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Welp, April is over. It’s officially May, and I’m supposed to be officially back to blogging my daily outfits. And I will be, I promise! Just not until Tuesday, most likely, or possibly Wednesday, when I’ll have my post up at HeaveMedia.

I have a monster Sex Crimes paper due Monday. It’s about prison rape and how the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 has no teeth, and it proposes a bunch of solutions to combat this epidemic that, unfortunately, forms the basis of so many jokes in popular culture. I was struggling to come up with a paper topic for this class and Andy suggested prison rape right off the top of his head (he’s looking at the different tiers of prostitution, from, like, street-walkers all the way up to high-class escorts, and his paper sounded really interesting from his presentation).

And I was like, yeah, okay, maybe, and then I was watching like five Family Guy episodes in a row the next day and there was one with like 4 prison rape jokes in the span of two minutes and that pretty much settled it.

Click to watch the episode I'm talking about.

Besides, learning about prisons and prison reform is kind of my new thing. I have a bunch of books from BetterWorldBooks about those topics sitting on my desk and I can’t WAIT until I have the free time to read them.

My Animal Law paper is due tomorrow, but I turned it in last week because I’ve been done with it for a month (YAY for planning ahead! Otherwise I’d have to shoot myself in the face right now). My prof said it was the best paper she’d read in six years of teaching the course. It was about the disposition of pet custody issues, and basically discussed how the present method of treating pets as mere property for purposes of division of assets, like in divorce cases, was inadequate and a remnant of the past when animals were valued mostly for their functional use.

I mean, really, those of you that own dogs, for example – can you honestly say that Fido is worth his fair market value and not a cent more? That he’s no different than a dishwasher, or a pair of shoes? That rule, established in 1897, struck me as hideously antiquated and not at all a sensible way of deciding who got custody of a family pet in a divorce case. So I proposed carving out a new category of property called “living property,” to include companion animals (of any species legally zoned for the parties’ respective domiciles – so … no tigers or alligators, but a pet pig or some other less traditional pet would be covered) and even plants. Because some people are crazy and have tremendous attachment to and affection for their plants.

Personally, I can’t relate. All my plants die just to spite me. 😡

Living property would be treated as an intermediate kind of property, somewhere between chattel, where it’s just property and nothing more, and real property, where every piece of real estate is considered unique. There would be property concerns that would factor into disposition of custody issues – who bought the dog? Who pays its bills? etc – and concerns that are more associated with family heirlooms – that is, which party spends the most time with the dog? Which party has the greatest sentimental attachment to it? This way, animals will be treated a bit better than, say, a dishwasher or a car, and will be on par with, say, that antique ring that great-grandma smuggled with her through the Holocaust or the Partition or pick-your-genocide.

I put up this picture of a kid and a pit bull mainly because I hate the misconceptions about the breed. Pit bulls are not somehow inherently dangerous killing machines. More often than not, an overly aggressive and dangerous pit bull is the fault of the owner - either through very poor training, or abuse. Any dog would be dangerous and bite-y if it was constantly abused by people. Some of the pit bulls I've trained at the shelter are aggressive, yes, but with kindness and gentle treatment - and by just being calm around them - I've seen them all let their guard down and go back to being the sweet, smart, loyal, and very affectionate dogs that they are. They're my absolute favorite breed ever, along with German Sheps.

(Wow, that caption looks absurdly long due to the width of the picture, but whatever, it’s a valid point and I’m keeping it.)

Anyway, my prof loved it and wants it to be published and also presented to a bunch of Chicago judges who handle divorce cases, so that’s exciting. Totally getting an A in that class.

Plus, I have a final sometime in May. I don’t really know when. I’ll deal with that later. And also, I really hope I didn’t fail the final for my 1-credit class that I took in late April, because I need that 1 credit, damn it. I probably didn’t though. InshaAllah. 😐 Ugh.

And then, of course, graduation crap. We have to pick up our cap and gown on the 20th, and I’m planning to bro it up with Andy that day, I think. Burgers, cigars, toasting to industry, all that.

I will not be drinking cognac, I promise. Only Andy will. I don't like to drink anything with my cigars. I know that, as a teetotaler, I have the option of espresso, but I just don't like drinking anything with them, period.

And then Sunday is graduation, and my BFF and her mom are coming down from Iron Mountain, MI, for the ceremony. And to see me and hang with my family. 🙂 So that will be LOVELY.

