This outfit is a particular challenge, because as I discovered last year, the tiered skirt with the pattern verging on gingham communicates square-dancing, which makes me feel a little Hee-Haw. So I added the pearls, Eiffel Tower earrings, and ankle-strap platforms to confuse the conversation.
Skirt & top: TJ Maxx; Sandals: 9West from Overstock.com; Bangles: Wet Seal; Earrings: from Emily; Sunglasses: thrifted from the Bloomington Goodwill.
Photos by Roslyn at Durant Hall.
It’s prom season.
So this satin dress and the satin flats felt right.
Dress: Factory2U in the Mission; Jacket & bangle: F21; Flats: Bandolino from Marshall’s; Faux-Chanel earrings: from Becky; Tights: Welovecolors.com; Sunglasses: Tsering Jewelry on Durant.
Photos by Yousef near California Hall.
Some days, you just feel like a leopard.
You know, hanging around in trees, looking through peepholes at California Hall, curled up on benches at the library.
Dress: Banana, thrifted from the Excelsior Goodwill; Shoes: Enzo, also from the Excelsior Goodwill; Bolero: ThriftTown in the Mission; Leggings: F21; Bracelet: Avril Lavigne for Kohl’s; Earrings: Sears; Sunglasses: Lola Star in Coney Island.
Photos by Sandy at California Hall, Moffitt Library and near Dwinelle.
I was feeling kind of bluh about my outfit, til I ran into my friend Kate, who said I was channeling Jo Stockton. That gave me some swagger.
Coat: Express; Shirt: Jones New York from Marshall’s: Jeans: Sears; Flats: La Bonita in the Mission; Belt: Rue 21; Stud bracelet: F21; Tiny skull earrings: The Icing; Sunglasses: thrifted from the Bloomington Goodwill.
Photos by Gabby near Dwinelle, and at Alumni House.
Right after college, I lived in London for four months. I had never imagined myself “going abroad”—that was for rich kids—but it happened, thanks to my brother, my imagination, my mom’s encouragement, Joan Didion, my friends Debbie and Marie. Anyway, I went to the British Museum, and the Ancient Egyptian collection made a huge impression on me: these gigantic sculptural rocks from the pyramids! Wow! In real life, and possibly because they were contained in room, these big rocks were so much more engaging than all the pictures I’d seen of the pyramids. I think I actually said out loud: I’ve got to go to Egypt!
After graduate school, I worked for Semester at Sea, and went to Egypt. It was awesome.
Leggings: Blackmilkclothing.com; Tunic: Sears; Flats: Bandolino from Marshall’s; Gold necklace: vintage, from Costume Delights in Bloomington, IN; Blue beads: thrfited in St. Louis; Earrings: Charlotte Russe; Sunglasses: Buffalo Exchange.
Photos by Gabby at Sather Gate.
I discovered Hilgard Hall.
I mean, I happened upon it and was amazed by its beauty. My photos, of course, don’t capture it, because they’re really about my outfit, and I don’t think my iPhone could do it justice. So please look at the link.
It’s just really nice to work somewhere where there’s lots to discover.
But about my outfit. This dress is super-sheer, and necessitates a slip (for work anyway). But I had someone forgotten about slips. So I asked the helpful young woman at Buffalo Exchange, what do I wear under this? And she was like, umm….a slip? I felt kind of silly not being able to recall this basic wardrobe item, but I blame it on the ‘90’s, when I got used to wearing slips as dresses. I don’t think I’ve worn one under my dress since about 1985. I dug out a leopard-print one that worked perfectly.
Dress: BB Dakota, from Buffalo Exchange; Pumps: Target; Bracelets: 21 For Love; Three necklaces: thrifted, and a gift from Maryanne; Earrings: ABC Trading Co; Sunglasses: Tsering Jewelry.
Photos by Sandy at Hilgard Hall.
It’s all about the squares and circles today. I think I got a C in geometry in high school, which was kind of devastating. It’s OK now.
Dress: vintage 70’s, thrifted from my neighborhood Goodwill; Necklace: vintage 70’s, from Costume Delights in Bloomington; Boots: Lauren Ralph Lauren, gift from my bro; Earrings: Target; Sunglasses: Tsering Jewelry on Durant; Tights: Capezio from SF Dancewear.
Photos by Mark at Dwinelle Hall.
Butterflies and spiders—they’re all together out there in the world sometimes.
Dress: Macy’s; Bolero: Issac, thrifted from Goodwill; Tights: ?; Boots: 9West from DSW; Spider necklace: The Icing; Bangle: Sears; Sunglasses: Tsering Jewelry on Durant.
