Thursday, March 23, 2017

Need-a-bun

Second favorite quote from Wednesday's developer meeting:  "So send fluffy bunny thoughts my way."  If she wants fluffy bunnies, she's come to the right person.  She will be getting some fluffy rabbits photos by email.  Muahahahaha.

"Lucky Rabbits"--Friday, 3/17/17

For a day of green and luck, how could I not wear the green rabbit blouse, right? 


Cream/dark green rabbit blouse (Loft), $3.72/wear
Denim skirt (thrifted, Levi's), $0.45/wear
Dark green blazer (thrifted, Target), $2.00/wear
Blue/green pearl statement necklace (Target), $2.69/wear
Black tights
Black ankle boots by Sam Edelman, $1.79/wear

Outfit total: $10.65/wear

I was very happy to have a chance to wear this green blazer with the black lapels again while the weather is cold enough and the color doesn't seem too opposed to the overall Easter-y pastel vibe of spring.  I think of this as an autumn piece, but I really should wear it more in winter, too.  It's funny--because of the black details, I think of it as being not terribly versatile, which is ridiculous because I wear black in winter all the time.  In this outfit, I think the hints of black on the blazer made the black tights + boots look a bit more intentional than the reality of "well it's Coldville so of course I've gotta be wearing tights and boots of some sort and I'm not really going to invest in dark green tights and boots so...black it is!"


In other news...If you haven't gotten enough of the sexism at Uber and in Silicon Valley generally, here are two articles worth reading.  I found the discussion around the effects of unconscious-bias training in the Atlantic article fascinating for obvious reasons.

Lately, I can relate to Sammy in this comic.  With me, this experience is often followed by "Waaaah, why did I do that?  Robert, fix it!"


This post is brought to you by Nidoran (female).  She's a kind of rage-y rabbit, so I like to feed her razzberries to calm her down before catching her.


Speaking of rage-y bunnies, check out this Regarding the Secret Life of Rabbits comic:


Yep, I can relate to that one, too.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Slowblo

Best line from today's developer meeting:  "Because I am also guilty of not being Sally."

"Sparkly Barbie"--Wednesday, 3/15/17

I've been trying to get some good wear of this velvet blazer while it's still on the cold, not-really-spring part of the seasonal spectrum.  And if this thrifted piece is momentarily on trend for winter, all the better.  I go back and forth with this scarf--I like the look, but those metallic threads make it a little bit on the scratchy side.  I discovered that it wasn't so scratchy when I wore it with a velvet blazer, so that's a bonus.


Bright pink velvet blazer (thrifted, Old Navy), $1.75/wear
Black short-sleeved top (thrifted, JNY), $1.05/wear
Black space dye skirt (Old Navy), $1.11/wear
Black tights
Black ankle boots by Sam Edelman, $1.84/wear
Black/pink/blue striped scarf (Target), $2.00/wear

Outfit total: $7.75/wear

"Blue Boyfriend"--Thursday, 3/16/17

For today's Reverse Inspiration, here is an example of how navy and a light blue/teal color work well together.

From idodeclaire.com

I'm not comfortable showing very much skin above the knee at work, so this dress is a "tights only" piece in my wardrobe.  It works pretty well as a winter/spring transition dress because it's a pale (spring-like) color that goes with every shade of tights I own.


Dark blue boyfriend cardigan (thrifted, Laura Scott), $1.00/wear
Light blue sleeveless dress (Kohls), $4.00/wear
Navy tights
Navy ankle boots by Seychelles, $7.00/wear
White/blue/yellow floral scarf (Target), $1.71/wear

Outfit total: $13.71/wear

This scarf is proving remarkably versatile--I guess I wear navy and/or light blue more than I think I do.  Thanks, Easter Bunny!


Rabbits show how well a mix of neutrals works.  (Not something you're likely to see me display.)  With bonus points for the added texture of the grey rabbit's fur against the bars of the cage.
 




In other news...This post contrasting the fashion world's idea of winter layering with real winter layering was amusing.  Outfits featuring those spindly sandals are not my favorites under any circumstances, but combined with big turtleneck sweaters topped with faux fur coats, etc., against a backdrop of snow...should we laugh or cry?  Bloggers who feature these kind of ludicrous outfits should be forced to wear them while doing my old 2 mile doctoral program commute in January as a penance.


