Monday, August 21, 2017

Daddy Arbok

Another colorful pants week!  Two days of this week were illness (Monday) and, sigh, the first time I failed to photograph an outfit for work (Wednesday). 

Pinky Dots--Tuesday, 7/25/17

This is a pretty basic summer work outfit formula--bright pants, comfortable short-sleeved top, necklace, flats (plus coordinating Fitbit).  The pink dots on the t-shirt are a lighter shade than the pants, but it's all good.

Outfit cost per wear (OCPW): $6.48

The Missing Photo--Wednesday, 7/26/17

Even though I don't have a photograph of it, I can at least record that I wore the white lace dottie top, the coral pants, the gold tassel necklace, and black pointy-toed flats.

OCPW: $12.54

Formula Day 3--Thursday, 7/27/17

If it ain't broke, right?

I continue to be delighted by this lace top that gets around both the "ugh why are all white shirts too sheer to wear without a camisole" problem and the "um isn't lace kind of see-through anyway" problem by having a layer of lace on top of a layer of regular knit fabric in the front.

OCPW: $17.62

Cobalt and Orange Crush--Friday, 7/28/17

Let's mix up this formula a bit by substituting another recent favorite top half combination--sleeveless top and short-sleeved cardigan.  I continue to be surprised by how useful these orange ballet flats are.  Orange is not a great color on me (though when it leans more in the direction of "coral," it works better) but I'm really enjoying wearing orange/coral on the bottom half (where its clashing-ness with my face and hair is less obvious) in general and these shoes in particular.  And this blue/orange combination is further evidence that the whole "complementary colors are awesome together" idea has merit.

OCPW: $8.76

In other news...I read this article about the smartphone generation with great interest.  There are always these "everything is different now!" articles, bemoaning how one generation is in some way worse than the ones that came before, but this one seems better researched and more convincing than most. 

It had been a while since I've taken a Sorting Hat quiz, so I thought this one created by social scientists at Cambridge was a fun thing to do.  I got Ravenclaw (81% match).  "Your personality shows a high degree of work ethic and shrewdness, which are valued among members of Ravenclaw House."  No surprise there.

This post was brought to you by Arbok, clearly a member of House Slytherin.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Have I Ever Told You You're My Spearow

After our zoo tour was rescheduled due to a crazy heat wave in the lower Midwest, we did take a couple days off at the end of the week to play Pokemon and generally enjoy not being at work.  But first, office outfits were worn...

Peaches and Cream, Now Enjoyed Poolside--Monday, 7/17/17

After a peaches-and-cream outfit with white top and coral pants in June, I revisited the combination with a hefty extra dose of aqua/teal in the scarf and shoes.  I really enjoyed this as a way to highlight the pastel shades of this useful multi-colored skirt.

Outfit cost per wear (OCPW): $17.06

Basic Boring Colorblocking--Tuesday, 7/18/17

This definitely looks to me like an outfit I would have come up with prior to a few years ago when I started planning outfits...and is what happens when the outfit I'd planned (this top with my burgundy skirt--a horrible color combination as it turns out--and a narrow black scarf with neon polka dots that did not work with the neckline of the top at all) goes awry and I have to substitute something at the last minute.  I won't be winning any fashion kudos with this combination, but it was acceptable.  (At least the bright pink and black were repeated in my Fitbit/watch.)

OCPW: $6.34

In Which I Reverse Inspire the Fuchsia--Wednesday, 7/19/17

After yesterday's blah pink outfit, I like this one better.  The print top has small bits of the sweater and skirt colors, so it feels a bit more cohesive.  And doesn't the bright pink/magenta color pop against the green? this flower called the fuchsia.

