It’s obvious that brooches are my go-to accessories, my signature even. And although I tend to stick to the vintage-style brooches, being the nerd that I am, occasionally, I can’t resist a more modern novelty pin. Take this pin, for example – I literally shrieked out “DoodleBob! Mee hoy minoy!” when I saw it at my favorite secondhand watch & jewelry shop. The owner mistakenly labeled it as a “paper and pencil” pin, but I guess she isn’t as well-versed in SpongeBob Squarepants lore as I am.

And of course, with a modern pin, I kept the outfit modern too. This bomber jacket is a vintage find – I’m guessing it’s from the 80s or 90s – but I paired it with jeans and a white button-up to avoid making it look too outdated.

SIA Inspiration: Nebra Sky Disk

It’s my turn to host SIA, and here is my pick:

This is the Nebra sky disk, a disk from the Bronze Age (or possibly the Iron Age) found in the town of Nebra, Germany, which features the oldest depiction of the cosmos in the world. I’ve been interested in the celestial motif for a while, and this sky disk, with its blue-green and gold color scheme, can be a great source of inspiration. Remember to send me your outfit by next Tuesday, January 26th. Have fun!

Queen Of The Jungle

Here’s another velvet blazer-and-dress outfit with the same dress, just a different blazer this time. I noticed that the color of this dress is echoed in the print of the blazer, so I thought they would go well together. I opted to keep the rest of the outfit simple (i.e. not adding a brooch to it) because I’m terrified of damaging the velvet with the brooch. Luckily, this blazer is already so focus-pulling, so the outfit still has enough interest without any accessories.


If you’ve been following my blog since the early days, you may remember that back then, I used to accessorize with suspenders. I forgot about them when my style became more minimalist, but I’ve recently discovered them again, albeit in more subdued colors. They’re great to add a menswear, Dark Academia touch to my outfit, so expect to see them more often on the blog.

As I lean more into the vintage, Miss Marple-inspired style, I realize that I tend to go for two extremes – either a “schoolgirl” look (like my Audrey Horne cosplay last week) or a “grandpa” look like this, nothing in between. I don’t know what that says about my personal style… I guess that means I don’t go for traditionally feminine vintage style?

Girl With A Pearl Brooch

My outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, took some thinking. Not because I don’t have any piece in my closet that fits the painting, but rather because I have too many – blue and black are the two colors I have the most, and yellow is one of my regular accent colors. In the end, I went with this gold taffeta blazer because the color and the shine of the fabric look like the robe of the girl in the painting, and I paired it simply with black jeans, a white sweater, and a blue silk scarf. For the “pearl” part of the paining, this Art Nouveau-esque brooch is the perfect finishing touch.

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this classic painting!