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Remember this busted H&M blazer?

19 Nov

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Remember this blazer? It was a birthday gift from my Mom. I love it, despite the fact that it’s from H&M. It has 3/4 sleeves, which I like because I have long arms and most off-the-rack blazers’ arms are too short. It has no collar, cuffs, buttons, pockets or anything else that adds bulk. It’s just ultra sleek black with a hidden metal clasp to close it.

However, when I wore it to work for the first time, I noticed that the shoulders were… off. One shoulder was smoother and rounded, and the other shoulder was more puffy. (Forgive my lack of correct terminology… ) Given that it’s from H&M, this should not have been surprising, but I did love it and was disappointed by the sheer stupidity of this mistake. After a trip back to H&M to look for a replacement, only to find that they no longer had it in stock, I decided to spend the money taking it to a tailor. After all, I didn’t spend money on it in the first place.

When I picked it up yesterday, the tailor told me that not only were the shoulders wrong, one shoulder was 1/2″ longer than the other! Good job, H&M. This is why you’ll never get my money again.

In the end, I’m happy. I can’t wait to add it to my wardrobe. I am dressed a bit more formally today than usually because we are meeting with ETS (the folks who make the SAT, GRE, etc) about an experiment we are running for them. Yay science!

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A Busy Day for Bras and Tap Dancing!

7 Nov

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Today I had a full day of work PLUS two exams. Whew! Finally home and about to stuff my face with lasagna.

Today was busy, but also exciting for a few other reasons. One: I got a new bra! I tried True&Co’s home try-on and it was a great experience. You fill out a quick survey, then choose three bras that you want to try. They pick two other bras (the “expert picks”), and you pay $45 to try all five bras for a week. I only ended up keeping one of the bras, mostly for financial reasons, but I’m very pleased with it over all. I’m wearing it now! If you know me you are probably aware that I really love my boobs. The more you know!

Two: my friend Nicole and I decided we were going to take tap dancing lessons together, and today I got my tap shoes!

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I love them so much!! They were very reasonably priced (<$50) and comfortable, too. Can’t wait to start dancing!

Now: back to work! After my long day I still have to write a paper en français! Bonsoir!

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Makeup Revelations…

21 Aug

Originally this was supposed to be about contouring, but it’s turned out to be about all the awesome tricks I’ve learned from people on YouTube. People who tell me how great my skin looks… shhhhh, I’m wearing foundation! Here are the two makeup artists who have inspired and transformed the way I apply my own makeup.

First, Lisa Eldridge. She’s a makeup artist for the stars and has done a ton of magazine covers and editoral looks. I’ve mentioned her before, but it’s worth repeating. She rules. I’m serious, just go through and watch her videos. She goes over a wide range of topics, from every day looks to smokey eyes to “meeting the ex” makeup. I had a huge revelation when I was struggling with acne and watched her video on covering blemishes. She points out that most people who have acne have a few patches of blemishes and great skin in between. I used to cover my whole face with heavy foundation. It looked heavy and awful. Lisa suggests putting as little foundation on as possible, starting in the center of the face and blending out, then dabbing and blending concealer only where it’s needed. Definitely check it out.

Second, Wayne a.k.a. Goss Makeup Artist. I find his videos amusing and informative, and I would highly recommend his channel. Wayne’s video on 100% invisible makeup was great for me, both for everyday looks and for special events. In fact, I did a very similar technique for my “no makeup” makeup look for the Philadelphia Geek awards because I couldn’t wear eye makeup and didn’t want to look like I forgot my eyes. I think it worked out! The video includes some contouring with creams. I think powder is much easier and harder to mess up, but it’s up to you to figure out what works best.

Speaking of contouring: I think it’s the single best makeup trick… ever. Especially if you know you’re going to have your picture taken. A little contouring around your temples, below your cheekbones (at a natural angle!) and under the jaw is very flattering for most people, and you can tweak it for your own face shape and bone structure. Check out Lisa Eldridge’s video on powder contouring and make sure to watch the whole thing, paying attention to when she talks about day vs. night contouring.

Now go on, give it a shot!

 

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Peek-a-pew pew!

