Bitches and Bad Lighting

Thursday was one of those days, fashion-wise. Frankly, it was a day that would have been better had I not taken morning photos as prior to this point, I was convinced this ensemble was Bad A$$. After photos, I found it blah, but there was no time to change. Also, after D-Med’s hard core grown-up pattern mixing in her post yesterday, mine is like that of an itty-bitty baby. But I digress.

Before morning photos, the title of this post was “Butch with a Shoe Surprise.” I imagined it as a secret* tribute to a butch friend and colleague who occasionally wears an awesome ensemble consisting of black dress pants, black dress shirt, and black crewneck sweater. Her version of this look, however, is perfectly fitted, pressed, and seemingly effortless. Mine, not so much – plus my femme-surprise shoes and lace trouser socks bit me, the bitches:

Navy polka-dot cotton blouse: Jacob
Belt: The Bay
Blue pin-stripe cotton trousers: Theory (via Vegas outlet)
Mug/prop: because I am just that edgy, pose-wise
Bad lighting: courtesy of my stellar mad camera skillz 
(in concert with yesterday’s unnecessary morning panic)

Here’s a closer look at the blouse that pulled across my chest, constantly came untucked and/or  bunched under the waistband of my pants all day:

Necklace: mall anchor store (as Cynthia would say)
Black cami: Hmm, I cut the tag out, so I’ll take a guess – Winners
And let’s not forget the once-magically-comfortable bitches who made my 15-minute trek across campus, the 75 minutes of my first lecture, and my 15-minute trek back to my office (and emergency bandage stash) a living hell:

Shoes: Liz Claiborne (remixed)

Trouser socks: Calvin Klein
To be clear, I’m not a NOOB (short for newbie. I saw it a student’s ironic hipster t-shirt yesterday, as in “I’m with NOOB” and an arrow. Funny. Hip. Ironic. Gah). I understand the importance of comfortable footwear for those of us who hike between offices and lecture halls. These shoes have served me well in the past; I’ve worn them for similar hikes, and they took me through my final day-long campus visit/job interview last winter.
For now, therefore, I am assuming that the lethal combination of lacey socks and shoes is responsible for my current enraging 5-blisters-per-foot situation. Each of these items shall, on separate days, receive one more opportunity to prove their worth. Then, we’ll see.
* The tribute must be secret because this friend has made it very clear that she does not wish to discuss fashion with me or anyone else, at any time. (‘Stern, no? It’s one of the things I really enjoy about this woman.)
Have any cherished pieces ever turned on you? How did you deal?
**Also, hang in for just a little longer – the Wonder Woman pose fest is coming so very soon!**

40 thoughts on “Bitches and Bad Lighting

  1. Rad: Yep, that's the plan! Our plane tickets shot up in price, so we're going to look on Tuesday when they supposedly go down. Call me biased, but Chicago is kind of in the middle of us all. Just saying… :)Visit ChicagoStylenation meet-up funThen Jude can come too.(I'm much better outside of the haiku format, clearly)

  2. The Blind Assassin is great. I also love Cat's Eye.I LOVE The Alice, and I know what you mean, D-Med, about her stories' ability to linger. They stay with me too.I should start a Interwebs Stylenation Poetry Prize. I shall call it the Stylie. D-Med, your Milton Hairsuit is already on the shortlist.

  3. Alice trumps Atwood any old day. I recently finished "Too Much Happiness" and think she just keeps getting better.But I agree with Atwood about the high heels. We should just stop it.

  4. Sassy red shoes!!! I have a collection of sassy red shoes. Flats, kitten heels, stilettos, chunky heels, a pair of patent leather loafers. I just LOVE red shoes! I think it's because I was such a huge Wizard of Oz fan as a little girl.I have a bra right now that has turned on me. Or I've turned on it. I'm not sure which. Since I'm losing weight (and gaining it – up and down, up and down) this poor bra now squeaks when I wear it! I don't know what to do. One week the squeaking as so audible that I wore only dark shirts the rest of the weeks so I could wear my black bras. But the squeaking has stopped now. I don't know. Maybe my girls were a little too big for awhile? I have no idea. I wore it today sans squeak. I guess only the lingerie gods know what is going on.

