Tuesday, February 21, 2017


"Style Clown"--Tuesday, 2/21/17

Some people wear very sophisticated garments in neutral colors, embodying minimalism.  Others like to wear more vibrant and mixed outfits, embodying maximalism. 

And some of us are OK with occasionally wearing the pattern-mixed kitchen sink like this riotous outfit.  (Well, she's a model, so she didn't really have a choice.)

From youlookfab.com

Despite having a basic foundation of black top and denim trousers, this outfit with a self-pattern-mixed blazer, striped scarf, and leopard shoes had a sort of style clown feel to it...just a bit, not too much.  If I were forced to wear a wardrobe consisting of black, white, bright pink, blue, and leopard print, I wouldn't be happy about it overall, but I could imagine a lot worse restrictions.

Black and white striped/polka dot blazer (thrifted, Jessica London), $2.50/wear
Black peasant top (thrifted, Banana Republic), $0.80/wear
Denim trousers (thrifted, Boden), $1.31/wear
Bright pink striped scarf (Walmart), $4.00/wear
Black socks + leopard smoking slippers by Clarks, $1.67/wear

Outfit total: $10.28/wear

Minimalism, maximalism...whatever.  This French Angora asks, Is fur in this year?  Mais oui.

In other news...And maybe soon we will have winter weather again, so those extra-furry bunnies aren't quite so overheated!  After getting into the 60s today, it's supposed to be 31 F with 5-8" of snow on Friday.

I've fallen a bit behind with my article links, but here are two that caught my eye recently.

A primer in gaslighting, perfect for the age of Trump's take on "who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes" with a side of alternative facts.

Famous women talk about imposter syndrome and self-doubt.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Rabbit Ladders

"Stripey Purple Candy"--Monday, 2/20/17

I had originally thought of wearing a striped top + blazer + jeans combo to work (as she did in this May 2015 post), but instead decided to create a confusing weather holiday Monday outfit instead.

From brynnash.blogspot.com

Nothing is more perfect for a rainy February Monday in Coldville like a puffy vest.  I left the vest off during the warmer parts of the day, and put it on for the cooler parts (as in, when the fan I had set up next to the open patio door brought in a whole lot of cool outside air).  I enjoyed wearing bright flats (no socks, whoa!) and a very bright ball necklace, which today is reminding me of the kind of sugary candy I would have eaten as a child but wouldn't eat these days.  See, I'm all grown up!  (Well, I expect that I have candy on the brain because of the Pokemon Go candy thing, so maybe "all grown up" is not quite the right characterization of my situation.)

Purple puffy vest (thrifted, Kohls), $1.75/wear
Cream/grey striped top (Kohls), $0.73/wear
Black skinny jeans (thrifted, YMI), $0.35/wear
Wild ball necklace (Macy's), $2.43/wear
Medium blue flats by Sofft, $3.50/wear

Outfit total: $8.76/wear

When I saw this photo for a new store opening on an LA rabbit-lover's style blog, I couldn't help but think of Leo and his unexpected baby-gate climb to freedom when we lived in Austin.  The market for rabbit ladders may be small, but not zero.  Now the issue is whether they will take online orders and deliver to the rabbit's home.  A bunny probably can't reliably convince their humans to shop for a ladder for them, since rabbit ladders will so often be used for rabbit mischief.  (Some people do put up rabbit "ladders" that are really ramps for their bunnies to use, however.)  Time will tell whether this store is successful.  I think they should warn customers that in addition to letting their "imagination run wild," they do risk letting their rabbits run wild as well.

From hellokatiegirl.blogspot.com

In other news...I mostly managed to avoid the President's Day sales.  I am in the market for a short-sleeved white cardigan to replace my current one, as well as a white knit jacket of some kind, so I tried Loft first because I was so pleased with the fit of the items in the last order I placed with them (the one with the dark teal rabbit blouse).  And not only did they have a short-sleeved white cardigan and a white knit moto jacket, they had a navy short-sleeved cardigan and a gorgeous magenta/mint bird blouse (of the same type as the rabbit one), plus the burgundy version of the cream peplum sweater I can't get enough of...all on sale.  I hope all those items work out!

I also placed an order at Kohls, which is always dangerous, but only bought 3 pairs of black tights...which I think is a new minimum for me with online shopping at Kohls.  (It helped that as a card holder, I could get free shipping even though my total order with 30% off was only $18.)  I have ruined 2 pairs of black tights already this winter (which doesn't upset me--I'd had those tights for several years so I had gotten a lot of wear out of them already) so I was really in need of some replacements.

