Item 19

The Amy Winehouse Wig.

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This post is dedicated to one of my favorite musicians: Amy Winehouse.

I’m scheduling this post the day after the anniversary of her death six years ago.

When Amy passed away I was in the hospital with a kidney stone. It was a pretty bad day. I immediately decided I wanted to pay tribute to her that Halloween so I hunted down a wig. I wore it to two different Halloween parties that year (2011). I haven’t worn it since, so I’m going to be departing with it.

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As Amy Winehouse, October 2011. (Sorry about the picture, I just thought it would be best to crop everyone out.)

 

As an added bonus, here is a YouTube video of my favorite song featuring Amy, “Valerie”. (The artist is actually Mark Ronson).

 

Item 18

Blue Jeweled Jeans.

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Have you ever tried stepping out of your comfort zone fashionably? That’s what happened with these jeans.

I was given a gift card to Rue21 from my brother for Christmas in 2013(?). My sister and I went shopping and I bought some shoes there that I loved and wore until holes formed in the soles, but then I also bought these pants.

These pants had crystal like jewels on the corners of the pockets. Plus, the butt of the pants were over-embroidered, but I think I still looked good in them. They aren’t bad pants. They look really cute with heels. They just aren’t my style. I wore pants more back then. I really can’t stand pants now. (I just discovered jeggings last week–LIFE CHANGING! Give me pants that feel like pajamas any day!) I cannot tell you the last time I actually wore them, so that’s why they’re being cast off.

Bye Blue Jeweled Pants!

Item 17

The Orange/Pink Scarf.

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I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a pastel kind of gal. I picked up this ~infinity scarf~ at Charlotte Russe (with another scarf , and a pair of leggings). The scarves were probably “buy one, get one 50% off” and I caved and went for this one.

This scarf I wore out once with my friend Jackie. It was a great night where we met a local celebrity’s son trying way too hard name dropping to get himself places he wasn’t going to go. The night was memorable, but this scarf is a little too big and I’m sure it will be perfect for someone else.

Also, I really love this painting. It’s one of my favorites so far!

Bye Orange/Pink Scarf!

Item 16

The Brown Belted Pants.

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Ever have an article of clothing you wear so much to the point of abuse? Meet my brown belted pants. These pants were my absolute favorite ones to wear. I wore them probably at least once a week during my teaching hours.

I received these for Christmas, I think, in 2011, because I first remember wearing them in the early stages of my teaching career as a substitute teacher. I felt so snazzy in these.

Unfortunately, I have worn them to the point of destruction. The side seam near the pockets has split, the hem in one of the pant legs is gone, and one upper leg has a line of black paint, from when I was teaching little kiddos and bent over the table. (All you art teachers out there probably feel me on all of your clothes being stained in the strangest locations.)

These pants have served me well and I’m sad to see them go. I’ll actually be trying to find a pair to replace them.

See ya later, Brown Belted Pants!

Item 15

Frilly Flower Shirt.

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This is one of my favorite drawings I’ve done in quite some time. I tried to give this shirt more wearing time, but it unfortunately got stained somehow. This shirt was gorgeous too. I frequently wore it with pencil skirts. I bought it in 2009 from Forever 21, so it’s definitely time to go. This post is special because my friend, Nathan, took a bunch of really lovely pictures of me in it.

Thank you beautiful frilly, flower shirt.

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Fall 2010. Photo Credit: Nathan Porter
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Fall 2010. Photo Credit: Nathan Porter

Item 14

Afro-Centric Shirt.

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I got this shirt to Celebrate Black History month with my students. It’s a beautiful top that I absolutely love, but don’t wear enough (also because I don’t want to appropriate someone else’s culture). I’m giving this shirt to Jenn Whilby because she said that she liked it and wanted it.

Thank you so much, beautiful shirt.

Item 13

Vertical Striped Button-Up.

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My pal Whilby gave me this shirt last year when I was telling her of my woes of not finding a new gig. I blamed the fact that my button up shirts I had had some bad memories attached to them. Jenn Whilby is so kind and thoughtful, she dug through her wardrobe to find me a button up that would fill me with positivity. That’s what friends are for!

I haven’t worn it in a while, so I’m either going to give it back to her or pass it on to my sister, Jennifer. It’s the shirt that keeps on giving.

Thanks Vertical Shirt, your stripes are more superior and flattering than horizontal ones.

Item 12

The Interview Jacket.

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I suppose everyone needs one at one point. I purchased mine for a local pageant I was running for from J.C. Penney. It looked good, and it managed to wow the judges, since I was chosen for a position.

However, when I wore it to teaching interviews after, it didn’t have the same luster. I kept holding on to it “just in case”, but haven’t worn it since 2012. Since I haven’t wore it in 5 years, it’s best just to get rid of it. Maybe it will help some other young woman get a job or win a pageant.

Here’s to that 2010 Interview Suit Jacket!

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Me (left) in interview jacket, Charity(center), and Liz(right). This was probably one of our first events were were photographed together at in ¬†early (April or May) 2010. I’m really grateful for that year and the amazing time I had with those ladies.

Item 11

The “Pooping Paint” T-Shirt.

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I think this shirt may have been the best gift I have ever received from my little sister, Jennifer. (She also co-admins and edits my horrible writing–so props to her–say hey!)

I love this shirt. It’s hilarious. I loved it because I’m a painter (obviously) and I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It’s important to be able to joke and laugh at yourself.

This shirt was always a tiny bit small, but not too bad. I still always wore it. I went to my closet to wear it recently and was horrified that my naughty cat, Lou Lou put holes in it with her claws. She has a problem of getting into my closet and standing on my hamper and stretching. I didn’t realize she was doing this until I caught her in the act. Now she’s not allowed in the closet at all. That’s what you get, you little jerk!

I’ll be repurchasing this shirt, if I can find a new one. It’s a pretty old shirt.

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Poop Paint Shirt and myself, with a prop from a movie I filmed in 2007. This picture is probably from 2010 though.

Item 10

Hi/Low Chevron Dress.

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Happy July and Happy 10 Items!

This is a High/Low Chevron Dress that I got in Ann Arbor during their sidewalk sales. This is a great summer dress and it’s flattering, however, I could never find or wear shoes that are cute enough to go with it. That’s a big reason why I never wore it.

Thank you flowy Chevron Dress!

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Lou Lou, me, and Chevron Dress. As you can tell, the blue is a lot darker, but it was a fun summery dress. July 2014.