Leader of the Pack

leather jacket- vintage
top- Alloy
shorts- Delia's
boots- vintage

Do I look like I'm in a girl gang??? I sure hope so!


Oversize Christmas Ornament

sweater- Delia's

dress- vintage

boots- Target

...or, at least that's kind of what I feel like in this get-up. I bought this sweater at the MALL earlier this week. I was trying to describe it to the salesgirl when I walked in and she was like, "oh yeah! sorry, we only have an XL left and I know you don't want that." I was like "fork it over, girl." She was so bewildered by its hugeness/how happy I seemed about it that she ran up and put a weird belt around my waist in an attempt to make me look less like I was wearing a potato sack. DO NOT TRY TO FATHOM MY CLOTHING CHOICES YOUNG LADY. Large might have been a better size than XL but I'll take what I can get when it's on clearance.


oh hay

cardigan- Zara
dress- vintage
wedges- Urban Outfitters

Hi there. It's been a while. You probably thought that I left you for good, ye of little faith! Not without good reason, I know. But I think I am ready to commit, blog. I would like you to meet my new purple cardigan. Getting a purple cardigan was one of my two goals for our epic amazing trip to Chicago(the other goal is not fit for print), and I succeeded on both counts! This $20 sweater was probably the cheapest thing at Zara. I feel slightly '80s(possibly my least favorite decade, stylistically) with the hot purple(yeah, making up my own colors now what're you gonna do) and graphic print, but I think it still works. I normally wear a belt with this dress because the cut is soooo baggy and weird, but we went to an Indian food buffet today so the belt would've popped off anyway. It's kinda late and I'm kinda full of the key lime cake I made earlier, but hopefully this is the first post again of many!


Last of the warm weather!

shirt- Urban Outfitters
skirt- vintage
wedges- Modcloth

cardigan- from my mom's closet
scarf- vintage
shorts- Urban Outfitters
wedges- Urban Outfitters

These pictures are from last Friday and Saturday, as it's now 49 degrees outside. I should mention that I am LOVING it. My furry white jacket that makes me look like a gangsta polar bear got pulled out for the first time this season yesterday, and when that thing is on you know the night's gonna be a fun one(it was; there was cosmic bowling, Spin Doctors videos, and fried cheese sticks involved).
Yes, in this second outfit I am wearing a cardigan as a top with nothing underneath. I don't know what thought process was goin on in my brain when I decided that, but thank goodness my new Urbn wedges (that I got for 50% off sale price wooo) kind of distract from the cray cray happening up top. That set of pictures is so bad that I am never gonna take any inside again, unless I get a fancy camera.
I had an interview today for a seasonal job that would probably be super fun if it happens, so fingers crossed! I don't want to say any more and jinx it.
I'm about to make a lemon pie and read a little book called Harry Potter and the motherfucking Order of the Phoenix. I should probably attempt to fit exercise somewhere into my life equation but I really don't think that's gonna happen.


shirt- Urban Outfitters
skirt- Target
spectators- Urban Outfitters

This skirt is actually a very pale pink, but in these photos it looks blindingly white to match my legs! I've been feeling a bit uninspired lately, partly because I am confused by this weather, and also because I'm getting sick of taking these crappy photos by the rotting door and moldy brick wall in my backyard! But enough of that. I kind of felt like mixing up my black and white clothes a bit by clashing some patterns and textures. The ruffly skirt is so not me but I keep trying to make it so! If polka dots and spectators can't make it me, then nothing can.
Have a wonderful weekend! Gonna get this blog together, I promise!


cardigan- Target
dress- thrifted
sandals- Target

Yes, ladies(I don't know/doubt that any gentlemen read this blog), I'm back again. Looking paler than ever ya'll! I had yesterday off so I took advantage of the indian summer happenin outside to wear these sandals one last time. Ever since I bought those Modcloth ones(see about half the posts on this thing) this pair has been shunted to the back of my closet, which is kind of a shame! I also almost forgot about this dress. I found this lovely at our local DAV thrift store for 99 cents. The zipper is sort of wonky, which is probably why someone gave it up in the first place, but with a lot of hard work(and sometimes a 2nd person to help me) I can get it zipped within ten minutes(I do realize that is not an exceptionally fast time). It fits me like a glove(don't you love when that happens with thrifted finds?) and made me feel like a '50s badass when I made a pound cake while wearing it. It was the first truly genuine pound cake I've ever made...pound of butter, pound of sugar, pound of eggs, pound of flour. And ya gain a pound with every bite, ho ho!


