Outfit: Winter Blues

It’s starting to get mighty chilly in Vienna this week. And knowing that there is only more coldness to come I decided to wear the last of a late summer outfit while I still could.

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A simple shirt & jeans and a dirty pair of converse would usually be a late summer fall outfit but by adding a coat, a wool scarf and a cosy vest singlet underneath I managed to stay a toasty warm and avoid another sweater. Because sweater after sweater day after day can be so boring and claustrophobic for someone who likes a little variety and lightness in their clothes.

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How about these converse. Too dirty? Or just dirty enough? Did I mention that 90% of my closet is in storage. And in a fit of trying to pack light I decided to 2 pair of shoes would be enough for what will be  now till the end of the year. And all my winter boots & shoes are in a box under a pile of probably 20 other boxes. 2 pairs of light type shoes in November & now December? What was I thinking?

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A Vulgar Woman

Vulgar: tasteless, gross, crass, unrefined, tawdry, ostentatious, flamboyant, over-elaborate, overdone, showy, flashy, gaudy, garish, brassy, kitsch, tinselly, flaunting, glaring, brash, loud, harsh

The word vulgar has been used in this society as a derogatory slur against women for doing nothing different to what any man does. The word vulgar is often used as an insult to describe feminists. A women who is a little louder. A woman who is funnier than a man.  A woman who is forthright. Who is uncaring about how she is seen.  Has an off colour sense of humour. Unconventional. It’s basically used to describe a woman non favourable who acts like a man.  Instead of someone who is probably really funny and believes in gender equality and maybe likes wearing daytime sequins.

Id rather be called the “C” word then be called vulgar by either a man or a woman.

This whole idea that a woman has to act feminine is as alien to me. Any femininity committed by me is purely accidental as in I am a female and cisgender. I like dresses and shoes but I also like fishing and dirty jokes and toilet humour.

I mean I would never ask my partner to stop listening to my emotions or not to express his naturally. Just because he is a man and should be unfeeling and unemotional. Should I call him a pussy for cooking me dinner? Why is a man applauded for being in touch with his feminine side? Why do men get to be labelled evolved for acting in a more female gender traditional role. But if a woman does she is easily labelled vulgar? No one is extolling me for my awesome collection of “your mom” jokes.

It’s true men can also be called vulgar but it seems to me without the venom and hate behind it when women are called vulgar. It’s an especially ugly word said to make a woman feel particullary ugly. As in not pretty.

I personally know NO vulgar woman. I know woman who can drink like a sailor. Women that make me laugh. That are spirited. That are confident. That are just themselves. And I love all of them.

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Mwahhhhh.

 

 

Outfit: Sunday Stroll

Sorry I have been MIA lately. I have been moving flats. Actually more like packing up everything I own into boxes. Moving things into storage. Cleaning. And moving into an Air B&B for a month while we renovate our new place.  So needless to say I have been busy busy busy. But for now am enjoying our new temporary residence and Sunday was the perfect day to grab a coffee and to stroll around our new neighbourhood and find out where everything is.

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Our temporary flat is located right near Karlsplatz and I am loving being so close to the city. They are beginning to set up the Christmas markets in ressel park and cant wait to opening day.

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The sunny fall day was perfect for my vintage leather motorcycle jacket, some woolen tights & a floral dress. Fall dressing done easy.  And a welcome change from dirty jeans and dusty sweatshirts.

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I also was somehow smart enough to schedule a hair cut and color right before moving.  Giving me one less thing to worry about.

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So the next month will be full of renovating projects. I will be posting some before and after pictures of our new space. In the meanwhile I am chained to pinterest trying to keep all the projects in order and find new ideas.

 

Outfit: Fall Slip Dress

Last week we had some beautiful sunny warm fall days and I took maximum advantage to wear as many skirts and dresses as I could. I like the challenge of wearing something summery & wintery at the same time minus all the layers usually involved.

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I bought this plain shift dress mid summer as an impulse buy & never ended up wearing it.  It looked too naked for me until this week when I could add a coat and a pair of boots to the equation. I loved the contradiction of wearing something light with something heavy.Image3.jpg

It’s also a great way to wear a 90’s style slip dress without feeling too exposed.

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Lets keep our fingers crossed for many more sunny fall days full of skirts and slip dresses.

Outfit: The Band T-Shirt

 

I have written a lot about my love for a good old-fashioned band T-Shirt like here & here. What can I say except I am a super fan of them. So when I found this gem at Mango a few weeks ago I had to take it home with me.

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Worn with a pair of ripped jeans and a check blazer I am loving this look. I also had to add some sequins because it just takes this outfit to a whole other level of awesomeness.

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Shirt available  here