outfit of the day: spring formal

ootd spring formal

The shoes I bought a few weeks ago at Target. It’s odd that I love them, because usually I hate fussy little bows on clothes. If I see underwear that has a fussy little bow (on bras they always stick them on the piece of cloth that connects the cups, which drives me batty), but that I otherwise like, I’ll buy it, then remove the bow with a seam ripper. But on the shoes, they work. The fact that they’re flat bows is part of it, I think.

Everything else I already owned.

Sock Dreams answered my email complaint about the socks before noon yesterday. They immediately mailed out the correct pair, and said the package would include an addressed, pre-stamped envelope. I just have to stick the wrong pair of socks in it, along with my receipt, and send them back. I like that they didn’t make me send the wrong pair back first (and pay for postage and packaging myself), that’s excellent customer service.

black toed shoes and black eyelet socks

pink cherry blossom furoshiki

blue cherry blossom pin

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outfit of the day: cherry blossoms

ootd cherry blossoms

The socks are from Sock Dreams, $7. The shoes are from Target, I bought them online and got them just last night, $16.99. The furoshiki is from Daiso, $1.50. And the pin is from Thrift Town, it was about $5. Wearing both the pin AND the furoshiki might be a bit overboard, but how could I resist?!

pink cherry blossom furoshiki

blue cherry blossom pin

cherry blossom socks

brown nailhead shoes

The socks really pull the outfit together, because they contain all the colors — blue, brown, and pink — of the individual accessories.

outfit of the day: linen flowers

ootd linen flowersThis is the dress I bought at Thrift Town, it was $5.99. Man, linen wrinkles if you so much as breathe hard on it. But it’s such a light, breathable fabric. The last foot or so is slit up both sides, and there’s a pocket on the left side. The neckerchief is a furoshiki from Daiso ($1.50), it’s black with biege, pink, and white flowers on it. The socks I already owned, they’re tabi socks from Ichiban Kan, and they also have pink flowers on them. The shoes are black ballet flats I bought a few weeks ago from Target. The white t-shirt under the dress I already owned.

This could do with a belt so it doesn’t look so sack-like… but sometimes I really like sacktacular dresses. They’re comfy.

outfit of the day: orange & grey

ootd orange and greyOrange and grey is a weird color combo, but one I’ve always liked. At one point I even had a blog layout that used it, pre-LJ. Socks are from Target ($3.99), furoshiki is from Daiso ($1.50). Shoes I already owned. I think I like the theory better than the execution. The colors are great, but I can already tell I’m going to be fussing with that thing all day.

orange furoshikiIt’s kind of top-heavy, due to where I pinned it, so it keeps up-ending every time I lean forward or bend over. The pin is an old earring, BTW. Still, I like that fold and feel pretty clever for coming up with it. I like things like folds and knots; probably the same part of my brain that enjoys learning or coming up with new stitches.

I look especially annoyed in this photo, but it’s just my default expression. I think I get it from my mother, who also tends to look exasperated in photos. I don’t smile in these because I hate my phony “say cheese!” smile. My candid smile is nice, though.

outfit of the day + bonus yucky medical stuff

chambray shirt dress and cupcake socks

This is the other shirt dress I bought at Target. It’s identical to the black one, except for the color. Man, I ironed it after I washed it, but it looks really wrinkled in this photo.

The Uniform Project uses a lot of dickies and tank tops to change the look of her dress, but hers doesn’t have a collar. That would look pretty stupid with a collared dress, so I should try to find at least one scoop neck dress. For now I just have a tan tee shirt underneath. Plus my cupcake socks! My feet got cut off again, but the shoes are just my old brown mary janes.

An idea I had, besides thrifting, was to go to Daiso and a get a bunch of furoshiki. They’re only $1.50 each, and you can do a lot of different things with them: Head bands, neckerchiefs, etc.

You’ll forgive me leaving my sunglasses on, because when I woke up this morning, my left eyelid was all swollen up. It’s totally freaky; it was fine when I went to bed, and there’s no bruising or pus or even pain. My doctor is on vacation this week, so I called the 24 hour nurse hotline United Healthcare has. She thinks it’s a blocked tear duct (I guess you have them inside your eyelid, too) that’s causing a build up of fluid. She said warm compresses (a damp, hot washcloth) for 10-15 minutes several times a day should cause it to clear up within 48 hours, and it’s already starting to go down.

I came in to work because I can do that here, and I don’t see the point of staying home just because of a swollen eyelid. It doesn’t hurt, and it’s not contagious. Plus we have tomorrow off and I have a thousand and one things that NEED to be done today. (Did I mention my boss quit? Her last day was Tuesday, so we’re kind of understaffed at the mo’.) I’m just gonna keep my sunglasses on. The swelling is barely noticable now, but I feel weird without any eye make-up. I feel naked!

My other option was the ER, but that seems kind of douchey. “Excuse me, domestic abuse victims and people with shattered bones! BUT MY LEFT EYELID IS SLIGHTLY ASKEW!!!” Plus I’m reluctant to spend $50 just to be told what I’m 99% sure I already know: warm compresses, 10-15 minutes, several times a day. Cash or charge?