Girl With A Pearl Brooch

My outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, took some thinking. Not because I don’t have any piece in my closet that fits the painting, but rather because I have too many – blue and black are the two colors I have the most, and yellow is one of my regular accent colors. In the end, I went with this gold taffeta blazer because the color and the shine of the fabric look like the robe of the girl in the painting, and I paired it simply with black jeans, a white sweater, and a blue silk scarf. For the “pearl” part of the paining, this Art Nouveau-esque brooch is the perfect finishing touch.

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


Capsule Outfit #30

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So I had to teach a class in front of the school’s faculty today, and this is what I chose to wear: the blazer says “professional” to the faculty (I hope), but the white jeans and striped shirt say “fun” to the students (again, I hope). But then again, I’m always showing Pixar movies and British comedies and having lengthy discussions about the Marvel cinematic universe vs. DC, so I guess the students know what kind of instructor I am already.

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Shirt: Forever21, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Boots: Topshop, Scarf: hand-me-down


Capsule Outfit #23/Music Question

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For this week’s SIA, inspired by “Lady Folding a Letter” by Rococo artist, Louise-Elizabeth VigĂ©e Le Brun, I pulled from my capsule wardrobe again – mustard cardigan, black jeans, white and blue scarves, and black boots. Simple. The floral print on my boots is to represent the rich colors and details of the original painting – I know, I know, there’s no floral in the painting, but that’s why it’s an interpretation, right?

I’ll be back tomorrow with a full round-up post (a lot of variety this week, which I love). Before that, though, let me ask you guys an unrelated question: what kind of music do you listen to when you need some energy boost? I listen to music when I work, and with my increasingly heavy work load, I need something a bit energetic to keep me concentrated, but I can’t stand pop or dance (except electronic), and my usual brand of “complain indie rock” can get on my nerves after a while. So any recommendation? Lately I’ve been listening to soundtracks (Tron: Legacy and Pacific Rim, mostly) as well as some comedy (Dylan Moran, his grumpiness is really helpful for when I’m reading a particularly bad script, and Bo Burnham), but any suggestion is welcome.

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Oh and in case you’re interested, here is how I wore my scarves – just double them, loop them up, and wound around like you would a normal scarf:

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Cardigan: Target (thrifted), Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Betts, Blue scarf: borrowed from my mom, White scarf: Target


Swan Lake

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Man, I can’t believe it’s December already, and 2013 is all but over. I haven’t accomplished much this year (and definitely failed miserably at my NY Resolutions) but I guess I feel that way because I haven’t done anything big, I just go on with my regular jobs. Speaking of which, I do have some pretty exciting news to share with you guys: I just got a writing job! I’m going to rewrite the first 10 episodes in a historical drama series about the Indochina War. I’m super excited, not just because it’s my first professional gig, but also because as far as modern Vietnamese history goes, it’s one of my favorite eras.

Anyway, this outfit is for this week’s SIA, inspired by Chris van Allsburg’s illustration for Swan Lake. It’s pretty self-explanatory, so I’m just going to direct you guys to Jess’ blog so you can see how others interpreted this painting.

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Dress: Modcloth, Sweater: New Look, Tights: Target, Boots: Steve Madden (thrifted), Scarf: borrowed from my mom


Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

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I’m taking a break from Take One Pass It On for Style Imitating Art. I guess I could have incorporated an item from my previous outfit in this, but I’ve had the outfit for this specific painting in mind for so long that I decided a little break was OK too. Actually I only thought of the dress and the scarf, but then I added the brooch for the touch of orange from the man’s hair.

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Dress: Gap (thrifted), Scarf: borrowed from my mom, Brooch: vintage, Boots: Journee, Tights: Target