Today's post is brought to you by Slowbro.  On recent cold, windy Pokemon Go playing nights, I have felt like a Slowblo due to how much the weather has made my nose run.  But at least it's been warm enough that it wasn't physically painful to take off my gloves and expose my fingers directly to the air when blowing my nose, so it's better than it was a month ago!  (Also nobody is currently biting my tail.  But "grudgingly swim" is the only way I would swim at this stage of life...unless "refuse to swim" is an option.  Not a fan.)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pokepun Go

Let's play catch-up, OK?

"Zoo Clown"--Monday, 3/13/17

First there was Style Clown.  Now with this crazy normal stripes + zebra stripes combo, I have entered Zoo Clown territory.  What to wear on a Monday with no meetings and even your office mate is on vacation for the day--something brash to help compensate for the minimal caffeine in your diet without unduly terrifying your co-workers.  In the afternoon, I actually did switch this reversible vest over to the plain black side to tone things down a bit.


Cobalt blue pullover sweater (Macy's), $5.71/wear
Black and white striped skirt (thrifted, Target), $0.31/wear
Zebra quilted vest (thrifted), $1.12/wear
Bright pink scarf (Target), $1.20/wear
Black tights
Black ankle boots by Sam Edelman, $1.89/wear

Outfit total: $10.23/wear

"Dressed Up Birdies"--Tuesday, 3/16/17

After Monday's weirdness, this outfit looks even more professional and subdued by contrast.  It's an unusually thrift-free outfit; maybe I'd always look like a Real Working Adult if I made a habit of wearing only new clothing?  (Nah.)


Burgundy/mint birds blouse (Loft), $12.50/wear
Burgundy skirt (Nordstrom), $1.99/wear
Light grey blazer (JNY), $1.47/wear
Grey tights
Grey ankle boots by Seychelles, $5.00/wear
Braided pearl necklace (Loft), $7.18/wear

Outfit total: $28.14/wear

I call this blouse "burgundy" but it's somewhere in the burgundy to purple range with a touch of mauve thrown in.  In my world, this mean it matches burgundy, purple, and all related colors.  Convenient.


In other news...This is why we really try not to have cold or snow days in Coldville.

My mom sent this article, which shocked me--not because politicians would use lottery money to reduce other education funding, but because her home state has made this illegal and has a process in place to hold them accountable when it happens.  In Texas, the governor and legislature just take all the money that isn't nailed down by federal law.  The Texas lottery was sold as a way to increase education funding but it's only ever been an offset that produces no net increase in funding.

This is the introduction to a series of posts with terrible Pokemon puns, some of which I can attribute to Robert, who continues to display an unrivaled and effortless mastery in this area.

Monday, March 20, 2017

March Sadness

It's been something of a rough couple of weeks for me.  I know that the political situation alone is enough to get a person depressed, but add to that cold winds that bring tears to your eyes within minutes, the time change that takes forever to adjust to, generalized fatigue, the sense of fighting off the onslaught of multiple would-be illnesses at once, and the hopelessness of my workplace's budget for the coming fiscal year (and the attendant anxiety of the inevitable impending layoffs), and it sucks.  Oh, did I mention being so freaking tired? Yeah, I am.

There's pretty much fuck all I can do about most of these things, so I've been relying on a distraction strategy to get me through, which is sort of at odds with blogging, an introspective endeavor. 

I have been able to exercise all but 1 day so far this month (some Pokemon Go, some exercise bike/Agents of SHIELD) so it could be worse.

Last night I went to bed with a fever and overall body aches, and I slept better than it felt like I should be able to, I guess due to overwhelming exhaustion.  Today I stayed home from work and despite my best efforts, didn't manage to get any more sleep.  I did develop a headache late in the afternoon, though, which didn't improve anything.  I pretty much need to be put in an induced coma for a few weeks to get enough rest.

So...yeah, some variant of the above is what you've been missing lately during my blogging hiatus.  You're welcome.

