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Musings of a hopeful wanderer.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The real world

I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break!  For those that are students, you are still enjoying your break.  Me, I gotta go back to my internship.  For whatever reason Austin Electric, Time Warner Cable or my landlord will not accept "But it's winter break!" for an excuse for truant payments.  Scrooges.

Anyway, now that my cord and I have been reunited, here are a few pictures.  Really, only a few.  I'm not the taking-pictures-all-the-time kinda lady.  I usually don't remember to bring my camera anywhere.  And when I do remember, I forget I have it.  Or if I have it and I remember then I don't have any batteries.  Or if I do have it, remember it, and it has batteries, I just don't take any damn pictures.

This is Ed and I before heading to a family gathering.  My mom got me the floral blouse and striped cardigan and when I opened it I said "This would look great together!"  My mother and Ed looked at me like I was crazy and Ed said "But you can't mix patterns..."  Oh contraire, good sir.
My mom also got Ed that shirt.  And yes, he always looks that annoyed in front of a camera.  You should see his driver's license picture, good lord.

The next day we went to Ann Arbor to visit my bestest bud Carrie.  She is quite stylish and I've always been envious of her hair.
Carrie knows how to work a good pair of boots.  If there's anyone I know who can so effortlessly mix function and fashion, it's this here lady.

Another outfit.  No ocassion, really, but as you can see Michigan brings out the plaid, vests, and black cord pants.

Ed noticed that I'm never so matchy-matchy.  It wasn't on purpose; I hadn't showered, my hair was kind of gross and this was the only hat I brought.

And finally, my coat!  I love this coat so much.  The only thing that I really miss about cold weather is getting to sport this everyday.  I got it at a vintage store in Traverse City, Michigan for $35.  It is 100% wool and very warm (and scratchy).  Ed actually had to TALK ME INTO buying it because I thought it was too expensive.  You know you have a keeper when he encourages you to buy affordable vintage.
Please pay no attention to the missing bottom button.
We were on our way to a party, hence the beers. 

I spent most of the rest of my days in pajamas.  I did a good job remixing what I had and I do feel bad that I didn't get a picture of what I wore on Christmas because it was cute.

How did everyone else's holiday packing work out?

Friday, December 24, 2010

The agenda

My dad sent me a text this morning saying "I haven't heard from you all week!" and I remembered that yes, I'm on vacation and I haven't been talking to anyone.

While I've been taking pictures here and there, I forgot the damn camera cord in Austin so no pictures on the blog until I get back.  Suffice to say, there has been a few days where I haven't changed out of pajamas; Scrabble like crazy; reading, movies, bowling and pizza.  Perfect holiday.

Happy and safe holidays!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Packing light

This week Ed and I are leaving the mild temperatures of central Texas and heading to southeast Michigan.  Why on earth would we do such a thing?  Well, Ed's family is there.  And he's an only child.  And its his first time living more than an hour away from his parents.  And if we don't come, his mother might implode.

Also, we miss snow!  I know, I know.  If you knew me in Michigan, you know I never stopped complaining about the snow.  But I really do miss it; it doesn't feel like Christmas (or hell, even WINTER) without a little frost on the ground.  So we're unpacking our cold-weather clothes, leaving Gus with a friend, and heading to the Great White North.

I love to travel, y'all.  I love packing, especially; mostly, planning my outfits.  I'm a packing light kinda gal.  Most of my travel adventures have included flying stand-by (what up free flights on Delta! Thanks, Dad!) and if you've ever flown stand-by, you know that you must never check your bags.  You don't know what flight you're going to get on, if at all, so its best to have your stuff with you, lest it ends up God knows where (and I'm flying Delta anyway, if you know what I'm saying...).  Thus, I'm used to packing light.  And when you travel light, its imperative that you're organized.  Ah, my specialty.

Even though we're only going for 9 days, I wanted to only take enough clothes to last me 4.  That means, I'll wear everything twice.  I made note of any "special occasion days" (like a get-together with Ed's extended family) and then made a plan for my outfits, which I'll pack.  Two dresses, two tops, two bottoms and a few accessories should do it (that's a 6 for 9, for those of you keeping score).  I'm totally comfortable wearing clothes more than one without washing them, but if push comes to shove, we can do laundry at Ed's parent's house.

