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I got a haircut today and I really wanted to show it to you, but the wind just wasn’t cooperating with me. Can you kinda make it out? Probably not.

Anywho, after two back-to-back posts in which I managed to smile, here it is: the return of my chronic bitchface.

I don’t know what it is! I don’t feel pissed off. I’m pretty sure most people would say that my default facial expression is a ginormous grin. In fact, B– once told me that whenever he thinks of me, the first thing he always pictures in his mind is my smile. (D’aww.) But, yeah, I just am not making it happen when it comes to picture-taking time.

Any suggestions for triggering a natural smile? Your advice would be appreciated!

Sorry for the lack of informational and non-outfit posts. I have many planned, but I’ve had an exceptionally busy week. I don’t want to say anything until I’ve actually signed some documents, but it would appear I have a new job in a totally new field in an industry that is so awesome it could punch the sun in the face. But, as paperwork is still forthcoming, I will try to keep my omg omg omg in check.

Anywho, outfit components:

  • very blue vintage dress (Can you make out the chevrons? I love them.) from Elyse72 with minor alterations by me.
  • reversible leopard belt by Ralph Lauren purchased at Bloomingdales.
  • purple silk knit cardigan from Nordstrom Rack.
  • black tights from Spanx.
  • black suede wedges by Via Spiga purchased at Nordstrom Rack online.

I know I said I would get crazy with the color this week, but I forgot that I have a couple of very important interviews to attend. These are the final interviews for positions that I’ve been pursuing for the last month, so I figured it would be better to err on the side of caution when it came to my clothing choices.

That said, today I stil did try to keep it on the colorful side with this purple dress and teal sweater combo. Not a stitch of black or khaki in sight. Yes, the grey tights and shoes from yesterday — the tights were in last night’s wash, swears — are a bit of a cheat, but, hey, when you find something that works, go with it. No sense adding any undue stress to an already stressful situation, just because, like, omg, I totally wore those shoes yesterday.

I also got to carry my laptop today, which is always a pleasure, thanks to the rad case and straps I have for it. The case itself, a BookBook from Twelve South, is already super cool, but what makes the whole thing over the top awesome are the leather straps I use to carry it. I spent a lot of time just lugging the BookBook around like an oversized, heavy clutch. But, after weeks of airport security lines, cross-country flights and hurried sprints through crowded subways, I came to realize that clutching a gargantuan leather book to my chest is something of an inconvenience and none too ergonomically sound. So, I had some leather straps custom made. They’re sort of a cross between a book strap and some picnic blanket straps, but ten times more awesome than either because I use them to contain the entire internet.

Don’t get me wrong, blankets are good, too, but less appropriate for a job interview situation.

Outfit components:

  • dress, sweater and belt from Anthropologie.
  • grey tights and grey shoes from every outfit post ever.
  • laptop case from Twelve South.
  • leather straps, custom made by CHOOCHCAT.
  • awesome dangly earrings handmade by Esma.

It’s another rainy Monday here in San Francisco and stupid daylight savings has only exacerbated the sleepy/lazy/stay-in-jammies mood that I’ve been in. Screw you, any place but bed.

But, the need to update this blog has spurred me (as intended) into rolling out from under the covers and into a reasonable approximation of presentable clothing. Given the weather forecast (rain with a chance of more rain), I’ve decided that I’m going to get all kinds of colorful this week, putting together technicolor outfits to span both the visual spectrum and the spectrum of good taste.

This is my first attempt. Not over the top colorful, I admit, but I’m taking baby steps.

I can’t shake the feeling that this outfit looks a little “granny.” Is it the witchy shoes? The grey tights? The spinning wheel subtly lurking in the background? Who can say? Perhaps it’s simply that I’m wearing a vintage dress and the spirit of the person who undoubtedly died in it is tainting me with her granny-esque presence. Alternatively, I am just being a grumpy, gloomy gus today.

Outfit components:

  • purple vintage floral dress purchased from Thrush.
  • purple sweater from Old Navy.
  • woven leather belt from Urban Outfitters.
  • grey “Tight-End Tights” from Spanx.
  • grey booties from Donald J. Pliner.
  • grey “Elizabeth” bag from Furla.
  • raincoat from Nordstrom.
  • pretty little chrysanthemum earrings (impossible to see) handmade by Shizen Designs.

I seriously only put this outfit together because I thought it would make a great showcase for my shoes. OMG, these shoes. I heart them with the burning passion of a million fiery suns (which would totally match, cuz, omg, these shoes.) Accessory pics and outfit breakdown after the cut. Read the rest of this entry »

Yesterday I tried to nab the last of the dying light by taking pictures in the little portico area at the top of our stairs. Our house is painted a fluorescent peach hue not found in nature, if only for the fact that any and all naturally occurring instances of this color were destroyed utterly and instantly the moment any creature had the misfortune to happen upon them. It is a color that incites blinding, indiscriminate rage.

But, turns out that “death peach” (as I like to think of it) actually looks quite nice in the last rays of a San Francisco sunset. Whaddaya know.

Behind the cut, one picture in which I use the camouflaging effect of my zebra print dress to commune with animals, plus an outfit breakdown. Read the rest of this entry »

Up until a couple of years ago, there was no way in hell you could get me to wear a vintage article of clothing. You know why? Because somebody died in it.

That’s what that smell is.

A dead person.

Anywho, I’ve since overcome that whole sentiment and have begun shopping vintage fairly regularly. There are some things (cuts, proportions) that people just don’t seem to make anymore. Also, vintage shopping is a great, cost-effective way to follow fashion trends, which are frequently just rehashes of bygone trends themselves. For instance, if you read fashion blogs at all, you’ll know that the 70’s are really “having a moment” right now.

I tend to do my vintage shopping almost exclusively online [no smells! just pretty! leaving the house is for suckers!] and have managed to find some pretty rad stuff, including the above dress and hand-tooled leather clutch.

If someone did die in this dress, she died happy.

Outfit breakdown, another pic, and a shoe pic behind the cut. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s a strangely sunny day today, but I just wasn’t in the mood for it.

Outfit components:

When I bought these booties, I asked the lady trying on shoes next to me whether they looked “a little witchy.” She said they didn’t, but, you know what? She was wrong. They are wicked witchy. Oh, well.

In other news, I can’t stop playing with Photoshop Actions. However, I have reached a point where I no longer can tell whether the actions are helping or hurting. So much to learn…