Le Quai Saint Michel Et Notre Dame

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Maximilien Luce‘s “Le Quai Saint Michel Et Notre Dame”, I struggled a bit because although there are a lot of colors in the painting, there is not one major color that stands out that I could use as the basis for an outfit. In the end, I picked out the two colors that jump out at me the most (or the two that are easiest for me to recreate :P) – blue and yellow – and went from there.

Luckily, I just got this dress made by a tailor (I got frustrated with trying to find a nice shirt dress in store, so I just had it made), and keeping with the blue-and-yellow theme, I paired it with yellow accessories and blue oxfords. I think the delicate stripe pattern can reflect the brush strokes in the painting too… can you see it? Or is it just in my head? Oh well, I like the dress anyway.

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

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Untrendy

I’m not a very trendy person, style-wise. I mostly wear what I like regardless of trends. However, I can’t escape trends altogether, especially when I live in a place still ruled by fast fashion. So my approach is to look at what’s currently on trend and see if any of it can fit into my style. Unfortunately, the most prevalent trend right now seems to be 90s revival, which, no offense, is hideous (my most obnoxious teenage years were spent in those styles; I don’t need to see them again, thank you very much.)

That said, there is one current trend that I can get behind – the wide-leg pants. I’m still holding on to my skinny jeans, but as the weather starts warming up, I want a looser silhouette. So far you’ve seen the wide-leg khaki pants I wore for SIA a couple of weeks ago, and here is another pair. I’m not sure if the blazer works (it’s too long and too boxy), but I’ve gotten a few compliments for this outfit from my students and co-workers, so I must be doing something right.


Duck, Duck, Goose

The outfit is nothing to write home about, so I’m hijacking this post to talk about Avengers: Endgame instead. The title is actually an obscure reference to Goose, the cat/Flerken in Captain Marvel – I’m wearing a cat brooch after all. I’m still wondering why they renamed him “Goose” instead of keeping the name “Chewie” from the comics. Probably now that Disney owns both Star Wars and the MCU, they don’t want the two confused, plus “Goose” is a nod to Top Gun, which is appropriate for a film about a fighter pilot set in the 80s/90s.

Anyway, let’s move on to Endgame. In short: it’s good. OK, slightly longer: it’s really good. It’s everything a Marvel fan can hope for in a film that is 11 years in the making. And yes, it is a film for Marvel fans. I can’t imagine any casual viewer can watch it and feel the same emotional impact. But as for those who have been with Marvel from the start, you’d laugh, you’d cry, and you’d cheer your heart out. I especially love all the callbacks and payoffs of details set up in other films, which make the whole thing (and I mean the whole of MCU, not just this movie) very cohesive and well thought-out. And it’s a very focused film too, despite its 3-hour run time. Unlike Infinity War, which has to set up so many new dynamics, Endgame is very much a film of the original Avengers – Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow. It is their swan song, and as painful as it sometimes is, it is the send-off they (and the fans) deserve. We have a new generation of superheroes now, but I’m not sure that the success of this phase of the MCU can ever be repeated. It truly feels like the end of an era.


Dreams Of Winter

The weather has warmed up for real now, but I still have a bunch of outfits backlogged, so here is one of them. Even though I’m liking my experiments with new silhouettes, they’re mostly for warm weather (loose-fitting tops + wide-leg pants), so I still turn to this classic look of sweater/blazer (or both) + jeans + boots when the weather is cooler. It would be interesting to see how the new approach to my personal style would turn out next winter (or if I’m still interested in it), but for now, I still have 6+ months of warm weather to get through… *sighs*


Off-Duty Land Girl

It’s the middle of the week, I’m recovering from a nasty case of the flu, and the weather still can’t make up its mind if it wants to be spring or summer, so I’m going for something easy and comfortable, with a layer that can be taken off if it gets warmer. The silhouette and the brooch make me think of the 1940s, hence the title (and also because “Casual 1940s” sounds too boring. Sometimes when the outfit is nothing to write home about, I have to come up with a really interesting post title just to make up for it.)


Casual Ravenclaw

Despite my online moniker, I am a Ravenclaw through-and-through – in fact, in the early days of the Internet, I went by Rowena, as in Rowena Ravenclaw, but then I decided that it was too feminine for me. Probably because I associate the name with Lady Rowena in Ivanhoe.

Anyway, this outfit was a no-brainer, but when it came to titling the post, I was stumped. That usually happens to me when the outfit is simple or too “obvious”, as there is not much to talk about and I can’t come up with a snappy title. Then, while browsing Pinterest, I came across a board for clothes inspired by the four Hogwarts Houses and the title just popped into my head, since I was wearing the Ravenclaw colors – blue and bronze (well, my brown boots can count as bronze) – and there is a preppy touch with the striped button-up and the cable-knit sweater.


The Hardest Button

The post title not only refers to the song by The White Stripes but also to the fact that this SIA was harder to interpret than I thought. The colors are clear enough and I have most of them in my closet, but with the weather being quite unpredictable lately, I didn’t quite know how to combine them in an outfit. In the end, this is what I came up with – a layered outfit that works well for this kind of weather and has all the colors of the inspirational photo. I also added a brooch to mimic the intricate button on the top of the pile. All in all, I’m happy with it 🙂

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by her lovely photo!