Monday, November 23, 2015

The Scarf Conundrum

Plus Working the Tights--Monday, 11/23/15

Reverse Inspiration #1:  Dark green skirt with a black/white plaid top.  In the ballpark.

From forsevenseasons,

Reverse Inspiration #2:  Dark teal skirt with snow leopard top.  Closer.


Apparently other people don't have a black/teal floral/paisley top that matches their dark teal pencil skirts.  More's the pity.

Black/teal floral/paisley top (thrifted, Kohls) $2.00/wear+
Dark teal pencil skirt (JCP), $3.01/wear
Black cardigan (Walmart), $0.77/wear
Black tights
Black mary janes by Hush Puppies, $6.72/wear
Big dark grey ball necklace (Macy's), $2.31/wear

Outfit total: $14.81/wear

See what I mean about floral/paisley?  And since it's a pointillist pattern, I guess I could call it polka dot as well.  It's three...three...three patterns in one!  (Note to self: Wear this shirt more often.  It's so comfortable.  Try it in the summer with the bright teal pencil skirt.)

My office mate was dressed in the same colors as I was today.  A teal top with black pants and a very, very similar black cardigan.  

In other news...This weekend, we went through our drawers of winter gear because I was looking for some gloves.  And I found my black scarf in Robert's drawer.  Robert was like, Well, I have a scarf like that, too, you know.  But I took it and put it in my drawer anyway because I wasn't quite sure I believed him and in any case, that was the only scarf of its kind we found.

So when I was getting in my car after work today, I was trying to decide whether to leave the gloves I'd worn in the car or take them upstairs.  This made me think of my practice last winter of leaving my black gloves in the front seat of the car every day.  Huh, but they're not there now; I must have moved the backseat of the car...with the black hat and black scarf.

Oops.  Sorry, Robert.  You can have your scarf back now.

But for the record, I did NOT take his work badge that he couldn't find this morning before work.  

Also: "The Scarf Conundrum" totally sounds like an episode of Big Bang Theory.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bunny and Satire and More Bunnies

Teal Cuddles--Sunday, 11/22/15

This was a very fancy, sparkly way to wear a graphic T--with leopard cardigan, necklace o' bling, heels, and a dressy skirt.


I borrowed the graphic T + animal print cardigan aspects of this for a cuddly weekend outfit.  I don't need fancy when I've got the Cuddle Bunny action going.

Black woven hiking skirt (thrifted, Columbia), $2.50/wear
Cuddle Bunny T (Kohls), $1.70/wear
Zebra cardigan (thrifted, Gap), $2.50/wear+
Teal scarf (Target), $1.71/wear+
Bright teal flats (Payless), $1.30/wear
+ Black leggings + teal Groucho rabbit socks (it's kind of chilly!)

Outfit total: $12.21/wear

In other news...Beware the Four Horsemen of Gentrification!  "Greek will be the only variety of yogurt" is a hell Robert is already living in.

Yesterday evening, Robert and I did some shopping and not only did we stock up on stuff for Thanksgiving, I returned clothes at 3 stores (including the tights with the hole in them that Target refunded my money for with no hassle) and bought tights at the 2 of them that weren't Target.  Both Kohls and JCP had a decent selection of non-black tights available in store, so I think I'm stocked up pretty well.

I'm glad that took care of those errands last night because I slept in more than usual (and even stranger, more than Robert) and woke up feeling sick.  I think it's the start of another sinus infection.  You know it's bad when I'm even too wimpy to play Fallout!  I'm glad this is a short workweek ahead of us.

And now for more bunnies, as promised.  (It is Bunday after all!)  Please enjoy a black satin and a Dutch.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday in Wonderland

Your Hair Wants Cutting--Saturday, 11/22/15

Yet another inspiration photo from Bridgette Raes.  She is just too good!


For the longest time I didn't have a grey pullover sweater, but even now that I do, rather than replicate this outfit, I used the basic pink + grey + bootcut jeans formula as an excuse to get this cardigan into the Work the Wardrobe Challenge and to wear my Alice T again.  (Because almost every pregnancy update photo I've seen of my sister has her wearing this style of Skechers, I'm also enjoying the opportunity to twin her from a distance.  I can't do a thing to make her pregnancy easier but I stand in sartorial solidarity.)

