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!


Fully Vaxxed

I wore this to get my second dose of vaccine. Just like last time, I built the outfit around a sleeveless top and kept the rest of the outfit simple and comfy. It was such a relief to be fully vaccinated. Considering how I’m prone to the flu and colds, I was prepared for the effects of the vaccine, yet funnily enough, I had almost no reaction to either dose – just a bit of pain and stiffness at the injection site, nothing more. My mom also got her first dose a couple of days ago, so it was one less thing to worry about. Things are slowly improving around here too. The number of new cases is still high, but it’s on the decline, and the lockdown has eased up a bit, so fingers crossed!


Late Bloomer

For this week’s SIA, inspired by the flower collages/decoupages of Mary Delany, I had to dig into my storage and brought out this dress. I’s a hand-me-down from my mom, and I haven’t worn it in a while because it’s a little short for my taste now, but for this challenge, it’s perfect (so glad I didn’t donate it!) I layered it with a knotted black T-shirt and topped it off with my flower brooch as a nod to the 3D feel of the collages – and I mean, come on, you wouldn’t expect me not to wear a brooch with this, would you?

You still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits if you haven’t already, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see how everybody did!


Flower Power

These flower pins are actually earrings. They’re included for free in a purchase I made from a vintage boutique a while ago, and I’m never one to let some free jewelry go to waste. My ears are not pierced and these are too big for my sister’s taste, so I used them as pins instead. The back is not as sharp as actual pins and a bit more difficult to push through fabric though, so maybe I’ll only wear them with knitted items from now on.

Speaking of knitted things, we just had some heavy rain lately, and the first hint of fall seems to be in the air… but it’s still too hot for anything but cotton and linen. So I had to make do with some fall colors (like these mossy brown culottes) while dreaming of sweater weather.


Serving Fish

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Victo Ngai’s illustration for Christopher Caldwell’s novella “Serving Fish“, I knew I’d wear this shirt – I mean, it has fish printed on it, duh! And the colors match the painting quite well too. I kept the rest of the outfit simple, because let’s face it, this shirt is the star here. Besides, I don’t have a lot of pearl accessories either. But I did add my pearl brooch to my shoe as a nod to all the pearls in the painting.

Remember to drop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this illustration. I can’t wait!