New Watch

When I went to Malaysia back in August, the one thing I bought for myself (other than a Snow Patrol t-shirt) is a watch. I’ve been looking for a classic watch since my last watch died, and I had found the seemingly perfect one online too, but I decided I needed to try it on first. As it turned out, the Suria KLCC mall didn’t have the particular watch that I wanted, but luckily, I found another one that fit the bill. It didn’t jump out at me at first, but it’s been growing on me since – it’s classic enough to go with everything in my closet, including my black shoes, despite its brown band – and I wear it every day, even if I don’t always wear it in outfit photos.

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Portrait Mode

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Ingres’s “Portrait of Comtess d’Haussonville“. I got this dress from an end-of-summer sale, and immediately knew it would be perfect for this challenge with its different shades of grayish blue. I added my brooch to mimic the gold bracelet and ring the Countess is wearing as well as the mirror frame, and my shoes are perfect to mimic the red velvet bow on her hair. I even tried posing like her but I ended up looking silly, so here are some normally-posed photos instead 😛

Don’t forget to send me your outfit, and check back on Wednesday to see other looks inspired by this wonderful portrait!


Dressing Up A Dress

One of the reasons I don’t wear dresses that often is because a dress is an entire outfit on its own – I know, that’s precisely the reason some people only wear dresses, because they’re supposedly easier, but for me, I find that a bit boring. You can change the shoes and the accessories, but it still looks the same, unlike separates where you can combine different colors and silhouettes.

When I try styling a dress differently, like with this one, I’d usually end up with this – overwrought and overthought. I thought it looked OK when I first put it on, but now looking back at the photos, I see that it’s a mess – the shoes and the belt don’t go with each other, the shoes don’t go with the dress, and the brooch is not necessary. I guess I just need to stop overthinking it and let the dress shine on its own.


Yellow-stemmed Flower

When I saw the inspiration for this week’s SIA – a piece of 1920s textile sample – I immediately knew that I’d wear these pants, as they are the perfect shade for the orange part of the print. The blue-and-purple print was a bit more difficult, as I don’t have a lot of purple in my wardrobe. In the end, I decided on my trusty embroidered blouse, which is my go-to whenever I want to add a touch of color to my outfit. And finally, I finished it all off with my blue suede loafers. The outfit seemed a little haphazard in my head, but after looking at the photos and comparing it with the inspiration, I have to say it isn’t half bad.

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


B.I.M.

No, not BMI (Body Mass Index), but rather BIM – Big Important Meeting. Yes, I just came up with that acronym. I had a Big Important Meeting at work, meaning I had to dress a bit more “seriously”. Usually, I would just throw a blazer on and call it a day, but it’s still too hot for that, so here’s the best I could do – summer business casual. Of course, I couldn’t let go of my usual touches altogether, so I added a brooch too.

Bonus – here’s my dog, having fully recovered from her ordeal earlier in the summer. You can’t even see the scar underneath her fur!


Stripey Sense

Summer vacation is ending, so here are the last few casual outfits before school starts again. I wore this to see Spider-Man: Far from Home last week (hence the title, it’s a terrible pun on “Spidey-sense”, see?) Yes, yes, I know, another pair of culottes, but these are so comfy and I just can’t get enough of them.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the movie, which did a great job of exploring the MCU post-Endgame. However, a friend then pointed out that in both MCU Spider-Man movies, the villains are just normal people whose lives were ruined by the Avengers (or more specifically Iron Man, in the case of Far from Home). It makes them more compelling and it makes sense for the scope of these movies, but it’s kind of messed up that the “little guys” are portrayed as the bad guys. I know the idea of superheroes being accountable for their actions has been touched upon in Civil War, but I still want the MCU to really address it. In Phase 4, maybe?


The Siesta

This week’s SIA inspiration stumped me a little bit, because I wanted to include all the colors in the painting (Paul Gauguin’s “The Siesta”), and I do have most of those colors in my wardrobe, but they don’t necessarily go well together in an outfit. I then decided to concentrate on just one of the women in the painting – the one in the foreground, in the purple-pink top, navy skirt, and hat with a polka-dot band. My purple tunic is actually perfect for it, but it’s a little dressy for casual, summer wear, so in the end, I went for a simple tee-and-shorts outfit. I paired it with my cognac sandals to mimic the touch of orangy brown in the painting (can’t leave out all the other colors) and wrapped my scarf around my mom’s hat to complete the look. Not an exact match, but for SIA these days, I tend to aim for wearable, real-world outfits rather than matching the inspiration exactly, so I’m happy with it.

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfit inspired by this painting!