across town that starts at 7:30 a.m. in the pouring, fucking rain.  A wet, sad face plus puffins.  And shoes that are not made from suede leather.

Friday:  Wheeeee, ready for the weekend!  But first, must go to work...wearing this denim trousers + leopard smoking slippers + bright pink/blue striped scarf combo for like the third time in the last few months.

Your articles du jour...

Half of Americans think women should be required by law to take their husband's name.  WTH, people.  Please excuse me while I go catch up with "The Handmaid's Tale" on Hulu.

BUT New York City just banned bosses from asking this sensitive question.  Valuable to all candidates, but especially women, who often have a too-low salary history for the work they've been doing.

This post was brought to you by Pikachu.  If you aren't familiar with did you fit under that rock anyway?  Welcome to the world!  It's cute out here!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Feel My Poliwrath

"Four Shades of Grey"--Thursday, 4/6/17

This casual January-in-Florida outfit inspired to boldly mix various shades of grey with white bottoms.


I think that despite having at least four shades of grey in my outfit, they are still a closer match than the heather grey sweater and taupe-grey boots in her photo--they are all at least shades of cool grey.  Still, it's a bit of stretch for me to put all these somewhat different greys together.  At least I have that big pop of white to distract the eye.

Grey pullover sweater (thrifted, Laura Scott), $1.05/wear
White skirt (Walmart), $1.20/wear
Grey tights + grey ankle boots by Seychelles, $4.52/wear
Grey/black/red birds scarf (gift)

Outfit total: $6.77/wear

And a scarf so I can recognize myself in the mirror.

"Burgundy Bird Friday"--Friday, 4/7/17

Now mixing up different shades of burgundy?  That's a whole other thing I'm quite happy to do.  This would have looked magnificent with my white skirt too, but for Friday, it's gotta be denim, right?

Burgundy/mint birds blouse (Loft), $6.25/wear
Burgundy blazer (JNY), $3.89/wear
Denim trousers (thrifted, Boden), $0.87/wear
Grey ribbon flats by Louise et Cie, $2.94/wear
Grey planet necklace (Macy's), $3.13/wear

On the birds/pop of white theme, it's hard to beat the Great Egret.

In other news...On Friday I decided that other people in my department aren't allowed to go on vacation anymore, even if it is "Spring Break" for people who work directly with students.  And since nobody with any authority to make all the decisions that needed to be made were at work, my opinion clearly carried the day.

This post is brought to you by Poliwrath, whose unflagging strength matches my endless annoyance.

"Poliwrath's highly developed, brawny muscles never grow fatigued, no matter how much it exercises.  It is so tirelessly strong, this Pokemon can swim back and forth across the ocean without effort."--Pokedex

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Sentret Cannot Hold

Another crazy Pokemon Go filled weekend.  I got my first sunburn in probably years today (a mild one, on the arms and the back of my neck) after taking off my jacket almost immediately this morning because it was so freaking humid.  Even though it was under 60 F, I had to dump the lightweight cotton jacket and get down to a short-sleeved T-shirt because I was getting light-headed from being overly warm.  We walked about 8 miles yesterday, and today I hit the 5 mile mark on my Fitbit while looking for enzymes to have with my dinner.  So that was fun.

In less fun news, Robert also did our taxes--but it's good to have that out of the way.  (Doing the taxes and sending in the forms right away is no longer so appealing now that we end up having to send them money every year.)

Warning: I am NOT looking forward to the work week ahead.  So there is likely to be a return to the grumps coming up tomorrow.

"Burgundy Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit"--Tuesday 4/4/17

I could not resist sharing the photo of another blogger wearing this rabbit blouse (...which I bought because I saw it on a round-up post featuring her recent purchases).  She called hers "rabbit rabbit," not realizing that you need to say "rabbit rabbit rabbit" for the good luck to kick in.  Well, maybe she got 2/3 of the luck she would have gotten with the full saying.


Because Katie detests pink, of course I had to wear my rabbit blouse with that hated shade.  (OK, that wasn't the actual reason, but it seems fitting somehow.)

Cream/dark green rabbit blouse (Loft), $3.31/wear
Burgundy skirt (Nordstrom), $1.88/wear
Grey tights + Grey ankle boots by Seychelles, $4.67/wear
Magenta scarf (JCP), $0.80/wear

Outfit total: $10.66/wear

It wasn't until I saw the photos that I realized I accidentally wore the bright pink scarf instead of the (darker) magenta one for the photo shoot.  Well, I did get it right on the day I wore this to work!

I was pleasantly surprised to read last month that Katie used to have a bunny collection (rabbit figurines).  Naturally I have a bunny collection right now!  In addition to the many other rabbit objects in my apartment, I have a small collection of rabbit figurines in a short bookcase in the living room, with the bunnies positioned so that they are under cover, which is a clear rabbit preference.  The two white ones (left and center) I got from my grandmother's house after she died--I hadn't realized she had a little rabbit collection, too, which is now part of mine.

"Preppy Colors, Not Preppy Silhouette"--Wednesday, 4/5/17

In this June 2015 outfit post, Jen wears her favorite color combination in a "classic preppy" way. 


I'm a fan of this color combination, too, so pairing my bright pink dress and dark blue (almost navy) cardigan with navy tights was a natural choice.  (I don't know/remember where she lives that tights in June is a thing--maybe she was really behind on posting outfits and wore them in May?)  Add a long flowing scarf in a lovely pattern that includes both colors and we're done.  (I did wear pearl earrings to keep a bit more of the original outfit vibe going.)

