Dressed Up

Last week our school celebrated its 38th birthday, so I had to dress up a bit with this dress from my sister – she bought it for herself but it doesn’t fit and non-returnable, so she passed it on to me. I like the outfit, but to be honest, it feels a little dated to me. It’s been such a long time since I wore something like this – in fact, I wore a very similar outfit way back when the blog first started, in 2011 (gosh! Such a long time ago!) – that it doesn’t really feel like “me” anymore.

Anyway, this dressy outfit seems like an appropriate one to close out the year. In the next two weeks, I’m going to post a series of yearly reviews, so stay tuned!


O Tannenbaum

red dress white cardigan green shoes by 14 shades of grey

I wasn’t going to do an outfit post today, but I remembered that Kate of The Perpetual Student’s Wife is going to host a Holiday Look link-up and I wanted to contribute something, so here we go. I was looking to incorporate the holiday colors without turning into a walking Christmas tree, hence the red and white and just a hint of green. Still a little literal, but that’s OK. I’m wearing this to the Christmas pageant at my niece’s kindergarten, so I don’t have to be subtle about it.

P/S: I’m sorry for the wrinkled mess that is my dress. I ironed it, but by the time I put it on it was already like this again. I gave up.

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christmas tree broochred dress white cardigan green shoes by 14 shades of grey

red dress white cardigan by 14 shades of grey

Head to toe: thrifted, except for tights from Target

One Of The Pack

So I followed the blogger’s cliché and finally got a Jason Wu for Target dress. I know, I know, I said I’ve sworn off shopping because I can’t afford to cram any more clothes into my suitcases. But after seeing this everywhere around the blogosphere and then finding it, on sale for 50% off, in my size, and with the belt intact (there were a number of these missing their belts, which was kinda weird), how could I not? Besides, it’s pretty light and I can easily roll it up so it won’t add much bulk either. Just this once, I promise 🙂

P/S: I’ve watched Game of Thrones. Kudos to the show for still being able to shock me (the ending of the episode, not the very last scene, but the scenes leading up to it… *shudders*)

Dress: Jason Wu for Target, Cardigan: Ann Taylor (thrifted)
Flats: Payless, Necklace: gift shop in Venice

Style Imitating Art #1

After my “inspired by a painting” outfit a couple of weeks ago, Jess of Animated Cardigan and I decided to collaborate on a challenge called Style Imitating Art, where you would take a painting and interpret it – whether it’s the use of colors, textures, or lines – into an outfit. Jess went first, and she picked A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Manet:

There are a lot of things to draw inspiration from here, but I focused on two main elements for my outfit – the colors (a pair of orange heels would’ve been perfect, but you can’t have everything), and the lace detail. The funny thing is, I’ve worn two outfits which can be seen as interpretation of this painting, so I had to think outside the box a bit. It worked out too, because the ABC’s of Style challenge is “U for Unexpected” – and layering a blazer over a cardigan is certainly unexpected for me.

So, a good start to a fun challenge. Read Jess’ post if you want to know more about it, and tune in next Monday when I announce my painting!

Blazer: thrifted, Cardigan: Ann Taylor thrifted
Pants: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Forever21
Brooch: vintage

What Winter?

It’s the first Everybody Everywear challenge of the new year. The theme is “Black and White”, and it speaks volume to how much my style has evolved that I actually thought I would miss a pop of color. Thankfully the polka dots and the lace keep the outfit interesting enough. (I just realized, I wore this dress for the previous EBEW challenge too!)

And yes, I finally buckled down on my no-leg-shaving-in-winter rule, because there’s no way I’m going to wear tights when it’s 75 degrees out. It really is not fair. I’ve waited forever to bring out my winter clothes, I barely got to wear them, and now it’s warm again.

Dress & belt: vintage via Maggie’s Farm Vintage, remixed
Cardigan: Ann Taylor thrifted, remixed
Flats: thrifted, remixed
Necklace: Forever21

Black + White | Everybody, Everywear

Orange & Oranges

This month’s EBEW challenge is colored tights, so I think it’s only appropriate that I brought out my first pair of colored tights that I struggled so much to style when I first bought them. The dress + cardigan combo is nothing to write home about, but I’d like to keep it simple so that when combined with the tights, the entire outfit doesn’t look too busy.

As for the post title, I’m not feeling particularly creative today (hence the lame title about my orange tights and the oranges hanging over my head), probably because most of my brains have gone to feed my NaNoWriMo novel. The good news is, I wrote 10,000 words in my first week. I’m still a little behind schedule, but it’s better than I hoped. Only 40,000 more to go!

Dress: Gap thrifted, remixed
Cardigan: Ann Taylor thrifted, remixed
Tights: We Love Colors
Shoes: Mudd thrifted, remixed
Watch locket: Icing

Colored Tights | Everybody, Everywear

Green With Envy

This is only peripherally connected to the outfit, but anybody going to watch that new ABC show, Once Upon a Time? At first I thought I would, but as I see more of the preview, I don’t think I’m up for it. The reason: for my thesis in grad school, I wrote a TV script with basically the same plot (fairytale characters stuck in our world.) Just as I finished it, news about Once Upon a Time came out. And if that wasn’t bad enough, NBC had to come up with Grimm too. My script still worked as a thesis, but any hope of selling it was out of the window at that point. So… yeah, I can’t watch these shows just yet. It still hurts too much 😛

But that’s Hollywood for you. No matter what crazy idea you come up with, somebody else has thought of it too. And if you’re not the writers on Lost or Buffy, nobody is going to give a damn no matter how good your idea is. I’m not saying that my idea is better. It’s just tough being a baby writer in this town, as all my classmates can tell you. I only hope that these shows will be successful, then maybe I can send in my script and say, “Hey, I wrote a show just like yours. Hire me?” 😀

Dress: Modcloth, remixed
Cardigan: Ann Taylor thrifted, remixed
Boots: Bamboo thrifted, remixed
Belt: Forever21 (I can’t seem to wear these boots without this belt)
Brooch: vintage (yes, this whole rant of a post is because my brooch happens to be in the shape of an apple.)

P/S: In case you’re wondering, this is a random carousel at a shopping mall near my house.