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 – We’re all just people; we don’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 😦

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

Little Birdie

Technically this is outfit #26 and yesterday’s outfit is #27, because I wore this on Sunday when I helped out a friend on a photoshoot. I actually wore it on Saturday too, but came home too late to take photos, so I wore it again on Sunday. Yeah, I’m kinda gross.

Also, my friend Katie (whose photoshoot I was helping) has a sparrow nest on her front door wreath! How crazy is that? Apparently some mommy sparrow mistook the plastic wreath for the real thing and made her nest and laid her eggs in there. So now Katie has two baby sparrows on her front door. Here’s one of them: (I think the other one was asleep)

T-shirt: Forever21, remixed
Cropped pants: thrifted
Flats: Me Too thrifted, remixed
Sash: gift (hand-me-down?) from Debbi
Necklace: Modcloth

Look At The Stars

It’s that time of the month again – time for another Everybody, Everywear challenge. This month’s challenge is quite simple – yellow. It’s not the most exciting thing (I voted for wedges, since I want to finally break out my DIY floral wedges), but at least I could participate without having to raid my closet, thanks to this skirt.

Also, outfit #26! If I step this up and wear my remix items on my days off (and document them, of course), I could be done in a week!

Off topic: the post title is from the Coldplay song “Yellow” (Look at the stars/Look how they shine for you/And everything you do/Yeah, they were all yellow.) I’ve always wondered why it was named “Yellow”, so I looked it up, and apparently Chris Martin had a Yellow Pages in the studio with him while he was writing the lyric. Yeah, seriously, that is it. I should’ve known better than to look for meaning in song titles.

P/S: Let me ask you. Is this a wolf-whistle-worthy outfit? Because a couple of guys driving by wolf-whistled at me while I was taking photos this morning. Not that I think it’s a bad outfit, I just think it’s a little Peggy Olson. And you don’t wolf-whistle at Peggy Olson. Or maybe you do. I wouldn’t know.

Shirt: Express thrifted, remixed
Skirt: Jones New York, thrifted
Shoes: Walmart thrifted, remixed
Belt: Forever21
Brooch: vintage

Yellow | Everybody, Everywear

Blue And Pink

For somebody who doesn’t like to wear sleeveless, I sure do own a lot of sleeveless dresses (6 in total.) I guess my thought process when I bought them was “Eh, I can just throw on a cardigan, it’ll be fine.” What I didn’t think about was warm summer days like this, when a cardigan is quite out of the question and I need to utilize this dress as a top. So I took the plunge and wore the dress anyway (I did bring a cardigan with me, but that was just for my air-conditioned office.)

I also took a risk in pairing this blue brooch with the pink dress – a color combination that screams “baby shower” – but I wanted something that stands out from the print, plus the colors are dark enough so they look more like the Flickr logo than a baby shower.

Interesting tidbit: while looking for something more inspiring than “blue and pink” to title my post, I discovered that, allegedly, pink was once considered a color for boys (because it was viewed as a pale red, hence a “stronger” color), and blue (a softer, and thus more “dainty”, color) for girls. I don’t know how correct that info is, but I think the whole gender-specific color thing is just a bunch of codswallop anyway.

Dress worn as top: thrifted, remixed
Skirt: Banana Republic thrifted, remixed
Shoes: Madden Girl thrifted, remixed
Belt: thrifted
Brooch: vintage via Collectible Glitz