14-18, 21 December 2015: Christmas Colors

Final post before the holidays! I think I’ve finally got everything. Done all that’s left is wrapping, reading Christmas novels and watching Christmas movies. Whew!

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Forever 21 Peter Pan collar sweater, Old Navy sweetheart skinnies, Captain America sweater clips!!!!!, jingle bell bracelet, Bass saddle shoes

Check the amazingly awesome gift from my friend! I had to pick a sweater that made it easy to show off my shields. How cool and creative is that??

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Gap tee, Old Navy sweetheart skinnies, olive cardigan, jingle bell bracelet, Avengers charm bracelet, Bass saddle shoes

Christmas tree colors, ha. Picked this cardi up at a swap and I like it. Also, woe, my Avengers charm bracelet lost Widow during a particularly energetic rendition of Wimoweh with shaker eggs! The company is going to fix it, though, yay.
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Gap sweater, White House Black Market sparkle sweater, Old Navy sweetheart skinnies, Clarks

I shake my head over this sweater every year. I love the sparkles, but it’s an awkward length and hard to find things to wear it with. And yet every year, I persevere. It looks OKAY. Just not GREAT.
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Gap sweater, anthropologie embroidery skirt, Victoria’s Secret leggings, vintage brooch, Jingle bell bracelet, gift bow barette, Clarks

I have a narrow window of about three months to wear this winter white skirt. It’s always more stiff than I remember, but I love the pattern and doodads, so I keep returning to it.

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Ann Taylor tie sweater, Old Navy sweetheart skinnies, vintage brooch, snowflake necklace, jingle bell bracelet, Crown Vintage booties

Another hard to style top! It’s a little boxy, but it looks better with jeans than it does with skirts, I think. I should remember that.

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Anthropologie dress, Old Navy tights, Agent Carter necklace, jingle bell bracelet, clarks

Christmas lunch with my friend! Geez, I love this dress. I’ll be overdressed wearing it to work, but whatever. Wouldn’t be the first time, I guess.

While shopping after lunch, we stopped at the Disney Store. OF COURSE. And just look what I found!!!!
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A ladies cut Captain America tee! The Disney Store is finally realizing that women like the Avengers!!! Of course, I bought it. (And because it was 2 for $30, I also got a new Elsa shirt. Can’t have enough snow queen tees.)

On the way out, a lady was bemoaning the lack of Widow merch in the Avengers section. I very happily pointed her towards the tshirt section, where she was on TWO TOPS. And one of them involved Clint, too! And then we high fived when I told her about the Cap shirt, ha. It was an unexpected fun thing to meet another Clintasha fangirl who also buys everything she’s on, ha.

Speaking of, I had fun making holiday cards this year. To wit:

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I later redid the Shield one to include a santa hat on the eagle, too, ha. I made some great new comics friends this year and I wanted to show them my appreciation!

I’ll be back next week with a round up of my 2015 Reading Challenges–I may yet finish the last one!

Wishing you all a very happy holiday season!!! xoxo

7-12 December 2015: Christmas Adventures

Hurtling towards Christmas now, so expect to see a lot of red and green through this post and the next!

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Merona sparkle bow sweater, Old Navy sweetheart skinnies, Avengers charm bracelet, Converse

And pink. Every year, I take a day to visit the city and all it’s Christmas fun, and while I usually try to dress nice, this year I didn’t bother. I didn’t have tickets anywhere and I was going to wear my coat all day, so sweatshirt it is. it was a fun day, pics below, plus I spent time with a friend and found a new-to-me bookstore that I fell for. Yay.

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striped tee, Old Navy sweetheart skinnies, Winter Soldier necklace, Avengers charm bracelet, White Cliff flats

I thought I was doing some filming, so I dressed nicely up top! And then we didn’t. Oh, well. Always fun to wear this shirt. Though it was chillier that day than I thought, and I did miss socks, ha.
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JJill tank, Anthropologie cardigan, Old Navy sweetheart skinnies, Natasha arrow necklace, Crown Vintage booties

Man, I adore this cardigan. It’s such a perfect fit and so awesomely retro. I definitely need to wear it more.

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sequin sweater, Old Navy flirt capris, Forever 21 leggings, Avengers charm bracelet, Clarks flats

And then it went up to the 60s. In December. SO WRONG.

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Disney Inside Out tee, Old Navy sweetheart skinnies, H&M cardigan, Mickey necklace, gift bow barrette, Merona socks, Clarks

I was so excited to find the tee on sale! I loved the movie, and It’s Complicated just makes me laugh. But the quality is not up to Disney par – it’s thin and short and the seam on one side is already frayed with one wear. BOO.