  5. hi all! for canadian women writers, the past couple of years i'm so smitten with Carol Shields. but i'm just an amateur.hey A-Dubs! that outfit looks so great on you!! can you undo one more button, since you do have a cami underneath? that should de-activate the pulling. re: feets, it most likely IS the lace stockings. sometimes you can wear flesh-colored peds underneath to make them wearable – i do that all the time with my crochet socks. and i feel creepy pluggin' my site – but – this is just a post on how to use moleskin (there's some bad info out there!) no clothes, just my bare feet and the famous family big toe:http://tinyurl.com/25toa5jdo 'em up right and all the pain will go away…..have a great weekend!!!

  6. TIoBM: That is a strange and alarming bra story. I'm concerned that you've done something to anger the lingerie gods. But how exactly does one make amends for such an offence? Also, agreed. Red shoes are sassy. Maybe you could do a photo diary of all your red shoes. What do you say?

  7. Sassy red shoes!!! I have a collection of sassy red shoes. Flats, kitten heels, stilettos, chunky heels, a pair of patent leather loafers. I just LOVE red shoes! I think it's because I was such a huge Wizard of Oz fan as a little girl.I have a bra right now that has turned on me. Or I've turned on it. I'm not sure which. Since I'm losing weight (and gaining it – up and down, up and down) this poor bra now squeaks when I wear it! I don't know what to do. One week the squeaking as so audible that I wore only dark shirts the rest of the weeks so I could wear my black bras. But the squeaking has stopped now. I don't know. Maybe my girls were a little too big for awhile? I have no idea. I wore it today sans squeak. I guess only the lingerie gods know what is going on.

  8. Rad: Yep, that's the plan! Our plane tickets shot up in price, so we're going to look on Tuesday when they supposedly go down. Call me biased, but Chicago is kind of in the middle of us all. Just saying… :)Visit ChicagoStylenation meet-up funThen Jude can come too.(I'm much better outside of the haiku format, clearly)

  9. Alice trumps Atwood any old day. I recently finished "Too Much Happiness" and think she just keeps getting better.But I agree with Atwood about the high heels. We should just stop it.

  10. @ADubs: Anne is gonna come to visit NYC, finally. Mid-October? Sadly, Jude can't come (the kitties, and crazy landlord below). I told Blokey over dinner that it's looking likely that we'd all meet someday, and he was like "Are you going to Canada, or will the Canadians come here?" Then he turned this attention back to the quinoa.Hey there stylenationMe and D-Med love AliceLess so the Atwood (The haikus are a new thing. I think I'm getting form but not the function correct). A-Dubs started it.

  11. 1. I think the Blind Assassin won the Booker. 2. Your poem should totally get a Griffin. 3. "Milton Hairsuit" is the best phrase ever.4. This latest G&T is clearly making me efficient and to the point. I should get to that grading I have to do this weekend right now.

  12. The Blind Assassin is great. I also love Cat's Eye.I LOVE The Alice, and I know what you mean, D-Med, about her stories' ability to linger. They stay with me too.I should start a Interwebs Stylenation Poetry Prize. I shall call it the Stylie. D-Med, your Milton Hairsuit is already on the shortlist.

  13. I've heard The Blind Assassin is good. Didn't it win the Giller? Seriously, does she need more Gillers? If you're on the jury, you shouldn't be allowed to win one.On poetry. Did no one read my Miltonic epic to my own hair? That should get a Giller. Well, a Griffin.Okay, I have to get off the interweb.

  14. I'm jumping on the Atwood love train. I've never read Surfacing but everything else I'm board with. And, seriously, D-Med, poetry (though this Friday poetry happening here and at the Cohabitating Closet is amazing)?? Enough with the feelings. Though I may have some sort of weird reflex connected with "This is a photograph of me" as in grade 10 English my teacher made us write a poem about, shocker, a photograph of ourselves based on this poem. Also, you should read the Blind Assassin. It is awesome. I have no feelings one way or the other on the Alice.

  15. She was mocking him. Also, refusal to conclude is laziness. In ONE novel (Handmaid's Tale, eg.) it is a choice. In every one, it is laziness.Also, seriously? You haven't read any Alistair MacLeod? He wasn't on your comps list? That is a serious oversight. I'm writing a letter. And sending you some short story collections immediately (though they are probably in your library because he is a National Treasure. Despite that he is heartbreakingly brilliant. And a very sweet man.) Also, there's a new MacLeod on the literary horizon now. Talk to the A-Dubs Hubs. I sent him one of his short stories. You might not want to read it though because it is about running.This is no longer about fashion and is now just a personal conversation about literature. Sorry Stylenation. OMG, I like that better than Blognation. What do you think, Stylenation?

