When I put together this outfit for the next Winter Edition Challenge prompt, “Bright Colors”, I intended to just have the jacket and the blue socks as my “bright” elements, but it felt too monochromatic, so I decided to add the orange/red scarf that I made from a piece of leftover fabric. It wasn’t until I looked at the photos that I realized, all I need is a beret and a pencil mustache and I can be your stereotypical Frenchman. You know, this guy (the string of onions has to do with the origin of the look – it came from the Breton farmers who sold onions door-to-door in the UK back in the day, nicknamed “Onion Johnny“.)

Shirt: Forever21; Jacket: Pendleton, thrifted
Jeans & socks: Target; Booties: ShopRuche
Scarf: self-made (it’s polyester, so I didn’t even hem it, I just singed the edge to keep it from fraying.)

Take A Bow

Anybody watched the Golden Globes? I don’t know if it was because I was half asleep when I watched it, or because I didn’t care about most of the nominations, or because Ricky Gervais wasn’t as drunk as he was last year, but I found it mind-numbingly boring. So Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet won. Again. Hurrah. The only win I’m happy about is The Artist (I haven’t seen it, but I want to. From what I heard it’s pretty amazing.) And Peter Dinklage, of course. Everybody looked good though, or at least there wasn’t any red carpet disaster.

Anyway, I was invited to participate in the ABC’s of Style challenge by Kayla of My Greatest Hits. Since I’m always looking for style inspirations, I jumped at the chance. I missed the first one, “A is for Army-inspired”, so here’s my submission for “B is for Bows.”

T-shirt & Coat: Forever21 (it doesn’t show in the photos, but this coat is a dust and lint magnet!)
Skirt: thrifted, Boots: ShopRuche, Tights: Target, Bow: self-made

The Last Leaf

I blame blogging for putting into my head the idea of only wearing certain colors during a certain time/season. Take today’s outfit for example. Before I started the blog, I would not think twice about wearing an orange sweater (it appears red in the photos, but it’s actually more of a rust/pumpkin color. I need to fix my white balance) in December – not that I had one back then. But now I’m like, “Is it too much of a fall color? Should I just wear holiday colors now?” Which is silly, of course.

Still, I feel that, for me at least, there is a certain amount of playing dress up when it comes to personal style blogging. I just have to make sure that what I wear every day is not too much of a costume that I lose the “personal” part of it. So for this, I made it even more of a “fall” outfit by adding the leaf brooch. Winter or not, I’m still going to dress like it’s fall if I want to.

Sweater: Target
Jeans: Forever21, remixed
Boots: ShopRuche, remixed
Brooch: Getty Center gift shop

Color Coordinated Or OCD?

Tunic (usually belted) + skinny jeans + boots has been my go-to outfit formula for a while, but I never thought to pair it with booties until I saw a girl at work wear something similar. I like the silhouette, but I’m a little iffy about the details – namely, the colors. Like how the green of the print doesn’t match the teal/green of my jeans and how the tan of my boots is darker than the tan of my blazer.

So what do you guys think – is this a case to apply my OCD about matching colors, or does it work?

Tunic: Handmade Store, remixed
Blazer & Jeans: thrifted, remixed
Boots: ShopRuche, remixed
Bracelet: Self-made

Still Figuring It Out

I have to say, now that I make myself take pictures outside, my apartment building ain’t half-bad…


Dress: I Love Ronson thrifted, remixed
Leggings: Charlotte Russe, remixed
Boots: ShopRuche (I’d been drooling over this pair last winter, and they were always sold out, so when they got back in stock I jumped at it, only to find – a week later!!! – the very same pair sold at the mall for $15 less! Grrr….)
Jacket (below): Gap thrifted

I’m still trying to figure this jacket out.

See this face? It’s my “I’m not so sure” face.

Oh well. I’ll wear it, see how it works out.

Pretty trees…

I sound so spaced out today. Just got nothing interesting to say, I guess.