A Bookworm’s Problem

We finally had some rain after the scorching heat of last week. Though the rain isn’t as abundant as I’d like and makes the air quite muggy, at least it’s a relief not having to stay inside and have the air condition on all day.

I wore this a used book sale on Wednesday (it’s one of the things I miss about LA – the book sales at the local library every weekend and lunch at the dinner afterward.) I didn’t get a lot, only 4 books, but the again, I’m seriously running out of shelf space. I read a lot of ebooks, which helps, but holding an actual book is still so much better, you know? I also try to implement a “one in, one out” rule with my bookshelves like I do with my closet, but it’s a lot harder. Take Harry Potter, for example – I have both the UK and the US editions, and I’m not giving up either of them. They just look so lovely together.

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Edwardian Shirt

If you’ve read the blog for a while, then you know that Edwardian is one of my favorite style eras. It is my dream to own an Edwardian-inspired lawn dress (something like this), or a shirt or a blouse in a similar style. But now that I’ve found the perfect Edwardian shirt (the ruffles! The collar! The broderie anglaise!), I’ve discovered that I have absolutely no idea what to pair it with. A skirt is out of the question, because it would look like I’m cosplaying as a Gibson Girl. Normal trousers would look too stuffy. In the end, I decided to balance the shirt with a casual pair of jeans, but I forgot that my jeans are low-rise so they don’t look very well with a tucked-in shirt. The only thing I like in this outfit is the brooch, which is clearly born to go with this shirt.

Do you have any idea how to style this shirt? I need help!


Cozy

This week was absolutely crazy in terms of work, so I couldn’t maintain a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule and had to make do with Tuesday-Thursday instead. Oh, and if you’re looking for SIA, it’s coming back next week with Jen’s pick, so stay tuned!

Anyway, about the outfit – it was actually built around the socks. It’s all about the socks for me this season. In winters past, I always left my ankles bare when I wore oxfords and ankle boots, but the no-show socks I wore with them are thin and tend to slide down my heels, which is super annoying. Plus my ankles got really cold. So this year I stocked up on some colorful socks. They’re cozy, and they can add some interest to an outfit. No more cold ankles for me!


Kuroki Neko

This outfit came together very quickly for me. I took one look at the inspiration painting, “Black Cat” by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso, and though, “Yellow, black, and gray. Done.” If it were colder I would’ve worn a gray sweater underneath the black blazer to mimic the texture of the tree trunk, but for now this T-shirt would do.

What actually took a long time is deciding which of my cat brooches to wear. In the end, I opted for this instead of the wooden one, for a bit of sparkle. I figured the outfit was minimalist enough, so it needed some actual bling to stand out.

Don’t forget, you still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits. There are some pretty cool ones already, so this should be a fun round-up!


Variations In Navy And Grey

Here it is. The outfit I planned for SIA. Not as exciting and/or stylish as the one I posted on Monday, is it? I just thought that the polka dot blouse would be a good fit for the gray part of the painting, and the jeans and the brown oxfords are self-explanatory. I was going to wear my “house” necklace as well, because it sort of looks like the houses around the market place in the painting, but what with my lack of interest in jewelry these days, I simply forgot about it. Ah well.

The full round-up will be posted tomorrow, so if you haven’t sent me your outfit photos, there’s still time!


More Cats

Sure, why not. We already started this week on a cat theme, so I might as well roll with it. But there was actually a bit more thinking behind my accessorizing – see, this is my “Mori Girl” blouse, so I tend to reach for the “natural” accessories whenever I wear it (like the lacquered owl brooch last time), in keeping with the Mori Girl aesthetics. I’m not brave enough to try the full Mori Girl look, and it’s not my style anyway, but sometimes a certain item calls for a certain way of styling.

Top: local boutique, Jeans: H&M, Oxfords: Vagabond, Brooch: The Dulcet Fig


Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

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I wore this last week to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter spin-off and sort-of prequel. Even before I saw the movie, I’m already in love with all of its 1920’s costumes, especially Tina’s menswear outfits (although the Aurors’ leather dusters are pretty fabulous too). So I was trying to recreate her look here – a button-up shirt, a tweed jacket, wide-leg wool pants, oxfords, a cloche, and a pendant. I could’ve added my trench coat or wool coat as well, but it was too bulky on top of my jacket. Besides, it’s not that cold yet, and this is supposed to be an “inspired” outfit, not a cosplay. Of course, that didn’t stop me from using my copy of Fantastic Beasts as a prop though 😛

As for the movie, it’s definitely fun and magical, but I can’t help feeling it was two movies crammed into one. The Grindelwald storyline was shoehorned into it and had very little to do with Newt Scamander. It’s a shame, really, because they could’ve developed it into two film series – one family-friendly series about New Scamander’s adventures in the world of cryptozoology, and a darker, PG-13 prequel series about the battle between young Dumbledore and Grindelwald. The movies would be better and the studio would’ve made twice the money. Ugh. Those foolish Muggles!

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white shirt tweed jacket wool pants brown oxfords cloche hat by 14 shades of greyA fantastic beast of my own!

Shirt: Topshop, Jacket & Pants: hand-me-down, Oxfords: Vagabond, Cloche: Target, Necklace: local shop