Style Imitating Art: Spring by Demuth

2016_05_27 Style Imitating Art

What I Wore to Work Today: Friday, May 27, 2016
Top: Target
Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters
Shoes: Payless
Sunglasses: Target
Dog: Hand-me-down from my mother

Erin from Loop Looks selected the Style Imitating Art piece this week, Spring by Charles Demuth.

2016_05_27 SIA painting
2016_05_27 asha tongue

May 30, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Dog, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

More from last summer

These are the last What I Wore to Work Today pictures taken on my apartment balcony before I moved into the house.

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What I Wore to Work Today: July 28, 2015
Shirt and skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless
Belt: Target

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What I Wore to Work Today: July 31, 2015
Blouse: Ann Taylor
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless


What I Wore to Work Today: August 3, 2015
Top: Ross
Pants: Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

January 31, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Dog, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Doggie dinner station: Before & After

doggie dinner station before doggie dinner station after

My dog is a sloppy drinker. She splashes water and doesn’t have the excuse of prodigious jowls or floofy ears getting in the way or youthful enthusiasm that cannot be restrained. She’s just messy.

More than a year after getting the little weasel I finally made a doggie dinner station placement using a piece of this home dec fabric roll I got at Goodwill. I also moved it to a dedicated spot in the dining room so it’s not directly next to the garbage and recycle anymore. Same floor, just different lighting for a different appearance.

Doggie Dinner is the magic phrase and soon she’ll probably learn “supper” too, which is what I say when I want to talk about dinner without drawing her attention.

blue and white goodwill home dec fabric

October 22, 2015. Tags: , , . Dog, Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

Thunderstorms are scary

2015_05_03 asha thunder

We had a rare thunderstorm in May — it’s usually one of the months with the least precipitation, second only to June. We also had rain in June this year, the first measurable rain in the first two weeks of the month since 1993 and the first measurable Phoenix rain ever on June 5. That leaves June 11 as the only remaining day without recorded precipitation over the years.

My dog did not appreciate the May storm. I was sitting on the living room floor doing something or other and she came to make her concerns known. She stared at me, she stared outside, she stared back at me. I declined to make the thunder stop happening so she settled in to watch the storm through the sliding doors from the safety of my lap.

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2015_05_03 asha thunder-002

June 30, 2015. Tags: . Dog, Pictures, Words. Leave a comment.

Work-free Monday

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What I Wore Not at Work Today: April 20, 2015
Blouse: Gap, gift from a friend in 2010
Pants: Banana Republic
Shoes: Payless

I gave myself a Monday off work a month ago because I was feeling burned out. I did a lot of fun things over that long weekend, including dressing nicer than my usual jeans and t-shirt one day and planting marigolds and some small bulbs. The bulbs should have been planted months before, so we’ll see together if they bloom. Stay tuned!

2015_04_20 day off

May 20, 2015. Tags: , . Dog, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

Post-laundry pants

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What I Wore to Work Today: April 6, 2015
Blouse: Loft, new
Pants: Banana Republic
Shoes: Payless

I keep wearing these tight pants to work, despite previous statements to the contrary, after I’ve worn them post-laundry once and they stretch just a bit during that time. Pretty sure that’s a sign I should not in fact be wearing them to the office.

I have pants that fit best right out of the laundry before they loosen and get saggy, and pants that are uncomfortably tight until they’ve stretched a little from their dryer time.


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May 4, 2015. Tags: , , , . Dog, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

A world outside the balcony

2015_03_16 asha tongueWhat I Wore to Work Today: March 16, 2015
Blouse: Ann Taylor
Pants: Banana Republic, new
Shoes: Payless

I bought new pants that are ankle length, which I had always thought of as an ugly and unflattering style of pants. When I finally bought jeggings, joining the world of skinny pants just as hints of returning bootcut and flares and wideleg are in the air, I also bought some ankle-length pants. (I bought a bunch of things that week in a frenzy of spending.) After a couple wearings they were loose and a little, well, saggy, in the seat. They recently came out of the dryer truly legging tight and I realized I probably wouldn’t be wearing them to work again.

