Diamonds & Pearls.
(Did you know I love Prince?) I absolutely love the pattern on the skirt of this dress, but the top is like a vinyl bustier thing. But I was just sitting in my closet mesmerized by the print. So then I added this sweater because it hit the waistline in the right place. And then I thought of my taupe scarf with the pearl pattern, and even though I felt a little kooky, I went with it.
Dress: F21; Sweater: handmade, thrifted by Ben for me in Las Vegas; Scarf: Marshall’s; Earrings: from Becky; Boots: H&M; Tights: Sears; Sunglasses: Buffalo Exchange.
Photos by Michael on the Bechtel Rooftop Terrace, 2/5/14.
I don’t believe in ugly Christmas sweaters. My view is that finally, people come around to my aesthetic of glitter, whimsy and over-the-top. I love the one above because it’s like the ornaments are hanging on me. Kathy dubbed it “Vegas Christmas” at the ESS Outrageous Holiday Sweater Spectacle.
Vintage 80’s sweater: purevintageclothing on etsy.com; Skirt: dress from F21; Boots: vintage 80’s Van Eli from Savers; Earrings: from Julianne; Bracelet: Avril Lavigne for Kohl’s; Tights: welovecolors.com; Sunglasses: Air & Space Museum gift shop.
Photos by Laura at Starr East Asian Library and Memorial Glade, 12/17/13.
Hey, I found some autumn here in Berkeley.
It’s on the Bechtel Terrace, right next to the chess board.
Jacket (worn as a top): Community Thrift in the Mission; Scarf: Charlotte Russe; Jeans: Express; Pumps: Target; Earrings: Joan Rivers for QVC; Sunglasses: Lola Star on Coney Island.
Photos by Olivia, 11/18/13 on the Bechtel Terrace.
Things I Love About this Outfit
1. It’s wool—yay for fall weather.
2. I think my Mom had a skirt like this in 1979.
3. Blue and gold on the sweater—go Bears.
4. The necklace is like a gigantic, overgrown Add-a-Bead from the 80’s.
5. But then there’s also this 1920’s or 30’s lawn tennis/roadster/not sure vibe.
6. PLAID PLAID PLAID
7. Berets are no longer associated with Monica Lewinsky.
Sweater: Ralph Lauren Rugby, from the Excelsior Goodwill; Skirt: Goodwill in Evansville; Beret & beige fishnets: Nordstrom; Pumps: Target; Belt: Banana, from the Excelsior Goodwill; Necklace: Charlotte Russe; Bracelet: F21; Earrings: Macy’s; Sunglasses: CVS 20+ years ago.
Photos by Sharon in front of O’Brien Hall, 10/23/13.
Woohoo! Paid off my student loans and bought some leggings to celebrate!
I can relax now. Kinda proud.
Leggings: blackmilkclothing.com; Sweater & boots: H&M; Necklace: vintage 60’s from The Vintage Wearhouse in Bloomington, IN; Earrings: from my mother-in-law; Sunglasses: Air & Space Museum gift shop.
Photos by Laura at Hearst Mining Building, 10/22/13.
It was school spirit day at the NACADA* Conference, and obviously you don’t have to ask me twice to dress for a theme. Olivia (my new friend and colleague) noticed there were bears in our hotel lobby, so, you know, FIRE UP!!!
When I was packing this stuff, I realized that of the six institutions I’ve worked at, Cal is the only one where I’ve chosen to buy the branded garments. Nice graphics? Extra concern for the football team? Or maybe…prestige and social capital?
Cal shirt & hoodie: Cal Student Store; Jeans: Alloy.com; Boots: Doctor Martens store in the Haight; Bag: Coach, from Macy’s; Bracelets: Wet Seal, F21, thrifted; Sunglasses: Lola Star on the Coney Island Boardwalk.
(Note the “68” on my shirt refers to 1868, when UC Berkeley was founded.)
Photos by Olivia at the Salt Palace Convention Center and by a nice guy at the Little America Hotel, 10/7/13.
*National Academic Advising Association
I bought this jacket because of the awesome color. I left the shoulder pads in because I sometimes love the 80’s.
Jacket: vintage 80’s, thrifted from an Evansville Goodwill; Shirt: HSN.com; Jeans: Sears; Pumps: 9 West, thrifted from the Excelsior Goodwill; Earrings: Macy’s; Sunglasses: Air & Space Museum gift shop.
