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AFrayedKnotSinging this morning

I’m singing in both services at church. Wearing:

Tiered flippy chiffon dress in a tribal print in browns, terracottas, greens
brown tweed mary janes
stone necklace in browns, terracottas, greens

Wearing my hair straightened and a little “punked” 14 months ago

AFrayedKnotWardrobe Journal for 4/1

Quiet Day today. The only thing on my schedule is office work at our non-profit, a couple of volunteer candidate interviews/background screenings and then home just after lunch to CLEAN HOUSE! I’ve neglected it for awhile. And if I can get that done efficiently perhaps have some time to spend on my violin.

I’m wearing…

Black yoga pant
orange tee
Black zip-up jacket 15 months ago

AFrayedKnotWardrobe Journal for 3/31

Happy Easter!

I am singing in three churches today so I’m wearing Easter stuff…

Sleeveless, knee length layered chiffon dress in browns, greens and coral
Beaded bib necklace in same colors
Brown eelskin stilettos. I don’t wear heels much so I hope I don’t embarrass myself crossing the stage

After church, I”ll be totally exhausted (7:30 am rehearsal) and will probably put on the softest comfy clothes I can find and drive to Anchorage (one way, hour away) to see my boys and take them out to dinner (yes, in my grungies, here in Alaska nobody cares about that kind of crap)

Charity 15 months ago

AFrayedKnot3/27 Wardrobe Journal

I am leaving in a few minutes to lead the 6:30-7:30 am mentoring group. Then going into the office to do grant work. I have an April deadline on two important grants. I’ll work through most of the afternoon and then am going to buy some new running shoes and work-out.

I’m wearing a kind of Librarian meets Town & Country look:

Jean skirt
Brown tank
Oatmeal/Brown tweed cardigan
Black/brown argyle tights
Black brown scarf
Onyx and gold jewelry 16 months ago

AFrayedKnot3/26 Wardrobe Journal

Was going into the office today but feel I need to stay near the phone. My dear mother-in-law, who has been so good to me, has taken a turn for the worse. They had to reopen her open heart surgery incision and do more work. Now they can’t get the bleeding stopped…I may be flying out.

So, no work wardrobe today. I’ll be at home today other than a brief trip down to the church as i’m fixing lunch for the pastoral staff. They love it when I cook for them and I havne’t done it in awhile.

I am wearing….

Black yoga capris
Gray tank
Gray zip-up hoodie
Bright blue Converse tennies
Silver hoops
Studded black leather wristband 16 months ago

AFrayedKnotWardrobe Journal for 3/24

Singing in church this morning and then have a bridal shower to attend. I’m wearing….

Basic black sleeveless sheath dress
Tapestry jacket in autumn colors
Steampunk brooch on the lapel
Suede high heeled boots
Copper earrings 16 months ago

AFrayedKnotWardrobe Journal for 3/21

I have a pre-bid contract walk-through today with a city official and our Board chairman. So have to dress up. Fortunately, in non-profit work this isn’t a frequent necessity. I’m wearing….

Black skirt
Tribal print cardigan set
Black tights
Black Danskos
Ethnic-inspired art jewelry 16 months ago

AFrayedKnotNot sure how this goal got marked comcpleted

I certainly don’t remember doing so. I just renewed it last Fall. Odd.

Today I have a bidder’s walk-through on a city concession stand contract our non-profit wants to win. It would add an income source towards sustainability and provide employment for some of our homeless teens.

I’m wearing….

Black skirt
Black tights (still cold here)
Black boots
Chambray tunic
Native American turquoise jewelry i heavy layers 16 months ago

AFrayedKnot 3 years ago

AFrayedKnotWardrobe Journal for 3/16

Today is a work at home day. I’m going to be preparing my bike for spring riding and doing housework. I usually co-lead a mentoring group on Saturday night but am going to bail as I’m still fighting a tummy bug I picked up in Mexico. clothes. I’m wearing:

Pink Pebbles t-shirt (4 year old photo in profile pics)
Black nylon track pants

Hair in ponytail. No make-up. It’s not pretty…. :) 16 months ago

AFrayedKnotWardrobe Journal for 3/15

Taking a friend out today in serious need of some “girl time.” We’re doing lunch and shopping. Not my idea of fun, but it is hers and that’s the point.

I’m wearing:

Black short skirt
Black Tank
Jean Jacket
Black/white tweed flats

And I’ll get to wear the gorgeous jewelry I got in Mexico. Black onyx in a modern art brass, silver and copper setting. 16 months ago

AFrayedKnotWardrobe Journal for 1/8

Today I am working the free boutique I run for our homeless teens. Then I am driving about 20 minutes to meet someone on craigslist. I am buying one of those cool antique typewriters. I have wanted one forever! And am getting it for only $40! Can’t wait.

