Weekend Wrap-up

hot air balloon shirt gray pants brown loafers by 14 shades of grey

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!

hot air balloon shirt gray pants by 14 shades of greygray pants brown loafers by 14 shades of grey

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

Back In The Picture

Well, looks like 2012 is off to a good start, as my first outfit of the year is also a job interview outfit. It’s not for a strictly office job, so I picked something that looks put-together but still fun, hence the pattern mixing on top.

The pants, on the other hand, are purely functional. At first I thought I’d wear a dress, because it would be easier to style, but it’s been strangely warm these past few weeks in Southern California, too warm for tights, and I refuse to shave my legs. It’s January. You shouldn’t have to.

Shirt: Forever21, Pants: Urban Outfitters
Blazer: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange
Shoes: Payless, Brooch: vintage
Post title: song by The Rasmus

P/S: Count on more San Diego posts to come – I’m still sorting the photos.


Today’s outfit is inspired by this outfit of Solanah from Vixen Vintage (who, in turn, is inspired by a Lulu Letty‘s post and her dapper as hell husband. Oh what a tangle web of inspiration we fashion bloggers weave :D)

Yeah, that’s pretty much all I have for today. Some days I’m just not very eloquent (or have nothing to ramble about, depending on how you look at it.)

Shirt: thrifted, remixed
Skinny: Urban Outfitters, remixed
Oxfords: Sidecca, remixed
Deerstalker: thrifted
Suspenders: thrifted from Buffalo Exchange (another purchase thanks to Debbi. She convinced me that I needed a pair of hot-pink suspenders.)

You Pick A Color And I’ll Sing It For You

Aha! Finally I’m able to use this line from Athlete’s “Superhuman Touch” for a post title!

So, I’ve signed up for the Bloggers Do It Better challenge on Pretty Shiny Sparkly, where each week you’ll have an assignment (a trend, accessory, color, pattern, etc.) and do your own interpretation of it. The first assignment is “Color Blocking or Bold Colorful Stripe.” I decided to do color-blocking, because it’s a spring trend I’m still not so sure about, both in terms of technique as well as in “I don’t know if I like it” (despite having done it unintentionally before.) Anyway, this is what I come up with:

Hey, look at that. My belt matches the railings!

Shirt: Gap
Cardigan: Target, remixed
Skinny: Urban Outfitters, remixed
Boots: Journee via Amazon.com, remixed
Belt: thrifted
Necklace: from Italy (it’s Venetian glass), a few summers ago

This challenge is quite… um, challenging for me, because most of the examples of color blocking relies on a colorful bottom, and I have none – all of my pants/skirts are either dark or neutral, and so are my solid dresses. But it’s good, because it forces me to work with what I got.

And despite my clothes are all solid today, I still didn’t fail my “4 Elements” checklist!


Mid-week Humdrum And Rubber Band Therapy

I’ve heard that phrase so many times before but never really experienced it… Until today.

I just wasn’t feeling inspired. I had an outfit (or an idea for an outfit) picked for Monday, Tuesday and Friday (Thursday is the one day I have nowhere to go, not counting the weekend), but for some reason I completely forgot about Wednesday. Or, rather, my thought process was, “I had to pick something for Monday because it’s the first day of the week, for Tuesday because I’m going to be out late at night and it’s going to be cold, and for Friday because it’s going to be hot (weather plays a large, or should I say, the main role in how I dress), so I’ll find something on Wednesday.” Well, the result is me trying out various cardigans/jackets this morning without finding one that really worked, so I just threw on “one that goes with everything” and called it a day.

Blouse: from home, remixed (texture, pattern, color – I thought I’d count my “4 Elements” here rather than do it separately)
Skinny: Urban Outfitters, remixed
Cardigan: Target, remixed (texture)
Coat: Ann Taylor Loft thrifted, remixed (color, pattern)
Boots: Reflection, remixed
Bracelet: homemade (shine)

Yes, I wear the same shirt with the same pair of pants before, even though I’m determined not to do that. See, the easy solution would just be to throw together a completely new outfit, but I don’t want to bring out a new shirt or pair of jeans before recycling through these items first (they have to earn their place in the laundry bin.) So I tried to at least style them in a different way, no matter how marginally.

And thank God for the embroidered panel on the shirt, because otherwise I will fail my “4 Elements” checklist. Where’s the “Shine” element you might ask? I kind of cheated a bit and called this my “Shine”:

The bracelet, not the watch. The watch is not part of my outfit, it’s more like my keys or wallet – I don’t leave the house without it.

I’m cheating, because I’m actually wearing the bracelet as a sort of “rubber band therapy” to tell myself to stop window shop so damn much (mostly because it’s a waste of time.) So far it hasn’t been working. Maybe because it’s not an actual rubber band 😛

Anybody got the same problem? (either with the mid-week slackness or the self-control in shopping?)