  16. @Anne: It's tomorrow, so probably your wicked shoes cannot get here in time. Thanks for the offer, though. I promise it will come back to haunt you. But I forgot I have silver shoes. Maybe I can pull this one out the fire after all. @KB: I like Silver Atwood, too. Also, we can tag-team D-Med on the pounding.@Sheila: Ohmigod, "crotchetizing"! I love it (the word, not the sensation). And the crochetizing is EXACTLY the reason I'll not be getting ANY bodysuits. I don't care how much bunching there is now that we're tucking shirts in, again. Bodysuits are unsanitary. Also, seriously?! Your 'vogs did that to you? I was positive that, too, was against the law."Angels," my buttocks (and your heels)! @Rad: I cannot focus on either The Atwood or The Alice in discussion with you until we talk more about your awesome haiku to Anne a TCC today. @D-Med: I, too, enjoy The Alice, but have yet to delve into The Alistair. As I full-on love The Atwood's refusal to conclude, I have, then, to conclude that you are FULL-ON getting a pounding for your merciless critique and for potentially being inspirational subject matter for The Robber Bride. Side note: I have grown to enjoy The Atwood's public readings. I actually attended one of her Massey Lectures last year, as did a friend who was visiting for the eve. He's in advertising. His only comment afterward: "I thought she was mocking me with that delivery style."

  17. Oh I looooove Alice. Atwood not so much. But I am in the minority there. Also, Atwood used to live near me when I was younger and she was all snooty and too-good for us townies (or so my parents noted; I cannot confirm this). And, creepy note, The Robber Bride has a serious number of parallels in it to my old school bestie's life (i.e. names of her family, friends [incl. mine], places, etc.). Probably coincidental, but kind of uncanny, especially since Atwood lived near us. Maybe she was going through our garbage. Hee, I would kind of like her better if that were true.Anyway, that's not why I don't enjoy The Atwood. I hate that she refuses to conclude her stories; I find it maddening to read a whole novel that just seems to give up. And I really hate her public readings, which kind of confirms what my parents thought of her. I'm seriously risking a pounding here, but it must be said. I do not enjoy The Atwood (though I like some of her poetry. "This is a photograph of me", I love.).The Alice, however, is brilliant (also, btw, The Alistair [MacLeod]). I love short stories and The Alice is, I think, the best there is. Her stories can make me sad for weeks, which is mostly why I rarely read.

  18. I have bandaid stashes everywhere (it's like a lip balm thing, only not as rabid).I had a pair of Fluevog Angels turn on me just this year. They ate my heels and turned my poor skin to shreds.I love this outfit, by the way. Very classic and chic. It can be frustrating when shirts are not long enough for actual movement. It almost *almost* makes me pine for bodysuits. Almost. But then I think of the crotchetizing and the pinching and the whatnot and say NO.

  19. I too like The Atwood, so I support the pounding, yet I agree that The Atwood could learn things from Cynthia. Apropos of nothing, I also wish to give The Atwood points for letting her hair go silver.

  20. A-Dubs: When is said wedding? I have 2 great pairs of silver dressy shoes (not the same as golden goddess, I know) that could be loaned out, since they've both been worn all of once. However, my awesome formal shoes are not to be confused with my drawer full of mediocre office shoes.Also, thanks for challenging me to write any kind of poetry for the first time since, I don't know, sophomore year of high school. Currently my skills are only being used to write songs about government regulations on retirement plans (I used to get pretty bored at work without the blogosphere as my creative outlet).

  21. Gah. You're right. Plus I need help choosing shoes since the golden goddess ones are dead and I've not replaced them.Also, woo! My ironic cult-figure status may be safe after all if you are basing your ensemble on mine.

  22. Can I just say that Margaret Atwood is not a style icon, even though she probably has healthy back and feet. I think Margaret Atwood could learn a thing or two from Cynthia.Also, this is a great outfit and we almost dressed alike on the first day, but for my eleventh hour crazy change-up. Probably I will wear my (now) ode-to-AW outfit on Monday.More importantly, what are you wearing to the wedding? I can't believe you have such an important sartorial social engagement that is not on the blog. Get on that, woman.

