hasta luego

Hey y'all!

My computer has returned to life, by the way.  Anyways...

I haven't been active lately (missed update because computer died, then afterwards, I decided to code a website over Thanksgiving - long story there). In fact, I've never really been that active. I haven't had much to say, honestly. In the world of fashion blogging, it's mostly pictures of new clothes and "how to wear" some article of clothing, and I've been slowly coming to the conclusion that fashion blogging isn't really a world I fit in very well. Nor am I that interested in what it currently is. It feels like, at present, I've nothing new to bring to the table. Just a longer list of wants and more photos of myself, and I'm uncomfortable with that. This is all to say...I'm not going to be posting on Trenchcoats to Tiaras anymore. It was fun when I started, but for quite a while now, it just hasn't interested me that much, and I've realized there's no point in trying to keep something going that I'm already done with. Maybe someday, if I have something new to offer, I'll return to the blogging world. But for now, my copious amounts of photos of myself will quietly remain on my computer.

I hope anyone reading this has a lovely day, year, and life. I'll continue to stalk some of you on your blogs and comment on them when I feel the urge.

We'll See...

Hi!  So, I said there'd be a post on Friday.  Unfortunately, my computer decided to kick the bucket last week.  It's fixable, but requires an external hard drive, and so fixing it is going to be my focus this week.  If I'm lucky, it'll go quickly, but there is a possibility I'll have to completely erase everything on my hard drive, and that means I won't have a lot of the files I'd be using for some upcoming posts.  (Not that it's likely I'll get anything up for a little while anyways).

Also, the moral of this story is, buy an external hard drive, and ask a hardware person advice on it too before you buy if you're not a hardware person yourself, and then back your files up regularly.  That is my new plan in life because being unable to access anything with my computer is crazy stressful and terrifying.

Hopefully I'll be able to come back soon!


(Note, apologies this is later than I said it would be...  I forgot to schedule it, and spent the entirety of Sunday on other things, and didn't realize this hadn't gone up until it was Monday night.  Sorry!)

I'm a big fan of fashion sneakers.  And no, I don't mean sneaker wedges.  In fact, I have a very precise and coordinated loathing for sneaker wedges.  Sorry to any people who do like them, they're just very much not my thing.  My thing in shoes, especially right now, living on a campus where I walk about five miles a day, is that they have to be comfortable and cute and easy to work into things.  Basically, I live in flat anything.

The thing I like about sneakers even more than flats is that they never dig into the well-established cuts on the back of my feet.  It's really nice.  Plus, I can wear socks with them and it doesn't look weird.  The best thing ever is wearing sneakers with something fancy and getting told you look fantastic.

My favorite owned/dream fashion sneakers...

I own two pairs of these in two different colors, and they're absolutely fantastic.  Also, washable, which is wonderful when you live somewhere that has mud even when it hasn't rained in a week...  I love these like crazy.


So I obviously have a thing for low-cut sneakers that aren't flashy colors...but I like the studs on these, and I also can say I've never had an issue with F21 shoes being comfortable or not lasting for a while.  We're going on several years with some of my shoes from there, and they're still holding up well.  (It does always depend on the shoes from them, I know, but I'm generally pretty good at finding the good ones).

Now for something a little different...

Why yes, this is just a differently colored version of the shoes Wendy Davis wore for her extremely lengthy filibuster this summer.  I don't think I need to say why I'm pretty sure these are excellent shoes, though I will admit to preferring this to the bright pink ones she wore (though those were definitely awesome).

What do you think of fashion sneakers?  (Or just sneakers in general...tell me I'm not the only one who had a weird phase where I thought I needed to shun them when I first got into fashion...)

Now, to actually getting my next post up this Friday, and not trying to put it up on the same day as the next elections chapter...

Post(poned) till Sunday

So I have a pretty big event today, therefore, my post for the week will go up this Sunday.  I'll be talking about fashion sneakers and ~opinions~.  (I'll also probably get all my commenting on other people's posts/responding to y'all's comments done over the weekend too.