How did you spend your President's Day?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sudden Burst of Spring

"Puff the Magic Purple Vest"--Friday, 2/17/17

I was not well prepared for a sudden increase in temperatures on Friday to an afternoon high of 49 F, so I was scrambling around on Thursday evening to decide what to wear to work.  Then I saw this outfit I had put together and realized it would work very well.  What?  Yeah, I wore the down vest as my outer layer (without a coat) in to work, then removed the vest while at work, and carried the vest tucked inside my tote bag across the parking lot after work.  With my small fan running at low speed during the last 2 hours of the day, I was quite comfortable in sweater + jeans + lightweight scarf as it turned out.  Not bad for an outfit that I had put together expecting a high temperature below freezing.  I admit that it did feel a bit odd, stylistically, to not have anything layered over or under my sweater for most of the day, but I survived.

Purple puffy vest (thrifted, Lands End), $2.62/wear
Grey pullover sweater (thrifted, Laura Scott), $1.75/wear
Bootcut jeans (thrifted, Kohls), $0.30/wear
White elephant scarf (Charming Charlie), $2.50/wear
Grey socks + grey leopard flats by Fergilicious, $0.54/wear

Outfit total: $7.71/wear

How is this for a double dose of disapproval at this unexpectedly warm weather?

In other news...With the warmer weather and the unanticipated release of 80 new Pokemon types on Thursday, it's been all Pokemon Go all the time around here.  We are taking a break this morning (Sunday) to catch up on laundry, etc., but will almost assuredly be out again after lunch.  Monday is a holiday for me but not for Robert, plus it's expected to be a rainy day, so instead of spending yet another entire day playing Pokemon, I will probably stay in and do some more outfit planning and photos.  It's a good thing I don't have any real responsibility for anything but going to work or my Pokemon Go addiction could be a disaster.

Small Blazer Difficulties

"Velvety Barbie"--Thursday, 2/16/17

Over the weekend, I finally mended the torn seam this blazer--a 3" or so tear on the underside and back of where the arm attaches to the body.  This was a bit more of a pain than I'd expected because I hadn't considered the implications of the fact that the blazer is lined.  So instead of just sewing it up from the underside (because I didn't want to open the liner to do it), I used the smallest whipstitch I could with thread that happened to be a very close match (just a hint darker than the blazer).  And it turned out well.

And it was nice that I figured that out because my very next mending project was to mend the torn seam in a trench coat I bought at Goodwill over the winter--a 3" or so tear on the underside and front of where the arm attaches to the body.  Of course this coat was lined as well so I used the same method there, which worked even better--I think the flat fabric was much easier to deal with than this velvet fabric.

Anyway, a few days after repairing the blazer, I wore it to work.  Thusly.

Bright pink velvet blazer (thrifted, Old Navy), $3.50/wear
Black/bright pink/blue floral blouse (JNY), $2.21/wear
Black work pants (thrifted, CJ Banks), $0.66/wear
White lace infinity scarf (Walmart), $0.83/wear
Black socks + grey ribbon flats by Louise et Cie, $3.13/wear

Outfit total: $10.33/wear

My only complaint with this blazer is that the velvet fabric surface did not play nicely with the coat I wore over it to work.  It wasn't exactly like velcro when the velvet hit the lining of the coat, but it was insufficiently unlike velcro for my purposes.  Add to the stickiness problem the fact that the blazer is a little bit oversized and it was a real irritation trying to get the coat situated comfortably over the blazer.

In other news...This was my last chance for a bit to wear a velvet blazer to work.  The high temperature of 39 F on Thursday was followed by 49 F on Friday and into the 50s over the weekend.  WTH.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Another Typical Wednesday

"Striped Owl"--Wednesday, 2/15/17

While not personally crazy about the cognac in this September 2015 outfit idea, the grey + burgundy combination is a favorite of mine.  The heathered grey skirt gave me the idea to pair a burgundy sweater with a grey striped skirt.  Of course, I sighed in disappointment that I still haven't found a grey vest, but I have good grey blazer options.

From insideoutstyleblog.com

I decided to go with the lighter grey blazer for a bit of contrast with the dark grey skirt, a reverse take on the inspiration photo.

Burgundy cashmere pullover sweater (Macy's), $4.57/wear
Black and grey striped skirt (thrifted, Loft), $0.75/wear
Light grey blazer (JNY), $1.76/wear
Owl necklace (Kohls), $1.18/wear
Burgundy/magenta floral scarf (Target), $3.33/wear
Grey sweater tights
Grey ankle boots by Seychelles, $5.38/wear

Outfit total: $16.97/wear

In addition to this semi-boho articulated owl pendant, I made a faux-infinity scarf from the long burgundy/magenta floral scarf that ruined one white t-shirt and almost ruined another when I wore the scarf before thoroughly hand-washing the extra burgundy dye out of it.  I was actually feeling a little paranoid about wearing the scarf with this light grey blazer even after washing it.  But I really liked the bit of brightness it added to the dark and neutral hues, so I wore it and hoped for the best.

