Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Childe Hassam’s “Strawberry Tea Set”. I knew I’d wear this dress, which is a perfect interpretation of the woman’s dress in the painting, but the accessories took some thinking. I have no strawberry brooch (something to be rectified as soon as possible!), but luckily I just bought a bunch of embroidered face masks to jazz up my outfits, and as luck would have it, I bought a strawberry one! There’s a bit of yellow in the painting too, so I added my yellow belt, and the embroidered flowers on it are also a nod to the pattern of the tea set – but let’s face it, it’s all about the face mask in this one. Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see how everybody did!
I’m not happy with this outfit. It’s for this week’s SIA, inspired by Erté’s “Spring Rain”, and as usual, I got caught up in trying to recreate the painting as closely as I could and forgot that it should be a put-together outfit at the same time. So I ended up wearing all the things. I should’ve gone for something more subtle, or at least take off the lace tights (but my legs are still scarred so tights are kind of a must if I want to wear a dress.) Everybody is killing it this week though, so be sure to check back tomorrow for the full round-up post!
In other news, it has been crazy humid here lately and everything is moldy. And I mean everything. Shoes, bags, belt – anything made from genuine leather. Even my mouse pad. It’s absolutely gross, but there is nothing I can do except to wipe everything down with rubbing alcohol and turn the dehumidifier up high, and wait for the sun to come out. It seems I always have to fight humidity wherever I live. Back in LA it was because there was not enough of it, and here because there’s too much. Ugh.
Dress, Belt, and Shoes: local shop, Blazer: thrifted, Tights: Forever21, Necklace: self-made
Orange + green will never not look like a St. Patrick’s Day combo to me, but given how orange (or pumpkin, or “koi” as the pompous God of Names for Colors at Pantone calls it) is the quintessential fall color, I think this will do.
P/S: If you think the post title is from some romantic poem… well, you’re not wrong. Except it’s a romantic poem from The IT Crowd.
Dress: Vietnamese shop, Cardigan: Target, Boots: Journee via Amazon, Brooch: vintage
Not much to say about the outfit… I almost went with a white dress for this week’s SIA, but since the incision under my arm hasn’t healed 100% (though it’s a lot better, I only need a band aid now), I didn’t want to risk staining it. So I figured the white dots on my dress and my (sorry, my sister’s) nude oxfords are enough to represent those colors in the painting.
Anyway, now that both Game of Thrones and Mad Men are done for the season, I’m looking for some new shows to fill my summer months. I’ve started Elementary – it’s no Sherlock, of course, but it’s pretty decent, and Lucy Liu is the best. I’m also kind of curious about Hannibal and Orphan Black (a BBC America sci-fi show), only they are pretty dark and I don’t think I can stomach that right now, not after so much drama on both GoT and Mad Men. So mostly I’ve been watching Father Ted. I just want to relax with some good old silly sitcom, and Father Ted is perfect for that – it’s basically The IT Crowd with priests instead of nerds (they’re written by the same guy.)
Dress: Vietnamese shop, Belt: thrifted, Brooch: vintage, Shoes: borrowed from my sister
I never pay much attention to color trends (well, I never pay much attention to trends, period), so when I found out about the Pantone-inspired Spring Color challenge hosted by the lovely ladies behind Literate & Stylish and The Modern Austen, I thought it would be fun to join. Anyway, the color for Monday is Emerald, which is a happy coincidence since I just bought this dress. I don’t want to have to buy new stuff all the time merely to follow some trend, but I don’t have enough green in my closet, and this dress is pretty easy to style and goes with a lot of things.
Dress: Vietnamese shop, Cardigan: Target, Belt: Forever21
Necklace: vintage, Oxfords: Me Too (thrifted via Buffalo Exchange)