Friday, October 9, 2015

Floral Friday

Working the Coral Shell Top--Friday, 10/9/15

Focal item: Navy floral jacket

Looking for floral jacket inspiration, I found this graphic T + floral blazer + jeans combination.  Cute. 


But I opted to wear this coral shell again--for the third time since I started the Work the Wardrobe Challenge in April.  One of the side goals of the WtWC is to get more wear out of some of the more expensive things in my closet, to bring down the cost per wear.  Compared to my many thrifted tops, the $39 I spent on this shell top (and each of its siblings, because I went crazy about bought 6 of them altogether) from Nordstrom puts it in the higher priced segment.

They make really great layering tops (i.e., it's always easy to layer over them because they do not have separate sleeves to get bunched up under anything).  But I think they are coded "fancy" in my mind because they were a bit more pricey and they are made of a thin polyester fabric that feels like something you'd wear under a suit.  So it was a little bit of a stretch for me to wear one in this casual Friday ensemble.  (I would normally have gravitated toward my coral T from Target.)

Navy floral jacket (thrifted, handmade), $1.67/wear+
Coral shell (Nordstrom), $9.75/wear
Denim skirt (thrifted, Great Northwest Indigo), $1.25/wear
Gold tassel necklace (Kohls), $2.50/wear
Navy striped flats (Payless), $4.25/wear

Outfit total: $19.42/wear

But as it turns out, I really liked the shell top in this context.  The lightweight fabric drapes extremely nicely, so you can tuck it in, then pull some of it out for a tucked-but-comfy feel and vibe (a kind of casual blouson effect).

Overall, this outfit made me really happy.  The bright colors, the pattern mixing (stripes and florals rule for all time!), the fun-if-fashion-orthogonal denim pencil skirt and mandarin jacket silhouettes, and the one sorta-trendy piece (the tassel necklace).  I am holding on to summer with both hands wearing this outfit.

In other news...I'm obligated not to talk about the interviews we held this week, but let's just say that the applicants should be glad that I already work there and am not interviewing against them. 

Yesterday, I told my manager, I know they've said that everyone will have their data submitted by end of day tomorrow, but can you check and find out whether we're still on schedule because someone is always late.  Yep, it's all good, he was told...until he got a call this afternoon with the news, Oh, the data won't be ready for you to pull on Monday morning because this one site told their people they didn't have to enter it until Wednesday.  My response was, Well, I guess that site won't be getting a report then, because by the time they have it entered, I won't have time to analyze it before I leave town.  And it was agreed that the site would, indeed, not be getting a report.  Hurray!

Also: It's Friday evening.  Finally.  Whew.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Another Subtly Black and White Skirt

...And More Pink and Blue--Thursday, 10/8/15

Today's inspiration is...yep, pink and blue.  But now with black and white!


OK, Mom, how does this work for you?

Cobalt blue short-sleeved blouse (Kohls), $10.00/wear+
Light microcheck pencil skirt (JCP), $4.33/wear
White/grey/black floral blazer (Coldwater Creek), $6.25/wear+
Grey/black bead necklace by RB+
Bright pink flats (Payless), $1.08/wear

Outfit total: $21.66/wear

I was happy all day looking down at my bright pink flats.  It's the small things, people.

In other news...It rained over night and was cloudy and windy all day.  Coming out of my building after work, I felt a distinct nip in the air, reminding me that my bare-leg/ballet-flat wearing days are nearing the end.  (But I was warm enough in my office that I had the fan on low all day so...whatever.)

It's nice to come home from work not 100% wiped out from high-energy interactions.  I might be able to talk to Robert for more than 3 minutes at a time tonight.  I might even play Fallout 3!  So many possibilities.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dots and Circles

Geometrical Shapes--Wednesday, 10/7/15

The blogger calls this inspiration photo "Polka Party," and while I am not hearing any oom-pah-oom-pah tubas in the background, I will concede that she is wearing a lot of polka dots.


It's funny, I was going to wear my space dye skirt with this top but since I wore it yesterday, I switched in this chambray cotton skirt, which I feel has a very similar look to the space dyed one (though it is a softer shade of black overall, almost grey, and is not made from a knit fabric).