Bright pink dress (Target), $4.67/wear
Dark blue boyfriend cardigan (thrifted, Laura Scott), $0.75/wear
Navy tights + Navy ankle boots by Seychelles, $6.09/wear
Navy/pink floral scarf (Kohls), $2.23/wear

Outfit total: $13.74/wear

Oh, I forgot!  I also wore my new navy polka dot trench coat with the pink/navy outfit.  The trench coat + scarf combination was the  This is one I got at Goodwill and only had to do a bit of mending (sewing a button on and fixing a gap in the seam) for it to be good as new.

This post is brought to you by Sentret and Yeats' most famous (and recently appropriate) poem, "The Second Coming."

"When Sentret sleeps, it does so while another stands guard.  The sentry wakes the others at the first sign of danger.  When this Pokemon becomes separated from its pack, it becomes incapable of sleep due to fear."--Pokedex

Friday, April 7, 2017

Feeling Krabby, As Usual

"Blue Monday"--Monday, 4/3/17

Oh, Monday, how do I hate you?  Let me count the ways...or not.  Because my list is no different from any person with a typical M-F full-time office job.  But this past Monday was definitely one of the tough ones.

Today's inspiration photo puts a light blue dress with black and white blazer, black tights, and black ankle boots.


I thought her rather minimalist combination was very chic, but I feel more me with a long scarf that pattern mixes with my outfit.  So there you go.

Light blue dress (Kohls), $3.33/wear
Black and white striped/polka dot blazer (thrifted, Jessica London), $1.67/wear
Black tights + black ankle boots by Sam Edelman, $1.70/wear
White/blue/green paisley scarf (Target), $0.67/wear

Outfit total: $7.37/wear

Hearing about this whole human "Monday" concept, this Polish is incredulous.  Why do we do it to ourselves?

In other news...Some older articles I've been sitting on, to take your mind of current political news.

(1) Lies you've been told about making a living

(2) Everyone likes flex time but we punish women who use it

(3) A diet rich in fruit and vegetables outweighs the risk of pesticides (hat tip: Tam)

This post was brought to you by Krabby and all Mondays that are harder than they seem like they should be.  Glad that today's Friday.  Hello weekend!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Young Lady's Illustrated Grimer

"Barbie Ostrich"--Sunday, 4/2/17

Lately my weekend outfits haven't been making it to the blog, but I had to photograph this one because of the cute matchy-matchy blazer + 1 pink ostrich.  I admit that because of a long Pokemon Go walk (we walked to the science museum, the "Pokemon Go" park, and then all around downtown) I didn't wear the boots and blazer all day, but I changed into them when we got home.  It's really starting to get too warm on the weekend for tights and boots (what?) so I might not be wearing a weekend outfit like this one again for a while.

Grey ostrich graphic T (Kohls), $1.72/wear
Bright pink velvet blazer (thrifted, Old Navy), $1.17/wear
Denim skirt (thrifted, Levi's), $0.42/wear
Grey sweater tights + tall grey boots by LifeStride, $5.00/wear
Grey planet necklace (Macy's), $3.57/wear

Outfit total: $11.88/wear

This impossibly soft-looking grey mini rex is also a bit of an explorer, investigating the cage in great detail.  Although I of course have a special love of castor (Kate) and black and white broken (Leo) mini rexes, the grey ones are so, so lovely.

In other news...Language-loving readers, I think you will enjoy this article about a scholar who is collecting "untranslatable" positive emotion words from around the world.  Now I know what one of the feelings my nephew inspires is called: gigil.  I definitely experience natsukashii from time to time.  I would like to consider myself fairly pihentagy├║.  How about you?  Do any of these words/feelings resonate with you?

This post is brought to you by Grimer and Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age.  I haven't been reading a lot lately (too much Pokemon Go and Netflix), and thinking about how much I liked that book, I realize that it's been a while since I deeply enjoyed reading a book.  I think it's probably good that I'm taking a bit of a break right now.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Seel of Approval

"Stripey Friday, Happy Days"--Friday, 3/31/17

Lisa showed us 3 different ways to wear a lightweight striped dress across the seasons.  I glommed onto her "After" (i.e., late fall/winter) version as inspiration for bringing my aqua striped sleeveless dress out of the summer weekend mode into casual Friday spring mode.  Because that makes total sense.


The important components were striped knit dress, solid professional-looking blazer, patterned scarf, tights, and boots (not pictured).  That's pretty straightforward for me to do.  But where's the casual Friday in that?  Substitute a denim jacket and it's all good.

Aqua striped sleeveless knit dress (Old Navy), $5.00/wear
Blue denim jacket (Liz Claiborne/JCP), $2.94/wear
White/blue/yellow floral scarf (Target), $1.50/wear
Navy tights
Navy ankle boots by Seychelles, $6.36/wear

Outfit total: $15.80/wear

This outfit formula is Respect the Shoes tested, Empirical Question approved.

This rabbit also approves.  Because: STRIPES.

In other news...Angie outdid herself this year with this completely adorable April Fool's fashion post.

This post is brought to you by Seel.  Sticking out his tongue is just his way of saying he approves of me, right?

You know what is totally weird?  So as you know, I sometimes work on the outfit portions of these blog posts in advance, and while I've let that slide lately in my Pokemon Go obsessed state, this is one I'd started writing a loooong time ago when I first put this outfit on my list, complete with the EQ/rabbit approval statements.  But while I was finding the draft post in my blog list, I was deciding which Pokemon to feature and decided on Seel because he's blue.  And on my running list of Pokemon puns (yes, I have one #noshame), of course Seel is "Seel of Approval."  So I opened the post, gave it the title, and started reading what Previous Sally had written before.  And DAMN I'm good.

Or possibly I have more fully developed my temporal super powers and am now reverse inspiring my own writings.