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Modcloth Story of Citrus dress, H&M cardigan, Old Navy tights, snowflake necklace, vintage brooch, jingle bell bracelet, gify bow barrette, Clarks

New dress!! I put in a black Friday weekend order and I am madly in love with all the pieces, but this one is best by far. I feel so 40s in it! It was the perfect dress to wear for my annual Christmas adventure with my friend, which this year was a trip to see a double feature of White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life. We had a super magical day, where everything went perfectly, and it was just a blast.

City adventures: I shopped Macy’s for cute replacement hats for the one left behind in Colorado. Alas, gold is not a popular color. I found these, though, that I liked a lot:

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And of course I had to check out the holiday windows. Hi, Sally!
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And a stop at the Christmas market is a must. Currywurst and fries made a perfect lunch.

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Yay Christmas!

29, 30 November, 1-4 December 2015: Fancy

Ugh. Unintentional break–we were interviewing for a new librarian, which was exhausting, and everything sort of piled up. I’m going to try really hard to catch up this week.
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Karen Hallion Back for the Last Dance tee, Gap boyfriend cardigan, Old Navy sweetheart skinny jeans, Crown Vintage booties

FINALLY TeeFury sent me my shirt!!! They’ve been having major problems the past few months, which doesn’t bode well for them. 😦 If only they’d explained the new distributor when things started slowing down. But I love my shirt and it makes me super happy.

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tee, Kate Spade skirt, JCrew Jackie cardi, Old Navy tights, Avengers charm bracelet, Sephora arrow barrette, Clarks

Day one of interviews, we dressed nice, ha. This is a new top from a clothes swap, and it’s so cute.

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Anthropologie top, Old Navy Flirt skirt, BP cardi, Old Navy Tights, jingle bell bracelet, Winter Soldier necklace, Clarks

Day two of interviews, we were all more casual, ha. I cannot for the life of me remember why I chose to wear my jingle bracelet. OH! No, I do. It’s why I’m in green and white, too – my friend came over after work for pizza, Flash and Shield and tree decorating. ❤

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JCrew Factory striped dress, Limited crop cardigan, Old Navy tights, Mickey necklace, Avengers charm bracelet, Hawkeye bracelet, Crown Vintage booties

Rocking the purple, so had to do a mini Marvel party arm. Last day of interviews, back to dressy! I super love the length of this cardigan, I really need more like it.

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JCrew snowflake tee, Old Navy Sweetheart skinnies, H&M cardi, Avengers charm bracelet, Bass boots

Celebrating no interviews with jeans! And snowflakes, because outside of the major snowfall in November, there’s been none. Woe.

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Daisy tee, Old Navy Sweetheart skinnies, Modcloth Airport Greetings cardigan, Avengers charm bracelet, Hawkeye bracelet, Converse

Dressing comfy for staff day, with lots of sitting. Another new swap top.

Behold: my Christmas tree.

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It was so nice having a friend to decorate with this year!! And after that episode of Shield, especially, we needed the fun distraction of cute holiday decor, ha.

Check my newest ornaments:
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Disneyland 2015, from my February trip, plus Cap and Hawkeye. ❤ ❤ ❤

Also, randomly, demonstrating my mom’s awesome new hat. With bluetooth speakers built in.

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Looks like a normal hat, but I was totally hearing Adele sing Hello right into my ears. AWESOME.

23-25 November 2015: Red Velvet

So one of my stops at the mall last week was Sephora, where I picked up these awesome rose gold arrow bobby pins, super Kate Katie Hawkeye, AND a Besame Cosmetics lipstick set. I already own the lipstick Red Velvet from 1946 (used by Peggy Carter on Agent Carter), but I picked up the lipstick matchsticks. You guys, they are amazing. It just glides on so perfectly, not too heavy at all. I liked it better than the lipstick tube. It stayed put all day, even through lunch and meetings. And I really needed some Peggy Carter strength, so I was happy to rock it this week. I tried over the summer, but it felt too dark; I think it’s more of a winter shade of red for me, maybe. Or maybe I was putting it on too heavily with the tube and I need to work on that.

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Modcloth dotty sweater, Old Navy sweetheart skinny jeans, Avengers charm bracelet, Crown Vintage booties

This sweater came in a Modcloth surprise package, and I like it. It’s way more normcore than I’d pick myself, but it’s cute and I like polka dots. Win.