While I had three Halloween costumes, only one of them is making it here.  I don't have the pictures of one costume, the other was worn to the shadow cast of Rocky Horror, so let's just say it doesn't need to be seen anywhere but that event (because that event requires a certain level of pure ridiculousness that nothing else needs), and the final one is..........UMBRIDGE.  That's right, I dressed up as Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter.

Top - thrifted | Skirt/belt-as-bow - ASOS | Shoes - PayLess

Obviously I don't have the mousy brown hair or a particularly toad-like appearance, as she is described to, but I apparently pulled the personality off quite well when I wasn't dying laughing about something. Also, there's now a funny story attached to this costume!  The party this was taken at was for a club, and I came straight from PE for the exec meeting.  After that, the president and I went to change.  I had forgotten that she was going to be Miley Cyrus, so I was a little confused when I heard 'Wrecking Ball' start blasting while I was still changing, but just figured 'maybe she really likes the song'.  Nope.  When I emerged from the bathroom, she stepped out into the archway separating the bathrooms from the main room of the area we were in, lip-synching into her sledgehammer and swaying her hips.  It was an experience.

(She also made a point of licking her sledgehammer and making awkward eye-contact every time someone new walked into one of the rooms we had reserved for this party.  Which mostly involved watching this video of someone playing Slender in "$20 Dollar Mode" and teasing this one couple for accidentally being Orange is the New Black without even planning it.  Oh, and in case you're wondering, Miley won a pumpkin for having the scariest costume, by a unanimous vote).

Did y'all dress up for Halloween?  Any funny stories?

Seven Deadly Sins

Last week, on Treasure Tromp, I was introduced to a pretty cool Halloween-y linkup that the author posted.  Naturally, I felt the need to join it.  It comes from Shane on Whispering Sweet Nothings, who apparently does lots of cool linkups (I'm working on stalking through her blog in my free time...good life decisions).

(shush, I know I could have used the one she made, but I wanted an excuse to play in photoshop/actually use some of the hundreds of fonts on my computer)

seven great things in your life

1. Awesome people being awesome!
2. The next four weeks have major events for my sorority coming up, and I'm excited to be part of them!
3. We're halfway through the semester!
4. One of my close friends has an interview with a really super awesome place.
5. I'm more or less over being embarrassed for getting excited over "silly" or "small" things.  These things are WONDERFUL and I will enjoy life if I damn well want to.
6. I will soon have a pair of cargo pants to try to make fashion (and to mess with all the people on campus who think hating people for wearing them is an okay thing to do and who love my style)
7. I will get my student loans money before the next government freak-out in February.

seven things you lack and covet

1. Time.
2. Energy.
3. Better self-discipline.
4. Motivation.  I burn myself up so quickly.
5. The ability to have a cat in the dorms.
6. Sleep.
7. A fast metabolism.

seven things that make you angry

1. Discrimination.  Of any kind - sexual orientation, race, gender, gender identity, ageism, ableism, sizeism, even whether or not you wear crocs.  (Seriously, internet people?  No one deserves to die for caring about comfort over fashion, sorry not sorry).  Obviously, clothing is a little less of a super serious one, but it still really pisses me off.
2. Abuse, be it domestic, physical, sexual, mental, emotional, whatever.  This includes people and animals.  I cannot comprehend the fact that people can willingly harm others who have done nothing to harm them, and I especially cannot even fathom how you can hurt an animal.
3. Slut-shaming.  Also, victim blaming.  Same logic allows both of them.
4. Dog-fighting/rooster-fighting/etc.  This makes me angry on a slightly separate angle from animal abuse - forcing animals to harm each other so you can make a profit and "enjoy" yourself.
5. Street harassment.  I get this shit every damn day, and believe me, I'm sick of it.
6. Breast cancer awareness.  It's a good thing, but it completely ignores that guys get breast cancer too (my guy friend with a family history of it was refused a screening).  Plus it's not about saving lives, it's been made about saving tits.  My friend saw a shirt on Monday that said "Don't just stare, save a pair!" like the fact you can stare at boobs makes them worthwhile, not the fact that people can die from this stuff.  I heard someone complaining that breast cancer awareness groups can be more inappropriate at other campuses and got really upset, because we don't need more inappropriate, we need more respectful.
7. The fact that it feels like a lot of people do not seem to bother with respecting anyone ever.