OCPW: $10.34

In other news...Robert and I settled down recently to watch a DVD of Looney Tunes cartoons while I shortened the straps on the three sleeveless tops I bought at my last Goodwill trip by an inch.  I figured that I would be able to track the plots while being distracted with hand-sewing.  Several of them were familiar (e.g., Hair Raising Hare--with Gossamer the red monster; For Scent-imental Reasons--a delightful Pepe Le Pew short), but there was an old Elmer Fudd cartoon (Elmer's Candid Camera, 1940) that dated to back before Bugs Bunny was called Bugs Bunny!  He was instead called "Happy Rabbit," and he ended the piece with a laugh that was later given to Woody Woodpecker, which was actually pretty creepy.  We also saw the debut of my beloved Marvin the Martin (and his sidekick K-9) in Haredevil Hare.  Marvin is pretty recognizable here, but his voice is different from in later cartoons.  He is trying to blow up Earth with a Uranium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator...which later becomes the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator we all know and fear.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Double Chinchou

A quick outfit post before I go out to play Pokemon Go...

Aqua Dottie--Monday, 7/10/17

I know this shirt looks like it has faint stripes on the front, but they are actually rows of tiny dots, hence the goofy name I have bestowed upon it.  Matching pants, Fitbit, and spots on the back of the turtle pendant for the win.

*White lace dottie top (JCP), $11.89

Outfit cost per wear (OCPW): $20.90

Halloween in July--Tuesday, 7/11/17

It's hard to wear orange and black together without it feeling like late October, but trust, I will not be wearing sparkly toed ballet flats without socks or a short-sleeved knit top without a jacket/sweater at Halloween time.  And somehow this silly fish charm necklace always seems to add a strong dash of summery to any outfit.

OCPW: $12.18

Hello Invested Sailor--Wednesday, 7/12/17

Can't stop, won't stop with the striped sailor-y shirts or the "hello sailor" based outfit names.  After referring to a row of hedges near our apartment that are a bit scary in the dark as the real-life equivalent of the topiary animals in Zork 2, I recently fell down the Internet rabbit hole of Infocom walkthroughs...and was reminded, man, was it ever satisfying to "hello sailor" that Viking in Zork 3 for an invisibility potion!

OCPW: $7.46

Pretty Pink Sick Day Blues--Thursday, 7/13/17

A rainy day spent at home with some malady that I no longer remember.  I do remember thinking that it was weird that I could wear a denim jacket on a warmish (high 83 F) day, but it's amazing how having a fever changes those calculations.  (My outfit was otherwise what I had planned to wear to work before bailing on that idea.)

 *Bright pink/white striped top (thrifted, Karen Scott), $4.49

OCPW: $10.36

Silk and Lace--Friday, 7/14/17

I actually found the bright white top and grey-ish white scarf combination rather ill-advised after seeing it together, but I didn't feel like figuring out something else to wear that also worked with the maroon flats (which I don't wear very often and was in the mood to wear).  So instead I chose to focus on the textural contrast of the items.

OCPW: $16.27

In other news...Yep, today's feature has to be the recent Ask a Manager column in which a reader writes that she (?) was reprimanded by her boss for wearing the same pair of pants twice in one week.  Not professional because it implies something about the person's finances or that they "aren't taking care of themselves."  WTH, right?

So yeah, I wore the same pair of shoes twice this week (although only once to work as it turned out).  Infer from that what you will.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New Skirts, Heart Attack Symptoms

Don't be alarmed by the post title--while I did buy new skirts, I did not have a heart attack!  But I did recently learn something about heart attack symptoms (described later).

Going back to work after the Independence Day holiday was tough, am I right?  I had taken off two days because Tam came to visit!  But at least it was a short week...

Lightening Teal--Wednesday, 7/5/17

A white/cream lightweight short-sleeved cardigan is a real wardrobe workhorse for summer, when it's pleasant to wear a sleeveless top but you want to a bit of coverage in the office.  I could have worn this outfit with my black short-sleeved cardigan, but it's nice to wear a lighter shade in the summer, I think, at least some of the time.  I also liked how the darker purple necklace popped against this pale background.

