Style Imitating Art – Sunrise

 

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I’ve been following Style Imitating Art from Animated Cardigan, 14 Shades of Grey, and Librarian for Life and Style for awhile. And now I am actually participating and submitting in time!

Ok, fine, so I haven’t worn this to work yet. The rain all week got in the way of pictures outside, and I worked from home a couple days while I was sick.

I was excited that my usual photo spot includes the fuchsia bougainvillea background as a nod to O’Keeffe’s flower paintings. Unfortunately, the bright magenta color looks red in my old camera’s pictures — in real life there’s a difference between my red pants and the pink flowers. My belt is a touch of gold sun.

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Sunrise – Georgia O’Keeffe 1916

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What I Am Going to Wear to Work One Day: January 10, 2016
Blouse: Banana Republic
Pants: Old Navy
Belt: My mom mailed it to me randomly, I think she picked it up from a garage sale
Shoes: Wal-Mart when I unexpectedly wanted dress shoes in Hawaii to attend a concert

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January 10, 2016. Tags: , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

A whole new year!

Oh look it’s suddenly 2016 and I’m back in the ol’ blogarooni and WordPress is all different stuff again. I’ll figure it out later, as I always say…

It’s a whole new year, a brand new world.

My middle school was two houses away from my grandparents’ house and I went through a phase of walking over after school and hanging out for awhile. I’d read the paper, talk to Grandma and Grandpa, eat snacks, tinker on the piano from an old hymnal. (Grandma and Grandpa, did you guys buy a hymnal or did you just… borrow one from the church??) I got to the point where I could play my grandfather’s favorite hymn, “God of Grace and God of Glory”, including all the chords on both hands. I’ve always had big hands for somebody my size and enjoyed reaching the bigger chords. (Aww, that post from October 2010 hints at the clearly-absurd idea I had had at some point that maybe I’d get married in September 2011. Haha that’s cute. Marriage isn’t in your future, my young friend.)

When I was in a particularly cheerful mood I’d sing little songs in the tiny bathroom on the opposite side of the living room wall, often A Whole New World from “Aladdin”, or the hymns I was playing earlier. I later learned that the bathroom was not soundproof — why did I ever think it was?? — and I was retroactively mortified about all my bathroom singing. If my grandparents heard me they were polite enough, kind enough, to refrain from letting on.

It’s a new year and I’ll start it by throwing old photos on the blog.

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July 10, 2015
Blouse: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless
Security badge: My employer, god bless them

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July 13, 2015
Dress: Uh, Macy’s maybe?
Shoes: Payless

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July 21, 2015
Blouse: Loft
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless

January 6, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Links, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

34!

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Happy 34th birthday to me! Now that 34 sounds even older than 33 (it’s almost into the next age bracket of 35-55 on surveys!), I’ll get to enjoy even more conversations like this one at the fabric store cutting counter last week:

Me: 1 yard of these two, and half a yard of the batiks, please.
50-something Clerk: Ok. What are you working on?
Me: A project with my quilt guild.
Clerk: [pause] So you’re learning to quilt, huh?
Me: Well, not really, I’ve been doing it about 8 years. I do consider myself a beginner, though, definitely not an expert or anything.
Clerk: You must have been really small when you started then!
Me: I was in my mid-twenties.
Clerk: Oh! I thought you were still in your teens!

My new response when somebody tells me that I look 15, or they thought I was 23, or there’s no way I’m 34 haha stop lying now tell us your real age for real this time, is going to be silence. Nothing. I’m not agreeing with them (“Haha I know”) or apologizing (“Yeah, I’m sorry, everybody says that”) or pretending like they’re the first person to say it (“what?? that’s weird, everybody always thinks I’m older than my age”) or responding as though it’s a compliment, which can go on awhile (“thank you, that’s so kind of you to say!” “You really do though!” “How nice, thank you!” “No, I’m not trying to be nice, I really thought you were in college” “Aw, thank you, I’m flattered!” “I’m not trying to flatter you, I’m just saying the truth, you look really young” “You’re too sweet, thank you!”).

Instead, it will be nothing.
“Oh my god no way I thought you were 20!”
“….”

Happy birthday to me!

