Sheep By The Sea

It’s SIA time! The inspiration this week is Rosa Bonheur’s “Sheep by the Sea”, and by a stroke of luck, we just had a cold snap this week, so here I am, in sweater and wool culottes and boots – unimaginable, considering this time last year I was still wearing a single layer. The cold snap is not going to last long, but even then, the weather is not warming up too much. It looks like we’re going to get some proper fall weather this year, hurray!

Anyway, back to the outfit. I knew I’d wear this sweater, which perfectly captures the color and texture of the sheep’s woolly coats, but the rest of it took some thinking. Eventually, I remembered this pair of culottes, since they have the brown and green of the background in the painting. Plus the tag says Glen Prince (from what I can gather it’s a British wool company), which is very apt, considering the painting is supposedly of the Scottish Highlands. Finally, I added a little neckerchief to mimic the blue sky, and these boots to finish the outfit. I was trying to pull off the whole “Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral” look, not sure if I succeed, but I like it.

Don’t forget to drop by Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this lovely painting!


Uniform Variant

So here’s a variation on my “cold weather uniform” – it still consists of a turtleneck, jeans, blazer, and boots, but because we just had a cold snap, the turtleneck is a sweater and the boots are taller. I wasn’t happy with the blazer – I should’ve gone with an actual jacket – but it gets the job done. And because of the boots, which are kind of equestrian to me, I had to add my Western brooch.

I just realized that I tend to go seasonal with not just my clothes but my jewelry as well. Take this brooch, for example – I almost never wear in during the warmer month (mostly because it’s too heavy for my summer clothes, but also something about the Western theme makes me only want to pair it with jeans and boots.) In the fall, I’d wear my leaf brooches, and I’d wear my flower brooches more often during spring and summer. I guess it makes sense to me because most of my brooches usually have clear “themes” to them, but does anyone else do this?


St. Patrick’s Day

A few housekeeping notes first: I’m keeping my Cuba travel post to one per week because 1) it takes a long time to write one of those posts and assemble all the pictures so I just don’t have the time to write more; 2) I don’t want to overload the blog with too many travel posts at once; and 3) I want to drag it out so I can relive the trip for as long as possible.

Also, until I’m done with the travel posts, I will try to maintain at least one outfit post per week, and this week, here’s a green outfit, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day:

I got this sweater from the boys’ section of the store, can you believe it? Apparently I wasn’t the only one that set my eyes on it either, because when I brought it to the check-out counter, several ladies in line asked where I saw it and were really disappointed to learn it was the only one left.

I didn’t wear this specifically for St. Patrick’s Day – this outfit was from a while ago, and I think I was subconsciously influenced by Link from The Legend of Zelda – but St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, so it’s perfect, isn’t it?


Rabbit Hunt

I wore this outfit before I picked “Dogs Playing Poker” as the inspiration for this week’s SIA, but it would work pretty well for SIA too, wouldn’t it? If the painting had feature rabbits instead of dogs, that is…

Anyway, on an unrelated note, today is the last day of work before my long winter/Lunar New Year break, and I’m taking a pretty exciting 2-week trip (more on that later), but I’m not going to be able to post during that time. I will schedule all the outfits I have backlogged on my computer and all the SIA challenges if possible, but if not, expect things to be a little quiet around here during the last two weeks of February. See ya!


Tweedy

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I had a different vision of this outfit. When I first put it together, I imagined something a little preppy, a little avuncular, like something a college professor would wear (hey, I am a college professor. Kind of.) But then when I saw it was drizzling a little, I decided to switch my oxfords for my riding boots, and suddenly it became something an English country gentleman would wear instead. Hey, all I need is a deerstalker cap and a hunting rifle and I wouldn’t look out of place on a Downton Abbey Christmas special. And I am OK with that.

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Shirt: Esprit, Jacket & Cardigan: hand-me-downs, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Aldo, Brooch: local shop