the kansan sartorialist

today is an awesome day because 1) we leave for boston in a couple of days, 2) jared is officially finished with his first semester of grad school, 3) i just got home from my tattoo consultation & i think the pterodactyl tattoo has amazing potential, 4) i have whittled my to-do list down to the point that i think i can cross everything off before we leave kansas, 5) i managed to fix my typewriter with a candy bar wrapper, & 6) i am wearing the most ludicrous dress.

only $8.50 at arizona trading company!

let’s be honest: this isn’t the most flattering photo of me. i mean, my eyes are closed. jared took it & he is not always the most patient & concerned about getting a perfect shot. he took another picture of me from a different angle in the room, & you could see the toilet in the background. not exactly the set dressing for which i am looking, you know? but i’m also not really trying to impress anyone with my stunning good looks. the point is this ridiculous dress, which, yes, is floofy. it has a built-in crinoline. it’s very lea thompson in “back to the future”. hopefully no one was “bird-watching” while i was putting it on this morning, not that i make a habit of strutting around half-naked in front of curtain-less windows. oh, & the stats that people always mention on their fashion blogs: the dress is thrifted. the sweater is thrifted (& too small, but i don’t care). black sweater tights from urban outfitters. black dansko mary jane things. also:

fabulous coat for only $13.50!

i got this great coat the same day, also for a very modest price. it’s really too cold to wear it out about right now, but it will be a great spring/fall transition coat. it’s wool & lined with lavender satin, so it’s warm, but not too warm. i also like it because it makes a statement. even though i dress pretty conservatively now compared to some of the get-ups i used to wear in my youth (let’s just say that at one point, i owned seventeen wigs), i think it’s important for every element of an outfit to make a statement. even though sometimes that statement is just, “hello, i am warm & functional.” i think that’s a great statement to make in the dead of winter when it’s like 23 degrees outside. i also really like this coat because it camouflages the ladies a little bit. it’s a real challenge to find something cute, that fits, that doesn’t look boxy or make me look pregnant (ahem), when i have this kind of rack. especially because it is just want nature gave me. i didn’t pay for them, so i am not really invested in making them the focal point of every outfit.

my typewriter has been pissing me off lately. the ribbon has been dipping too low so only the bottom halves of letters are getting inked when i type. the problem is egregious enough that i have been filling in the missing tops of letters & dotting the i’s by hand, but it takes about a thousand years to fix all the missing bits on even a single typed page. (i typewrite all my mail correspondence because the arthritis in my hands i really severe. it’s really painful to write by hand after a while, so i save the handwriting for my own projects, like my journal.) finally i layered an old candy bar wrapper underneath the ribbon cartridge, which propped it up enough to type properly! thanks, random trash on the bedside table from when i spent pretty much all of last week sprawled out in bed, watching “friends” & eating snickers bars!

since i fixed my typewriter, i am off to write a few letters i owe so i can fly off to boston with a clean conscience. i am already feeling a bit anxious about the sure-to-be-enormous pile of mail that will be awaiting me when i get home again (due in large part to all the distro re-stocking i have done in the last week), but…maybe it will be like getting presents. right?

doesn't charlotte kind of look like jabba the hut here? she's just like me. neither of us knows our angles.

Published by Ciara

Ciara Xyerra wrote zines for the better part of two decades. She has a brilliant & adorable preschooler named Ramona & sews as much as she possibly can. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her boyfriend. She enjoys catching up on "The New Yorker", meatball subs, keeping it cranky, intersectional post-third wave feminism, dinosaurs, & monsters. If you have nothing nice to say, she recommends that you come sit here by her, so you can say not-nice things together.

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