June 22, 2010

Wardrobe Remix: March into April 2010

Filed under: Rachel's Wardrobe Remix — maryparadox @ 8:02 am
Monday March 29th, 2010

Necklace from my mom.

Cardigan found on the ground by my old housemate Holly.

Dress on sale from Anthropologie. I wish I had bought more than one because I live in this dress!

Wool tights.

Frye boots.

Tuesday March 30th, 2010

Cardigan from the Gap.

Shirt from high school.

Skirt from Patagonia.

Fluevog boots.

Hair flower from Anthropologie.

Wednesday March 31st, 2010

Necklace from my mom.

Dress on sale from Anthropologie.

Cardigan from a boutique in Palo Alto.

Black Levi’s from Australia.

Frye peep-toe heels.

The beige & black theme this week was totally unintentional.

Thursday April 1st, 2010

I love this dress but the top is barely-there and couldn’t possibly be shown at work (or anywhere else for that matter). I’ve been meaning to get it sewed closed but haven’t succeeded yet.

I knit this cardigan specifically for this dress but I still have never worn them together. In fact I have never worn this cardigan at all. It always seems off in some way. The 1/2 length sleeves seemed unattractive so I shortened them but either way it wasn’t warm enough to wear alone — but how do you wear a sweater over a sweater? I also can’t tell if it make my boobs look saggy.

At least the back looks nice…


The cardigan on the left is the first draft of the cardigan above, also made for this dress and also never worn. The front being shorter than the back, the 3/4 length sleeves, and the way the front darts make me look flat chested all turned me off and it just sits in the drawer.

The cardigan on the right is the “cupcake” cardigan which I knit four times before settling on. I think it is too dark to wear with this dress, which only goes as dark as brown, but it was warm enough so I wore it for the day with black boots. Not thrilled with the outfit but at least I got to wear the dress.

Friday April 2nd, 2010

Sometimes you wake up in the morning and you feel like (left) and after much effort you manage to look like (right). And you get the feeling no one appreciates how hard that was!

Hand-knit hat with pom-poms.

Scarf found on the ground.

Hoody pea-coat.

Praire Underground stretch jeans which I’m getting too fat for.

Vans slip-ons.

Polka-dot socks from

Tuesday April 6th, 2010

Morning on the left, evening on the right.

Shirt on sale from a boutique (not worth it, ends up its a dry clean only t-shirt!)

Skirt and black cashmere cardigan on sale at a boutique in Palo Alto.

Black Fluevog faux-snake skin knee-high boots on the left, purple Frye t-strap pumps on the right.

Woo Stassia Purple coat purchased off someone’s blog.

Necklace from my mom.

New sunglasses from REI (yay dividend!)


June 17, 2010

Wardrobe Remix: Fourth Week in March 2010

Filed under: Rachel's Wardrobe Remix — maryparadox @ 9:17 pm
Monday March 22nd, 2010

Necklace from my mom.

Anthropologie dress purchased from eBay and tailored to actually fit.

Hand knit cardigan. I reknit this about five times and it finally came out well, though I feel a bit like a cupcake when I wear it though — the ribbing is the wrapper and the boobs are icing!

Betsey Johnson wool leggings (the best ever).

Clark’s wedge sandals which are good for biking but not walking and need to be replaced.


Just a look at how long my hair is. It takes me years to get it this long and then it feels like straw because it’s so thin and fried. It looks good though!

Tuesday March 23rd, 2010

I feel like that crease between my eyebrows is jumping out at me from all the pictures now. Luckily I have the best dermatologist in the world and she told me I was stupid for even thinking about botox.

Vintage dress from etsy.

Belt from etsy.

Black wool tights from

Red Fluevog mary janes.

Wednesday March 24th, 2010

I thought this cardigan was a borderline ugly color when I bought it and now I love it. I’m not sure if it is a good thing that things become more attractive the longer you look at them because it means the stranger still looks at you and thinks “what was she thinking!”

Cashmere cardigan on sale from Anthropologie.

Ridiculously expensive white shirt that I bought on super sale. It’s really soft but so thin you can see my stomach bulging over my pants right through it.

Prairie Underground stretch jeans which I probably shouldn’t be wearing but I make myself feel better by pairing with a long cardigan to cover my ass.

Dansko mary janes which somehow manage to look cuter on other people, but perhap skinny jeans just make your feet look big.

Thursday March 25th, 2010

Hand-knit cardigan, probably the most successful one I’ve ever made. I’m making a second one now in purple and hoping to correct the faults of the original.

Necklace from my mom.

Black wool sailor pants.

Fluevog boots.

Friday March 26th, 2010

This cardigan looks hilariously frumpy on me. I’m like a bag lady walking around in a bathrobe, except I go to work this way. Fridays always seem to find me totally worn down and out of energy for things like makeup, high heels, and anything remotely uncomfortable.

Shirt? Who knows, I assume I was wearing one.

Prairie Underground stretch legging.

Van slip-ons which I now LOVE and have forsaken all high heels for.

Saturday March 27th, 2010

Just so you don’t think I dress up all the time here is a dumpy photo of me from the weekends. The weekends usually consist of me in jeans and a t-shirt doing yard work, cleaning the house, or in this case going to the farmer’s market.