Photos by Tasha at Campbell Hall, 10/4/13.
This dress practically has a train, and the tiers of cascading ruffles remind me of Carmen Miranda.
Dress: UO; Sweater: Isaac Mizrahi, thrifted from Goodwill; Boots & tights: Hot Topic; Cuffs: F21; Necklace: Target; Earrings: variety store in the Excelsior; Sunglasses: Bancroft Clothing Co.
Photos by Linda at McClaughlin Hall, 9/24/13.
My Favorite Pattern Clash
Leopard and plaid—it’s just so soothing. In college, I LOVED plaid. And then in the 90’s, as I fully embraced a vintage aesthetic, I committed to leopard, so when I put them together now it feels really comfortable.
Plaid dress (F21) & Leopard dress (Express): thrifted from the Excelsior Goodwill; Plaid tights: I think Nordstrom, in the 90’s; Belt: Spiegel.com; Boots: 9West from DSW; Necklace: Sears; Bracelets: F21; Earrings: from Emily; Sunglasses: Air & Space Museum gift shop.
Photos by Laura on the Bechtel veranda, 9/13/13.
UC Berkeley Tourist
Peter and Jeb had never seen campus, so I took them on Thursday. It was kind of like seeing my workplace through new eyes. I hadn’t been up in the campanile since 1995!
Dress: H&M; Boots: Dr. Martens store in the Haight; Jacket: thrifted from the Excelsior Goodwill; Beads: Community Thrift in the Mission; Bracelet: Macy’s; Earrings: from Kate; Bag: Coach, from Dillard’s.
Photos by Jeb at McLaughlin Hall, 8/29/13 at Cal.
I totally copied this outfit from a guy on lookbook.nu. I mean I had all the pieces already, but I hadn’t thought about putting these pants with a pastel tee.
Pants: H&M; Tee: Target; Belt: mall store; Shoes: Charlotte Russe; Bangle: F21; Earrings: from Kate; Sunglasses: Venture, 22 yrs ago.
Photos by Monica at Durant Hall and near Valley Life Science Building, 7/18/13.
Vacay Day 1
Big breath. I’m on vacation. I’m at Camp Oski, part of Lair of the Bear, UC Berkeley Alumni Association’s family camp. Note that I brought my own Diet Coke because they sell cans in the store, and I really need the 20 oz. bottles, cuz I’m neurotic like that.
Skirt: thrifted from Savers; Top: Camp Oski store; Sneakers: Payless; Sunglasses: Tsering Jewelry on Durant.
Photo by Nicole at the Bear by the Dining Hall, 7/6/13.
The sequined skull shirt is from 2001. I remember buying it in Berkeley right before we moved to St. Louis. The skull skirt is from 2007—I bought it in St. Louis right before we moved back to San Francisco.
My friend Torey remembers this outfit as “the pink tutu with skulls on it.”
Skirt: H&M; Skull tank: Clobba; Cardigan & spiky bracelet: Sears; Skull earrings: Hot Topic; Pink bracelets: thrifted and somewhere in the mall; Pumps: Charlotte Russe; Sunglasses: thrifted from the Bloomington Goodwill.
Photos by Florian near Dwinelle Hall, 6/23/13.
My Favorite Campus Building
It’s called “Old Art Gallery” on the campus map, and is currently being used for storage. I love the WPA mosaic murals, and the red brick. I didn’t realize how much I liked red brick til I moved to California, where it’s hard to find.
Here’s a full-size picture.
Pants: Boston Proper; Shirt: Sears; Sandals: Alloy.com; Bracelets: Macy’s, thrifted, Sierra Leone; Pendant: Macy’s; Earrings: Charlotte Russe; Sunglasses: Tsering Jewelry on Durant.
Photos by Pamela at the Old Art Gallery, 6/20/13.
Pants that Make Me Question Reality
I really liked these pants when I bought them, but I’ve never been quite satisfied with how they look in pictures. (See here, here, and here.) In real life, I like the outfits I come up with, but the pictures always look…bleh to me. It’s an interesting dilemma: I’m not sure whether to trust real life or pictures.
Pants: F21; Top: Banana, thrifted from the Excelsior Goodwill; Espadrille-wedge-booties: Isabel Toledo for Payless; Earrings: The Icing; Pendant: Charlotte Russe.
Photos by Chris at South Hall, 6/13/13, at Summerfest, part of Staff Appreciation Week.