New Watch

When I went to Malaysia back in August, the one thing I bought for myself (other than a Snow Patrol t-shirt) is a watch. I’ve been looking for a classic watch since my last watch died, and I had found the seemingly perfect one online too, but I decided I needed to try it on first. As it turned out, the Suria KLCC mall didn’t have the particular watch that I wanted, but luckily, I found another one that fit the bill. It didn’t jump out at me at first, but it’s been growing on me since – it’s classic enough to go with everything in my closet, including my black shoes, despite its brown band – and I wear it every day, even if I don’t always wear it in outfit photos.

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SIA Inspiration: Edouard Manet

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

This is the appropriately titled “Autumn (Study of Mery Laurent)” by Edouard Manet. We’ve featured a number of Impressionists on SIA over the years, but this is the first time a Manet painting is chosen as the inspiration, so I’m excited. The colors are mostly neutral, but there are a lot of rich textures and patterns here that you can play with. Don’t forget to send your outfit to Kim (fiercefashion@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, October 22nd. Have fun!


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Last week was the first time I felt a shift in the weather – it was still hot during the day, but you don’t sweat buckets anymore, and the sunlight was clearer (in Vietnamese we have an expression that translates into “the sun is shining like pouring honey” to describe the autumnal sunlight, which I think is perfect) and the air crisper. Since our fall season is so short, I’ll take what I can get before winter hits. And even though the weather hasn’t cooled down properly yet, it doesn’t stop me from wearing these shoes again – I’ve been saving them for the fall, so of course I’d wear them the first chance I got.


Pink Heels

My sister convinced me to buy these heels at an end-of-summer sale. I tend to stay away from such conventionally feminine things, especially when it comes to shoes, and these are the most conventionally feminine shoes ever – the pink color, the heels, the Mary Jane straps. If I do wear heels, they’re usually more basic than that. But I agreed with my sister that I need to branch out a bit, and besides, these heels are low enough that they’re pretty comfortable to wear. I’m looking forward to cooler weather so I can pair them with some of my more masculine pieces like boyfriend jeans and blazers – because I’m all about keeping the balance between feminine and masculine in my style.


Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

When I hear “Sweet Dreams”, the song is the first thing that pop into my head, so naturally, I have to use it as the post title. Sorry if I gave you an earworm.

Anyway, here are my outfits inspired by John William Godward’s painting, not the Eurythmics song. I put together two outfits because I couldn’t include all the elements of the painting – the green and maroon fabrics, the white, gray, and pink marble, and the animal print – in just one look. I chose these green linen pants as the base because the color is perfect, and for one outfit, I paired them with my pink T-shirt and animal print flats (it’s leopard print, not tiger, but hey, they’re both big cats), and for the other, I paired them with my white shirt, maroon monk strap shoes, and animal print belt (I think the print on my belt is zebra, actually, but it’s close enough.) I prefer this second outfit simply because I think the shirt and the shoes go together a little better, but the other is good too.

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this lovely painting!


I Shall Wear Midnight

This is a really simple outfit, but it’s been a while since I wear this silhouette – lately I’m all about the wide-leg pants and loose-fitting tops – so I quite like it. I’d like to think that it is a modern, real-world version of the witches’ all-black look in Discworld – hence the title, which, incidentally, is one of the last four Discworld books that I still have in my to-read pile (but I’m planning on rereading them in anticipation for the Watch mini series, so it’s OK.) It’s October, so a witch-inspired outfit is appropriate, right?


SIA Inspiration: John William Godward

It’s Daenel’s turn to host SIA, and here’s her choice of the inspiration:

 

This is “Sweet Dreams” by John William Godward, who is best known for his paintings of languid women in classical settings, with exquisite contrast of textures – just check out the marble, the fabric, and the tiger skin in the painting above. Daenel picks it for the animal print, but there are a lot of good details and colors here as well. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. Just remember to send your outfits to Danenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, October 8th. Have fun!