Black and white circle drapeneck top (Calvin Klein/Macy's), $12.60/wear+
Black chambray pencil skirt (thrifted, Larry Levine), $2.00/wear
White knit blazer (Nordstrom), $5.90/wear
Aqua/red/white bead necklace (Target), $3.09/wear
Red buckle flats by Me Too, $3.15/wear

Outfit total: $26.74/wear

To keep my outfit firmly out of "Slumber Party" territory, I added a bold, colorful beaded necklace and my red flats.  I think they jazzed things up nicely.

In other news...A long day (I left about an hour and fifteen minutes later than usual) full of meetings and interviews.  I'm wiped out.  My introverted side is overstimulated enough with high energy interactions that I'm looking forward to riding my exercise bike, in the dark, watching Longmire, and not talking to anyone.  Even the idea of playing Fallout 3 is like, Eh, I'd have to interact with things in the game, and what if some NPC (non-player character) talked to me or something, nope, not interested.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Space Dye

Not Made at NASA--Tuesday, 10/6/15

When I saw this cute and simple outfit, I thought, My black space dyed knit pencil skirt would be perfect!


When you're right, you're right.  (And yay, I finally wore this loose purple top on its own--I wore it before with a cardigan, which detracted from the zipper.  I like it better without the cardigan.  And a co-worker said that she liked it.)

Purple V neck zip top (Kohls), $7.65/wear+
Black space dye skirt (Old Navy), $2.50/wear
Purple gumdrop necklace (Target), $3.90/wear
Black floral flats (Payless), $1.86/wear

Outfit total: $15.91/wear

I've wondered for a while what the hell "space dye" meant.  I mean, it sounds very futuristic and SF.  But the reality is pretty mundane.  It just means that yarn is dyed different colors along its length at intervals (hence the word "space").  My skirt is mostly black but has a bit of white in it, too.

By accident or coincidence (if you believe in accidents or coincidence), this is Day 1 of 3 in a series on Black Skirts with Subtle White Designs That Can Kind of Look Light Black or Grey at a Distance.

In other news...Yesterday when I got home from work, I had to reassess my outfits lined up for Wednesday and Thursday of this week because I have been invited to participate in interviews for the new research analyst.  Interestingly, the interview team appears to be (from the invite list) me, my immediate supervisor, his boss (our department head) and the head of the department that the new analyst will be doing most of their analysis for.

I met with my manager today but I forgot to ask him what will be happening with these interviews.  Hopefully, I'll catch him tomorrow before the first one at 3:00, but I guess if they haven't tasked me with anything, all I need to do is show up.  One thing that makes it a bit easier as an interviewer with my employer is that the interviews are very scripted.  My guess is that they'll be like, Here, when we get to this question, you ask it, or something like that.

Luckily the outfits with Black But Kind of Grey Looking skirts I have prepared for the next two days should be appropriate for the situation.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Let's Do This All Over Again

For Mom--Monday 10/5/15

Since my mom liked my previous bright pink/blue/white combination, let's see what she thinks of this one.

Here is a take from one of our Reverse Inspiration players.  Very nice, though with brown instead of white.


My version has hints of white in the scarf and shoes (and a bit of pattern mixing, too).

Sleeveless navy dress (Target), $14.00/wear+
Bright pink t-shirt cardigan (Lands End), $6.00/wear
Blue polka dot scarf (Target), $2.00/wear
Navy striped flats (Payless), $5.66/wear

Outfit total: $27.66/wear

What's a little bit scary is realizing that I have this exact same dress in bright pink and this exact same cardigan in blue (which I wore last week) so, if I wanted to, I could create the opposite version of this.  Oh, but I don't have a bright pink polka dot scarf--saved!  (Though I could totally wear a pink patterned scarf and bright pink ballet flats....) 

I was so completely comfortable and happy in this outfit today.  Stretchy knits and a long drapey scarf, can't go wrong.

In other news...In Fallout 3 this weekend, a dude who runs a radio station sent me out to replace his satellite relay dish that had been destroyed by a trigger-happy super mutant (which I have not done yet; I got involved in killing a bunch of inbred cannibals, you know how that goes).  He said that he had been needing to find someone to "go out into that wild, wooly world and get shit done." 

