Headmistress

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I must’ve been really inspired by this week’s SIA, because this outfit could also be counted as an interpretation of the inspiration painting. At first I thought the gingham + the accordion pleats would look too harsh, but I like how crisp they look together (and you guys know I don’t get to look crisp that often!) If the navy skirt is my “schoolmarm” skirt then I guess this will be my “headmistress” skirt. It’s the second week of term, kids. If you think I’m going to let you slack off like you did last semester, think again.

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Shirt: local shop, Skirt: thrifted, Heels: Esprit (hand-me-down)


SIA: Blackboard

Everybody brings out their best back-to-school/fall looks for this week’s SIA, inspired by Winslow Homer’s “Blackboard”, so let’s get to it!

First up, we have our co-host Jen, who took some time out of her vacation to put together this awesome casual outfit – and the photo is taken in a classroom too!

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Next is Erin, in a sharp, neutral look:

Here is Kezzie, looking super adorable – love that dress!

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Isabella accessorized with a headband, just like in the painting, and a notebook to stay true to the classroom theme:

Finally, here’s me with my other look – of course I had to take the picture in the classroom too (it took some time for me to furtively set up the camera after my students left – it’d be so awkward if they caught me!)

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 And that concludes another successful week of SIA! Thank you ladies, and check with Jen next week for a new inspiration!


Casual Ruffles

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I was so inspired by this week’s SIA inspiration, “Blackboard” by Winslow Homer (such a New England name, isn’t it?) that I actually put together two outfits for it. One I wore to work on Friday, which I’ll post that one along with the round-up tomorrow. This one is closer in shapes and colors to the original painting, but it’s a bit casual so I just wore it around the house on Saturday. I added the initial necklace to keep with the classroom theme. Of course, I had to be a total bonehead about it and put the necklace on backwards the entire time. If I wanted to be really literal about it, though, I would’ve worn this necklace or this one, to echo the geometric shapes on the board :)

By the way, this outfit is almost an exact replica of this, except with a different shirt. I find that it’s the only way I could wear this dress, it has way too many ruffles for me.

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Dress: H&M (hand-me-down), Shirt: Gap (thrifted), Flats: Vagabond, Necklace: gift


Guest Post: Traveling Shoes

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I’m blog-sitting for Jen today, so head over to Librarian for Life and Style to read about my 5 favorite pair of traveling shoes. Have a great weekend!

 


Do-Over: Orange Top & Black Bottom

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I was feeling uninspired today, so I decided to do another “do-over” post by going through my archives to find an outfit I’m not happy with and redoing it. This time I picked this outfit, which, as usual, has some messed-up proportion. The blouse has kind of a peplum, and it starts about 4 inches above my actual waist, so it makes me looks really short-waisted (quite a feat, considering my long torso!), and the rolled jeans and flats don’t help either. I’ve paired this top with wide-leg jeans before and it looked OK, so this time I wanted to see if I could pair it with something else. I kept the bottom silhouette fitted, only with a pencil skirt instead of skinny jeans. The shoes I’m not so sure about, but I like that they add a bit of an edge to the outfit and keep it from being too “office-y”.

I don’t know if it’s much of an improvement (I’m thinking about putting this blouse into my “donate” pile anyway), but at least it looks more interesting, right?

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Blouse: Target, Skirt: Forever21, Heels: hand-me-down


What Maisie Knew

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I’ve been wondering whether to review this movie or not, because it’s really far out of my usual field – it’s a drama about a 6-year-old girl caught in the middle of her parents’ bitter divorce – but I read the script during my internship, and it was one of the few that I liked and recommended (the highest praise a script reader can give), so you can say I have a sort of professional interest in it.

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What first drew me to this is that it’s actually based on a 1897 Henry James novel (!) which goes to show how universal and timeless the story is. I also love how it tells the story through the point of view of the titular Maisie, showing the adult world through heartbreaking bits and pieces. Maisie (Onata Aprile) is shuffled back and forth between an aging rocker mother Susanna (Julianne Moore) and a self-absorbed art dealer father Beale (Steve Coogan), who constantly use her to get back at each other. Even when Maisie finds some comfort in her stepparents Margo (Joanna Vanderham) and Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgård), they are swept up in the mess as well.

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The performances are great. Usually when you read a script or a story, then watch the movie, there will always be something that doesn’t quite line up, right? In this case, all the main characters are exactly as I pictured them. And of course, Onata Aprile, as Maisie, is perfect. She has none of that precociousness you see in movie kids. A mushy performance could easily tip the story over to melodrama, but here, since everything is so understated, it’s all the more believable and painful.

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Another thing I love about the film is the look of it. It looks very pretty in a modern NYC sort of way, and I’d totally steal Margo’s wardrobe (watch how it changes throughout the movie to reflect her character development.)

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P/S: Not a spoiler, but my only comment on the script back when I read it was that the ending was too ambiguous, and here the ending is much more climactic and emphatic. I’d like to think I had something to do with that :P


Classroom Style

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Yesterday was my first day of teaching in the new school year, so I reached for my ever-trusty schoolmarm skirt. I almost paired it with a white button-up, but decided that it would be too “school girl” instead of “schoolmarm”, so I went with this shirt instead. One of my style resolution for this academic year is to dress more professionally. Yeah, we’re a liberal art school, but I find that by overdressing a bit, I can have more confidence to assert my authority in the classroom. And I’m going to need that authority this year – aside from my usual directing class, I’m taking on another graduating screenwriting class. The idea is that since they are graduating, I won’t have to work with them as much, and it would be easier on me as a new instructor. However, after one session, I have a feeling that I’m going to have to work extra hard with them to hopefully undo all the bad habits they’ve accumulated over the past three years. Fun times.

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Shirt: Oasis (hand-me-down), Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Belt: thrifted, Flats: Caprice, Necklace: Forever21