Angel Applicant

 

Believe it or not, I was actually wearing this outfit when I got Erin’s email about this week’s SIA inspiration – “Angel Applicant” by Paul Klee. That’s what I call serendipity.

Of course, because I put the outfit together before I got the email, some details don’t quite match – like my bow brooch, for example – but the rest of it, from the sweatshirt to the jeans and the boots, is spot on, if I do say so myself.

P/S: I can’t believe I didn’t make the connection before, but between the gray color and the title “Angel Applicant”, the figure in this painting really reminds me of a Weeping Angel. If you don’t know what that is, I suggest you watch “Blink”, one of the most terrifying and arguably most famous episodes of Doctor Who. I promise you’ll find yourself looking over your shoulder at every stone statue you see afterward.

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Leather Jacket, Again

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I know, I’m not dressing according to the theme. I actually wore this earlier this week, so no green. It is, however, the third time I wore my leather jacket this week. It was lying around so I just threw it on. But it’s perfect for the cold, rainy weather, and like a blazer, a leather jacket instantly pulls an outfit together and makes it look more interesting, so it requires very little thought. I’m juggling a million things right now, so anything that makes life a little easier is welcome.

Also, technically it’s spring now, so I wanted to add a spring-time touch with a floral shirt. Revolutionary, I know.

Shirt: hand-me-down, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Din Sko


Happy Hogswatch

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I think black heels would look better with this outfit, but the weather has cooled down (just in time for Christmas), so I went with my Chelsea boots instead. Comfort over fashion, every time.

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And yes, Christmas is here, isn’t it? Somehow this year I can’t seem to bring up any enthusiasm for it. I’ve been too busy to go out and enjoy the atmosphere, my entire family has been too busy (we don’t even have any decoration up in our Christmas corner, just a sad branch of spruce with a green bow on it!), plus the weather has been too warm to feel like real Christmas. I guess I have to watch and read Hogfather again to get into the Christmas, or rather, the Hogswatch spirit. It’s doubly appropriate since we don’t really celebrate Christmas anyway.

So here, in lieu of a “Merry Christmas”…

 Sweatshirt: Earth Music & Ecology, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Boots: Din Sko


Railroad Sunset

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My interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by Edward Hopper’s “Railroad Sunset“, is self-explanatory. I brought an old favorite – this plaid tunic – out of storage and paired it with blue jeans and my black Chelsea boots to mimic the dark shades of blue and green in the painting (in hindsight, my brown ankle boots might have looked better). I then topped it off with a yellow scarf – what else? I thought about adding some orange but decided it would be too much for the outfit (again, my brown boots would’ve been a good choice for some warmer tones – can you tell I’m really regretting not wearing my brown boots?)

Anyway, despite all that, I still quite like the outfit. It’s a good one to close out a whole year of really interesting SIA challenges. Remember to drop by Jen’s blog to check out the other interpretations, and next week I’m going to have a little round-up of my own to look back at my favorite SIA looks of the year.

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Tunic: Urban Outfitters, Jeans: H&M, Boots: Din Sko, Scarf: Target


My First Leather Jacket

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During my last week in Amsterdam, I went into a Zara to look for something for my sister. I didn’t find anything there (I did later end up buying a sweater for her from another store), but this leather jacket caught my eyes. Now, a leather jacket is one of those items often featured on the “must have” list of a well-stocked closet that I never feel is truly necessary. I don’t live in a climate that calls much for a leather jacket, and it’s a bit edgier than my usual style.

Of course, I’m wearing it right now, so you know where this story is going – I bought the jacket anyway. In my defense, it was 75% off (!!!), and real leather to boot. Also, perhaps it was I bought it because every girl around me was sporting a leather jacket (they do love their leather jackets in Europe), or perhaps because I had just read that book on Neil Gaiman and all the talk about his ubiquitous black leather got to my head. Either way, here is my first (and possibly only) leather jacket, and I’m hoping I can wear it more often and in more creative ways than this. And hey, it would be perfect if I ever want to dress up as Jessica Jones again!

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Shirt, Sweatshirt & Jeans: local shops, Jacket: Zara, Boots: Din Sko


All Gray, All Day

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Ever since I moved home and started teaching, January has always been a slow month. We’ve just come out of the New Year and there’s the Lunar New Year around February, so everybody tends to take it easy. Not this year though. Already my two filmmaker workshops have started so my weekend is full again, then I have my usual classes, plus this year I’ve been added to the editing staff of our school’s magazine so there are articles to read, on top of my usual freelance job of script reading and book translating. Ugh, calm down 2016!

Anyway, two things about this outfit: one, there should be more contrast/match between the two grays, but honestly I’m too tired to care. And two, a slender silver long necklace is probably not the best choice with a gray cable-knit sweater, but I kinda like that subtle look. Next time though, I’ll wear it with something darker so it doesn’t get lost.

P/S: This would be a perfect interpretation for this week’s SIA, wouldn’t it?

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Sweater: H&M, Jeans: Mango, Coat: Atmosphere, Boots: Din Sko, Necklace: local shop


The Girl In The Green Scarf

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I was channel-surfing the other day and caught the tail end of Confessions of a Shopaholic. It has Hugh Dancy and Krysten Ritter in it, so I paused. Of course, I flipped to another channel pretty quickly (it’s not my kind of movie like, at all), but I saw the part when the main character auctioned off her clothes and told one of the buyers not to pair a green scarf “with yellow”. Well, it just happened I just bought a green scarf, and I think it’ll look great with yellow – albeit it’s forest green, not teal green like in the movie, and my yellow is actually mustard. What shoes go with these pants though, is another question I haven’t managed to answer yet…

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Sweater & Scarf: local shops, Jeans: Cache, Boots: Din Sko, Brooch: vintage