To say I am not on the adventurer/doer end of the spectrum is a drastic understatement.  If Three Dog the radio guy were to describe the role best served by the actual me (as opposed to my character), it would be someone to "dig deep into that fucked up problem and figure shit out" and possibly "not to leave her apartment unless when she has to."

Of course, that's one of the pleasures of playing this kind of game, to be a different person from who you are in your normal life.  For some people, this might mean, Oh good, I get to ride dragons now!  I get to use magic!  I get to kill all the bad guys!  For me, well sure, it's that stuff, but it's also, Oh yay, I'm going to go outside and find some unknown destination and do actual things when I get there!  That will probably involve talking to people I don't know!

Anyway, this game is a nice contrast to what I've been doing at work..digging deep into fucked up problems and figuring shit out.  Today I braved a look at our stored procedures and though I felt a bit like I was translating from the Hungarian using only a Hungarian-Spanish dictionary, I think I did figure out what was going on with the screwed up table.  It took all I had to not pronounce loudly, WHY? WHY? WHY?!?! Why would you include such a where clause in your inner join!  This is madness, I tell you!  MADNESS!!!!

But saying that is what blogs are for.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Weekend Pattern Mix

Delight Full Skirt--Sunday, 10/4/15

When I saw this marvelous plaid dress + striped cardigan combo, I immediately knew I had to recreate it with my beloved full plaid skirt.


Luckily I have just the cardigan to make this combination work.  How perfect is that?

Black/blue/white full plaid skirt (thrifted, Liz Claiborne), $1.50/wear
White/navy/aqua striped cardigan (Kohls), $3.00/wear
White short-sleeved T (thrifted, Rebecca Malone), $2.00/wear
Aqua infinity scarf (Kohls), $2.92/wear
Chambray flats (Payless), $4.25/wear

Outfit total: $13.67/wear

I have in the last year or so realized that I have a tendency to over-purchase full/pleated/etc. casual skirts made from lightweight patterned cotton fabric.  There are a lot of these at Goodwill, and because the Thighs of the Colossus approve of the extra room underneath the skirt, there's a pretty wide range of sizes that I can wear--thus, it's one of my most easily found thrift store items.  But Coldville has a climate where these skirts are wearable at most about 4 months of the year, and it's difficult for me to style them in ways that I like for work--they are cute and girly in a way that does not speak "uber-competent research analyst."  Even for casual wear, they also aren't as versatile as other skirts I own, that have easier to work with shapes (like pencil or simple A-line) and colors/classic patterns that go with a lot of things.  I have been editing these out of my closet (with a serious reduction when I started planning the Work the Wardrobe Challenge) and have been making a point not to purchase any more of them.

Nevertheless, when I saw this one at the thrift store this past summer, I fell for it hard.  It's ridiculous--it has what appear to be actual petticoats underneath and despite the lightweight fabric, it feels heavy.  It's all that...and plaid!  I mean, WTH?  I could not resist it.  And damn if this poufy, full square-dance-esque skirt doesn't make me happy every time I wear it. 

What could be better than a striped outfit?  A striped rabbit!  Happy Bunday!

In other news...My allergies have been really bad lately but even though I felt kind of sick at times, I was still able to spend some time playing Fallout this weekend (and exercising), so I consider it a success.  Now if only I had another two days before I had to go back to work, things would be great!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Brief Visit to Wonderland

Alice, the March Hare, and the White Rabbit--Saturday, 10/3/15

Ah, a zesty lemon graphic T with bright yellow blazer and striped skirt.  Appealing, but I'm allergic.  Let's take this idea down the rabbit hole and see what happens.


You put an Alice T and an Alice scarf together, that's what.

Alice in Wonderland graphic T (Out of Print), $4.60/wear+
Grey striped skirt (thrifted, Loft), $3.00/wear
Bright pink drapey cardigan (Macy's), $2.67/wear
Alice scarf (NerdAlertCreations), $8.00/wear
Bright pink flats (Payless), $1.18/wear

Outfit total: $19.45/wear

For once it's the human who is the disapproving one of the human/rabbit duo (well, here, trio)!  You know you're in a strange sort of Wonderland now.

This English lop cannot even bear to look.

In other news...Yep, I spent a fair bit of time today playing Fallout 3.  I shot a bunch of super mutants in my Alice T-shirt.  How they got in my T-shirt.... ;)