Yo Bro(gue)

dress- thrifted
brogues- Target

I HAVE GOT TO STOP WITH THE PUNS. Not sure it's possible. Anyway, as the title suggests, these are my new brogues. Target is on a roll with the shoes lately and I'm having a hard time resisting them! Since they're actually cute AND comfy, I wore these shoes to an 8-hour shift at work today...MISTAKE. I can barely walk now. I look like a 12-yr-old boy with my Vans(fitted with construction-worker-grade gel insoles) but at least they don't cripple me at the end of the day.
Back to the point: there is still a freak warm spell happenin' right now, and I wore this outfit on Wednesday to karaoke at the Poplar Lounge. I did Steely Dan's "Dirty Work" and Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young." I can belt the shit out of these tunes in my car, but I get really timid up in front of people, even though I can hold notes fairly well. As the karaoke host told me while playing a foam guitar, "we gotta make you more aggressive." Amen dude.


Rock n' Romp(er)

leather jacket- vintage
romper- H&M
tights- Target
spectators- Urban Outfitters

Hay there. I went through a few days of that familiar why-am-I-doing-this-blog feeling before I decided to just go with it. This outfit is from Monday(I think?). I found it comical that I was wearing a leather jacket while trying to be vegan. Epic vegan fail...that's all I'm gonna say. Never again will I be foolish enough to attempt life without buttah. This second picture is an attempt to show the neat hardware details on this jacket...maybe next time when I wear it I'll get some better shots!
This romper is one of those things I wear on lazy days when I'm totally cool with feeling like a shapeless lump. Fortunately in the winter I can make it look slightly less sack-like by covering it up. Just had a revelation: everything I buy is either skintight or sack-like. Not sure what the implications of that are, oooohhh well. Today is 85 degrees again? A bit confusing. I did take advantage of the weather and make a banana granita earlier(still in the freezer, I'm being patient!). I can't really think of anything more to say because I am incredibly distracted by searching for vintage pastel Fiestaware on Etsy. Whoops


Electric Cowgirl

dress- Forever 21
scarf- thrifted
tights- Old Navy
boots- Target

Man I am crazy about these boots! I am even wearing them right now(with some scuzzy cutoffs and a striped shirt, and no one's gonna see it). I keep coming up with outfits while I'm laying in bed trying to fall asleep, and when I wake up and don them the next morning, they invariably look totally different than what I had in mind. Does this happen to anyone else? In my pre-sleep haze, this outfit seemed very chic and subtly colorful, but in reality I looked a bit like an '80s clubbing cowgirl. DEFINITELY not what I intended. I forged on though and definitely looked like the craziest person at brunch at the Beauty Shop. Speaking of brunch and food, this vegan thing ain't working out. Not even for a week. I had no idea how integral cheese and butter are to my happiness, but turns out they are pretty essential. Being vegetarian(10 years and counting) is the easiest thing ever, but I have never been frowny in my life than in the past few days! GIMME AN OMELET STAT


First Fall Flannel

flannel- Target
dress- American Apparel
boots- Target
pin- from Alice

I am loving this weather! Perfect flannel conditions. I tried to tone down the overt sexiness of this dress with the boots and flannel, but you could still pretty much see everything I ate for breakfast through it. This is a large size from American Apparel. Sometimes I like to try and imagine just how pre-pubescent a person must be who wears their extra-small. Anyway, all I am really thinking about is how hungry I am since starting this 2 week vegan willpower test. I'm gonna eat a block of gouda the size of a 7" when this is through.
OH I ALMOST FORGOT-- my kitteh pin. Alice gave it to me and it is awesome. I haven't worn pins on my clothes since I was about 18(13th Floor Elevators pin on my jean jacket pretty much every day), but I'm feeling this cat one, despite the fact that it probably makes people who see it question my sanity.


