Bug Bites

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by one of Amber Share’s “Subpar Parks” posters, based on one-star reviews of the Sequoia National Park. I actually built the entire outfit around this T-shirt – it’s one of the rare new things I bought recently (from the boys’ section of Uniqlo – why can’t the women’s section have cute shirts like this?). The green color and the graphic print are perfect to mimic the poster, and I paired it with these pants and shoes to mimic the brown tree trunks.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this poster!


Channeling Audrey

At the risk of sounding really basic, I’m totally channeling Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday with this outfit. The general feel of the outfit is there though my skirt is not quite right, my shirt (a hand-me-down from my mom) has a camp collar rather than a normal button-up, and I’m missing a neckerchief. Actually, I built this entire outfit around the shoes. I don’t often go for such obvious inspiration, but when I saw that Aundrey was wearing lace-up flats in the still image (I didn’t pay much attention to her shoes when I was watching the movie – I only remembered the shirt and the skirt), I immediately thought of my lace-up mules and the rest of the outfit came together from there.


Hedge Witch

I recently saw this lovely print collection of different “witch” aesthetics and thought if I were a witch, I’d be a hedge witch all the way (in those “Which Hogwarts professor are you?” quizzes, I always get Professor Sprout.) I guess it came from having a gardener for a dad and growing up surrounded by a rambling garden, and it certainly explains why I’m always drawn to botanical/floral prints.

The print is so cute that I was inspired to put together an outfit with this “hedge witch” aesthetic. The thing is, my style is not witchy at all – when I think “witchy”, I think loose, flowy silhouettes, fringes, black, basically like the cast of American Horror Story: Coven. So this is what I came up with – it is as “witchy” as I can get, while still staying close to my everyday style.


Holiday In My Head

This year, due to COVID and the school closing, we don’t have much of a summer holiday – well, none at all in my case. My niece and nephew still get about a month off, but for us, we pretty much went straight from wrapping up the spring-summer semester to preparing for the fall-winter semester, with no break in between. Plus, it doesn’t look like we can travel anywhere soon – our family was going on a weekend trip to celebrate my dad’s 70th birthday, but we’re facing a second wave of infection, so that was canceled 😦

Of course, I’m itching to travel, but between work and the pandemic still raging, I’m OK with not traveling for a while. I can quench my wanderlust by looking at my Pinterest “Travel” board and putting together an outfit like this. It just needs a straw hat, and I can pretend I’m in the French Riviera.

P/S: The post title is a song by Smash Mouth, and I felt so incredibly old when I looked it up and realized it was released 18 years ago. I remember being in high school and listening to it! It can’t have been 18 years ago!


Wear Your Mask

So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by a Tlingit ceremonial mask. The main colors are yellow, olive, and brown, but most of my yellow things are more gold/mustard, so I decided to go with the brown and olive and take my inspiration more from the texture of the mask – hence my linen shirt and woven mules. I also added my yellow belt and my brooch, which has most of the colors of the mask.

In other news, this is my first all-thrifted outfit – except for the accessories, but they’re old anyway – and I’m quite happy with it. My closet is pretty well stocked, so between my thrifted piece and what I already have, I think it can last me a while.

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece. And wear your mask!