Hey you Iowa City football fans!

Alright so I know some of you actually aren’t that interested in football, but a lot of you are interested in helping the world become a better place. Why not vote with your dollar and the next time you buy Hawkeye apparel look into buying from Alta Gracia brand apparel.

Alta Gracia is the first brand and factory of its kind. Located in the sunny Villa Alta Gracia in the Dominican Republic, AG manufactures college clothing. Hawkeye shirts, Duke shirts, U. of Washington, and about 400 other campuses! The really neat about AG is that they pay their employees over three and a half times the minimum wage, that equals out to about $3.83. They also have several different “watchdog” organizations that check in on how AG is doing. These are outside groups that come in to check on how AG is holding up to the standards written by United Students Against Sweatshops and the Workers’ Rights Consortium that keep factories in check to make sure they are keeping a pleasant and worker-friendly environment. They even have ergonomic chairs!!!! After staying up late working on my latest sewing projects I am very happy that these employees have that. My neck/shoulders were sore after only 30 minutes of non-ergonomic action.


So the cool thing is that Alta Gracia is on our campus. Yayyyeeeee Iowa, way to get it. But have you heard about it? I certainly hadn’t until recently. AG is an awesome company and I’m learning about them and would love to talk to you about it! Interested in workers’ rights? Interested Hawkeye gear? Don’t forget, it’s football season so you’ll need to refresh your black and gold duds maybe, I guess. I don’t really wear black and gold, but as soon as I get paid I’m going to bike on over to the old Hawk shop and pick up my worker friendly Hawkeye uniform! (that was not sarcasm, GO HAWKS YAYAYAYAYAYYEEEEE) (The go hawks part was a little sarcastic, at least the enthusiasm.) I hope they have a crew neck sweatshirt in my size!

Also check Alta Gracia on facebook!


dear god why did I wait until 2PM to have coffee. . .

Elsie on her wedding day

Afternoon Ellipses readers! I’m tired! So today is going to be short so I can pump my veins full of the black gold AKA coffee and try to wake up after my. . . second nap of the day.

Last night a friend and I were discussing what we really wanted to do with fashion fridays. We discussed talking to folks in the area about clothes and what really drives them to wear what they wear, what they think about their clothes and choices, and then we got a little stuck. It didn’t help that we were both tired after a long day, and it was pushing 11PM (pre-mature grandma syndrome is real). How do we ask people about STYLE.

All of a sudden it seemed to be a big scary word that could be misinterpreted or hard to define at least, which make our small interviews difficult. So I’m laying the problem out here. What do YOU think of style? What IS style?! Do you have a style?! Does anyone out there think about clothes as much as I do? (Yes, I know I have a problem, but I’m working on it).

All this being said I would like to link you to a few of my FAV blogs that talk about style.

Weardrobeis great. People can make a profile and connect it to their blogs. It’s a great place to find great outfits! The issue I have with it is that it rarely features people that aren’t super skinny, but under the “recent” tab you can find just about anyone wearing something awesome that appeals to you.

Elizabeth from another absolute fav, found through weardrobe.

A Beautiful Mess is the kind of blog where when Elsie doesn’t post everyday, I just might break out in hives. I’m addicted to this lady’s style, DIYs, and awesomeness. Click on that link. Click it. Seriously, click. it.


Alright, I’m not ashamed. I’m still obsessed with the Olsen twins and now I can actively take part in that obsession with out having to watch those movies. Olsens Anonymous is my go-to for style fairly often. It’s perfect for those days we already talked aboutwhere I’m wearing a baggy t-shirt, leggings, and a necklace and I can pretend to be high fashion.

So go forth and be fashionable if that’s what you’re going for.

fashion friday y’all. . .

I recently checked out a book from the library about finding the hidden messages in women’s fashion. I thought it sounded really interesting. I read the first 20 pages maybe and found out that turquoise blue is a comforting color in an office setting, navy blue implies trustworthiness and responsibility, and hot pink is actually a good idea in some office settings.

I also “learned” that your favorite pencil skirt/blazer combo ACTUALLY makes people think your a power-crazed bitch, your favorite sexy, tight dress that barely goes to there ACTUALLY makes you look desperate, not sexy. I’m not totally convinced on those, because I really do love my purple pencil skirt with my $3 blazer together and sometimes when I’m actually not bloated from nature’s wonderful gift to me I want to show that I do have lovely curves.

I think that this book probably has some practical information and some pseudo-psychology that would be enjoyable to read and interesting to discuss, but overall you should wear what you want. You think my leggings and XXL Tall Hanes t-shirt makes me look dumpy? Turns out that’s what I was going for when I got dressed 10 minutes after I was supposed to leave to get to class, work, meet a friend on time. I like to call it “frumpy chic”, or probably better named, “these are my pajamas and I was running late, but the necklace makes it fashionable, right?”

So to recap here, wear what you want, anything you choose to wear is going to be judged in a way you probably didn’t see coming from someone, but they probably won’t tell you anyway. Apparently as a lady, no matter what you wear will make some guy or some gal think you look desperate or frumpy when really you were going for sexy or classic.

AND coming soon we’ll be posting pics of Iowa City folks and their styling ways. I am going to go out and creep and find people that will (hopefully) be interested in being photographed, and talking about their style in a brief interview.

Depending on my bloat meter, I will be wearing a super tight dress for our first successful week as a blog party tonight and I don’t feel desperate at all.

The picture above came from and the other from