What I Wore Today

Neurotic Shopper

Always searching for the elusive perfect cigarette pants, I bought these a few months ago.  Then I hung them up in my closet and forgot about them.  Last week, I continued looking for cigarette pants and actually tried this exact pair on in Express and rejected them.  I bought a different pair at Macy’s.  Then I found these in my closet and thought, maybe I have a problem.

I love the print on this blouse!  It’s like a woman from the 40’s with a snood.

Pants: Express (“Columnist”); Blouse: Macy’s; Loafers: Bass, from the outlet in Lake of the Ozarks; Earrings: from Emily; Sunglasses: Hot Topic.

Photos by Buster in the Excelsior, 4/22/14.

Doesn’t this sweatshirt remind you of the opening sequence of Mad Men?

Also, I feel like Kate Pierson in this outfit.

Sweatshirt: romwe.com; Vinyl skirt: H&M; Pumps: Charlotte Russe; Earrings: from my mother-in-law; Tights: the mall.

Photos by Daisy in my neighborhood, 4/21/14.

Groundbreaking Florals for Spring

Dress: vintage 80’s from the San Bruno Goodwill; Belt: Rainbow; Boots: Alloy.com; Fishnet knee-highs: Hanes Outlet; Cameo earrings: H&M; Multi rhinestone cuffs: F21; Black band: Wet Seal; Sunglasses: Hot Topic.

Photos by Leah near Davis Hall, 4/19/14.

Campus Casual

Posing for the Seventeen back-to-school issue.  Which by the way, I loved in high school.

Sweater: Free People, from Macy’s; Jeans: Sears; Saddle shoes: Bass Men’s, from Bill’s on Telegraph; Sunglasses: Hot Topic; Earrings: from Emily.

Photos by Elise near the Campanile, 4/17/14.

Super-Flares and Palm Trees

It’s always fun to wear the extreme flares.  49-inch leg openings!

Jeans & platform sandals: Alloy.com; Top: The Webster for Target; Vintage belt: thrifted in Indiana; Vintage 70’s sunglasses: Evansville Antique Mall;  Choker: Macy’s; Earrings: from Ann; Bangles: Wet Seal.

Photos by Daisy in my neighborhood, 4/16/14.

POW!
No time for text, just pow!
Sweater: Bloomingdale’s; Pants & pumps: Hot Topic; Tee: H&M; Earrings: Christmas ornaments from the Beacon Group.
Photo by Gian at McLaughlin Hall, 4/15/14.

POW!

No time for text, just pow!

Sweater: Bloomingdale’s; Pants & pumps: Hot Topic; Tee: H&M; Earrings: Christmas ornaments from the Beacon Group.

Photo by Gian at McLaughlin Hall, 4/15/14.

Spin

I love: the fit of this dress, the exposed zipper, the giant spots.

I never shop at Bloomingdale’s because I figure it’s out of my price range, but the Ladies Room is really awesome.  Somehow I found my way to a half-off-the-sale-price rack, and this was there, waiting for me.

Dress: Bloomingdale’s; Belt: from another dress; Boots: DSW; Bracelet: F21; Sunglasses: Buffalo Exchange; Tights: Bancroft Clothing Co.

Photos by Meltem at Bechtel Hall, 4/14/14.

Like a Mod Stewardess

And my purse reminds me of a travel bag.  I love the navy accents on this dress, and wearing mostly cream or white always makes me feel really chic—look, I can keep myself clean all day!

I am so happy I got this bag!  The navy/brown combo looks good with so many more things than I imagined.

Dress, stud bracelet, sunglasses: F21; Bag: Coachfactoryoutlet.com; Pumps: 9West; Stud earrings: Joan Rivers for QVC.com.

Photos by Buster in the Excelsior, 4/11/14.

Tess on Safari

When I found this dress at the Goodwill, it reminded me of Melanie Griffith’s character in Working Girl.  But in these pictures it seemed much more chic, and made me think of YSL and his Safari collection.

