Blogtober Day 17: Some New Halloween Leggings

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Listen, I told you it was going to happen. My goal is to own 31 pairs of Halloween leggings, one for each day of Halloween… October, I mean October ๐ŸŽƒ I’m slowly getting there & am so pleased with my new finds. These were all sourced from some local Lularoe reps – yes, I know there are a lot of strong feelings about that company but I don’t mind supporting sellers that I know. Neither one of them has ever mentioned owning thousands of pieces of inventory they can’t sell or anything crazy. They’ve also both said that it’s a side gig & they don’t get sucked into the over the top company culture. Believe me, I’ve seen the documentaries, we’ve talked about it. Anyway, here are the new additions:

These are my favorite, the skeletons glow in the dark. The black isn’t as matte as the other pairs, I’m guessing this has something to do with the glow feature. They’re by far the softest & stretchiest of the bunch.

Next we have some orange & white spiders, a classic print.

These neon Dracula lips remind me of Rocky Horror. They don’t glow but the neon is so fun.

Lastly, another neon print in repeating Boo motif. These are a little cliche Halloween-y for my taste but I don’t own any similar pairs & figure they’ll be a fun addition.

That’s it for this year, there is a neon green splatter print that I would like to own but they’re apparently a ‘rare’ print. That is one thing that I don’t appreciate about the brand, limiting the production of popular prints seems silly. Anyway, did you pick up any spooky duds this year? Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿงก

Blogtober Day 15: All Black Everything

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I touched on my transition to wearing all black a few posts ago & thought it was a spooky topic to talk about since black is closely associated with Halloween. I wear limited color at home but it’s all black, all of the time as soon as I step outside. Why? Because it makes me look like a total badass but seriously I have a litany of reasons for my recent wardrobe change so let’s get started.

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Back when I started wearing all black, it just matched how I was feeling on the inside. There was a lot going on, it seemed like we were on the brink of something amazing…or disastrous. I feel like I’m in mourning for a lot of things; my pre-COVID life, Minneapolis, just society in general. It’s not that deep but reaching for all black just made sense – now I’m a little more upbeat about it but that’s truly where it all started. Now here are some fun reasons ๐Ÿ˜›

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Legit though, if you want an outfit that makes you feel empowered but also lets you blend into your surroundings – go black. Two words – pleather leggings. Everyone can kick ass in pleather leggings. All black ensembles kind of feel like a catsuit without the whole…catsuit part ๐Ÿ˜›

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Well, usually – there are different tones of black so that whole Does this black match is actually a quandary I find myself in from time to time. You have your red black, your blue black, purple black, etc. Sometimes clothing fades over time so you get your faded black – I have my closet separated into different blacks so I usually always match but it’s not a day ruiner if my black doesn’t match. I’m not sure anyone else notices but me.

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I could care less about being fashionable but black lends itself to being appropriate for most any event. A simple black dress or stovepipes can be very chic, I always feel put together when my outfits are really very simple. Black is also universally flattering so I just feel more confident in my black wardrobe.

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The planning of the outfits, the coordination, the wondering if you look good in a color – it’s all very distracting. As opposed to waking up and just grabbing anything knowing it’s going to work. Fine, fine I’m also lazy. But seriously, I think being a teacher really tested my cute, quirky outfit skills & I wasn’t ever very good at it.

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Clothing trends come & go but black is forever ๐Ÿ˜€ Seriously, while I might switch up the cuts of my pants or length of the skirt, I know that my wardrobe doesn’t ever look dated even if some of the stuff is seasons old. If you take care of it, black clothing can last a long time but I really recommend investing in some Woolite to keep everything look crisp.

I do get asked if I am goth…a lot – no, this is my natural skin tone ๐Ÿ˜€ Now, I do wear color at home because I don’t mind feeling a little chaotic in my own space & black is more my uniform for the unpredictable real world. I recommend all black everything, it’s fun & a lot more versatile than one would think ๐Ÿงก

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This movie is nuts, when a sleazy party boy solves a puzzle box he is dragged to an underworld. His brother’s wife resurrects him & starts killing people to keep him alive & regain his strength. The puzzle box opens a portal though allowing other worldly beings to pass through & wreak havoc on the living. I say this every time I watch this one, have you seen Pinhead out of the pleather? He is a total dweeb, should have stuck to the all black thing ๐Ÿ˜› Hellraiser (1987)

