Covered Bridge

Thank the gods for SIA. Without it, I would’ve probably spent this entire winter in gray. Of course, this outfit is not a riot of colors either, but at least it’s not all-gray, is it? The main colors in the inspiration piece (Daenel’s photo of the Burfordville Covered Bridge) are brown, black, and light blue, so that’s what I went with. My brown blazer, black jeans, and brown Chelsea boots made the base of the outfit, and I added to that a chambray shirt for a touch of blue and another brown element (my scarf) for good measure. (I’m watching a cooking show as I write this, maybe that’s why my description of my outfit sounds like a recipe :P)

Anyway, don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog tomorrow to see other interpretations of this piece, and come back next week for an exciting announcement – our new co-host!

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Slouchy Sweater

We finally got the first cold snap of the year! Everybody keeps saying that this is going to be the coldest winter in a 100 years or something like that, but we haven’t seen anything colder than 75F. It’s colder now, but not by much – I only had to wear a thin cotton camisole underneath my sweater. I know, I know, I shouldn’t wish for cold weather, because when it does get colder, I’m going to be an absolute wimp, but I miss my tweed blazer and leather jacket, you know?


Rogue One

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Around this time last year, I wore my “dark side” outfit to see The Force Awakens, so this year, for Rogue One, I considered wearing something inspired by the Rebellion. However, at the end, I couldn’t think of anything, so here’s the unrelated outfit I wore to the theater.

I liked the movie. It’s definitely fan service, as in, you kinda have to be a Star Wars fan to fully enjoy it. But even if you miss out on the Easter eggs, you can still enjoy it. It was different, in a good way, from your normal Star Wars fare – it’s more of a war film than a sci-fi adventure, and some of the new characters are pretty awesome. Hey, who knows, maybe they’ll do more spin-offs of the spin-off to explore those characters. The Star Wars universe is big enough now (and has made so much money) that anything can happen (to make more money).

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Sweater: Atmosphere, Jeans: local shop, Jacket: Zara, Scarf: Candies, Boots: Clark


British Preppy

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I was so happy with my Fantastic Beasts-inspired outfit last week that I decided to try it again this week. Now, this is an even looser interpretation of the look than my previous outfit, but it’s built on the same elements – lots of neutral colors, tweed/wool, and oxford shoes. Very important, oxford shoes. For some reason, I can’t seem to wear these pants with anything other than oxfords. There’s something about their material and the cut that immediately makes me think of a British professor (hence the title), so oxfords would be the natural shoes of choice.

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Top: Earth Music & Ecology, Pants: Esprit (hand-me-down), Coat: Mango, Scarf: Candies, Shoes: local shop


Quilted

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And I’m back, both to work and to the blog, after the Lunar New Year Break. Before the break, three weeks seemed so long, but now I felt like I’ve hardly gotten any rest at all. Mostly because I spent the entire time catching up on my translating work. Never mind, we’re going to have another break at the end of April and by then I should be finished, I can rest then. And I’m planning a proper break this summer (shh! it isn’t finalized yet and I don’t want to jinx it.)

Anyway, here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Harriet Powers’ “Bible Quilt”. I picked this sweater and skirt for their textures and neutral colors, and add in some touches of gray and brown. You can’t see my tights, but they’re actually gray polka dots, to echo the polka-dot animals on the quilt. I admit, the untucked sweater and skirt look a bit frumpy together, but I like it.

Drop by Jen’s blog tomorrow to see how others interpret this unique piece of art!

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Sweater: local shop, Skirt: Zalora, Scarf: Candies’, Tights: Target, Boots: Aldo


Outfit Completer

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The weather has finally warmed up somewhat, enough for me to take photos outside without being bundled up in a huge coat, but it’s still cold enough to require several layers and a big scarf. Or maybe it’s just me, because the cold snap has left me a souvenir – a lingering case of the sniffles 😦 Hopefully it’ll go away before the Lunar New Year. It sucks to be sick during the holiday.

Anyway, about the outfit: I’m a bit tired of gray and black after these last few days, so I decided to bring in some colors. In my enthusiasm, I might have worn one color too many, and the outfit ended up looking kind of awkward… until I had the idea of adding this scarf. It has all the colors of my sweater, jeans, and boots, so it brings them all together as a whole. It sounds like such a no-brainer, doesn’t it, the idea of having a piece that pulls the entire outfit together? Yet I haven’t thought about it before. But now that I do, I’m definitely going to use it more often to make my outfits more cohesive.

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Sweater: hand-me-down, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Boots: Vagabond, Scarf: Candie’s


Weekly Capsule 50.2: Busy Bee

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OK, I wasn’t really busy at the film fest, but it’s called “The Golden Bee”, and I couldn’t pass up the chance use that as the post title, could I? The festival is hosted once every two years by our school for student filmmakers around the country, and this was my first year working it. My job was to tally up the votes for the viewers’ choice award, and mostly I just stayed inside the theater and watched the films along with the audience. Mind you, this is not exactly Sundance, but some of the films are pretty well-made (for virtually no money – they’re students’ films after all), and it’s always interesting to watch the audience’s reactions. The three most popular films with the audience won also the bronze, silver, and gold prizes from the judges, so I’d say the audience’s reactions are pretty accurate. (I’m considering using these as examples in my classes next semester.)

Anyway, I wore a variation of this outfit for each of the two days I had to work at the festival (not counting the opening and the award ceremony.) Since I was just running around behind the scene, I opted for something casual and comfy.

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Shirt: thrifted, Jeans: Mango, Boots & Cardigan: hand-me-down (the cardigan is an actual grandpa cardigan since it used to be my dad’s), Scarf: Candies