What do I use to stuff it all in?  Behold, The Duffle:
I got this L. L. Bean Adventure Duffle (in navy) for my Bat Mitzvah and it is the absolute best gift I have ever received.  I have taken this sucker EVERYWHERE with me: from summer camp to Israel to Australia, this bag has seen it all.  It is very spacious and even packed to the brim it fits snugly into the overhead compartment.  For a short trip like ours I can fit both of our clothes, shoes, toiletries, accessories, winter coats, gifts AND have room left over to bring back gifts for ourselves.  Seriously, GO GET THIS BAG.  Here, I'll make it super easy for you. GO! (And then come back.)  Plus, the shoulder strap makes it easy for me to carry it like a messenger bag.

We'll each have our own backpacks for plane activities which fit under the seat and TAH DAH, all set to go.  We've packed light!

Do you have any packing light tips?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Time flies

Oh lordy, there is something about having nothing to do that makes a girl busy.  Once finals were said and done, there was quite an upswing in social events.  So I haven't been on the ole Internet in a while. 

Ok, 30 for 30 recap.  First, let me say that I had fun.  I was so much more creative than I normally am; too often I go for tried and true outfits and don't really challenge myself or push the boundaries of my closet and this was a good excuse to go for something new.  This was undoubtebly the biggest lesson I learned: I am creative and dressing can be fun, if you just put a little extra thought into it.

More lessons: its ok to not love every outfit every day; people really don't notice if you wear the same 30 things all month long; nothing freshens up an outfit like a belt or vest; and, as with most things in life, less can definitely be more.  Also, I'm not cut out to be a style blogger.  Some days this felt like a chore.  I'm still deciding what I want to do with this blog from here on out and welcome any suggestions.

The whole "no shopping" provision of the exercise was no trouble at all.  While I do enjoy thrift shopping, this time of year affords no expendable income, so I probably wouldn't have done any shopping anyway.  In fact, 5 days later, I still haven't stepped foot into Savers.

In sum, I kind of want to do a 30 for 30 all the time, I most certainly want to keep up with picture posts, though not exclusively of me doing goofy poses, and I (and my closet) am more creative than I thought.

An excellent way to start winter break.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mission accomplished

Day 30!!

To celebrate: plaid shirt and a dress.  Plaid and a dress, yessir.

To think, just last week I was sure this dress was going to end up in the Goodwill pile, certain I'd never think of any way to wear it without it being a frumpy nothing dress and today it's in my top 5 favorites.

Tomorrow I'll recap.  Tonight, I sleep (and dream about wearing other pants! And shoes!  And cardigans!)

Titles of brochures at the gynocologist's office

  • "Fibrocystic Breasts: A Non-Disease"
  • "The Woman Inside"
Seriously, I couldn't make these up.

Monday, December 6, 2010


Tomorrow is the last day!  Really, I know I've said it before, but this really was fun.  I'll save the "what I learned" bit for tomorrow, but really, I'm sad these are the last few outfits of the challenge.

Sunday's outfit was the Finishing Final Papers outfit.  I knew it would be; those vests, man, they can only bring good things.

See how thoughtful I am?  So full of thought, I am.

I actually kind of hate what I'm wearing today.  The pants sit too low for the shirt to look right tucked in, but the shirt is weird un-tucked.  I thought I could pull it off with the purple belt, but no.  Today is a one picture kind of day.

A boring outfit leads to a boring topic.  Let's chat for a moment about the weather, shall we?  Though I just moved to Austin (5 months ago...) from Michigan, I did actually grow up in Texas.  In fact, I used to spend all summer at a camp in central Texas in like 100 degree heat.  When I became a counselor we would spend our free nights in jeans. JEANS!  I can't believe I ever did it.  Texas weather, you be crazy.  Can you see what I wore this week alone?  It was warm enough to bare my legs for at least 3 days in a row and then today? BAM. Cool enough to make even this Michigan-acclimated gal shiver.  It was a cool crisp fall day in December, folks.  Texas, get yo' facts straight!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Stay calm and carry on

When I just wrote that post, I typed "clam" instead of "calm" twice.  I think that about sums it up.