Since it’s a casual day, I’m wearing…

Black yoga pants
Black zip neck technical LS tee
Black danskos
Northface exercise jacket 18 months ago

AFrayedKnotWardrobe Journal for 1/5

Scruffy work day…

Red tee
bright blue converse tennies
silver hoop earrings

18 months ago

AFrayedKnotWardrobe Journal for 1/3/13

I have a My House community meeting today and then a PR photo meet out at a cabin we’re building for one of our clients. I’m wearing…

Black corduroy jeans
Black tank
Tartan plaid swing jacket
Black motorcycle boots
Black leather studded bracelet
Giant silver hoop earrings

For the cabin newspaper/film crew shoot, I’ll actually be in construction winter wear gear as it’s also a work session. We’re very close to having the cabin completed. Installing cabinetry today, I believe. 18 months ago

AFrayedKnotReevaluating this goal for 2013

This goal will also stay. Everytime I’ve removed it, I end up adding it back on. I enjoy clothes. I enjoy expressing myself through my clothing choices. Now that I’m not teaching, I’m much more casual and it’s not quite as interesting to me, but the goal will remain. 18 months ago

AFrayedKnotCooking and Jewelry Party

Today I will be doing household chores and cooking for tonight’s 17-30 yo mentoring group I co-lead. In addition I need to cook for a small service group that meets in our home on Sunday night. I won’t have time to cook for them tomm. because I’m singing most of the day at several church services. And somewhere in all that preparing for guests, I have to hit a jewelry party at 4 pm. I hate those “pretending like it’s a social event when it’s really a sales pitch” parties. I usually don’t go but am making an exception on this one because it’s being given by a young woman with whom I really need to build a bridge. I’ll change for the party and tonight’s mentoring group, but for today’s housework I’m wearing…

Black “Love Life” tee
Black yoga pants
Black Danskos
Silver drop earrings 21 months ago

AFrayedKnotHousework day

I have a lot going on this weekend and so today is a cook in advance and clean the house for company day. Other than this morning’s growth group, I have nothing on the schedule. The alternative school has parent-teacher conferences today so with no students at the school, the boutique won’t be open. I have no appts with clients or board meetings. So..the house gets attention today. Which means, I’m wearing grunge

I’m wearing…

My green Tough Alaskan Chick sweatshirts
cargo pants
my ed hardy tennies 21 months ago

AFrayedKnotPanel Discussion

Posting mid-morning..already did the morning growth group and am heading off now to the community college for a panel discussion on homeless youth (not a panel member, just attending). Then off to work the boutique. No school today so there will be no clients, but am meeting some donors there and then will stay and process their contributions. Tonight I have band rehearsal..

I’m wearing…

Harley Davidson studded tank top
Black Columbia work-out jacket
Levis (way too big, need to get rid of them, they make me look fat because of the excess material around the middle)
Black leather studded wristband
White turquoise/sterling silver pendant
Ed Hardy tennies (see photo)

21 months ago

AFrayedKnotHubby comes home today!

I led the morning growth group, then came home and did last minute chores because The Husband comes home today. Then I went and worked the boutique. Came home and spent some time writing reference letters for students until Craig walked in. I will take him out to dinner tonight before we go to our 13-17 yo youth group meeting tonight.

I am wearing…

Brown t-neck sweater
Wool indian blanket print vest with faux fur trim (not my favorite thing in the world, I don’t usually like this ostentatious of stuff but my MIL gave it to me, it’s expensive and I feel guilty if I don’t wear it every once in awhile)
Skinny jeans tucked into my…
canvas combat boots
beaded necklace and earrings 21 months ago

AFrayedKnotNo picture today

partly because I was running late this morning and partly because I didn’t like my outfit. One of those mornings when you feel fat and nothing looks right. About 25% of my closet is all over my bed now.

I had my morning growth group (good session!), then a Task Force for Unaccompanied Youth meeting, followed by another meeting to review and update our 10 year master plan. I finished up the rest of the day working the boutique. I’m home now and have the rest of the evening free. The Husband flies in tomm. so I”ll spend the evening prettifying the house and baking cookies.

For the day I wore…

Brown riding-style pants tucked into
Black and brown cowboy boots
Brown/black/tobacco argyle tunic-length sweater
flannel scarf in similar colors

I am now wearing…

Green fleece jammies (the house is FREEZING!) with little white bows all over them. They are hideous but they are warm and at this point, that’s all I care about. 21 months ago

AFrayedKnotvolunteer work and lunch

Had my post all written up and lost it! Hate it when that happens.

Today I lead the morning growth group from 6:30 to 7:30 am. Then I have to pick up donations for the boutique and process them before opening for the students to shop. Hopefully my relief will come in on time today because I have a lunch appt. with the mother of a former student. We did the prom together last year and she just wants to catch up on what I’ve been doing since. Then I go to the studio to begin production work on a friend’s CD (doign background vocals). The evening is free and I hope to do some more sewing and a little house work.

I’m wearing…

Oatmeal cashmere turtleneck (found new with tags at a thrift store for $7.99)
Tweedy, bulky cardigan sweater
Brown suede hip belt
skinny jeans tucked into…
zipper and buckled boots 21 months ago


Church today, then an intervention with a teen and her pastor, then home for some sewing and housework. Nothing on the schedule for tonight which is nice.

