Dressing Up A Dress

One of the reasons I don’t wear dresses that often is because a dress is an entire outfit on its own – I know, that’s precisely the reason some people only wear dresses, because they’re supposedly easier, but for me, I find that a bit boring. You can change the shoes and the accessories, but it still looks the same, unlike separates where you can combine different colors and silhouettes.

When I try styling a dress differently, like with this one, I’d usually end up with this – overwrought and overthought. I thought it looked OK when I first put it on, but now looking back at the photos, I see that it’s a mess – the shoes and the belt don’t go with each other, the shoes don’t go with the dress, and the brooch is not necessary. I guess I just need to stop overthinking it and let the dress shine on its own.

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Summer Flower

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Daenel’s photo of a pink/purple coneflower, I knew I wanted to wear my green linen pants – I only have a few green things in my closet, and given the weather, these pants were the natural choice. However, for the top, I was stumped. The other colors in the photos are pink, purple, golden yellow and dark orange, which are not very present in my closet, and I already wore a pink top with these green pants for another SIA challenge.

In the end, I decided to go with this embroidered top. Sure, it’s mainly white, but the colors of the embroideries can mimic the shades of pink/purple/red in the photo, and finally, I chose my brown oxfords for the yellow/orange shades (since I don’t actually have anything yellow or orange!) All in all, the outfit is not as close to the inspiration piece as I’d like, but at least it’s wearable and comfy. I’d rather have that than to force myself into some ridiculous getup just to meet the inspiration.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday for other outfits inspired by this lovely photo!


April Flowers

I had several ideas for this week’s SIA, inspired by the cover of a Gregory & Son seed catalogue, but because the weather has been so unpredictable lately (last week it went from 70 degrees one day to 100 the next!!!), I didn’t decide what to wear until the day of. I simply picked out the main colors in the inspiration image – gray, green, pink/red, and a touch of brown – and pulled pieces from my closet accordingly. My scarf also has a floral print on it, though it may be difficult to see.

By a stroke of luck, our rose bushes have started blooming – and there are roses in the image as well. I wanted to take photos with the flowers, but because of the position of the rose bushes, it proved to be impossible, so here are some photos of the flowers instead:

Don’t forget to stop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see how others interpret this springlike image!


Non-Equestrian

This week’s SIA inspiration, “Personnages aux Chevaux” by French artist Marcelle Cahn, is a true challenge for me. At first, I thought about going the equestrian route – my brown riding boots would be a good choice for both the colors and the theme – but then I didn’t know what pants to pair them with to mimic the rest of the painting. Then I thought about color blocking, but I don’t have the exact colors in my wardrobe. In the end, I decided to pick out the pieces that are closest in colors and put them together. I also added my pendant necklace as an interpretation of the exaggerated eyes in the painting.

The result is… interesting, I guess? Not bad, exactly. Although I’m leaning toward this kind of loose-fitting silhoutte now, I certainly would never pair these items together if it wasn’t for SIA, so at least it’s something new.

Don’t forget to check out Kim’s blog to see other interpretations of this painting!


Glassed Up

I don’t know if that post title makes sense or not. I’m just trying to find a play on the word “glass”, since this outfit is inspired by the blown glass flasks picked by Daenel, and I already titled a post “Glassy” (terrible, terrible pun totally intended), so this is the best I could do.

Anyway, on to the outfit. I used the main colors of the flasks as the jumping-off point, hence the green pants and brown oxfords. There is yellow too, but that shade of greenish yellow would look horrible on me, so I opted for my tan sweater instead. The sweater also has a texture that mimics the pattern of the flasks, so win-win. And finally, I topped it off with my glass brooch, and voil√†! All done. I’m pretty happy with this outfit, as it is a good interpretation of the inspiration (if I do say so myself) but still works well on its own.

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see the other outfits inspired by these cool flasks!


Artist’s Wear

This summer, I’ve been doing something a little different with my vacation time. Beside catching up on my freelance projects, I’ve also been taking an art class – watercolor, to be precise. And this is usually what I wear to class, complete with a giant bag to hold my palette, portfolio, and painting board. It’s a sitting-on-the-floor type of class, so I need something comfortable that allows me to cross my legs, hence the baggy pants. Also, even though watercolor is far less messy than oil paint, I still manage to get paint on myself, being the klutz that I am, so I pick a top where the paint won’t show.

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know I’ve dabbled in watercolor before, but I’ve never taken an actual class, so it’s been really fun. To be honest, it’s nothing I can’t learn from Youtube, but I need a class to give me the inspiration and motivation to paint everyday. I’m going to show you guys some of my paintings soon!


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 diner afterward.) I didn’t get a lot, only 4 books, but then 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.