33×33 Remix Challenge: A Motion Picture Event

My first ever remix challenge. It’s been fun. It’s been tough too, because my selections are so random. But it’s good that they were random, because if (if? when?) I do it again, I’ll think more carefully about what items to pick.

It’s also been a journey. And because I’m a screenwriter, I can’t help but think of any journey as some sort of movie. A movie usually has 3 acts (unless it’s some surreal, art house piece), so let me break down my remix journey for you in terms of movie structure:

Act 1:
Inciting incident (something happens that change our main character’s life and puts her on a journey): I realized I had 33 pieces of clothing that I’ve never worn and decided to put together 33 looks from those pieces.

Act 2:
First steps (the journey begins; our main character gets some small victories or defeats): My first few outfits are a little bit uninspired and over-thought, but I was getting there.
Mid-point (a high/low point in the journey): I made a change in the line-up, threw out two pairs of shoes, added a new pair and a new top.I went back into the game with new confidence.
– “Dark night of the souls” or “All hope is lost” moment (in a romantic comedy this is usually where the couple breaks up and you’ll get a montage of the main character wandering around over sad, sappy music): I felt myself in a style rut and considered taking a break from the remix.

Act 3:
Final test (our main character makes a decision/choice/sacrifice to overcome external and internal obstacles): I didn’t take the break, but decided to push through.
Resolution (she reaches the end of the journey): I’m finished!

So there you go. A recap of my remix and an abbreviated lesson in movie structure too. I think most of my favorite outfits are the ones with that Banana Republic navy pleated workhorse skirt. Which one do you like?

The Journey Is More Important Than The End Or The Start

Well, this is it, people. The final outfit of my 33×33 Remix Challenge. Cue fireworks! Those were two long months, but I’m finally finished. Now I can welcome back the rest of my wardrobe with opened arms.

I will post a recap tomorrow, but my thought after my first ever remix is: it’s fun while it lasts, but the past week has felt like the last few weeks of a semester, when you’re crawling on your bellies through all the homework and papers that have piled up, trying to finish them before the end, with only the approaching holiday as your light at the end of the tunnel. So yeah, it’s fun, but I’m not doing it again any time soon.

Oh and, I’d planned to do some kind of fun pose like jumping or something to, you know, celebrate. But my camera remote chose this morning, of all mornings, to die. As if it knew. And wanted to mock me. So I made do using the camera’s timer, but I didn’t trust my manual focus skill for an action shot.

Shirt: Express thrifted, remixed
Skirt: thrifted, remixed
Shoes: Madden Girl thrifted, remixed
Belt: thrifted
Bracelet: self-made (5 minutes stringing together leftover beads)

P/S: The post title is from Linkin Park’s “Enth E Nd.” It seems like an appropriate choice, since it’s a remix of their song “In The End.” Get it? ๐Ÿ˜€

One More To Go

I wore this today to the craft store (mostly to avoid the heat, but I did need some stuff.) I went last Sunday morning, but the store wasn’t able to open due to a flood in their store room. And today, just as I was browsing around, the power went out. Not just in the store, in the entire shopping center as well. So much for my plan to freeload on air-conditioning. In the end, I did manage to find my things at another location, but… I swear, that place hates me.

A good thing came from this trip though: a lady standing at the bus stop with me told me that I “have put together the cutest outfit” ๐Ÿ™‚

Blouse: thrifted, remixed
Shorts: Stoosh thrifted, remixed
Loafers: Payless thrifted, remixed
Belt: thrifted
Hat: Forever21

Wise Old Ravenclaw

This is the Ravenclaw outfit I’d planned for Harry Potter. It’s not exact, of course, it’s just inspired by Ravenclaw, with the gray and the blue. But that’s just in the movies. In the books Ravenclaw’s colors are blue and bronze.

As you can see, I’m still in HP mode. If I hadn’t planned on going to see Captain America I might go see Harry Potter again. But not this weekend. I’ve been waiting for Captain America just as long as HP (though for the entirely wrong reason. I don’t know that much about Captain America. I simply want to see the movie because it has two of my favorite British actors – JJ Feild and Richard Armitage – even though their roles are tiny.)

Dress worn as top: thrifted, remixed
Skirt: Banana Republic thrifted, remixed
Belt: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange
Shoes: Walmart thrifted, remixed
Brooch: thrifted

P/S: Speaking of Ravenclaw… it was a little weird seeing Kelly McDonald as Helena Ravenclaw. I’m so used to her being Margaret in Boardwalk Empire.

