As much as I’d like to be a minimalist both in terms of aesthetics and as a consumer, I don’t think I can. Take this outfit, for example – some girls can look striking and chic in it, but on me, it just looks boring and like I’m out of clean clothes. I don’t have the right look to pull off minimalism; I need some patterns or colors. Besides, I know I would get fed up very quickly if I dress like this everyday. So I guess the best I can do is to be smart about it – add the right pops to the outfits without going overboard, and shop for the right things to avoid being bored by my closet.
And this outfit is not completely boring as it looks. Two points of interest – one, this necklace, which I made myself from a tag on an old t-shirt and two, kitty photo bomb (I have no shame about using cute animals as accessories in my photos :p)
T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jeans: Old Navy, Sandals: gift, Necklace: self-made
For this week’s SIA, I picked “The Green Cage” by American Impressionist, Richard E. Miller:
I’ve never heard of Miller before, but when a reader, Mike, emailed me about this painting, I thought it would make a perfect inspiration for some late spring/early summer outfits, with its soft shades of green, pink, white, and purple. Yes, it’s by a male artist, and we are trying to feature more female artists here, but Miller was known for his sunny, idyllic depictions of women, so I figure it’s still a good addition to SIA. Also, it’s a part of Akron Art Museum’s “Inside Out” program, which displays replicas of the museum’s collection around the city. You can see the painting on location here – how cool is that?
So remember to send me your outfit photos and/or posts by next Monday, May 18th. Enjoy!
It was our Labor Day holiday last week, which is why posting has been a little sparse this week (I usually schedule my posts a week ahead of time, so when I worked only two days, there wouldn’t be a lot of outfits to post). In the meantime, I thought I’d do a round-up of my Top 10 challenge:
The MVP – black pleated midi skirt (worn 5 times):
The runner-ups (3 wears each) – the heeled oxfords, the heeled loafers, and the cat brooch:
The blue striped shirt, the black striped top, the polka dot chambray, the plaid dress, and the necklace all get worn twice:
The only surprise here is the polka dot skirt, which is one of the first pieces I picked and yet only got worn once. It’s not that it doesn’t fit my style; it’s more likely that I just plain forgot about it. Another piece I should’ve added is my navy blazer – but then it’s not my style so much as “I don’t have any other blazer that fits me this well”. Anyway, it’s been a fun challenge, and it definitely helps me see my style more clearly. Big thanks to Sarah for putting it together!
So last Sunday I saw The Avengers: Age of Ultron (it came out a week earlier in Vietnam). I enjoyed it, but the story definitely isn’t as tight as the first one, and it doesn’t leave as much resonance with me as the first one either. I think one of the problems is that there are all these new characters – I understand why they were added, but I couldn’t care less about Quicksilver or Scarlet Witch or Vision. Or even Ultron, for that matter. Loki makes a much more interesting antagonist, I think.
But that’s to be expected. Out of all the Marvel sequels so far, I think only Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been as good, if not better than the first one, because it’s so different. But, if I know my trilogies well, they tend to bounce back with the last one, so I’m looking forward to Phase 3.
Shirt: C-Wonder, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Shoes & Brooch: local shops
My looks this week – blue, blue, and more blue: