Friday, July 21, 2017

Tribalism Sucks, Y'all

By mid-June, it was feeling like actual summer with highs into the mid 80s to low 90s, and I broke out some more of my new summer items.

Weekend Geometry--Sunday, 6/11/17

I don't usually bother photographing my weekend outfits, but I liked how the bold stripes and chevron patterns mixed here.

In the Floral Navy--Monday, 6/12/17

I really like this short-sleeved cardigan I bought from Loft.  It's a very traditional style with the round neck and buttons, which isn't necessarily my go-to favorite, but in this case, the simplicity makes it very versatile.  I also like the elbow-length sleeve, which makes it fit over a greater variety of short-sleeved shirts than many short-sleeved sweaters do.  The somewhat-more-interesting-than-usual neckline on the top is also helpful for days when it's warm enough (88 F and muggy) that you don't even want to mess with a necklace, let alone a scarf.

*Navy short-sleeved cardigan (Loft), $20.00

Outfit cost per wear (OCPW): $23.56

Patriotic Bohemian Floral for Flag Day Eve--Tuesday, 6/13/17

Another JCP skirt that I was able to buy in a Tall size, continuing to rock my world.  (And that sale price was awesome!)  There are so many color combinations that would work with this skirt, but for this very special holiday, clearly red and navy blue was the way to go.  And of course I had to match the red/gold flats with a red/gold White Rabbit pocket watch pendant, set to 4:55.

*Navy/pink/teal floral skirt (JCP), $7.69

OCPW: $12.69

It Starts With a Wild Ball Necklace--Wednesday, 6/14/17

I toned down the drama of the dark aqua/burgundy combination with a black cardigan, and let the exuberant colors of the necklace and floral ballet flats stand out.  This stretchy lace sleeveless top has already proven itself a workhorse in my summer work wardrobe. 

OCPW: $7.69

New New New--Thursday, 6/15/17

And sometimes you just want to throw on a collection of newly purchased items and be done with it.  That's easy to do when you use black and white as your base and find a Fitbit and necklace combo that matches your new pants.

*Aqua ankle pants (JCP), $17.49
*Black and white diamond top (Kohls), $8.40
*White short-sleeved cardigan (Loft), $20.00

OCPW: $49.73

Orange Sorbet or Peaches and Cream?--Friday, 6/16/17

Although I usually go with something denim-y on Friday, I thought this creamy confection of an outfit worked very well (and basically I didn't want to wait to try my new items).  I can't entirely decide what delectable summer treat I resembled, but this is one of my favorite outfits to wear in a while (against some stiff competition).  I am absolutely thrilled with this top!  Finding a white top that is opaque enough to wear on its own to work can be very challenging, but this one worked because it's a layer of lace on top of a layer of knit fabric.  And even though the back is only a single layer of knit fabric, it's thick enough (without being too warm) to be entirely appropriate.  I also liked that it was a bit loose and drapey without being complete humongous.

*Coral ankle pants (JCP), $17.49
*White lace top (JCP), $21.00

OCPW: $41.53

In other news...This report from The Economist on Trump's America is an absolute must-read.  (Note that this article is only the first in a series.  See the left side of the screen for links to the rest of the articles.)  This introductory article makes some distressing but important (and to social psychologists, not very surprising but still significant) points about how much political belief is about choosing a team and believing what your team believes and how little it's about picking a candidate/party that aligns with one's own values.  Here are some data points (quotes):

  • 30% of the electorate does not have a good sense of where Republicans and Democrats stand on the most fundamental question about the role of the state.
  • 16% of Clinton voters and 24% of Trump voters were not sure which party was more conservative.
  • It is hard to think of two more different candidates, in temperament, style and policy, than Mitt Romney and Donald Trump, yet more than 90% of those who voted for Mr Romney in the presidential election in 2012 also voted for Mr Trump this time.
  • Right after the election, and more than two months before Mr Trump took office, Republicans told pollsters that their personal finances were in much better shape than they had been the week before the ballot. Democrats said the opposite.
One thing I liked about this series is that it is not merely painting Trump voters as idiots who aren't paying attention, yadda yadda, while implying that Hilary voters are paragons of rationality.  There are not enough people pointing out that plenty of Team Democrat voters are just as clueless, biased, and driven almost entirely by social/identity concerns as the pro-Trump people.  It's easy to not-notice/forget this when the Democratic candidate also happens to be the only adult in the race, but it's not like America sorted itself into the pro-Trump Moron and pro-Hilary Brain groups here at all.  Imagine that Bernie Sanders was the Democratic candidate and eventual POTUS, and think of the high level of reflexive support from Democrats he would be getting for the really stupid shit he would be proposing/doing. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

80 F Pants Week

Yep, yet another pants week. 

