Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year, friends and femmes! I've been gone for too long, but this seems like the exact right time to return-- Femmepirical Evidence's birthday. The blog was born after years of both serious discussion and jokes about it, and finally came to fruition after Melina and my New Years Eve post. While I don't have NYE pictures to post this year (I'm writing from an Amtrak, and may or may not be wearing leggings-- but if I were to be wearing leggings, don't worry, my butt is-- I mean would be covered), I wanted to share a snuggly outfit that I wore on yesterday's birthday visit to a favorite museum while on an east coast holiday break from sunny California. I was super happy to spend a cold day in this awesome hand-me-down sweater from Melina obtained during our clothing swap in January, and a Target dress bought during a stress shopping trip in November. Actually, this headband was purchased during a stress shopping trip also, which I guess is a good indicator of how my first term in a PhD program felt...

I'm just going to be honest: this dress is basically a sweatshirt masquerading as a dress, but I think it does a pretty good job. Rather than being the bulky sweatshirt material, and it's a kind of raglan, and it's soft, easily packable, and has a (not pictured) hot pink zipper detail on the back.

I need to point out not only my SUPER SPARKLY holiday manicure, but also this amazing triangle ring made and gifted to me by the super-fucking-talented Fuchsia. She doesn't have her website up and running yet, but when she does we'll let you guys know, because her stuff is so awesome.

Another important note is that Ali got a new pair of glasses from Warby Parker, and I love them.

I'm looking forward to another year of sharing my outfits and tracking my style through the transitional phases of academic life. Even more than that, I'm so grateful and excited to continue this project with my brilliant and beautiful bestie Melina, and the incredible community of femmes that find resonance with Femmepirical Evidence. I'm not making any style related New Year's resolutions (I'm sticking to read more fiction and remember where you parked your fucking car), but I hope that you'll join me in looking forward to a truly phenomenal 2014.


Sweater: swapped-- from Melina / Dress: Target (now on clearance!) / Infinity scarf: Target / Tights: whoops, also from Target / Headband: Anthropologie / Earrings: gifted from Melina and K. last year / Boots: Steve Madden (similar) / Bag: Lucky Brand / Rings: Marco Bicego, Anthropologie, and Fuchsia

Friday, December 6, 2013

"Understated is Overrated"

I woke up to a text message from Elizabeth a few weeks ago, which informed me of her new "response to anyone questioning her aesthetic choices." Inspired by a Shahs of Sunset subway billboard (what else?), she'd decided to adopt the slogan "understated is overrated" as her new femme mantra. I think it's going to be mine, too—especially on the weekend, when I find myself piling on loud combinations of things that I wouldn't wear to my two teaching jobs. This was the idea behind this look from a few weekends ago, where I thought to myself "is it too much to wear my faux leather jacket, animal print, a (half) hive, and cowboy boots all in the same outfit?" The answer was a resounding yes, which, of course, was all the more reason to go for it. Thanks, E!

dress: ann taylor loft / jacket: h&m / necklace: snash jewelry / boots: scavenged / lips: sephora cream lip stain in strawberry kissed