seven things that you neglect to do

1. Taking studying seriously.  Still fighting off the high school idea that I could just slide through everything.  Yay growing up?
2. Exercise.  I mean, I walk a few miles every day just on campus, that's enough, right?  (Not really...)
3. Spend time informing myself of things that aren't world news, fashion, or social justice things.  I can tell you a lot about Syria, the history of corsets, and trans* rights, but I can't really tell you anything about bands or big cultural occurrences (it's rather trivial that I'm upset about the fact I've never watched any show that's not an anime, given that the only thing I even want to watch is Game of Thrones, but I regret that I lack any real commonalities with a lot of my peers, because I grew up on very different things from them).
4. Update coding on my sites...  I need to tone down my social life a little bit for a tad, cuz I need to do that.
5. Actually spend time learning things instead of half-learning them from the depths of Google.  It's effective and I remember it, but I still have to turn to Google the next time I need to find out how to do something different with whatever I'm doing.
6. Going to bed on time... Oops.
7. Discuss my feelings with people.

seven material desires

1. These booties.  I have a similar F21 pair that are slowly dying because I've abused them by wearing them during the winter (ie when the salt destroys everything ever). :(
2. Cats count, right?  They should.
3. A larger bed than the one my dorm room has.
4. A new purse that can be a purse/backpack and last FOREVER and that is orange.
5. An iPhone or Android.  I just GOT a new phone, and yeah, it's a smartphone, but it's not a very good one, alas.
6. A horse mask.  There is a reason, but I can't reveal it to anyone who doesn't already know until I have acquired one.  I must have this by senior year so I can complete a task.  (Which I accidentally set for myself and now just want to do because it's hilarious).
7. A really warm winter coat that is also cute.  I have some less warm ones and some not-cute ones and I just want them both to fuse why is this so hard.

seven guilty pleasures
(I don't believe pleasures should be guilty but w/e)

1. Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha.  I'm sorry, I know they may come off as ditzy crazy idiots to a lot of people, but they are actually super-interesting and badass ladies, and I appreciate them greatly.  (Also Ke$ha's songs are fun to scream out of a car while passing cornfields at midnight in Indiana, just saying).
2. Swearing.  I censor myself a LOT when I'm writing on here, because in casual situations, I have a sailor mouth.  I am pretty much always at my most formal level of behavior when I'm working just because I know it's generally considered unacceptable, but swearing is just so vividly expressive...and expresses things much more succinctly than more verbose forms of expressing displeasure.  Also, they're just fun to say, unfortunately (or fortunately).
3. Dressing up.  Clothes make me happy, and anyone that thinks I'm less intelligent or interesting for this can stuff it, because I like what I like.
4. Magical girl anime.  I love these so much, pink and sparkles and all.
5. Downloading fonts.  I don't even USE most of them, but FONTS.
6. Dancing to "Gangam Style" and singing along to "What Does the Fox Say?".  I'm sorry, I'm not getting over these.
7. Making weird and/or creepy faces at people instead of talking like a normal person.

seven things you love about love

1. Turning over half-asleep and kissing someone and being warm.
2. Hugs.
3. Spending late nights talking about serious things as easily as you can spend late nights talking about silly things.
4. Being able to help with someone's problems and having them trust you enough to let you.
5. Listening.
6. Trust.
7. Having the opportunity to try to make someone's day better.

wool coats

It's been a long time since there's been a Bloggers Do It Better challenge, and this lined up with Cleveland's "lovely" weather - wool coats, right in time for the first snow. (IT'S ONLY OCTOBER, COME ON CLEVELAND).  Literally, I'm pretty sure I read the challenge after I got dressed on Wednesday.

