Details, Details

navy top teal scarf blue jeans magenta flats by 14 shades of grey

One thing I got from the Pantone-inspired Color Challenge is that I don’t need a lot of colorful pieces to bring colors back to my outfit. Most of the pops of color in my outfits for the challenge are in accessories. So for this outfit, I added colors and pattern with the scarf and the flats. Upon looking at these pictures again, I’m thinking maybe boyfriend jeans would look better, but then again boyfriend jeans might be too casual.

navy top teal scarf by 14 shades of greynavy top teal scarf blue jeans magenta flats by 14 shades of grey

teal scarf by 14 shades of greynavy top teal scarf blue jeans by 14 shades of grey

magenta flats by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Forever21, Jeans: H&M, Flats: Payless, Scarf: hand-me-down


Style Imitating Art: Spring Rain

Welcome to another week of SIA! This week’s looks are inspired by the very appropriate “Spring Rain” of Art Deco artist Erté. Everybody knocks it out of the park this week with spring colors and pattern mixing, so let’s get right to it!

First up is Stephanie, whose skirt mimics the “rain” perfectly. I think we all agree that she needs a blog, don’t you?

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Then we have Kezzie. How awesome is her parasol?

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Next up we have Isabella, also with an umbrella and a super cute scarf:

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Our co-host Jen is so pretty in her stripe-and-polka-dot ensemble:

Love Gracey‘s color-blocked look (with a hint of polka dot):

Erin‘s subtle pattern mixing is spot-on:

Amber, who hasn’t taken part in SIA for a while, is back in fine form with her lovely skirt:

And finally, here’s me:

green dress striped blazer lace tights heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

I just realize – it’s all dresses and skirts this week. Must be something about the painting that brings out the girly side in all of us. Thank you, ladies, for participating! Don’t forget to check back with Jen next week for another inspiration!


I Collect Spores, Molds, and Fungus

green dress striped blazer lace tights heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

I’m not happy with this outfit. It’s for this week’s SIA, inspired by Erté’s “Spring Rain”, and as usual, I got caught up in trying to recreate the painting as closely as I could and forgot that it should be a put-together outfit at the same time. So I ended up wearing all the things. I should’ve gone for something more subtle, or at least take off the lace tights (but my legs are still scarred so tights are kind of a must if I want to wear a dress.) Everybody is killing it this week though, so be sure to check back tomorrow for the full round-up post!

In other news, it has been crazy humid here lately and everything is moldy. And I mean everything. Shoes, bags, belt – anything made from genuine leather. Even my mouse pad. It’s absolutely gross, but there is nothing I can do except to wipe everything down with rubbing alcohol and turn the dehumidifier up high, and wait for the sun to come out. It seems I always have to fight humidity wherever I live. Back in LA it was because there was not enough of it, and here because there’s too much. Ugh.

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green dress striped blazer by 14 shades of greygreen dress lace tights by 14 shades of grey

Dress, Belt, and Shoes: local shop, Blazer: thrifted, Tights: Forever21, Necklace: self-made


Freesia

gray t-shirt black pants yellow flats by 14 shades of grey

The last color in the Pantone-inspired Challenge is Freesia, which means bright yellow to us laymen (and women). We don’t have freesias here in Vietnam but I’ve seen them in LA, and aside from yellow, I remember they are also bright pink and purple and white, so “yellow” isn’t the first color that came to my mind when I heard “freesia”. As pretentious as “hemlock” or “cayenne” is, at least those things have consistent colors. But I’ve given up on trying to make sense of these names. I’d just bring out my yellow flats and call it a day.

And as silly as those names are, it’s been a super fun challenge. A big thank you to Heidi and Marissa. I needed that. Hopefully there will be one next fall too!

gray t-shirt black pants by 14 shades of greygray t-shirt orange cuff by 14 shades of grey

A jumping shot because I haven’t done that in a while:

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Shirt: Zalora, Pants & Cuff: thrifted, Flats: Ebay

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Bug Fodder

mint dress black blazer black boots by 14 shades of grey

The weather is actually warm enough for bare legs now, but I’m not putting my boots away any time soon. This spring, the bugs in our garden seem hungrier than usual, and my ankles and calves are absolutely covered in bug bites. It’s… not pretty. So before those bites heal, it’s strictly pants and boots for me.

Anyway, today’s color for the Pantone challenge is hemlock. It looks kind of like a dusky mint to me, so this dress immediately comes to mind. It’s a hand-me-down from my sister, and I would love to be able to wear it more (it’s so twirly!) but I’m always stumped as to what color to pair it with, and often end up with black. Any ideas?

mint dress black blazer by 14 shades of greymint dress black blazer black boots by 14 shades of grey

mint dress black boots by 14 shades of greymint dress black blazer vintage brooch by 14 shades of grey

Dress: hand-me-down, Blazer: thrifted, Boots: Journee, Brooch: vintage

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