SIA Inspiration: Erté

Delicate, glamorous, and oh-so-1920′s, that’s how you can describe the work of Russian-born French artist Erté. I didn’t know about him before, but I fancied something Art Deco for this week’s SIA, so I looked up Art Deco artists, stumbled across his gorgeous illustrations, and was immediately hooked. There are so many beautiful ones to choose from, but finally I decided on “Spring Rain” because, hey, it’s season-appropriate:

Plus this one just screams “pattern mixing”, so I thought it would be perfect to be translated into an outfit. Anyway, deadline is as usual, next Monday, April 21, and the round-up post will go up on Tuesday. Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!


Spring Cleaning

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Mother Nature has a snarky sense of humor, it seems. I’ve bought a bunch of summery tops and pants to make sure I wouldn’t drown in my own sweat (how’s that for a mental image?) when the weather starts warming up, so of course the weather refuses to warm up. Oh well. At least it means I could wear my end-of-season purchases for a while longer, and as long as it’s not too rainy, you won’t hear me complaining.

Still, the un-springlike weather didn’t stop me from cleaning out my closet last weekend. It felt so good that I’m thinking about doing a bit of spring cleaning around the blog as well, mainly with the tags system. Now what I’ve always done is to tag the post with the brands I’m wearing, but that isn’t helpful in finding a particular piece or keeping track of how much I’ve worn something, which I’d like to do. So I’m planning to tag posts with descriptions of the pieces instead, like “blue jeans” or “floral dress” or something along that line. What do you guys think? Would it make the blog easier to navigate? Of course, with 800+ posts to go back on, it may take a while, and some pieces have been tossed, so tagging them would be kind of pointless, but I still like to reorganize the posts as much as possible. Starting with this one.

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Sweater: Zalora, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Scarf: Target, Heels: Payless


The Elephants In The Room

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When I saw that this sweater is embroidered with freaking elephants, I knew I gotta have it. The only problem is that it is a bit short (either that or my torso is too long). I was feeling unimaginative, so I copied the seller’s styling for this outfit. I’m going to try layering a button-up shirt underneath it if I want to wear it with pants. It may look a bit hipster, but I’m OK with that.

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Sweater: Zalora, Skirt: hand-me-down, Boots: Journee (via Amazon)


First Place

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So this is the outfit that I actually had planned for SIA, before I accidentally wore another that could work as an interpretation of the painting as well. I like the silhouette of this better, though I had to admit that the colors in the other outfit are a closer match to the painting.

… OK, gotta go now, I have Game of Thrones and Turn waiting on my laptop. Don’t forget to check out Animated Cardigan to see all the other outfits inspired by this week’s painting, Andrew Wyeth’s “Bonfire”.

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Dress: Zara, Cardigan, Belt & Tights: Target, Boots: local shop


Runner-Up

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It’s not until I uploaded these photos into my computer that I realized this outfit could actually work for next week’s SIA. The funny thing is, I wasn’t thinking about SIA at all; in fact, this was my take on this pin, but I guess I was subconsciously influenced by the painting or something. I already have another outfit lined up for SIA too… maybe I’ll just send Jess both then.

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Shirt: thrifted, Scarf: hand-me-down, Jeans: Hermes, Heels: Forever21


Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Season 2

OK, this is just spooky. I have reviewed 5 TV series on the blog so far – Pan Am, Bomb Girls, Black Mirror, The Hour, and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. None of them has made it past the second season. Bomb Girls is getting a TV movie to wrap up the cliffhanger, Black Mirror is possibly coming back for a third season but even the creator doesn’t know when, and now it looks like Miss Fisher is not coming back either, because apparently it costs too much. But perhaps it is not so surprising after all. Four out of five of those series are period shows and Black Mirror is a sci-fi anthology, so they all cost a lot to make and the audience is not big. I mean, just take a look at Miss Fisher - they probably blow most of their budget on those fabulous costumes.

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This post is, in fact, just an excuse to look at those costumes, because yeah, the second season is just as fun as the first, but let’s be honest here: I don’t watch it for the murder cases. I watch it for the costumes (mostly the hats. I love all of the hats.)

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Just to be safe though, if I do want to review shows from now on, I should probably just stick to those that already got a few seasons under their belts – like Call the Midwife, which is on my to-watch list, but with Games of Throne and Mad Men coming back, it’ll have to wait.


Dreams Of Summer

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It’s been unseasonably warm these last few days, and I decided to bring out this shirt which I brought last season but never got a chance to wear until now. Of course, “unseasonably warm” is just Mother Nature’s code for “You think it’s going to warm up? April Fools!” before blasting us with another cold snap, so I shouldn’t get too comfortable too soon.

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Shirt: Zalora, Pants: thrifted, Oxfords: local shop, Necklace: gift