Four Seasons

Here’s my latest experiment with brooch clustering. It’s the time of transition between winter/spring/summer (because let’s face it, we barely have a spring. Usually it’s just a couple of weeks of horrible humidity before the heat begins), so I thought it would be fun to do a “seasonal” cluster. I was happy to discover that I have all the necessary pieces – the blossoming branch for spring, the bunch of grape for summer, the bird for fall, and the snowflake for winter – and they are all the same color/style too. The rest of the outfit I keep super simple, so the brooches can really shine. All in all, it’s a very cohesive cluster, and probably my favorite so far!


Who’s The Fairest (Isle) Of Them All?

Sorry for that terrible pun of a title. Fair Isle sweater is definitely one of my obsessions this winter season – you’ve seen my cardigan and the navy sweater I wore last week, and here’s another one (all thrifted, of course.) The colors are quite bright, so I’m keeping the rest of the outfit simple and neutral, but I still wanted to put in a little more effort than just pairing it with jeans, hence my white pants. However, I just noticed that there is some pink in the pattern of the sweater that perfectly matches my pink velvet skirt, so if I want to be really daring, I could pair them together. Maybe next season…


Woman Without A Coffee Pot

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Paul C├ęzanne’s “Woman with a Coffee Pot“. These pants (a new-to-me, hand-me-down pair from my mom) are perfect because their color and texture mimic the color and texture of the wall in the painting, and my boots are to reflect the rich brown of the table. The top, however, took some thinking. I was going to wear my navy cable-knit sweater and add a silver brooch, but that was a bit too similar to my “Paul Revere” outfit (I’ve already reworn my white shirt.) In the end, I decided on this Fair Isle sweater instead – there are both gray and white in the pattern, so it’s a nod to the texture on the woman’s dress, the flowers on the wall behind her, and the coffee pot and cup all at the same time. So it’s a bit of a looser interpretation, but I like it.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see all the other outfits for this challenge!


Grandpa-core

If you’ve been following my blog since the early days, you may remember that back then, I used to accessorize with suspenders. I forgot about them when my style became more minimalist, but I’ve recently discovered them again, albeit in more subdued colors. They’re great to add a menswear, Dark Academia touch to my outfit, so expect to see them more often on the blog.

As I lean more into the vintage, Miss Marple-inspired style, I realize that I tend to go for two extremes – either a “schoolgirl” look (like my Audrey Horne cosplay last week) or a “grandpa” look like this, nothing in between. I don’t know what that says about my personal style… I guess that means I don’t go for traditionally feminine vintage style?


Tutti Frutti

I struggled a bit with this week’s SIA inspiration, “Gumball II” by Charles Bell, because it is super colorful and I have nothing nearly as colorful in my closet. However, as luck would have it, I recently thrifted this plaid scarf, and its colors fit the painting perfectly. For the rest of the outfit, I follow the white and brown color scheme of the painting. I also played around with the accessories a bit – I decided to add a cluster of “fruit” brooches, as a nod to the gumball colors and flavors (they do have apple and watermelon flavors, right? We didn’t have them growing up so I had no idea.) Ultimately, despite my initial struggle, I really enjoyed this challenge. What a fun way to close out a year of SIA!

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this. And our call for a new SIA co-host is still open, so drop us a line if you’re interested!