Tattooed Cats

One of the things I love about SIA is that it inspires me to put together outfits that I’d never come up with otherwise. Takes this outfit, for example – I would never decide to pair these particular items together, but now that I did, I was quite happy with it. It has a vaguely 80’s feel (I think it’s the combination of the high-waisted pants and the shoulder pads on my jacket), but I like it. And of course, it’s perfect for this week’s SIA, inspired by the Monmon Cats painting of Kuazaki Horitomo.

I wanted to get my cats in the photos – they happen to look quite similar to the two cats in the painting, one is a tabby and the other a tortoiseshell – but when I took these photos, they were having breakfast so I didn’t want to interrupt them. At least the cat on my jacket is not running anywhere 🙂

The full round-up will be posted tomorrow, so remember to drop by!

Top: Mango, Pants: Topshop, Jacket: tailor, Heels: Zara, Brooch: local shop


Monochromatic Peacock

white printed shirt gray pants black oxfords by 14 shades of grey

My problem with this week’s SIA is not that I didn’t know what to wear, but that I had too many possible options for it. That’s what happens when you have a closet full of black, white, and gray things and the principal colors in the inspiration piece are black, white, and gray. I even considered waiting until Tuesday, when the weather forecast says it’s going to cool down considerably, to wear my gray cardigan or sweatshirt, but decided that I wouldn’t have time to edit the photos, write the post and send everything to Jen on time. So here’s what I finally settled on, even though it means I’ve worn these pants for SIA twice in a row.

It’s all pretty self-explanatory, except for the necklace – I didn’t want to add a yellow or orange “pop of color” because I felt that would be too cliched, so I chose the circle necklace to mimic the yellow circle behind the peacock. Done and done.

Don’t forget to stop by Jen’s blog tomorrow to see other interpretations of this vintage Vogue cover. Happy Halloween!

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white printed shirt copper necklace by 14 shades of grey

Shirt & Necklace: local shops, Pants: Topshop, Oxfords: Vagabond


The Chocolate Girl

white shirt gray pants pink sneakers by 14 shades of grey

I had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA, inspired by Jean-Etiénne Liotard’s “The Chocolate Girl” – it was the same base of this shirt and this pair of pants, but the accessories would be different. Alas, the weather again intervened – it’s ridiculously warm for mid-October, even by our standard – and prevented me from wearing my pink scarf, so I had to think of a different pink item to mimic the pink cap in the painting. In the end, I decided on my light pink sneakers. I also added the yellow belt for the girl’s marigold sleeves and my china brooch for the chocolate cup. Overall, it’s a bit expected, but I like it.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the full round-up of other looks inspired by this lovely painting!

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white shirt china brooch by 14 shades of grey

Shirt & Belt: local shops, Pants: Topshop, Sneakers: Johann Cruyff, Brooch: vintage


Wake Me Up When October Ends

blue printed top gray linen pants black pumps by 14 shades of grey

Sorry for the cheesy title, but I’m feeling super jealous of all the bloggers who live in more temperate climates right now. I know every year I complain that we don’t have any fall, but sometimes it’s hard, living in a subtropical climate and following bloggers who are all like “Sweater weather! Tights! Booties! Pumpkins!” as soon as September rolls around. Yeah, enjoy your pumpkin spice latte, while I’m here still sweating my ass off in a cotton top and linen pants. We won’t get any cool weather until November, and what’s worse, it’s now the annoying time when it’s blazing hot one day, and rainy and miserable the next. Ugh.

Can you tell that I’m a little grumpy today?

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Top: Zalora, Pants: Topshop, Heels: local shop, Brooch: The Hague flea market


Weekend Wrap-up

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peach t-shirt white pants beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

Just some leftover outfits that don’t warrant their own posts because they’re kinda similar to outfits I’ve worn before. But I’ve already taken the photos so I hate for them to go to waste. Enjoy your weekend!

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peach t-shirt white pants beige sandals by 14 shades of greypeach t-shirt glass pendant by 14 shades of grey

Outfit 1 – Shirt: Zara, Pants: Topshop, Loafers: Footglove

Outfit 2 – T-shirt: Esprit, Pants: Mango, Sandals: Aldo, Necklace: local shop


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


“It’s got flaps. Ear flaps. It’s an ear-hat, John!”

The quote in the title will mean nothing to you if you haven’t seen the second season of BBC’s Sherlock. You’ll have to wait until May, when PBS airs the show in the US, to find out. I, on the other hand, couldn’t wait that long 😛 Not to spoil it, but Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have outdone themselves. When I first saw the clips, I thought their interpretation of Irene Adler was a little expected, but I was very happy with how the episode turned out. And I cheered when the deerstalker made its debut.

So today I brought out my own deerstalker for the ABC’s of Style, “T for Tomboy.” I find it interesting that my outfit would look perfectly fine on any man a hundred years ago, but nowadays it’s mostly women that dress like this (minus the deerstalker, of course.) It’s not that I wish cravats and top hats were back in fashion (wouldn’t it be fun if they were though?), it’s just funny how style has changed.

Shirt: Target; Pants: Urban Outfitters
Boots, belt, blazer & deerstalker (damn it, it breaks my “b” streak): thrifted
Tie: sash from a dress