SIA: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose

It’s another week of SIA, and we’re celebrating the coming summer (is it too soon for you guys in more moderate climates? It’s certainly not to soon for us tropical-dwellers) with John Singer Sargent’s “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose”. Let’s hit it!

First up we have Mike, who went with a simple black-and-white outfit, and used his house plants to recreate the foliage in the painting – now that’s dedication!


Our co-host Jen chose more saturated versions of the colors in the painting, and I love that she also wore a striped top to subtly call back to the paper lanterns:

Next up is Stephanie’s double-floral look – it’s actually triple-floral if you count the background as well:


 Our other co-host, Erin, had a pretty straightforward outfit. The feminine silhouette, colors and accessories certainly fit the simple prettiness of the painting:


Kezzie always looks super cute, and this time she doesn’t disappoint either:


Noelle of The Classy Junk is lovely in her ethereal floral maxi dress. I would argue that it’s more fitting for a Pre-Raphaelite painting, but it’s great nonetheless:

And finally, here’s me:

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And that wraps up another successful SIA! Thank you for participating, and come back next week for a new challenge!

Lily, Daisy, Tulip, Nasturtium

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It was almost too easy, putting together an outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by John Singer Sargent’s “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose“. I knew I would wear this skirt because the print is too perfect (even though it doesn’t have carnations or roses.) For the top, I chose my lace t-shirt to mimic the girls’ dresses and the texture of the paper lanterns. I guess I could’ve worn black shoes to mimic their black stockings too, but I think my beige sandals are a better choice, style-wise.

There’s still time to send me your outfit if you want to participate, and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for the full round-up!

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Top: Banana Republic, Skirt: vintage, Sandals: Clarks

Gibson Girl

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I feel very much like a Gibson Girl in this outfit. Considering the 1900’s is one of my favorite eras in fashion (along with the 1800’s, 1880’s, and 1930’s), it’s not surprising. I think it’s the combination of the simple, high-collared shirt, the dark skirt (of course, on a real Gibson Girl, the skirt would’ve been floor-length), and sensible but still cute shoes. Should’ve worn a brooch too. What I’m really missing, though, is the hairstyle – I’ve tried the “Gibson tuck” so many times before, but my stupid hair won’t stay put and won’t hold the bobby pins. So alas, I had to make do with this quick bun instead.

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Shirt: Mango, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Heels: Zara

Life On Film III

Got some more film photography here. I couldn’t find any store that still sells the film I used last time (Efiniti UXi Super 200), so I got a roll of Kodak Colorplus 200 instead and took some test photos first, just to see what it’s like. It’s a bit yellowish, and doesn’t have as much contrast as I like, though I’m not sure if it’s because of the film or because I made some mistake in guessing the f stop. But it’s not bad overall, and it’s the most readily available/popular (i.e. cheapest) film for amateur photographers, so I guess I’m going to shoot with it from now on.

Bonus – this night time photo, which turns out much better than I expected:

Stormy Skirt

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Is it weird, how much the weather influences my outfits? And I’m not talking about the temperature here – of course I would wear summer clothes when it’s warm and winter clothes when it’s cold, I’m an adult (I think). What I mean is the weather sometimes dictates the colors and patterns of my outfits too. Like how I would reach for blue things when it’s hot out, as if I’m subconsciously trying to cool myself down or something.

Or take this outfit, for example: I didn’t plan on wearing these two items together, but it’s been stormy and raining a lot lately, so I just found myself drawn to this skirt – it reminds me of the sky I guess – and then I thought the top would a fun way to mix the patterns, and here we are. It’s a bit busy, to be sure, but by keeping the rest of the outfit simple, I think it works.

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Top: Forever21, Skirt: Zalora, Shoes: Zara, Belt: thrifted

SIA Inspiration: Sargent

We’ve had some pretty unconventional SIA challenges lately, with my brooch, Jen’s embroidered caftan, and Erin’s stained glass dome, so I decided to go the traditional route and pick a painting:

This is “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose” by  John Singer Sargent. Considering that he’s one of my favorite painters, it’s a surprise that we haven’t done a Sargent for SIA before. The warm and idyllic scene is perfect for these late spring/early summer days, the floral motif is a no-brainer, plus there are a lot of colors and textures, so it shouldn’t be too hard to interpret (I hope.) Just remember to send me your outfit photos and/or post by next Monday, May 2nd. Have fun!

Breaking Cat News

I tend not to devote an entire post to something that is not an outfit or book/movie/TV review, but something happened over the weekend that I really had to share.

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you’ll probably remember that we have two cats, a gray tabby (the Mama Cat) and her daughter, a calico (Kitty – we don’t actually name our cats so that’s just how we tell them apart). Mama Cat is a lazy goofball who spends her day sleeping and eating, while Kitty is more skittish and active. We also have a dog. Now, about a month ago, the dog gave birth to four puppies. It was her first litter, and she got a bit overprotective. And on that very same day, Kitty disappeared.

She’s never been much of a “stay at home” cat so we weren’t too worried at first, but as days stretched into weeks and there was no sign of her, we figured she got scared of the dog and ran off, and something might have happened to her. Sadly, stray dogs and cats don’t stand much of a chance to survive around here, so there’s not much we can do.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, I heard a cat mewing on our roof and saw a flash that looked like her, but it was dark and I couldn’t be sure. We left out some food in case she came back, but the food was untouched, so I thought I was mistaken, or she just didn’t want to come home.

Then, just this past Friday, I heard mewing on the roof again (it was more like caterwauling), and this time I saw clearly that it was her! We managed to lure her back into the house with food and put her in a cage. She didn’t like the cage though, so I let her out, and she’s been home ever since. Mama Cat hasn’t let her out of her sight (truth be told, I haven’t either), but it looks like she’s happy to stay home now, as if nothing has happened! What amazes me is that she looks perfectly fine for a cat that has ran away for five weeks. God knows where she’s been and how she’s managed to survive. I’m just glad she’s returned safely.

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P/S: I stole the title of the post from Breaking Cat News, an adorable bi-weekly web comic about the adventures of three reporter cats. You guys should really check it out.