No, no, it’s not a “goodbye to the blog” post or anything like that. It’s just that as I was looking at these pictures, I finally admitted that my style has really changed. A year or so before, this outfit would’ve seemed like a good idea to me, but now I find it… a bit much. Isn’t it? Between the pattern mixing and the color tights, it seems too twee, too overwrought somehow. And this is nowhere near the most twee (tweest?) thing I’ve worn. I like the jacket with the brooch, but that’s about it.
So I think this is the end of my attempt at twee, girly outfits. They’re not me. Not anymore. Things probably won’t change so much on the blog because I have been going toward that simpler direction anyway, but now that I’ve accepted that, I will be more comfortable posting more minimalist outfits without thinking that my style is getting more boring.
Shirt: Zara, Skirt: thrifted, Tights: Target, Boots: Aldo, Jacket: borrowed from my mom, Brooch: vintage
Here is another neutral outfit from me. This one is on purpose, not because I couldn’t find any pop of color to add to it, but because it was inspired by this, as part of the Pinned It and Did It challenge. Although it didn’t turn out nearly as sharp as the inspirational photo (never knew I needed a grey blazer until now), I liked it.
It’s been feeling more spring-like around here, except for us “spring-like” means rain and humidity, so it really isn’t as nice as you’d think. Good thing that nature makes up for the miserable weather by putting all kinds of trees in bloom. Our grapefruit tree has been blooming for nearly two weeks now and I wish I could capture how incredible the fragrance is. Not sure how many of those will bear fruits, but at least we can enjoy the flowers for now.
Shirt: hand-me-down, Blazer & Belt: thrifted, Jeans: Target, Heels: Payless
I’ve been at my freelance script reading job for nearly three years now, and every year around March and April, we’ll get tons of scripts for some reason. I think the fact that the deadlines for a lot of screenplay competitions are in May, and a lot of studios are looking to buy/hire in May too, has a lot to do with it, but if you’re supposed to submit your script in May and you’re only now rewriting or polishing it, I don’t think it will be ready in time.
That bit of professional news is to explain that I’m going to be quite busy in the coming months, so outfit posts won’t be so regular, and if I do manage to post, it will only be simple outfits like this.
Shirt: Uniqlo, Sweater: New Look, Jeans: Forever21, Oxfords: local shop, Necklace: vintage (Silk Purse, Sow’s Ears)
Since we’ve been having some classic pieces as SIA inspirations lately, I thought I’d shake things up by picking a book cover, namely the cover for the comic book Sandman, Volume 1, #8, “The Sound of Her Wings“:
I have been thinking about picking a comic book panel or cover for SIA. The thing is, I’m not a huge comic book fan, since I grew up with manga mostly, but I’m a huge Neil Gaiman fan, so Sandman seems like a good choice. I picked this one because it’s relatively simple compared to all the other covers (all done by Gaiman’s long-time collaborator, Dave McKean), and because this is the book where Death, one of my favorite characters of the series, makes her first appearance.
So this one is really open for interpretation, even more so than other SIA. You can go literal and pull from the green-and-black color scheme and the ivy leaves (a symbol for immortality, I believe), or you can do something inspired by Death herself. She has a pretty cool look, so if you want to rock the Goth makeup, go for it. Just remember to send me your outfit by next Monday, March 1oth. Have fun!
See, what did I tell you about these shoes? I’m just going to wear them all the time now. Of course it helps that they’re a neutral color and go with pretty much every silhouette. This outfit is a bit too neutral for me, actually, but none of the “pop of color” I tried looked quite right. Besides, I’ve been wearing more and more neutrals. Looking back at my recent outfits, it’s usually a bunch of neutrals with just one thing of color. It’s not that I’m too lazy to spend time thinking which color goes with which (though it certainly makes getting dressed easier), it’s just that my style has changed to the point where I don’t want to wear too many colors anymore.
It’s funny how style changes, isn’t it? Though my style doesn’t exactly change, rather it just becomes more defined. When I first started the blog I tried to be more girly, but now I realize that isn’t me. I’m much more comfortable with just a few feminine touches here and there.
Blazer & Scarf: hand-me-down, T-shirt: Zalora, Jeans: Hermes, Heels: local shop
For some reason, I’ve been really neglecting my skirts this winter (you can just tell by how wrinkled this skirt is.) Since January, I’ve only had four skirt outfits. I guess I just got bored with skirts. They’re more difficult to style than dresses, especially in the winter – you have to figure out what top to go with it, what tights, what kind of shoes, belt or no belt… I spent nearly half an hour trying on different tights and sweaters before settling with these, but I wasn’t happy with the result. The tights are completely lazy, and the neckline of this sweater, I realize, does not look good on a broad-shouldered person like me. I need something more boat-necked than this. Oh well. The truth is that I just wanted to show off my new heeled oxfords. I know, I know, buying new things is not the best way to break out of a style rut, but when I saw these, I couldn’t pass them up. Besides, they’re real leather, which means they’re super soft and comfy, so expect to see them a lot more on the blog in the foreseeable future.
Sweater: Gap (thrifted), Skirt: hand-me-down, Shoes: local shop, Brooch: vintage, Tights: Target
Today was busier than usual – a big script to read in the morning and my afternoon class went longer than expected, so it was pretty late in the afternoon when I found the time to grab these photos. That’s why it looks like I have a ghost leg: low light = slower shutter speed = more movement.
I was going to say something more about my new plaid shirt (it seems like ages since I bought something so reminiscent of my old style, before I started the blog and got introduced to things like florals and polka dots and colors other than blue and black and grey), but my brain is fried after I spent three hours trying to explain to my students that yes, short films should definitely have the three-act structure, and please don’t try to break the rules until you’ve mastered them… So I think I’m just going to turn in early and catch up on Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Later!
Shirt: Uniqlo, Blazer: Atmosphere, Scarf: Forever21, Jeans: Hermes, Boots: local shop