It’s Friday, so a pair of red T-strap heels are all I need to go from looking like a schlub to presentable. They’re also a good fit for the last color in the Pantone challenge – poppy red, although the color sample looks more red-orange. But again colors’ names are kind of pretentious anyway. Whenever I hear a newfangled name like “oxblood”, I’m always reminded of this bit from Project Runway. “It’s f**king red.”
In other news, Phoenix Song, the short film/music video I worked on a while back, has been making the rounds at film festivals in LA and won a bunch of awards, including Best Costume! Even though I was just the costume mistress and did not design them, I’m still super proud. All those hours of lacing corsets and fastening buckles were totally worth it
Shirt: H&M, Jeans: hand-me-down, Heels: Madden Girl (thrifted), Necklace: Krakow gift shop
I look like I was dressing up as Snow White in this. I thought nothing about putting red, blue, and yellow together, but the headband is really what pushes it into Disney Princess territory. I didn’t do it on purpose, I just got annoyed with hair falling into my eyes! And if for some crazy reason I did want to dress up like a fairytale princess, Snow White would be my last choice. Unless it’s the creepy vampire version in Neil Gaiman’s Snow, Glass, Apple.
Shirt: H&M (thrifted), Skirt: thrifted, Belt: Forever21, Flats: Caprice, Headband: hand-me-down
It’s another SIA challenge and here’s my interpretation of Jeff Koon‘s “Pink Bow”. I knew it would be difficult because the painting is mostly gold and pink and I have no gold and very little pink in my closet. This is what I came up with – the yellow instead of the gold, and the coral T-shirt because there is a bit of that in the painting from where the bow is reflected off of the gold background. The sandals don’t go, but I tried it with my yellow flats and it looked worse, so sandals it is.
P/S: Happy Earth Day! Before you get off the computer and go outside to celebrate, make sure to stop by Animated Cardigan to see how the others did
Shirt: H&M (thrifted), Skirt: thrifted, Sandals: Zalora, Flower pin: Modcloth
My days now are just one long string of almost non-stop reading that I kind of lose track of when I read what. Anyway, the two books I just finished are both amazing, but neither is easy to be interpreted into an outfit, so here are two book reviews with some unrelated outfit pictures.
The first one is “My Family and Other Animals” by Gerald Durrell. It’s a memoir about the author’s childhood as his family moved from England to the Greek island of Corfu. “Idyllic” is the word for it. The story takes place from mid 1930′s to early 1940′s, not exactly uneventful time in Europe, but time doesn’t seem to exist in this place. It’s filled with amusing stories about the author’s eccentric family and friends (both human and non-human), keen observations of animal behaviors, and beautiful, poetic description of Corfu. I’m not a beach person at all and I still really, really wanted a beach vacation by the time I finished reading it. (If the weather was nicer I would’ve put together a vacation-y look, but as you can see that was quite out of the question.)
The second book I read is “At Home: A Short History Of Private Life” by Bill Bryson. When it comes to non-fiction and travel books, I pretty much worship at the altar of Bill Bryson, so it’s no surprise that I love this one. I haven’t read A Short History of Nearly Everything (though it’s on the list, as soon as I can get my sister to unpack it from her crates of books and lend it to me), but if that one’s about natural science, then “At Home” is about social science. By looking at his house, an old English rectory, Bill Bryson explores the history of how we eat, how we sleep, how we raise kids, how we live in general. A lot of it focuses on Victorian England, but it goes back all the way to prehistoric time as well. It’s not as funny as his other books I’ve read (though “Damn it, woman, you shall burn” did crack me up), but it is a great read if you’re interested in history and sociology.
Shirt & Scarf: hand-me-down, Cardigan: Forever21, Jeans: H&M, Boots: Steve Madden (thrifted)
Happy International Women’s Day, ladies!
This skirt is another one from my mom’s closet, and this one I’m keeping as is because it’s pretty much perfect – the length, the color, the pleats. Since I sold my Helmut Lang pleated skirt before moving home (for a whooping $25, which is awesome considering I bought it for $5), I’ve been on the lookout for a light-colored pleated skirt again, and this is better than I could hope for. Plus it means I can finally recreate this outfit (my photos are nowhere near as gorgeous though.) My mom said she got it made some time in the early 90′s, which only goes to show that fashion, just like history, tends to repeat itself. Who knows, maybe fifty or a hundred years from now we’d all be wearing hoop skirts or panniers again.
Day 4 of Take One, Pass It On:
Shirt: H&M, Skirt: hand-me-down, Belt & Shoes: thrifted, Necklace: Forever21