  23. @Charlotte: Really? That's awful. Also, it seems completely unnatural and wrong that Dansko comfort heels hurt you. Isn't it the law that Danskos are awesome? For example, I wore my danskos today as a nice treat for my blistered toes and heels.@V: It means a lot that you think this is badass. And thanks for confirming my suspicions about that bloody lace. I ran out of wallet bandaids, but I'll be stocking up, again, immediately for fall training.@Rebecca: Hmm. It's starting to seem like I'm the only one who's not carrying bandages everywhere I go. What section was this in the heel-wearing handbook?@Rad: Dude. I am heading out shortly to stock up on office moleskin. I'm hoping said supply will help with the acquisition of new friends.@LHdM: Thanks for your good wishes, woman. The feet are healing slowly but have been taken off the critical list. Which is a very good thing as I've got a wedding to attend this weekend and my dress will NOT work with flats.@Anne: I don't believe for a second that your work-drawer-shoes are not BA. 'Excellent modesty, though. Also, you are a talented poet. Clearly you get the gold medal in today's poetry as you worked in a box of wine. Sweet.@KB: Oh, I'll be checking those blister bandage thingies asap. The above-noted weekend wedding adventure requires some sky-highs. And the injured feet will need some armour. Also, thanks! I learned what pattern mixing skills I have in part from you. @Cynthia: I just googled Morton's Neuroma and that is some painful sounding stuff. Margaret Atwood says we'll none of be truly liberated until we stop willfully crippling ourselves by wearing high heels. Probably she's onto something there. But I can't let mine go completely. You know, because I love self-mutilation and find such oppression remarkably pretty. That said, I really like your low-heeled shoe collection.

  24. I have boxes of band-aids stashed everywhere. Home, office, dance bag, etc. This was very important when I was wearing heels more frequently. The last few months I have not been (Morton's Neuroma) and I have to say, the general lack of blister-causing and total walking comfort of my low-heeled shoe wardrobe is pretty awesome. And stories like this, I must say, do not make me anxious to get back in my heels…

  25. Your poem just totally made my day, and has caused me to think in verse. Thank god I don't really talk to anyone in my office. In any event, please enjoy this less impressive Friday poem:Stripes and dots look really neat,Sorry your shoes hurt your feet.Let's get together to style and dine,Finish it off with a big box of wine.

  26. I really like this outfit — especially with the pop of color shoe though it's sad that they failed you. I am impressed with your & D-Med's adventures in pattern mixing. I don't own a lot of pattern but you two are inspiring me to give it a try.

  27. Fantastic outfit! I love your take on pattern-mixing, and I love those trousers. I hate it when shoes turn against us like that. I suspect G&G is right, that the lace is responsible. This makes me sad, as I really like your lacey socks look, but I hope it means these shoes are still your friends.On the blister front, the specialized blister bandaids (Bandaid brand is called Advanced Healing something something) are worth the price of admission. More stock for the desk.

  28. I second Rad's suggestion – I have plenty of moleskin in my desk shoe drawer at work since I seem to always have shoe issues. Although none of my painful shoes look even half as BA as yours.Despite your shirt issues, your outfit is really cute. I love stripes and polka dots together. I hope your Friday is better sartorially 🙂

  29. In addition to the office blazer, I recommend 3 squares (minimum) at all times of office "moleskin" (you know, you cut it to fit your blisters?) This makes you popular amongst other female profs and keeps comfort up.The polka dots and the pinstripes are rockin. Bummer about the shoes but it was perfect in theory.Also, I need more causal, non oxford style blouses, for after the ban is over. Because you make them look awesome.

  30. It is indeed the lace. Sorry, matey! I ALWAYS carry a bunch of band-aids in my wallet since I seem to wear new shoes pretty regularly, and if they don't get you fully, even when you wear your broken-in pairs the next day, they get you. And I hate having red marks all over my heels. So I'm regularly band-aided up!You still looked badass, though.♥ Vhttp://www.gritandglamour.com

  31. Oh gah, A-Dubs, it must've been in the Thursday air. I wore a pair of Dansko Solvei slingback "comfort" heels to class–I'd just gotten them, and they're identical to a pair I've had for ages that are my most comfortable shoes ever, just a different color. But with my tights (and cheers that it was cool enough to wear tights) my feet slipped forward on the downhill slope that was the entire way from parking deck to classroom, and my toes bent up inside, my feet hurt, I felt BETRAYED. Even if your shirt came untucked, this is one bodaciously cute outfit. If you just stood by the railing drinking coffee all day, it would've worked just fine. There's no way to know the problems, until you do the test drive. I hate that, especially since I tend to dress 10 minutes before flying out the door.

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