Summer Flowers

I almost decided not to participate in this SIA, because one, I’ve been stuck at home all month, working in my pajamas, so there is no reason to dress up, two, it’s been raining almost all month, and three, I have no idea what to wear.The most noticeable color in the photo Erin picked is purple, and I don’t have anything purple.

But as luck would have it, the rain stopped and I had a couple of errands to run this past weekend, so I had the excuse to wear something marginally dressier than my ratty old tee and pajama pants. I picked the light blue jeans, black sandals, and silver cuff to mimic the background of the photo, and my floral printed t-shirt, while not exact, is a pretty good interpretation of the tulips in the photo, if I do say so myself.

It’s been a stressful summer. On the one hand, I am so ready for it to end so I can start wearing actual clothes and put the blog back into shape (cooler weather would be nice, too). On the other hand, I have so much left to do with all of my side projects that I know I would be overwhelmed once the school year starts again. Well, I have until August 21 to at least finish some of them, so I guess I’d better shape up.

Don’t forget to stop by Erin’s blog to see other interpretations of this photo!


Accessory Slump

On Wednesday’s post, I talked about feeling unmotivated to put together an interesting outfit. I think part of the reason is that I’m bored with my accessories (but don’t want to buy new ones) and don’t know how else to jazz up my outfits. Scarves are out of the question; light-weight, summery shirts don’t hold up brooches well, and sometimes you have to choose between necklaces and printed shirts. Occasionally, I would bring out my bracelet/cuff, but it always feels forced and doesn’t go well with the outfit at all – like here. Actually I wasn’t planning on wearing this cuff with this outfit, but then I was going to see Wonder Woman after work, and since I don’t have a tiara or lasso or invisible jet, I decided to play homage by wearing the cuff.

As for the movie… weeeeeeeeeeell, I’m going to be the unpopular opinion here and say that I wasn’t impressed. I think I got overhyped on it – everybody is gushing about how great it is – so I ended up underwhelmed. Sure, I appreciate the fact that it’s a female superhero movie, and I’m happy that it’s directed by a woman, but it’s… kind of boring, to be honest. I think the praises come from the fact that the bar for DC movies is set so low and this is the first decent female superhero movie (like, first ever), so it is just the thing that people want right now. It may be an important first step toward more diversity and equality in the genre, but it didn’t change my mind about the DC Extended Universe. I’m going to stick with Marvel, thank you every much. (I mean in terms of superhero movies in general. I know the portrayal of female characters in Marvel films is problematic. If I want an action film with good female characters, I’ll go with Mad Max: Fury Road.)


That doesn’t stop me from doing a Wonder Woman pose though…


More Of The Same

This is pretty much a more casual version of my outfit on Wednesday – same shoes, another white button-up shirt but looser and with short sleeves, and distressed boyfriend jeans instead of black ankle pants. I saw a similar outfit on my favorite Japanese style blog and thought I’d give it a try. Of course, it looks much more effortless on the website than on me, but I’ve long given up on looking effortless. Effortless on me would just look sloppy, like I literally make no effort, so, no.


Bad Omen

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This outfit is as bland as room-temperature oatmeal, but there is a reason for it and for this post, I swear. See, it hasn’t rained in nearly a month here, and combined with the construction site right in front of our house, that means dust, dust, dust everywhere. So this morning I thought I’d try my old “style voodoo” by wearing my rain shirt, to see if that could make it rain. But when I went into my closet to get the shirt, it was nowhere to be found! I haven’t worn in since April, so it’s possible that it got lost in the shuffle when I put away my winter clothes. I don’t mind the shirt so much, but if I was more superstitious, I’d say this could be a very bad sign for the rain…

Also, that means I had to wear this gingham shirt instead. Riveting stuff, I know.

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Shirt, Cuff, & Heels: local shops, Jeans: Old Navy


Mixing Metals

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I wore this outfit last weekend, when we had a mini-break and the whole family went out for casual lunch. It’s nothing special, but it’s cute enough, and most importantly, it’s comfy (stretchy, slouchy pants are the best when you’re eating out).

My only quibble is this: the hardware on my sandals is gold, but my bracelet is silver, and that kind of metal mixing makes me all twitchy. Is it just me? I mean, you can barely see the buckles on the sandals so I doubt anyone even noticed. Is it some sort of outdated fashion rule (like “don’t wear navy and black together”) that I should try to ignore?

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Shirt: C-Wonder, Pants: Mango, Sandals: Aldo, Cuff: local shop


Weekly Capsule 41.2: It’s Not You, It’s Me

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Here we are, take 2 on these pants. When I wore them last time I thought they’d look better with a white shirt, so that’s what I tried. I… like the outfit better, but still not quite enough. I’m going to try to convince my sister to take them back, because they’re nice pants and I hate to see them go to waste, but I honestly don’t feel like myself in them. I prefer wide-leg pants of the linen and jean varieties. Sorry, pants!

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Pants: Esprit (hand-me-down), Shirt, Shoes & Bracelet: local shops


Weekly Capsule 31.1: That ’70s Show

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This blouse/tunic thing is one of the pieces in my closet that gets worn a lot more than what is shown on the blog. The main reason is, of course, I style it almost the same way every time I wear it – with skinny jeans and flats, and minimal or no accessory at all because the embroidery is busy enough – so there’s not much point in taking photos. This time, I tried to do something different with a ’70s-inspired look. I’m not sure if I succeeded. I think the blouse needs to be shorter and the jeans need to be flares instead of wide-leg for a true ’70s outfit, and the whole thing is way too baggy for my liking.

Do you guys have any suggestions? If not, say goodbye to this blouse because I’ve ran out of way to style it and you’re not likely to see it on the blog much again.

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Tunic & Cuff: local shops, Jeans: Old Navy, Sandals: Clarks