So the traditional outfit from Wednesday’s post is what I wore to the Lunar New Year celebration at work, and here’s what I wore at home – it was mostly a day of preparing, cooking, and eating food, so I wanted something simple that I could move around in, but I also wanted to show a sense of festivity too, so this embellished sweatshirt was the perfect choice. (The scarf and the shoes were literally an afterthought – I spent most of the day indoors so there was no need for them; they were lying around so I just threw them on for the pictures.)
Sweatshirt: Zalora, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Scarf & Shoes: local shops
A bit of unrelated note on the title: I was running out of titles when I suddenly remembered this bit in Terry Pratchett’s A Slip of the Keyboard, in which he talks about how some words sound exactly like their meaning. Here, I’ll bring up the quote: “I like the fortuitous onomatopoeia of words for soundless things. Gleam, glint, glitter, glisten … they all sound exactly as the light would sound if it made a noise. Glint is sharp and quick, it glints, and if an oily surface made a noise it would go glisten.” Thinking about words like that, feeling them like that, that’s the mark of a good writer.
I was channel-surfing the other day and caught the tail end of Confessions of a Shopaholic. It has Hugh Dancy and Krysten Ritter in it, so I paused. Of course, I flipped to another channel pretty quickly (it’s not my kind of movie like, at all), but I saw the part when the main character auctioned off her clothes and told one of the buyers not to pair a green scarf “with yellow”. Well, it just happened I just bought a green scarf, and I think it’ll look great with yellow – albeit it’s forest green, not teal green like in the movie, and my yellow is actually mustard. What shoes go with these pants though, is another question I haven’t managed to answer yet…
Sweater & Scarf: local shops, Jeans: Cache, Boots: Din Sko, Brooch: vintage
It’s that time of the year again – time for the Pantone-inspired Color Challenge hosted by Marissa of The Modern Austen and Heidi of Literate & Stylish. I had to miss out on the Monday color, which is “sangria” (a sort of purplish red/burgundy), because other than a pair of tights, I don’t really have anything of that color in my closet. For Tuesday and Wednesday though, we have “cypress” and “royal blue”, so I picked my green scarf and navy sweater. Simple. This sweater + scarf + jeans + boots combo has been my uniform in the past two weeks, and I don’t mind that at all – it’s easy, it works, and I’m not bored with it yet, so I’m not changing it up any time soon.
Sweater: Fedora Boutique, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Aldo, Scarf: hand-me-down
How serendipitous is this? It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and the latest book I read happens to be a murder mystery set in Ireland. I swore I didn’t plan this (OK, maybe just a little. I was supposed to post the SIA inspiration today but I saved it for tomorrow.)
Anyway, “Three Bags Full” by Leonie Swann (the author is German, I read the English translation by Anthea Bell) is about a flock of sheep in the small town of Glennkill in Ireland. After discovering their beloved shepherd dead on the meadow with a spade stuck into him, they decide to find the killer. Led by the smartest sheep of the flock, Miss Maple, the investigation uncovers all sorts of secrets lurking beneath this seemingly idyllic Irish town and forces the sheep to face their own fears.
I picked this up on a whim, because I thought the premise sounded awesome, sort of like Babe meets a crime thriller. The story itself is not as funny as I hoped – it’s more philosophical, full of allegories about religion and mortality (shepherd, God, it’s a natural connection), but it’s still really enjoyable. The sheep’s literal interpretation of human actions makes the symbolism fun instead of trite, and although the resolution feels a tad too easy, there are enough red herrings that I didn’t see it coming.
Apparently there is already a second book to this Sheep Detective series, but it hasn’t been translated into English yet, which is too bad, because I figure out this is the kind of book that I would enjoy: a mystery with a bit of a quirky twist. Like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, you know? That is still pretty specific, but now at least I know what to look for other than my usual fare of fantasy and sci-fi.
The outfit is pretty self-explanatory – white dress for the sheep and green cardigan for the green meadow. Plus it’s St. Patrick’s Day so of course I had to wear green. The scarf and tights are for warmth, mostly, though I like how the lace on the tights sort of echos the pattern on the scarf too.
Dress: tailored, Cardigan: thrifted, Scarf: hand-me-down, Boots: Aldo, Tights: Forever21, Belt: local shop
With less than a week until Christmas (!!!), I thought I’d show a bit of holiday spirit by putting together some outfits with holiday colors, kind of like what I did last year, except these will be more casual. So to start, I picked a combination not usually associated with Christmas anymore – blue and green. Of course this is more like teal and green, but you get the idea. Now if I could just build a collection of Christmas brooches other than my usual three…
Sweater: New Look, Boots: local shop, Scarf: hand-me-down, Jeans: thrifted
When I said I don’t have anything in my closet that resembles the painting “Sunset at Montmajour”, I didn’t realize that it’s not true. I do have pieces that can be used to imitate this. The problem is, I’ve worn them all before. Finally I remembered my green shawl, which is perfect. Even though it is still too warm for such a big shawl, it’s the missing piece of the puzzle, and once I found it, the rest of the outfit just fell into place.
The moral of the story? I need more green and yellow in my closet, apparently.
Shirt & skirt: thrifted, Shawl: hand-me-down, Flats: borrowed from my sister
I love this week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration, “Young Girl in Green” by Tamara de Lempicka, but it was a true challenge for me because I have nothing green in my closet. The answer is, of course, to raid my mom and my sister’s closet. When I showed my sister the painting, she remembered this dress, one of her “closet orphans”, which she then passed on to me. I can understand why it’s a closet orphan though – the ruffles and the hem make it really hard to style. The scarf was my mom’s, she’s been using it to wrap her sweaters in, so she was more than happy to give it to me.
In the end, I wonder if I should’ve gone with just the dress or the scarf instead of both, because they don’t really go together, no matter how many ways I tried.
In NaNoWriMo news, the writing is still, to quote Mr. Chillip from David Copperfield, “progressing slowly.” The only problem is that I finished the first story yesterday at around 5000 words, so I would have to write about 10 of them to get the 50,000 quota. I don’t have enough ideas for 10 short stories.
Dress: H&M (hand-me-down), Scarf: hand-me-down
Boots & belt: thrifted