Casual Ravenclaw

Despite my online moniker, I am a Ravenclaw through-and-through – in fact, in the early days of the Internet, I went by Rowena, as in Rowena Ravenclaw, but then I decided that it was too feminine for me. Probably because I associate the name with Lady Rowena in Ivanhoe.

Anyway, this outfit was a no-brainer, but when it came to titling the post, I was stumped. That usually happens to me when the outfit is simple or too “obvious”, as there is not much to talk about and I can’t come up with a snappy title. Then, while browsing Pinterest, I came across a board for clothes inspired by the four Hogwarts Houses and the title just popped into my head, since I was wearing the Ravenclaw colors – blue and bronze (well, my brown boots can count as bronze) – and there is a preppy touch with the striped button-up and the cable-knit sweater.

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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

For this week’s SIA, inspired by the mirror work of the Ali Ibn Hamzeh Shrine in Shiraz, Iran, I had planned an outfit with my sequin T-shirt and green khaki trousers (for the glitter and the green color, you see.) Unfortunately, the weather cooled down unexpectedly, so I had to go with plan B – this embellished sweatshirt and a green scarf. My light blue jeans are simply to stick with the color scheme, but these boots are a revelation, if I do say so myself – the cutouts are to mimic the intricate design of the mirror tiles. All in all, I’m happy with the outfit, even if it wasn’t what I had in mind.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see how others interpret this artwork!


Casual Galentine

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA. I was a bit stumped when I first saw the inspiration piece, “The End of Romance” by Erte, but then I remembered my polka dot popover, and the rest of the outfit came together very quickly (I tried adding a bit of green, but it didn’t look right, so I left it out. You don’t always have to stick to the inspiration 100%).

Now, I didn’t even think about it when Kim announced the inspiration, but this is just perfect for Valentine’s Day, isn’t it? But then again I don’t celebrate Valentine’s, so maybe “The End of Romance” is more appropriate for Galentine’s (February 13). Who needs romance anyway?

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


Belated Christmas

You know that weird limbo week between Christmas and New Year when you don’t know what day it is and what you’re supposed to do? It’s like that for us now, except it’s a whole month between Christmas/New Year and the Lunar New Year. We don’t have an official New Year celebration, but we do get a day off, and then it just kind of bleeds into the preparation for the Lunar New Year. It’s even more confusing at school because that was the end of our fall semester and now the new semester has started but nobody really wants to work because our minds are all on that long break.

Basically, we’re all tired and want a break, is what I’m saying.

Anyway, this was what I actually wore for Christmas – it was a normal working day for us, so I just celebrated by adding a Christmas tree brooch to my blazer.

Speaking of which, check out this awesome tree at our school – can you guess what it’s made of? That’s right, it’s 35mm film! Only at a film school, right?


Proportion, Proportion

In my “Year in Reviews: Outfit” post, I mentioned that I’ve been focusing on the proportions in my outfits instead of colors and patterns. But that was after I put together this outfit – it has been freezing around here, so I’ve been posting old outfits from the last weeks of 2018.This outfit is an example of… what I shouldn’t have done. It was good in my imagination, but the proportion looked a little awkward in real life somehow. Maybe if the blazer was longer, it would look better. Well, you live and learn, right?


The Red Shoes

Gods, it seems like a long time since I did an outfit post, doesn’t it? We’ve been having some end-of-the-season cold snaps, so here is a cold-weather outfit. It’s pretty simple, but I want to talk about these shoes for a bit. If you recognize them, that’s because they’re the same shoes I brought with me to Cuba. When I was packing for the trip, I planned on taking my Converse, but then I thought about the amount of walking I would no doubt be doing, and decided that I needed something lighter and with a bit of an arch support.

So I bought these at the last minute, and it turned out to be a great decision. They’re so soft and light that I didn’t need to break them in, and I’ve walked through the cobblestone streets and hiked through fields and jungles in them with no problems. I know this sounds like a post sponsored by the shoes company, but it’s not (I wish); the shoes are just so awesome I have to rave about them!


St. Patrick’s Day

A few housekeeping notes first: I’m keeping my Cuba travel post to one per week because 1) it takes a long time to write one of those posts and assemble all the pictures so I just don’t have the time to write more; 2) I don’t want to overload the blog with too many travel posts at once; and 3) I want to drag it out so I can relive the trip for as long as possible.

Also, until I’m done with the travel posts, I will try to maintain at least one outfit post per week, and this week, here’s a green outfit, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day:

I got this sweater from the boys’ section of the store, can you believe it? Apparently I wasn’t the only one that set my eyes on it either, because when I brought it to the check-out counter, several ladies in line asked where I saw it and were really disappointed to learn it was the only one left.

I didn’t wear this specifically for St. Patrick’s Day – this outfit was from a while ago, and I think I was subconsciously influenced by Link from The Legend of Zelda – but St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, so it’s perfect, isn’t it?