Stars And Silhouette

When I saw the inspiration for this week’s SIA, I immediately knew that this star-and-stripe scarf is going to be the foundation of my outfit – the colors and the prints are just perfect, right? You have the stars for the “celestial” part, and the stripes for the silhouette part of the photo. The rest of the outfit takes a bit more thinking. In the end, I went with these jeans because the wash looks a bit like the sky in the photo and the boots because there is a touch of yellow near the bottom of the photo. The black turtleneck and jacket – well, they’re a no-brainer. So a lot of thought went into this seemingly simple outfit, but that’s the fun of SIA.

Don’t forget to check Erin’s blog on Wednesday for the full round-up!


The Shadow King

Now this is a much better styling of these gray plaid pants than what I posted on Wednesday. I think I look better in these types of clean, minimalist, but I don’t always get them right because my vintage-loving mind still tells me I need some colors or patterns or accessories. I have to remind myself that what I like and what looks good on me are two different things.

I can’t take full credit for this outfit though. It’s actually inspired by one of Aubrey Plaza’s costumes in “Legion” (if you’ve seen the show, then you’ll understand the post title). I remembered watching this episode and thinking, “I have to put together an outfit like that.” I have most of the pieces, but what I really want are those kick-ass checkered socks. My plaid pants are meant to mimic them, but they’re really not the same.

Discourse On Turtlenecks

Ever since Kezzie mentioned that a turtleneck always makes her think of Armie Hammer’s character in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I haven’t been able to get that out of my head. Of course, I’m not trying to channel him with this outfit – due to the blazer, it is less “Russian spy with an anger management issue” and more “aging philosophy professor trying to look cool” – but I think the turtleneck does give the outfit a European flare. And because of that, I decided to give the post a pretentious title.

Yes, I do spend time thinking up bizarrely specific descriptions for my outfits. What, you guys don’t?

Turtleneck: Uniqlo, Jeans & Boots: local shops, Blazer: hand-me-down, Brooch: vintage

Pond In The Woods

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Like I said, this SIA is pretty easy for me – green, blue, brown, black. When I saw the inspiration painting (“Pond in the Woods” by Georgia O’Keeffe, just in case you forgot), I immediately thought of this coat and this scarf. The rest of the outfit came together very quickly. Then I added my ceramic brooch, because the circle shape and the pattern are reminiscent of the painting, and the swirls of colors in the painting look like glazes to me as well. Done, and done.

Don’t forget to check Erin’s blog to see how others interpret this!

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green coat green scarf navy jeans brown booties by 14 shades of grey

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Top: Uniqlo, Scarf & Boots: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Coat: thrifted, Brooch: vintage

Basic Black & White

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Anybody having an insanely busy week like I am? Why is it that things are always so busy at the end of the year? I have papers to grade, scripts to read, translation to catch up on, and a ton of end-of-the-year staff meetings to attend. Everything else I can handle, but those meetings are the worst.

So here is a very simple outfit because my brain is being torn in four different directions. I thought about adding a brooch or a pendant, but in the end, I decided that less is more.

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Top: Uniqlo, Skirt: Zalora, Heels: local shop, Belt: thrifted

The Tempest

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My interpretation for this week’s SIA, inspired by “Tempest” by Florida-based artist John Larriva, is pretty self-explanatory. Black turtleneck and leather jacket for the black top the girl in the painting is wearing, and blue jeans and blue pendant for the blue background – done! But as I was putting the post together, I realized my outfit could be seen as a nod to Shakespeare’s The Tempest as well – the blue to represent the sea and the island where Prospero and Miranda are stranded (my pendant even has some swirls in it like water), and the black to represent the storm and Prospero’s magic. I don’t know if the artist has Shakespeare in mind when he painted this painting (other than the title), but now it has given me the idea to write a modern-day version of The Tempest. Not likeĀ Forbidden Planet, which is the sci-fi version, but set in actual modern day, with supernatural elements, sort of likeĀ Lost. That could work, couldn’t it? (Sorry, that’s the way my brain thinks, always trying to come up with new story ideas.)

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the full round-up post!

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Top: Uniqlo, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Boots: Topshop, Necklace: local shop

My Secret Garden

I was having trouble finding a location for the photo shoot when I stumbled across this little alley garden, which I’ve never looked inside because the gate was always locked. But this time it was opened, so I peeked in, and found something straight out of The Secret Garden – tree stumps with mushrooms growing on them, leaf-strewn ground, ivy everywhere… It’s magical. Although the whole time my heart was beating like crazy because I was afraid someone might come by and charge me with trespassing, it was too pretty to pass by.

Anyway, the outfit is something I would wear if I had a fancy Christmas party to go to. But since I’m going to spend Christmas cooking and eating (as one should), most likely I’m just going to chill in stretchy jeans and a comfy sweater. I’ll still wear the brooch though.

Dress: Zara, remixed
Sweater: Target
Tights: gift from my friend Trang
Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden thrifted, remixed
Brooch: vintage