What should I wear to my dissertation or thesis defense?

Around early April, this question is basically hanging in the air in our grad office (okay, maybe I put it there). I’ve watched so many grad students come and go, write frantically, and, for 15-30 minutes, pace the hallway while their committee decides if they have passed their defense. And during that time, I’ve seen a whole lot of defense outfits. So, what to wear?

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Spring round up: Colorful shoes

I wear a lot of neutrals, but lately I’ve been craving a bit more color for spring. After perusing (ahem wasting many hours) on Pinterest, I am totally convinced that colorful shoes are the best way to mix it up. All black and white outfit? Colorful shoes! A simple sundress? Colorful shoes! Jeans and a tshirt? Colorful shoes! Here are some options, because clearly they’re on my mind….

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What I wore, what I read: March 25-29

It is–cautiously–spring in Colorado. Well, except for Saturday, when we got (more!) snow. Spring makes me an anxious dresser–it feels like I only have a few weeks to try every possible outfit combo before it’s just hot out. Here’s what I’ve been wearing to celebrate the return of sun.

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How to be productive if you don’t like the Pomodoro Technique

Or, every tip that has helped me write my dissertation.

We are on day 8 of #100daysofdissertation, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out Academeology on Instagram and she’ll get you filled in. I’ve been really enjoying talking to other grad students about what they do to get sh*t done this past week, so I’ve decided to write up what works for me here. I hope this list is helpful to you, whatever large project you might be up against, academic or non. The title is mostly a joke, but I don’t use the Pomodoro method, instead I do a bunch of other stuff, like….

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Every job interview outfit I wore/a life announcement

I’m so excited to finally be able to tell you: I have a job! A professor job! I am so excited. But also a little emotionally exhausted. Before I got the job, I was 95% worry every waking hour (and most of the night…). After, I just have to keep reminding myself that the search is over. But the challenges of trying to graduate are not. I will be moving to Las Vegas and starting as an assistant professor in the fall.

I wouldn’t let myself hope for the best–the academic job market is tough (understatement)–so I hadn’t processed any of the exciting parts of having a professor job. And finally getting to talk with you all about the academic job hunting process is one of those things! So, let’s start today with the easy stuff: every outfit I wore to an academic interview.

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Influencing and de-influencing myself

How do we know what we want when Instagram decides for us?

This is a question I’ve been asking myself more and more lately. And it sounds like some of you have, too, based on the responses I got on a recent Instagram post, especially among people who are in outfit sharing communities and the ethical fashion community (if you’re a casual instagram browser this might not resonate as much). This all started when I had been pining over this $168 Tradlands button up for months when I finally came to my senses by thinking through a couple questions: 1) why do I want this? and 2) can I get that another way?

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4 fun shopping finds for Spring

Colorado is still overproducing snow, which has me dreaming of Spring Break–still a couple weeks away. We just booked our second stay at Amigo Motor Lodge (heart eyes) as a reward for all the dissertation/thesis writing happening in our house (my boyfriend is finishing his MA this year, too!), and this has me daydreaming about warmer weather clothing. Here’s what’s on my wishlist now.

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Thrifted haul: March

After my shopping freeze in January, I decided to refocus my shopping efforts. My heart has been set on spring and summer-friendly teaching clothes that I can start integrating into my wardrobe now, but will be useful for the upcoming season and our impending move to a much warmer climate! With that in mind, here are the items I’ve thrifted in the last month.

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What I’m wearing during rage winter

I want to burn everything to the ground when it snows. Late February and early March certainly bring out the worst in me, and I get absurdly grumpy when the forecast says anything below 45 degrees. It doesn’t help that every advertisement I see is pushing Spring! Spring! Spring!, or that I’ve been stuck wearing only the same 3 pairs of waterproof boots for the last 4 months. So here’s what I’m wearing in March to combat my why-is-it-still-winter rage.

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Easy dinner recipes for stressed grad students

I’m trying to get back into actually enjoying cooking at home this year. Cooking at home used to be my favorite activity, but since moving into an apartment with a kitchen for hobbits I’ve found it a little less fun. Having amazing recipes definitely helps, though. And by amazing, I mean recipes that are incredibly simple and don’t involve buying one-time fancy ingredients I will never use again. Here are the recipes we’ve actually been making over and over in our 2 grad student house…

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