DoodleBob

It’s obvious that brooches are my go-to accessories, my signature even. And although I tend to stick to the vintage-style brooches, being the nerd that I am, occasionally, I can’t resist a more modern novelty pin. Take this pin, for example – I literally shrieked out “DoodleBob! Mee hoy minoy!” when I saw it at my favorite secondhand watch & jewelry shop. The owner mistakenly labeled it as a “paper and pencil” pin, but I guess she isn’t as well-versed in SpongeBob Squarepants lore as I am.

And of course, with a modern pin, I kept the outfit modern too. This bomber jacket is a vintage find – I’m guessing it’s from the 80s or 90s – but I paired it with jeans and a white button-up to avoid making it look too outdated.


Experimenting

One of the things I want to do with my closet during this whole quarantine is to try out different silhouettes and figure out how to style pieces that I don’t often wear – like this linen dress, for example. The heavy linen makes it too warm for summer but not warm enough for winter, plus it’s too loose on me. So far I’ve only worn it twice, once as a jacket and once with a sweater layered on top. This is another attempt to layer it in a jacket-like manner, but I don’t think it works – some people can pull off the loose silhouette, while I just look like a fancier version of The Dude. I guess I’m just going to wear it as a skirt from now on, or maybe take it to a tailor to get the top taken in (after the pandemic is over, of course.)


Heart And Rainbow

Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration, the tapestry “Damunt de tu nom├ęs les flors” by Spanish textile artist, Carles Delclaux Is. At first, the colors really stumped me, until I remembered my maroon jeans – though it is more red/brown than purple, it is OK for the background of the tapestry. The exuberant patterns are also a challenge, but by a stroke of luck, I just bought this rainbow-colored neck buff, which is perfect (it also works as a beanie.) To top it off, I added my heart brooch to reflect the heart motif. It doesn’t go that well with the rest of the outfit, but it goes well with the tapestry, so I’m happy.

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece of textile art!


Cold Weather Uniform

This has been my uniform for the past few weeks now – actually, it is my uniform for the past few winters, in fact. It rarely gets colder for anything else than a long-sleeve top, a blazer, jeans, and ankle boots. Sometimes I would switch the blazer for a sweater and change the silhouette of the jeans (from skinny to boyfriend to wide-leg), or add a scarf or a brooch to liven things up, but otherwise, this is it. It does make getting dressed in the morning a little easier.


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*