Does this outfit say "I'm finishing both of my final papers today?"  I sure hope it does.  I didn't finish them, of course, but hey, are you calling my outfit a liar?
 Yes, it was another warm day here at Uncomfortably Settled Central. (Does that work? I'm gonna go with it for a bit longer.)  My friends in Michigan have snow and I have to admit, I'm a bit jealous.  Don't get me wrong, a sunny 70 degree day is nothing to complain about.  But who am I kidding, I love to complain.  70 degrees in December is wrong!
There were people coming around the corner and I feel weird being seen taking pictures so I crouched.  Yup, not weird at all.
Keep clam, everyone!

Day late, dollar short

Yesterday This week has been rough.  Between a minor family emergency, finals, not getting the job I was really hoping to get and just general holiday anxieties, it took me a long, long time to get out of bed yesterday.  I don't talk about it much, but I've been working through anxiety and depression for most of my life and when it rains, well, it pours.

I was feeling ugly and useless and wanted to quit the challenge.  I hated all of my clothes and knew that I wouldn't feel good in anything I put on.  Nevertheless, my endlessly patient and supportive boyfriend gave me the kick in the butt I needed.  I got dressed, we went on a walk, and had ourselves a date.
I promise I'm feeling good in this picture! It was late, a long day, and taking the picture was an afterthought.


This is basically my uniform: a dress and a vest (or cardigan).  Easy and put together.  The best idea when you're feeling uncreative.  And no! Your eyes aren't fooling you.  Despite a week of temperatures in the 40s, yesterday was warm enough to go bare-legged here in Central Texas, even at 11pm, when we got home from our date.

I missed a day of posting, but I'll get around to it.  All of my final papers are due on Monday, so on Tuesday I'll be an uberproductive posting machine.

Happy weekend!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Emo Superman*

A few months before I left Ann Arbor, Ed's former roommate told me that I'd make a good cartoon.  She's an artist, particularly one interested in character illustration, so I definitely took this as a compliment.  A librarian who fights crime, one unconstitutional Patriot Act Information request at a time.  I'd be an adorable cartoon!

Maybe its the double stripes or the chunky boots or the wide purple belt, but I think this is the outfit Cartoon Rebecca would wear.

Lil, if you're reading this, let's make this happen, shall we?

*Ed wants me to mention that "Emo Superman" is the name of that last pose.  He coined it.  He's very clever.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Eight days a week

...is what I need to be able to get everything finished by Monday.  Papers, group projects, papers papers papers!  Oh man, between work and school and Gus-walking and making dinner, the only thing I can do to keep my sanity is look cute.
I had a job interview today! This is what I wore (obviously) and I think it went well.  I wore this blouse to my last job interview and was hired, so it must work.  That is all I will say about that, as to not jinx it.

Today is Day 23, only a week to go; I have more than 7 outfits left in my "Post-Its of Planned Outfits".  Honestly, this is super fun and I'm way more creative with these selected pieces than I ordinarily am.  I might go ahead and do this every month.  Ok maybe not.  But really, I am enjoying this.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Short and sweet

Quick post today, folks.  Writing, reading, editing, and preparing for a very exciting event tomorrow!

I gave a final presentation today and man does it feel good to be almost finished.  Now only I can get through this week looking as cute as I felt today, I think I'll just make it.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

All caught up

Here is yesterday and today.  Tomorrow I will get dressed and take a picture and then UPLOAD and POST it on the same day.  Yes, we'll see how that goes.

Sunday was another traveling and chilly day.
Ed decided that my poses have become too predictable, so he's taken up naming the poses I already have, inventing new ones, and shouting them at me while taking pictures.
This is the appropriately named "Over the Shoulder."  Except he said, "How 'bout you give me some over the shoulder action?"

Today was spent meeting with a group for our FINAL presentation tomorrow (whew) and general procrastinating.
This one was "Emo Headtilt," in case you were wondering.