What I Wore to Work Today: Friday, October 23, 2015
Blouse: Ann Taylor
Camisole: Target
Pants: Banana Republic
Shoes: Payless, new

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November 2, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

Office Temps: Team Cold

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What I Wore to Work Today: July 2, 2015
Jacket and blouse: Xi Clothing, new
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless

I keep this blazer at work as an option when I get a little chilly. I love when it’s cold — too cold is so much better than too hot! This issue picked up steam (ha!) over the summer when various thinkpieces garnered attention (Washington Post, New York Times). I’m firmly in the Let’s Make It Cold camp. If I were too cold, I’d have only myself to blame with these skirts and bare legs and sleeveless tops.
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September 16, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Now it’s July!

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What I Wore to Work Today: July 1, 2015
Blazer: Ann Taylor, new
Dress: Macy’s?
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

Hey look I was still wearing clothes to work in July! This was back before I started wearing basically the same thing to work every day when I had a lot going on at the office and travel every weekend and moving preparations and assorted things that drained my interest in thinking about my daily clothes.

This blazer was new around this time. It’s a textured navy blue material and worth the expense so far.
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September 14, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

What I Wore to Work in June

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 29, 2015
Top, skirt: Ann Taylor
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

Look at those beautiful green basil plants, early in the summer before they died. Those were the days.

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September 13, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

’80s Training Montage

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 24, 2015
Shirt: Levi’s outlet store
Pants: Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

Today’s Songza playlist is ’80s Training Montage, to pump me up for chores. Let’s vacuum!!

You’re pumped. You’re ready. All you need is an awesomely cheesy personal soundtrack to energize you as you grind through your workout. Let these ’80s (along with some ’70s) songs lead the way.

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July 3, 2015. Tags: , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Time for a haircut?

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 22, 2015
Blouse: Loft
Pants: Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

I’ve started pulling my hair up a lot, partly because of the heat. Again, we’re all fools for living here. This sort of climate is not suited to support 4 million people in a two-county metro area. I was one of the almost-a-million people who moved here between April 2000 and April 2010. (I arrived in not-quite-triumph August 11, 2004, after getting into a car accident in Bernalillo, NM that totaled my car, a beautiful 1991 Ford Taurus that I had owned for a week. Welcome to post-college life!)

Am I doing anything about the obvious folly of living here? Am I, perhaps, moving to a more sustainable area? Maybe a state with water? Haha, no, thanks for the offer but I’m going about 3 miles down the street if all goes well.

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July 2, 2015. Tags: , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Intent to Vacate

2015_06_19-001What I Wore to Work Today: June 19, 2015
Blouse: Don’t remember
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless

I submitted a Resident Intent to Vacate form. I gave notice that I will be moving out when my lease ends August 31 instead of renewing, after more than five years in this apartment. I want to live in a small rental house with a yard and space for a small raised bed garden in the sun and, if I should be so lucky, a dog door already installed. Still in the same city and even the same general area, ideally a couple miles closer to my office.

I don’t have a place lined up yet, I’m counting on The Universe coming through for me. If the weeks have ticked by and there’s no house for me I’ll get an apartment, and I’ll experience the fun of new carpets and layouts and neighborhoods and routines (where will I do my grocery shopping??) and it will be Okay.

It was a spontaneous decision. I received my reminder and rent renewal offer and was disappointed to see rent increased again. Two weeks passed. Then I thought, “Wait, what if I don’t re-sign???”

The last time I looked for a new place a 5 1/2 year relationship had just ended. He moved into the spare room and I started my apartment search. The atmosphere in the house was civil and embarrassed, like a doctor’s waiting room where you see somebody from work flipping through a magazine. You nod politely and wish they weren’t there — your mind drifts to possible reasons for their visit and you don’t want to think about it, why are you even imagining that, what’s wrong with your brain? It’s uncomfortable even though nobody is doing anything wrong, and you’re relieved when they’re out of sight.

This time around I’m moving for the fun of it and I’m excited.

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July 1, 2015. Tags: , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 4 comments.

Hemming decisions

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 17, 2015
Top: Target
Pants: Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

These are my new go-to work pants.I haven’t decided what to do about the hem yet. They’re folded under here and stayed put throughout the day. The next time they show up here they’ll be full-length. I could leave them as-is and fold/not fold on a case-by-case basis. I could buy a second pair and hem one and leave the other. I could hem them halfway between the two options. Anything could happen.

June 29, 2015. Tags: , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

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