Forever Autumn

This is one of those outfits that require no thoughts from me – it just came together, down to the boots and the brooch. Does it look more like a fall outfit than a winter outfit? Yes, but when your closet is filled with brown hues like mine, everyday is autumn, and I’m going to enjoy the cold weather as long as it lasts. However, with the Lunar New Year only two weeks away, it looks like the cold is not going to last long. I don’t know what it is about the lunar calendar, but the weather always corresponds to it much better than it does to the solar calendar. It may only be mid-January, but already it is getting more humid and the trees are putting out new leaves. Ah well. The cold weather has had a good run.


Snow Shadows

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Tom Thomson’s “Snow Shadows“. I knew I’d wear this striped button-up to reflect the blue shadows in the painting, and the rest of the outfit came together quite quickly. This is my first foray into styling sweater vests, which I’ve never worn before, having always thought of them as rather frumpy. But I quite like it styled in a menswear-inspired way like this, and it adds some much-needed pattern and texture (not to mention warmth) to the outfit, to reflect the texture of the painting.

Don’t forget to drop by Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see how everybody interprets this week’s inspiration. This is also the last SIA challenge of the year – we’re taking a break during the holidays – so see you after the New Year! (I’ll post a round-up of my favorite SIA challenges the week after next.)


Leftovers

Even though I’m still working from home these days, I still try to dress up every day – it makes me feel like I’m still “going in” to work and helps with productivity. Of course, working from home means that my clothes don’t get dirty as quickly as when I commute to work, and at the end of the week, I would’ve accumulated a bunch of clothes that haven’t been worn long enough for the laundry (I tend to wash shirts after one wear, but jeans and sweaters take longer.) So what I do is to put together an outfit of “leftovers” – they don’t always work, and even when they do, they still kind of look randomly thrown together, like here, but at least it’s a way to use up the clothes.


Big Old Softy

Sometimes, when the stars are all aligned, you find a piece that fits so well with your aesthetic/style that it doesn’t take any thought at all to put an outfit together. This cat shirt is one such piece. It’s the perfect piece for my “crazy cat lady” style, and this outfit just came together effortlessly. It’s what I imagine Miss Marple would wear if she was a twee style blogger in the early 2010s.

P/S: The title refers to Greebo the cat in Discworld. I’ve had too many posts titled “Cat Lady” or “Crazy Cat Lady” already, and the Witches of Discworld are pretty much my role models, so I figured a reference to Greebo would be appropriate.


Picnic Girl

There’s a whole reference behind this post title and the outfit, so please bear with me. Anybody here a fan of Taskmaster (the British comedy show, not the Marvel comic book character)? It’s my latest obsession – I spent both lockdowns, last year and this year, binging all 11 seasons of it (it’s on its 12th now.) It’s absolutely hilarious, and if you enjoy British comedy, it’s a must-watch. The term “picnic girl” came from this exchange between the host, Greg Davies, and one of the contestants, Sarah Kendall, in the season 11 finale, in which he made fun of her supposedly “tough” apocalypse backpack by calling her “picnic girl” (you have to watch the whole thing for it to make sense. And if you feel like watching the entire episode after all, no problem. I’ll wait.)

Anyway, as I was putting this outfit together, I looked at the skirt and thought, hey, it kinda looks like a picnic table cloth (yes, I know the traditional ones are red checkered. That’s why I said “kinda”). Being obsessed with Taskmaster, my thought immediately jumped to “picnic girl”, and I decided to stick to the picnic theme by wearing my racoon brooch – because what’s a picnic without some trash pandas, right?