I’ve mentioned last week that I cannot resist a cute/quirky brooch, and these days, I often build an entire outfit around a brooch. Take this one, for example – I don’t often wear brooches with human shapes/faces (they always strike me as a tiny bit creepy), but this one, in the shape of Pierrot the clown, fits that sweet spot between quirky and vintage that I love. Since the brooch itself is so attention-grabbing, I kept the rest of the outfit simple, using the little green gem on the brooch as a starting point and matching that to my jacket, sweater, and even socks, so the brooch can really shine.
Maybe I should keep an eye out for Harlequin and Columbine brooches as well, to complete the set…
Here’s my latest experiment with brooch clustering. It’s the time of transition between winter/spring/summer (because let’s face it, we barely have a spring. Usually it’s just a couple of weeks of horrible humidity before the heat begins), so I thought it would be fun to do a “seasonal” cluster. I was happy to discover that I have all the necessary pieces – the blossoming branch for spring, the bunch of grape for summer, the bird for fall, and the snowflake for winter – and they are all the same color/style too. The rest of the outfit I keep super simple, so the brooches can really shine. All in all, it’s a very cohesive cluster, and probably my favorite so far!
My outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, took some thinking. Not because I don’t have any piece in my closet that fits the painting, but rather because I have too many – blue and black are the two colors I have the most, and yellow is one of my regular accent colors. In the end, I went with this gold taffeta blazer because the color and the shine of the fabric look like the robe of the girl in the painting, and I paired it simply with black jeans, a white sweater, and a blue silk scarf. For the “pearl” part of the paining, this Art Nouveau-esque brooch is the perfect finishing touch.
Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this classic painting!
I wore this to a concert with my mom, sister, and niece last weekend – it was a concert of Studio Ghibli’s soundtracks, hence the title. This dress/tunic is appropriately whimsical, and the green color and the lotus embroidery fit the natural theme of many Studio Ghibli’s films, especially those directed by Hayao Miyazaki, so I thought it would be fitting. My sister said I looked like a cult leader, but if I did, it would be some sort of fabulous cult, so I didn’t mind 😀
The concert was fun. I’ve always loved the music in Studio Ghibli’s films, so it’s great to hear it live. I’m only bummed that I didn’t know about this series earlier – I missed a concert of Harry Potter soundtrack. But hey, maybe they’ll have something even better next year. Anyway, here’s some videos for you guys (sorry about the potato quality, it’s the best my phone can do):
This outfit seems like your average layered look, right? But if you look closely at the lining of the blazer, you can see that it’s printed. And of course, the real story is at the back, which makes the outfit really fun. I thought about adding a brooch to the blazer, but then I decided the outfit had enough interest already.
Another point of interest in this outfit – these boots. They look like your average Chelsea boots, right? Nope, they’re rain boots! They’re one of the few new things I bought this year, and one of the best $20 I’ve ever spent on shoes.