The Hallucinogenic Toreador

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Salvador Dali’s “The Hallucinogenic Toreador“. It’s pretty tame, but it’s the best I could do with what I have, and besides, I don’t want to go all-out just to fit the painting and forget my own personal style. Anyway, two things in the painting that stand out to me are one, the dots – there are polka dots and some sort of insect (flies?) that form a series of dots throughout and the painting, and two, the arches around the bullfighting ring. I put those together and came up with this shirt – the cutout embroideries are to reflect both the dots and the arches. I paired it with this plaid skirt, which has some of the colors in the painting, and my cameo brooch is a nod to the Venus de Milo, another stand-out motif in the painting. So all in all, not a bad outfit (if I do say so myself) and it does reflect the inspiration too.


It’s starting to warm up around here (boo), and I’m slowly bringing out my lighter clothes. However, it’s been a long winter – not particularly cold, but it seems I got to wear my winter clothes for a lot longer than usual – and I feel a little out of practice when it comes to warm-weather clothes. So I started with my short-sleeve sweaters first (you’ll see a lot more of them in the coming weeks), so I would get used to the idea of wearing short sleeves again. I don’t celebrate Easter (which is why I titled the post “Eostre”, after the Germanic goddess of dawn/spring and the namesake of the festival of Easter), but I must be feeling its influence, because I decided to pair it with this gingham skirt. There’s just something about the crochet top, the pastel flowers, and the gingham that screams “Easter” to me.

(You may notice that I tag these clogs “beige”, even though they’re clearly dark brown. Well, they used to be beige, but the spring humidity has wreaked havoc on them, so I had to stain them with dark brown polish to mask all the mold spots. That’s one of the reasons I don’t like spring – the humidity is absolute murder.)

Dream Bag

I don’t often include bags with my outfits, because I don’t consider them an essential part of the outfit, and as a result, I only have two bags – a backpack for my laptop and a tote for everything else (occasionally, when I travel – which is never these days – I would also use a cross-body bag for my phone, passport, and wallet.) However, I’ve been looking for a way to streamline my backpack and tote into one everyday bag. A laptop bag is too utilitarian, and more importantly, it doesn’t fit my overall style. After some searching, I set my eyes on a satchel/messenger bag, and after even a longer time scouring secondhand/vintage store, I finally found this. It’s pretty much the perfect bag for me – it fits my laptop and all my odds and ends, and it also hits my style sweet spot (vintage, Dark Academia, menswear-inspired) – so of course I had to give it its own post. The outfit is just an afterthought, really (it’s my take on this outfit worn by the fabulous Farrah Fawcett.)

Linen For Fall

This is another “summer but make it fall” outfit – summer clothes and fabric, in fall colors. This top may be linen, but it’s pretty thick and stiff, so I’m reserving it for these awkward, in-between days, and when I noticed that the embroidery perfectly matches this skirt, it really was a no-brainer of an outfit.

On the other hand, it took way too long for me to achieve this (both while taking photos and while assembling the GIF). But hey, when you have a swishy skirt on, you have to swish it around, right?

Cows In Landscape

This week’s SIA, inspired by Gunta St√∂lzl‘s tapestry “Cows in Landscape”, is truly a challenge and a half. If it was during the cooler months, I could try some layering and some sweaters/socks to reflect the colors and texture of the piece, but since it’s still pretty warm, I had to resort to mimicking the colors instead. In the end, I chose this dress because there are some stripey bits at the corners of the tapestry that remind me of this plaid, and to add some textures and colors, I paired it with my braided belt and clogs. Finally, for a nod at the title, I wore my cow necklace too, though my cow is a far cry from the cows in the tapestry. But hey, I’m nothing if not committed.

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this tapestry. I can’t wait to see what everybody came up with!