For this week’s SIA, inspired by “Lady Folding a Letter” by Rococo artist, Louise-Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun, I pulled from my capsule wardrobe again – mustard cardigan, black jeans, white and blue scarves, and black boots. Simple. The floral print on my boots is to represent the rich colors and details of the original painting – I know, I know, there’s no floral in the painting, but that’s why it’s an interpretation, right?
I’ll be back tomorrow with a full round-up post (a lot of variety this week, which I love). Before that, though, let me ask you guys an unrelated question: what kind of music do you listen to when you need some energy boost? I listen to music when I work, and with my increasingly heavy work load, I need something a bit energetic to keep me concentrated, but I can’t stand pop or dance (except electronic), and my usual brand of “complain indie rock” can get on my nerves after a while. So any recommendation? Lately I’ve been listening to soundtracks (Tron: Legacy and Pacific Rim, mostly) as well as some comedy (Dylan Moran, his grumpiness is really helpful for when I’m reading a particularly bad script, and Bo Burnham), but any suggestion is welcome.
Oh and in case you’re interested, here is how I wore my scarves – just double them, loop them up, and wound around like you would a normal scarf:
Cardigan: Target (thrifted), Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Betts, Blue scarf: borrowed from my mom, White scarf: Target
It looks like everybody at the script reading company where I work is taking an early Thanksgiving break, which is why I find myself with a giant pile of scripts to read, and nothing interesting to say about this outfit because my brain is too tired.
Wait, actually I do have something to say: I wasn’t sure about this combo, both the silhouette (the sweater is too long, the boots may cut off my legs) and colors (usually I couldn’t care less about pairing navy and black, but this looks off somehow, and the pink sweater and white scarf look anemic together). But then I looked at the photos and it turns out to be all right, if I do say so myself. That is rare indeed. Usually it’s the other way around – I thought the outfit was great, then I looked at the photos and it was horrible.
Dress: Gap (thrifted), Sweater: Zalora, Scarf: Target, Leggings: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Din Sko
Since the quality of my posts has been going down in the last week, here’s something a bit more interesting: a book review.
So, “Rivers of London”, by Ben Aaronovitch. It is marketed in the US as “Midnight Riot”, probably because many readers, like myself, totally thought was a non-fiction book about, well, the rivers of London. It’s not (I would still read it if it was though.) It is actually a novel, the first of a series, that is best described as Sherlock Holmes meets Harry Potter meets Neverwhere, which of course is all the things I like. The book, sadly, doesn’t quite live up to that. Before we get to it, though, a quick summary: Peter Grant, a London police constable, is responding to a gruesome murder when he gains some valuable information from a witness that happens to be a ghost. This causes him to be assigned to Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who specializes in supernatural crimes, and thus begins Peter’s journey into the world of magic and the uncanny.
That sounds so promising, doesn’t it? For me, however, the biggest problem with the book is the world-building. I was never quite sure how this supernatural world works, how Nightingale’s special unit works, how the murderer works, how anything works. To be fair, it is not as bad as “I have no idea what’s going on”, but rather, I feel like the world could be much bigger and richer than what is presented in the book. Think of the first Harry Potter book: it doesn’t tell us every thing about this world but we definitely get the scope of it, whereas here all the supernatural elements just seem to be contained within this particular murder case, so it is a bit… limited.
Still, it does have good parts. Like I said, the concept sounds awesome; Peter is biracial (POC are always welcome); his personal subplots are standard (unrequited crush on a co-worker, a junkie dad) but relatable and never overpower the main plot; and there are some really cool incarnations of the gods and goddesses of London. So, overall, despite my problem with it, I might still check out the rest of the series (there are three more.)
As for the outfit, I don’t recall any particular outfit described in the book, but I figured – trench coat and Chelsea boots, what can be more London than that, right? I also added a red scarf to mimic the book cover.
Sweater: H&M, Jeans & Coat: Mango, Boots: Din Sko, Scarf: Icing
As promised, here is a SIA inspiration painting by a female artist, and featuring a female subject as well – “Lady Folding a Letter”, or “Comtesse de Cérès”, by Louise Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun:
Vigée Le Brun was the official court painter for Marie Antoinette, and after the Revolution, she continued to have a successful career in other European courts – not bad for a woman in 18th century. I was going to pick her famous self-portrait (which apparently caused a minor scandal because she showed her teeth in it. Her teeth! The conventions for classical art were so weird), but the color scheme is kind of similar to Portrait of Louise Trudaine by Jacques-Louis David, yet another Rococo artist I’ve featured before on SIA, so I went with this one instead. It never ceases to amaze me, the amount of details these artists were able to put into their portraits – check out the delicate lace on her shawl, the highlight in the fabric of her dress, the texture of her curls… It boggles the mind.
So let’s see if we can get some of those details into our modern outfits, and send me your photos and/or posts by next Monday, November 17th. Have fun!
On Tuesday I said it was going to warm up around Wednesday. Turns out it wasn’t. Didn’t. Winter is coming! *cue Game of Thrones theme music*
P/S: Again, sorry for the less-than-exciting outfits and blurbs. I’ve got a bazillion scripts to finish, and I can’t think. Hopefully things will slow down soon. Otherwise my brain can’t take much more.
Shirt: Uniqlo, Cardigan: Forever21, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Topshop
As you can see from my post yesterday, we just had a cold snap. Well, maybe not exactly “cold” at 75 degrees. For us that’s positively chilly though. It won’t last long – it’s going back to 80 around Wednesday – so I’ll bring out the cardigans and sweaters when I can.
Sorry for the short post, but I’m neck-deep in scripts (November is always a busy month for us, I don’t know why). Bye!
Sweater: Atmosphere, Skirt: hand-me-down, Boots: Betts
We interrupt your regular scheduled program of capsule outfits to bring you this look inspired by Helen Frankenthaler’s “Canyon”.
This is another outfit that made me look through my archives to make sure I haven’t worn it before, since it seemed so familiar. It turns out I have worn a similar color combination quite a few times before, but never with these jeans. I guess there’s just something about orange and teal (or orange and green) that seems right to me. Or maybe I’m secretly a leprechaun :D
Anyway, don’t forget to check out Jess’ blog to see other interpretations of this painting. It’s my turn to pick an inspiration next week, and I’ll make sure to pick another female artist (this is as much a promise to you guys as it is a reminder for myself. I’m notoriously absent-minded about these things.)
Sweater: Target, Jeans: thrifted, Boots: local shop, Brooch: flea market