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!


Summer, But Make It Fall

It’s still pretty warm over here, but there has been the tiniest hint of fall in the air – the sunlight is less scorching, and at night, it starts to get a bit chilly. So although I’m still wearing summery clothes (T-shirt, linen skirt, and flats), I had to add a nod to the fall with the brown T-shirt (if this was during the summer, I would’ve worn a white top) and the little scarf. Brown and blue is not a combo I wear very often, but it doesn’t look too bad, does it?


Last Of The Summer Skirts

This skirt looks like the perfect summer skirt, doesn’t it? But between the lining and the elastic waist, it’s actually not very comfortable to wear (if you think the elastic waist makes it more comfy, think again. It’s not fun when you have a thick band of elastic around your middle in 100+ degrees and 90% humidity.) That’s why I didn’t wear it until now, despite having thrifted it last winter – back when it was too cold to wear it. Now that I think about it, I have a lot of these awkward in-between items that can only be worn during a tiny corridor of spring/autumn when it’s not too hot and not too cold. I can’t resist a twirly skirt though, so it still stays.


Cows In Landscape

This week’s SIA, inspired by Gunta St√∂lzl‘s tapestry “Cows in Landscape”, is truly a challenge and a half. If it was during the cooler months, I could try some layering and some sweaters/socks to reflect the colors and texture of the piece, but since it’s still pretty warm, I had to resort to mimicking the colors instead. In the end, I chose this dress because there are some stripey bits at the corners of the tapestry that remind me of this plaid, and to add some textures and colors, I paired it with my braided belt and clogs. Finally, for a nod at the title, I wore my cow necklace too, though my cow is a far cry from the cows in the tapestry. But hey, I’m nothing if not committed.

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this tapestry. I can’t wait to see what everybody came up with!


To Roll Or Not To Roll

As I was taking photos of this outfit, I debated whether to roll the legs on these pants or not. It may look a little awkward, but if I left them down, the outfit would look a bit… not sloppy (though I admit, the pants have an elastic waist, so the entire thing is just glorified pajamas), but a bit uninteresting. Too “normal”. So in the end, I rolled the pant legs a bit to show off the lacing of the flats. It’s a little thing, but it really changed the look of the outfit and made it look better thought out, don’t you think?