For clarification, this is what we looked like on Wednesday:

It was nuts, because we had thunderhail (and a guy at the RTA rapping about the thunderhail, but that's a different story), and thundersnow, and thundersleet, as well as just old-fashioned thunderstorms.  A very good day for warm coats and umbrellas...

Coat/earrings on coat/bracelets - F21 | Dress - The Limited | Tights - WalMart | Shoes - PayLess

Also, can I just say, I took these pictures like right after eating wayyyy too much food...  It was a bad idea.  Such a bad idea.  I pretty much went to bed straight after this, honestly.

Winter isn't just coming y'all.  It's here.  Now go check out the linkup to see what other people did!

What Rhymes with Orange?

Everyone tends to have a signature something - a lot of people talk about signature scents, for example. It's something seen as characterizing or defining your presence.  According to my friends, my signature is that I really have a thing for orange bags, enough so that one of my friends once thought a tall Asian guy was me - and didn't realize his mistake until he was about to hug the guy.  Unfortunately, one of my orange purses has died (though maybe I can fix that by using weird methods to turn it into a cross body? The attached handles kind of broke off...) and my normal bag is slowly having the covering on the strap wear off, and therefore, I'm looking for a new purse, in case the "let me play Frankenstein with my purse" thing doesn't pay off.

So what do you look for in a purse?  I know what I look for (besides it being orange): I want it to be gigantic and hold all my books so that I don't have to carry my highschool backpack (I know, I could get a cute new one, but I really just like having crossbody bags rather than things that I have to hold onto or that go on my back; big isn't a dealbreaker, it's just something that would be a thing in an ideal world), under $50 because I'm a poor college student with student loans who's trying to build a professional wardrobe (even if I am considering spending like $70 on a Nicholas Cage morphsuit...but we all have our priorities, and mine may be weirder than other people's), and then I just hope that it will stand up to the constant abuse of incessantly changing weather and daily use, because I do not have the time to switch things between bags.

So, some purses I'd like...whether or not I can afford them:

So this isn't in orange, it's sold out, and it's WAY too expensive.  But I really wish it was in orange and that I could afford it, so it totally counts, right?

Actually affordable: absolutely!  Also, cool gold accents.  I appreciate this a lot.

Look, it's a large-ish bag!  It's unfortunately expensive, though, but it looks so good.

It's affordable, it's cute, and I do like it.

So cute.  And so sold out.  Not that it would've fit half the stuff I carry around, but y'know...

Oh, and then there's this DIY...  Maybe I'll eventually have time to make this?  (And figure out how to turn it into a crossbody...)

I'll probably hold off on actually buying a new purse till I have the opportunity to create the Frankenpurse, but it's always fun to go looking and see what's available.  There's a depressing lack of available and affordable orange bags, but at least there are some!

Do you have any off-kilter signatures?

and I think to myself, what a wonderful world

I think the two weeks before midterms might be the most exhausting ones of the semester, but maybe that's just because it isn't time for finals yet.  Right now I've got a ten page paper to write, and I really need to be putting a lot more effort into my math and micro-econ courses.  Unfortunately, when you have no interest in a course, it's pretty difficult to talk yourself into working on it.  Oh well - I'll get through it.

Today's post is pretty much going to be a long-overdue dump of outfit pictures.  I'm sure you're thrilled (probably not).  This is going pretty far back through this summer, so brace yourselves...

Shirt - DEB | Skirt - F21 | Shoes - Payless | Scarfbelt - Meadows Museum | Necklace - Jeweliq

Pretty much the only thing I remember about this outfit is that I went to the Feast of the Assumption (a street fair in Little Italy) in this after work, and that I was pretty exhausted from work that day.

