Consume or Consumed

Jessica is a newly minted PhD, working as a young professor on the tenure track. She is also newly a mother. She blogs about shopping, travel, family, consumerism, style, love, and life.

Take my daughter to work OOTD

My commute is long somewhat, so I typically do not bring friends or family to campus unless there are special events occurring (that extend invitations to families of faculty members). Unfortunately when I left campus to begin my Thanksgiving break, I forgot something. I needed my camcorder (sometimes used as back up to record student presentations) for Emilia's birthday party so I knew I had to go back.I figured Emilia and I could make a day of it ....more

I wore this

I wore this for a day of teaching and meetings. It was very cold and rainy so I didn't get a shot outside. But this dress continues to be a comfortable, interesting, and easy option for me to wear to work.Details:Tibi dress (in red, known as Anthropologie's Hudson and Houston dress ....more

Larksong Corduroy Dress Review

Larksong Corduroy Dress I posted about being enamored with the print of the Larksong Corduroy Dress a few weeks ago. And in person it didn't disappoint. The printed fabric of this Eva Franco dress is rich, saturated, vibrant, and scaled appropriately ....more

Conferencing OOTD

This is the outfit I wore to present on the award panel of the conference in St. Paul. I had no idea what to wear ....more

Sightseeing in the Twin Cities OOTD

In October, I packed up my family and we headed to the Twin Cities. The reasons were multiple but the most immediate was a conference. I presented and received an award for my dissertation at a small conference focusing on a subfield of my discipline ....more

Boden's Easy Scoop Tunic Restock! And a few Cyber Monday highlights!

Easy Scoop Tunic (full review here) I've gotten a few inquiries about the Boden Easy Scoop tunic via email so I figured I would give a heads up that almost daily I see the stock situation shift on the product page. I also see a number of resellers on Ebay so I think this dress must be in high demand. I love mine but do think that the length is a bit short ....more

'Tis the season for great bargains!

It's Black Friday and although that phrase has been rendered kind of meaningless as eponymous sales have colonized the culture of US shopping beyond that of the day that follows turkey day (I swear Amazon has emailed me about "Black Friday deals" year-round!), there are still arguably the best deals of the year available, right now! Anthropologie is offering 25% off everything with coupon code HOLIDAY25! I might venture out to try on this dress which has captivated me as much as my favorites from the Anthro of yore!Nordstrom is taking an extra 20% off select sale items, in stores only ....more

On Gratitude in 2014

(Sightseeing in the Twin Cities during conference travels) There are many reasons to feel overwhelm and upset over the political landscape in the United States at the moment. And the Thanksgiving celebration itself is not exempt from enduring and legitimate reasons to feel anger over the power structures that perpetuate inequality, violence, and marginalization in this country. But for the sake of optimism and for the sake of setting an example to my now two-year-old daughter (!!!), I also want to take a moment to reflect and feel grateful.Over the last year, I watched my child set foot in the ocean for the first time ....more

Deals on Marc by Marc Jacobs Mouse Flats

I'll have a Thanksgiving post up later today. But until then, 'tis the season for shopping and right now, Yoox is offering free shipping. One top of that, you can score an extra 20% off with coupon code, YOOXGIVING.With many styles of Marc by Marc Jacobs Mouse flats already marked down, the code makes for some pretty good deals on this quirky closet staple ....more

Mickey Mouse OOTD (not kidding)

When I imagined parenting before I was a mom, I expected that it would be pretty great. And I was right, on the whole. The highs are indeed high and you will go to great lengths in the name of your child's happiness and joy ....more