The Shadow King

Now this is a much better styling of these gray plaid pants than what I posted on Wednesday. I think I look better in these types of clean, minimalist, but I don’t always get them right because my vintage-loving mind still tells me I need some colors or patterns or accessories. I have to remind myself that what I like and what looks good on me are two different things.

I can’t take full credit for this outfit though. It’s actually inspired by one of Aubrey Plaza’s costumes in “Legion” (if you’ve seen the show, then you’ll understand the post title). I remembered watching this episode and thinking, “I have to put together an outfit like that.” I have most of the pieces, but what I really want are those kick-ass checkered socks. My plaid pants are meant to mimic them, but they’re really not the same.


Sweater Set

Do you guys have an outfit or a silhouette that you always try to wear but can never get quite right? For me it’s this oddly specific combination of plaid pants & embroidered cardigans/sweaters. I think I was influenced by Mad Men (Betty from season 1, to be precise), but it beats me why this combination looks good  or why I’m so determined to get it right. It’s not particularly flattering to me, and I’m never happy with any of my versions of it either. I tried it once before but it didn’t quite work, and this time, it’s slightly better but not by much. I just haven’t found the right cardigan or the right pair of pants yet (none of my pants have a high enough waist). Guess I’ll just keep trying…

A Woman Of Simple Pleasures

Sorry I still haven’t been able to post as regularly as I’d like – I actually have enough material for 4-5 posts/week now, but next week I’m going on another 10-day work trip, and I want to save some posts so the blog won’t have to go on hiatus while I’m gone. So here’s a simple outfit to end the week (and the reason for the title – it’s after a song by Kasabian) and I’ll see you guys next week, even if I’m not here 😉

School’s In

So the new semester has started and I’m back to work. This semester I’m going to be pretty busy, with four classes to teach, but they’re all interesting (TV Writing and Adaptation, to name two), so I’m looking forward to it.

For the first day of school, I’m going with a simple outfit – first days are stressful enough without having to mess around with skirts and dresses. Of course, first days in college are different from first days in grade school, but I still wanted to wear something I could move around in. I just got these pants made at a tailor’s, and so far I’ve only paired them with white shirts, but I can see that they’re going to be quite versatile.

Slices Of Life

This has nothing to do with the outfit, but on Tuesday evening, on my way home from work, I saw a man playing a harp down at the subway station. I was sorry I didn’t have my camera with me, and I didn’t even have any change to give him, because you don’t see a harp player at the subway everyday. It’s beautiful and slightly surreal at the same time, to hear that ethereal music in such an urban setting, like something out of Amélie. Maybe I’ll start collecting these little things and write my own magical realism romance (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the writer and director of Amélie, started collecting stories that would eventually become the movie, since 1974. Amélie came out in 2001, so if I start now, I can have my movie by… 2038!)

A note about the outfit – this is probably the most office-y (is there a real word for that?) outfit I’ve ever worn. Of course I have to put in my own twists – a little pattern mixing, a vintage pin – but I still feel like a working stiff in it. Like a real grown-up 😛

Shirt, blazer: thrifted, remixed
Pants: thrifted, altered by me, remixed
Shoes: Forever21, remixed
Brooch: vintage


I’m seriously running out of ideas for post titles…

Today’s prompt is “Statement Jewelry.” It’s tricky, because I don’t wear jewelry that often, and statement jewelry is even more rare with me. In the end I decided “bigger = statement” (probably not the best rule when it comes to statement jewelry) and went with this self-made necklace.

Oh and these are the other pair of pants that I fixed along with the jeans from yesterday. This is what they looked like before.

And the kitty from the post title: (it looks a little big to be a kitty, but I call every cat “kitty.” Except our own. He’s too much of a brat to be a kitty :D)

Now if you’ll excuse me, I must get back to Pride and Prejudice. Ever since reviewing “Austenland” last Sunday I haven’t been able to stop watching it. It’s the power of Colin Firth.

Button-up: Target, remixed
Pants: thrifted, altered by me
Flats: Nicole thrifted, remixed
Necklace: self-made

Little Birdie

Technically this is outfit #26 and yesterday’s outfit is #27, because I wore this on Sunday when I helped out a friend on a photoshoot. I actually wore it on Saturday too, but came home too late to take photos, so I wore it again on Sunday. Yeah, I’m kinda gross.

Also, my friend Katie (whose photoshoot I was helping) has a sparrow nest on her front door wreath! How crazy is that? Apparently some mommy sparrow mistook the plastic wreath for the real thing and made her nest and laid her eggs in there. So now Katie has two baby sparrows on her front door. Here’s one of them: (I think the other one was asleep)

T-shirt: Forever21, remixed
Cropped pants: thrifted
Flats: Me Too thrifted, remixed
Sash: gift (hand-me-down?) from Debbi
Necklace: Modcloth