Striped Embroideries

For this week’s SIA, inspired by an 18th-century embroidery sample, I immediately knew I’d wear this embroidered sweatshirt. The bottom, however, required a bit of thinking. I could pair it with my black or gray jeans and be done with it, but I wanted to do something a little different, so in the end, I decided to layer the sweatshirt on top of this striped dress to reflect the striped background of the sample. Finishing off is my trusted pair of embroidered boots, just in case there aren’t enough embroideries in this outfit.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog for more outfits inspired by this work!


A Whale Of A Time

I’m very excited about the cool weather – it’s sunny in the photos, but it’s actually pretty crisp – and this smiling whale brooch perfectly captures my mood (my sister just went on a trip and this is her present for me. She knows me well.) Look at how content he is! I know I’m going to whine in about a month or so when the cold snaps start arriving and the days are gray and depressing, but for now, I’m enjoying myself.


Sock It To Me

What’s this? A sweatshirt? Jeans? Socks?!!! That’s right, friends, fall weather has truly arrived in Hanoi. It’s been hovering around the edge of the days for a while now, but this past week, after some heavy rain, we can put away our fans and summer clothes and finally enjoy the cooler weather. It means I can bring out the fun socks I’ve been saving since the summer – I got a bunch of them in an end-of-season sale, so expect to see a lot of them in the weeks to come!


My socks have cats on them, so I figured it made sense to feature a photo of my dog (my cats are lazy and hid in my blanket at the first hint of the cold)


Crochet

So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, as inspired by Susanna Bauer’s crocheted leaves. It’s pretty self-explanatory – my pants and shoes are to mimic the brown shades of the leaves, and my top is to mimic the crocheting. I have a confession to make, though – this was from a couple of weeks ago, when the weather was still pretty warm (the weather has been flip-flopping these past two weeks between crisp and sunny and miserable and rainy.) I’d had an idea of featuring this artwork in SIA, so I just put the outfit together before announcing the inspiration. Is that cheating? I don’t think so, because I still put together the outfit with the artwork in mind, right? I just planned way, way ahead. Besides, is there even such a thing as “cheating” in SIA?

Anyway, if you still haven’t sent me your outfit yet, you have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by these leaves!


Summer Top, Fall Bottom

The weather may be cooling down considerably now but it’s mostly just in the morning and at night. At noon, it’s still in the 80s and pretty hot. So I’ve taken to dress in what I call “summer on top, fall on bottom” – like this outfit, for example. In the morning, I just put a button-up or a light jacket on top (which I have to, anyway, to keep out the dust and stuff – it’s way too polluted around here) and I’ll be fine.


Taking photos with the one yellow leaf in our yard to pretend that it’s fall…


Uncool Girl

This outfit was inspired by Kristen Stewart. I’m not usually a fan of her style (nothing wrong with it, it’s just not me); however, this outfit is fairly real-world-applicable and I have all the similar pieces – the black belt in a nod to the black stripe on the top – so I thought it’d be easy to put together. I can never dream of looking as cool as K-Stew, but hey, I’m not trying to be. I’ll just be my own dorky self 🙂


Autumn

I had a different outfit planned for this week’s SIA, inspired by Edouard Manet’s “Autumn (Study of Mery Laurent)“. Unfortunately, I’d spent the entire last week laid up in bed with the flu (I still haven’t fully recovered yet), so I had to make do with an outfit from the week before last instead. It doesn’t have the dark, rich brown or the floral touches of the inspiration painting, but at least it has the blue and the brown, and under these circumstances, it’s the best I can do.

Don’t forget to drop by Kim’s blog tomorrow to see other outfits inspired by this painting!