Would it be weird to say I built this outfit around this tea set brooch? But hey, it wouldn’t be the first time. Actually, the brooch reminds me of Mrs. Doyle from “Father Ted” (hence the post title), but Mrs. Doyle is not exactly a great source of style inspiration, so I went with something more “me” but still has some of that old-lady feel that works with the brooch, in the sweater and the plaid pants.
P/S: I just checked IMDb out of curiosity and it turns out Pauline McLynn, who played Mrs. Doyle, was younger than me when “Father Ted” started!!! She was in her early 30s (and was my age when it ended)!!! Talk about the magic of make-up and styling…
This is actually an old outfit that I uncovered while going through my archive. Somehow it got lost in the shuffle. I’ve noticed that happening more lately, not just with my blogging (forgetting to schedule posts or even forgetting to post altogether), but also in my work. Before, I used to be able to read a couple of screenplays a day and still find time to write a little at night, but now, I’ll be lucky if I can manage one screenplay a day. If I’m writing (even if it’s just fan fiction, nothing serious), I can’t do anything else until I’m finished with it. And when it comes to blogging, I have to set aside a whole day to write and schedule posts beforehand, or I’ll forget to do them. I think it’s less about my mind losing its elasticity but more about my habit of multi-tasking catching up with me. I guess that’s why they say you shouldn’t multi-task.
I had an outfit all figured out for this week’s SIA, inspired by Lucien Freud’s portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II – something gray, something blue, something sparkly, bam, done. However, a change in the weather forced me to rethink the whole thing, so this is what I ended up with instead. There’s not a lot of gray, but I think my cardigan is still a good interpretation of the painting because it brings the texture to the outfit (something my original outfit doesn’t have; I was only going for the colors), like the texture of the oil paint, and the pattern can be seen as a nod to the design of the Queen’s tiara as well. So it may not be the outfit I’d planned, but an outfit I’m happy with.
This is what I wore to my department’s Lunar New Year party (we usually have the party after celebrating with our families, not before.) I knew I wanted something sparkly and festive but still comfy (gotta have room for all the party food!), so in the end, I went with this sweater and skirt combo. I like that the skirt has a slight metallic sheen to it that complements the sparkles of the sweater, but it’s subdued enough so they don’t compete with each other. I’d once considered getting this style of skirt in every color under the sun, including metallic gold, but now I’m glad I didn’t. It would’ve been too difficult to style.
It won’t be the Year of the Cat (or the Rabbit) until Sunday, but here’s my outfit anyway. I was going to wear my cat sweater, but I thought it’s a bit obvious and not festive enough, so I’m bringing out all of my cat brooches instead (didn’t realize I had so many!) The rest of the outfit is very simple, to let the brooches shine, though I wanted to give a shout-out to this sweater, as it’s kind of new (to me) – it was actually made by my mom for my dad when they were in university! My mom was cleaning out her closet, and when I saw the brown color and the cable-knit, I snatched it up immediately. Either it had shrunk, or my dad must’ve been quite a lanky young man, because it fits me perfectly.