The Dining Room

There may come a day when I stop wearing this dress whenever SIA calls for some multi colors and patterns, but today is not that day. Yup, yet again I was stumped by the colors of the inspiration, Pierre Bonnard’s “The Dining Room in the Countryside”, and yet again I had to reach for this printed dress. I paired it with this plaid shirt to mimic the contrast between the window and door frames and the soft interior, and the color and weave of my sandals are a nod to the furniture in the room. The outfit is a bit all over the place, but I like it.

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!


One Pair Of Culottes, Two Ways

These culottes are quickly becoming my favorite thrifted piece. They are neutral, so they go with pretty much any top and any style in my closet – like here, where I style them in a more casual way with the white linen top, and a more preppy way with my plaid button-up. Plus, they have the silhouette of a skirt, but since they are actually pants, they allow me to ride my bike without having to wear bike shorts underneath, and I’m telling you, in this 100+ heat, that really is a blessing. The only downside is that they don’t have pockets! I mean, why? No pockets on dresses and skirts I can understand (I’m annoyed about it, but it’s the norm), but why no pockets on culottes?!


Liberty Head

I really had no idea what I was going to wear for this week’s SIA, inspired by Peter Max’s pop art print “Liberty Head“. It features a lot of bright colors that I don’t have in my closet (bright pink, turquoise blue, yellow), and I don’t have anything in the stars-and-stripes theme that wouldn’t feel like I was shoehorning it to fit the inspiration. In the end, I decided to just go with the colors and picked out some pieces that kinda go together. I’m very pleased with these green heels – the colors and the cut-outs perfectly echo the crown of Lady Liberty – but the rest of the outfit is just so-so to me. Oh well.

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this print!


An Outfit And An Experiment

This outfit was actually inspired by an outfit I saw on the street. I saw a lady at a bus stop in a navy plaid shirt and midi dress and I thought, “I love that. I have all of those pieces. Why haven’t I put together an outfit like that?” So here we are. I chose this shirt instead of a blue/navy one (and I have many) because the pink color echoes the pink flowers printed on the buttons of the skirt – a tiny detail, but it ties the outfit together.

In other, more technical news, I’m running out of storage space on WordPress and don’t want to shell out any money for an upgrade (the blog doesn’t bring me any money). I had planned to host my photos on Flickr, which used to offer 1 TB of space, but recently, Flickr has made changes to their free accounts so we’re only allowed 1000 photos each, and the photos over the limit will get deleted. I’m pretty pissed about it since I’ve had Flickr for a while and definitely have more than 1000 photos. And my storage problem on WordPress remains. So, starting with this post, I’m going to try hosting my images on Tumblr. Tumblr doesn’t have a storage limit, only a post limit, so it shouln’t be a problem. We’ll see how it works…


Prepster

Though I wear a lot of preppy things – button-up shirts, stripes, loafers, oxfords, etc. – I never describe my style as “preppy”. To be honest, I find preppy style a bit boring, and I’d like to think my style is more eclectic than that (which is another way of saying I don’t like to confine myself to a rigidly defined “style”; I just wear whatever the hell I want). However, occasionally I do put together a pretty straightforward preppy outfit, like this one.  I mean, all that’s missing is a pearl necklace, right?