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!

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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


Greensleeves

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Here’s a fashion history fun fact for you guys: back in the 19th century, people used to dye clothes with an arsenic-based pigment. It created a lovely bright green color, but of course, could also give the wearer a lovely case of poisoning as well.

Thankfully we are no longer using that, because I have discovered a newfound love for green. I used to not wear green very often, thinking it washed me out. But then I bought a green coat, and a green scarf after that, and I found out that this shade of deep, forest green (or hunter green) actually has the opposite effect and make me look less sallow that I really am! So bring on the green!

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Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans & Brooch: local shops, Oxfords: Vagabond


Preppy

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“Preppy” is not a word I usually use to describe my style. Yes, I wear a lot of button-ups, oxford shoes, gingham, and cardigans. But I don’t wear pearls. I think my style is a bit more eclectic than that. However, sometimes you just have to go with a cliche, especially when it’s too early in the week and you’re already running out of ideas for outfits.

Basically, this outfit started out with a pair of shoes. I wanted to wear these oxfords with my white pants, simply because I haven’t paired them together. Then I thought, “Hey, that looks kind of preppy,” and figured what the heck, I’ll be literal this time and wear my gingham shirt. A bit boring, but I’m OK with it.

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Shirt: local shop, Pants: Mango, Oxfords: Vagabond, Pin: Forever21


Glassy

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This outfit is super simple and normally I wouldn’t bother blogging it, but I just wanted to show off one of the things I bought from the flea market in The Hague – this eyeglass brooch. There were a lot of pretty brooches there, and I would’ve gladly bought them all, but they were so expensive (well, expensive for me. I limited myself to just 20 euros). In the end, I managed to find a tray filled with odds and ends, dug through it and picked out about four or five brooches, before narrowing it down to just two (again, 20 euros limit). Yeah, I wish I could’ve bought more, but I’m happy with my purchase.

One thing, though: I couldn’t find any enameled flower brooches like the ones that I often wear – and would usually find at the flea markets or thrift stores in the US. I wonder, did they not make them in Europe?

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white button-up eyeglass brooch by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Topshop, Jeans: H&M, Oxfords: Vagabond