I hope you all had a great holiday and are prepared for the worst Monday of all Mondays: The Monday After Vacation.

(Feminist Hulk Smashes Gender Binaries.)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holiday whirlwhind

Ok, ok, forgive me.  Tuesday before we left was a long day at school and trying to catch up on homework; Wednesday we spent all day driving and traffic was TERRIBLE and I didn't want to blog; Thursday I told myself that if I opened the computer at all, I had to work on my paper, so yeah...; Friday we had a family emergency and a picture just didn't happen; that brings us to today.  Let's get started:

Tuesday was casual at work and by the time I got home from class and Ed got home from work, it was dark and I was grumpy.  So here's our yellow apartment:
I really like yellow with black; I've worn this combination before, but usually for work so not with jeans.  I like it!  (Also, can you believe it's the end of November and I can still wear short sleeves?!)

Wednesday was a busy traveling day, so I needed something that doesn't easily wrinkle: behold, plaid and cords:
I was going to pair this with boots originally, but again it was like 75 degrees outside.

Thanksgiving was great!  Ed and I were at my parent's house and my mom's parents and my mom's sister's family came (my brother and sister-in-law had to work on Friday and couldn't fly in from Maryland).   There was SO. MUCH. FOOD.  And wine. And card games.  And dogs! My mom's sister brought her 2 dachshunds, we had Gus of course, and my parents have a little dog named Lucy who hates me and never moves from in front of the fireplace.

I think I'm really winning her over.
Finally on Thanksgiving Day a cool front came through.  It felt like fall!  Also, I'm wearing a dress as a top.  I am so clever.

Like I said, we had a family emergency on Friday; my parents had to go out of town suddenly and Ed and I stayed to take care of Lucy and wrap up some odds and ends. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture but suffice to say it was a very uncreative combination of an undershirt, black cardigan, skinny jeans and brown boots (within the confines of the 30, yes!).  Y'all really aren't missing much.

In light of this emergency, I wanted to say a little "I'm thankful for" whatever.  I'm so thankful we have our health and health insurance; jobs, which was not the case just a few short months ago; that I have family all over the state that can jump in and take care of each other when we need to; that my parents are still married, financially secure, and healthy; and finally for my new little family, Ed who supports all my crazy ideas and life plans and who moved all the way to Austin without a job or knowing anyone to be with me, and Gus, who challenges us to be more communicative, selfless, and patient.

Happy holidays!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Half and half

Hello again.  Trust me when I say I have done nothing but watch Battlestar Galactica and work on final projects for the last 3 days.  I wore clothes, though! The whole time! Clothes in my 30-for-30, even!  Don't believe me?  See for yourself.

On Friday I was still riding the "I look so badass in a vest" wave; we also had a warm front. 
 The last post that featured this vest failed to show you its lining.  Really, a vest is only as good as its lining.
On Saturday I had to force myself to get dressed.  I cannot do anything productive in my pajamas; thus, I found the most comfortable, pajama like, doing-homework-appropriate garb I could muster.

P.S: The head scarf gives away that I did not wash my hair that day.

Sunday still pulled me to finding the most comfortable clothes in the mix, but I had to work at the library, so I had to at least shower.
Nevertheless, I was going for Mad Scientist Hair.

Which catches me up to today.  Today is Day 15, halfway.  In commemoration, I busted out two articles in the 30 that have yet to be featured: this navy dress and floral blouse, both thrifted.  I really do love this dress: it has a cinched waist, a work-appropriate hemline, buttons and pockets.  But I can't quite figure out a way to make it not look so School Marm-y  (as fashion guru Tim Gunn would say).  Well, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.  I paired it with a ruffled blouse for the sassiest School Marm look yet.

