During my red hair phase (and by "red", I mean "brassy uneven orange with dark brown roots"), I decided that green was a color that was complementary and that olive green specifically was ultra flattering on me. My verdant color choices were so off, that I just need to show you how terrible this looked. I don't even have funny ways to describe this, because it's just sad. It's a sad, miserable shade of green. If the color green had died, this is what it would look like and I feel like I need to mourn it.
The Dressing Your Truth Type 4's facebook group challenge this week was to wear leather and lace. I've got leather for days, but lace? Uh... does this top count as lace? Is 'leopard lace' a thing? I don't do lace. It's way too girly-froo-froo Type 2 feminine bullshit for me. You're getting a see-through animal print top that I'm pretending is lace.
First things first, I am apologizing that I posted nothing for two days. My computer was literally in pieces to install a new drive, and perform data recovery on my old damaged drive. I needed to recover about 3 years' of my kids' photos, but thankfully my husband used to do professional data recovery and forensic data recovery so he was able to save all my files except one photo file that became too corrupted (he could have saved that too but I told him it wasn't important). I had almost everything backed to my cloud storage, but not all of the kids' photos.
But I've got my fancy-shmancy new solid state drive with massive amounts of storage.
But on to the outfit now! This is yet another outfit that has persuaded members of the Type 4 Facebook group that I am 4/3 and not 4/1 (from the Dressing Your Truth system... kind of like being a "Winter" in other color systems).
I love Oktoberfest! German sausages and beer and kitschy costumes and Munich! For whatever reason, I decided to wear a turquoise thermal top, a rabbit fur vest, and my neon green satchel. Why did I pair those things together? I don't know, but I'm going to blame the dunkles bier vom fass.
Another late-in-the-day post, but I've finally figured out what is wrong with my computer and have a new solid-state hard drive on the way that should arrive tomorrow, so I'll be able to get the blog posts back on track and on a predictable schedule!
Here is my long-promised post about K-Beauty products (K-Beauty is the colloquial term for Korean Beauty)! I didn't want it to be a huge, long-winded gush, so I decided to just share the 3 products I use the most, that can be used by pretty much everyone, and are also affordable and easy to find (you can buy all of these on Amazon with usually with free Prime Shipping for $10 or less).
There are more recruits now to Team S3 after I posted this outfit to the Dressing Your Truth Type 4 Facebook group. I am 90% sure I am Secondary 1, not 3, but there seems to be a growing movement bent on telling me that I am in fact incorrect and need to just embrace the dark, stabby side.
Fashion Disaster Friday: Keeping Things Exciting with Both Beige AND Brown! And Whatever the F My Sister is Wearing
As I've mentioned before in previous posts, I went through a "brown" phase as teenager/college student. My hair was also an ugly shade of brassy orange (and my sister followed suit with a perimenopausal burgundy shade, with a "sassy mom" haircut to really seal in the middle-aged flavor). I think she's also wearing camo. Because Missouri. These are things we pretend didn't happen out of the kindness of our hearts and also because I don't think I'd win a fist-fight at this point, but I'm putting it on the internet anyway, because I'm pretty sure that's the ENTIRE POINT OF THE INTERNET EXISTING: for terrible throwback photos that break up the family and might be the reason no one speaks to me anymore, just like god intended.
In the Dressing Your Truth Type 4 Facebook group, we do weekly fashion challenges, such as wearing certain colors or styles. This week, the challenge was to wear neon. I could have gone the easy route and just worn something typical and pair it with one of my (many) fluorescent Cambridge Satchels, but I decided to try just a little bit harder.
I don't normally participate in the challenges, but I think it would be a good way to break out of my rut, so I'm going to participate and post my photos, whether it's a hit or a miss.
I don't post that many photos of my kids here, because I want to respect their privacy, and I only refer to them by nicknames or birth order, but I wanted to share this photo of my two older daughters.
I don't talk about Dressing Your Truth or "types" with my kids, or make them dress in their type; in fact, I give them complete authority over their clothing choices (as long as it doesn't violate school dress code). And yet here they are, accidentally dressing true to their type. The brunette, aka Tracy Jr, is a Type 4 (I suspect a secondary 3), and dressing the part very well, and my middle daughter, aka Nubbers or Blondo, is wearing this quilted gold jacket that she absolutely loves. I know people will argue that because her eyes have a slight downward slant that she is Type 2, but there is nothing Type 2 about her, though that might be her secondary. She is Type 3 to the core, but it took me a while to get there. I was confused by her, this strangely fierce, impetuous child of mine. But then I thought: "What types of things do I scold her for?"
