Monthly Archives: October 2012

Fashion for Bookworms

Happy Halloween! It’s no secret that I like to read. An awful lot. An awful awful awful lot. My favorite genre is Russian classic literature, and I love love love authors who have been inspired by the genre (re: Haruki Murakami, David James Duncan, etc). So when I was in Portland with David a few years back, I jumped hardcore at the Master & Margarita shirt. It’s one of my all-time favorite books. I’m just, as you guys may have noticed, pretty bad at styling tshirts beyond anything that I would normally consider pajama-wear. We can pretend this is my blogger-styled Halloween costume. Book Nerd Extraordinare.

Sweater: Target | Shirt: Out of Print Clothing | Skirt: Gap Outlet | Tights: gift, Express | Shoes & Scarf: Thrifted | Bag: H&M

This was my best attempt. And probably my only attempt, since it just feels so weird every time I try and wear tshirts outside of a lazy sweatpants day in the house. Yes, skeptics, those days totally happen.

The weirdest part, though, wasn’t mixing a tshirt with a professional skirt. Nope. It was accidentally matching my outfit to my book, Telegraph Avenue, which is Michael Chabon’s new book.

I haven’t finished it, but when I do I’ll be sure to update the blog I have going on over at Like A Small Fire. So far, though, I’m actually drowning in it a little. The pace is not so much with the good, and it’s like jello on the eyes. The dried out kind of jello that a spoon has to push through. But I have higher hopes for the last third of the book. I’m an optimist. Oh and lest you think I’m slightly strange for matching my outfit, just know–so did a snail. So did a snail.

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For the Halloween Party

Kels and Kim know how to throw a good party. They also know who to go for when they need decorations, or who their friend is when they need two hours of prep for cookies. I don’t complain, because I’m That Girl for parties. You can read my small little DIY for some of the decor over here. You can take that same idea and cut skulls out of glitter paper, which I also did. And because the combination of glitter and skulls is just too mcuh for me this year, I also made little glitter 3-D skulls

$2 bag of skulls from Michaels | Mod Podge mixed with Glitter | paint until covered completely

I also wore clothes, which, ya know, is the real point of this blog.

Sweater: inherited from my sister | Long Sleeve: thrifted | Skirt: H&M | Tights: ?? | Shoes: Clarks | Mask: DIY

Okay so I didn’t actually wear the crow mask the whole time. I really just wore it for the photos, since it isn’t even my costume. I made my friend’s crow costume, though, and while she already had the wings I still had to deliver the mask. So um yeah I’m sneaking it into my outfit post!

I don’t have any photos of my beautifully carved pumpkin because I’ve been migraine-y-sick this whole weekend and didn’t feel in the pumpkin carving mood. I do have an adorable one of David, though! And since it is living on my balcony, that doesn’t really feel like cheating.

We decided it looks like Voldemort, if he grew out of someone’s thumb

Pumpkin Carving Time

Last night was the night, folks, I finally got to cut into my pumpkin and give him the face he’s always wanted! Ok…I doubt any pumpkin would go for a slightly sad, Edward Cullen-esque basic vampire face, but it’s what my pumpkin got. And, to think, people wonder why I never pursued a career in plastic surgery.

The Before

The After

Since this was the third anual pumpkin party Kim and I threw, here’s a little retrospective of the pumpkin-awesomeness we’ve created over the years!

Year one…we forgot to take pictures together with our pumpkins sooo here’s what we pulled together for that year.

Side note, I voluneteered to be the sober on this year, I have no idea why I couldn’t keep my eyes open even if my life depended on it…

Year 2

We realized our mistake from the year before and took a million pictures together-this was my favorite!

Annnnd year three!

Shirt:A&E//Scarf:Gift//Jeans:Express

Why yes, if you had guessed that these were our pumpkin faces you would be 100% correct about how we managed to pull off such an awesome picture. Also, I’m pretty dang sure that holding an lit pumpkin was one of the ballsiest things I’ve done in a while…so much flamage…right there…next to my torso…FIRE!

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween & a happy Sunday!

Play Date

My mom and I have some of the best play dates. I wrote more of the details on my personal blog, over at Like A Small Fire, but here are the outfit deets

When I first wore this dress around my mom, she made the astute comment that I needed a shirt that matched it better. So when she was coming over for our trip to scope out Goodwills and furnish my art room, I figured I’d throw on the dress and we could see if anything appropriately matching came out. We were thinking something along the lines of a mauvey-lavender purple.

Dress: thrifted | Sweater & TIghts: Target | Shirt: inherited from my sister | Boots: Mishoes

We found something that should work, so you’ll probably see this dress again. I think that’s like three times on the blog. Hopefully you aren’t all harboring some secret grudge against my repetition. Because that would be… Well, it’d be a little sad. But if it makes you feel better, I found two dresses at Goodwill, so those will be nice and new for the blog. Just for you, guys, just for you.

