2013_04_01 smile

What I Wore to Work Today: Monday, April 1, 2013

Dress: $1 Goodwill, refashioned
Shoes: Walmart

I have two hours until the deadline for a short essay on why Microsoft Project 2010  is an excellent tool for meeting project goals for a new class I’m taking on Microsoft Project. The actual writing, editing, and submitting of this essay will 20 minutes maybe, and even though it’s a minor commitment here I am posting a few backlogged photos to Rabbit Style News instead because it seems like an insurmountable task. Both are on my To Do List, so either way I’ll get to cross off something.


hotel room dress before

April 30, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Scintillating commentary


What I Wore to Work Today: March 29, 2013
Shirt: $1 Goodwill, refashioned
Jeans: Goodwill, shortened
Sneakers: Payless, laces from Target

I don’t remember anything about this day. I’m guessing it was a Friday because I’m wearing jeans, and also because a calendar tells me that March 29 was a Friday. That’s the kind of top-notch commentary you can expect from this blog.

blue floral shirt before

April 29, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Life lessons

2013_03_28 hand on hip

What I Wore to Work Today: March 28, 2013
Tshirt: Target
Pants: $1 Goodwill, refashioned

This has become one of my favorite shirts. If I had known this at the beginning, I would have purchased two at the same time, saving one to be a replacement when the first gets old and faded. By the time I realized this, it wasn’t being sold anymore and it was too late.

Probably a life lesson. When you have a passion for something, go for it wholeheartedly before it’s too late.

puddling on the floor: never good

April 22, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Cardigan weather

2013_03_28 cardigan

What I Wore to Work Today: March 28, 2013
Cardigan: Target
Dress: Target
Shoes: Walmart

Remember when it was a mere 70 degrees during the afternoon and a brisk 50 at night? That sure was nice. Triple digits are right around the corner now…


2013_03_26 sidelong glance

April 21, 2013. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Haircut and lounge singer dress


hair March 2013 after hair march 2013 before-001

I grow my hair out for 9-18 months and then I get it chopped off again. I enjoy the dramatic change and the gradual transition through different styles/lengths over time.

I attended a cocktail CrossFit gym grand reopening party that same night wearing a $1 Goodwill dress that I originally bought for a tacky prom party only to discover that it wasn’t particularly tacky. Satin and ruched and shiny blue and tight, yes, but maybe it could be worn without irony in the right situation…

I added a ribbon strap with safety pins and promptly forgot about it. Several years later, I came across it again and wore it to this party. And failed to take a full-length standing photo.

haircut 2013 after

crossfit party march 2013 sitting

April 8, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Incomplete victory

navy hawaiian print dress after profileWhat I Wore Only Once to Take Pictures on My Balcony: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Dress: $1 Goodwill, refashioned
Belt: Xi, came with a blouse
Shoes: Goodwill
Earrings: Unknown, probably Claire’s

Turns out polyester, or whatever this dress is made of (the tag was too faded to read), really doesn’t dye very well. The first round was a regular dye for natural fibers and dyed the binding only. The second attempt used iDye Poly and changed the color only slightly while stinking up my apartment. The third approach meant 60 minutes simmering on my stove, getting black vapor residue on the microwave above the stove, and a mostly-dyed dress.

Admitting that was as good as it was going to get, I did a hack job refashion. It turned out too short with a neckline and bodice portion I didn’t particularly enjoy and didn’t want to deal with. Good enough for an After picture? Certainly. And then directly into the giveaway basket.

navy hawaiian print dress before


April 5, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

A nod to St. Patrick’s Day

blue & green watercolor skirt after straight on

What I Wore to a St. Patrick’s Day Party: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Tshirt: Target
Skirt: $1 Goodwill, refashioned
Boots: Famous Footwear
Earrings: Claire’s

I went to Goodwill the Thursday before St. Patrick’s Day with the plan to find a green dress for a dollar to refashion. While I didn’t find a dress, this skirt caught my eye. I really liked the lace hem, and with a non-shamrock green tshirt it worked for the party without being too on-the-nose. I’ve already worn it again and have plans to wear it to a Talib Kweli show this weekend too.

blue & green watercolor skirt before

April 4, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

Paula Poundstone!

Paula Poundstone Feb 2013

What I Wore to a Paula Poundstone Show: Friday, February 15, 2013
Dress: Ross
Cardigan: Target
Clutch: Gift from my brother and his wife
Earrings: Claire’s

By sheer coincidence I ended up wearing stripes just like Paula Poundstone and we totally coordinated when I got to take my picture with her after the show. She’s one of my favorite panelists on “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me”, along with Adam Felber, Jessie Klein, and Mo Rocca.

It was sort of a date, the kind of date with dinner and a show and your ex-boyfriend whom you still see sometimes and at the end of the evening he tells you that he has been dating someone for a few weeks and so you two won’t be hanging out anymore except as purely platonic friends because if things get serious with her he doesn’t want to have to tell her about any sort of overlap with his ex-girlfriend, and then you don’t end up hanging out as friends either after that. One of those kinds of dates.

paula poundstone dress slim

April 3, 2013. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, Words. Leave a comment.

Patron of the arts

romeo & juliet ballet - just me

What I Wore to the Ballet: February 17, 2003
Dress: $1 Goodwill, refashioned
Cardigan: Target
Belt: Gift from Sarah
Shoes: Payless
Earrings: Claire’s
Clutch: Gift from my brother and sister-in-law

I’m getting all out of order here. This is what I wore in mid-February to see “Romeo & Juliet” at the ballet, where I insisted on calling myself a “patron of the arts”.

This clutch was a Christmas gift from my brother and sister-in-law. A few days before it arrived I was at Goodwill looking for a top to refashion into a shrug before I went to the Nutcracker (more ballet!) and stopped briefly at the purse section. I listed the criteria of what I was looking for: a clutch that could be dressed up or down, jewel tone, magnetic clasp, single color with some structural detail…

Four days later a box shows up at my doorstep containing this little bag, matching every single bullet point. It was eerie and perfect. I hadn’t mentioned it to anybody and I was alone at the store. Get out of my head!!

black shift dress before headless

April 2, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

The cat’s meow


What I Wore to Work Today: March 18, 2013
Blouse: Target, tailored, new
Skirt: Goodwill, shortened
Shoes: Payless
Earrings: Claire’s

Is “the cat’s meow” a real phrase? Maybe I should have gone with “the bee’s knees”, although that’s not a reference to the leopard print. Ooh: the cat’s pajamas. That’s probably what I was thinking of.

I bought this blouse in December or early January during a Target binge with gift cards from work and I finally took in the sides. The chiffon texture and ruffles across the chest don’t show up in the picture.

leopard print blouse before


April 1, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.