Subtle Sailor

top- the Gap
leggings- American Apparel
wedges- Urban Outfitters

Uh oh, the day is fast approaching when I run out of nautical-related puns(don't worry, I've got a few tucked away for a rainy day). This is no good since that's pretty much all I ever wear(except the flannel I'm sportin right now). Wow. Maybe I should use more parentheses. This shirt has a tiny hole in the boob, kind of an unfortunate place for the fabric to rip. But in a move of thriftiness that would impress even my mother, I spotted it at the store like that and they gave me 25% of the price! I think it's expanding ever so slightly but I'm gonna ignore that til it gets to the point where I may get arrested if I wear it in public again.
This outfit is from Wednesday, and I'm happy to report the warm spell is OVER and the flannel and boots have been busted out AS I TYPE. I have been kinda worried about potential frostbite if/when I move to a colder city, but my always-stylin' pal Doug(who just moved to Montana, brrr) gave me some excellent advice: "build up a collection of neat flannel and you'll be set." Wise man. Though I gotta keep in mind that this is coming from a guy who wears wife-beaters well into the winter months.
Fun fact about this outfit: it prompted my dad to say "are you seriously not wearing any shorts or anything under there?". Yup dad, pantless and proud.


blouse- Forever 21
scarf- vintage
shorts- American Apparel
sandals- Modcloth

So there's a bit of indian summer happening right now, not really a big surprise considering my locale. Can't wait to cover up these legs with TIGHTS. A woman at the drive-thru actually said to me, "wow, I never thought I'd meet someone paler than me." Thanks lady, that's really what I need to hear at 6 a.m. Mercifully I have tomorrow off to let my body rest for longer than 4 hours without waking up every 20 minutes thinking HOLY SHIT I'M LATE. Maybe my post will be more inspired next time? Katherine and I are going to go vegan for a few weeks(or however long I last before collapsing in front of the fridge crying "BUTTER"), cause sometimes eating nothing but baked goods isn't really good for a gal.
Let's see, my outfit: too much leopard in mah life. Also, this is a pussy-bow blouse, which i put a wildcat-printed scarf over? OVERKILL



cardigan- Banana Republic
dress- Tara Jarmon for Target
boots- Target

Check out my new Target boots!!! Just when I got really excited to wear them multiple days in a row it got warm again today(actually had to turn the AC on in my car)! Oh well. This outfit is from Monday, I got a bit behind posting. Thought about making a drunk post last night but WISELY I refrained.
I love this dress but rarely wear it, since it has puffed sleeves. I have fairly small arms(skinny people flab though) but puff sleeves make me look like a monstrous child. However, a cardigan keeps all that bizness in check. I have completely lost my train of thought...whoops.


top- Urban Outfitters
skirt- thrifted
flats- Target

I bought this top at the New Orleans Urban Outfitters several years ago, from the Urban Renewal line. It used to be a normal men's button down! Each repurposed top was different, making it possible to get a totally unique item from a big-box clothing chain, which I love! Worn with my trusty purple thrifted skirt(seriously, what did I wear before I bought this thing?), and some really cute yet incredibly slippery and dangerous peep-toes from Target. I actually fell and busted my butt wearing them a few years back in a gas station parking lot. It was pretty painful yet hilarious, especially considering no one else saw it. They might need to go, since 4+ years of wear has yet to make them less slippery. Have another clothing swap, Elizabeth. I'm finding more stuff to dump every day!


Last Day of Summer

top- Tara Jarmon for Target
shorts- Delia's
flats- Old Navy

These are my favorite favorite shorts! I can't believe they have not yet made an appearance on this blog, considering that I wear them at least once a week. In true mom fashion(for her, anyway), my mother said: "Are you seriously wearing those in public? I can see your buns, you know." Yes mom. I wear them in public quite a bit. These pictures are actually from Thursday, the last day of summer! It was pretty chilly once the sun set and I actually needed more clothes than this, but what're you gonna do. I went to the free Jack Oblivian show that was the opening event of Gonerfest and stared stared stared at all the obviously-not-from-Memphis QTs. Garage rock folks from cities other than here sure love some double denim. Afterwards I met up with some lady friends and giggled a lot and harassed people on the Facebook(SORRY). I think when events like Gonerfest roll around I always tend to dress archetypal garage rock(though sadly no boots this time around). Last night I got to wear an amazing polka dot dress I found on Ebay, but unfortunately/mercifully no photos got taken. I'll just say that I broke my phone after drunkenly dropping it and had to spend $120 on a new one today, but last night I found it HILARIOUS. NO MORE WINE FOR ME.


