This outfit came together very quickly for me. I took one look at the inspiration painting, “Black Cat” by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso, and though, “Yellow, black, and gray. Done.” If it were colder I would’ve worn a gray sweater underneath the black blazer to mimic the texture of the tree trunk, but for now this T-shirt would do.
What actually took a long time is deciding which of my cat brooches to wear. In the end, I opted for this instead of the wooden one, for a bit of sparkle. I figured the outfit was minimalist enough, so it needed some actual bling to stand out.
Don’t forget, you still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits. There are some pretty cool ones already, so this should be a fun round-up!
I just want to let you guys know that posting will be a bit sporadic from now until the end of May. I will try to stick to a Monday – Wednesday – Friday schedule. It’s finals time, which is always busy, plus this year I’m the thesis advisor for three graduating students on top of my usual classes, so I’ve got extra work to do. Yay.
Looking back at my archive, I realize I could always tell when my schedule was crazy, because that’s when my outfits start to lose colors and patterns – I think my brain can only handle so much. I’m afraid the next few outfits are going to be just as colorless and patternless as this one.
Another housekeeping thing: I’m going to do away with the “naming the brand” thing at the end of the post where I list each item in my outfit and what brand it’s from. There is no link and I’m not making any money from the blog, so who cares, right? If you guys want to know where a particular item is from, you can always shoot me a question in the comment.
I was cleaning out my camera’s memory card the other day when I discovered a set of outfit photos from last December that I had completely forgotten about. And it’s not a bad outfit either (if I do say so myself). Good thing I found it, because I was running out of content to post.
Which brings me to the notice: my Lunar New Year starts from next week. It’s going to be a 3-week break, and after that, I’m going on a 3-week business trip (I’ll post more on that later). That means that for the next month and a half, posting is going to be sporadic around here. I will try to post when I can, and regular features like SIA and book reviews are still going to be up. So don’t worry, the blog won’t be dead, just a little quieter than usual.
T-shirt: Uniqlo, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Scarf: local shop, Boots: hand-me-down
This outfit is pretty simple, but I think it’s one of my favorites in a while – boyfriend jeans, blazers, and simple black pumps are just the right combo of put-together and comfy that I like for my style, while the scarf (a Teachers’ Day present from my students) and the feather pin add a bit of fun.
Anyway, I’ve noticed that I have the habit of always pushing up the sleeves of whatever shirt or sweater I’m wearing. Jackets and blazers too (like here). Unless it’s really cold out, my sleeves are always cuffed or scrunched up. It’s probably not a very good habit since all of my long-sleeved tops are messed up, and I don’t know why I do it. I only noticed it because I know somebody with the exact opposite habit – she always pushes her sleeves down. 3/4-length sleeves are not her friends. But I guess we all have our tics and habits, right? Whatever makes you more comfortable.
T-shirt: Uniqlo, Blazer: Warehouse, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Heels: local shop, Scarf: gift, Pin: Forever21
I’m not feeling very up to it today. On the one hand, the summer has been going on for too long and I’m excited that the new semester will start in two weeks. On the other hand, I am not ready to go back to work at all, because I’ve been working so much all through summer that it doesn’t feel like much of a vacation. Maybe I need a break. Like a real break, travel-to-somewhere-else break, and not just a “staycation”. But it’s kind of late now, and with the monsoon rain arriving, it’s not safe either. Oh well.
T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Sneakers: local shop, Scarf: mom’s
My looks this week:
For this week’s SIA, inspired by Jack Vettriano’s “The Singing Butler“, I put together something really simple. If it wasn’t the summer break, I would probably do something more office-appropriate, as something about the crisp color schemes of black, gray, and red just reminds me of office wear. But since I’m strictly working from home these days, tee, pants and sneakers it is. At least my sneakers are a perfect match to the ground in the painting. And thank God the weather is cooling down (monsoon season is finally here, hooray!) so I was able to add the red scarf as a pop of color.
Come to think of it, I should’ve added an umbrella too, but it wasn’t raining when I took these photos so I thought it would be pretentious.
Remember to check Jess’ blog for other interpretations of this painting.
T-shirt: Uniqlo, Pants: thrifted, Scarf: Icing, Sneakers: local shop
As much as I’d like to be a minimalist both in terms of aesthetics and as a consumer, I don’t think I can. Take this outfit, for example – some girls can look striking and chic in it, but on me, it just looks boring and like I’m out of clean clothes. I don’t have the right look to pull off minimalism; I need some patterns or colors. Besides, I know I would get fed up very quickly if I dress like this everyday. So I guess the best I can do is to be smart about it – add the right pops to the outfits without going overboard, and shop for the right things to avoid being bored by my closet.
And this outfit is not completely boring as it looks. Two points of interest – one, this necklace, which I made myself from a tag on an old t-shirt and two, kitty photo bomb (I have no shame about using cute animals as accessories in my photos :p)
T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jeans: Old Navy, Sandals: gift, Necklace: self-made