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.

Seasonal Accessories

Does anybody match their accessories/jewelry to the season? I’m not talking about colors, but rather the theme of the piece itself. Since I mostly wear brooches, I always coordinate them not just to my outfits, but to the season as well. Sometimes, they can be obvious – like a snowflake in the winter or a brown leaf in the fall or here, a bunch of flowers in the spring. Sometimes, though, I have my own logic, such as how I’d mostly wear my wooden brooches in the fall because they’re kind of rustic and in my mind, rustic = fall somehow? Anyway, it’s a long-winded way of saying that this dress may be more appropriate for the fall, but I spring it up by adding a floral brooch.

Desert Hermit

Happy May the Fourth! To be honest, I haven’t kept up with the Star Wars fandom in a while – after the disappointment of The Rise of Skywalker, I just wasn’t invested anymore (I did watch The Mandalorian, but not The Book of Boba Fett and probably not the upcoming Obi-Wan either, despite what the post title says. I like The Mandalorian because at least it explored something newish, instead of just rehashing old characters.) This outfit did not start out as a tribute to Star Wars, but the socks are kind of Tatooine-esque, and I’m posting on May 4th, so I’m still going to pretend it’s a Star Wars-inspired outfit anyway (the truth is that I just wanted to try styling these socks with these clogs to see if I can. The result is not bad, but it’s definitely very casual.)


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.)

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!