This is from the last time she was in Chicago. February or March?

And then we’ll see what happens. I’m optimistic.

But yes. I will be back to blogging soon. Very, very soon. And regularly! And with more cartoons!

Basically, here’s what I have planned.

  • More posts about sales and local deals. Beyond the Rack, Gilt Groupe, Rue La La, if they’re selling something business-casual-y, you’re going to hear about it. And if you want an invite, all you have to do is leave a comment with your name and email field filled out, and you will get one. If you do not leave me your email, I CANNOT HELP YOU. I’ve said that 80 times and I still get comments with no emails that are like Ooh, I can haz invite? And I’m like, no, moron, you can’t, because you can’t follow directions and have left me no way with which to invite you BECAUSE I NEED AN EMAIL ADDRESS. 😐 And local deals will, predictably, be Chicago-based. Because that’s where I live.
  • Shopping trip posts. I hate shopping, you guys. Nothing ever fits me. So I will occasionally do posts about my misadventures while shopping – showing you clothes that look darling, but then turn out to be ill-fitting and ill-conceived and not at all flattering. Basically, I’ll just be showing you things that most likely won’t work, and why, so that you can learn to quickly spot them and move on without wasting time in the fitting room or, worse, money at the register. I got a request to do more personal posts like these, so, what the heck. This is all for fun, anyway. I’m certainly not srs bzns about anything on here, and have no problem sharing my shopping horror stories. GOD I HATE SHOPPING.
  • On the scene One-Stop-Shops. As a little challenge, I’ll wind up at a random clothing store in my area and try to put together an outfit using only things in that store, for under the $100. It’s harder than it sounds. And Amanda is making me do it.
  • Kate Middleton-inspired outfits. We’ve been seeing lots of pre-wedding candids of her out and about, and I’ve loved most of her outfits. And she’s kind of super popular right now, and I know for a fact that a lot of you love reading about her, if my site stats are any indication, so I’ll be supplying you with plenty of many more Duchess of Cambridge-y outfits.
  • How To Dress Like A French Woman. This is going to be my new mini-series-thing for MyShingle, but I’ll be linking to it here. Basically, I’ll show you with about a week’s worth of outfits how to dress like a French woman.
  • Minimalism. I’m going to put together about 20 outfits, an entire month’s worth of posts here, using the same few pieces. Maybe the same ten pieces? Who knows. My point is to show you that you can buy some basic AND trendy/stand-out things and then just keep mixing and matching them for completely different looks. It’ll save you closet space AND money AND some stress that comes with being bombarded with too many choices.
  • Cartoons. OMG. I have cartoons planned, you guys. About me and Andy doing stupid things, about my new obsession with baths and essential oils, about my Gma and how everyone in my family is CRAZY, and more.
  • Book posts. Yes. I have a book journal. And I usually keep my posts about books there. But occasionally I’ll read a book that is just so awesome that I have to cross-post my GoodReads review with it here.  Gah. I have too many blogs. And I haven’t even linked you to my sekrit rishta (marriage/proposal/whatever) blog where I just complain about my parents’ attempts to get me married and present me with suitors for my hand. Sigh. Oddly, I manage to have a life. I swear I do, guys. I have an actual social life, and I do things removed from the computer, like read and paint and build birdhouses. Okay, I only built one. But still. I’m counting it.
  • Other random stuff, I’m sure. You guys know me. You know I have the attention span of a gnat. I’ll probably think of something else to post about here and run with it. It will probably be insane. You will probably scour the Interwebz trying to find my address so you can tell the nice men with the white jackets where to find me. It will be a normal Wednesday for everyone.

So, yeah, thanks for sticking around during my month-long hiatus because law school is terrible. 🙂 And if you ever have any requests or comments or suggestions, or if you just want to harass me, feel free to drop me an email at hrashid24@gmail.com.

I actually don’t mind being harassed. That’s why I find myself in scary situations so often. :/

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What better way to (temporarily) come out of my hiatus than by announcing a super awesome giveaway?!

A while back, I was browsing Etsy and befriended Cassie, who has an adorable Etsy boutique stocked with tons of vintage and upcycled goods. I used to roam around flea markets when I was younger, and would still be doing it if I had the time. I just loved how all the items there came with a story, and I loved browsing and poking around and getting a glimpse into other people’s lives, even though I rarely ended up buying anything.