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JCrew sweater, JCrew houndstooth skirt, fleece lined tights, Agent Carter necklace, Avengers charm bracelet, Clarks

Doubled up on the Agent Carter stuff to remind myself that I know my value! I’ve loved this sweater/skirt combo in the past, but it didn’t quite gel for me this time. Sweater didn’t hang right, maybe?

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Junk Food Captain America tshirt, Old Navy sweetheart skinny jeans, H&M cardigan, Avengers charm bracelet, Crown Vintage booties

The Captain America: Civil War trailer dropped last night, so I watched when I first woke up. It was good, super heartbreaking, but good — even if it didn’t include the Crossbones footage I really wanted to see and hear. 😛 But I am solidly Team Cap, even if Tony broke my heart in the trailer, so I had to pull out my Cap tee in celebration. With Red Velvet lipstick to celebrate Peggy, too.

I am off to my family for Thanksgiving and a long weekend, so I will see you all next week. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

17, 18, 20 November 2015: Snow!!! Proper Snow!

Last week was pretty much a lost week. I walked through the days foggy and exhausted, and on Wednesday, had to do that while doing two programs and a desk shift. It was rough. I just sort of grabbed clothes and hoped for the best. And then came Saturday. ❤

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Her Universe Doctor Who dress, Loft cardigan, Forever 21 leggings, Tardis necklace, Avengers charm bracelet, Owl socks, Clarks

We hosted a coding class for tween girls, so I wanted to dress nerdy and fun. Doctor Who seemed appropriate. Also, owls and cardi match. Yay.

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Gap sweater, Old Navy sweetheart skinnies, Gap boyfriend cardi, Felicity Smoak necklace, Black Widow bracelet, Merona socks, Clarks

Totally exhausted. So so exhausted.

I had Friday off and hit the mall with a friend and her baby. It was finally chilly, and everything was decorated and it was so so lovely. I also picked up some Disney tshirts half off – Joy and Sadness from Inside Out saying It’s Complicated, and an Avengers men’s shirt that –omg– had Natasha AND Clint on it!!! Will wonders never cease? I enthused mightily to the sales lady.
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And when we stepped outside of the restaurant after dinner, our first snowflakes were just starting to fall. ❤ ❤ ❤  It snowed all night and I woke up to about an inch on the grass, though the sidewalks and streets were pretty clear. It’s rare for our first snowfall to also be a proper snow, and I decided to celebrate:
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Elsa tee, Forever 21 plaid skirt, H&M cardigan, Avengers charm bracelet, fleece lined tights, Clarks

I walked to work in a winter wonderland, put together a snowy day storytime, went on a lunchtime snowy walk, and then no one came to storytime. It started getting super messy around lunchtime, when we switched to lake effect snow, and the driving got scary. Sigh. But it was beautiful.
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(Yes, some of our trees still have leaves, and some of them are still green. It’s been a weird weather autumn. See above bare legs.)
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See how it picked up and got heavier as the day went on? I went on one last walk after work, but the snow was over and it wasn’t much fun without holiday lights to shine on the snow.

But I did get this gorgeous Bingo Baby pic from my mom:
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11-14 November 2015: Retro

I was on a big retro kick last week!  I think it was inspired by my new coat. I was super excited to post this last week, and then things went haywire before my trip. A week later and I finally feel like I’m on an even keel again. Today’s snow storm helped. Those pics will come soon!
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Loft Sunkissed tee, Loft skirt, Loft cardigan, owl socks, Mickey necklace, Avengers charm bracelet, Clarks shoes

Yes, the pink owls picked up the pink cardigan, ha. And yes, it was warm enough for bare legs several times last week.

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anthropologie Elevenses coat

SWOON. I had unneccessary stress that morning, and it was finally in the upper 30s, so I went for it.

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Dotted sweater, Garnet Hill jeans, Bucky Winter Soldier necklace, Hawkeye bracelet, Naturalizer heels

Love this sweater, which makes me feel like Lana Turner. New necklace, too – it’s actually magnetic and I should be able to swap in Black Widow or Hawkeye, but I can’t quite figure out how to get the magnet out, ha! So Winter Soldier it is.

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Loft sweater, plaid skirt, tights, Clarks

I picked this skirt up at consignent awhile back and it’s finally cool enough to wear it! It feels super 40s and awesome to me.

We nerded out at the library again, too. We hosted a mini-Comic Con, complete with full size Tardis, with Batman, Batgirl, and some Jedis teaching classes. I love working with nerds. ❤
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6, 9, 10 November 2015: Weird Weather

We keep bouncing between warm and cold. And my TimeHop keeps showing me how it’s snowed by now in the past, but alas, not here. 😦 Denver is getting snow, though, but it’ll be melted by the time I get there this weekend. Sigh.