Photos by Roslyn at Valley Life Sciences Bldg.
On my way back from lunch I noticed the arch of this bridge I cross every day, and got all excited because the arches are my favorite part of these leggings.
Leggings: Blackmilkclothing.com, Tunic: Sears; Jacket: thrifted from the Excelsior Goodwill; Boots: Tripp, from Hot Topic; Necklace: Putt’n on the Ritz in Evansville, IN; Coin earrings: thrifted from the SA in Evansville; Sunglasses: thrifted from the Bloomington Goodwill.
Photos by Sandy under the Strawberry Creek bridge near Dwinelle. Our most intrepid shoot yet.
JP is me (Jane Paris); this dress, which I think of as my Jackson Pollack dress; and Jonathan Poullard, UC Berkeley’s Dean of Students, who sponsored a really nice event yesterday that made me feel all warm and fuzzy about my profession.
Dress: Sears; Jacket & boots: H&M; Bracelets: F21; Earrings: St. James the Greater Flea Market in Dogtown (STL); Sunglasses: Tsering Jewelry on Durant.
Photos by Christina at Wheeler Hall.
Wait, is that my nightgown?
Oh, no, I see my platforms, it must be a real dress. But it does kind of look like a nightgown. Sigh. Internet shopping. The fabric looks better online than it does in real life. And the wrinkling, just from your morning commute! I hate that. Oh well, I like the stripes and angles.
Dress: JCP.com; Shoes: 9West from Overstock.com; Beads: from Becky; Bracelet: Pink in Burlingame; Earrings: from Kate; Tights: Capezio, from SF Dancewear; Sunglasses: A’Gaci
And just a note about the CEO shakeup at JC Penney: even though this dress is a bit of a disappointment, I was really starting to like their new look. It was a pretty dramatic change. I wish they would have given it more time.
Photos by Sandy near Evans Field and the Central Heating Plant.
New season of Mad Men, new outfit inspiration.
Well, it’s not really new for me, cause I’m always feelin’ the late sixties, but you know what I mean. The show puts it right there in the front of my brain every week.
Dress: jcp.com; vintage pumps & bracelet: thrifted in Evansville; Earrings: Target; Broken sunglasses: Tsering Jewelry on Durant; Fishnets: Claire’s.
Here’s the last time I wore this dress, when I was thinking more about Frank Stella.
Photo by Sandy at the Alumni House.
This is one of those outfits where I saw my pink shirt in the pile and wanted to wear it, then I saw my neglected gray jacket in the closet and wanted to wear it, so I did.
Jacket: Charlotte Russe; Shirt: Factory2U in the Mission; Jeans & pumps: Sears; Pink bow skull earrings: Hot Topic; Bracelets: thrifted & F21; Sunglasses: thrifted from the Bloomington Goodwill.
Photos by Christina at Bechtel Engineering Center.
On my sleeves and skirt. I really like the stripes. The pattern on the skirt kind of reminds me of shiny wrapping paper. Plus I love all the angles. It was a lot of heavy lifting to go through my shirts til I found the perfect combo, but I’m very satisfied with my efforts.
Skirt: San Bruno Goodwill; Shirt: late 90’s Custo Barcelona, from a boutique on Telegraph; Boots: Hot Topic; Tights: Capezio, from SF Dancewear; Earrings: ?; Bracelets: JCP & thrifted; Sunglasses: Walgreens.
Photos by Sandy near Dwinelle Hall.
The Leopard Scarf Club
I love my leopard scarf, but it feels really weird to walk past other people also wearing it. Like, oh hi, you’re in the leopard scarf club too? Do we have a meeting today?
Maybe this mirror-imaging happens to lots of people but it doesn’t happen to me much. Boots, a coat—yes; but usually not with an accessory. I suppose this means I’m embracing the mainstream more than I used to.
I remember when I worked at Miami University in Oxford, OH in 1995, and I would walk across campus and see at least five people in exactly the same outfit—khaki pants, a tucked-in denim shirt, and a braided brown leather belt. Homogeneity was out in full force there (except for the Western campus).
And back to the scarf trend: I was at a panel presentation recently, and four of the five panelists were wearing scarves as I am above, and I thought, what would the proverbial outer space visitor make of this? Because it kind of looks like we’re really modest about our necks, or they get colder than the rest of our bodies, or the scarves are offering some kind of protection.
Scarf: Payless; Dress: Alloy.com; Boots: Clark’s; Tights: Sears; Bracelet: F21; Earrings: Joan Crawford for QVC, Sunglasses: Lola Star in Coney Island.
Photos by Sandy at Dwinelle Hall.