"Purple Homebody"--Monday, 3/20/17

A sunny day and a high temperature of 53 F, so 70 F or so inside the apartment.  It's odd, I'm actually dressing in spring-like clothing (if not spring-like colors) on the first day of spring.  Not a familiar feeling these last few years.



Burgundy/mint birds blouse (Loft), $8.33/wear
Black skinny jeans (thrifted, YMI), $0.33/wear
Black pointy-toed flats (Nordstrom), $1.72/wear
Purple/gold medallion necklace (Macy's), $1.70/wear

Outfit total: $12.08/wear

This bunny says, You had a pity party and didn't even invite me?  Harrumph.


In other news...This is pretty cute.  I think Bert and Oscar steal the show...but I always think that.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring Forward

"Queen Bun"--Saturday, 3/11/17

Be still, my beating bunny-loving heart!

I mean, seriously, this is one absolutely fabulous rabbit blouse.  Bunnies, birds, flowers, uh...horns?  That is truly a whimsical print right there.

From whatlizzyloves.com

And I like how she wore it with a herringbone tweed blazer for meeting clients.

From whatlizzyloves.com

Time for me to give my silly rabbit top an outing with my black herringbone blazer, no?  And nothing dresses it up for the weekend like this fancy crystal human necklace/bunny crown.


French bunny top (Macy's), $0.68/wear
Black herringbone blazer (thrifted, Studio 1940), $0.42/wear
Skinny jeans (JCP), $0.39/wear
Grey leopard flats by Fergilicious, $0.52/wear
Blue/crystal bib necklace (Baublebar), $4.73/wear

Outfit total: $6.74/wear

Hello Target Shoppers--Sunday, 3/12/17

For a late morning Target run with possible snow, I went with layers and rubber-soled boots.  Luckily the snow didn't start until after we got home, but it was nice to wear this outfit (with a burgundy fleece cap and scarf) without a coat.  It's always too warm inside a store when you have all your winter gear on.  It was pretty brisk venturing across the parking lot, but it was worth it to feel comfortable inside where I brought the rabbit things (since they started making their Easter merchandise available).  Note that I didn't buy all the rabbit things.  In fact, I didn't buy any of the adorable rabbit-shaped food that was available, and there was a lot of it.  I have to leave something for the Easter Bunny to do, right?


Grey pullover sweater (thrifted, Laura Scott), $1.31/wear
Navy button up shirt (Eddie Bauer), $2.50/wear
Navy quilted vest (thrifted, Kohls), $2.06/wear
Denim skirt (thrifted, Levi's), $0.50/wear
Grey sweater tights + tall grey boots by LifeStride, $5.56/wear
Chunky silver blob necklace (JNY), $2.08/wear

Outfit total: $14.01/wear

This mini lop is looking for the good stuff. 


In other news...This evening I made pepper steak using an Instant Pot recipe that my dad made a couple times when we were visiting at Christmas.  I had to call the InstaPot Recipe Hotline (i.e., my parents' house; my dad has re-branded the device InstaPot, which I have to agree is a name that rolls more nicely off the tongue) a couple of times for clarification, but it was easy to make and it turned out really fabulous.  (Yes, I taste-tested a bite...or a dozen.)  I'm looking forward to having something yummy and different from my usual for lunch at work this week.

I'm needing something to make me look forward to going to work.  Nothing against my workplace or job specifically, but somehow losing one hour of the day to the time change and several hours to shopping/cooking has me feeling like the weekend was only one day long.  And that shit ain't right!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Hey Peeps

"Pep(lum) In My Step"--Friday, 3/10/17

Friday of an unexpectedly mentally exhausting week...I wasn't peppy exactly, but I was happy about the work week coming to an end. 

Not so happy about the return of Serious Winter with a low of 5 F and a high of 18 F.  Especially since the outfit I'd put together wasn't really warm enough for that.  Well, thanks to the addition of a pair of trouser socks and the heating pad I use as a seat warmer at work, I managed to do OK.