Hey look, a few pictures that aren’t on my balcony! I wrangled a photographer to take a few photos outside!

2015_03_16 outside2015_03_16 looking at dog2015_03_16 balcony2015_03_16 modeling

April 6, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Dog, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Fate of the beanie babies


What I Wore to Work Today: March 12, 2015
Blouse:  Ann Taylor
Pants: Goodwill
Shoes: Payless

Last summer my mother mailed me a beanie baby she found, Ziggy the zebra date of birth 12-24-95, thinking my dog might enjoy playing with it. For some reason Asha doesn’t like it — she’ll chase it, start to pick it up, and then leave it. Something about the smell or or weight or texture, maybe? A different beanie baby gift this spring passes muster, Strut the chicken date of birth 3-8-96, so it’s a mystery.

asha toy basket

Somebody carefully archived these two toys in mint condition, daydreaming about the piles of money they’d make one day on their investment. Twenty years later, these beanie babies are hanging out in a small dog’s toy basket, not even on the Top 5 Favorite Toys list. Bird then Chipmunk are in the lead by far, as you can see in the pictures below. Then Mousey, Duckfront, and a tie between Duckbutt and tennis balls. The original duck was too big to interest her so I cut and sewed it into two pieces. Edited to add: I found a Before picture of the poor duck on my phone!

asha bird and chipmunkasha bird and chipmunk sleeping

asha duckfront and duckbutt beforeasha duckfront and duckbutt

April 5, 2015. Tags: , , , , , . Dog, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 5 comments.



What I Wore to Work Today: February 26, 2015
Shirt: Target
Pants: Goodwill
Necklace: Target
Watch: Target, new
Earrings: Charming Charlie’s
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

There’s my dog again, she has come out to the balcony a few times to see what’s happening. I’m wearing nothing special, is what’s happening.

I bought a new watch, something small and inexpensive and nice enough to wear with nice outfits. My other watch with a non-broken wristband is a velcro band sports stopwatch, so it wasn’t a high bar to clear. I usually don’t wear a watch unless I have a specific reason to do so: going out for lunch, taking public transportation, running.

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March 19, 2015. Tags: , , , . Dog, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

Dividing by zero


What I Wore to Work Today: February 25, 2015
Jacket: Ann Taylor, new
Tshirt: Target
Pants: Target
Belt: Target
Necklace: Target
Shoes: Payless

Hey look, there’s my dog.

I can’t remember if I have worn this jacket yet in pictures here. It’s the jacket part of the suit I finally bought last November after saying for years that I needed to buy a real suit, one that comes in petite sizes to avoid the child-playing-at-adulthood look that can happen with a small young-looking woman. So there I was on Black Friday, perusing Ann Taylor’s website and guessing at which pants style I should buy (6 variations based on trouser vs straight leg and traditional vs modern vs city fits). So far I have been wearing the pants (trouser leg, modern fit) and jacket as separates, which the internet tells me is OK and TERRIBLE, depending on which website I ask. I haven’t actually worn the skirt yet, making its cost-per-wear incalculable. ($Price / # Wears = $50/0 = ???)

When I was in elementary school I dreamed of winning the Nobel Prize in Mathematics for determining how to divide by zero. My innocent little self didn’t yet know that 1) there isn’t a Nobel Prize in Mathematics and I should have been dreaming of the Fields Medal, 2) the Fields Medal had not been award to a woman until 2014, and 3) dreams that big would not be part of my life. Sorry to disappoint you, 9-year-old self.

This depressing message brought to you by the migraine that lived forever.

I’m ok, just worn out. Things will be better soon, before this post hits the presses even.

2015_02_25 no dog

March 18, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Dog, Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

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