Holiday Uniform

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This outfit is nothing to write home about, but I wanted to post it anyway because I’m going to be wearing variations of it in the next few days. It’s my Lunar New Year uniform, if you will. It’s comfy, and versatile enough that I just need to change shoes for different things – sneakers for when I’m hanging around the house, boots for tomorrow night’s firework display, and oxfords for going out (as if I ever go out!)

The preparation for the Lunar New Year is mostly done, there’s just some cooking to do tomorrow, and then I can settle into a week-long food coma. I’ll probably post some photos later this week, but if not, I’ll see you guys again in the Year of the Horse!

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Sweater: hand-me-down, Scarf & Jeans: Forever21, Sneakers: Converse, Oxfords: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange, Boots: local shop

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Take Two

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This exact same time last year I wore an outfit very similar to this, which ended up on my “Worst Outfits” list. So this time I had the idea of trying to see if I can improve it, with taller boots, a longer sweater, and simpler accessories, to make it more streamlined. The result is… well, I don’t think it’s going to be on my “Favorite” list next year, but at least it’s slightly better. These printed pants are tricky to style, but I wanted to bring some colors and patterns to my dull winter wardrobe.

Oh and, remember how I said this week work was going to slow down? Guess what, it’s not happening. So here’s to another ten days of 14 hours on the computer every day and looking like this at the end. And yeah, that’s the second time I referenced SpongeBob this week. I guess my brain just turns to SpongeBob when I’m tired (makes sense, since apparently watching SpongeBob makes you dumber or something.)

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Sweater: J.Crew (hand-me-down), Pants: Karen Kane, Scarf: self-made (leftover fabric from my mom’s sweatshirt, it’s super soft and warm), Boots: Vietnamese shop


Not Exactly Stars And Stripes

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So, the Oscars. Anybody watched it? All I can say is: big thanks to Jennifer Lawrence, because I was ready to fall asleep by then. I missed the red carpet, but then I saw this online and then went “Awwww.”

Anyway, I had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA inspiration, “Untitled” by Sol LeWitt, but the sudden drop in temperature forced me to rethink the whole thing. In the end this is what I came up with. I’m not entirely happy with it (too much black and that scarf does not go at all), but short of this dress, anything I pulled from my closet to recreate this painting would fall short. Still, it’s challenges like this that remind me that SIA is not about recreating the painting exactly, but about drawing what you can from it to create a harmonious outfit.

Don’t forget to check out Animated Cardigan to see how the other lovely ladies interpreted this work of art.

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Maxi dress (worn as skirt): thrifted, Sweater & Scarf: hand-me-down
Leggings: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Journee


Worst Dressed

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If I were a fashion critic looking at this outfit, I would say that I like the idea, but not the execution. The pants could be longer, the sweater could be more slouchy, the boots could be in a color that actually goes (black would be nice), and the scarf is trying too hard. But I posted it anyway because maybe you guys can help me improve it – isn’t that a part of fashion blogging?

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Anyway, the Golden Globes. I missed red carpet so I would have to rely on Tom & Lorenzo for the fashion recap, but from what I could see during the ceremony there was no real disaster. Too much mermaid hair, maybe, but other than that everybody looked OK, or, in the case of Lucy Liu, f**king fantastic. As for the awards themselves… well, here are some that I care enough to have an opinion: I’m happy that Argo won, not happy that Les Mis won (the only Les Mis adaptation I’ll accept is the 1972 French mini series, thank you very much), not convinced that BraveĀ won (yes I know it’s Pixar, but it’s not up to par with their usual stuff at all.) Oh and, do they have to nominate Meryl Streep every single year?

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Sweater: hand-me-down from my sister, Pants: Karen Kane (thrifted & altered by me)
Scarf: gift, Brooch: vintage, Boots: Steve Madden (thrifted)


Trend Follower

The necktie blouse trend is one that I’ve been wanting to try, but it took me a while to finally found a necktie blouse at my local Goodwill. However this may be a case where I was so focused on the trend that I didn’t think about how it would work with my wardrobe and style, because once I got the blouse, I had no idea what to pair it with. In the end I picked my staples – sweater, jeans, boots – which worked out fine.

So you guys have any other idea how to wear a necktie blouse without looking like a secretary out of the 80’s? (Of course, it doesn’t help that my blouse probably is from the 80’s :P)

Blouse: thrifted, Jeans: H&M
Sweater & Boots: Target
Brooch: vintage


In The Name Of Romance

The ABC’s of Style challenge is “R for Romance”, but I decided not to go with red and/or pink because first, I’m going to try that combo next week for Everybody Everywear anyway, so I don’t want any repeat. Second, and more importantly, I don’t find red/pink particularly romantic. Weird, I know, but to me something soft-colored or lacy looks far more romantic than bright red or pink. I did try wearing this dress with my deep pink sweater, but it looked twee as f**k, so I toned it down a little with the black.

I’ve been struggling with the whole “twee” thing for a while now. I like the style, but I’m always afraid of looking too young for my age. So how do you strike a balance between dressing cute and dressing like a little girl?

Dress: vintage via Vintage & Gee
Sweater: Target; Flats: thrifted
Tights: Buffalo Exchange
Post title: song by Roger Joseph Manning Jr.