May Of The Penguin

Last week I talked about matching my brooches to the season, and here I am, going completely against my own rule. Not only I’m wearing a penguin brooch, which is more appropriate for winter than spring, but the penguin is wearing a scarf too. However, I’m wearing all black and white, and that makes me think of a penguin, so to hell with the rule. I’ve never cared much for fashion rules anyway, let alone something I made up myself. (The post title, of course, is a terrible pun on “March of the Penguins”.)


Pinafore Dress

I’ve wanted a pinafore dress for a while (more exactly, after seeing this dress in “The Queen’s Gambit”), but alas, I haven’t had much luck. This is the closest I can find in my usual secondhand/vintage shops, but it’s still not what I really want – it’s too short and the skirt is not wide enough. It makes me look like a schoolgirl. To be fair, all pinafore dresses look a little girlish no matter how you style them, but this one is even more so, because it looks like a school uniform. I leaned into that when styling this dress, with my white button-up and loafers, but next winter, I might try a more 1960s Mod look (I’ve taken inspiration from all eras of the 20th century, but oddly enough, the 60s is one I’ve never tried) to see if I can make it look more age-appropriate. In the meantime, my search for a pinafore dress continues…


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.


The Witching Hour

I haven’t dressed up for Halloween in a while (mostly because I couldn’t find a recognizable costume that I can put together with things from my closet. Sure, I can dress up as Miss Marple all I want, but how many people are going to recognize it?) I still want to give a nod to Halloween though, and decided to put together this all-black outfit with a witch’s hat brooch – although, with all the stars on it, it looks more like the wizard’s hat in Discworld. All is missing is “Wizzard” written across it.

P/S: Yes, I already have this skirt in navy, so when I saw this one in the thrift store, of course I had to snatch it up. I love gingham, and this has pockets – what’s not to like?


Fully Vaxxed

I wore this to get my second dose of vaccine. Just like last time, I built the outfit around a sleeveless top and kept the rest of the outfit simple and comfy. It was such a relief to be fully vaccinated. Considering how I’m prone to the flu and colds, I was prepared for the effects of the vaccine, yet funnily enough, I had almost no reaction to either dose – just a bit of pain and stiffness at the injection site, nothing more. My mom also got her first dose a couple of days ago, so it was one less thing to worry about. Things are slowly improving around here too. The number of new cases is still high, but it’s on the decline, and the lockdown has eased up a bit, so fingers crossed!