The end of July is always a sort of blah time of year for me. I’ve had a couple months of unstructured school (and thus have had enough time to fall into Grade A slacker grad student habits), September is far enough away that I’ve little motivation to go into Get Stuff Done mode, and besides half the people in my department are on holidays or not in the office. It’s usually super humid and hot (though, thankfully, not so much here), and the general atmosphere is thick and sluggish; even the cicadas* seemed sleepy. As a result, my outfits were more or less all been variations on jeans and a tank top. I swapped out the jeans for a plain skirt sometimes, or throw on a cardigan for the office, but it’s all been less than exciting, and I’ve had minimal motivation to do much of anything about it.
Like every year, though, the first week of August was a Get Stuff Done week. I had a breakthrough with my research, and as a result was really productive work-wise, I helped my friend move, I went to a really great concert/festival and I joined the gym across the street (more on this later). I had more thoughtful outfits, and I was ready to blog… and then the pipes clogged. The shower was unusable for a couple of days since it back-flowed (spewing all sort of gunk) whenever the bathroom sink was used, and while the landlord was speedy about fixing it, there were a couple of days when I wasn’t able to shower, and I’m not posting pictures of Polecat Millie. Especially considering that the pipes clogged after I went to the gym.
This is all a long-winded way of saying that after loafing around going “blerrrrgh” for a couple of weeks, I’m dressing better and feeling more motivated to talk about it. I’m apparently feeling more hammy about it than I have in a bit too:
I am dainty and elegant! I am a woman of great poise and dignity! I.... am a bit silly today.
- Shirt with poofy sleeves: gift from my Mom
- Patterned skirt: Thrifted
- Gorgeous fan: gift from Sarah from Spain
- Blue glass necklace which isn’t really visible: ?
I LOVE this fan that the ever fabulous Sarah got for me when she visited Spain a few years ago. I’d sort of forgotten about it, but I refound it a few days ago when I was fishing around for a lock for my gym trips, and I’ve been using it all the time since then (and am baffled how I forgot about it in the first place). I figure it’ll be good for the bus to school too, since it’s so unbearably muggy even when it’s otherwise pleasant outside.
The shirt, though, I’m still waffly about. I’d've never bought this for myself, because I do not like poofy sleeves at all, but it’s sort of growing on me. It’s a different shape than most of my shirts, the colour’s lovely, and it’s got little bits of shirring on the shoulders and back which is nice… but the sleeves are poofy! So, what do you think of the shirt? Yea, nay, ambivalent?
I like the monochromatic blue look, poofy sleeve issue aside.
* I associate cicadas with August, but this year, I’m guessing because of the massive heatwave at the beginning of July, they were a month early. Anyone else notice this?