Monkey Business

OK, so there is no monkey in my outfit, but there are birds! This is the only animal-themed shirt I own (beside my cat T-shirt), so it would have to do for this outfit inspired by a monkey trading card of the Allen & Ginter tobacco company. For the rest of the outfit, I stuck to the green-and-brown color scheme of the card and also added a pin – it could be a feather or a palm frond, depending on how you look at it – to mimic the details of the card.

This has been a really fun SIA challenge. If you haven’t sent your outfit to Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com), do so by Tuesday, and don’t forget to drop by her blog to see other interpretations of this card!

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Edwardian Shirt

If you’ve read the blog for a while, then you know that Edwardian is one of my favorite style eras. It is my dream to own an Edwardian-inspired lawn dress (something like this), or a shirt or a blouse in a similar style. But now that I’ve found the perfect Edwardian shirt (the ruffles! The collar! The broderie anglaise!), I’ve discovered that I have absolutely no idea what to pair it with. A skirt is out of the question, because it would look like I’m cosplaying as a Gibson Girl. Normal trousers would look too stuffy. In the end, I decided to balance the shirt with a casual pair of jeans, but I forgot that my jeans are low-rise so they don’t look very well with a tucked-in shirt. The only thing I like in this outfit is the brooch, which is clearly born to go with this shirt.

Do you have any idea how to style this shirt? I need help!


Apple And Bicycle

“Apple and Bicycle” sounds like the title of an alphabet book, doesn’t it? The weather is steadily warming up now, but I still have a few straggling outfits left to post from the good ole days when it was still cool. It’ll be at least 7 more months before I can start wearing things like these again.

On an unrelated note, I went to see “Avengers: Infinity War” earlier today and it was everything I expected. Namely, it’s a lot of fun, all the set pieces are spectacular, and most of the character interactions are enjoyable (I only wish they cut out some stuff with the Guardians of the Galaxy), but it won’t work if you’re not steeped in the MCU. And it’s bloated. Oh so bloated. But you can’t juggle that many characters and storylines without being weighed down by them. At least I could follow each story and understand what the characters are trying to do, and the story beats more or less hit their marks, which is more than I can say for Age of Ultron or most of the DC films.


Ink Wash

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by “Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow” after the style of Tang Yin. It’s very self-explanatory, as you can see – this top is perfect for the ink-wash trees in the painting, and I kept the rest of the outfit in neutral earth tones to reflect the subdued monotone of the painting.

This, if you remember, is also Erin’s last challenge as a SIA host, and while we are sad to lose her, fear not. SIA will still continue as usual, and I hope we can meet Erin again as a participant. Good luck, Erin! We’ll miss you!


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!


A Bold Bluff

My interpretation of this week’s SIA painting, “A Bold Bluff” by C.M. Coolidge, is pretty self-explanatory. I chose my sweater and my jacket for their textures and colors to mimic the colors and textures of the dogs’ furs, and my jeans and my scarf are to mimic the colors of the table, the walls and the drapes (even though my jeans are more purple-red than maroon.) Simple.

I did try to get my dogs to pose with me, but they were being less than cooperative. Isn’t that always the way? They’re constantly photobombing me whenever I try to get a “clean” shot, but the moment I want them in the photos with me, they suddenly become camera-shy. Well, not actually camera-shy, because one of them was really mugging for the camera. Like so:

Her poker face needs some work

Guess she just didn’t want to compete with me for the spotlight.

Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for the full round-up of other outfits!