Blazer - A'gaci | Dress/skirt - TJ Maxx? | Shoes/bracelet - thrifted | Belt - ? | Ring - Jewelmint | Earrings - Grandma

I was able to speak during freshmen orientation about one of my clubs, which was really exciting! And it gave me an opportunity to be really fancy, which was wonderful.
Dress - The Limited | Shoes - some store in Rockville, AR

Job interviews.  Apparently, I was so terrified of the interview for the job I have now that I completely forgot jewelry was a thing.  And I showed up an hour and a half early.  On the other hand, first grown up dress!  (It was so expensive, and it was ON SALE how do adults do this stuff).

Shirt - JC Penny's | Skirt - F21 | Shoes - H&M | Ring - Jewelmint

I don't remember a story with this outfit beyond the fact that yes, I DID take a bathroom picture because I had to change for PE, and goodness knows I wasn't going to be changing again.
Shirt - JC Penny's | Shirt/necklace - F21 | Pants - LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's | Shoes - H&M

I don't know how this outfit happened, but it me feel either like I was french or my mom.  I think the latter's a bit more accurate, somehow...
Vest - thrifted | Shirt - from Mom | Skirt/shoes - F21 | necklace - Rue21 | Ring - Jewelmint

This is the outfit that made the ladies who work upstairs of my office decide that I'm awesome.  Also, if anyone ever doubts the power of dressing professionally, let's take a moment to realize they thought I was a senior or graduate/professional student, not a sophomore, because of my clothing.
Shirt - Kohl's | Skirt - Uniqlo | Shoes - Lulu's | Arrow&infinity rings - F21 | Claddagh ring - ? | Necklace - Jeweliq

As some of you know (or you found out last week), I'm in a business fraternity.  I wore this to go out for brunch with my big and my twin (a twin is someone who you share a big with).  It was really fun.
Blazer - A'gaci | Shirt - H&M | Jeans/shoes/belt - F21 | Necklace - Rue21 | Ring - Jewelmint

This outfit was worn when I got my bid for my sorority!  It was pretty exciting, although I was not what you would call prepared for getting out of the elevator on my floor to find ten people standing around waiting for it...
Necklace - Amazon | Dress/bracelet - F21 | Shoes - Payless | Headband - ?

The main thing I know about September 10th was that I was completely exhausted the entire day.

Jacket/shoes - F21 | Necklace - Rue21 | Tights - Target | Shirt - JC Penny's | Jumper - my old uniform

Apparently this is from September 13th, but I messed up with formatting, so nebulous Friday go!  The main events on the 13th were watching A Knight's Tale at the sorority I'm pledging, and going to a fundraising event for my fraternity (we titled the event 'Suit and Tie', if you wanted to know).

Shirt/skirt/ring - F21 | Purse - Target | Necklace - Jeweliq | Shoes - Charlotte Russe

I wore this to my first work event!  We had Robyn Ochs, a writer about sexuality, in for a talk, and it was a pretty fun event.  (Especially since there was food, and any leftovers were free to be taken home by us after the event).

On another note, I was turned into a zombie on Tuesday, after surviving for a total of about seven days (which is pretty good for your first time playing...though it was expedited by how often I'm in formal clothing, admittedly).

What have you all been up to while I've been doing things?  (I mean I'm going to figure it out by stalking your blogs for a while, but that's going to take ages...)

Have a lovely next week, and I'll see you next Friday!

hey y'all


I'm crawling briefly from my hiding spot full of papers and textbooks to give updates on my life.  Besides the obvious fact that I've taken on far too much, I mean.  Because I definitely have, and while I don't regret it in a lot of ways, I do regret that it's taking me away from the blog so much.

A rundown on exactly what I'm doing...

