Sweater: vintage ; Skirt: Halogen ; Button down: J Crew ; Boots: Doc Marten ; Bag: vintage Sears
Can I stop to talk about this bag for a minute? It's a dream, lemme tell ya. I found it in a corner at the Mall of St. Paul two summers ago when I was searching for a type writer. I picked it up and immediately went into a heavy consulting session with my friend over how much I really needed this bag. It was something like $25 which, for me, is a lot to spend on a bag. It's a beautiful colour and has really nice texture to it. The massive front pocket is a perfect fit for my keys, phone, iPod, & wallet for easy access. The main pocket is monstrous and during school, I could easily fit my laptop, two textbooks, a few folders, & snacks, and for work I can fit necessary files, lunch, snacks, and heels (in the winter I wear boots to commute & swap them out for heels in the office). Obviously a dream bag. Plus I get loads of compliments on it and several of the ladies in my office have obvious envy over my beautiful bag, so that's always an achievement in my eyes.
This outfit is seriously reminding me of this old TV segment called "How to Talk Minnesotan" by Howard Mohr. It's from the early '90s and isn't on YouTube because of those darned copyright issues, but it's seriously amazing and spot on. He covers useful Minnesotan practices such as how to employ phrases like, "You bet", "Whatever", and "That's different" as well as how to wave from your car, including how to master the art of the one finger wave. Mohr also challenges the Minnesotan long goodbye, a social practice in which you take about 30 minutes to actually say goodbye and leave someplace. This is a real thing plaguing pretty much all Minnesotan social gatherings.
I guess that I knew that featuring this sweater on the blog would end in a big explanation of (and obvious pride in) Minnesota, so there you have it. Hopefully we'll never have to do that again.