Blogtober Day 6: Halloween Leggings Collection

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I am a sucker for Lularoe Halloween leggings, I used to have a friend who sold them & I would clear her out when she received her seasonal stock. Now, I know that we have all heard the horror stories of how Lularoe treats their employees & issues with MLMs all around – I tend to only purchase used pieces from Ebay or Mercari if I am in the market for some new (to me) leggings. I honestly prefer to purchase used clothing at this point & these leggings are generally still in really good condition even if they were pre-loved. I think that the fabric of these leggings has changed over time because some pairs are definitely thicker than others but they are all ultra soft & stretchy. Don’t be shocked if in a few weeks I am posting a leggings haul because I’m hunting at the moment ๐Ÿ˜› I don’t necessarily wear any of these out of the house, I usually only wear black leggings if I am wearing them to work or out running errands. It brightens my day to throw on a pair of printed leggings even if I am just wearing them around the house. Also, I only wear black (sometimes with white) out of the house so my fashion options have become a bit limited. I’m not complaining since this was a conscious decision that nobody is forcing me to adhere to aside from myself.

I call these my Monster Mash leggings, they were part of a classic monsters collection. Victor Frankenstein’s monster is probably my favorite Halloween monster, I don’t think that he gets nearly enough recognition. I love the crazy neon colors against the dark sketch of the monster, unexpected but the chaos makes perfect sense.

These black & white ghosties are very well loved – I have been looking for another pair because these are starting to get pretty worn. The colors haven’t faded at all but they are starting to pill in places, they are showing their age. Just a classic, fun print that I actually have worn out of the house dressed up with a black sweater & boots.

Feed my Frankenstein…yet another pair featuring my favorite monster. I believe that these came in a few color ways & there was a point in my life that I desperately needed them but that has passed, I am plenty content with these beauties.

This next pair I purchased with the black & white ghosts, they are definitely the old fabric & these are getting a little worn as well. I think these came in purple too & I would still snag a pair if I was lucky enough to find them in the wild. The disjointed, dancing skeletons remind me of the old Mickey Mouse Halloween special for some reason. Like, they make me think of the macabre organ music they play – does anyone know what I’m talking about ๐Ÿ˜€

They’re freaking bats! Not much to say here, another classic Halloween pattern that gets lots of love.

Ugh – two of my absolute favorite pairs that I spent weeks trying to find, there is a black pair as well that I’m still on the hunt for. I’ve worn these to work many a time, they are just so stinking cute. There is something about the fake plastic Dracula teeth that transcends generations, it’s hard to explain but it’s like when you see them you just know what they are.

Sticking with the Dracula theme, we have these fun ones that are also very old. Dracula is my second favorite ghoul. Outside of the association with Halloween, the history of who he could have been is fascinating. I’m also a huge fan of bats, throw some bats on it & I’m sold.

These look terrible on me, for some reason the sizing is way off which is not something I have experienced with any of the other pairs. They are baggy & just hang weird, it’s too bad because this is one of my favorite patterns.

This is an interesting pair, I think that the seller just wanted to unload them & they came with my wolf boy leggings as a 2 for 1 deal. They’re fine, I think that if the headless horseman character was sketched out similarly to the classic monster collection that I would like them a lot more. The pattern just has so much detail that it’s overly busy. I’ve only worn them 1-2 times but I really like the color scheme so I keep hanging onto them.

Another favorite from the classic monsters collection, my wolf boy leggings.

I am unsure if these can be called Halloween leggings but they have spaceships & I only wear them during spooky season so I am counting them. I purchased these brand new, they are the newer fabric & I ended up poking a hole in them with my acrylic nails. I was not pleased, I was able to repair the hole with a tiny stitch but I know that overtime the fabric will start pulling away. In my opinion, this really speaks to the older pairs being more durable. I have not experienced any other issues like color fade or pilling but still disappointed.

These are my witch leggings, any time I want to feel subtly Halloween-y, these do the trick. They are not Lularoe, I picked these up from Old Navy & they are much thicker & supportive than Lularoe. Another super simple pattern that I tend to associate with Halloween.

Another Old Navy pair, they don’t scream Halloween but the purple does it for me ๐Ÿ˜›

Do you have any holiday specific clothing? I think it started when I was teaching, I fell into the habit of having at least 1-2 holiday themed clothing pieces. Now, I just blame it on my Halloween obsession. Let me know what you’ve been up to and as always – I hope that you are happy, healthy & just doing the best you can ๐Ÿงก

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Totally off topic yet completely on topic – Buffalo Bill’s house is for sale yet nobody that I discussed this with had any idea why I thought this was so exciting. Could you imagine living in a house made famous by one of the most heart stopping horror scenes in movie history? I think the moth thing would gross me out too much even though they probably weren’t infesting the home as depicted. Anyway…Tonight’s film is The Silence of the Lambs (1991) a thriller that chronicles an FBI manhunt for a disturbed serial killer with the help of a cannibalistic genius.

