What I Wore to Work Today: Tuesday, October 31, 2012
Pants: $1 Goodwill, shortened
I don’t know what I’m doing in this picture either, it’s been awhile and all I remember is wanting to wear something with orange and/or black that day for Halloween. Because I love theme dressing.
What I Wore to Work Today: Monday, October 29, 2012
I’m pretty sure that after taking this morning picture I switched to the black shoes instead of the beige. This photo lies! I’m under the impression that in real life this dress is less shapeless, and the asymmetrical shoulder details show up, and it is overall less like a sack. Two people complimented me on it, so either it is better in real life or they felt sorry for me. “Poor thing, she has no idea how unflattering that dress is, how unfortunate.”
Happy Halloween! I’ve always loved Halloween: costumes, parties, candy, what’s not to love??
When you think of the carved pumpkins that lasted for weeks outside as a kid, it’s because it was autumn in Colorado or the upper Midwest. Pro tip: carve your Arizona pumpkin only a few days before Halloween.
I turned 30 on November 2. I’m still testing out how that feels to say. 30! Good-bye, twenties, you will be remembered always.
My manager suggested that our team dress like the ’80s on Monday as a Halloween team spirit thing. I didn’t want to buy anything and I did want to maintain business casual attire. This is what I came up with. The side ponytail and shoulder pads safety-pinned back into the blouse emphasized the ’80sness of what could otherwise pass for normal day attire.
I was a black widow for Halloween in a costume I made without spending any money at all. The extra legs/arms are cut from my old college graduation gown (why did have I still have it lying around?) and stuffed with bits of leftover quilt batting, and I added the hourglass to an old tank top. The skirt is from last year’s dark angel costume, which had been shortened and made smaller from a large Goodwill skirt. A friend lent me the gloves that just happened to have the red triangles.
When I walked out to the car my friend said, “I knew you were going as a spider, but I didn’t know it was a sexy spider!” Come now, is there any other kind of Black Widow?
Somebody was Indiana Jones and I tried the whip. My spider legs were connected to my wrists by thread, and you can kind of see how when I raised my arms the extra arms came up too.
I came home from a tedious day at work Monday to find a package crammed into my mailbox. When I was finally able to pull it out, ripping the envelope only a little, I saw that it was from my friend Amy Lee back in Minnesota. I didn’t tear into it right away, savoring the possibilities throughout the evening, hoarding the joy of opening it. She made me an apron for my birthday next week! November 2, a Tuesday this year, feel free to make yourself a note.
The apron is a fun mix of prints with giant pockets and Halloween colors, and it fits me perfectly. I wore it tonight when carving pumpkins with a few friends (pictures of our creations to come in a future post). It’s a delightful apron. Thank you Amy Lee!!
My fourth and final Halloween costume was a dark angel fallen from grace. (Some people said, “Hey, the angel of Death!” and I didn’t disagree. I didn’t have anything that specific in mind, maybe I was the angel of Death.) I made the wings using wire coat hangers, a square of corrugated cardboard as anchor in the back, lots of black duct tape, a satin slip, elastic, and another black dress. I bought something like five dresses & nighties from Goodwill on half-off Saturday and ended up using pieces from only two. My original plan was for much larger majestic wings and I scrapped that idea when 1) structural integrity was lacking due to my unreliable engineering, and 2) I’d knock too many things over if they were any bigger. As it was, I poked two people in the face when they were standing downhill from me and I turned without realizing how close they were.
I wore black boots, fishnets, and a black skirt, another Goodwill half-off refashion that I made smaller and shorter to fit me. I asked the gentleman of the house if I needed to cut it any shorter or make it any tighter and he said, “No, no, that gives the idea, that’s plenty good.” It was halfway to my knees and my friends commented on my modesty. I think maybe he just didn’t want me wearing a super short skirt out to parties he wouldn’t be attending…
P.S. No, not pregnant, just caught unawares not sucking in my belly combined with poor posture and a few extra pounds these days. I was going to Photoshop a flatter stomach and decided to just leave it, the unvarnished reality.
On Friday night I went to a party as a hot cop, using my costume from last year. I made the dress out of an old duster-type button shirt, shortening it a whole lot to make a dress, buying a hat and badge, and adding other accessories from around the house. As I liked to say, it’s not that you could see my underwear at times because the hot cop dress was so short; I was wearing a second pair of underpants over the fishnets to hold them up, so technically you could sometimes see my overwear. Plus they were black and modestly cut.
My friend was a cat burglar, burglaring cats. The picture below from last year is Sarah Palin (this was just a few days before the election), hot cop, and a witch. You can tell it’s last year because my hair is shorter and I’m skinnier.
At CrossFit on Friday we came in costume. I started in my giant chicken costume and took it off within 10 minutes to reveal my cheerleader outfit from college. Check out a great video that two CrossFitters, Nathan and Virginia, made and posted by the next day.
The Halloween apron swap package that I put together included the apron, a tote bag made from my favorite Skullfinity fabric lined in orange, a set of Halloween fabric scrap cards, and a bag of candy corn. I’ve gotta say, I was really proud of this package, I think it is my best yet, and the package I received in turn was also fantastic. As for the apron, I recommend that it not be worn with four-year-old SpongeBob pajama pants and a tank top wet with spilled toothpaste. (The picture was taken at 7 a.m. when the photographer generously agreed to wake up early to take a picture before mailing it off that day.) For some great pictures displaying the items, check out the recipient’s blog post.