Monday, June 18, 2012

Everyday I'm Studying

First of all, I want to apologize for the extreme lack of posts since beginning the blog. I did not anticipate just how busy I would be the year I started teaching three classes and studying for my PhD comprehensive exams! I've also struggled with a lot of health problems, and fashion has, unfortunately, taken a back seat. But the good news is that I'm taking my exams in September, and after fall break, I hope to get back into the blogging habit.

These days, my fashion is more comfy and less consciously sartorial, because of the reality that I spend 8-10 hours a day sitting on my couch reading.

I pretty much look like this:

me, yesterday, wearing an Old Navy compression exercise top, my Fitbit (2568 steps yesterday when I spent 8 hours reading. Quite the sedentary student I am!), and Warby Parker glasses, as well as my read of the day, Irigaray.

me, last month, reading Freud, wearing a Lane Bryant t-shirt, and Old Navy pajama pants (and Warby Parker glasses)

Spring semester, I wore this on the first day of school, an Old Navy cardigan and shirt. I don't remember what pants I was wearing, but I think it was Lane Bryant jeans. (And, yes, I was a brunette for a hot minute).

In April, I had a job interview, and I wore this:

It was a Skype interview, so this is how I looked to the prospective employers. (I didn't get the job, btw). I wore my Warby Parker glasses, a set of pearls from my grandma, a dress from Land's End, and a bolero jacket from Lucie Lu.

I clean up nice, but usually I look more like this:

Me, hiding in a custom burgandy and gold hoodie from Neighborhoodies

or this:

Me, wearing my wet hair in a towel, and a "Stay Chubby" tshirt from Dpcted Apparel

And me in a tshirt from Threadless (I think?) of the keyboard-playing cats with the moon. For awhile I was taking photos of myself with all the books I read for exams.

So that is basically the extent of my apparel this year. I dressed (slightly) better on days I had to teach, but I found as my health worsened and my energy waned, clothing was the first thing to go. I started identifying heavily with the "pajama femme" aesthetic, for femmes who are fierce but ill or broke or just don't have the energy or resources to dress fierce. Last year, when I started this blog, I imagined gleefully how cute I'd look in my very consciously put-together study outfits while at coffeeshops or my office on campus, but they closed my office, and coffeeshops cost money, so when I'm just on the couch all day, I tend to stick to pajamas, which also means there's less laundry to do.

However, my closet awaits, full of fabulous clothes, and I can't wait to start showing them off in the fall.

Thanks for sticking with us even when we're absent, and thanks for all the kind notes you've sent.

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