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Modcloth bodysuit, Loft zebra skirt, Loft cardigan, Winter Soldier necklace, booties

New necklace! It’s actually a magnet and the Winter Soldier can swap out to Hawkeye or Widow, but, um, I can’t get it to pop out. Oops. It’s okay, I like Bucky.
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Gap sweater, Old Navy Sweetheart Skinnies

So, you hear about the 93″ Costco teddy bear? Yep. We bought one for the department. It’s SO SOFT!! And snuggly!!! The kids love it, and frankly, so do the adults!

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Coldwater Creek sweater, Old Navy Sweetheart Skinnies, Converse

Monday was a very very very long day. It showed.

 

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Gap sweater, Garnet Hill jeans, Winter Soldier necklace, charm bracelets, Bass saddle shoes

New jeans! Picked them up at the last clothing swap. They are lower rise than I prefer, but I think they look okay? The straight leg appeals to me.

And huzzah, I have had my first Gingerbread Latte and it was Good.

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2-4 November 2015: Warm Spell

Warm. It’s bloody warm. Like, 70s. Bare legs. Bare trees. It’s kind of great, but at the same time, I want to get a gingerbread latte in a red cup to warm up, and I’m already too warm for it, ha.

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H&M dress with belt, Agent Carter necklace, Avengers charm bracelet, Clarks

I do love this dress and don’t wear it enough. That’s a theme with me. It’s swishy and cute and fun to wear. It’s perfect for fall days that don’t require cardigans.

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Anthropologie space-dyed cowl sweater, Old Navy Flirt capris, H&M Love necklace, Avengers charm bracelet, Clarks

Cute and casual for outreach storytime and walking.

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Gap top, Anthropologie jumper, zulily brooch, Avengers charm bracelet, Clarks

I love these shoes, but they probably need a break. I love this dress, but so rarely wear it! I think because the fabric is so thick, it turns me off, but it looks fine. And it’s hard to style — bit 1960s nun-to-be/schoolgirl. Or early days Peggy Olson.  Essentially the same thing, ha. But I saw Clara wearing a jumper with longsleeve shirt on Doctor Who a few weeks ago and have wanted to emulate it ever since. So here it is.

There is an awesome biography series for kids, Ordinary People Change the World. I just read the Helen Keller title, and was utterly delighted to find my absolute favorite superheroes, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop (each codenamed Hawkeye) and their dog Lucky, along with Matt Murdock (Daredevil) and his bff Foggy, hanging out at the end! And Clint is signing to Kate that he loves her! SWOON. They got included because Clint is deaf and Matt is blind, and the illustrator used to work for Marvel. Awesome touch to a seriously awesome book on Helen. I highly recommend it for the kids in your life. (K-3, probably.)20151104-080944.jpg

 

Dressing Room Love

Oh, anthro. For so long now, our styles haven’t matched up. I intended a breeze through, largely to see if you were carring Besame makeup yet. And then I was there for an HOUR. A happy, joyful, expensive hour.

I got invited to Colorado for a weekend trip in a few weeks. I have a bunch of friends who live there, and there’s going to be a thing. So I needed something to wear to the thing. And I found so many wonderful options.

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Calendula Dress, size 4

This was a whim, it’s not thing appropriate. But I fell in love so so hard. It’s more fitted than I like – I could sit fine, but good posture is required and I could feel the dress. Not usually my favorite thing. But oh my God, how amazingly 50s is this????? If I ever went to fancy parties, I would need this dress and wear it every time. I might ebay stalk this one — I wish there had been a size 6 to try on, but it went from 4 to 10. And the 6 couldn’t look this perfect. It covered my bra and everything. Oh, SWOON, why don’t I have a life where I can dress like this???

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Sadie Tweet Shift, size 8

This is thing appropriate and made me feel so amazing and powerful. It has a 60s vibe to it that I really like — let me channel my inner Joan Holloway Harris. I don’t often wear shifts, but they flatter my figure really well. I should work on that. I would happily wear this to work, and totally will. Because it came home with me.

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Flounced Lace Dress, size 6

I liked this, but it didn’t lay right, and the lace had a huge hole ripped on the side. It’s very flirty, though, which I liked.

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Crosstown Dress, size small

This was the dress I spotted that made me start a dressing room. I fell in love at first sight. You all know my love for skater styles, and dude, long sleeves. How often does that happen? I felt like Peggy Carter when I wear this. I couldn’t stop beaming. (And while it’s mostly similar in color, sleeves and feel, the back scallops isn’t too far off from her neckline.) (And it’s by Sunday in Brooklyn, perfect.) And it’s super comfortable. So, yes. This one came home with me, too. It’s potentially thing appropriate, but honestly, I’ll probably go with the shift. And wear the hell out of this all winter.

