Gilded Donut

Not much to talk about the outfit, which is just an attempt to style my sweater vests in a different way – I’ve worn them with blazers a lot, but the professorial look can get repetitive after a while, so tucking them into skirts is just the natural next step. No, what I want to talk about is this brooch. I don’t know what it’s supposed to be, but doesn’t it look exactly like one of those galaxy-glazed donuts? Between this and my pizza slice brooch, it seems I’m building up quite a collection of unintentional food-shaped brooches.


Dapper Dog

It’s finally cool enough for waistcoats! I managed to wear some more lightweight ones in the spring, but the thicker ones had to wait until the fall/winter, and here’s the first. It’s actually reversible – gray on one side and plaid on the other – and for this outfit, I paired it simply with gray pants and navy shirt for the plaid to really shine. And finally, to compliment the Dark Academia/vintage/menswear vibe of the waistcoat, I added my “dog with a bow tie” brooch (hence the title). Expect to see a lot more of these waistcoats this season – I can’t wait to wear them all! (Though, technically speaking, I did wait. For almost a year.)


Jazz Stories

What’s this? What’s this? (I know the song is more appropriate for Christmas, but it fits here too.) Am I wearing a… blazer? Yes! We just had some rain over the weekend and the temperature has dropped enough for me to actually wear some layers. If it wasn’t for that, I would probably have to wear my reliable red printed dress again for this week’s SIA, inspired by Faith Ringgold’s “Jazz Stories”. However, thanks to the temperature drop, I decided to reflect the colors and patterns in the piece with my red blazer (check out the pattern of the lining), yellow skirt, and navy loafers. A brooch shaped by a musical instrument would’ve been perfect, but I don’t have any – I can’t play any musical instrument and figure it would be presumptuous for me to wear one. So I wore this lady-shaped brooch instead – it kind of looks like the lady in the painting anyway, so it’s not that far off.

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


Getting Jabbed

I wore this to get my first dose of COVID vaccination. I wasn’t going to photograph this – basically I just wore something sleeveless and comfy – but then I thought, “Hey, this doesn’t look half bad”, and decided to add the belt to make it more blog-worthy. Besides, I’d take any chance to get dressed up these days.

It’s a relief to get vaccinated, though I know I’m privileged to even get it at all – most of our vaccines are reserved for other parts of the country, where the outbreak is much worse, but as a teacher, I’m one of the prioritized groups. Besides, my mom hasn’t been able to get vaccinated yet due to her medications, so I’m doing what I can to keep her safe.


Twinkle Twinkle

In my attempt to wear my brooches more often, I’ve been searching for different placements for them. Wearing them on my tops and on the lapels of my jackets may be classic, and clustering them is also fun, but they can get repetitive after a while. So while playing around with my brooches, I came up with a new idea – wearing them on my shoes! Of course, to prevent the pin from damaging the shoes, this would only work if the shoes have some sort of buckle or lace or, like here, the piece across the vamp (which I learn is called the saddle), so the brooch can be pinned around it. Still, it’s a fun way to make use of my brooches, and I’ll be sure to try it more often.

(There are stars on my shirt, so naturally I had to wear my star brooch. I’ve never been one to turn down theme dressing.)