Summer Dark Floral--Monday, 6/5/17

It is seriously proving hard to go wrong with the bright pink pants + chambray blazer combo.  This is the first of approximately 815 ways I could wear this new top featuring a bunch of great colors.  Although I'm not typically a polyester-for-summer person, I couldn't resist it for the price, fit, and fabulous print.  I loved how this outfit turned out.

*Navy/olive/pink/red floral sleeveless blouse (thrifted, Walmart), $2.24

Outfit cost per wear (OCPW): $10.08

Serendipitous Paisley--Tuesday, 6/6/17

Another newly thrifted sleeveless top, 100% cotton this time.  I bought it on the same trip as these new black-and-white check pants (which is one of my favorite patterns for pants, so I was happy to find them, even if they are just too long to wear with flats unless I hem them), and when I saw the two items sitting together in a stack, I decided to listen to the universe and wear them together.

*Black and white check trousers (thrifted, Kohls), $5.24
*Purple/green/aqua paisley sleeveless top (thrifted, Eddie Bauer), $5.24

OCPW: $19.59

Red Sailor--Wednesday, 6/7/17

Floral and stripes is a pattern mixing favorite of mine, so naturally I was thrilled to wear this scarf with its helpful red/navy/white color scheme atop this outfit.  When the high temperature is around 80 F, I can still do a normal scarf at work as long as I wear it loose or tie it lower on the body (not right around the neck). 

OCPW: $11.67

Summer Blues--Thursday, 6/8/17

This is an outfit that ended up almost entirely different from what I had initially planned.  I think the matching blue pants and shoes were the only pieces that I kept.  If I recall correctly, my original idea involved a shirt that was clearly too heavy/warm for the weather, but this sleeveless knit tank, short-sleeved cardigan, and lightweight scarf were spot on.  And I don't think that's just because the cool blues make me look like a refreshing drink.  If you look closely, you can see that the aqua cardigan and mint scarf almost exactly match two of the blue shades in the shirt, which is very gratifying, of course. 

I ended up donating this shirt because I'm not entirely happy with the fact that it's tight around the hips (it's a knit, so it still basically works, but the whole thing was cut for someone with a much straighter frame than mine, and I am increasingly unwilling to deal with anything that's at all too tight feeling, especially in the summer), but I think I gave it a nice last hurrah (with a final cost per wear of $0.75 too).

OCPW: $5.08

Casual Friday With a Twist of Lime--Friday, 6/9/17

I had a great streak of good luck on that thrifting trip I mentioned earlier; I bought this textured lime green sleeveless top at the same time.  (I don't routinely check the sleeveless section, but because I was wanting to spruce up my summer wardrobe, I did this time and hit the jackpot.)  Of course, I absolutely had to wear it with this lime-dominated silk scarf for its debut. 

*Lime sleeveless top (thrifted, JNY), $3.74

OCPW: $8.20

In other news...Tam sent this article about the new clothing company founded by the same skeevy guy behind American Apparel.  Because what the world needed was yet another company churning out uncomfortable, giant unisex t-shirts that will obviously bunch under the armpits and have zero drape whatsoever.  (Well, maybe if you wear these t-shirts, he won't sexually harass you?)  One unfortunate aspect of this is that, like American Apparel, the new company is positioning itself as a supplier of blank t-shirts for companies that want to sell shirts with their logo/character/design on the front.  I already have one huge, stiff (now fading) unisex t-shirt with a great design silk-screened on it (a disapproving rabbit) that I can only wear as a pj top because it's ridiculous; I don't need more. 

Weather in the 60s Revisited

Oops, this one got out of order.  Oh well, it's still all ancient history now...

Man, it's tough looking back on the gorgeous weather we had in late May.  (I conveniently have a record of my outfits and the weather forecast for each work day that I originally used for planning purposes and that I now just torture myself with.)  But let's muscle through this.

A Strange Sartorial Start to the Week--Monday, 5/22/17

I'm the first to say that this is an odd color combination, but I just wore two subtle colors from the top in darkened form--pink became maroon, aqua became dark teal.  Not my most successful combination, but it was, as they say, different.  And I think the silhouette of drapey cardigan and skinny ankle pants worked just fine.

Outfit cost per wear (OCPW): $6.80

Paging Dr Jewel Tones--Tuesday, 5/23/17

This white jacket doesn't exactly look like a lab coat, right?  I mean, it could be a waiter jacket.  But I like the tuxedo jacket idea best, especially when worn with my trusty "black pants + black shoes for the rain" combo.