Blogmas Day 20: Christmas PJ’s

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So, I threw my back out the other day which has just made my week so awesome. How I did this exactly remains a mystery to me but here we are. I went to the chiropractor today and it is feeling better already but I was feeling especially sorry for myself and purchased some Christmas pajamas (among a whole other bunch of bullshit I didn’t really need at Target).

Christmas PJ’s are one of the few traditions I recall from my childhood that I actually enjoyed. My grandmother would send all of us matching sets to open on Christmas Eve and then we would wear them on Christmas morning. It’s just one of those simple things that makes the holiday a little more memorable. It’s also a super easy tradition to keep alive, it never feels dated and cozy pajamas make a great gift. Target had loads of holiday patterns, I chose these soft and stretchy red striped set. They’re stinking adorable and just what I was looking for.

Let me know what traditions have stuck with you over the years, thanks for reading!

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Another Fall Tag P. II

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Are ya’ll ready for Christmas yet? I think Mall of America decorates the first week of November and I am really looking forward to it this year. There is a local restaurant that I am dying to check out, they have decorated the entire establishment in 50’s holiday kitsch and changed their menu with all kinds of retro recipes. Now, the 50’s weren’t good to the vegans but I still want to check out the decorations. I feel as though, November is really just pre-December, aren’t we all skipping past Thanksgiving and getting ready for Christmas? Maybe that’s why I feel that fall goes so fast, I skip right over November anyway ๐Ÿ˜› This will be my last tag post for the season and then I’ll do some favorites or recipes or something.

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Turtlenecks and the corduroy this year are blowing my mind! I saw the chicest pair of corduroy culottes at Zara recently and wanted them desperately but since I am 5 foot nothing, they just looked like really wide-legged pants on me.

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The same music I listen to year round, I don’t really have seasonal playlists.

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Neither, I have these headband/ear warmer things that I wear. Yes, I know that all of the heat is leaving off the top of my head up I can’t stand hats.

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Relief, in the boujee suburb that I work, the residents are waging a war on geese. I won’t get into it but the methods to control the population are cruel. Then, what’s even more hilarious is that the same people complaining about the geese want the coyotes removed. Not realizing the if nature was allowed to take its course, the coyotes would pick the geese off, naturally controlling the population and wouldn’t be wandering the neighborhoods looking for food. When I see the geese leaving, I feel tremendous relief that they will survive another season without Yoga Pants Betty and Patagonia Vest Steve murdering them.

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Usually but I also have to clean my oven and there is nothing I detest more than having to clean the oven. I hate the smell of oven cleaner and I’ve used various other cleaning solutions on it but they don’t work as well. It’s a disgusting job, I hate it and so I have not baked anything yet this year. Plus, the first batch of anything after you clean the oven tastes like poison.

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Soups of any kinds, roasted brussel sprouts, mac & cheese.

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Yes, any time of year. I’m reading a really good book right now about the most haunted city in the South – it’s so good.

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Probably candles but closer to Christmas, I will have both out.

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Nope, Halloween then straight to Christmas.

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So, here’s the deal – do you recall things tasting more intense when you were a child or at least up to like you turned 25? My favorite tea used to be cinnamon and cardamom, like the most intense, spicy flavor – I had a cup a couple of weeks ago and it was so weak! It was a new bag too, I’m so disappointed. Anyway, the store where I purchase my loose teas had some other fall’ish flavors and I will give them a whirl but I’m disappointed. Is this aging? Everything tastes bland so you just stop eating.

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Yes, but not the fun, plaid-wearing version. I’ve had to harvest pumpkins before and it’s a nightmare. You feel like you got hit by a truck the next day and for many days after. I prefer strolling into the grocery store and purchasing pumpkins that someone else harvested. It’s all fun and games until you have to pick 500 pumpkins.

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Pumpkin chili or pumpkin breads are my favourite.

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Karma Kream.

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Whichever one most hides the fact that my lips are chapped.

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Apple, pumpkin pie always reminds me of baby food in a crust. Gag.

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And all at once, summer collapsed into fall. – Oscar Wilde

For me, fall has always happened in an instant when you step outside and the air isn’t thick and stagnant anymore, the birds are quiet, you feel a collective urgency as all the creatures start preparing for winter – it’s like someone snapped a finger and it’s finally fall.