Deca Legged Fashion Blogger At Large

Okay, so I wrote an entire introduction paragraph. It was off topic and mostly consisted of me rambling about my mom’s dogs, who I was dog sitting in these photos. Somehow wordpress ate that paragraph, though, and I’m not retyping it. Out of spite. Look, clothes!

I don’t know if you guys are keeping track, but I am–I wear a ton of red when fall hits. Not entirely sure why, but candy apple red is just my absolute favorite thing ever lately. Which makes me entirely unfashionable, since word on the street is oxblood red is the new fancy color in town. Excuse me while I gag over that name…

If you blur these photos and make them small, it doesn’t look like I’m standing next to a wall–it just looks like an epic cloud skyline. Also, it doesn’t happen very often, but every single item of clothing I’m wearing excluding the shoes (but including the tights) was either purchased used or a gift. I wore this outfit to dinner with the paternal component of my family on Friday, but it was too dark by the time I saw David so no photos. Boo. Sunday, though, we spent the entire day in sweatpants being super lazy. We had to run errands, though, and walk to the dogs, so I put my Friday outfit back on to get some outfit photos. Which is the first time I’ve put on an old outfit just for the sake of photos. Guys, I’m starting to take this whole thing too seriously. Clearly.

Sweater, Shirt & Skirt: Thrifted | Tights: Express, Gift | Shoes: B.A.I.T | Leashes: Petco | Dog (right): Local Shelter | Dog (left): c/o Dog (right)

David has this silly habit of trying to catch photos of me when I’m not looking. I don’t really put those on the blog, but it’s the dorkiest game ever where I try to not let him see me watch him, and then he looks away and takes the photo and I change my expression at the very last second. It’s worth it to see his confusion when he reviews the photo in the screen.

The dogs’ expressions back me up on this one–there was a really weird noise to our left

It’s Alllllmost Halloween!

And what does that mean?! Pumpkin patches! Corn Mazes! Adventures! Kettle Corn! Hot apple cider! EXCITEMENT!!! Yes, there are a lot of adventures to be had in this season and this last weekend a couple friends and I set out to make all our autumn dreams come true.

The first stop on our outing was the huge pumpkin fields. I’m not kidding, friends, this was one of the biggest pumpkin patches I’ve ever been to- we’re talking different sections or “Pumpkin Lands” as I started to mentally call them as we explored deeper into the land of the gourds, several breeds (I’m sure that’s not the correct word…but it’s my post so I can call pumpkins whatever I want) of pumpkins, and a couple acres of well fertilized-ok, let’s be real-smelly land. After trudging through a ton of mud (and artfully avoiding the gaggles of excited small children), I found the pumpkin. And this folks, is me and my pumpkin.

And THIS is Harry Pumpkin…yeah I don’t know but he was located next to a miniature horse.

We also completed the “challenging loop” of the Alice in Wonderland corn maze. I have to say the big lesson we learned on this trip is when a maze says loop, it means you’re going to end up right back where you started no matter how much you try. We walked down almost every off shoot of the challenge side only to realize the exit was through the simple path. But, hey, we had a blast and took some silly, Alice themed pictures along the way!

We met the White Rabbit on the way in-down the rabbit hole we goooo!

The signage was awesome (and led to some interesting arguments about which direction we were heading? “I said here!” “But I think we should go there” “This sign says yonder…should we go yonder?”).

Our very own Mad Hatter found the real Mad Hatter…it was a VERY exciting reunion!

And I had some tea with Alice.

Sweatshirt:Hollister//Jeans:Gap//Shoes:Asics

As far as pumpkin patch fashion goes, however, this was a very utilitarian day. Dark colors so it wouldn’t stain from the dirt, old running shoes that wouldn’t be out of commission because of some mud, and comfy pants I could run around in. Not my most fashionable outfit, but it definitely served it’s purpose.

Tune in on Sunday for the carving of my pumpkin friend!

When the weather turns

I’m not one for segregating out clothing based on seasons, but to a certain point it’s a bit necessary. I mean, I’m not going to be pairing my halter tops with anything warm enough to justify them in the winter. On that same note, I have a couple dresses that I never wear until it starts getting ‘oh check out your breath’ cold. Which it has been.

 

My mom treated me to this dress a couple years ago, right after I graduated college. My sister, mom and I took a weekend trip up to Vancouver BC to celebrate that whole diploma thing. We stopped by Target first, though, and found this dress!

Dress: Target | Tights | Modsock | Boots: Mishoes | Bag: Alphabetbags.com | Earrings: Gift from coworkers

I have no clue why my face is so serious in that one, but whatevs. This dress is one of my favorites because there are a million ways to style it. True story, this dress was the largest  factor in my addiction to floral tights.

 

I can’t remember if I’ve shown them off before, but my earrings were a parting gift from my former coworkers, along with like three boxes of my favorite candy. Those people really get me.