I’m wearing…

Navy denim sheath dress
narrow tan leather belt
Tan and native-style print boots
beaded necklace
feather printed cuff bracelet
beaded earrings

Went to bed with wet hair so I woke up with wild curls. Gonna just let them be…

21 months ago

AFrayedKnotHousework and a run

I’ve got a morning run to knock out and then home to do some chores. After I’ve got the have-to’s out of the way I’m going to spend the rest of the day sewing on a project before our weekly Saturday night group mentoring session for 17-30 year olds.

I’m wearing…running clothes!

Yellow tank
Gray running tights
Warm-up jacket
ASICS21 months ago

AFrayedKnotRunning late this morning

I have my morning growth group today. Then I go to the alternative high school (where 60% of the student body is homeless) and man the grand opening of our boutique. I’ll spend a half day there and when the relief comes in I have some grocery shopping and cooking to do. In the afternoon I have some gals coming over for a craft/friendship session at my house. I need to feed them dinner as well. Then as soon as they leave our band is having a potluck get together and I need to run off to that. I’ll be hopping today from 6:30 am till 10 pm! I’m wearing….

Brown knit tank with chiffon trim
Brown suede beaded and embroidered western-style jacket
My new combat boots (see yesterday’s gratitude for photo)
Beaded bib-style necklace 21 months ago

AFrayedKnotGrunge work day

I have my usual 6:30 am morning growth group, then I have about two hours left in the boutique before coming home for the rest of the day. Thankfully I don’t have band rehearsal tonight because I have a ton of housework to do here at home. Tomorrow I’m having some girls over for a crafting session so I need to get the house clean, prepare snacks, set up the craft, etc. So it’s a physical labor day and I am wearing grunge…

Jean Jacket (during morning group)
Brown baggy cargo shorts
Gray t-shirt
Plaid Rocket Dog tennies
Cross made from two nails
Hoop earrings

21 months ago

AFrayedKnotPiano Lessons

Today I have my morning growth group. Then I run home and load up my car with the last of the stuff for the boutique. Time to decorate and do the final tweaking. I’ll spend the bulk of my day there so I’m wearing work clothes. Then I’ll go to one of the charter schools in town to pick up a client. She will be spending two 4-hour afternoons a month with me for piano and cooking lessons. The lessons are really just an opportunity to mentor and develop relationship with a needy 15 year old. Then she will come with me to our weekly Weds night youth meeting (we have 40-50 kids currently attending). I’ll be home around 9 pm for a little quiet time.

I’m wearing work clothes since i’ll be grunging around in the boutique….

Blue jeans
Gray tank
Gray wool cardigan
Gray, ivory, pink, green paisley fringed scarf
Gray wool flat ankle boots 21 months ago

AFrayedKnotCommunity Hearing

Today I have my daily morning mentoring meeting, then I have a couple of errands before a community hearing on housing and homelessness. Then back to the alternative school to work on our free teen boutique. We hope to open on Friday. Nothing scheduled for tonight. I think I’m going to work on Christmas presents. Alaska is super casual. It would be a bit of a faux pas to go in business attire to a hearing on homelessness so I’m wearing…

Skinny leg jeans
Peacock blue tank with ruffled neckline
Khaki military-styled jacket
Khaki zip-up boots
Peacock feather earrings
Beaded bracelet in blue, khaki and purple 21 months ago

AFrayedKnotYetta's Celebration of Life today

Today is going to be intense. I had church this morning and hten came home to prepare food for Yetta’s memorial service. Yetta is a beautiful 20 yo violinist and vocalist who died Thursday after a long, painful struggle with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. She was a friend who worked with me on several community service projects, a recording project and was a fellow band member. She was beautiful in body and spirit. A very bright light and she will be much missed. Today we honor her brief time on earth. She created her service herself before she died. One of her requests is that black not be worn. So I am wearing…

Winter white long sweater jacket embroidered in gold
Gold t-neck sleeveless sweater
Winter white dress slacks
Gold beaded leather flats
Gold hoop earrings 21 months ago

AFrayedKnotSame thing as October 5th

Today I have a ton of household chores to do. Then I need to organize all the donations for the Winter Gear clothing drive and take them in to the homeless/public inebriation sleep-off center. Last count we had received 72 pairs of wool socks and 10 giant contractor size bags of coats/gear. Then I need to do some baking for Yetta’s memorial service for tomm. And finally I have dinner with my boys. Gonna be a busy, busy day.

I’m wearing the same thing I was on October 5th.

Black yoga pants
Black/heather gray LS technical pull-over
Black Danskos
Silver hoop earrings 21 months ago

AFrayedKnotNo photo today

No pics today…I had little on the schedule today. An early morning distance run (wore running clothes) and an art show in the afternoon (wore riding-style pants tucked into black boots and a harley davidson black t-shirt) and spent the rest of the day in pj’s. Suffered a mild joint bleed and was in pain. 21 months ago

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