Velvet And Fur And Feather

This week’s SIA, inspired by Rembrandt’s portrait of his wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh, took me some thinking. I have several velvet pieces, but none in this exact color. I don’t have any fur or feather things in my closet either. In the end, I went with this sweater again – the pleats and the pearls remind me of the collar and undershirt of the lady’s dress. For the colors, I chose my trusty maroon corduroy pants (plus, corduroy is kind of similar to velvet too – indeed, in Vietnamese, corduroy is called “striped velvet”) and burnt orange coat, and as a nod to the feather on her hat, I accessorized with my feathery brooch. The final outfit is not as close to the original as I would’ve liked, but I’m happy with it.

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this classic painting!


The Solitary Cyclist

I was drawn to this sweater because the puff sleeves and long cuffs remind me of those Edwardian cycling sweaters. I love Edwardian fashion, and I am a cyclist, so of course I snapped this up. It isn’t exactly right (the lack of a high neck is quite noticeable), but that couldn’t stop me from pairing it with my Edwardian-inspired wool skirt and titling this post after a Sherlock Holmes story. I’m not quite brave enough for a pair of bloomers though…


Working From Home

I hope everybody is still doing well in isolation. I guess I’m luckier than most people – luckier than most of my co-workers, even – that I can work from home easily (it’s not easy teaching a class on cinematography from home, that’s for sure) and that I’m used to it. However, working from home by choice is different from being forced to work from home, so I still feel a little stir-crazy after a while. In an attempt to liven things up, I decided to add some funky socks to my work-from-home outfits, making them more blog-worthy. The colorful socks lifted my spirits, and taking photos got me out of the house (even if it’s only into the garden) and making the days seem more normal.


Silvery Vines

I’ve been wearing a lot of gray lately (this outfit is nothing, as you shall see). I tried to liven this outfit up with a brooch, but then none of my colored brooches look right with this sweater, so I ended up using this silver brooch, which kind of defeats the whole purpose of adding a pop of color in the first place. But I don’t mind. I guess I’m just in the mood for gray.


The Red Shoes

Gods, it seems like a long time since I did an outfit post, doesn’t it? We’ve been having some end-of-the-season cold snaps, so here is a cold-weather outfit. It’s pretty simple, but I want to talk about these shoes for a bit. If you recognize them, that’s because they’re the same shoes I brought with me to Cuba. When I was packing for the trip, I planned on taking my Converse, but then I thought about the amount of walking I would no doubt be doing, and decided that I needed something lighter and with a bit of an arch support.

So I bought these at the last minute, and it turned out to be a great decision. They’re so soft and light that I didn’t need to break them in, and I’ve walked through the cobblestone streets and hiked through fields and jungles in them with no problems. I know this sounds like a post sponsored by the shoes company, but it’s not (I wish); the shoes are just so awesome I have to rave about them!