Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Scraper Symphony

"Brushstroke Layers"--Tuesday, 1/10/17

In this outfit, a black sweater vest is layered over an almost-too-sweet blue printed top with a bow tie, which definitely ramps up the librarian chic factor.

From outfitposts.com

Shockingly, my version of this doesn't incorporate a black sweater vest...but hey, it's too cold for that around here.  Instead I thought I would layer a black pullover sweater on top of a blue printed dress, turning the dress into a skirt (but warmer).  It's a nifty trick--something I don't think I would have thought to do on my own.  Thanks, style bloggers!

Blue/black faux animal dress (JNY), $7.11/wear
Black pullover sweater (thrifted, Macy's), $1.50/wear
Black/blue/orange floral brushstroke scarf (Kohls), $1.86/wear
Black leggings
Tall black boots by Fitzwell, $2.39/wear

Outfit total: $12.86/wear

Since my dress is a faux-wrap dress with a V neckline, I don't have a bow tie to hang over the top of the sweater.  Enter this lovely, vibrant scarf to cover the double V necklines and add a subtle bit of pattern mixing (plus warmth to the neck).

In the spirit of the brushstroke scarf pattern, I present this magnificent tricolor broken mini rex.  She seems as unimpressed with the "going to work on Tuesday" concept as I was this morning.

"Work, another stupid human idea"

In other news...I don't use Twitter, the platform that I now almost 100% associate with Donald Trump, but I enjoyed this opinion piece on why one writer has quit it.

And the laugh of the day--Patagonia catalog copy revised to better reflect real life.

We had snow today...snow that initially melted on contact with things so that there was a layer of ice underneath the snow, everyone's favorite.  I first realized this as I walked across the parking lot to my car after work and heard the sound of ice scrapers being used.  At least the traffic along my short route home was moving pretty much normally.

Tonight Robert and I walked the 3 blocks to the corner where there are two Pokestops so we were able to continue building up to our 7 day streak--you get extra points as you catch your first Pokemon of the day and collect goodies at your first Pokestop of the day, and these values increase the more days in a row you do it, maxing at 7 days.  Anyway.  It was actually not very cold earlier in the day (20s at least) but it was 8 F by the time we were making our short 6-block round trip trek, and the cold with the wind that had picked up was painful.  The mall Pokemon walk we did last weekend is seeming even more genius to me now that I've had a taste of the horribly freezing alternative.

For some reason, the winter is really kicking my ass this time around.  I'm done with it.  I'm ready for spring!  (Only 4 months to go.  Sob.)


Jen M. said...

We went to the dog park recently and weren't adequately bundled so we were kind of grumbling even with hot chocolate from the cafe (luckily Pax was bundled). We passed one woman with her small dog in a thick blanket. Another had her scarf wrapped around hers muttering (to us? to herself?) "so...... c-cold.....". (Both dogs being carried of course) Another woman said to her companion that she had frozen snot on her lip.

It was like 50 degrees. But windy! 😂

Sally said...

Being under-dressed for whatever qualifies as "cold" in your neck of the woods (or dog park) is a misery. I'm just glad that Superbaby was feelin' snuggly.

I saw a couple people out walking their dogs during our brief Pokestop run this evening and I felt sorry for both humans and dogs. Coldville Winter is not a time to have a dog you need to walk--it's more like the season for direwolves!

Tam said...

The cormorants on the lake today were really enjoying our mild weather - it's in the 70s here! I got really tired of winter when I lived in Denver.

Sally said...

I'll get mine back when y'all are living in the "when is it going to get below 90 F" hell of summer.

Tam said...

True enough. There's a reason I want to visit you in the summer.