Hakuna Matata

dress- vintage
wedges- Urban Outfitters

On Wednesday, Alice and I went to see the re-release of the Lion King in theaters. LET ME TELL YOU, I think I was even more into it this time around than I was at age 8 when I originally saw it on the big screen. There were some wet eyes behind my 3-D glasses! And a palpable feeling of "they don't make them like this anymore" in the theater when it was over. Anyway, to be extra festive/crazy, I wore my jungle dress. I also took these photos right before bedtime, kind of tipsy, with nap hair(not nappy hair. Nap-head.) In every one but this first one I had a goofy grin on my face, so this is the only one that made the cut. This dress is so amazing, but I like to let it shine on its own, so I rarely wear it with anything other than black.
Tonight is the only night of Gonerfest I will attending(other than the free stuff, duh), and we ladies have the perfect pick-up line to use on all those foreign QTs: "You're a long way from home, young man." Meee-ow


dress- Forever 21
flats- Old Navy

Yesterday I went to see Vivre Sa Vie at the Brooks, so I wanted to dress appropriately nautical in an Anna Karina homage. Also, I like dressing like a sailor(how many times have I said that on this blog?!?). There was not a soul there besides me under 70, but I still enjoyed myself. Godard and dance scenes, you kill me!!! Seriously, have you ever seen a cuter prostitute in your entire life?(that sentence might be an oxymoron). I need to rock plaid skirts and little blouses like her more often. Not that it helped her character out in the end...but this is a clothing blog.

This dress is one of those that is so tight-fitting that it retains my shape when I hang it back up on the frame. I need to find a name for that phenomenon. I forgot to take a picture today but I am really wanting to wear a new polka dot dress I got on Ebay and take pictures at Sun Studio. Really would like a P.I.C. for this blog! Preferably one with a nicer camera, oh ho


Finally Fall

shirt- thrifted
skirt- Modcloth
flats- Old Navy
music- Earth- The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull

It's finally feeling really like fall outside and I love it! Unfortunately that also translates into my body freaking out and getting a major cold. I am sniffling so much that I feel like the most annoying person on the earth. Speaking of, we went to see Earth last night, and what I saw was really amazing. But I felt so crappy from my cold I couldn't see the whole set(probably 5 songs in 2 hours, ha). That didn't stop me from bringing 20 earplugs in a fit of overexcitment and saying "I WANT IT TO BE SO LOUD I CAN FEEL IT IN MY THROAT." I was not disappointed.
Anyway, this outfit is from Thursday, cause I am so sick looking right now I am not taking any more photos til this passes! This top was the main score in my aforementioned successful thrifting earlier this week. And I've been waiting for the cold to pull this skirt out, since I truly look like a ghost if I wear it without tights. It has a really neat and subtle polka dot pattern if you look closely enough.
No more talking. I'm napping out



shirt- bought at the Hitone in 2008
pants- Banana Republic
flats- Target
music- Six String Jets- Memphis

So this is what I wear to work most days(switching up the t-shirts, of course)--pretty unexciting. I got a multitude of excited comments about this shirt from customers in the drive-thru line. Even though I sometimes feel weird wearing it around town(I'm more comfortable in it on vacation!), people are always like "HOLY SHIT I WANT ONE." To be clear, I do not support guns in any way and am completely terrified when I see one. But I do feel a bit like a badass in this shirt. I went to Comcast(pretty crazy cross-section of the city in there, woo wee, heard some maintenance men arguing about Wu-Tang) to dump off my internet modem(gotta save that $$$) and on the way to make Elizabeth serve me pineapple gelato, I saw a full-grown adult woman sitting in a baby stroller waiting for the bus in front of the main library. GOTTA LOVE THIS TOWN. I couldn't even make that shit up. And today we went to a semi-ghetto convenience store on Jackson where you walk into the back, ask a little lady for a plate, and get the most delicious and cheap pile of Ethiopian food. I hate to think of leaving Memphis when there are so many amazing secrets like that waiting to be discovered! But that'll be a while off. Right now I am trying to fight off a cold with Green Machine and a smoothie...waking up at 4 a.m. is ROUGH on a body.
P.S.- Charlotte lookin' sassy in that 2nd photo, LOVE THAT DOG