That’s why I love the things in Cassie’s Etsy shop. She’s got brooches and little coin purses and TONS of awesome rings (it was so hard to narrow down the choices for the giveaway!) and clothing, too. And, of course, everything has a great, unique, vintage-y feel to it.

Be sure to follow Cassie on Twitter ( @qofdiamonds16 ) if you’re interested in flea marketing, thrifting, and collecting. She’s always on the hunt for vintage treasures and posts lots of links and pictures … and makes me wish I could step away from this paper on putting together a framework to dispose of pet custody issues and check out my local flea markets and thrift stores instead! 😉 Whoops.

Today’s giveaway is a lovely ring from among Cassie’s wares. I absolutely love this one, even though all of her rings are super cute.

You guys know me. This deep, rich, emerald-turquoise color is basically my most favorite color ever. I even had a conversation with myself (until others joined in) recently on Twitter on how I could care less about cold, plain, sterile diamonds on my engagement ring – I want an emerald. They’re just the best stones ever, in the best color ever. (Brittle, though. I’m going to have to learn to wear my jewelry gently if I don’t want to totally mess up the stone.)

Aside from being a gorgeous turquoise color, I love that the ring is simple, but still bold and eye-catching. It’s a great piece of statement jewelry to add to your collection, and one lucky winner will receive it in the mail, courtesy of Cassie, who is awesome.

I urge all of you to check out her Etsy shop for great pieces like this, and a whole lot more great vintage stuff.

Here’s what you do:

There are several ways to score entries. Each way scores you one entry. The giveaway will start today, March 23, 2011, and will end in one week, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 12PM CST. Yes, noon on Wednesday. Central time.

The first one MUST be done; others are optional.

1. Comment on this post. Say anything, like, your birthstone and how you feel about it. Personally, I hate my birthstone. Peridot. Really?! I wish it was emerald instead. (You will be asked for an email address in order to post; this is so I can contact the winner. Your email address will NOT be made public.)

Additional entries:

2. “Like” the FB fan page for this blog. Leave a comment here letting me know you have done this, or that you are already a FB friend.

3. Tweet the following: I ❤ vintage upcycled rings – so I entered the giveaway at @huma_rashid’s blog, sponsored by @qofdiamonds16! http://tinyurl.com/4mrbsze When you’ve done this, just leave a comment linking me to the status that says this, so I can just email you instead of trying to contact you on Twitter.

Easy as that! Remember, the giveaway ends in one week, so get your entries in and then forget about it. I’ll be contacting the winner next Wednesday, in the afternoon.

Good luck! And thanks again, Cassie!

(Reminder: all comments go to a moderation queue first so I can filter out the hate and spam comments I always get. So if you don’t see your reply posted even after an hour or two, and you definitely left a comment, don’t worry. 😉 I’ll get around to approving it ASAP. It’s there. Just not public yet.)

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I hate to have to write a post of this nature, but at the same time, I am not going to lie to you guys. I mean, I already lie to you all the time – several times a day, actually, if you follow me on Twitter and are a Facebook Fan of this blog. I lie to you all the time, and it gets boring. So I won’t do it today. (That was also a lie.)

The thing is, I’m super busy. I have about 4 or 5 (I lost count) papers to write, one of which is a major b-tch. I have a midterm coming up and I haven’t read more than 3 cases in the last 7 weeks. (WHOOPS.) I have Trial Advocacy crap that I actually need to practice because, for some reason, I’m great at the complicated stuff, like oral arguments, and absolutely suck at the butt-paralyzingly simple stuff, like direct (but I’ve gotten much better with practice!). I have an online course (I needed 1 extra credit and that was the best option) that starts at some point soon and goes for a month and involves a ton of crap. Plus, I have various personal commitments that I can’t skip out on, which is unfortunate. Also, Andy takes up a stunning amount of my time by being terrible and ridiculous and having awesome plans for adventures, so there’s always that.

So for the next week or so, I probably won’t be doing daily posts. I will be doing posts, to be sure, at least two posts a week because I will still be posting at Heave and the Working Wardrobe.

Also, my post for Heave this Wednesday? It involves Oscar swag that the ladies will just love, I’m sure of it. So keep an eye out for that.

