A Distant Memory

I’m still sorting through my Cuba photos (1500+ of them!!!) so the travel posts will have to wait. In the meanwhile, here is a straggler of an outfit post. This was from back in early February, I think? I didn’t even remember which sweater I was wearing underneath the coat. But it was definitely during one of our worst cold snaps. The weather is warming up fast now and bundled-up outfits like this are definitely a thing of the past. All of these items have been put away for next winter. Still, you guys know me. I’d take that kind of cold over summer heat any time, so I’m still trying to hold on to winter for as long as I could.

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Dressing Up

I know last week I promised to try and post all the backlogged outfits if I could, but I don’t think that’s happening. Between preparations for the Lunar New Year and the upcoming trip and catching up on work so I can have a guilt-free vacation, I just don’t have the time for them. Plus I wanted to save those outfits for a rainy day, both literally and figuratively, when I don’t have anything to post. So, other than the usual SIA posts, the blog is going on vacation as well.

For the last outfit post of the Year of the Rooster, here is what I wore to the end-of-the-year party at work. Sure, it’s a bit Wednesday Addams-ish, but my style this winter has been very casual so far, so it’s great to have a chance to dress up.

P/S: Only after I scheduled this post that I realized, today is Valentine’s Day, isn’t it? Well, considering that I find Valentine’s Day a gross commercialization, it’s fitting that I’m posting a Wednesday Addams-inspired outfit today.


Creative Colloquy

The first SIA inspiration of the year – the cover of the Pacific Northwest literary compilation Creative Colloquy, by tattoo artist Bismark Pinera – is a bit of a challenge for me. There are a lot of colors and graphic elements that I can’t faithfully recreate using what I have in my closet, so eventually, I just pulled out the most colorful pieces and put them together in a way that can represent the painting as best as I could. I’m not entirely happy with it – for one thing, my outfit is too dark compared to the painting – but I guess I’m just being a perfectionist.

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog on Wednesday to see how everybody interprets this super cool painting!


Fantastic Pants

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Ever since I wore these pants in an outfit inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I keep referring to them in my head as the “Fantastic Beasts” pants, or, more straightforwardly, my ’20s pants, because somehow I always style them in a ’20s/’30s-inspired manner. My only wish is that they have a higher waist, for a better vintage look. But you can’t have everything, I guess.

So this is the last of my leftover work outfits. I’ll see you guys next week with a couple of outfits I wore for the Lunar New Year celebration!

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Pants & Coat: Esprit (hand-me-down), Sweater: Atmosphere, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: local shop


What Day Is It?

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Sorry for the no-show on Wednesday and Thursday; I just didn’t have anything to post. This year the Lunar New Year and the actual New Year (we sometimes call it the “Western New Year” or the “Solar New Year”, to differentiate) are so close to each other – only two weeks apart – so I’m in that weird twilight zone, like the one between Christmas and New Year, when you have no idea what day it is and what you’re supposed to be doing. Not a great feeling for creativity.

I think that translates into my outfit too. Everything is casual and practical, but then you get to the brooch and it’s a total needle-scratch. I have no idea what I was thinking when I put it on. Nothing, probably. Putting on a brooch is now almost an automatic action for me.

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Sweatshirt: local shop, Coat: Atmosphere, Scarf: Forever21, Jeans: H&M, Sneakers: hand-me-down, Brooch: flea market


February Layers

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The weather has moderated, but it’s still pretty freaking cold, so I combated that with layers that are warm but can also look presentable on their own should the sun suddenly decided to pay us a visit.

I’ve also been playing around with wearing multiple brooches. I figure that layering jewelries, like necklaces or bracelets (remember the “arm parties” trend?), usually works best when they have a similar look or feel while still vary enough to create interest, so the same rules apply to brooches. I’ve worn multiple brooches before, but usually just with my enameled ones, and now I’m branching out. I’m going for a “leaf” theme here, as you can see – they still look a bit haphazard, but I’m hoping as my collection grows, I can get better at it.

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Shirt: Uniqlo, Coat: Atmosphere, Scarf & Jeans: Forever21 (gods, I didn’t realize how saggy these jeans have gotten; they need to be retired!), Sweater & Boots: local shops, Brooches: various


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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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