Slouchy Sweater

We finally got the first cold snap of the year! Everybody keeps saying that this is going to be the coldest winter in a 100 years or something like that, but we haven’t seen anything colder than 75F. It’s colder now, but not by much – I only had to wear a thin cotton camisole underneath my sweater. I know, I know, I shouldn’t wish for cold weather, because when it does get colder, I’m going to be an absolute wimp, but I miss my tweed blazer and leather jacket, you know?

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Wednesday Addams

I know, I know, Wednesday Addams is supposed to be in all black, but I’m posting this on Wednesday, so I’m allowed to stretch it a bit, right?

I do admit though, this would look better with black shoes. However, since my black heels broke a couple of months ago, I have tried in vain to search for a replacement pair. Either the heels are too high (I can’t handle anything over 3″ these days), or the material isn’t right, or the shape isn’t right, or (this is the most common reason, *sighs*) they’re too expensive. Apparently, finding a pair of basic black heels isn’t as easy as I thought.


SIA Inspiration: Tacoma Mural

It’s Jen’s turn to pick the inspiration for this week’s SIA, and she picks this new mural in her town:

Titled “Working Forward, Weaving Anew”, this mural is intended to honor and support Native American voices in public art. Since Thanksgiving is coming up, Jen thought it would be an appropriate choice. How thoughtful! You can learn more about the mural here and see a full view of its design here.

Its meaning aside, I love that this mural is very minimal in colors – only various shades of blue and yellow. It’s right up my alley! Just remember to send your outfits to Jen (librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, November 21st, to be included in the round-up.


Sunflowers

I didn’t realize it until I uploaded the photos, but this outfit could have been an interpretation of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers“, if we’d picked it for SIA (we tend to stay away from such well-known works though). I guess I was influenced by Loving Vincent, the oil-painted animation about Van Gogh’s death, which I saw a couple of weeks ago. The story is nothing to write home about, but the film itself is gorgeous. It’s literally Van Gogh’s paintings coming to life. Highly recommended if you’re an art lover.

In other movie news, I saw Thor: Ragnarok last week (I wanted to see Blade Runner 2049, of which I’ve heard a lot of good things, but Vietnamese theaters only keep movies on a 2-week rotation, so it’s no longer showing. I’m just going to have to wait for the DVD release.) Ragnarok is a lot of fun, but not much else. At least it was more entertaining thanĀ The Dark World, I’d give it that.


SIA: Black Cats

It’s time for another SIA! Our inspiration this week is “Kuroki Neko”, aka “Black Cat”, by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso. We have plenty of cute and fun outfits today, so let’s get to them!

First up is Jodie, who’s clearly on the same wavelength as me, because she posted this outfit the same day I posted the inspiration painting. She even has an adorable black cat purse!

Next up is Jen, in a pattern-mixed outfit with her cat-print dress and striped scarf. She also took photos in an actual Japanese garden with a gorgeous maple tree in the background:

Mike‘s outfit is self-explanatory, but he has something extra – a cat postcard he painted himself! How cool is that?

As for Erin, she tried to get her dog to stand-in for the “cat”, but he wouldn’t have it. It’s OK though, her outfit is cool anyway:

And finally, here’s me:


Kuroki Neko

This outfit came together very quickly for me. I took one look at the inspiration painting, “Black Cat” by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso, and though, “Yellow, black, and gray. Done.” If it were colder I would’ve worn a gray sweater underneath the black blazer to mimic the texture of the tree trunk, but for now this T-shirt would do.

What actually took a long time is deciding which of my cat brooches to wear. In the end, I opted for this instead of the wooden one, for a bit of sparkle. I figured the outfit was minimalist enough, so it needed some actual bling to stand out.

Don’t forget, you still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits. There are some pretty cool ones already, so this should be a fun round-up!


Minimal Classic

I often struggle to define my style between “vintage-inspired classic” and “minimal”. I’ve been leaning toward “minimal” for a while now, but when I do dress minimally, I would find it too boring or not blog-worthy enough. And since I don’t wear a lot of colors anymore, I would often have to include some patterns or some accessories to create an interest for my outfit. Once in a while, though, I would get an outfit that hits the perfect balance between the two, like this. Yeah, there aren’t any patterns, but the pleats of the skirt and the brooch are more than enough to create interest.

P/S: This skirt may be one of the best items I’ve ever thrifted. I got it at Goodwill for… oh, I don’t even remember the price, but it was something ridiculously cheap, like $2, and it’s lasted me for 6 years, and the material is so durable that I’m sure it’s going to last much longer, plus it’s classic enough to never go out of style. Most of the stuff I brought home from the US has been thrown out, but this one is here to stay.