You know how runners are annoying and constantly talking about running and races and carbohydrates and missing toenails and all the unmentionable body parts that chafe that you really really wish they'd keep to themselves? THAT'S ME, GUYS! (Please don't unsubscribe, I heart you, and so do my bleeding nipples. Just kidding, that's a guy problem. And I promise I have all of my toenails. And even if my nipples did bleed while running, I have a feeling they wouldn't actually heart you. This got weirder than I meant it to. I'm going to stop now. Here's a collage instead. Oh yeah, we're also annoying because we post lots of running selfies. Just in case someone forgot that we like running. It's like a cult and we just want to share the good news of our Lord and Savior, Brooks Running Shoes...)
I'm a fan of Elizabeth & Clarke (a clothing subscription service that specializes in designer-quality tops that are perfect for work or necessary wardrobe staples). It's a quarterly subscription (so you get one box per season), and I have been using their service since almost the beginning of them being in business. That means I've also seen them change, some for the better, some for the worse.
As a long time customer, I was really dismayed to find out that they were literally DOUBLING the cost of their items. I was subscribed for their 2-shirt package (you can choose 1-3 shirts to be delivered to you each season), and it was originally $50. Now it's $100. And that hurts my bank account's feelings.
Ah, college. The fodder for most of my Fashion Disasters. In my defense, I drank a lot.
Like so many basic Becky bitches still do with their Uggs-and-shorts-combos, I committed the sartorial crime of dressing simultaneously like it's both 90 degrees, but also a blizzard. I literally wore a mini skirt with a scarf, coat, glove, and hat, IN THE MOTHER FUCKING TUNDRA. This photo was taken while I was a student in Anchorage, Alaska, during the winter. I wish it had been a full-body shot. Oh, how I remember this outfit well... you can't see it, but I was also wearing sandals, and leg warmers. And my friends, who must secretly hate me, let me leave my dorm this way.
Thrifty Thursday/Travel Tip: Taking Advantage of a Foreign Country's Weak Economy Like a Douche is the American Way
Hey everyone, long time no see! I have been unable to post due to my computer's hard drive failing (even though my computer is hardly old). I couldn't post from my phone either because THAT decided to simultaneously brick on me too. In fact, that is still not working at the moment, though I did manage to repair the hard drive. Basically, it's been a pretty bad month so far. My phone AND sim card are in a box waiting to be repaired under warranty by Samsung (they wanted my sim card so they could test out and use my phone under the same conditions that it started failing in), so I can't even put my sim in a different phone in the meantime. I feel practically Amish right now. I mean, out of boredom, I decided to catch up on my mending. Who the fuck still does mending? Oh right, me. I've got no phone or laptop, so I might as well start doing 19th century chores.
I will be posting all the blog entries now, and post-dating them for the correct days, so you'll have to scroll down to previous dates to read them. But just to make things confusing, I'm also still posting for the current days as well. SO YOU ALSO HAVE TO SCROLL UP FOR THE LATEST POSTS. So later, this blog post won't make any sense, since you won't actually see the gap in entries because I'm a lying cheater who can put whatever date on whatever post I want, and this site will then put in order chronologically based on that date, but I just wanted to be upfront and state that no, I am not slacking on the blog, and yes, there are a lot of missing entries due to hardware failure. My electronics decided to simultaneously perish because sweet baby Jesus hates me, but don't worry, it turns out imaginary deities may be able to smite hardware, but they got nothin' on my warranties.
More posts to come tomorrow. By which I mean two weeks ago, because I'm totally pretending I posted it on Feb. 20th. Scroll down AND UP for all the latest posts. Seriously.
Tracy is a sometimes-working software engineer, all-the-time mother and wife, long-distance runner, biracial, shoe-loving, multi-lingual, world traveling, wannabe fashionista who drinks entirely too much coffee. She lives in the Seattle area and enjoys making babies and judging people.
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