The Big Five

I always try to keep my accessories in the same general “theme” as the rest of my outfit. The last time I wore this sweater, I paired it with a scarab beetle brooch because scarab beetles can often be found in a safari, and this time, I paired it with my leopard brooch as a nod to the “Big Five” safari animals – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo. I also wore my alligator/crocodile boots – crocodile is not one of the Big Five, but they can be found in Africa too, so they’re still appropriate for the theme.

One of my own “Big Four” 😀 As usual, she’s quite uninterested in my photo-taking


Lopapeysa

One of my regrets after my trip to Iceland is that I was unable to buy a traditional Icelandic sweater, aka a lopapeysa. The secondhand stores and flea market where I’d planned to shop were closed that day because it was a bank holiday, and the usual shops were too expensive. So when I saw this sweater at a local secondhand shop, I had to snap it up immediately. I don’t know if it’s an authentic lopapeysa – I can only tell that it’s certainly handmade, and it’s real wool (as opposed to synthetic yarn). But the design is spot-on and it’s super warm – we’ve had a cold snap lately, yet this sweater was all I need – so I’m not complaining. And to keep with the Scandinavian style, I’m pairing it with these new-to-me clogs. I’ve been saving them for the summer, but they work here too.


Pocket Square

I’ve always loved menswear, but there are two menswear accessories that I have yet to master – the tie and the pocket square. For some reason, whenever I try wearing a tie I look like a waitress/server, and as for the pocket square, I’ve yet to figure out how to fold/tuck it so it looks natural. Maybe the handkerchiefs I’ve been using are too big, I don’t know. Anyway, here’s my latest attempt. The fold/tuck is OK, but I’m not happy with the color. I wanted to break away from the sea of brown that is my fall/winter wardrobe, but this color combo just doesn’t work (at least it matches my jeans?) Oh well. Back to the drawing board…


Yin Yang Cats

I bought this blazer/coat from an online vintage/secondhand shop. It’s another case of not checking the measurements carefully enough, and when I finally received it, it ended up much bigger than I thought. But it’s super light and warm, so I’m keeping it.

For this outfit, I kept things simple so the blazer can take center stage (but I can’t help adding a “me” touch – this yin-yang cat pin, a gift from my sister.) Looking at the photos, though, I think I should’ve worn my black alligator boots to add some visual counterpoint – these black lace-up boots are a little too delicate and made me look like an inverted triangle. Oh well. Big shoulders are on trend anyway.


Sun, Moon, And Stars

Here’s another celestial-themed outfit (told you guys I’m obsessed with it.) I actually built this outfit around these socks, and since the glittery tulle socks paired with pale pink heels are pretty feminine already, I kept the rest of the outfit simple and balanced with boyfriend jeans, a button-up shirt, and a blazer. I was going to wear my leather jacket to “toughen up” the outfit a bit, but it was too warm for it, plus I can’t wear this brooch (to keep with the celestial theme) on a leather jacket, so this blazer was the perfect choice.