Outfit cost per wear (OCPW): $17.17

Chambray Grenadine--Thursday, 7/6/17

I had been calling this skirt "coral red" but after reading this blog post from the Vivienne Files about the fall 2017 Pantone colors, I think "grenadine" is a good description, too.  For its debut, I wore it with this rather oversized peplum top that has a bit of that "is she or is she not pregnant?" look about it (I am not pregnant) but that is nice and airy for a 94 F summer day. 

I was in a hurry to wear it, so I didn't wash it first, which turned out to be a HUGE mistake because the fabric was purposely over-dyed such that as you wash it over and over, the color fades from this dark denim-like hue to a lighter, heather-y color.  Well, that over-dying process meant that by the end of the day, my beige bra and parts of my arms/chest were dyed blue.  Robert scrubbed my skin until it was red instead of blue, and I let the bra soak in soapy water for a few days until we got some OxiClean to wash it with.  After washing, the blue on the bra had mostly faded except for a slight hint around the area that fits under the arms.  OK, lesson learned.  When I did end up washing the shirt for the first time, I did so in a load of all blue items in case it wanted to share its dye with others.

*Coral red skirt (JCP), $11.89
*Chambray blue peplum top (Kohls), $17.49

OCPW: $35.75


Peplum Butterflies--Friday, 7/7/17

I hadn't planned to purchase two stretchy pencil skirts in such similar colors, but I really liked both of them, so one coral red skirt and one salmon pink skirt it is.  This salmon pink one is a bit longer--definitely below the knee--and has an interesting ribbed texture to it.  None of the pinks in the scarf or ballet flats really matched it, but what the hell. 

And again with the loose cotton knit not-really-maternity top because my office was ridiculously warm.  My office mate and I found out from the custodian--when he walked into our office and was like "ugh, this is uncomfortable"--that this was partially due to the air conditioning in the building not working right.  He unlocked this inconspicuous little box on the wall that I'd never noticed, which apparently contains the thermostat, and set it down a few degrees, but said that we probably wouldn't get much relief until the A/C was back in action 100%. 

*Salmon pink skirt (JCP), $16.79

OCPW: $25.19

For your photo of the day, here is a set of mallard chicks from a nearby nature preserve in May.

In other news...A couple days ago I read a blog post about a 32 year old healthy postpartum woman who had a heart attack.  Weird, right?  From her post, I learned that women do not always have the classic "sudden pain in chest and arm" heart attack experience, but instead can have a wide array of symptoms that can actually be difficult to diagnose as a heart attack. 

So here is a short list of heart attack symptoms in women from the American Heart Association:

–Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
–Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
–Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
–Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
–As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort.  But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

According to the Women's Heart Association, "71% of women experience early warning signs of heart attack with sudden onset of extreme weakness that feels like the flu - often with no chest pain at all."

Here are a few other links to check out on this topic:
3 subtle heart attack symptoms (Cleveland Clinic)
Women's heart attack symptoms (WebMD)
Another woman's heart attack story in the NYT

It's scary to learn that you can have a heart attack and it's not totally obvious.  Yikes!

This article about the heart attack gender gap reports that women have lower heart attack survival rates than men, and makes a couple of important points:
(1) "Women may overlook even the classic heart attack symptoms, like chest pain and pressure...[and] tend to minimize their symptoms and delay seeking treatment."  So don't ignore the symptoms!
(2) "A recent study of nearly 50,000 people ages 65 or older who were hospitalized for heart disease (often a heart attack)...found that compared with men, women were less likely to receive potentially beneficial medications such as aspirin and cholesterol-lowering drugs, or to receive advice about quitting smoking."

They also offer this handy guide to heart attack symptoms:

Is it a heart attack?

Know the typical—and atypical—signs.

Pain or pressure in the center of the chest that may radiate to the neck, jaw, or left arm is the most common symptom of a heart attack. But it doesn't always occur. Some people experience nonclassic symptoms, and these may be slightly more frequent in women than men, as well as in older people.
Classic Symptoms
Nonclassic Symptoms
  • Pressure, aching, or tightness in the
    center of the chest
  • Pain or discomfort that radiates to the
    upper body, especially shoulders or neck and arms
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Back pain
  • Unexplained fatigue

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Operation Comfort and Joy

Before I get to outfit details, it's probably time I introduced my style theme for the year: Operation Comfort and Joy.

