SIA Inspiration: Vintage Vogue Cover

Here is Jen’s pick for this week’s SIA – a lovely vintage cover of Vogue magazine:

I literally sighed when I saw this. They don’t make them like this anymore, do they? Compared to this, the modern Vogue covers are so repetitive and boring – just slap the face of a celebrity du jour in the middle of that and you’re done. Nothing like this striking, simple elegance. And of course, the color scheme is quite appropriate for Halloween (and right up my alley too!)

So, if this inspires you, put together an outfit, take a photo, and send it to Jen ( by next Monday, October 31st. Happy Halloween!

Quiet On The Set!

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This week’s outfit posts have been seriously lacking because 1) the weather can’t seem to make up its mind if it wants to be summer or fall, and 2) I’ve been busy supervising a student’s film shoot. So all week, I’ve been wearing something similar to this – button-up shirts, pants, and sneakers. Close-toed shoes are a must on every film set. (No, really. It’s an actual rule. As in, you won’t be allowed on set if you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops. Who knows what’ll fall on your toes. I got that drilled into me during my entire time in film school – not that I ever had a problem with that, because sneakers are pretty much all I wore in college.)

I miss being on set, so I was actually looking forward to this, but after two days, I’d had my fill. It wasn’t a bad experience or anything. I just remember that being on set, especially somebody else’s set, means standing around and waiting. And waiting some more. For a long time. And the set of a student film in Vietnam doesn’t even have a craft service table where you can pass the time with some snacks. Next time I’ll remember to bring a book.

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Shirt: local shop, Jeans: H&M, Sneakers: Johann Cruyff, Watch: hand-me-down

SIA: The Chocolate Girls (and Guy)

Welcome to another week of SIA! As a reminder, our inspiration this week is Jean-Etiénne Liotard’s “The Chocolate Girl”, and we have some interesting looks, so let’s get to it!

First up is long-time participant Mike, looking sharp in a suit:


Next, our co-host Jen chose a pretty printed dress and a Wedgewood pendant, and she even posed next to a cup of chocolate:

Kezzie always looks adorable, and this time is no different. I only wish she’d found her teacup brooch, which would’ve been perfect:


Our other co-host, Erin, doesn’t have anything yellow, so she went with the next best thing – posing with some yellow leaves in the background:

And here’s me:

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And with that, we conclude another successful SIA! Thank you, everybody, and remember to check back next week for Jen’s inspiration of choice!

The Chocolate Girl

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I had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA, inspired by Jean-Etiénne Liotard’s “The Chocolate Girl” – it was the same base of this shirt and this pair of pants, but the accessories would be different. Alas, the weather again intervened – it’s ridiculously warm for mid-October, even by our standard – and prevented me from wearing my pink scarf, so I had to think of a different pink item to mimic the pink cap in the painting. In the end, I decided on my light pink sneakers. I also added the yellow belt for the girl’s marigold sleeves and my china brooch for the chocolate cup. Overall, it’s a bit expected, but I like it.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the full round-up of other looks inspired by this lovely painting!

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Shirt & Belt: local shops, Pants: Topshop, Sneakers: Johann Cruyff, Brooch: vintage

Je Ne Sais Quoi

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I was going for a French look with this outfit, because in my literal mind, stripes = French. To be more accurate, I was trying to capture that effortlessness, something not too polished, not matched to within an inch of its life, but still undeniably chic, that “Je ne sais quoi” quality, you know? Something like this, basically (even her blog name, Lady Moriarty in Paris, is cool). I don’t know if I’ve succeeded, but I like it.

P/S: While I was Googling the phrase “Je ne sais quoi” to see its origin, I saw a question spelling it as “Jena se qua”. I wept.

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Top: Forever21, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Necklace: local shop, Oxfords: Max Dorian

Dress For The Job You Have

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You know that saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? I always find it kind of a limited advice, and in my case, downright counterproductive. If I dressed for the job I want (freelance writer/script doctor), I would wear nothing but ratty old T-shirts and sweatpants all day. So in the meantime, I’m going to dress for the job that I actually have and want to keep, thank you very much.

P/S: I’m actually surprised it took this long for my matchy-matchy brain to pair this shirt with this skirt.

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Shirt: C-Wonder, Skirt: Banana Republic, Shoes: Zara

Paint It Black

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Considering how many black clothes I have and my penchant for monochromes, it’s a bit surprising I’ve rarely worn an all-black outfit. Maybe it’s my OCD tendency to get all twitchy if blacks or whites don’t match. Or maybe it’s because I’m not goth enough.

But I’ve had The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” stuck in my head for the past week, after I heard the awesomely haunting instrumental version on Westworld, so today, when I was running short on time and didn’t know what to wear, I thought, What the heck, let’s wear all black. Next time, though, I would probably wear a plain T-shirt and accessorize with a necklace instead, to streamline the outfit more. The embellishment on my shirt kinda muddles the whole look a bit, don’t you agree?

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Shirt: Target (thrifted), Pants: thrifted, Oxfords: Vagabond