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?

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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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chambray shirt oatmeal cardigan wool blazer black jeans brown boots by 14 shades of greychambray shirt brooch by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Esprit, Jacket & Cardigan: hand-me-downs, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Aldo, Brooch: 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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white sweater plaid scarf maroon jeans by 14 shades of greywhite sweater plaid scarf maroon jeans brown boots by 14 shades of grey

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


Arctic

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It’s still not warm enough to take photos outside, but at least the temperature is in the 50’s instead of 40’s, so I wanted to show you guys what I’ve been wearing this past week – basically all of my warmest shirts and sweaters layered on top of one another, my thickest coat, thickest jeans, and boots. What you don’t see here is fleece-lined tights under my jeans (I would’ve added another pair of socks but then I wouldn’t be able to fit into my boots – and even then my feet are still like icicles) and a wool scarf.

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black jeans brown boots by 14 shades of grey

Think I’m a wimp? Try spending a week in this kind of humid cold, with no heating anywhere, and see how you like it. I would’ve said this:

… except sometimes it’s even colder inside the house.

Shirt & Brooch: local shops, Sweater & Coat: H&M, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Vagabond


Inspired By Marvel’s Ladies #3: Darcy Lewis

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For my last look in the week inspired by the female characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I chose Darcy Lewis, Jane Foster’s sidekick from Thor. Actually my style is closer to Jane’s, which is more utilitarian and less cutesy than Darcy’s, but Jane usually wears a plaid shirt and my one plaid shirt is in the wash, so Darcy it is. This is probably the loosest interpretation of all the outfits, but it still has all the elements of a Darcy outfit – layers, boots, a comfy coat, a scarf, and a beanie. I wore my maroon cardigan to mimic Darcy’s maroon beanie, and chose my stripes-and-stars scarf because it looks comic book-y somehow. Yes, this is similar to the last time I wore this coat, but… eh. I don’t care. When you run a personal style blog for nearly 5 years, you’re bound to repeat outfits sometimes.

And that concludes my Marvel-themed week. That was just what I needed to refresh my wardrobe. And the fun part? With some tweaks, I’d have my costumes for next Halloween!

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Yes, I know she’s wearing a dress here

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Cardigan & Boots: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Coat & Hat: H&M, Scarf: gift

And my looks this week:

navy dress black heels pink belt by 14 shades of greyherringbone jacket black jeans black chelsea boots by 14 shades of grey

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