In previous years, I focused on wearing everything in my wardrobe at least once during the year (Work the Wardrobe Challenge) and driving down the price per wear on my garments (Operation Cost Per Wear).  I also tried out new things like mixing patterns, testing new silhouettes, and wearing items in a variety of ways.  This level of experimentation was fun but I did a lot of preparation on the weekend to have outfits ready for the work week, including trying on and photographing everything in advance to make sure it worked (well enough).

But you know what?  I've gotten to where I have a good sense of what I like and don't really want to spend as much time with outfit prep.  (This is part of why my outfits get posted so late--I don't photograph anything until the morning I wear it, and I get behind.)  I'm also feeling less urge to seek novelty for the sake of novelty--I am just fine wearing items in a similar (not identical) way from outfit to outfit once I've found something that works and makes me happy.

Another strong preference that's come into play lately is that I have lost patience for wearing uncomfortable clothes.  Individual items that are too tight, too constricting, too stiff, too scratchy, too fiddly, too short, too long...things that don't want to stay where I put them...outfits that are too warm or too cool for the matter how nice or attractive or whatever these items/ensembles are, I don't want to deal with them anymore.

There are entire categories of garments that are becoming very rare for me now, such as cotton button up shirts.  They can look sharp and professional or cute nerdy librarian, etc., depending on how they're styled, but they are almost always stiff, frequently constricting, and require futzing with, so most of the ones have moved from my closet to the Goodwill bag.  In their place, I have started leaning toward soft blouses with a good drape (like the rabbit blouse from Loft).

Another problem item--stiff pencil skirts that are a bit on the short side.  It's kind of sad because I have such a nice selection of these, but the thing about a pencil skirt in unforgiving fabric is that you gain 10 pounds and suddenly they are like 3" too short.  Bah.  We'll see if any of these get back in the rotation during the tights season (or in the strange and unlikely event I lose 10 pounds), but for now, I've switched to super-comfortable and well-fitting colorful ankle pants (as you have seen and will continue to see), and I am growing my collection of more forgiving knit pencil skirts (that have the advantage that they are basically as comfortable as pajamas and can be worn on weekends as easily as at work).

When reflecting on my sartorial priorities, I realized that I basically wanted to dress with comfort and joy.  So there we go.

Grape Limeade--Monday, 6/26/17

I bought a new pair of purple (blurple) pants to replace my old pair that was a bit tight on me, so I could revisit one of my favorite pants/scarf combos, only this time with a lime-colored shirt.  The diamond pattern on this tipped sweater is so small that it sometimes doesn't work like I think it will in a given outfit, but in this case, with the mix of textures and only a bit of subtle pattern mixing against the bold scarf, it was just right. Verdict: I loved this one! 10/10 would wear again.

*Purple pants (JCP), $16.09

Outfit cost per wear (OCPW): $24.33

Coral/Floral--Tuesday, 6/27/17

Yet another great sleeveless top from my Goodwill run, which happens to be perfect with these coral pants.  I enjoyed being matchy-matchy with my accessories, all the way down to the bright blue Fitbit.

*White/blue/coral floral sleeveless blouse (thrifted, Walmart), $2.24

OCPW: $23.22

Light Metal/Pop of Pink--Wednesday, 6/28/17

Black and white on top with bright bottoms is a classic in my book, and I liked using my new tuxedo jacket and metallic accessories to fancy-up this otherwise simple knit shirt and cotton pants outfit.

OCPW: $17.07

"Pep"py Leopard--Thursday, 6/29/17

OK, I look a bit pregnant in this loose peplum top (I am not pregnant).  But whatever--I love how comfortable it is so I deal.  (Remember: comfort rules!)  I added a big flowy scarf which may or may not have distracted from the somewhat-pregnant silhouette of this outfit but it was a nice "third piece" to bring the colors together.