Pink and grey striped cardigan (thrifted, Kohls), $1.67/wear+
Bootcut jeans (thrifted, Target), $0.45/wear
Alice in Wonderland T (Out of Print), $3.83/wear
Light pink scarf (Walmart), $0.83/wear
Grey Skechers

Outfit total: $6.78/wear

In other news...I was waffling a bit about getting my hair cut today, but after putting on this shirt, I knew it had to happen.  After all, this is the mad tea party scene in which Alice meets the Mad Hatter for the first time, and they have the following exchange:

'Your hair wants cutting,' said the Hatter. He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech. 

'You should learn not to make personal remarks,' Alice said with some severity; 'it's very rude.' 

And if you look at her in that drawing, and get past the mega-grump expression...well, I have to agree with Hatter.  Her hair is looking pretty straggly.

I'm very happy with my haircut (it's a chin-length bob, a bit longer in front than back, and the back is slightly stacked) but it does feel a bit silly have to cut off all my hair just in time for the onset of winter.  Fortunately, it's easy to use scarves to keep my neck warm.  I need to make sure I start having one of my handmade recycled-t-shirt scarves handy for wearing to bed. 

It's also time for me to pull out my gloves and hat.  It was below freezing on the way to and from the hair salon and it felt rather chilly.  I was excited to wear my new quilted "car coat" (that I bought from Jones New York when they had a fabulous sale) today.  For work, I usually wear a very long coat that protects my legs from the cold, but in jeans, I was comfortable in the shorter coat today.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Floral Friday Finally

Another Day, Another Long Necklace--Friday, 11/20/15

I love the dark floral print in this inspiration photo.  I don't have one quite like that, but the basic idea of dark floral print blouse, dark jacket, dark pants, and ankle boots was a good one.


I felt oddly Texan in my bootcut jeans and pointy-toed ankle boots.  I showed Robert the length of my jeans with the boots and he approved them as long enough.  When I wear these jeans with ballet flats, I sometimes wonder why I haven't hemmed them and usually suppose that it's laziness.  And maybe it is, but the benefit is that they are perfect with boots.

Black blouse with beige flowers and band bottom (thrifted, the Limited), $1.33/wear+
Black ponte knit blazer (Target), $2.50/wear
Bootcut jeans (thrifted, Target), $0.50/wear
*Black/silver pendant (JCP), $15.37/wear+
Black ankle boots by Sam Edelman, $4.11/wear

Outfit total: $23.81/wear

And yep, the necklace is the sibling of the red one I wore yesterday.  This is my inexpensive version of the $80 Kendra Scott Rayne necklaces that every fashion blogger has been wearing this past year.  I saved $65 each and I kind of like that it isn't an exact me-too of the necklace everybody is wearing.

In a weird coincidence, this is the "other black floral top with a banded hem" that I accidentally tried to wear on Monday.  It's amusing to wear them both this week.

In other news...I have had a super-productive couple of days at work, figuring out some stuff I didn't know how to do, and got to leave today feeling like this.

"I am the smartest woman alive!"

Thursday, November 19, 2015

That Cold North Wind

And All the New Things--Thursday, 11/19/15

I've been wanting a blue denim jacket for a while, but it's exactly the kind of thing that is almost impossible to find at the thrift store.  So I ordered one at JCP last week.  It was a wrinkly thing, but shaped up after I assaulted it with a hot iron for a while.  (I mean, seriously, wrinkly denim?  This was new to me.)

I didn't want to wait to wear it, so I grabbed this nice inspiration photo and got to work.


I moved the grey in the handbag to tights and tall boots and boom.  Done.  Ready for a high of 35 F and strong winds.

Grey leopard long-sleeved T (Apt 9/Kohls), $2.00/wear+
Red corduroy skirt (thrifted, H and M), $0.83/wear+
*Blue denim jacket (Liz Claiborne/JCP), $32.29/wear+
*Red/silver pendant (JCP), $15.37/wear+
Grey tights
Tall grey boots by LifeStride, $14.28/wear

Outfit total: $64.77/wear

I also wore another of my new necklaces.  I've enjoyed my gold tassel and owl pendants so much that I wanted to add a few other long necklaces to my collection.  This one was spot on (or on spots or something).

In other news...Why do students drop out of college? "Given current levels of academic preparation in secondary schools, many students are not prepared for success at four-year, and even two-year colleges."