  • 17 credit hours (might as well be 19, since 0 credit PE course takes up two hours)
  • 2 giant group projects that need probably like six hours combined per week outside of classes (aside from just standard studying and homework hours, which are also monumental)
  • 11+ hours of work per week (I only work more than 11 hours when we have events)
  • two clubs
  • two clubs I am on the exec board for
  • a business fraternity
  • pledging a sorority
  • about to enter into the insanity known as Humans vs. Zombies for ten days (starting tomorrow)
Let's just say somewhere in the hecticness, I forgot about my blog.  I would like to make promises that I will be back soon, but the reality is that this semester is not going to be easier, and that I want to spend my free time with my friends, which is something that I can do, given that I'm not using this blog to make money, and while I put it on resumes, it's more to show that I can (generally) balance my life pretty well because "hey, I regularly update this thing and people are occasionally interested in it".  So, with that in mind, I'm going to give a schedule for my updates this semester (and put it into Google Calendar, which now runs my life) and give it to someone so they can poke me about it, because even though this is important to me, it is less important than the things I have a genuine obligation to keep up with, given that it is something I do entirely for my own enjoyment.

After this, my next post will be next Friday, and my goal is to put one up every Friday for the rest of the semester.  I'll re-evaluate my posting schedule and content over winter break, when I may post once or twice, and then I'll announce the posting schedule for next semester sometime during the first few weeks of it, though it's likely to stay very similar, since I'll be handling about the same amount of things.  As for "why Friday?", that is the one day I do not have tests, which means I will not be spending time studying on Thursdays, but rather, can work on writing a post, since I don't have the time to write posts particularly far in advance.  I will also attempt to read and comment on the blogs of people I follow and enjoy reading, but it's going to be difficult to keep up with, and since it's not an obligation, I'm not going to worry about it.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and I'll see you here with the things I have done recently next week!

home for the next year

I actually moved into my new residence hall a week ago (see my freshman dorm and summer dorm; they're not too different, other than size).  Unlike moving into my summer dorm, I had sheets already for this, and I had the help of a coworker before she went back home to get a few weeks break in before school started again.  My things are also in the suite proper this time - only two of my suitemates have moved their things in so far; our most compelling feature thus far is our growing mini-fridge farm).

Our entryway's simple; trash and a coat rack.  I'm hoping to figure out somewhere else for the bins because I don't like them there (not that anywhere else is better?)

Mini-fridge farm!  We're expecting like two-three more; stacking may be required.  Also, guess which is mine (hint: all the food is on it).

We have tables and things!  Also...those blinds.  Yeah.  Spending time untying knots is on my list...

The hall to my room, entering my room.  It looks dull, right?

Wrong.  It's fairly colorful, though I'm not yet done decorating.  I really like my dresser.

A while back, someone asked what sort of fanart I had on my walls.  I never managed to answer, being the lazy-ass I am, but here's a selection: Homestuck, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Sailor Moon.  Also, you can see part of my headboard-pride flag here.

The top of my wardrobe (wisely taken before laundry piles up...)

My bookshelf and desk.  More Homestuck is on the walls (telling me to do my homework, naturally), as well as some wall art I made from a Miuccia Prada quote that I featured in a Favorites post a while ago: "The investigation of ugliness is, to me, more interesting than the bourgeois idea of beauty. And why? Because ugly is human. It touches the bad and the dirty side of people".  I put her name and the bolded piece in pink.  I think that as a fashion blogger and artist, as well as someone who spends too much time trying to be perfect, it's important to see things like this every day, and to think about them and examine them.  I also have some cute cards from a local festival and last year's Cinematheque Miyazaki series.  My bags are all hidden under the bottom of the bookshelf, by the way.  It's a useful spot.

The shelving on my desk, which holds all manner of useful things, and part of my bed.  That hanging rack wouldn't fit over my door (it's too tall and close to the frame), so it went on one of my spare railings, which handily stacked on the foot.  My friend memory board thing is propped up on the power strip, and I've got a world map (favorite thing eeeeeever).

And finally...

My shoes are under my bed (along with various other things).  There are kind of a lot of them, and you can't even see them all in this.  I kind of have a shoe problem, don't I?  Sigh...

If you've moved into a dorm or new place recently, how have you organized it?  How did you deal with having a closet for a room?  (Seriously, my room's about 8'x9', just barely, and that's not accounting for the inset window that takes a foot off, or the piping that also takes a foot off... It's more like 7'x8' with that stuff...)