Apple Green

I’m unwittingly going with a green theme this week. I used to believe that I couldn’t wear green because of the yellow undertone of my skin (there’s a saying in Vietnamese that translated to “as green as a tree frog’s ass”, which is used to describe someone’s face when they’re ill or sickly – it only applies to faces, I don’t know why – and I believed could also be applied to me when I wore green.) But as I played around with different tones, I realized that I could wear green after all – it just depends on the tones. I can do moss, emerald, and olive (basically, either earth-tone or jewel-tone green), but ironically enough, though the post is titled “Apple Green”, I can’t wear apple green. It’s simply too bright for me. I’ll just have to resort to wearing it as an accessory instead.


Wearing All The Colors

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Paul Klee’s “Castle and Sun“, I knew I had to wear this dress. Even though the dominant color is navy rather than red/brown as it is in the painting, the colorful stripes are too perfect to pass up. I styled it simply with a black belt and shoes to highlight the graphic quality of the painting, and added my locket brooch as a nod to the “sun”. My sun-moon-and-star brooch would’ve been a better choice, but it doesn’t stand out enough on the dress, so I went with this instead. I don’t like to go too literal with my interpretation anyway.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow! And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see what everybody wears!


Bee Square

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Anne M. Bray’s “Scrappy Square” fabric art. After looking through the various squares, I ended up choosing Shelbee’s namesake, “ShelBee”, made from a scarf that she gave Anne and some bee-printed fabric (hence my post title). I went with my yellow skirt and gingham ruffled blouse to mimic the colors and patterns of the piece, and of course, I had to top it off with my bee brooch. (Also, you have may noticed the background change. We’re having some work done on the house and the front yard has been taken over by material. This lawn is not a bad replacement, but the grass tends to get high and there are bugs, which is why I prefer to stick to the yard.)

Don’t forget to drop by Shelbee’s blog on Wednesday to see what everybody wore this week!


Safari

This is definitely more of a “fall” outfit than a “spring” outfit, but I just got this sweater and while we were enjoying some last coolness (I wouldn’t call it a cold snap) of the season, I had to wear it before it gets too hot. The rest of the outfit is pretty simple, though I did have some fun with the brooch. See, I wanted to add some accessory to the top, but it’s got a pretty busy print, and none of my brooches really stands out against it. Then I noticed the print is of safari animals – giraffes and zebras and so on – and what’s the other thing you can also find on a safari? Dung beetles, of course. It just happens that I also have a dung/scarab beetle brooch that stands out nicely against the brown top. It may not be that noticeable, but I still knew it’s there and got a kick out of it 🙂


Cute As A Button

I bought these embroidered buttons a while ago with the intention of turning them into brooches, but I never got around to it. Then I thrifted this linen top, and the pink reminds me of the buttons, so I decided to add them to the top for a touch of interest – the top has a row of buttons on the side already; I only had to replace a few with my buttons, and voila, brand new top!

I actually wore the top untucked around the house, but with these jeans, that looks too much like pajamas (my clothes these days are all little more than glorified pajamas anyway), so for the photos, I had to tuck it in and put on actual shoes. If the outfit doesn’t look like they all go together, that’s why – I literally just threw them on 😀