*White tuxedo jacket (JCP), $13.99

OCPW: $23.03

Spotted in Red--Wednesday, 5/24/17

Wearing these tan flats with the black captoes just made me incredibly happy with this outfit.  It's like a little callback to the black top half after that long expanse of really red pants.  You'll take what you can get to carry you through your work day, right?

OCPW: $10.41

Sometimes You Hit It Out of the Park--Thursday, 5/25/17

Colorful, perfectly fitting pants? Check.  Chambray blazer? Check.  Pattern mixing floral and leopard? Check.  Long scarf? Check.

I was thrilled with how this combination turned out.  One of those rare outfits that is even better in reality than it was in your imagination.  Hence I am giving you a gigantic photo so you can view it in its fully Sally-esque glory.

OCPW: $11.73/wear

...And Sometimes You'd Rather Just Be at the Park--Friday, 5/26/17

This is a pretty casual Friday outfit, even by my standards, and it's not very interesting (though the metal-studded collar of the t-shirt, which isn't visible in the photo, makes it a little less boring).  But I was happy to find that this cream t-shirt is the exact same shade as the cream stripes in the t-shirt cardigan.  So there's that.  Plus Friday.

*Cream short-sleeved T (thrifted, Liz & Me), $6.74

OCPW: $12.02

OK, people, we're starting to get a little caught up!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Week of Warming

The week of May 28 started with a high of 60 F on Monday but reached 88 F by the end.  So pretty much in like a cool glass of iced tea, out like a half-drunk can of Dr Pepper that has been left sitting in the car on a late spring weekend and is found on Monday morning like, ugh, gross.  But Memorial Day is the traditional start of summer, right?  So I guess the rising temperature wasn't poorly timed from that perspective.

Stripey Chambray Summer--Tuesday, 5/30/17

Yep, I am totally doing the bright pants + chambray blazer + pattern mixing scarf and shoes again already.  But to usher in summer, I think adding mixed stripes and a red and blue fish print is hard to outdo.   I mean, I guess I could carry a purse with an anchor or maybe a crab on it or something, but failing that, this is as start of summer as it gets around here.

Outfit cost per wear (OCPW): $11.15

Mossy and Dramatic--Wednesday, 5/30/17

I saw this olive + magenta color combination on another blogger, and for whatever reason, I decided the beginning of summer was a good time for it.  After the previous day's totally appropriate outfit, I suppose I had to bring some kind of balance back to the Force my seasonally questionable self.  This scarf has such a wonderful rich sheen to it, it has a slightly elevating yet emotional quality, like it's ready to toss its loose ends over my shoulder and lead me out of the room on a devastatingly witty remark.  (This did not in fact happen on this Wednesday work day that was, as far as I can recall, pretty ordinary.)

OCPW: $10.41

Wild June Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit--Thursday, 6/1/17

When you've got a shirt covered in rabbits, a rainbow-bright wild ball necklace, and shoes with metal studs on them, but your outfit still looks just fine for a business casual workplace, things are going well for you.  The navy pencil skirt definitely helps to ground the look, as they say.

OCPW: $9.12

And a Bunch More Rabbits--Friday, 6/2/17

Oh, it's Friday and the bunnies are frolicking happily, surrounded by soft light green grass(y sweater).  If one day of rabbit rabbit rabbit is good, surely two in a row is better!

OCPW: $6.55

Striped shoes (two different pairs) twice in one week?  Yep, it's summer.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hello World

June was a truly wretched blogging month, but I played so much Pokemon that I thought my Fitbit would pass out (but it took the miles like a champ).  But now it's July and it's often way too freaking warm/humid to want to go out in the evening.  So that would bode well for getting back on the blogging train, right?  Well, let's give it a shot on this sunny and unpleasantly steamy evening.

A perfect time to take ourselves back to mid-May, when it was blissfully not summer yet.

Fall in Spring--Monday, 5/15/17

This cardigan/skirt/shoes combo is like an instant "just add almost any shirt and go" outfit in the making.  I get bonus points since the dots on the turtle's back include both brown and the dark aqua of the lace top.

*Dark aqua lace top (thrifted, Kohls), $5.24

Outfit cost per wear (OCPW): $11.29

Pastel Sailor--Tuesday, 5/16/17

Sadly I spilled iced green tea on my skirt at work.  This isn't a terribly uncommon experience (even though I work in a physically stable office environment and not on an actual ship), but I'm not usually wearing white, which I have now empirically demonstrated will take a stain from a beverage that is basically urine-colored.  (Mmmm...that's an appetizing comparison.)  I have gotten the stain about 90% out, but that last 10% is frustrating!  But I haven't given up yet.  I mean, I did win the Army award at the regional science fair for my project on stain removal, after all. 

