Northern Lights

 

My outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Frederic Edwin Church’s “Aurora Borealis“, is a bit of a loose interpretation. I thought about wearing one of my pleated velvet skirts to mimic the luminescent light, but ultimately, I decided on this wool skirt instead because the dark background + brighter plaid actually reflected the painting quite well. I paired it with my Fair Isle sweater because it’s similar to a Nordic/Icelandic sweater, and of course, Nordic countries are often where you go to catch the Aurora, so I thought it would be appropriate. Plus, it also has that dark background + bright pattern that is reminiscent of the Aurora. All in all, I’m quite pleased with how the outfit turned out.

Don’t forget to send me your outfit if you haven’t done so (the deadline is Tuesday) and to check back here on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!


False Winter

I’ve been hearing my friends in the Northern Hemisphere complaining about the “false spring” they had – apparently the weather warmed up briefly, making everybody excited for spring, before the cold returned. I can’t sympathize though, because our spring is horrible (humid, muggy, moldy) and we barely had a winter to begin with.

Take this sweater, for example. I thrifted it because it reminds me of Chris Evans’s pretentious distressed sweater in Knives Out, and also in anticipation of a freezing winter, according to the weather forecast. Well, I should’ve known better than to listen to the weather forecast – other than a few days when the temperature dipped below 15 degrees Celsius (about 60F, which for us is pretty cold), it never really got cold enough for a thick sweater like this. That’s global warming for you. Here is the best I can do. It was during one of the coldest days we had, but between the skirt and the floral brooch, the outfit still felt more spring-like than winter.


Woman With A Dog

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA challenge, inspired by Pierre Bonnard’s “Woman with a Dog“. I went with the textures and a similar pattern (plaid vs. gingham), and although the colors are not quite the same (the colors in the original painting are more navy/mustard, while mine are more green/cognac), I’m quite happy with it. Best of all, my “skirt” is actually culottes, so they’re super comfy to wear.

I tried to get my dogs in the photos with me, but they wouldn’t have it. Just typical. When I want a clean shot, they have no problems photo-bombing me, but when I actually want them in the photos with me, they’re like this:

Well, I had to make do with my dog brooch instead.