Sweet Dreams

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Rus Khasanov’s “Sweet Dreams” video. I mostly took inspiration from the video as a whole, though the blue-and-pink color scheme is a major part of said inspiration. I also thought that the pattern and bobbles on my sweater are a good nod to the drops of paint and bubbles in the video, and the shine of the skirt can reflect the glitter without being too literal about it. Overall, I’m really happy with the outfit. Check back on Wednesday to see how everybody else did, and don’t forget, if you’re interested in becoming in SIA host, to email me and/or Terri before January 21st!


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.


Snow Shadows

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Tom Thomson’s “Snow Shadows“. I knew I’d wear this striped button-up to reflect the blue shadows in the painting, and the rest of the outfit came together quite quickly. This is my first foray into styling sweater vests, which I’ve never worn before, having always thought of them as rather frumpy. But I quite like it styled in a menswear-inspired way like this, and it adds some much-needed pattern and texture (not to mention warmth) to the outfit, to reflect the texture of the painting.

Don’t forget to drop by Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see how everybody interprets this week’s inspiration. This is also the last SIA challenge of the year – we’re taking a break during the holidays – so see you after the New Year! (I’ll post a round-up of my favorite SIA challenges the week after next.)


Casual Vintage

This is a simple outfit, but I still want to feature it on the blog to highlight this cardigan. In my quest to dress more vintage, I’ve been keeping an eye out for more fitted sweaters and cardigans (it’s always easier for me to find vintage and retro pieces in the fall/winter season – the wool and knitted pieces keep better than the cotton pieces of spring/summer), so of course I had to snap up this cardigan, with its cute little floral pattern and “Made in Scotland” tag. For the rest of the outfit, I’m going for a vaguely 1940s silhouette with the wide-leg pants and monk shoes – not 100% accurate, of course, but then again I never aim for 100% recreation of vintage looks anyway.


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…