Yeah yeah yeah

cardigan- Urban Outfitters
dress- American Apparel
spectators- Urban Outfitters
music- Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Y Control

Yesterday was my day off and it was really great! But kind of a blah day with the outfits/photos. This outfit was another one of those that seems really good in theory but not so spectacular in reality. However, I did go to my favorite thrift store and get some really good things! It was very inspiring. I can't wait to do more thrfitin' and take fun photos(hellooooooo all of the places we took zine photos in 2005) when my BFF gets in town next week! So many exclamation points! In addition to the thrift success, I cleaned my shower(seriously, worst chore in the entire world) and made a strawberry coffee cake and ate the best sub sandwich in the world. I know that if I move to Chicago I will likely find an endless bounty of delicious sandwiches, but NOTHING WILL EVER REPLACE THE CHINESE SUB SHOP). Ok. The three hour nap I accidentally took today has really thrown my brain for a loop, so I'm gonna stop typing. Night!


Mint Chocolate Chip

top- Urban Outfitters
skirt- Red Dress Shoppe
flats- Nine West
music- Jesus and Mary Chain- Some Candy Talking

I guess I just love sweets so much I'm going to dress like one! After buying this skirt several years back, it languished in my fixer-upper drawer forever after the buttons and straps fell apart. I finally quit being lazy and sewed it back together and am very glad I did so before the summer is up! Each of the polka dots is made up of even more little bitty dots, and the skirt's nice and swingy.
Tomorrow is my first day off since last Wednesday so I am going to sleep in soooooo late, and follow that up with some possible thrifting! Hopefully it will be as beautiful outside as it was today!


Come Sail Away

jean jacket- Old Navy
sailor shirt- vintage
shorts- American Apparel
wedges- Target
music- Dinosaur Jr- The Water

Oh yes, I'm doing double denim up in here. I suppose it's not a true Canadian tuxedo if the denim is two different colors, but close enough. Not sure what I'm doing in that 2nd photo, or why I have bruises all over my legs. But those are problems for another time! I have to open tomorrow so I'll keep this short. I bought some new boot(ie)s at Target today that I can't wait to wear(I LOVE YOU TARGET), but the weather seems to have settled on pleasantly warm again(I am definitely not complaining!). I just made some chocolate chip-coconut bars and am all weepy from reading some ASPCA article about brave rescue dogs with little protective vests on who searched for people during the wreckage of 9/11. I won't say much, but that my first trip to NYC was exactly one month to the day before 9/11, and I think pretty often about how lucky I am that I was there on 8/11 instead, and of the little Asian lady I bought spiced peanuts from right in front of the WTC who may or may not have made it. Not very eloquent but it's the best I can do right now.



top- H&M
skirt- Proenza Schouler for Target, via Buffalo Exchange
flats- Target
music- The Raveonettes- Bowels of the Beast

Whooooops, this outfit is actually from Wednesday but since I canceled my internet to save some dollaz I am a bit behind! The weather is still MAGNIFICENT here and is allowing for a lot more wardrobe variety than Memphis normally does this time of year. Jackets one day and sheer blouses the next! I've been working so much, with crazy ass hours, that thanks to the enormous optimistic tip jar and not having any time to spend its contents, I would like to make some new clothing purchases soon! And the clothing swap I mentioned in the last post was really great and I got three new things I'm pretty excited about! Lion's head door-knocker belt, how shall I wear youuuuuuu?


Blustery Days

cardigan- Target
top- Target
shorts(cut from pants)- Old Navy
boots- vintage

sweatshirt- Forever 21
camisole(underneath)- Old Navy
leggings- American Apparel
t-straps- Jeffrey Campbell, via Urban Outfitters

Wow, right after I made that last post the weather did exactly what I wanted! And I responded by wearing...a sweatshirt. Really though, I was so happy to slap some tights over these pasty stems. And SO pasty they are...I look moon-bright in that last photo. I kinda felt like an aerobics instructor who threw on some heels and went straight to a party after her class. I think I am too conceptual sometimes considering how simple the outfits end up being! I just made some cheese tortellini with tomato-basil cream and am so full I can't think! Tomorrow maybe. This weather is AMAZING. I even forced Charlotte to go on a different walk than normal and she LIKED it.
Going to a clothes swap tomorrow night, hopefully I'll end up with something good!