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so i’ve been noticing an epidemic lately: the epidemic of the too-short “dress.” you know — the dresses that just cry out for a little more fabric to protect your poor, cold butt from flashing itself to the world.

now usually, i let these dresses go without a murmur. if a dress does not pass the “grazes my knee” test, why, i dismiss them summarily, with the discipline of an olympian. no, dress, you shall not tempt me! i cannot tell you how many cute dresses have been rejected this way — no, literally, i can’t, it makes me weep. but sometimes… well, sometimes, even olympians have their bad days, and sometimes, i buy dresses that i am CONVINCED i can make work.

much like this one:

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you may have noticed some changes around these parts. homegirl was feeling a change, and a need for white space and simplicity — with a little more space to play with for images in entries.

the girl in the image is from a grazia magazine editorial, and your eyes are not tricking you — it is indeed snowing. i thought it went nicely with the girl in her coat and the whole winter thing and… anyway, point is, if it is distracting and icky, please do let me know. i don’t want to disgust you and ick you out.

and while we’re at it, if you could change your links to ohhoneyno.net, i would be very grateful! and send you happy christmassy thoughts, since today i am a christmas elf (see below).

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there was meant to be an outfit post early today, but. er. well, the thing of it is, the alarm wasn’t set, and i woke up with 15 minutes to get ready, which is why i ended up grabbing a green scarf. the green scarf goes wonderfully with my pinstripe shirt-black sweater combo, but did i mention that my winter coat is BRIGHT RED WOOL? i look like  christmas elf. HO HO FRIGGIN’ HO.

anyway, the excuse for no outfit post is that i was in a rush, not that i look like a christmas elf. but if you think i’m taking a picture of today’s outfit, you, sir, would be incorrect.

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i’ve spent the past few weeks being torn. and i don’t mean a good kind of torn — like, torn over two incredible, can’t live without them pairs of shoes — because with that kind of torn, that has outcomes that make me happy. i end up with one fantastic pair of shoes, or with both. the decisions don’t come so hard.

this kind of torn…well, it tears you up. do you know what that’s like? i’m sure you do, i’m sure i’m not alone — it just feels like it sometimes.

anyway, i am in the process of patching myself together again, and i figure the best possible way to do that is by concentrating on fashion and fun and the things i can control, like what dress to wear in the morning, and how to tie this belt, and where to place that brooch, rather than the things i can’t control. so hello, hello! to me. regular outfits shall commence shortly.

p/s – oh hey, spot a familiar name in this wsj article? woot woot. it is a teeny tiny mention, but i’d rather have a teeny tiny mention in the wall street journal than a big ol’ blurb anywhere else.

it’s that time again — tulle is having a monster sale on selected goods. for prices that range from $5.99 to $8.99, you get a pretty good range of stuff this time around too. my picks are below, but you might wanna take a look-see yourself at everything they’ve got to offer — before sizes run out!

 

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mixed cable sweater in teal

also in: black, crimson
original price: $78
tulle’s day price: $6.99

why: i don’t know about you people in other states, but here in chicago it’s been just about the coldest october in recent memory, and my extensive collection of fine gauge cardigans, while insanely cute, just isn’t going to cut it. i need me some cable knit, and i need it NOW. bonus points for being cute and coming in nice bright colors.

 

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baby quilted skirt in crimson

also in: black
original price: $63
tulle’s day price: $6.99

why: let me tell you a story. once upon a time, cold weather was my nemesis. i refused to go anywhere without cladding my legs in chain mail pants denim or corduroy or 15 pairs of heavy duty tights. then, i discovered how to wear skirts in cold weather. and lo, the heavens burst open and a chorus of angels sang, etc. this skirt, being quilted, is perfect for cold weather, because it’s heavy enough to withstand sudden gusts of icy chicago wind without exposing any ladybits. and i don’t know about you, but anything that prevents frosted ladybits is alright by me.

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wool plaid shawl collar coat in graphite/black

also in: lavender/ink
original price: $110
tulle’s day price: $8.99

why: in my head i have this entry planned called “i don’t think so, tim: how to wear plaid without looking like al borland.” and it is pretty awesome, and this jacket would be on my list. it does everything right: the cut is slimming, the wide collar adds some interest, and the colors don’t scream LUMBERJACK. winner.

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canvas sherpa vest in graphite

also in: evergreen
original price: $78
tulle’s day price: $6.99

why: okay, so the styling on the tulle site isn’t so hot. but bear with me here — couldn’t you just imagine this over a slim turtleneck dress, tights and riding boots? so very fresh-from-the-ski-lodge chic, no?

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oh oprah. is there anything you CAN’T do? print this coupon now for 50% off any pair of payless shoes. valid in-store and only till TODAY, so take advantage of this NOW!

from the what i wore posts, it’s pretty obvious that you know that my love for colors is deep and unending, like my love for sneezing pandas or oberweis chocolate milkshakes. but i do get it: color is SCARY. and figuring out which colors go with which can be a process that can make you want to rip your hair out and wear black for the rest of your life.

but never fear! i have a handy-dandy list of resources that can help you – yes, you! – conquer your fears and dip your toe into a whole new world of fashion possibilities. and the best part is that these resources are great for a shot of instant inspiration too.

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before i embarked upon this Mission, i was firmly anti-working out, and i used every reason i could come up with in order to not have to work up a sweat. it’s too cold, i’d say. it’s too hot. i’m too tired. the tennis court’s too full. gossip girl is on. my mom’s going to call and i’m going to miss it and she’s going to be pissed. i don’t like gyms. people will laugh at me.

that’s the problem with getting yourself off the couch and running your first 5k — there are no more excuses. you’ve already done it before, so how can you not do it now? what’s stopping you?

sometimes i catch myself trying to make excuses. sometimes i catch myself losing my drive. and then i sort of have to check myself and be all, listen self. you better shape up, because do you really want all this pain and sweat of the past couple of months to go to waste?

no. i don’t. i really, really don’t.

which is why, in order to give myself another goal, i’m running another 5k this sunday, almost a month exactly after my first. and this time it isn’t about setting myself a time or competing against anyone — it’s about knowing that first time wasn’t a fluke, and it’s about proving to myself that this is something i can do over and over and over again.

i’ll keep you posted.

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