That’s it – I hope you enjoyed, what fall things have you been up to recently? And be honest, are you already preparing for Christmas ๐Ÿ˜›

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What’s in My (Modcloth) Bag

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I haven’t purchased a single item of new clothing in over a year! I have picked up a few items used but I don’t think I have done too shabby in being choosier with clothing. It hasn’t been difficult since I hate shopping for new clothes anyway but I have walked away from a few cute pieces that resulted in major FOMO. I actually do need some cool weather clothing and have a huge discount coupon from Modcloth to use. I’ve been curating my order for over a week, it’s getting a little ridiculous and I think it’s time to check out. If you’ve never shopped at Modcloth, it used to be an online-indie boutique that offered tons of different, offbeat designs from a variety of labels. Now, they are owned by Jet.com – yup, owned by Wal-Mart. I don’t love that they are owned by a store that I refuse to shop at. I don’t feel that the quality (for better or worse) or cost of the items has changed, I can still find all of my favourite labels there but I wish they were owned by anyone but Wal-Mart. Even before this, an issue that I’ve always had with Modcloth is that the quality doesn’t always match the price. I’ve purchased some shockingly cheap-feeling items, since they are primarily an online retailer, it’s a gamble but I’ve never had an issue returning items. So anyway, here’s what’s in my bag!

Pam Breeze-ly Long Sleeve Tunic –ย I love these tops and they come in a ton of colors. They are perfect with leggings, tucked into a skirt, with jeans – super easy to wear and so flattering. I have my eye on the olive and black.

Palpable Perks Knit Top –ย I have this top in the navy, I really like it and am surprised at the poor reviews! It’s a basic top with a touch of flare from the cute bow-tie embellishment. I tend to wear a cardigan or blazer over it as the fabric is on the lighter side but overall very comfortable. I’m picking up the basic black, shocking ๐Ÿ˜›

Ready to Ruffle Knit Top –ย The texture of this one looks totally adorable and I like the ruffled neck line. I’m torn between the tan or the green, I will probably go tan since I don’t own anything this color.

Admired Archivist Knit Top –ย I feel like I’m purchasing a lot of basic tops but most of my work tops are a little worse for wear (thank you, natural deodorant).

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Oh, Hello Polka Dot A Line Skirt

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Just This Sway A Line Skirt

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All or Nothing Pleated Midi Skirt

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Print Appeal A Line Dress –ย I have a weak spot for critter patterns such as this, more of my clothing is embellished with raccoons, dogs, elephants, cats, bats, etc than not.

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Crazy for you Leopard Cardiganย – I mean, what can’t I wear this with?!

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I think I’ve made some solid choices, many of these items can be worn in winter as well. I’ll report back on what I think of everything, like I said, it’s always a bit of a gamble. Let me know if you’ve shopped at Modcloth before and what you thought!

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Ugly on the Inside

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The recent passing of Karl Lagerfeld earlier this week got me thinking, mostly that I wish I was his cat and slated to inherit a chunk of his wealth but also a lot about why society accepts such poor behavior from people like him. Lagerfeld was notorious for his outspoken anti-fat, anti-refugee, anti-women stances and I’m shocked to see so many influential women sharing outpourings of grief on social media over his death. At the end of the day what did Karl Lagerfeld do? He designed clothing for elitists while promoting a standard of wealth and status that most people will never be able to attain in their lifetime. I don’t understand why he gets a pass because of his so-called creative genius. I don’t understand why Picasso, a misogynist and narcissist is still a revered artist. I don’t understand why Woody Allen isn’t in jail. I don’t understand why society idolizes ugly people who without their wealth and influence and ‘genius’ would otherwise be ostracized. Nobody’s contribution to society should excuse their wrongdoings.

In the wake of the renewed R Kelly scandal and new allegations against Michael Jackson, I’ve heard a lot about separating the art from the artist which is completely asinine. A person’s art is a part of who they are, what would R Kelly be without his art? What would Michael Jackson be? What would Karl Lagerfeld be? What would Picasso be? They would be nobody’s, without the art there is no artist. We need to be more careful about who we idolize and what behavior we are willing to accept. By celebrating Lagerfeld, you’re celebrating the disparaging statements towards overweight women, misogyny and rape apology to name a few of the most shocking things that ever came out of his mouth. You are celebrating someone who used his platform to spread hate and intolerance because he designed some fancy clothing, it’s shameful. I won’t support it and I won’t support women who are celebrating his legacy, it’s too bad that they are some of my favorite makeup artists, models and influencers but they should be using their platform to do better. Honestly, maybe it just goes to show how out of touch some of these people are and that I shouldn’t be admiring them anyway.

Let me know your thoughts on separating art from the artist, can it truly be done?

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