Embroidered Girl

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Albert Marquet’s “Girl Embroidering, Seated in a Garden“. I knew I’d wear this cardigan and brooch for the green color and the embroidery part, but there is a bit of pink in the painting that I struggled with – I don’t have a lot of pink in my closet, and those pink pieces that I do have don’t really go with the outfit I had in mind. Then I remembered this scarf, and instead of wearing as a normal scarf (which wouldn’t work with this cardigan anyway), I decided to try something new and wear it as a headscarf instead. The cardigan and the headscarf kind of remind me of those WWII outfits that women often wore to work in factories and farms (like these), so I finished off the outfit with my wide-leg pants and oxfords to complete a 1940s looks. A bit different than my usual, but I like it.

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


Sheep By The Sea

It’s SIA time! The inspiration this week is Rosa Bonheur’s “Sheep by the Sea”, and by a stroke of luck, we just had a cold snap this week, so here I am, in sweater and wool culottes and boots – unimaginable, considering this time last year I was still wearing a single layer. The cold snap is not going to last long, but even then, the weather is not warming up too much. It looks like we’re going to get some proper fall weather this year, hurray!

Anyway, back to the outfit. I knew I’d wear this sweater, which perfectly captures the color and texture of the sheep’s woolly coats, but the rest of it took some thinking. Eventually, I remembered this pair of culottes, since they have the brown and green of the background in the painting. Plus the tag says Glen Prince (from what I can gather it’s a British wool company), which is very apt, considering the painting is supposedly of the Scottish Highlands. Finally, I added a little neckerchief to mimic the blue sky, and these boots to finish the outfit. I was trying to pull off the whole “Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral” look, not sure if I succeed, but I like it.

Don’t forget to drop by Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this lovely painting!


Fall, But Make It Spring

I bought this dress last year but didn’t get around to wearing it until now. It’s linen, but it’s pretty thick, so it’s impossible to wear during summer. I was saving it for the spring, but one thing led to another and I complete forgot about it. To my dismay, I discovered that it’s a bit tight on me compared to last year (hello pandemic weight gain!) so as much as I love it (especially the pockets), I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it in the hope that I may lose this weight or if I’m going to pass it down to my niece. The thing is, she’s a total tomboy and probably wouldn’t want to wear a dress anyway, so maybe it’s best if I just keep it.

P/S: A funny thing happened while I was looking up ideas to style a green linen dress. I came across this photo which features the exact same dress! Too bad reverse image search doesn’t yield any further information.


Late Bloomer

For this week’s SIA, inspired by the flower collages/decoupages of Mary Delany, I had to dig into my storage and brought out this dress. I’s a hand-me-down from my mom, and I haven’t worn it in a while because it’s a little short for my taste now, but for this challenge, it’s perfect (so glad I didn’t donate it!) I layered it with a knotted black T-shirt and topped it off with my flower brooch as a nod to the 3D feel of the collages – and I mean, come on, you wouldn’t expect me not to wear a brooch with this, would you?

You still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits if you haven’t already, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see how everybody did!


Bugs And Bars

Because there are bugs on my top and stripes (bars) on my skirt, get it? Now that the new semester has started, I’m moving away from the more casual outfits and focusing more on something work-appropriate (or, I should say, Zoom-appropriate, since I’m still working from home), so in the next week or so, I’m going to post all the rest of the summery outfits. This T-shirt and skirt combination is a no-brainer, but looking at these photos, I realize I should’ve worn my clog sandals with it. These flat sandals do my thick ankles no favor. I’ve never noticed it before because I always wear them with pants, but I guess flat sandals + midi skirt is not a good combo.