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Some Wine Required

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Maybe I had too much wine while assembling the cat tree, today. The cat tree looks fine, but I didn’t do a good job buttoning my sweater. It’s buttoned wrong in all but one of my photos (because I caught it by the end).


Sweater, G-Ladies (consignment). Tunic, Wet Seal (thrifted). Leggings, We Love Colors. Boots, Audrey Brooke (consignment). Jacket (pictured below), Laundry by Shelli Segal. Bag, vintage.


See? Cat tree correctly assembled (and seasoned with fresh catnip):

Non-Buyer’s Remorse

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It isn’t often that I pass on purchasing a clothing item and then regret the decision. Ten days ago, I visited a consignment shop with a friend, tried on a couple of things, but left without buying anything because I was hungry, in a hurry, and had to pee. But, as I got dressed over the next few days, I kept wishing I had brought home the cropped sweater with a giant faux fur collar. It seemed to go with everything I was planning to wear. Finally, I returned, today, to buy it.

I love that most everything in the consignment store is one-of-a-kind. You won’t run into someone wearing the same Target tee as yourself at the next party. But, the garments at the consignment store are mostly one-of-a-kind, so, when it’s gone, it’s gone. I searched the entire store, looking for the sweater, and came up empty-handed. So, I decided to look for something similar and was also disappointed. Finally, I approached the counter to ask about the sweater and I spotted it! It was at a rack, behind the counter, grouped with a number of other items with a rubber band. I asked about the sweater. It was being held (without payment) for another customer. However, she had failed to come in the day before, as promised, so the clerk sold it to me! It was destined to be. (Sorry, not sorry, to the customer who was holding it. You snooze, you lose.)


Jacket, BCBG Max Azria (consignment). Sweater, G-ladies (consignment). Turtleneck, Mossimo. Skirt, Madewell. Tights, B. Ella. Boots, Blondo. Sunglasses, Charming Charlie. Necklace, made by my friend, Colette. Bag, Nordstrom Rack.

Doesn’t it look perfect under my go-to leather jacket? I promise I’ll show it to you without the jacket, tomorrow.


I’m obsessed. I plan on wearing it ALL THE TIME! I wanted to wear it ballet, but had to admit it was too much for class.

Mammogram

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As I prepared for my first mammogram, I googled more information about the procedure and, of course, WHAT TO WEAR TO A MAMMOGRAM! I don’t think the technicians really care what you’re wearing. But the advice is to wear a two piece outfit (i.e. not a dress/romper/overalls), so that you can at least keep your bottom half covered. I wanted to wear my Star Wars hat for my procedure, but ended up chucking it in the “patient belongings” bag and not making a scene.


Kimono, Carole Little (thrifted). Sweater, Potion (thrifted). Skirt, Mossimo. Leggings, C9. Boots, Steve Madden. Hat, Disney. Sunglasses, Target. Scarf, Olia Moda. Bag, Nordstrom Rack.

I definitely recommend wearing high heels to your mammogram. Because nothing makes you feel sexier than strutting around topless in heels (and then having your boob squashed).


It wasn’t super fun, but it wasn’t super painful, either. (I guess I have tough old titties.) I wanted to see what was going on, but the tech kept telling me to lift my chin and look at the ceiling. (Why? Is it to keep the radiation out of my brain?) In the end, it wasn’t nearly as bad as other types of exams and I was feeling fine when I left and had the elevator all to myself! (Also, why are the stairs so hard to find in a health center? I could have climbed the single floor*, even after the mammary mangling.)


*The stairs at the parking garage are easily found, but I took the elevator to the fourth level and my car. I was starting to regret the heels at that point.

IPM

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I now know all about Basic Pest Management in the School and Child Care Settings. I’ll give you the CliffsNotes: the answers to all your pest problems are door sweeps and microfiber cloths. This is what I wore to learn about Integrated Pest Management. (Thankfully, there was no practical application required.)


Jacket, H&M (thrifted). Shirt, Victoria’s Secret. Dress, Express. Boots, Sofft (consignment). Earrings, Stardust Remembered. Sunglasses, Target. Bag, Nordstrom Rack.

