Lotus Pods

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Ray Morimura’s “Lotus Pond” woodblock print. I knew I’d wear this dress/tunic – the color and the lotus motif make it a no-brainer, even though the lotus here is more autumnal than summery. For the rest of the outfit, I’d originally worn it with black pants to mimic the black elements in the print, but they made the outfit look a bit heavy, plus I’d worn black pants with the tunic before. After some debating, I went with these jeans and the clogs. There’s something about their pairing with the tunic that reminds me of Mori style, which I thought would be appropriate for the inspiration; plus, the brown clogs pick up the touches of reddish brown in the print as well.

Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this print!


Desert Hermit

Happy May the Fourth! To be honest, I haven’t kept up with the Star Wars fandom in a while – after the disappointment of The Rise of Skywalker, I just wasn’t invested anymore (I did watch The Mandalorian, but not The Book of Boba Fett and probably not the upcoming Obi-Wan either, despite what the post title says. I like The Mandalorian because at least it explored something newish, instead of just rehashing old characters.) This outfit did not start out as a tribute to Star Wars, but the socks are kind of Tatooine-esque, and I’m posting on May 4th, so I’m still going to pretend it’s a Star Wars-inspired outfit anyway (the truth is that I just wanted to try styling these socks with these clogs to see if I can. The result is not bad, but it’s definitely very casual.)


Lopapeysa

One of my regrets after my trip to Iceland is that I was unable to buy a traditional Icelandic sweater, aka a lopapeysa. The secondhand stores and flea market where I’d planned to shop were closed that day because it was a bank holiday, and the usual shops were too expensive. So when I saw this sweater at a local secondhand shop, I had to snap it up immediately. I don’t know if it’s an authentic lopapeysa – I can only tell that it’s certainly handmade, and it’s real wool (as opposed to synthetic yarn). But the design is spot-on and it’s super warm – we’ve had a cold snap lately, yet this sweater was all I need – so I’m not complaining. And to keep with the Scandinavian style, I’m pairing it with these new-to-me clogs. I’ve been saving them for the summer, but they work here too.