"Just what do you think you're doing, young man?"
So there, I'm not a liar.  Despite my best efforts, I wore Kendi-approved clothes.  If you can't trust a graduate student with inconsistent posts, who can you trust?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Highlights of my weekend

  • Writing six pages of my final paper for Classification Theory (that's almost halfway there!)
  • Going to bed by 10pm
  • Starting the 3rd season of Battlestar Galactica
  • Getting my ass kicked in Scrabble by Ed and Rachel
Dream big.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Can I live in this outfit? I really want to wear it again tomorrow. And the next day.  And the next.  I just felt so damn sassy in my loosely fitting shirt, tightly fitting pants and a vest.  Frankly, I always feel sassy in a vest.  They're really the redhead stepchild of the accessory world, and whenever I wear one, I feel like a total badass.  When in doubt, vest it out.
What makes you feel unstoppable?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Theory vs. practice

It's already day 10 and I'm still really excited for the rest of my remixes!  30 articles of clothing is really quite a lot, especially if your peices are versatile.  And because I'm such a planner, it's nice that I wrote out about 20 combinations right from the get-go and every week I can map out what I'll wear and when.  I might just make this a regular thing!

Today's outfit was better in theory.  The tights are always more blue than I imagine them; in my mind, they're a nice navy, in the pictures they came out more BLUE.  By the time I got out of class it was warm enough to ditch the tights, which ended up being a lot cuter, but alas, The Boy only signed up for one photo shoot a day.  Anyway, I really love the sweater vest/shirt dress combo; I think it's the right amount of prep for me.  Any suggestions on how to make it a bit more cooler-weather appropriate without looking like a Smurf rubbed against my legs?
Sweater vest-Yes, another Ann Arbor boutique; Tights, UO

It's 6:45am! You can't laugh so loud at my awkward poses!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


This striped shirt is my first remixed item!  It was like $5 at Urban Outfitters probably two years ago. I still wear it all the time and have to really force myself to not wear it 3 or 4 times a week.  Every outfit needs stripes, don't you think?

One of my co-workers told me last week that she couldn't pull off knee-high socks with boots.  I assured her she very much could and today she rocked it.  Everyone complimented her and how cute the pair was! Go me! I mean, go her, really.  But also go me!

Monday, November 15, 2010

What the what?! And other exclamations


That is my excuse for missing a day, and yes I will continue to use it well through the summer, thankyouverymuch.  My absence was on the blog only, I assure you.  In fact, I was so busy this weekend with sleeping school work, I channeled Liz Lemon for my outfit on Sunday.
My shirt is wrinkled because I desperately need my mother to iron my closet.
Obviously I was trying to be as awkward as possible.  After I ate a bag of Sabor del Soledad, I wrote some sketch comedy, was mentored by my boss and avoided meaningful relationships.

Today was a fresh start! Except only for me, not for Ed.  Yellow pictures are what you get when you have to take pictures in a poorly-lit apartment because your photographer boyfriend is too tired sick to wake up at 6am with you to take your picture so you have to wait until after its dark. 

Brown scarf-small boutique in Ann Arbor; black tights-TJ Maxx; "leather jacket"-another small boutique in Ann Arbor. Yes I realize I could've gotten it for much cheaper at Target.  Supporting local business and whatnot...
Don't you just hate it when people don't drop everything for you? I mean really.

Just look at it

My favorite thing about Monday mornings:
  • a super boring user-study class lends itself beautifully to catching up on blogs
  • the long walk from my bus stop to the information school has an ATM only two doors down from a cash-only coffee place
  • a new This American Life podcast
Happy Monday, everyone!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Siempre era mi favorito

I wasn't crazy about today's outfit. I realized that I didn't include enough "weekend" clothes in my 30. Or really any weekend clothes at all.  All I wanted to wear today was a sweater and a big scarf, but alas, I made do. 

Because I wasn't loving the duds, we took pictures at my favorite graffiti spot in Austin. Aptly named, really.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hello, world

I've lately been feeling bad for my best bud, Gus. Yesterday I didn't take him to the park, Ed and I went on an impromptu date which resulted in him being home alone for a few hours, and today has been pretty rainy.  Gus hates the rain.  As a consolation prize, I let him be in today's photo shoot.  We even match.
I promise he's happier than he looks.  He's a basset hound, he always seems kind of sad (or stoned).
See, he's happy!  Oh no wait, that's me.
Ok, so maybe he didn't like it so much.  But I do think we can use this gem as our next holiday card:
Have a good weekend, do it for Gus.