A data point from the paper cited in the article that aligns with other research I've read on who successfully completes college:  85% of the students who successfully graduate from a four-year college made mostly As and Bs in high school.  Four-year college graduates had an average overall high school GPA of 3.28.

The article further notes, "Finally, we conclude that had four year college drop-outs begun their postsecondary careers at a two-year college, their predicted probabilities of postsecondary degree completion would be significantly higher. While most of this increase in degree completion comes through increased associate’s degree attainment, about a third of four-year college drop-outs would have a higher chance of bachelor’s degree completion, had they begun college at a two-year institution."

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Midweek Pink and Black

The Tights Saga Continues--Wednesday, 11/18/15

If I were awarding a Most Valuable Player award to the Reverse Inspiration bloggers, Alice would be the hands-down favorite.  I think it's because she can always be counted on to combine bright colors and interesting she did here with bright pink and black (and a top that mixes a floral pattern and a grid pattern, all by itself).


It seems strange to me that bright pink has become one of my signature colors.  But I like how it pops against this mostly black outfit.

*Purple/black/pink drapeneck knit top (thrifted, Kenneth Cole), $4.00/wear+
Black pencil skirt (thrifted, Briggs New York), $1.00/wear
Drapey bright pink cardigan (Macy's), $2.40/wear
Black tights (Assets by Spanx/Kohls)
Black buckle flats by Me Too, $3.15/wear
Gold fish charm necklace (Ann Taylor), $5.79/wear

Outfit total: $16.34/wear

I think of this fish charm necklace as a summer piece, so I am really trying to break out of that habit of thinking and wear it during other seasons.  I mean, fish are fish year-round, no?  And up in the frozen north, ice fishing is a major thing in the winter.

Tights update:  I was so excited to try my new tights from Target, but they are horrible.  When I took them out of the packaging, I was unhappy with the thin fabric...and unhappier when I ripped a run in them while trying to put them on.  They don't seem like tights--they're like slightly thicker pantyhose.  Robert wondered if it was because they were too small.  I routinely size up in tights, and I bought the largest size Target carries, which is supposed to fit up to 5'11" and 230 pounds, so that should have been plenty big.  I think they ripped because they're ultra-crap quality, not because they were too small.  Anyway, this weekend I will be returning my multiple pairs of $9 tights to the store for a refund.  Those tights were such a bargain. BAH.

Luckily the burgundy sweater tights I ordered from Kohls seem to fit great and be durable enough to last at least a full 10 minutes of wear!  (I actually have much greater hopes for them.)  They are much better deal than the Target ones even if they were...oh wait...$8.99.  Fuck you, Target tights.  At least the sweatpants with the rabbit on them from Target seem pretty awesome--loose and comfy without being sloppy-huge and I think they'll be cozy for winter (though I am wearing them now, too).

In other news...A local high school tennis phenom has signed at UC-Berkeley, where I bet you can play tennis all year round.

It has been a rainy week but I'm not complaining.  I mean, it's mid-November and liquid is falling from the sky.  It's amazing!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

In the Circus

...Sartorially Speaking--Tuesday, 11/17/15

This Reverse Inspiration has a summertime vibe that in a couple months would make me envious.  But for now, I'm all about cold weather layering.


My version gives me a chance to wear yet another sweater vest.  I'm addicted to these things!

Blue button up shirt with aqua/white stripes (thrifted, JNY), $1.33/wear+
Navy paisley skirt (thrifted, Target), $1.50/wear
*White sweater vest (thrifted, Casual Corner), $4.50/wear+
Navy sleeveless cardigan (thrifted, Tommy Hilfiger), $0.63/wear
Navy tights
Navy ankle boots by Seychelles, $11.67/wear

Yep, this is what I was wearing when I spilled tea all over myself--AGAIN--while getting ready for work.  Bah!

I still wore my new elephant pendant, even though it doesn't look as good on the striped shirt as it did on the white sweater vest.  (And even though it suggests that I'm supporting a Republican candidate for President, but politics are irrelephant.)

*Silver elephant pendant (JCP), $9.60/wear+

Outfit total: $24.73/wear

In other news...What a bunch of ridiculous drama!  Not only is the woman who runs this pre-school a controlling, paranoid bitch, she can't spell worth a damn.

And special for my sister, the photo at the bottom of this post made me think of you (and your future).  Only there would be a doggie in the mix too!