Peasant

One of the items I’ve been looking for this summer is skirts with novelty prints around the hem – something like this. I haven’t been able to find it yet, but during my search, I stumbled upon this skirt. It doesn’t have the novelty print, but the embroideries are lovely, plus it has pockets – not just side pockets, but back pockets too! The embroideries remind me of traditional Russian embroideries, so I leaned into that folksy feel and paired it with a gingham shirt and lace-up mules to evoke the traditional Russian bast shoes.

Back pockets!


Not-So-Little Miss Sunshine

This outfit is a rare one for me, because I don’t often wear such bright shades together. Usually, I would pair a bright/lighter color with a darker color to balance it out, but the little flower embroideries on this blouse (you can’t even see them in the wide shots because the white is so bright) are so cheerful that I had to echo them in the yellow of the skirt. Those embroideries are also the reason I bought the blouse in the first place – I know pure white like this is no friend to my complexion (it makes me look sallow; ivory/beige would look better), but I can’t resist a cute embroidery.


Dress Renewal

I tend to not feature dresses a lot on the blog – not as much as skirts anyway – because it’s always difficult to turn them into different outfits. Even if you wear different shoes, it would still look the same. Of course, this is a “blog” problem rather than a real-life problem, but still, I would like to show off my dresses more often. But after the SIA outfit last week, when I layered a button-up with a dress, I suddenly remembered that it was an option (provided that the weather isn’t too scorching, of course). So here is another variation of the same look. I like the color combo of navy and mustard yellow, and both the dress and the shirt are very light-weight, so even though it was pretty muggy, they were still comfortable to wear. Definitely going to try more of this!


Girl In Beige And Brown

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Robert Henri’s portrait “Girl in Rose and Gray“. Like I said in my post last week, I don’t really see rose and gray in the painting; rather, I see beige and brown (I guess it’s a case of The dress), so I went with those colors. These culottes are perfect to mimic the drapes of the woman’s dress, and I added a waistcoat and my lace-up mules to reflect the layering and crisscrossing of the fabrics. I’m really happy with how the outfit turns out. Sure, it was a bit hot for a waistcoat, but for SIA, I’m willing to go a little unseasonable.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!


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!