Category Archives: Clothes

December Photo Challenge Day 6: Favorite Sweater

SweaterMy current favorite sweater is this long, black, open cardigan that I picked up at Target a few weeks ago. It’s super soft and keeps me very warm, but its best quality is that if you were to, say, eat a pound of stuffing, two rolls, and two slices of pie on Thanksgiving, it would camouflage that shit no problem. Not that that happened or anything.

I was going to take a picture of me WEARING the sweater, but Dave took the camera with him to work this morning, so instead I drew my outfit in Paint. You’re welcome.


Apparently my left tibia broke free from my bootie.

Although this particular sweater is currently sold out online (check your local store, though!), Target is kind of killing it right now with their open cardigan selection – my favorites are this and this. PLUS right now Target is running a buy 1 get 1 50% off deal on clothing, shoes and accessories, so basically you are just wasting money if you don’t take advantage of that deal.

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December Photo Challenge Day 5: Outfit Photo

I had planned on wearing a dress today, and when I woke up and saw that it was 3 degrees outside with a high of 34, I knew I’d need to come up with some extra layers to keep from freezing. Enter: boot socks and a chunky cowl.


Imagine that I’m standing two feet to the left so you can actually see my tree.

Dress, JCP (similar) | Sweater, Old Navy (similar) | Tights, Target | Boots, Audrey Brooke (similar)| Cowl, handmade | Boot socks, Target (similar)

CowlCowls are one of my favorite things to crochet – they take no time at all (especially when you use a giant hook, like I did for this one), and they make such a huge difference when it’s cold out. I thought I’d lost this one, but discovered it hiding out under my desk when I was vacuuming at work yesterday. Apparently I don’t vacuum very often. #dirtbag. Speaking of dirtbags, those boot socks are really just the top half of boot socks. The ones I bought weren’t tall enough to stick up out the top of my boots, so I just hacked the feet off and wear them like leg warmers. I may look like an extra in an Olivia Newton John music video before I put my boots on, but it works.

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NaBloPoMo Day 21: Describe an Outfit That Makes You Feel Good

Now that it’s cold outside, most days you will find me in some variation of dark wash jeans, boots, and a drapey cardigan. So when I first saw this prompt I was going to put together an outfit to show you involving tall boots, my trusty AE skinny jeans, and this fantastic sweater that I just got from Target.¬† But even though I love my standard fall outfit, it’s still not my favorite thing to wear. If I’m being honest, this is the type of outfit that makes me feel my best:

Running Clothes

My cat’s main purpose in life is to photobomb me.

Here is why I love my running clothes:

– I don’t have to match

– My ASICS GEL-Kayanos make me feel like I’m walking (and running!) on clouds

– Compression tights = instant 10-lb. weight loss

I recently took a little break from my running clothes, mostly for mental reasons (and partly because it’s pitch black when I leave work at 5 p.m. and DARK = TIME FOR BED). I’ve mentioned before that I read a lot of healthy living/running blogs, and sometimes I find myself a little too obsessed with the number on the scale or how my weekly mileage log measures up to my favorite bloggers. When that happens, I know it’s time to take a step back and have a little come-to-Jesus moment. To let myself know that it’s OK to take a break if I’m feeling burnt out. And that the producers of “My 600 Pound Life” probably won’t come calling because I didn’t run for 10 days and also ate a cinnamon roll. Or two. Or three BUT IN MY DEFENSE THEY HAD CREAM CHEESE ICING. So instead of pounding away on the treadmill, I spent my evenings for the last week and a half reading young adult fantasy novels and watching crime shows on Netflix. And not feeling even a little bit guilty about it.

Yesterday I woke up feeling like I wanted to go for a run, so after work I threw on my favorite running tights and geared up for what I figured would be a terrible three miles. Weirdly, I felt awesome and strong and basically what I’m saying is that when I’m not busy comparing myself to everyone else, that’s how my running clothes make me feel: Awesome. Strong. Invincible, even. Way better than wearing dumb old skinny jeans and counting calories.

NaBloPoMo November 2013

NaBloPoMo Day 9: Flannel and Parades

I’ve been kind of obsessed with plaid lately, so I ordered this shirt while playing around online during a lunch break last week. It arrived last night, so I wore it to my city’s annual Veterans Day parade this morning. It was freezing (below freezing, actually), so I threw on my new flannel puffer vest over it (and added a sparkly necklace because duh). I like it so much that I might get it in other colors.

