True Casual

Sorry for the spotty posting this past week. My Singapore trip may have been over but the exchange program is not – for the past two weeks, our school has been playing host to the Singaporean students as they travel to Hanoi and experience Vietnamese culture. As the coordinator, it is my job to take them around town (and also out of town) for sightseeing and various events, so I haven’t had much time to take outfit photos or even to put together a blog-worthy outfit. The program ends this week though, so hopefully next week things will be back to normal. In the meantime, here’s a good example of what I’ve been wearing – very unfussy, utilitarian stuff.

Sweater: local shop, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Sneakers: hand-me-down


Scroll-down Fug

This outfit, in the words of the Fug Girls, is a total scroll-down fug – it’s OK on top, but you scroll down to the shoes and it’s a needle scratch. I was going for a 1930’s menswear-inspired look, as I always do with these pants, but I’ve picked the wrong shoes. These oxfords are too clunky. My oxford heels would be much better, but I’ve worn them with these pants before and didn’t want to repeat myself. Well, lesson learned: when something works, it’s worth repeating.

P/S: This is the second of the two brooches I bought from my recent trip to Singapore. I’ve been looking for a simple bow brooch like this for ages, and this fits the bill perfectly.

T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jacket: tailor, Pants: Esprit, Oxfords: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage


SIA Inspiration: growArts

It’s Erin’s turn to host SIA again, and this time she picked a piece made by one of the artists at growArts, an artisan training program for adults with intellectual disabilities. They help people to create art and sell them; the proceeds are then split between the artists and the program and go toward services for other disabled adults.

This piece is actually on sale, so if anyone wants to own it, you can get in touch with Erin to make it happen! If not, we can help spread the words about this awesome program by putting together outfits inspired by it. It’s colorful, the floral theme is perfect for spring, and there’s a bit of sparkle in it too. So get to it, and remember to send your outfit to Erin (looploops@gmail.com) by next Monday, March 27th!


Leather Jacket, Again

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I know, I’m not dressing according to the theme. I actually wore this earlier this week, so no green. It is, however, the third time I wore my leather jacket this week. It was lying around so I just threw it on. But it’s perfect for the cold, rainy weather, and like a blazer, a leather jacket instantly pulls an outfit together and makes it look more interesting, so it requires very little thought. I’m juggling a million things right now, so anything that makes life a little easier is welcome.

Also, technically it’s spring now, so I wanted to add a spring-time touch with a floral shirt. Revolutionary, I know.

Shirt: hand-me-down, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Din Sko


Easy And Familiar

My outfits always suffer a bit after I got back from a trip. After three weeks living out of a suitcase, I had to familiarize myself with the rest of my closet again, which means I’m going to reach for my staple pieces, the easiest things to wear, the things I know will always work without me having to put much thought into it. And that means stripes, jeans, oxford shoes, a leather jacket, and a scarf and a brooch (one of the two I got in Singapore, “L” is for my family name) to add some interest. Sure, it looks familiar – when I was uploading the photos I had to look through my archives to make sure I haven’t worn the same thing before – but it looks good, and that’s what matters.

Sweatshirt: Earth Music & Ecology, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Scarf:, Brooch: vintage


Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Woman

(Sorry for the pretentious title. I couldn’t help it!)

This week’s SIA inspiration, a portrait by South African artist Juanita Mulder, is a challenge for me, because it contains mostly bright, primary colors – red, blue, yellow, with quite a bit of black and white – which I haven’t worn in a while (except for the black and white, of course.) But I’ve never let that stop me before. Either I would find something else in the painting to inspire me, or I would find a way to sell my outfit even if it is only marginally connected to the inspiration at best.

In the end, I went with the bold, graphic quality of the painting (which means lots of stripes) and recreated the colors in darker, more subdued shades – maroon instead of red, navy instead of blue, and brown instead of yellow. At the last minute, I also threw on my leather jacket. The painting doesn’t feature a lot of black, but a leather jacket seems right somehow, because the woman looks so defiant, and to me, that means a leather jacket. I believe the spirit of the painting is there in my outfit, even though it’s not an exact replica (told you I would sell it :P)

Don’t forget to swing by Jen’s blog for the full round-up of other looks inspired by this portrait.

Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Jacket: Zara, Scarf: gift, Boots: hand-me-down


SIA Inspiration: Painted Portrait

It’s Jen’s turn to host SIA, and in her quest to find copyright-free artwork in the public domain, she came to Pixabay and ended up finding this portrait by an art teacher, Juanita Mulder, from South Africa (if you click on her name, you can see more of her artwork):

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Jen picked this for the bold, graphic quality of the painting, and also because March is Women’s History Month, so a portrait of a woman by a woman is an appropriate choice. There are definitely a lot of elements to play with here. I’ve never heard of Pixabay before, but from this, it sounds like a great place to find inspirations!

Remember to send Jen (librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com) your submissions by next Monday, March 13th. Looking forward to this!