Weekend Round-Up: I’m A Dirty Rotten Liar

Almost typed “Weekend Update” instead of “Weekend Roundup” – I’ve been watching a lot of Saturday Night Live reruns on VH1 lately 😀 Anyway, another week’s passed, and here we are.

Lesson of the Week: After trying out my new rust-colored tights on Friday, I learned that you shouldn’t have more than 3 colors in one outfit. Everybody was saying how the tights didn’t work, but nobody – except for Melissa (thank you!) – realized that it wasn’t the tights’ fault. It was because I had three colors on my dress, boots and belt, and also because the color of my boots is different from the tights but not different enough (if they had been black boots or orange-red boots then it would’ve looked OK, know what I mean?) So, in conclusion, I have to look for a pair of black boots (in theory any black shoes will do, but when it’s warm enough to wear flats I won’t be wearing the tights anymore, so boots + tights = make sense.)

That brings me to the “dirty rotten liar” part of the post. Remember how I wrote in my Thursday post that it was my last shopping trip for a while? I lied. I stopped by Goodwill again (a different Goodwill) and got a few more things, among them are these two:

A brand new Ann Taylor Loft trench coat for $20 and a dress/tunic with kitties wearing bow-ties? I couldn’t pass them up! Anyway, I’m afraid the print on the coat might be a little too loud, too busy, but I don’t wear a lot of prints so it should be OK.

Now I only have to find a pair of black boots and then I’ll really, really be done. Cross my heart.

Blog of the Week: Academichic. This blog is run by four lovely ladies (“feminist academics” as they call themselves) and it’s filled with their helpful tips/lessons on color combination, belting, layering and pattern-mixing, among other good stuff. It’s going to be a long time before I can reach their level of chicness, but in the meantime I consider myself a diligent student.

My favorite outfits from the ladies of Academichic:

Book of the Week: “A Good Year” by Peter Mayle.

I love Peter Mayle. A Year in Provence is the first travel book I read (I admit, I used to turn up my nose at non-fiction, but thanks to Debbi’s introduction to Peter Mayle and Bill Bryson, I no longer do), and now I’ll grab anything by him I can see at the book sale. When I first picked up this book, I didn’t even know the movie by Ridley Scott was based on it, but it made sense – this book is pretty much A Year in Provence done as a novel.

So, the book is not spectacular, but it’s OK. As for the movie… I felt compelled to watch the movie, because a) I was curious, and b) it has Tom Hollander (I didn’t see him in Pirates of the Caribbean 2 or 3 or whatever, but I love him in Wives and Daughters) and also Richard Coyle in a small role. But after watching the first 30 minutes, I thought that Ridley Scott was the absolutely wrong director for this. It’s a drama/comedy/romance, and it was shot like a freaking thriller/action! Weird, constant camera moves, Russell Crowe being Russell Crowe… it just didn’t work. A waste of good sceneries and Marion Cotillard, in my opinion.

Song of the Week: “Superhuman Touch” by Athlete. (I just love the line “You pick a color and I’ll sing it for you.” Might borrow that for a post title.)

For years the only song I had of Athlete is “Wires” (which I didn’t know was written when the lead singer’s daughter was born prematurely. But when you listen to the lyric, it’s exactly that – a song about a premature baby.) But then my Pandora started playing them more and more, and I liked what I heard, so I went ahead and bought 2 of their albums. They’re like a mix between Travis and Snow Patrol (my two favorite British bands of all time – they’ll show up here one day), but with a touch more edge.


This Is The Last Time

(Named after a song by Keane.)

I went to a different Goodwill today and had a pretty good haul, so this might be my last shopping/thrifting trip for a while. Here are what I got:

Let’s see now. Colored cardigans? Check. Dresses? Check. Skirt? (with pockets, finally!) Check. More prints? Check. I think I’m good.

What do you guys think? Any suggestion as to how to pair these pieces with what I’ve already got?


Monochrome

I was going to wear the red scarf today, but it’s a little colder than I thought, so I switched to my wool scarf. So yeah, I went back to my trusty palette of blue and gray (besides if I wore the red scarf it would look like I was celebrating the 4th of July even though I’m not from this country :P)

Skinny and coat: Forever21, remixed
Button-down: Target, remixed
Boot: Reflection, remixed
Striped shirt: thrifted (unknown brand)
Hat: Forever21 (finally found me a hat that works! Depending on the way I wear it, it either looks like a fedora or a boater.)
Scarf: handmade by my friend Ngan

Also, look what just arrived in the mail:

Vintage crocheted collars! From Etsy. And the shop owners even included a cute little thank-you note!

I was inspired by the lovely Maria of Lulu Letty (I’m going to feature her on my “Blog of the Week” some day) when she wore a lace collar with a Modcloth dress (expect to see the copycat version of it, I bought the exact same dress.)

Stay tune to see what I pair with these!


P&P

Being a costume drama nerd/freak/geek that I am, when I see “P&P” the only thing I can think of is Pride and Prejudice (and strictly the 1995 mini series with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, not the 2005 atrocity with Keira Knightley. Speaking of Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, I totally giggled when I saw them in that one scene in The King Speech. And David Bamber who played Mr. Collins was in it too – he’s the Theater Director where Geoffrey Rush auditions. It’s like a Pride and Prejudice reunion! OK, I’m going to stop now.)

Anyway, my P&P today actually stands for Plaid and Pleats. I know, I know, plaid again, but just take a look:

How freaking adorable is this?

I wasn’t planning on going to Goodwill today, but it’s right next to my grocery store, so on my way to grocery shopping, I just dropped in. I was wondering around when I saw this baby calling out to me, and naturally I had to snatch it up right away.

I’ve never worn this shade of green before (it’s a little more lime-green in real life), but isn’t trying out new colors what this whole thing is about?


Science Is Satan Spelled Backwards

I went to another thrift store on Tuesday because they have a 25% discount every Tuesday from 8 AM until noon. And this is what I found:

I got all this for $15 and changes!

The gray shirt is the one that says “Science is Satan spelled backwards.” It doesn’t make sense, but I think that’s the whole point. It might be a little small for me, but I like the caption, plus it’s only 99 cents, so I bought it anyway.

The dress (yes, I know, plaid, again. What do you want me to do, go to Plaid Anonymous?) I bought because it reminds me of this Dear Creatures dress (it’s not my most favorite dress from Dear Creatures though. My favorite is this one.)

The skirt I’m not so sure about. I like the colors (you can’t see it very well, but the stripes look almost like watercolor), but I don’t know what I’m going to wear it with. And it doesn’t have pockets!

Also something you can’t see: the leaf-printed shirt is pretty much all open in front, with only a tie at the collar. But I like the print, and the open neckline can be easily closed with a couple of snap buttons.

And here’s hoping that the bucket hat will prove easier to wear than the cloche hat! (it’s actually reversible, white on one side and printed on another.)