Inspired By Sing Street

I was watching Sing Street again a few weeks ago (such an underrated movie) and was suddenly inspired by the outfit of one of the characters. It wasn’t the first time I was inspired by Sing Street, but it was the first time I recreated an actual outfit from the movie.

Now, most of the clothes in the movie are in gloriously over-the-top 80s style, but the main character’s sister, Anne, has a utilitarian style that I really like – lots of cable-knit sweaters and grandpa cardigans in neutral shades. When I first watched the movie, I thought Anne was a pointless character, but after watching it again and looking at her style, I realized that she serves as a kind of foil for Raphina, the love interest – Anne is all serious and straitlaced while Raphina is colorful and quirky (though Raphina is not quirky in an obvious “manic pixie dream girl” kind of way; she is more nuanced than that.) Just another proof of how good the movie is, that this one minor character is also well thought-out and developed.

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For The ‘Gram

I’m still posting backlogged cold-weather outfits, and this particular one is nothing to write home about, so I’m going to use this post for a bit of shameless self-promotion… although, is it shameless self-promotion when you do it on your own blog? I guess not.

Anyway, here it is, shameless or not: I have an Instagram now. Actually, I’ve had it for a while, but I only use it to stalk other people (my Instagram feed is mostly travel photos, art, food, and personal style, in that order), and I’ve only been posting regularly for about a month or so. Right now it’s only an extension of the blog; I will try to post more stuff if possible. It’s just that I can barely remember to use Instagram in the first place, plus my life is not very interesting, so my Instagram would probably be mostly pet, book & garden photos (if I remember to post at all!) But if that’s what you’re interested in, drop by and say hello!


SIA Inspiration: The Farmer’s Daughter

It’s Daenel’s turn to host SIA, and here is her pick:

This is the cover of a seed catalogue, and Daenel picked it because she’s “hoping all the rain we’ve had this weekend will bring some pretty blooms in the coming weeks.” Well, you know what they say – April showers bring May flowers, right? I love that this image is season-appropriate while being so unexpected too (who would’ve thought of using a seed catalogue cover?!)

In terms of sartorial inspiration, I see a lot of colors here (green, red/pink, gray/taupe, white, and also a dash of yellow), as well as floral print if you want to go really spring-like. Just remember to send your outfit to Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, April 23rd. Have fun!


Dreams Of Winter

The weather has warmed up for real now, but I still have a bunch of outfits backlogged, so here is one of them. Even though I’m liking my experiments with new silhouettes, they’re mostly for warm weather (loose-fitting tops + wide-leg pants), so I still turn to this classic look of sweater/blazer (or both) + jeans + boots when the weather is cooler. It would be interesting to see how the new approach to my personal style would turn out next winter (or if I’m still interested in it), but for now, I still have 6+ months of warm weather to get through… *sighs*


SIA: Yawners

Welcome to another week of SIA! As a reminder, our inspiration this week is Joseph Ducreux’s “Self-portrait, yawning”. The group is small this time, so let’s get to it!

First up is Kim, who put together a neutral outfit updated with animal prints. I love how the prints add interest to the outfit without overwhelming it:

Check out her “yawning” pose 😀

Next we have Daenel, who opted for a bird-printed top to reflect the “whimsical” quality of the painting, and finished it off with funky red leather pants:

And finally, here’s me:

And that’s it for this week! Don’t forget to check back next week for Daenel’s pick of the inspiration!


Self Portrait, Yawning

My outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Joseph Ducreux‘s “Self-portrait, yawning”, came together very quickly. I just bought these pants – they’re a part of my on-going process to embrace different silhouettes – and the color is perfect for the painting; I knew I had to wear them. The funny thing is, I didn’t realize I didn’t have anything tan in my closet until I tried putting together an outfit for this SIA. Beige, yes. Brown, yes. But tan? Nope. It’s such a basic neutral color that I never thought about it, so I guess it’s good that I have these pants now.

And of course, I had to try to mimic the “yawning” pose. I had no problem yawning, considering these photos were taken early in the morning. Getting the pose right is another matter…

If you haven’t sent me your outfits, you still have until tomorrow! And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!


Iran Packing List

As I mentioned in my “Overview” post on Iran, the dress code is one of the things that stress people out about visiting Iran, but it’s actually quite simple. All you have to wear is a headscarf (no need to worry about covering up all of your hair) and a top/jacket/coat that cover your butt and with sleeves past your elbows (the men have to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants as well.) Other than that, it’s anything goes – skinny jeans (and other tight clothes), heels (or sandals in the summer), and bright colors are all allowed.

You may have heard of the “morals police” going about admonishing people for not sticking to the dress code, but I only witnessed one instance on Tabiat Bridge, in which a local girl was gently reminded by a security guard to fix her headscarf, which had fallen down. As long as you don’t walk around with your head bare, you’ll be fine. The ladies in Tehran are especially stylish; I felt a bit underdressed with my travel wardrobe!


The usual sightseeing uniform

Travling during the winter, like I did, definitely makes covering up easier, but I imagine that in the summer, the scarf and long shirts would actually be cooler than baring it all (as anyone who lives in a hot climate know, you should cover up in the heat.) That being said, here is what I packed for my 10-day trip:

– Tops: 4 thermal tops (I get cold easily), 1 turtleneck top.

– Bottoms: 3 pairs of tights/leggings (for layering under my jeans), 2 pairs of jeans, 1 pair of fleece-lined pants.

– Outerwears: 2 turtleneck sweaters, 1 cardigan (these are all long enough in case I had to take off my coat), 1 waterproof coat.

– Shoes: 2 pairs of boots (one lightweight for city walks, the other for more vigorous hikes.)

– Acessories: 3 scarves (they are harder to keep on my head than I expected! Bring a hairclip to fix them to your hair if necessary.)

I did feel relieved to take off my headscarf upon boarding the flight home, but I never felt any pressure from having to dress a certain way while in Iran. Don’t let it deter you from visiting this wonderful country!