*Black peplum top (Lands End), $11.93

OCPW: $23.10

Le Moto--Friday, 6/30/17

I am not ever going to be confused with the mythical effortlessly stylish French girl, but wearing a silk scarf knotted at the side of my throat makes me feel as chic as I ever get.  It was fun to be able to wear this stretchy moto jacket another time before the weather got seriously hot.

OCPW: $14.41

Are you ready for the most silly bit of Easter swag I got this year?  OK, here it is.

Yes, it is a bunny puff that wraps around a dining room chair.  I only bought one (I mean, really, with this intensity of cuteness, a little dab will do ya), and I placed it on the chair that is set against the dining room wall (next to my own chair) with a bag of enzymes, vitamins, etc. on it.  This way the bunny butt sticks out where I always see it, and I don't have to worry about knocking it lose when I sit down/get up from my chair.  (The wrap is a perfect fit only when it is arranged at the very top of the chair.)

In other news...Dude, do you or do you not have a functioning frontal lobe?

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Not Posted?

I'm confused because I thought I posted this some time ago.  OK, I guess better late than never...

Ahhh, a cool week with highs in the low to mid 70s F.  How you are missed.

Not-Quite-as-Summer Blues, Monday, 6/19/17

Back on 6/8, I had to create a new outfit with these pants and ballet flats (Summer Blues) because my originally planned outfit was too warm for the weather.  Well, with this cooler week, I was able to wear the long-sleeved blouse and vest as I'd wanted to...and with a big-ass sparkly necklace to top it all off.

Outfit cost per wear (OCPW): $8.64

Olive Pink, How About You?--Tuesday, 6/20/17

I had started to lose hope that I could make this cardigan and scarf outfit work before the later summer/almost fall season struck, but the cold front helped me out.  That and the fact that I had bought a new white top that is sleeveless so that the whole thing wasn't quite as warm as it was with a t-shirt.  I had ordered somewhere in the range of a gazillion different white tops from JCP (most in two sizes) and am happy to report that my summer white top supply is now in excellent shape.  This one is pretty visually interesting with rows of lace ribbon down the front and the peplum hem.  It was kind of funny walking into JCP at the Pokemon Mall with a giant box for the return desk, but the young guy at the counter really dealt with it like a professional (e.g., no mocking me to my face; he must have waited until he was on break to regale his co-workers with the Tale of the 1000 White Shirts).

*White sleeveless peplum top (JCP), $6.99/wear

OCPW: $16.19

White a Maroon--Wednesday, 6/21/17

I was going to call this outfit "What a Maroon" but serendipitously typed an even better title, one that befits the debut of this ultra-basic but really great (and cheap! I should have bought two!) t-shirt.

 *White short-sleeved T (Boutique/JCP), $5.59

OCPW: $13.17

Dotted Floral Redux--Thursday, 6/22/17

Yeah, I've worn this top + cardigan combo before, but when I decided to purge the other polka dot shirt I had planned to wear because it wasn't comfortable enough (I don't know why I bought a petite sized shirt, it was always too short so I had to futz with it like Picard without the gravitas), I went with this known-quantity substitution.

OCPW: $10.81

Still Working the 88 Cent Purple Blazer--Friday, 6/23/17

Its cost per wear is down to 18 cents and it's still going strong.  I thought I'd try bringing out the hint of purple in this paisley top with the blazer and necklace--it's a little overpowering, I think, but not in a bad way.

OCPW: $6.67

I forgot until just now that I was still in the process of sharing my Easter swag, but let's just hop back to it, OK?  Here are a set of small glasses with silly bunnies (we are using them as tooth brush glasses) and a ball ornament with Romantic rabbits.  Attempting to access the Christmas ornament supply out of season is more than my life is worth, so I have put  Perhaps in Robert's dresser-top organizer?  Well, we'll see if I find it again in December, I guess.

In other news...Finally, an excerpt from the new book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (i.e., Game of Thrones novels) is released!

In closing, please enjoy these inspirational words from Inspirobot.

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!