But yeah, posting – at least for outfits – will be kind of light. I’ll still be putting up some “Pretty News” stuff, which is basically just fashion-related entertainment/news stories. Like the “skinny” Pepsi can that’s offending people for some reason, and Lea Michelle’s Cosmo cover that has a bunch of dumb parents all upset.

So, yeah, be on the lookout for that. Until then, here’s a picture of a crazy freaking lizard doing things.

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As you guys have noticed, I have been gone for a while. This is because of final exams, not because I suddenly decided I hated all of you. I do still hate most of you, but that’s to be expected. After all, you guys *are* pretty terrible. Especially you in the second row with the Flaming Hot Cheetos.

So I will be back, presumably, once I’m done with my 5 final exams and that paper I have to hand in on the limitations of Martha Nussbaum’s capabilities approach in its consideration of those that are seriously mentally or physically impaired. I’m sure my prof ripped my first draft apart because he likes Nussbaum and although I do, too, I ripped her approach to answering the first of justice’s three unsolved problems apart.

So, yes, when I am done, I shall be back. ❤

And for those of you that didn't even notice I was gone, that's it. FRIENDSHIP OVER.

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All right, nerds, it’s the first of the month, and it’s November, one of my favorite months, because it’s supposed to be all autumnal and brisk and full of changing leaves and turkeys and all that, and it’s not December. I hate December. December is clearly the goiter of the Gregorian months. And before you’re all, BUT JEEBUS WAS BORN IN DECEMBER, no. Jeebus was born in the summer.

So today, I want all of you lurkers to de-lurk for a quick minute, just as long as you’re comfortable with it, and drop your real name in case things get salacious, as you answer my one question:

What were you for Halloween and did anything crazy happen?

In the interest of anonymity, again, pick a fake name if crazy things happen. Because I want to know. 😀 Hee. On the other hand, if you’re not really concerned about anonymity, feel free to post pics!

All right, folks, lurkers and non-lurkers alike, have at it!

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Recently, Forbes Magazine released its list of the 20 best fashion blogs for professional women. And no, TRPLS was not one of them, but one of the blogs that I contribute to weekly was! The Working Wardrobe was the fourth blog on the list, after Corporette, Paperclippy, and the Style Sample. Here’s what Forbes had to say:

The Working Wardrobe showcases a spectrum of looks for fashionably curious working women. I particularly love their curated posts pulling together reasonably priced pieces of a trending look.

:-O

YAY!

It’s fabulous news and a big thanks to Forbes for the recognition, and to the site’s readers (including you nerds, if you click on the link to tWW in my Thursday posts) for making this happen.

Here are Will.I.Am and Nicki Minaj to help me celebrate.

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I tell you nerds everything, don’t I? Sure, I do, often to my detriment. Because of my big mouth, you know that I (a) am short, (b) require several different chemical substances just to make it through the day (c) believe that the Loch Ness Monster existed until Dick Cheney shot it and (d) wear little girl jeans. (WHATEVER THEY FIT.)

So in the spirit of telling you nerds everything, here’s some more news: I haz a Tumblr.

I started it a long time ago, didn’t use it for like 2-3 years, and then recently created another one off my main one but didn’t know that I couldn’t follow anyone with my new one, just with my old one since that’s the main account, and blah blah blah you don’t care.

Bottom line: I have a new Tumblr. It’s Slip of a Girl and you can find it here.

I use it as an intermediary between Twitter and this blog. Plenty of times I see amazing links on Twitter, and I want to retweet with my thoughts on it, but that exceeds 140 characters, and I don’t want to write a whole long blog post about it because (a) I don’t have THAT much to say about it or (b) I know that if I bookmark the link to blog about later, I’ll NEVER get back to it.

So I’ve been putting that stuff up on Tumblr, with little blurbs and thoughts, and I also put up lots of awesome pictures. Well, awesome to me. Like a bug that looks just like a leaf! And a kitteh riding a miniature horse! :-O CRAZY YOU GUYS.

So, if you’re on Tumblr and want to follow me for whatever reason, there you go. The button will be up in teh sidebar shortly.

And yes, I’m getting the blog ready for my triumphant return on October 4. I’ll be back with daily posts, requests (I have a couple that I need to get to!), and my posts for Heave, The Working Wardrobe, and of course, MyShingle.

Thanks for being patient with me, everyone. I’m glad to be back, now that my stupid appellate brief is all done and turned in. 😀

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