20 Aug

My first post back from getting LASIK done, and I have to tell you: it was so easy! If you’re interested in the whole story, I’ll be posting about it in a week. Onto zee fashion!

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Today’s outfit is a big mix and match of all the things I’ve been wearing lately. Gap broken in khakis, Ann Taylor LOFT sweater, H&M tank, and Fioni shoes.

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Close up of the necklace and knit.

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No eye makeup for two weeks! Fortunately, I only have one week left of that nonsense! I did manage to look decent at a black tie event without eye makeup AND hide my creep red eye spot in all the photos. Check it:

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Seriously, how adorable does my husband look?!

I think I’ll be doing a makeup post first thing tomorrow on CONTOURING! Stay tuned!

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Your Daily Lunch Distraction: Leggy Lady Gets Cosmetic Surgery

24 Aug

I’ve always been OK with the idea of plastic surgery. Now, there’s no chance for a boob job for me anytime soon, as I’m quite happy in that department. But there’s something I’ve been considering for a while, and I finally decided to do it.

When I was a teenager, even as younger adult, I didn’t take care of my skin. It’s not that I actively did bad things, but I did all the things that are huge no-nos if you know anything about skin care, which I didn’t. So I used harsh scrubs on my sensitive skin, I purchased a metal tool meant for scraping blackheads out of pores, and I picked and popped every blemish that appeared on my face. I also lounged endlessly in the sun sans sunscreen. And guess what? It made it worse. Parents, sisters, brothers, relatives: do whatever you can to convince the young people in your life not to do that stuff. Take them to the dermatologist and have the doctor tell them that messing with their face has long-term consequences.

My consequences: big pores, many broken blood vessels and capillaries all around my nose and mouth, and scarring. The pores and scarring, as well as any residual acne I still get, I can work on myself. I stopped using any kind of physical exfoliation products and moisturize thoroughly morning and night. I also use products that are actually right for my skin, not just ones that are supposed to be good for it. For example, benzoyl peroxide is extremely popular in OTC and prescription acne meds, but my skin does not like it. It makes my blemishes worse, and leads to gross swelling and redness. I don’t think I’m allergic, but it actively makes it worse. So I went with a face wash that has salicylic acid and AHA, and I started doing a light at-home chemical peel of glycolic and lactic acid once a week*. Finally, my skin is looking pretty good!

Except for the veins, which is where cosmetic surgery comes in. Now, fine, calling vein treatment plastic surgery a bit of a stretch, but my doctor does other things like botox injections, intensive chemical peels, liposuction, etc. I already go to his offices for laser hair removal (which I highly recommend), so I made an appointment for a free consult and had a chat with him. Turns out, he can get rid of all of those veins around my nose and mouth in probably one session, at the most, two. And the cost? $175! That’s like, a small amount of money for getting rid of something that has caused me a great deal of anxiety and self-consciousness over the past ten years.

If you think cosmetic/plastic surgery will have a positive benefit on you and you understand the potential risks of such a change, I say go for it. No judgement from the Leggy Lady. But don’t let society dictate the way you look! Don’t get a nose job because you think everyone in Cosmo and Vogue has a small nose, too. Don’t get a boob job because every porn star is 36 24 36. That’s not reality, that’s what society is pushing on us. Be yourself. If yourself happens to be a person without broken blood vessels, so be it!

I made my appointment for a week before my birthday. It’ll be ironic that, as I turn 28, I’ll have better skin than I’ve had in years.

*I do this peel myself at home. However, I cannot recommend you try an at-home peel without consulting with your doctor and doing the research. It can be very dangerous!

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Halloween Pictures and Goodbye, Sort of

2 Nov

Taking pictures of my outfit every weekday seemed like such a great idea. How hard can it be, I asked foolishly! Unfortunately, it is much harder than it looks. My job has gotten busier, which makes it much harder to find the time in the day to take the pictures. That said, I AM going to continue my no clothes shopping mission, and I will continue updating the blog with mostly text posts and the occasional photo or two. Even though you won’t be seeing my face every day, I hope you guys stick around to see how the rest of my year turns out!

