Just an After

What I Wore to Work Today: Friday, October 26, 2012
Shirt: Goodwill, $1 Thursday refashioned
Jeans: Ross
Shoes: Payless

Turns out I didn’t take a Before picture of this new pink checked shirt. It was wider and otherwise the same, not a spectacular refashion, all I did was bring in the sides. Then again, it changed it from unwearable to pretty cute, so maybe I shouldn’t dismiss it. Good work, self, fine job seeing the potential and executing the necessary steps to get it there.

October 30, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

One of the first

What I Wore to Work Today: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Dress: Goodwill, $1 Thursday refashioned
Cardigan: Target
Belt: Gift from Sara
Shoes: Target

This was one of the first dresses I refashioned, way back in the day, like, two whole years ago. I was regularly reading the now-defunct (and possibly being resurrected??) Wardrobe Refashion and was also particularly inspired by Sew I Thought, which showcased more refashioning back then. I tried it myself and suddenly I was wearing dresses.

October 29, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Links, Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

For Science!

What I Wore to Work Today: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Dress: Ross
Belt: Random gift from my mom
Shoes: Payless

I was rummaging through my closet last week trying to decide what to wear to a party where we drank cheap vodka for science and I came across this stretchy gold belt. My mother had sent to it me awhile ago, maybe even last year, and I had never worn it. I was surprised I hadn’t given it away already, actually. I tried it on and thought Huh, maybe I could make that work, and later I wore it to the office.

So about that party For Science. A friend needed assistance calibrating the dosages for his dissertation’s alcohol lab. His research focuses on the speed at which a person reaches peak blood alcohol content and how that rate correlates with different things. One example hypothesis: the faster  BAC peaks and begins to fall again, the greater the risk of alcohol abuse.

Each subject was weighed and given a corresponding number of pretzels to eat as quickly as possible. (This part of Science wasn’t a ton of fun.) Then, we were given our alcohol dose to drink within 10 minutes, again based on weight/height/age/sex. Form there we were breathalyzed every 10 minutes until the BAC started to drop again (usually in the .04-.09 window, the Drinking For Science wasn’t a total bender or anything). Turns out the meters couldn’t handle the number of people — there wasn’t enough time for them to reset between readings — and started malfunctioning after awhile. Even though there wasn’t a much usable data for his research, it was a fun night.

October 28, 2012. Tags: , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

Disco ball for the car

What I Wore to Work Today: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Cardigan: Target
Tank top: Goodwill
Skirt: Target
Shoes: Target

When I’m wearing this tank top in the car on a sunny day (read: 95% of days here), the sequins cast off little flecks of light like a disco ball. Yeah, my 2002 Buick is a party. A party, I’m telling you.

October 27, 2012. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

The office tshirt

What I Wore to Work Today: Friday, October 19, 2012
Tshirt: Target
Jeans: Goodwill, hemmed
Shoes: Payless

Nine people report to my manager at work, eight of us women. Half of the team own a bunch of the same tshirts from Target, and once in awhile we’ll end up wearing the exact same one. Last Friday I initially reached for a blue one, and then realized somebody else was probably going to wear it so grabbed last season’s maroon-y brown one instead. I was right. Office sartorial faux pas avoided!

October 26, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Things will be done

What I Wore to Work Today: Thursday, October 18, 212
Shirt: Goodwill, $1 Thursday refashioned
Skirt: Goodwill
Shoes: Target

I bought a little basil plant. At some point it will get planted in the large pot. I used passive voice there because, let’s face it, I don’t know when I’ll get around to it, and I want to create some distance between the potting of the basil and my own actions.

 

October 22, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

Miniature windchimes

What I Wore to Work Today: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Cardigan, tank top, skirt, shoes: Target
Earrings: Claire’s

I haven’t worn these earrings, which you can’t really see in the picture, in quite awhile. They’re a nice teal color that worked with the cobalt/navy/green thing. When I turned my head, sometimes I could hear a gentle tinkling or clinking at my ear. I wear earrings more often as my hair gets longer — I like them if I pull my hair into a ponytail, which sometimes happens during the day, especially if I’m wearing a collared shirt.

 

October 21, 2012. Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Mixing it up

What I Wore to Work Today: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Dress; Target
Shoes: Payless

I worried that I had worn this dress or its sibling too recently, so I wore it with the black heels instead of the beige. Problem solved! As I walked to my cubicle in the morning a passerby said, “Ooh, looks like somebody went dress shopping!” At least one person was fooled! Maybe next time I’ll use a separate belt rather than the thin fabric-string belt. What will I think of next???

October 19, 2012. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

1981?

What I Wore to Work Today: Monday, October 15, 2012
Shirt: Goodwill, $1 Thursday
Pants: Ross, hemmed
Shoes: Payless
Earrings: Garage sale

Something about this shirt feels retro to me, I don’t know if it’s the color or the stripes or the neckline or what. When I wore it with polyester pants I felt like I had slipped back in time 30 years. Anybody who wasn’t a fetus and/or newborn in 1981 want to verify the accuracy of this impression?

October 18, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

Red housedress

What I Wore to Work Today: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Dress: Fundraiser used clothing sale, refashioned
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

I was volunteering with some coworkers at a Dress For Success fundraiser where they were selling the donated clothing that didn’t meet their business attire requirements and somebody brought this dress over to me.

“I saw this and thought of you! What do you think?” she asked.

“Isn’t it a bit… um… big for you….?” another woman hesitated, looking at the dress and at me and back at the dress with a confused, polite little smile. We laughed and explained that I would refashion it into something different for me. She was visibly relieved.

$5 toward a good cause and the possibility of a fun red dress with tiny white polka-dots? I’ll take it!

The result is fine and received a few compliments at work. (“Cute dress!”). Still, after another wearing or two I’ll send it on its way. Keeping the original belt, though.

October 16, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Links, Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

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