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OOTD :: of oxblood, gold and Gryffindor




Hullo, Wordless Wednesday!

Thank you for time-turners, remembralls, Betie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, butter beer, sorting hats, wizard wands, and an entire world of wonder and magic. (I’m totally channeling my modern-day Minerva McGonagall in this get-up.)

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Merona @Target
Blazer – Banana Republic @ thredUp
Pumps – Karina @ Payless

:: Linking ::
WIWW @ The Pleated Poppy

It’s T3 time tomorrow! Have you got your scary book outfit ready?

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WIT :: of another round of randomosity

Can you blame me? It’s the end of the year blahs. I’m actually surprised I’ve not gotten to this point sooner. But then again, I REALLY enjoyed my students this year. Heck, I didn’t even use up half of my ten allotted sick days when normally they’re all gone by May!

Still, everyone’s gotta have a breaking point and I guess I’m calling in my chips today. After two solid weeks of assessments, my brain is fried and all I’m really capable of at the moment is a round of randomosity

Hrm…alliteration and a meme that’s already made a previous appearance? I may just Photoshop a button and call it another semi-regular feature on the blog. 😜




1.  I seem to get a lot more compliments/comments when I wear light lipstick as opposed to dark.

2.  Do all dogs sleep like this or is it just Jack the Beast?

3.  Sing with me: Brown paper packages tied up with strings; these are a few of my favorite Pins! Try this, this or possible even this.

4.  Because Emerson said so: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

5.  Harry Potter as an anime? Yes, please!

6.  Upcoming June books I’m slavering for: Leigh Bardugo’s Ruin and Rising; Allen Zadoff’s I Am the Mission;  Y.S. Lee’s Rivals in the City

7.  Is it a travesty or simply an inevitable sign of the times that, rather than good old board games like Clue or Sorry!, I play online apps like Hanging With Friends with my children? While we sit next to each other, even.

8.  Why is it that when I’m putting on my face in the morning or in the shower at night, I think up all kinds of random things for times like these, but when I’m actually committing to writing them down in an official list, nothing comes to mind?

9.  I wanna learn how to sew but that has always been my MIL’s purview and she’s the one that owns the machine and I don’t want to initiate something that’ll open up cans of worms that I don’t want disturbed. (See what I did there with my mixed metaphors? Yeah. Brain fried.)

10.  And finally, you’re gonna wanna turn up the sound to 11 for this one…

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Week 7 :: of house brawls and movies gratis

Today is movie day, courtesy of RH.

I consider RH to be my O.G. teacher’s assistant.  He is the mold by which I hold all other TAs up against, and quite frankly, no one since has been able to surpass him.

It’s been years since he’s graduated, not only high school but also that weird limbo period where a kid is no longer a student but still feels weird calling me “friend”.  RH and I have been friends for nearly a decade now.  We used to communicate frequently about our common loves – anime, Doctor Who, David Eddings – but since he’s deleted his FB account and moved up the company ladder, it’s gotten more challenging.

We still keep in contact, though, and one of the ways we stay in touch is via our semi-regular film fests.  You see, RH is a manager at a local theatre and whenever I’m on break, or on days when I’m “sick”, we try to make it a point to meet and do marathon movie watching.  After all, he gets all these free passes and we can’t very well let them go to waste, can we?

So today, we screen The Croods and Jack the Giant Slayer.  (I may be able to convince him to see G.I. Joe, but that chance is slim to none.) For all day lounging, then, I needed an outfit that allowed me to contort my body into pretzel-like positions;  I’m a restless moviegoer like that.


And nothing says comfort like a good pair of leggings.  I lived in the de rigeur 90s uniform of leggings and oversized shirts in college, but ‘d given up the look in favor of more “age appropriate” attire.  Now that I’m of that age where I care not about age appropriateness, however, I’ve resurrected my signature look and have a plethora of leggings at my disposal.  Duping this look was a no-brainer.

My only decision was which graphic tee to wear.  In honor of RH – a besotted Potterhead if there ever was one – I opted for my House Brawl shirt.  Wearing words across my chest only barely beats out my other tee taboo: branding.  I like to be obscure and unique; wearing sports/band/tv show/clothing store logos just screams “Captain Obvious” to me.  I do make an exception to three fandoms, though.  And Harry Potter is one of them.


I was torn between heavier cardi with pockets or lighter cardi with no pockets.  Because the weatherperson says it’ll be warm today, you can see which choice won out.  Yes, yes, I know I’ll be in a climate-controlled movie theatre for the entire day, but I do so like to dress for the day’s temperature.

I’ve worn these tassled oxfords before but I foresee them getting a lot more use in the near future.  They’re perfectly broken in now and they’ve got some sort of magical moisture-wicking ability that allows me to go sockless and not worry about sweaty, smelly feet.  They’re probably not the most exciting of footwear, but they serve their purpose, and quite well at that.


As you can see, this is another one of those photo shoots I did in advance.  Aly is quite creative with her staging and props when she’s in the mood.

No, I do not play guitar – I had to ask my son how to hold it, in fact – but that is indeed a Epiphone Les Paul in Heritage Cherry Sunburst.  (Thank Buddha my husband was in the garage when we were goofing around and therefore not a witness to our desecrating his baby.)

Now I understand why other fashion bloggers pose with props – it feels a lot more natural and I find myself more at ease in front of the camera with a prop or a dog or even a surprisingly willing son.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Tee – House Brawl
Cardi – New York and Co.
Leggings – F21
Oxfords – Kohl’s

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