Dress: vintage, from the Excelsior Goodwill; Pumps: vintage 60’s Herbert Levine, from Mars on Telegraph; Belt: spiegel.com; Earrings: St. James the Greater flea market in Dogtown (St. Louis); Bracelet: Charlotte Russe; Sunglasses: F21; Tights: Bancroft Clothing Co.

Photos by Sandy at Valley Life Sciences Building, 4/10/14.

Some Art

I like the little house on the back the best.

Dress: dillards.com; Stockings: White House Black Market; Mary Janes: Goodwill; Bangle: Pink in Burlingame; Earrings: from my mother-in-law.

Photos by Sharon at Sutardja Dai Hall, 4/9/14

Hot Topic Adviser

This is kind of like my academic adviser uniform, which I wore because we made a video where I explained the Engineering liberal arts requirement.  And I realized a lot of my outfit was from Hot Topic. I love that store.  Sure, you might take it for granted now, but it was tough back in the early 90’s, trying to shop crazy in middle America.  I was so thankful for Hot Topic.

Pants, belt, bracelet & sunglasses: Hot Topic; Tee: CustomInk.com; Pumps: Shiekh; Earrings: Avril Lavigne for Kohl’s.

Photos by Gian at McLaughlin Hall, 4/8/14.

Summery

Coming back from this vacation was like that Sunday-night-back-to school-dread, but really amplified.  Hawaii was just so lovely! So I was really happy for the beautiful summer weather in Berkeley.

Dress & necklace: Excelsior Goodwill; Sandals: Elizabeth & James from Loehmann’s; Earrings: from Bevin, from Nepal; Bangles: Claire’s.

Photos by Gian at Hearst Mining and Bechtel, 4/7/14.

Pearl Harbor
I had an actual Uncle Sam who was a Pearl Harbor survivor, and I regret not talking with him about it.  He was a farm kid from Petersburg, Indiana who joined the Navy when he was 17, and would tear up just mentioning that time in his life.  This was at odds with my vision of him, my one adventurous uncle who drove a huge Harley from Indiana to Alaska all by himself when he was around 65.
Dress: Excelsior Goodwill; Sandals: 9 West from DSW; Vintage Mt. Rushmore souvenir scarf & charm bracelet: Evansville Goodwill many years ago; Earrings: Lazarus in Evansville.
Photo by King at Pearl Harbor, 4/2/14.

Pearl Harbor

I had an actual Uncle Sam who was a Pearl Harbor survivor, and I regret not talking with him about it.  He was a farm kid from Petersburg, Indiana who joined the Navy when he was 17, and would tear up just mentioning that time in his life.  This was at odds with my vision of him, my one adventurous uncle who drove a huge Harley from Indiana to Alaska all by himself when he was around 65.

Dress: Excelsior Goodwill; Sandals: 9 West from DSW; Vintage Mt. Rushmore souvenir scarf & charm bracelet: Evansville Goodwill many years ago; Earrings: Lazarus in Evansville.

Photo by King at Pearl Harbor, 4/2/14.

Democracy

An awesome day: I sat by the pool and re-read Joan Didion’s Democracy.  It’s set partially in Honolulu, so it’s been on my mind since we got here. It’s like the greatest book ever.  And here’s what I wore.

Swimsuit: blackmilkclothing.com; Cutoffs & hat: Excelsior Goodwill; Purse: Honolulu Goodwill; Flip-flops: Walgreen’s; Sunglasses: Buffalo Exchange.

Photos by Daisy at the Waikiki Hilton, 4/3/14.

Palm Tree Pants

Couldn’t stop taking pictures of them.  This outfit seems the furthest from my real life style, but it’s super-fun to be this woman on vacation.

Pants & stud bracelet: F21; Shirt: my husband’s; Hat: Goodwill; Sandals: Target; Bag; Coach Factory Online; Earrings: from my mother-in-law.

Photos by King at the Hilton in Waikiki, 3/31/14.