So here’s a variation on my “cold weather uniform” – it still consists of a turtleneck, jeans, blazer, and boots, but because we just had a cold snap, the turtleneck is a sweater and the boots are taller. I wasn’t happy with the blazer – I should’ve gone with an actual jacket – but it gets the job done. And because of the boots, which are kind of equestrian to me, I had to add my Western brooch.
I just realized that I tend to go seasonal with not just my clothes but my jewelry as well. Take this brooch, for example – I almost never wear in during the warmer month (mostly because it’s too heavy for my summer clothes, but also something about the Western theme makes me only want to pair it with jeans and boots.) In the fall, I’d wear my leaf brooches, and I’d wear my flower brooches more often during spring and summer. I guess it makes sense to me because most of my brooches usually have clear “themes” to them, but does anyone else do this?
This has been my uniform for the past few weeks now – actually, it is my uniform for the past few winters, in fact. It rarely gets colder for anything else than a long-sleeve top, a blazer, jeans, and ankle boots. Sometimes I would switch the blazer for a sweater and change the silhouette of the jeans (from skinny to boyfriend to wide-leg), or add a scarf or a brooch to liven things up, but otherwise, this is it. It does make getting dressed in the morning a little easier.
This outfit is nothing to write home about, but I was quite excited to add the fun socks to liven it up. And that excitement about the outfit suddenly got me wondering why I was doing this, putting such thoughts into my outfits and photographing them and blogging about them when they’re not likely to make any difference in the world and certainly not any money. But then I realized it was simply because I enjoy doing it. It’s a hobby, and much like any other hobby, I do it for fun.
In fact, I believe that the moment you can monetize your hobby, then it’s no longer a hobby. The pressure for financial gain would drain all the fun from it. I do admit, there was a time when I felt a bit pressured to “generate content” for the blog or whatever, especially when I first started out, but now I view it as my personal journal and don’t really care how many people read it (that said, if you’re still reading this, thank you!)
I’m very excited about the cool weather – it’s sunny in the photos, but it’s actually pretty crisp – and this smiling whale brooch perfectly captures my mood (my sister just went on a trip and this is her present for me. She knows me well.) Look at how content he is! I know I’m going to whine in about a month or so when the cold snaps start arriving and the days are gray and depressing, but for now, I’m enjoying myself.
I got this shirt from my sister – she has a thing for v-neck blouses, and she’s forever handing them down to me. Now, I never say no to a free shirt, and some of my sister’s shirts have gone on to become work horses in my closet, but this one, I’m not so sure about. Something about the combination of the color and the feminine silhouette doesn’t feel very me – I have a couple of pink shirts, but the silhouettes are more streamlined. Or maybe it’s the way I styled it. I guess I’ll give it another chance to see if it’s a keeper or not.
I don’t know about this outfit, you guys. It’s another embroidered top I got from the annual sale of my local boutique, and I’m a sucker for anything botanical (the embroidery on this particular top is cilantro flowers and seed pods), so I’m excited to wear it, but when I received the top, it turns out to be more cropped than I expected. You’d think that crop tops would work on a long torso like mine, but not always. When I wore the top untucked, it looked sloppy, and when I tried the French tuck, it didn’t look quite right either. It’s frustrating, isn’t it, when you’re looking forward to wearing a new item and then it turns into a struggle? Maybe it’s the pants. I’ll try pairing it with a different pair next time and see how that works.
As I’m reintroducing colors into my wardrobe (actually, I’m re-reintroducing them, having gone full circle “introducing colors – back to neutrals – introducing colors again” since I started the blog), I’m discovering some new color combinations that I haven’t thought of before. When I first started the blog, I might try bright, even eye-searing combinations like red and green, teal and purple, or yellow and fuchsia (ye gods!) but now, my combinations are a little more pleasant, if I do say so myself. Like this gray blouse and mustard culottes, for example. I just thought I’d try pairing them together because of the yellow buttons on the blouse, but they turn out to go quite well together, don’t they?