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Courtland Shirt dress, size small

The saleslady got in on the action, giving me and Liss her thoughts and pulling this for me after realizing I had a retro aesthetic going. She called it I Love Lucy, and it’s so totally marvelous. I love wrap dresses, and this is constructed well. I strongly considered it, but the medium was a big baggy and the small rode up a bit in the back. If only it had an extra half inch of fabric in the waist, boo. It’s very me.

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Collared Beatrix Coat, size 8

As is this. OMG, right??? Is this not the most incredible coat in the entire world?? I fell in love so hard, I couldn’t stop spinning. My mom was helping me shop by text, and when she saw this, she offered to buy it for me. My defenses were down. I let her. I just love it so much. And the fur buttons off, leaving a gorgeous pale blue collar. And the inside is polka dotted. I just could cry I love it so much. It should be a dress coat, but I am wearing it as soon as the weather gets chilly again. It’s so amazingly thick and warm, I bet I can wear it to the upper 30s and still be able to walk. SWOON.

What made all of this possible was that the wonderful, sweet, helpful saleslady gave me a 25% off card. So the shift was 30% off because it was on sale, and the red dress and coat were each 25% off, saving me about $200. I was so grateful, and it was just so very kind of her. So, thanks, anthro lady, you are amazing.

This stop took up almost all my free time before my show, so I only got to hit TopShop to try on a top I’ve had my eye on for months:
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Tie Front Top, size 8

I want it in black, not striped, but it’s much shorter than I was thinking. I’d probably have to layer it to feel comfortable, even with higher waisted bottoms. I just love the lace up look SO MUCH and I can’t find it anywhere else. Ugh, decisions. Maybe if it goes on sale – I’ve had the tab open for months, I can keep it open, ha.

Yesterday was just such an awesome, amazing day. I felt more excited and energized than I have in months. Note to self: you love shopping and the theater. Don’t stay away!

Happy Halloween!

A day late, oops. I tried.

We usually dress up on Halloween for work, but since it was Saturday, we kept it super low key on Friday.

Though to be honest, this is exactly what I would have worn should it have fallen on Friday, so.
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Captain America costume hoodie, Old Navy sweetheart skinnies, Keds

And yes. The hood is actually his cowl, complete with A and wings and covering my nose. No, there is no photographic evidence of it. But see the straps on my shoulders? Oh, yes, nerds.
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I own a shield backpack, too. Of course. And what other day could I possibly pair these? It was a very comfy day at work, let me tell you.

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Eddie Bauer sweater, Old Navy Flirt skirt, Forever 21 leggings, lace socks, Halloween pin, Felicity Smoak’s necklace, Avengers charm bracelet, Clarks

And for actual Halloween, I wore this! I thought about doing a cute cosplay, but I needed something easy to get in and out of for trying on clothes and something somewhat dressed up for the theater. So this it was. The socks/shoes/leggings gave it more of an 80s vibe than I’d thought on, but whatever, it was fine.

My hair is finally long enough not only to get pinned up, but to go into a bun! Does this mean Heidi braids are soon behind???

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Little ghosties and bats.

A full dressing room post will be posted soon – anthro and I are friends again after a very long separation. (My bank account is mad at both of us.)

But! THE THEATER.

Okay, so. You all know I’m crazy about Christmas. I try to keep to boundaries – I admit that I have listened to some Christmas songs in the past few weeks, but that was largely to deal with stress. I needed the hit of relaxation and calm. And then Goldstar, the theater-based Groupon company, posted discounted tickets for White Christmas at a local theater. And I had credit from them, so my ticket would be free.

So I saw White Christmas on Halloween.
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Look at that! SNOW! Also, fifth row center — not bad for discounted, let alone free! I’d say the theater was about half filled with fellow Christmas nerds. And yes, we enthusiastically sang White Christmas when prompted. The stage musical changes the plot and makes it make WAY more sense, and throws in another half dozen or so Irving Berlin songs. I like the movie best, because it’s ingrained in me, but I really do love the staging. The actors were all delights, and holy crap, could they sing. I also wanted 90% of the costumes, omg. Like, to the point where I’m half considering emailing the costume director and asking if they were sewn or sourced and where, ha. I stared more at the costumes than I did the actors sometimes!!

So, yeah. NO REGRETS.