Anyway, I have some Halloween pictures for you! Here’s how my Quorra costume from Tron: Legacy turned out:

I’m really happy with it, but I still have some more work to do on it if I want to wear it again. I wasn’t able to get the reflective tape on the gloves (they’re a little short on me) or the pants, and I didn’t do the sash/skirt thing she wears, either.

This is what I wore to work on Halloween:

I thought it was relatively harmless, but festive, and they were all things I happened to have in my closet. Hooray! Happy (belated) Halloween!

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My Husband Likes It RAW

26 Oct

Get it, guys? Get it? …Anywho, my husband insists we shoot in RAW from now on, and he was nice enough to give me Adobe Creative Suite to make it easier to convert and edit the images. Hooray!

  • Silence + Noise  gray blazer
  • J. Crew gray painter’s tee
  • Levi’s dark wash slight curve skinny jeans
  • Minnetonka gray fringe booties
  • Gap yellow ombre scarf
  • Urban Outfitters rhinestone ball necklace
  • J. Crew rhinestone flower earrings
  • Urban Outfitters black saddle bag
Whew! I really piled it on today! Hehe. Until tomorrow!
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Go Chic or Go Home: I Love You

6 Oct

I found out about Go Chic or Go Home from What Would a Nerd Wear‘s $50 giveaway contest yesterday. I love it! So far, I’ve only uploaded my outfits from my blog, but I think this weekend I’m going to take the time to do 30×30.

30×30 is a monthly mission to take thirty items from your closet and mix them up to make thirty different outfits. Sounds a lot like what I’m doing, doesn’t it?

Definitely check out the website and request an invite to join. And check out my profile after that. I’m definitely excited about this!

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All I Do is Win, Win, Win No Matter What!

28 Sep

Just kidding!

I wanted to give a quick update on the status of my mission. So far, I have resisted the temptation to buy clothing, with the huge exception of clothing for my Halloween costume:

Quorra from TRON: Legacy

I purchased a black vest, black leggings, and silver reflective fabric tape. The costume will certainly be a very low-tech version of the costume pictured above, but it’ll still be fun. I’m excited to put it all together. I need to get a wig (no way I’m chopping off my hair!), a frisbee to make the disc, and I should be done!

I’ve made some observations since I’ve started this mission and blog a little over a month ago:

  • This whole blog thing is a lot of work. I apologize for the days you don’t see pictures; work is getting crazier and crazier, and the fact that on most days I rely on my husband and my schedules to line up makes it especially hard.
  • All of my shopping emails are filtered into their own folder. I’ve been doing this for years, but despite this, you’d be surprised how often I’m still tempted. I haven’t thought much about shopping or things I “needed” since starting my mission, but I did when I went into that folder today to clear it out. No more doing that!
  • I joined a gym earlier in the summer, one that was due to open in September, but the opening was postponed until November 1st. I’m actually a little worried about starting a gym routine, because if my body changes too much, I don’t know how much of my clothing will continue to fit me! You folks can clearly see that I don’t need to lose weight, but just the thought of shifting things around a bit (flatter tummy? tighter bum?) scares me. Most of my clothing barely fits as it is! In fact, the pants I wore today (they can also be seen here) have safety pins tightening the fabric belt around the waist. You don’t notice it with a shirt on, but if my bum gets any smaller, I’ll have to get them taken in. My skinny gray cargo pants fit a little strangely around the waist and bum too, and at times, are a little “weird” in the crotch. And jeans! Oy. Jeans are tough for me. Since I’m not very curvy, most of my jeans are tighter in the legs but looser in the bum and waist. If I lose any more waist, I don’t know what I’ll do. It’s much more difficult to take in jeans. I’m stressed, but at least it’s a problem most people would WANT to have. It’s still a problem, however!
Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have a cute outfit and some snazzy pictures for you guys. Until then!
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Better Photos

22 Aug

Tomorrow I’m going to attempt to use our DSLR to take better photos. It’s going to be a lot more work in the morning, but it’s necessary. One of my favorite style blogs, What Would a Nerd Wear, does the best job of taking photos in new and interesting settings. This is going to be an even more difficult task for me, but we’ll see what I can do.

I hope you stick with me while I work out the new-blog bugs.

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