I Collect Spores, Molds, and Fungus

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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.

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Dress, Belt, and Shoes: local shop, Blazer: thrifted, Tights: Forever21, Necklace: self-made

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Oh Gentle Irish Eyes

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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.

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Dress: Vietnamese shop, Cardigan: Target, Boots: Journee via Amazon, Brooch: vintage


Chewing Gums For The Eyes

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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.

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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.)

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Dress: Vietnamese shop, Belt: thrifted, Brooch: vintage, Shoes: borrowed from my sister


Emerald City

green print dress black cardigan wingtip oxfords by 14 shades of grey

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.

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Dress: Vietnamese shop, Cardigan: Target, Belt: Forever21
Necklace: vintage, Oxfords: Me Too (thrifted via Buffalo Exchange)


Gross

green dress yellow cardigan maroon loafers by 14 shades of grey

Oh man, I did not realize how pale my legs are until I looked at these photos. It’s not the first time I went barelegged this spring, but it’s not as noticeable because I always try to take pictures out in the sun instead of in the shades. My apologies. I’d totally understand if you react like this.

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Dress: Vietnamese shop, Cardigan & Flats: thrifted, Belt: from a Target dress, Pin: vintage