I love the taupe-grey color of this otter mini satin, who demonstrates how a pop of pink can look great with neutrals.

In other news...Work, dinner, Pokemon, laundry, bed.  An exciting day, no?  No.  As I prefer.

I will leave you with this Regarding the Secret Life of Rabbit comic.

From regardingcomic.tumblr.com

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

It's Deep Water

"White Skirt/White Piping"--Tuesday, 2/14/17

It's such an obvious combination, it's a little surprising I haven't gone there before, but I have a large wardrobe so there are a lot of obvious combination I haven't gotten around to quite yet.  But this one is just absolutely pleasing.  It started when I saw this May 2013 (!) blog post on blazer style, featuring a coral blazer with white piping.

From anneinresidence.com

I kind of liked her high contrast shirt + blazer combo than my subtle burgundy with black and white, but the main thing is how the white skirt and scarf work with the white piping on the blazer.  I love the how it ties the whole look together.  And the darker palette feels appropriate to these wintry days.

Burgundy tipped blazer (JNY), $4.54/wear
White skirt (Walmart), $1.33/wear
Black and white paisley top (thrifted, Rafaella), $1.00/wear
White lace scarf (Walmart), $1.03/wear
Black leggings
Tall black boots by Fitzwell, $2.14/wear

Outfit total: $10.04/wear

I didn't realize how much I needed a plain white scarf (though this one was some textural interest with the lace insets) until I ordered this one to get free shipping on a Walmart.com order. 

Continuing the theme, I offer you a big white duck from the state fair.  Why a duck? you ask.  That is a question that is challenging to answer.  (Maybe because I haven't photographed a piping plover.)

In other news...To take advantage of the last night of the Pokemon Valentine's event, we went out walking at a park--a different one from the usual Pokemon park because a hockey game had turned parking in that entire area a madhouse.  We had a successful time, but bejeezus it was cold!  Only 32-34 F in temperature but with a frigid wind.  And I had dressed expecting a cold level like last night, so that was inadequate.  Brrr.  To borrow Robert's pun, we were walking in a winter candyland.

***The post title is, of course, a reference to Groucho's response to the eternal question, Why a duck?

Playing Candyland

"Odd Brown and Burgundy"--Monday, 2/13/17

I loved this striking, unusual, and vibrant color combination, which Lorena described as "odd," from an August 2015 post.

From myeverydaywear.blogspot.com

Here is another--to my eye more typical--version using dusky aqua (is that a thing?) and magenta.

From shealennon.com
My outfit is based on a bright aqua sweater (more similar to the first photo) and a burgundy skirt (more similar to the second photo).  But it's winter in Coldville, so bare legs are not an option.  My instinctive choice is to wear this with grey, but I decided to give burgundy and brown another chance. 

Aqua cashmere pullover sweater (Macy's), $5.71/wear
Burgundy skirt (Nordstrom), $2.26/wear
Brown quilted vest (thrifted, Relativity), $2.25/wear
Burgundy/white geometric scarf (Walmart), $1.49/wear
Brown sweater tights
Tall brown boots by Fitzwell, $4.56/wear

Outfit total: $16.27/wear

This time I wore brown in two areas--tights and boots + quilted vest--so the brown didn't stand out from the rest.  The burgundy color is repeated in the tonally-related scarf, so that's good.  But now the aqua really, really pops against the rest, which I guess isn't a bad thing.  But this makes for a kind of strange iteration of my sweater/vest/pencil skirt/tall boots/scarf winter outfit formula.

Let's get a hop (ahem) on Valentine's Day with these kissing rabbits, who show that brown, white, pink, and blue can be a very cute combination.

In other news...I was slow on the uptake, only just realizing on Sunday evening that there was a reason the Pokemon Go Valentine's Day event features double candy.  It's like, I can't eat chocolate any more so it doesn't exist. 

Robert and I spent Monday evening taking advantage of the double candy situation by walking and kinda continuously catching Pokemon at our local Pokemon park.  I am happy that they still have all the trees lit with white lights (it's a 1 x 1 block park, so this isn't crazy) so it's both pretty and not too dark.  I was a bit surprised there was parking available given the Pokemon event and the weather being warm enough to walk outside for hours, but it seems there wasn't a hockey game/concert/other event nearby filling up the spots, and perhaps other people who walked themselves into the ground over the weekend weren't up for another evening after work.  We saw a lot more people playing from their cars than playing in the park, though there were several small groups of 2-3 young guys walking around, keeping the area a Yellow Team stronghold.