Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

When I hear “Sweet Dreams”, the song is the first thing that pop into my head, so naturally, I have to use it as the post title. Sorry if I gave you an earworm.

Anyway, here are my outfits inspired by John William Godward’s painting, not the Eurythmics song. I put together two outfits because I couldn’t include all the elements of the painting – the green and maroon fabrics, the white, gray, and pink marble, and the animal print – in just one look. I chose these green linen pants as the base because the color is perfect, and for one outfit, I paired them with my pink T-shirt and animal print flats (it’s leopard print, not tiger, but hey, they’re both big cats), and for the other, I paired them with my white shirt, maroon monk strap shoes, and animal print belt (I think the print on my belt is zebra, actually, but it’s close enough.) I prefer this second outfit simply because I think the shirt and the shoes go together a little better, but the other is good too.

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this lovely painting!


The Casual Age Of Innocence

I love period costumes, but I don’t always get to translate that love into my everyday clothes. However, with this outfit together, I may have been subconsciously influenced by a dress in The Age of Innocence. It’s not my favorite period drama (the story is just a tad overwrought for my taste), but I adore its costumes (gorgeous, accurate, and still manage to reflect the characters – unlike today’s costumes, where accuracy is often sacrificed for the sake of uniqueness and/or character.) And out of all of those costumes, my favorite is this archery dress worn by Winona Ryder’s character, May Welland. You can see its influence on my outfit – the white-on-white embroideries of my shirt and the white and green color scheme. So of course, I had to complete the outfit with my arrow pin, to mimic the arrow brooch May won in the archery contest. I may not be able to wear a 1870s dress, but this is much more practical 🙂


Summer Flower

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Daenel’s photo of a pink/purple coneflower, I knew I wanted to wear my green linen pants – I only have a few green things in my closet, and given the weather, these pants were the natural choice. However, for the top, I was stumped. The other colors in the photos are pink, purple, golden yellow and dark orange, which are not very present in my closet, and I already wore a pink top with these green pants for another SIA challenge.

In the end, I decided to go with this embroidered top. Sure, it’s mainly white, but the colors of the embroideries can mimic the shades of pink/purple/red in the photo, and finally, I chose my brown oxfords for the yellow/orange shades (since I don’t actually have anything yellow or orange!) All in all, the outfit is not as close to the inspiration piece as I’d like, but at least it’s wearable and comfy. I’d rather have that than to force myself into some ridiculous getup just to meet the inspiration.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday for other outfits inspired by this lovely photo!


Glassed Up

I don’t know if that post title makes sense or not. I’m just trying to find a play on the word “glass”, since this outfit is inspired by the blown glass flasks picked by Daenel, and I already titled a post “Glassy” (terrible, terrible pun totally intended), so this is the best I could do.

Anyway, on to the outfit. I used the main colors of the flasks as the jumping-off point, hence the green pants and brown oxfords. There is yellow too, but that shade of greenish yellow would look horrible on me, so I opted for my tan sweater instead. The sweater also has a texture that mimics the pattern of the flasks, so win-win. And finally, I topped it off with my glass brooch, and voilà! All done. I’m pretty happy with this outfit, as it is a good interpretation of the inspiration (if I do say so myself) but still works well on its own.

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see the other outfits inspired by these cool flasks!


Cool As A Cucumber

After an overenthusiastic cold snap earlier in the month, the weather has turned warm, so my straggler outfits (yes, I’m still posting them) suddenly make sense again. Thankfully, now “warm” really means “warm” and not “scorching hot”, and with an outfit like this – linen pants and shirt – you may actually be a bit cold in the morning and at night. But I’m committed to posting all of these leftover outfits (I’m nearly caught up now), so here we are.

P/S: I’m rubbish at thinking up post titles, and given how I’m talking about cold weather and wearing green pants in this post, this is the only phrase I could come up with. Maybe I should just give up thinking of snappy post titles and just go with something simple and to the point, like “White button-up shirt & green linen pants”.


Melody

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Kate Bunce‘s “Melody (Musica)”. I tried to recreate the red-and-green color scheme of the painting with my red shoes, but ended up looking like a walking Christmas tree, so I toned it down with my pink shirt instead. It goes better with the green, and the embroideries can mimic the foliage in the painting (both the actual blossoms and the print on the lady’s dress). I would’ve stopped there, but then I noticed the necklace the lady is wearing in the painting, so my vintage-looking necklace made for the perfect outfit-completer.

You still have until Tuesday to send me your outfits, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see the full round-up!


The Roads In Our Shoes

That title sounds kinda pretentious, doesn’t it? I just got the phrase from Death Cab for Cutie’s Soul and Body (“I do believe it’s true/That there are roads left in both of our shoes”), and since these are my “travel sandals”, I figured it would be appropriate. That’s it! I wasn’t trying to satirize “The Fault in Our Stars” or anything.

Anyway, you may have seen these sandals from my Cuba posts, but they’ve never made an official appearance on the blog before. They’re crazy comfortable (hence my go-to whenever I have to walk a lot), but they are also a bit too casual for work, which is why I’m only bringing them out for the summer.

Also, are these pants and this T-shirt match each other perfectly or what? I can’t believe it took me so long to pair them with each other.