Casual Ruffles

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I was so inspired by this week’s SIA inspiration, “Blackboard” by Winslow Homer (such a New England name, isn’t it?) that I actually put together two outfits for it. One I wore to work on Friday, which I’ll post that one along with the round-up tomorrow. This one is closer in shapes and colors to the original painting, but it’s a bit casual so I just wore it around the house on Saturday. I added the initial necklace to keep with the classroom theme. Of course, I had to be a total bonehead about it and put the necklace on backwards the entire time. If I wanted to be really literal about it, though, I would’ve worn this necklace or this one, to echo the geometric shapes on the board 🙂

By the way, this outfit is almost an exact replica of this, except with a different shirt. I find that it’s the only way I could wear this dress, it has way too many ruffles for me.

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Dress: H&M (hand-me-down), Shirt: Gap (thrifted), Flats: Vagabond, Necklace: gift


Grey Friday

Well, I hope that all of you guys in the US enjoyed your food coma (and spending time with your families and feeling thankful and all that too, but for me Thanksgiving is always, always about the food.) And for any of you brave souls who plan to venture out to the actual store for the Black Friday sales (instead of from the safety of your computer), I salute you. As for me, I had a normal Thursday. I finished the 10th short story for my NaNoWriMo, and my well of short story ideas is all tapped out, so from now until the end of the month I’m just going to write a stream-of-conscious treatment for a new novel idea I have. Actually “treatment” is too grand a word; it’s more like a brainstorming, because it goes like this “And then this happens. Is that good? No I don’t like it. Maybe this happens instead? But how? And what about this character? What’s she doing? Better figure that out.” I know I’m cheating a bit, but right now I’ll write any crap that springs into my head to get to that 50,000.

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P/S: A word about the outfit – you know those weird days when it’s cold enough for sweaters but warm enough for shorts? Apparently today it’s one of those days.

Dress: thrifted, Tights: Target, Boots: Journee (via Amazon), Brooch: vintage


Young Girl In Hand-Me-Downs

I love this week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration, “Young Girl in Green” by Tamara de Lempicka, but it was a true challenge for me because I have nothing green in my closet. The answer is, of course, to raid my mom and my sister’s closet. When I showed my sister the painting, she remembered this dress, one of her “closet orphans”, which she then passed on to me. I can understand why it’s a closet orphan though – the ruffles and the hem make it really hard to style. The scarf was my mom’s, she’s been using it to wrap her sweaters in, so she was more than happy to give it to me.

In the end, I wonder if I should’ve gone with just the dress or the scarf instead of both, because they don’t really go together, no matter how many ways I tried.


No; no


Too impractical; close, but no

In NaNoWriMo news, the writing is still, to quote Mr. Chillip from David Copperfield, “progressing slowly.” The only problem is that I finished the first story yesterday at around 5000 words, so I would have to write about 10 of them to get the 50,000 quota. I don’t have enough ideas for 10 short stories.

Dress: H&M (hand-me-down), Scarf: hand-me-down
Boots & belt: thrifted


Wise Old Ravenclaw

This is the Ravenclaw outfit I’d planned for Harry Potter. It’s not exact, of course, it’s just inspired by Ravenclaw, with the gray and the blue. But that’s just in the movies. In the books Ravenclaw’s colors are blue and bronze.

As you can see, I’m still in HP mode. If I hadn’t planned on going to see Captain America I might go see Harry Potter again. But not this weekend. I’ve been waiting for Captain America just as long as HP (though for the entirely wrong reason. I don’t know that much about Captain America. I simply want to see the movie because it has two of my favorite British actors – JJ Feild and Richard Armitage – even though their roles are tiny.)

Dress worn as top: thrifted, remixed
Skirt: Banana Republic thrifted, remixed
Belt: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange
Shoes: Walmart thrifted, remixed
Brooch: thrifted

P/S: Speaking of Ravenclaw… it was a little weird seeing Kelly McDonald as Helena Ravenclaw. I’m so used to her being Margaret in Boardwalk Empire.


I Shall Conquer This. I Shall!

Yesterday I said I would take a break from the 33×33 remix, but after a good night’s sleep, I decided to trudge through. Well, “trudge” might be too grim of a word. “Finish the race” sounds a little better. I still feel a little like I’m in a style rut, but hopefully after doing laundry and getting some of my workhorse pieces cleaned, I can get back on track. Plus now that I’m at outfit 20 already I really want to get it done (and not just because I’ve set my shopping ban deadline to be when I’m finished with the remix!)

Also, today I’m dressing to highlight my broad shoulders and strong neck, as part of Academichic’s Dress Your Best. The obvious choice would be a boat-necked or sleeveless top, but I don’t like sleeveless, and don’t have any boat-necked top in my remix list, so I decided on a puff-sleeved top with a detail that draws attention to my neck.

On a side note – to explain the post title (because honestly, you won’t know it unless you’re a costume drama buff), watch this video. Fast forward to about 7:57 if you have to. But why would you? And why aren’t you watching the entire series? Go ahead, I’ll be here waiting with a copy of “The King’s Speech” 😀

Dress worn as top: thrifted, remixed
Skirt: thrifted
Shoes: Walmart thrifted, remixed
Belt: Forever21
Brooch: vintage via Collectible Glitz