Flannel and Puffer VestALSO, it turns out I’m not going to get a three day weekend after all, due to a stupid website problem that developed at work on Friday. Long story short, a very important video on our website won’t play and I was informed by our web designer that it’s “probably an .htaccess problem.” I spent about three hours trying to understand what the hell .htaccess is, but all the explanations I found just made it worse. Example: “An .htaccess file is a directory-level configuration file supported by several web servers, that allows for decentralized management of web server configuration.”

And just like that, my relaxing weekend of watching Netflix in my pajamas has been replaced with trolling WordPress help forums and reading the free sample pages of Web Servers for Dummies on Amazon.

NaBloPoMo November 2013

Hello From the Desert!


I’m in Phoenix for work this week, so my posting will be a bit sporadic. (I can’t use that word without picturing Tai.) Pictured above is the awesome pool outside my room that I will not have time to swim in. Unless I fake being sick and get out of booth duty. Don’t think that thought hasn’t crossed my mind.


The resort we’re at is beautiful, and so far my favorite thing to do during breaks is sip iced coffee while taking in the views.


And as a bonus, here is what I wore to dinner with my boss last night:


The attire was listed as “business casual,” so I took it literally and threw on a plain white tee with my pencil skirt. Travel wrecks my brain.

Have you ever been to Phoenix? Are there any great restaurants I need to try? Let me know in the comments!

Hello, Moto

Back in the early aughts, before iPhones existed and nobody knew what a Miley Cyrus was, I had a Motorola flip phone. The default ringtone was this awful techno music with a guy going, “Hello, Moto” over and over. In fact, here’s a little Throwback Thursday present for you: a picture of me ON that flip phone, most likely forcing one of my college friends to help me figure out if the Dashboard Confessional lyrics on my crush’s MySpace profile were about his hidden love for me:

Hello Moto

“It CAN’T be a coincidence that he asked to borrow a pen on the same day he posted ‘I will love you always forever,’ right??”

I swear this has a point beyond the fact that I used to be a total tool. I was looking at moto jackets online the other day and it reminded me of that song and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. If you’ve never heard “Hello, Moto” you can listen to it here but just promise not to send me hate mail for getting it stuck in your head because IT WILL GET STUCK IN YOUR HEAD and you will want to die.

I sort of forgot I owned a moto jacket until I was about to buy one online and thought “huh, this looks kind of familiar” and then I realized it was because I have almost the exact same jacket hanging in my closet. I was so excited to re-discover it, and wore it to work yesterday with jeans. I was going to take a proper picture of my outfit after work, but then we went to the wine bar, and then to a Mexican restaurant where I thought topping off our bottle of wine with a giant beerita would be a good idea on a work night, and what I’m trying to say is that I was up past my bedtime so all I’ve got to show you is this:

Sorry about that. Here are some people who did not drink half a bottle of wine and a giant beerita and forget to take pictures of their jacket:

I can’t justify buying another one, but I don’t want all my shopping research to go to waste so I will point you toward some of my favorites I found when I was looking around: I really liked this and this from Target, and this studded one is cool, too.

How do you feel about the moto jacket trend?

They’re my new, “I don’t need a job, I don’t need my parents, I’ve got great boots” boots

The nearest Starbucks is 50 miles from my house, so every year I have to figure out when fall is here based on the weather instead of the advent of the pumpkin spice latte. Not that I’m any less dorky than the PSL fans who start celebrating fall in late August: I have been refreshing my weather app every 10 minutes looking for an excuse move my boots and sweaters out of the guest bedroom closet.

Friends, yesterday was that day:


I’m choosing to ignore the fact that we’re already having freeze watches in September and focus on how much I’ve missed wearing boots:


Obviously, I’m embarrassed by the amount of dust on my mirror. But not embarrassed enough to take another picture now that it’s clean.

These boots are the Audrey Brooke Higrade and they are the best, most versatile boots I’ve ever owned. It looks like they’re no longer available (I bought them last year), but these are the same brand at the same price point, and honestly they look pretty much like the same boot.¬† If you’re looking for an option under $100 (life tip: you should never NOT be looking for great footwear¬† under $100), these are really cute.

I was all set to wear my boots again today, but then came across this and now I’m having a crisis:


I mean … 45 degrees seems like perfectly acceptable boot weather to me, but I also get cold whenever the temperature dips below 80. So help me out, please – how low does the temperature have to be for you to bust out your boots?