OCPW: $13.17

Foresty Pseudo-Dress--Wednesday, 5/17/17

When my outfit looks too dark/woodsy to be spot on for spring/summer, adding a big dose of white or cream is a good option.  Or I just rock my seasonally inappropriate color scheme as I did on Monday.  Either way.  I think back on weather that supported wearing this somewhat open weave but not really lightweight jacket and want to weep. 

*Olive skirt (JCP), $10.77

OCPW: $26.08

Black and White and Burgundy All Over--Thursday, 5/18/17

My classic "it's raining so I'm going to wear these black pants with black shoes that will ignore the water" combination in action again on a day with a high of about 55 F.  SIGH.  But it was quite lovely to be able to wear this peplum sweater once more before the onslaught of summer.

OCPW: $10.44

Golden Bunnies--Friday, 5/19/17

What a simple outfit, and I loved wearing it.  This shirt, this jacket, and these jeans are some of my favorites (which is reflected in the low cost per wear reported below), and you know I'm a sucker for wearing a gold necklace and shoes to match my hair (hare?).

OCPW: $7.50

Look at all those jackets and sweaters!  Goodness.  I miss you, month of May.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Final Word on BBC Sherlock

I recently watched the last two episodes of the BBC Sherlock show, and man, totally amazing, the last episode in particular.

It's like everyone--writers, cast, director--got together to figure out what would be an episode that would top everything off.  To create an episode that after watching it, every single viewer would be like, OK, yep, I am done with this fucking crap show forever--do not make a fifth series of this bullshit, I will not watch it.

I mean, really, they did everything in their power to not end up in the same circumstances as Arthur Conan Doyle, who even after killing Sherlock off, was forced by popular demand to revive him and continue writing the stories.

Yep, mission complete, people.  It's a wrap.

I don't know what was worse.  The ever-multiplying members of the Holmes family?  The super-villain who puts an unbelievably complicated plan in motion in under five minutes (emphasis on unbelievable) with her Jedi mind tricks?  The evolving "Redbeard" nonsense?  The scary clown?  It's got to be the under-cooked, implausible pop psychological explanation for why Sherlock is the way he is.  No, I know.  That ludicrous, trite recorded paean to the awesomeness of Sherlock and Watson at the very end.  Because if you didn't have a dead woman telling you how wonderful they are, you could be excused for missing it.

I didn't hate it exactly, but I spent almost the entire episode thinking, Oh God, come on, seriously?!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Rhydon, Good Buddy

Now that I have five weeks of outfit photo backlog, how about a quick step back in time to when it was spring and I was relying on pants to bridge that period when it's too warm for tights and too cool for bare legs?  Ah, spring, I already miss you...

In Which We Examine A Week of Spring Pants Outfits, Most of Which I'd Already Forgotten About

Monday, 5/8/17--Although this is just a comfortable (and cute) floral blouse, because it's from the Disney Alice collection, it gets a special bonus.  I like the bright pink and grey together, and how they pick up colors from the blouse.  This is a straightforward but useful outfit creation technique: pick a patterned top, then add coordinating bottom, topper, and shoes in 2-3 colors from the top.  Easy peasy.

Tuesday, 5/9/17--A top with black and white plus the blazer tipped in white = instant outfit when adding bottoms in another color from the top.  I enjoyed the matching black and gold necklace and shoes, too.

Wednesday, 5/10/17--Another version of Monday's outfit formula, using a scarf as the basis for the color selection.  This one seems a bit more subdued with black and light blue as the coordinating colors, but actually those are my black and blue flats with the sparkly bits, so it's like Semi-Professional with Fun Feet.

Thursday, 5/11/17--A navy and white striped top with navy cardigan can be worn with almost any color of non-neutral pants.  Bright blue is not an obvious choice for me (as opposed to red or pink or green, for example) but it worked just fine, and gave me an excuse to wear this flashy statement necklace in a subdued-by-my-standards outfit.

Friday, 5/12/17--This business casual Friday outfit is a definite Frankenstein's Ensemble.  Take the blazer, mixed pearl necklace, and buckle flats from a weekday outfit and wear them with a pair of jeans and knit top that would look normal on the weekend and it kind of averages out to Friday somehow.

In other news...Let's enjoy this video of elephants rushing to greet a rescued baby elephant.  Elephants, you are awesome!  And may you readers head as eagerly and energetically into this weekend.

This post is brought to you by Rhydon, who is one tough cookie.  (Now I want a cookie.)