Flower Overload

I had this Ravenclaw outfit planned for today to go see Harry Potter (as much as I like Slytherin, I know I’d end up in Ravenclaw, being a nerd and all) but it was a little bit overcast and I didn’t feel like wearing a skirt, so I went with this instead. I guess I was channeling… Luna Lovegood? Hey, she’s a Ravenclaw. It’s not as quirky as Luna’s radish earrings, but it’s the quirkiest I can get within the confines of my remix.

And the movie? Before this I thought only Pixar movies (and Babe) can make me cry, but… no. I choked up at the first shot, and it became a downward spiral during the last half hour or so. I was pretty much a wreck. I don’t want to spoil anything in case you haven’t seen it, but if you’ve read the book, don’t worry, it’ll be just like you imagine it (there are glitches, but the awesome parts more than make up for those.) And if you haven’t read the book, why?

Oh and remember how I said the tag of this dress says “Made in Portugal, 14 years old”? It turns out that the brand, Papo D’Anjo, is a prominent children’s clothing line in Portugal (and Europe.) I found that out thanks to this article about the wardrobe of the adorable Kiernan Shipka, aka Sally Draper from Mad Men. Yeah, in Vietnam I’m one of the tall girls. Here I can wear kid’s clothes and nobody would notice.

Also, I modified this thrifted bag myself, as inspired by this Anthropologie bag.

Dress, worn as tunic: Papo D’anjo thrifted, remixed
Jeans: The Limited thrifted, remixed
Flats: Me Too thrifted, remixed
Bracelet: self-made
Bag: DIY from a thrifted bag

Friend Friday: Labeling Yourself

A word about the outfit: this combo is such a no-brainer that I can’t believe I’ve never worn the T-shirt with these jeans before. It’s inspired by this outfit by Elaine.

Jeans: The Limited thrifted, remixed
T-shirt: Forever21, remixed
Blazer: thrifted, remixed
Loafers: Payless thrifted, remixed
Flower pin: self-made

Now, onto this week Modly Chic‘s Friend Friday questions. They’re all about labeling yourself:

1. As a someone who writes/blogs about fashion, have you placed yourself into some sort of blogging category? I’m definitely leaning towards personal style blog, but I also post about books, movies, music and other random things. As the blog grows I want to keep the emphasis on fashion and style, but I’m still figuring it out.

2. What keeps you from or encourages you to label yourself as a certain kind of blogger? I don’t want to say I’m this or that kind of blogger, because a) I still haven’t figured it out myself (see above); b) things change, and the blog might take on a different direction; and c) I think when you label yourself as something you’re pretty much in a box, without any room to change and grow.

3. When picking blogs to read and follow are you drawn to ones that indicate a certain group or way of thinking/being? I tend to navigate towards vintage-inspired blogs, but lately I’ve been reading a lot more craft/DIY blogs as well. Basically I read whatever inspires me.

4. Do you think there are benefits in labeling yourself or others? As a screenwriter, labeling oneself is actually quite important to me. In grad school, we had an entire lecture called “Branding Yourselves”, in which you learn/decide what kind of writer you are/want to be, and that’s how you’re going to sell yourself in front of an executive (it’s easier to pitch yourself as an action writer, or a horror writer, or whatever you can pigeon-hole yourself into, than to say you write everything.) However, as a person, I think labeling can stray into “generalizing” or “stereotyping” real fast, and ultimately it’s more trouble than benefit.

5. Agree or Disagree โ€“ Weโ€™re all just people; we donโ€™t need all the labels. Agree, 100%. In the words of Jo March from Little Women, “If you mean libel, I’d say so, and not talk about labels, as if Papa was a pickle bottle.” We’re not pickle bottles.

Finally, to prove that I’m not just a personal style blogger, here’s a random aside: last night I had a dream about a dog that can sing jazz. Feel free to discuss.

Winter Light

I was whining last week about how hot it was, and it suddenly cools down this week to the point of me having to wear cardigans in the morning and pulling my duvet out at night again. There’s the LA weather for you. Alas, it’s not to last though – next week will be hot again ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Also, remember these clip-on earrings I bought at the Little French Flea Market? I said I had something else in mind for them, and here it is: sweater clip. I’ve been wanting one ever since seeing them on Emma Pillsbury on Glee (I’m so done with that show, but I still want Emma’s wardrobe.) I simply attached a piece of chain to the earrings, and here we have it. A thicker chain might look better, but with a shirt like this (as opposed to actual sweaters), I think this thin chain will do fine. What do you think?

Tunic, worn as top: Old Navy, remixed
Skirt: Gap thrifted, remixed
Shoes: Madden Girl thrifted, remixed
Belt: thrifted
Clip: self-made from vintage earrings