Dirt Rag headband.

Mountain Hardware fuzzy sweater thing that looks hideous but I live in during the winter.

SPF 50 shirt & dorky sun gloves because I burn ridiculously easy.

Prairie Underground stretch jeans because I assume no one’s looking.

Vans sneakers.

Pat Pac.

June 16, 2010

Wardrobe Remix: Third Week in March 2010

Filed under: Rachel's Wardrobe Remix — maryparadox @ 9:39 am
Monday March 15th, 2010

Hmmm, to wear hoochy shoes to work or not? They just seem to exacerbate how fat I look in my hipster skinny jean — so no!

Shirt from Crossroads.

Belt from the Gap.

Levi jeans from Australia.

(left) Frye Platform mary janes.

(right) Harley Davidson boots.

Thursday March 18th, 2010

Beautiful necklace from my mother. I’ve coveted this my whole life and when I saw she’d moved it to a place of less prominence I stole it!

Shirt on sale from Rabat in San Francisco.

Black Silk top brought back from Hawaii by my mom as a gift.

Prairie Underground leggings.

Chuck Taylor classic sneakers.

Friday March 19th, 2010

I feel like this shirt screams LOOK AT MY BOOBS.

Cardigan on sale from Anthropologie.

Shirt from high school days.

Belt from the Gap from high school days.

Levi jeans from Australia.

Vans slip ons.

June 9, 2010

Gratuitous Cat Photos

Filed under: Kitties — maryparadox @ 3:05 am

The cats are still alive and doing fine, though they both keep shedding their collars on a regular basis now.

They’re too big now to share a cat bed so they have to take turns in their favorite spots. Since they both *love* my office chair I made this second cat bed next to it so they would both have a place to sleep and it seems to have caught on.

We put them both in a kennel for the first time when we went to Greece for work (more on that later) and they both lost weight while they were there. They were definitely a little traumatized when we got back — they both acted very needy, like they thought we were never coming back for them. We’ve taken them to the kennel once more since then (for just two nights) but Peter isn’t so excited about taking them back again.

Japan April 11th-14th

Filed under: Asia, Travel — maryparadox @ 2:51 am

I was working for the last three days we were in Japan — we had a team “offsite” where all of the program managers got out of the office and spent several days talking about overall organization changes that would improve our jobs and productivity. It was pretty fun and we work covered some pretty nice lunches as well as dinners. My mom and I split the dinners so she got to come out with us, which was really great.

A.G. (middle above) lives in Tokyo so could order for us and also knew good restaurants to take us to. This night was a little fancy and had some drinks as well as sushi and assorted meats.

The next night we went out for street food which was dish after dish of “mystery meat”. I tried raw cow heart but I don’t think I would eat it again.  Afterward we went to this really cute bar and had drinks and dessert.

Below left is me and my coworker Anna, who I bonded with during the trip. Below right is my coworker Thomas, from Hong Kong. This guys is totally tough but below he is demonstrating how he is a “puppy” for his wife.

Back at our hotel a company selling razors (I think) had set up this huge TV which had a digital camera set up in front of it. It recorded you standing in front of the TV, then displayed you on the TV with the addition of a beard or mustache. It then put shaving cream on your face and then shaved it off. It didn’t make me buy a razor but it was totally awesome!

June 4, 2010

The Sink Room Reconstructed Part 4

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 3:33 pm

You now walk into our house and think “what is that crazy yellow thing down there?”

It’s the lemon room!

We have a ceiling!

We have a floor!
We have a pipe of doom!

The Sink Room Reconstructed Part 3

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 3:12 pm

Steps version 1:

Steps version 2, after the building inspector said that rebuilding them required that we bring them up to code. <sigh>. The only difference is that the new ones don’t have a step down outside of the door:

The other big step forward, besides paint,  is the corrugated iron awning that is now over the entire back stairs:

Not only is it totally effective bug it is also cool looking, and doesn’t require a post to hold it up since it’s attached to the under-side of the deck!

On the inside progress is being made as well — we’ve got windows and drywall!

And though we still have the pipe of doom we now have a back door!

Japan April 8th-11th

Filed under: Asia, Travel — maryparadox @ 2:44 pm

I went to Japan again for work, and this time my mom came with me (last time my sister came). We were lucky and this time it was cherry blossom season and we came at almost the peak week.

This is the street our hotel was on (before we switched to the work-provided hotel), it was definitely the most beautiful street in the neighborhood so we felt really lucky.

We got to spend a lot of time walking around town and looking at all the parks and waterways. Luckily we happened onto the big (we think) cherry blossom park:

Everyone was outside enjoying the trees and the beautiful weather. The park was full of people walking and having picnics (though everyone stayed within the designated areas!)

Renting a boat and viewing the trees from the water was really popular:

The Sink Room Reconstructed Part 2

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 11:21 am

Since the doorway to the back room was boarded over, and we were too lazy to go out the front door and through the garage to get to the back yard, the following photos were taken either through the kitchen window or through the cat door. I’m sure you can figure out which are which.

The first pass of electrical, almost all of which was changed later:

We put chairs in the new room to check out the window height but the cats got more use out of them than we did:

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