SIA Inspiration: Miguel Vallinas

It is my turn to pick the inspiration for the last SIA challenge of 2017, and here it is:

This is a photo in a series titled “Roots” by Spanish photographer Miguel Vallinas, which features people (in some very enviable outfits, I must say) with flowers for their heads. You can learn more about the series here. Pretty flowers, fashionable clothes, and a deep message about identity? Yes, please.

I picked this particular photo because I think it’s the one that can be most readily translated into real life (i.e. I have most of the pieces in my closet :P) but honestly, every photo in the series is great. Just don’t forget to send me your outfit by next Tuesday, December 19th. Enjoy!

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Teddy Girl 2.0

Whenever I wear this jacket, I can’t help but style the rest of the outfit like one of the Teddy Girls. I’m missing a scarf/ascot/cameo brooch, and my hair is nowhere near as cool as theirs, but the silhouette is pretty close, right? I would happily dress like that every day. It’s probably one of the coolest style subcultures – rebellious for their time, but so dapper and chic. Maybe I just love it so much because they took their inspirations from Edwardian style (hence the name “Teddy”), which is one of my favorite style eras. Why can’t we look to those more elegant times for fashion inspirations? Why are we going back to the nineties fof for God’s sake?!


Bitchin’

I take a lot of my style inspiration from TV. Mad Men, Jessica Jones, Legion, and now, Stranger Things. I love the show, but because it’s set in the 80’s, there aren’t a lot of inspiration for real-life outfits (unless you’re talking about very loose interpretations)… until episode 7 of season 2, that is. Yes, that infamous “worst episode of Stranger Things” that everybody was complaining about also gives us another iconic Eleven look, except one that can be much more easily translated into real life than her look from season 1. I’m predicting that we’re going to see a lot more couple costumes of the two Elevens in next year’s Halloween (there weren’t a lot of those this year because season 2 was released so close to Halloween, I think.)

I’m missing the black eyeliner, of course, but again, this is an “inspired by” outfit, not a cosplay.

P/S: I apologize if the post doesn’t make a lot of sense to those of you that don’t watch Stranger Things. Also, what are you waiting for?


Stars And Silhouette

When I saw the inspiration for this week’s SIA, I immediately knew that this star-and-stripe scarf is going to be the foundation of my outfit – the colors and the prints are just perfect, right? You have the stars for the “celestial” part, and the stripes for the silhouette part of the photo. The rest of the outfit takes a bit more thinking. In the end, I went with these jeans because the wash looks a bit like the sky in the photo and the boots because there is a touch of yellow near the bottom of the photo. The black turtleneck and jacket – well, they’re a no-brainer. So a lot of thought went into this seemingly simple outfit, but that’s the fun of SIA.

Don’t forget to check Erin’s blog on Wednesday for the full round-up!


Gauchos Or Culottes?

The outfit is simple, but I still want to post it to document how crazy the weather has been. It just warmed up unexpectedly last week, to the point it almost feels like summer. I’m not complaining though; it’s usually a sign that we’re in for a cold snap soon, so I just have to hang on for a little longer.

These pants are really comfortable, except they’re a pain to bike in, so I don’t wear them as often as I’d like. Besides, I don’t quite know what to call them. I guess they’re culottes, but I’ve been disinclined to use that ever since I found out it means underpants in French. They’re not quite gaucho pants either, which are usually knee-length. But who cares what they’re called, right? They’re cute, and that’s what matters.


Book Reviews: November 2017

It’s been a busy month, so I only managed to read three books, but in my defense, two of them are pretty big, and at least they’re all good. Here goes:

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson:

This book follows the same formula as Erik Larson’s previous non-fiction book, Devil in the White City (which I love): telling two parallel stories, one of a social/historical importance, and the other a sensational murder case. In this case, it’s the invention of radio by Guglielmo Marconi and the case of Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen, the first murder suspect to be captured with the aid of radiotelegraphy. It’s quite good, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as Devil in the White City, because I didn’t care about Marconi at all (he was kind of a dick) and the Crippen murder is nowhere near as captivating as the murders of H.H. Holmes. The book does pick up toward the last third, when it focuses solely on Crippen, but it’s not quite enough. 3/5

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer:

I’ve read Ian Mortimer’s other “Time Traveler’s Guide” book, which is about Elizabethan England, and loved it, and this one doesn’t disappoint. I love reading about historical everyday life, and it’s rare to find one like this, full of vivid and entertaining (and sometimes straight-up disgusting, but in a good way) descriptions. It really brings the period to life, as opposed to just listing off facts and figures. Highly recommended. 5/5

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury:

I’ve just been hired to translate this, which is really exciting because after Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Bradbury is my favorite sci-fi/fantasy writer. Ironically, my favorite book of his (Dandelion Wine) is actually neither sci-fi nor non-fiction, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy his other works. This contains some pretty chilling stories, like something you’d find on Black Mirror today (“The Veldt”, “Marionettes Inc.”), some are surprisingly moving (“The Rocket”, “The Rocket Man”, “The Last Night of the World”), and some are just so cinematic I’m surprised they haven’t been adapted already (“The Fox and the Forest”, “The Visitor”). My only complaint is that the messages in some of them are a bit too on-the-nose (“The Other Foot”, “The Man”), but that’s minor. 4.5/5

What about you guys? What have you read?


SIA Inspiration: Celestial

It’s Erin’s turn to pick an inspiration for this week’s SIA, and she chose this composite photo inspired by her celestial-themed Christmas tree:

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Gorgeous, isn’t it? As it happens, I already have the perfect piece for this, so I’m quite excited about it. What about you guys? If you’re inspired, put together an outfit and send it to Erin (looplooks@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, December 5th. Enjoy!