6.27.2016

Make It Good's Parachute Dress & Cats

When I received this Make It Good dress, I was a little disappointed. They called it the "parachute dress" and I thought they would be like the Make It Good dresses I already own -- this great "parachute" material that was thin but airy and kinda consistently-wrinkled. But this was a totally different material, way more see-through and it felt less breathable. It would be impossible to wear it without a slip or - my jam - miniskirt-length pettipants. (Hate if you're gonna hate but they're perfect and kind of Little House on the Prairie. I don't know why anyone wears traditional slips. Now, those are stupid.) The fabric - and dress - has grown on me though. It's light and airy and while it wrinkles a little, it doesn't hold wrinkles for long. 

This is not an intentional modeling pose, just adjusting the omnipresent sunglasses on my head while the iPhone timer went off.


^ Make It Good dress, Stitch Prism necklace, 
sweatshop Vans slip-ons, old tote DIY dyed ^

This tote is one of the regular ol' white totes I dyed with iDye way back when, and then I forgot to post a review. Basically everything I dyed came out this dark blue with some faded-white splotches. I thought it would be a lot lighter, or I wouldn't have dyed screen-printed totes (especially one with cat faces) but hindsight is 20/20. I know some people might care about the splotches but I'm more of a wabi-sabi gal myself, which can be translated into many less f's given about that kind of thing for the less woo woo among us. 

This year I finally discovered the beauty of ankle-length socks and they've been ever-present. I used to just wear my canvas shoes sans socks before -- kind of gross and maybe a little undignified? Hello, Civilization, I'm finally here.

Speaking of Civilization, I've just been quietly grieving the state of humanity along with the rest of you (Orlando, Trump, Brexit, weak gun control efforts, tourists beating and standing on a sea turtle they dragged out of the water to take selfies with, etc). I vacillate between anger, depression and incredulity. It's hard to know whether to keep diving in to the news cycle so you're informed in opinion or dialogue and when to give your circuits-bursting mind a break. 

But you know, when in doubt -- CATS:


6.20.2016

The GOOD (dresses), the BAD (fit) and the UGLY (Tevas)

Dudes. It is officially summer. And do you know what I realized? Tevas don't really look good with anything. Wear them if you want. I do. But know that they are ugly and no amount of "IN but ugly" helps them not actually be ugly. All this to say, you will not see my feet in this photo, because they are shod in Tevas black Universals. 


^ Threads for Thought black scoop neck ^ 
^ vintage skirt from Vice Versa vintage/thrift ^
^ over-dyed formerly-white tote bag ^
^ Tevas you will never see on my feet online ^

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen these already but who knows since Instagram recently messed up its linear feed view. But Po-em's day dresses are my new favorite dress. Nubby, comfortable cotton, with pockets, roomy. Also, pockets. Did you hear about the pockets?


^ PO-EM's day dresses are the jam ^


And now, for sad news. I bought this Make It Good tank a while ago - it was when they had a table at a Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair or something like that. I thought I tried it on in person but it ended up being not a great fit. So, this dude got down-graded to gym clothes. (Or upgraded, depending on how much you like exercise.) I know this one one of those things Marie Kondo hates (re-purposing clothes) but I do it a lot for gym stuff and PJs and it works out pretty well. So, if something's a cotton-blend, I always ask myself before getting rid of stuff  -- would this make good PJs or gym clothes?


^ Yes, this Make It Good tank makes a good gym shirt ^ 


6.15.2016

Rock Fish!

Last year I bought this dress from Twitch Vintage via Etsy. She had a second one at the time in a black/white print but I passed on buying two. It took me forever to actually wear the dress and now that I have, I've discovered that it's comfortable and looks decent when paired with a necklace and can almost pass as a dress even though it really feels like "Hey, I'm wearing beach cover-up!" I have a pretty low bar for that kind of stuff so, your mileage may vary. Most of my favorite dresses are sack dresses. 

The brand is M. Mac and I figured I'd see if anyone has one for sale on Etsy or eBay, just curious. You know, not at all compulsively trying to buy other colors or prints of the things I like. And I found an overstock page that noted the apparel was all USA-made, which prompted me to look for their main site -- which is here -- and followed up with their Client Services to confirm their stuff is indeed US-made. It is! Made in Southern California!



^ M.Mac dress, necklace I had to fix, sweatshop slip ons ^


I totally get that at face value, it's not a brand that has me as a demographic buuuut I do like the black, roomy, boxy dresses with geometric prints. Those are totally in my wheelhouse. (I'm wearing model #3024.) They also offer sleeved versions, a maxi and a short babydoll dress (#4033), all fairly affordable for US-construction. 

I figured I'd share in case anyone else was interested in them. I am always supportive of good ol' mom and pop businesses that are USA-made. And you might wear more color than I do? 

6.07.2016

But they're not Pringles

Today I was of two minds. I told myself how awesome I was for walking around totally content in a few-years-old leggings and babydoll dress (both American Apparel), with my trusty old equine-themed tote bag (swag from an animal welfare group) and neon sunglasses (also swag from an animal welfare group, weirdly). But then I kept thinking about my shoes and how much I love these Insecta shoes and how bummed I am that they don't come in more patterns that I like so I still haven't purchased a second pair.

Why can't I just have one pair? Why is one pair not good enough? Come on, brain. 

I catch myself doing this all the time. I balance being grateful and appreciative for what I have, and then just wanting more of something else in the same breath. I am all Marie Kondo-style thanking my stuff for being around and still likable and functional but then there's always this holy grail of want want want. 

I don't know what to do but to be aware of it and talk about it and just notice that it happens. 



^ I already told you what all of this is above ^ 




^ I tried this DIY mani, just to keep the all-black a little interesting ^