*Burgundy peplum pullover sweater (Loft), $17.44/wear
Skinny jeans (JCP), $0.40/wear
Black tipped blazer (JNY), $3.41/wear
Beige/pink birds scarf (Kohls), $1.25/wear
Black buckle flats by Me Too, $2.33/wear
(unpictured because I forgot) Gold tassel necklace (Kohls), $0.83/wear

Outfit total: $25.66/wear

This otter mini rex wears black with white edging every day.  What effortless chic.


In other news...Study suggests that humblebragging might work in interview situations, when asked the dreaded "What is your weakness?" question, if your goal is to seem more competent, dependable, and flexible.  (They specifically tested the classic "perfectionism" and "too enthusiastic about work" responses.)

I know that it's not even St Patrick's Day yet, but I'm already getting excited about that most wonderful time of the year...Easter!  Rabbit holidays are the best holidays.  Get yourself in that Eastery mood by perusing this slideshow of past Peeps Tournament of Champions winning dioramas.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Rosy, Squirrely, and Trumped Up

"Rosy Brown"--Wednesday, 3/8/17

Rosy Brown is so the name of a children's book character, am I right?  What do you think this character would be like?  I'm envisioning a young black girl who after reading an Encyclopedia Brown book decides that she would be an even better detective...and is.

It's easy to miss how this inspiration outfit got translated into mine but look carefully...

From theminuteglass.com

She's wearing (lighter shades of) pink and brown, yes, but it's the maroon boots (or hers might be shoes, I don't know) that shifted the direction of this outfit a bit away from what I would have chosen to wear on my own.


Dusky pink pullover sweater (Loft), $4.95/wear
Brown corduroy skirt (thrifted, Walmart), $0.43/wear
Brown leopard scarf (Kohls), $1.41/wear
Brown tights
Maroon ankle boots by Dolce Vita, $6.25/wear

Outfit total: $13.04/wear

I would normally have worn this with tall brown boots or, if I wanted to be a little less obvious, tall cognac boots, but the maroon ankle boots were a fun alternative.  And of course I wore a long scarf with it, which is pretty much my signature look.


"And This Blazer, Again"--Thursday, 3/9/17

I've become really attracted to this blazer lately, so be expecting to see it again in the not-distant future.  Last time I wore it, I described the outfit as a little on the style clown end of the minimalist-maximalist spectrum.  This time, I hit more like 65% of the way toward maximalist, which is a very comfortable place for me to be.

Alice often hangs out around that point in the spectrum, too.  This inspiration outfit is actually pretty low key for her with no pattern mixing that I can see.  Her statement shoes carry a lot on their own, though.

From happinessatmidlife.com

I kept my shoes unremarkable--some comfy wedges that blend in with the tights--and did do a bit of pattern mixing by adding this paintstroke-patterned scarf.  Of course, the blazer is pattern-mixed all on its own with stripes and polka dots...plus edging in black (like along the sleeve) or more polka dots.  I really loved wearing this outfit.  The color combination and mix of prints was just spot on for me.  This skirt is a little dangerous to wear with bare legs sitting down, but with tights, I enjoy the slightly unusual cut as a nice change from my typical pencil skirts.   


Black long-sleeved T (Walmart), $0.42/wear
Cobalt skirt (eShakti), $3.89/wear
Black and white striped/polka dot blazer (thrifted, Jessica London), $2.00/wear
Black tights + black wedges (thrifted), $0.25/wear
Black/blue/orange floral infinity scarf (Target), $1.40/wear

Outfit total: $7.96/wear

Also sporting a stripe/polka dot pattern mix, this ground squirrel.  I like it, dude!  (Ah, a photo taken back when there was green grass growing in the ground outside; it feels like a lifetime ago...)


In other news...Let's catch up on some political articles (after yesterday's kittyfest).

First, a fascinating article about the State Department under Donald Trump.  For me, the most interesting piece was this:


“They really want to blow this place up,” said the mid-level State Department officer. “I don’t think this administration thinks the State Department needs to exist. They think Jared [Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law] can do everything. It’s reminiscent of the developing countries where I’ve served. The family rules everything, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs knows nothing.”

I keep thinking (and saying) that Donald Trump thought he was running for dictator, but it turns out he has to be the president.  These kinds of comments from within the government only reaffirm that view.

Second, is the upper-middle class ruining America, as this article suggests?