Jeans Wardrobe

I still don’t like jeans. I like denim jackets, denim vests, denim shorts, denim shirts, and denim skirts, but I don’t like denim pants. In fact, I only own five pairs of jeans and I rarely wear them.

Skinny
I finally got rid of my jeggings and my expensive skinnies (Paige Skyline) because they got too saggy, too fast. Now, I have three pairs of skinny jeans from Old Navy, two blue and one black. They are all the same size and all the Sweetheart fit, but one pair (blue) is “short” and two pairs (one blue and one black) is “petite.” Short was only available in store (where I bought the first pair) and petite was only available online. Unfortunately, petite is not just shorter in the leg, but also in the rise. To further add to the sizing issues, the black pair feels a full size smaller than my two blue pairs. I don’t really like any of them. The blue pairs are saggy now that they’ve been washed a few times and all three pairs are way too roomy at the ankle.


I can’t tell the two blue pairs apart in pictures (even though one is petite and one is short), so I only pictured one of them.

Boyfriend
These are also from Old Navy and I don’t feel cute in them. I mostly wear them to the dog park and agility.


Bootcut
My only other pair of jeans is a bootcut pair by (now-defunct) Canadian brand M. They are truly the best jeans I own, but the tailor hemmed them a tad too short for my liking.


That’s it. I find jeans uncomfortable, difficult to fit, and unflattering. I doubt I’ll ever be one of those “jeans with everything” girls, but who knows what the future may bring. For now, I much prefer a pair of leggings or fleece pants.

Over to you. How many pairs do you own? How many do you wear? How many do you truly love?

This post is an updated version of Denim Wardrobe, originally published 10/19/2008 at whatiwore2day.blogspot.com/2008/10/denim-wardrobe.html

Scrappy Fanny

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I joined Sacramento Casting in November and have had too much fun submitting video auditions for roles. Few of them have panned out, but I’ve entertained Beefy and myself with my hysterical auditions.

I wrote the script for my most recent submission, so I can share it with you at the end of this post. (The music I played is in the public domain.)


Shirt and turtleneck, Mossimo. Skirt, London Jean. Leggings, Amour. Boots, Dan Post. Sunglasses, Earthbound Trading Co. Earrings, Charming Charlie. Bag, vintage. Belt, thrifted.


For the audition, the instructions were to: “Put on your best western dress, introduce your character, and tell me a story about your character and what’s so special about you IN FIRST PERSON (become the western character).” Here’s Scrappy Franny, the piano-playing, bar-brawling, 6-times-widow:

Scrappy Fanny

Pink Labia Hats

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True story: I thought the “pink pussy” hats promoted on the Sacramento Women’s March’s Facebook page were hats topped with knitted labias. The page offered free knitting patterns, but that sounded way too complicated for a non-knitter to tackle. (I did like the thought of a how such a hat could be personalized.) With no knitting skills and no time to buy a pussy hat, I just wore a simple, gray cap to the march.

As I approached the march’s start on Saturday morning, I was excited to see women ahead of me in pink hats. I sped up to check out their labias. I was confused that they seemed to be formless sacks, topped with two protrusions. They certainly didn’t look like any pussies I’d ever seen. That’s when I realized they were pink pussyCAT hats.

I totally could have worn my cat ears atop my cap, had I known.


Poncho, Newport News. Tunic, Rachel Roy (consignment). Tee, C9. Leggings, Express. Boots, Matisse. Hat, Nine West. Scarf, consignment. Fingerless gloves, made by Beefy’s grandma. Hip bag, Happy Cow. Coat (pictured below), REI.



Young feminists at the march. (Some wearing pink pussy hats!)

Caged

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I’m starting to go a little stir-crazy, trapped indoors by our crazy weather. We are having intense bouts of wind and rain, followed by brilliant sunshine that makes me believe I’ve imagined the preceding typhoon. I’m having difficulty finding dry, sheltered places to take photos. I managed to time a visit to the skate park with a break in the weather. (But it did start to sprinkle on me, at the end, as the sun came out. Confusing, I know.)


Jacket, INC (consignment). Scarf, Canvas. Sweater, Forever 21. Dress, Ginger. Leggings, C9. Boots, Vince Camuto. Sunglasses, Girlprops. Earrings, flea market. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff.

