Ebony And Ivory

Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by a 18th-century Native American powder horn with Wampum shoulder belt. My linen pants reflect the ivory color of the horn, while my shirt mimics the color and design of the belt. I also include my strappy brown sandals for the intricate lines of the engraving on the horn. The outfit came together very quickly – I actually thought of it the moment I saw Jen’s email – which is always a sign that it works, both as a standalone outfit and as an interpretation of SIA, so I’m a happy camper.

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece!

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A Bookworm’s Problem

We finally had some rain after the scorching heat of last week. Though the rain isn’t as abundant as I’d like and makes the air quite muggy, at least it’s a relief not having to stay inside and have the air condition on all day.

I wore this a used book sale on Wednesday (it’s one of the things I miss about LA – the book sales at the local library every weekend and lunch at the dinner afterward.) I didn’t get a lot, only 4 books, but the again, I’m seriously running out of shelf space. I read a lot of ebooks, which helps, but holding an actual book is still so much better, you know? I also try to implement a “one in, one out” rule with my bookshelves like I do with my closet, but it’s a lot harder. Take Harry Potter, for example – I have both the UK and the US editions, and I’m not giving up either of them. They just look so lovely together.


Loosey Goosey

This is the last of my work outfits from the semester. I almost didn’t post this because I wasn’t wild about the outfit, but I’m running out of material to post, so I figure beggars can’t be choosers. See, I was going for this kind of loose silhouette I see on so many Japanese fashion blogs, but I don’t think I pulled it off with my body type. I guess I’ll just stick to the more classic “loose + fitted” silhouette from now on.


SIA Inspiration: Powder Horn

It’s Jen’s turn to host SIA, and she picked a very interesting piece:

This is an engraved powder horn from the late 18th – early 19th century. The style of engraving and the Wampum shoulder belt suggest “it was made by a Penobscot Indian, possibly for a Massachusetts soldier during the Penobscot expedition of 1779–80”, which is why Jen chose it, to honor the Native Americans after Independence Day last week.

You can see more details of the engraving and learn more about this powder horn here. The color scheme is mostly white/beige and black, but the engraving can provide a lot of interesting graphical touches, so it should be fun. Remember to send your outfits to Jen (librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, July 17th. Enjoy!


Stripes & Leaf

Another work outfit straggler here. This was taken a while ago, so I didn’t remember why I added a brooch to this outfit. Oh wait, I think it was the day we had some important meeting or something, but it was too hot to wear a more formal shirt, so I added a brooch to make my T-shirt look less casual. And because my shirt has green stripes, a leaf brooch seemed like a good choice.

Hot as it was back then, it was probably still blessedly cool compared to this past week. Yesterday the heat index was nearly 120F! Thankfully school was out so I no longer have to come into work. Even if I still had to work, I don’t think I could bike in this heat. I would be cooked alive.


Fourth Of July Fireworks

Happy Fourth of July to my US readers! I haven’t taken outfit photos in a while (since school is out, I haven’t gone anywhere; plus it’s too hot for outfit photos), but I still have some straggling work outfits that I haven’t posted yet, and here is one of them. I figure that between the red-and-blue color scheme and the pattern on my blouse, which looks like fireworks on the night sky, this would be appropriate for an Independence Day post. Do you guys have any plans for today? I hope you have fun!


Summer Floral

We are still in the grips of a heatwave, so here’s a simple outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by a piece of Spanish embroidery. Since I’ve worn a very similar outfit for another SIA challenge, I decided to switch it up by pairing this floral T-shirt with white jeans and adding my green heels to mimic the green scroll at the bottom of the piece. I have to admit, the shoes are kind of an afterthought and I’m not entirely happy with them because they are a bit formal and don’t really go with the rest of the outfit, which is more casual. If I had built the outfit around the shoes, I would’ve worn my embroidered blouse instead. But it was too hot to think anyway, so here we are.

Don’t forget to send your outfit to Daenel (if you haven’t already) and check out her blog on Wednesday for the round-up of all outfits inspired by this work of art!