Planet Of Fire

Well, the unseasonably cool weather couldn’t last. We got some heavy rain last week, but now it’s warming up quickly. Before it gets completely scorching though, I managed to have one last hurrah, one last layered outfit – to be honest, it was a bit too warm for three layers, but as I mostly sat in an air-conditioned room (attending the thesis dissertation of the screenwriting students), it wasn’t bad. This outfit was built around the idea of pairing this waistcoat and blazer together, but I couldn’t find the right bottom to make it into one cohesive look. In the end, I was inspired by the costume of the Fifth Doctor on Doctor Who – more exactly, this outfit is a mix of his regular cricketer’s kit (the white jacket and tan trousers – his are striped though) and his floral waistcoat in the episode “Planet of Fire” (hence the post title). I even include a floral brooch as a nod to his celery boutonniere.


Cat Lady, Summer Version

This top is one of my favorite purchases from last season, but I haven’t worn it as much as I’d like, because it’s made of polyester and in our hot, humid summer, polyester = death. However, as it’s been unseasonably cool lately, I decided to give the top another try – after all, it is short-sleeved, so it shouldn’t be too bad (and it’s also why the rest of the outfit is just kinda there – I was just throwing things together.) And I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it’s actually quite comfy to wear in the summer! Maybe not when it’s 100+ degrees out, but definitely wearable in early/late summer.


A Girl And Her Dogs

You know how we always say there are two kinds of people? Coke or Pepsi. Ketchup or mustard. Dog or cat. But I’d say there are three kinds of people – some people may like both. As much as I’m a self-proclaimed cat lady, I love dogs as much as cats. I have plenty of cat-themed things already, so I always try to buy dog-themed clothes and accessories whenever I can, and this brooch is perfect – I mean, the girl even looks like me, with her ponytail and skirt! I tried to get my dogs to be in the photos with me, but of course, they’re always turn out to be camera-shy whenever I actually want them in the photos (and start photo-bombing me whenever I don’t).

P/S: The title is a reference to A Boy and His Dog, the dark post-apocalyptic novella by Harlan Ellison (which was adapted into a movie with Don Johnson), not A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World, the post-apocalyptic novel by C. A. Fletcher.


Le Demoiselle

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Picasso’s seminal “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon“. The outfit actually came together quite quickly for me – I don’t have a lot of pink in my closet, which makes selecting the right items much easier. As for the rest, I knew I’d wear this skirt, because its stripes of beige and blueish gray are a perfect mimic of the painting’s background, and I also added a belt for the darker splashes of brown. Finally, I topped it off with my “lady” brooch, as a nod to all the ladies in the painting. Easy peasy, and I quite like it.

Don’t forget to drop by Shelbee’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this classic painting!


A Tale Of Two Cities

It’s been a while since I utilized socks to add colors and patterns to my outfit, mostly because I’ve been relying on other things for those (patterned sweaters and vests, for one thing) and I haven’t found any new socks that really excite me. But when I bought this sweater (another graphic one), I immediately remembered these “cityscape” socks I’ve had for a while but haven’t got a chance to show off on the blog yet, and happily, they go together! I kept the rest of the outfit simple, but I couldn’t help adding another whimsical touch – a brooch featuring these fabric owls. If they had been pigeons or crows, it would’ve fit my “city” theme better, but owls would have to do.