Mail Bag: Colorado Layers

Colorado’s weather is constantly changing! Throughout one day the temperature can fluctuate from 2 degrees to 50 degrees… do you have any tips on layering that will save me from this crazy Colorado weather? (I’m sick of having 4 different types of jackets in my car!)

Erin Lefever, Longmont, CO.

Erin, you are a genius! You keep a jacket wardrobe in your car? I think that might be better than any of my suggestions. I’ll do my best, but if you ever drive off the road and become trapped in a snowdrift, you’re going to want all those jackets. (Seriously, have you read Snow Bound by Harry Mazer? It will inspire you to keep a survival kit in the car.) For everyday, non-disaster life in Colorado, I recommend the following:

Layer outerwear
Choose and layer outerwear for the appropriate degree of warmth, combining a denim jacket, a wool blazer, a puffy vest, a fleece jacket, a wool poncho, a down jacket, a raincoat or a peacoat. Personally, I found that a puffy vest under a wool coat kept me warm on icy mornings in Cincinnati, while looking put together. I could still button the coat, but didn’t have to stuff puffy sleeves into my structured coat sleeves. A denim jacket’s warmth is enhanced by topping it with a puffy vest. Throw a wool poncho over a wool blazer for double the sheep-y goodness. When it warms up, you can shed one of the outerwear layers and dump it in your car closet.


Always accessorize
At least bring, even if you don’t wear, a warm hat, scarf, and gloves. Adding these to any outerwear combination will improve your comfort factor when the temperatures suddenly dip. These items are small and portable and, since you’re already toting four jackets around, don’t take up much space in the car.


I’m embarassed to say that I could find very few pictures of myself wearing all three: hat, scarf, and gloves. I guess I’ve never taken a truly cold picture.

Love your lower half
How often do you see girls, walking through the snow, with a knit hat, earmuffs, scarf, down puffer, gloves and just skinny jeans and sneakers on the bottom? Let’s be real: there aren’t many cute options to layer legs. Yes, you can choose fleece-lined tights or leggings under those skinny jeans, but that sounds like a stuffed sausage nightmare to me. Personally, I prefer to wear a boot-cut fleece pant over my jeans (and under my skirts and dresses) if I have to spend much time in the cold. It’s easy to add to your ensemble as needed and a smart addition to your backseat wardrobe. I bought mine at REI in black and brown and they aren’t terribly ugly. Leg warmers are another option to add warmth to skinny jeans, leggings, or tights. They can be worn in addition to thick socks and are easily removable when it warms up.

Please show your feet some love and buy a cute pair of waterproof, insulated boots. They look sassy with skinny jeans and are popular enough this year to have discount versions at Target and Marshalls. I wore thick socks inside galoshes for years as my ghetto snow boots, but the cold eventually cracks the rubber and then you have wet feet. One pair of shoes isn’t going to comfortably span 2 degrees to 60, but I’d rather have sweaty feet than frostbitten toes.


I don’t have a solution to your car closet (and I, in fact, encourage it), but I believe you can stay one step ahead of the weather by layering outerwear, bringing warm accessories, and being prepared to protect your legs and feet from the cold. And I’m not joking when I suggest you add a cold weather survival kit to the car. If you’re ever stranded, you’ll want a sleeping bag and snacks to go with the four jackets.

For more info on my layered looks for commuting via bus in Cincinnati winters, check out these posts:
Bus Bundling
Never Enough

Mail Bag: Comfy Out-and-About Outfit

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I love being comfortable, but still want to look cute while I’m out and about… do you have any tips on mixing comfort with your everyday looks?

Bette Rise, Huntington, NY

For me, comfort means being able to crouch, sit cross-legged on the floor, roll around with my dogs, and maybe even climb a tree. I start with leggings and a tee and then layer over the base. On the bottom, I add a skirt, cutoffs, tunic or short dress. On top, I may layer a shirt, vest, sweater, sweatshirt, jacket, coat, kimono and/or poncho. On my feet, I choose sturdy boots. Here are a few of my favorite, comfy out-and-about outfits:

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