Tag Archives: Spirit Week

OOTD :: of Dia de Los Muertos

november 1

november 1

november 1

november 1

Why do I feel I’ve been running on fumes these past few weeks?

Probably because I have. What with a birthday party, a car purchase, a car accident, a kid’s eleventh hour school performance, Spirit Week, IEP meetings, mid-semester grades deadlines, and the minutiae of daily life, I feel gutted.

And it’s not over. Tonight, I’m chaperoning the Halloween dance till 10pm. Tomorrow, I have to wake up at 7am (an ungodly hour for me for a weekend!) to run the Color Me Rad race in Orange County (50 miles from my house). And next week, I have to go to both my kids’ parent/teacher conferences.

I know these are events that are necessary. Some of them are even self-inflicted. But I really just need a good chunk of time to decompress. To do nothing beyond the routine. To catch up on my TV shows. To read all the books I borrowed from the library.

Did I say I was thinking of doing NaNoWriMo this year? Fuggedaboutit!

Perhaps, then it’s entirely appropriate that today’s Spirit Week theme is Dia de Los Muertos/Zombie Day. Because that’s how I feel right now – dead and zombified. I can’t even summon up enough oomph to write about my outfit except to say it’s black, it’s got skulls, it’s comfortable. So I feel good, I’m in compliance with the theme and I may just last through the night as I try to maintain order at our first ever outdoor dance.

Wish me luck.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Shirt – Ross (similar)
Jacket – H&M
Jeans – F21
Necklace – jcp (similar)
Flats – Kohl’s

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OOTD :: Happy Halloween!!!

halloween 2013

halloween 2013

halloween 2013

halloween 2013

We all know how long I’ve planned for this. How do you think I stack up to my imagination?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Shirt – thrifted
Vest – eBay
Skirt – Hot Topic
Hat – I made this ish, baby!
Shoes – eBay
Necklace – jcp

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OOTD :: of donkeys and floral fantasies

october 30

october 30

october 30

There are multiple times in my life when the fable about the man, his son and the donkey becomes acutely relevant.

A few days ago, one of the fashionistas who I’ve subscribed to and who I’d held in high regard apologized about falling prey to being that kind of “blogger who explains outfits to you as if you were blind”. Now, I’m sure she was being rather tongue-in-cheek, and I have stumbled upon posts from established bloggers with bazillion followers who do exactly that. After all, isn’t that why we read style blogs – to deconstruct outfits?

But I still felt a bit put out by this statement. I may not come from the world of fashion and I may not know the minutiae that determines the difference between a flare and a bootcut. I may have to do loads of research on color theory and I may refer to my What Not To Wear bible time and again for a refresher course.

I’m a neophyte at all this, sure, but I’d like to think I’ve established a skill set that has proven effective and engaging. And that skill set involves breaking down my outfits and explaining the methods to my madness.

At one point, inspired by Lisa @ Respect the Shoes, I’d attempted to do this juxtaposition of life rambling and fashion pics. That is, I decided to just write about random things without really mentioning the clothes I was wearing. Well, there ensued such a hue and cry – Okay, just KS#1. But she was quite emphatically against this blog approach – that I quickly abandoned that idea and went back to talking about the clothes.

I’m sure I’ll go through several more periods of pendulum swinging on this subject before I find myself and settle on something that makes me feel comfortable but also appeases my most vociferous readers. Until then, here’s hoping I always keep the man/son/donkey fable firmly in mind and just write what I wish on any given day. There really is no pleasing everybody all the time.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Sweater – Mac & Jac @ ideeli
Blazer – Tahari thrifted
Scarf – F21
Skirt – F21
Boots – Audrey Brooke @ DSW

P.S. Today was Crazy Hair Day, in case you’d forgotten and/or thought I frequently wear a plethora of flower hair clips just because.

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OOTD :: of venerably vintage, or boycotting “old people”

october 29

october 29

october 29

We truly are a youth culture.

When ASB leaders proclaim today’s spirit theme to be “Old People” and no one bats an eyelash, it’s pretty painfully clear that we are a society of ageists and who am I to protest? I am but a lone voice screaming into the void of adolescence, and an authority figure at that. Do you know how long I’ve been begging for Pajama Day? Can we say ‘futile’?

Then again, we all know that it’s not in my nature to go gently into that good night. So when I’m given parameters to be in compliance with spirit days (we have to sport at least 3 items per day that follows the theme), I try my damndest to tweak those parameters to suit my fashion sensibilities.

Hair in bun? Check.

Cardigan? Check.

Plaid? Check.

Sensible shoes? Ack! Check.

But here’s hoping the overall look is more venerably vintage than frumpy stereotype.

I intend to grow old gracefully, people, and I know it can be done! Forty is the new twenty, after all.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Shirt – The Webster @ Target
Cardigan – F21
Skirt – Merona @ Target (eBay)
Scarf – F21
Shoes – MIA Girl @ Kohl’s

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