Singapore Street

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See what I did with the title there? Singapore Street = Sing Street. Get it? *rimshot* Yes, thank you, I’ll be here all week.

Anyway, here is my interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by the poster of “Sing Street” (sorry it wasn’t a proper “outfit” photo, I wanted to include the buildings in the background.) It’s pretty straightforward – all black with a green accent from my scarf and pops of colors from my sneakers. I also took the photo against the green of the Marina Bay to mimic the green background of the poster. I had something yellow with me as well – my umbrella – but I already got funny looks from wearing a blanket scarf in 90+ degrees, so I didn’t want to invite more funny looks by taking out my umbrella when it wasn’t raining.

(Though, to be fair, the scarf was not just something I wore for SIA; it has been a life saver on the train and in the shopping malls, where the AC is always set to “freezing” it seems. It surprises me how the Singaporeans can stand such extreme differences in temperature. And then it did rain pretty heavily right after I took these photos, so my outfit was actually complete.)

The round-up is not until Wednesday, so you still have time to send me your outfits (if you haven’t already.) And don’t forget to come back to see how others interpret this poster!

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T-shirt: ASOS, Pants & Scarf: local shops, Sneakers: Payless


Pond In The Woods

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Like I said, this SIA is pretty easy for me – green, blue, brown, black. When I saw the inspiration painting (“Pond in the Woods” by Georgia O’Keeffe, just in case you forgot), I immediately thought of this coat and this scarf. The rest of the outfit came together very quickly. Then I added my ceramic brooch, because the circle shape and the pattern are reminiscent of the painting, and the swirls of colors in the painting look like glazes to me as well. Done, and done.

Don’t forget to check Erin’s blog to see how others interpret this!

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Top: Uniqlo, Scarf & Boots: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Coat: thrifted, Brooch: vintage


Glint, Gleam, Glitter

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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.)

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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.


Post-Christmas

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I hope everybody had a nice Christmas. Despite the distinct lack of holiday spirit this year, our family did manage to pull it together at the last minute – we went to my sister’s for a nice dinner and then spent the rest of the evening watching Christmas movies, so it wasn’t half bad.

And here’s a post-Christmas outfit. To be honest, I didn’t even think about Christmas when I paired this green sweatshirt with my blue plaid shirt (blue + green being one of the classic Christmas color pairings), but now that I think about it, I should’ve worn one of my tree brooches to maintain the theme.

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Shirt: Uniqlo, Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans, Boots & Brooch: local shops


Railroad Sunset

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My interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by Edward Hopper’s “Railroad Sunset“, is self-explanatory. I brought an old favorite – this plaid tunic – out of storage and paired it with blue jeans and my black Chelsea boots to mimic the dark shades of blue and green in the painting (in hindsight, my brown ankle boots might have looked better). I then topped it off with a yellow scarf – what else? I thought about adding some orange but decided it would be too much for the outfit (again, my brown boots would’ve been a good choice for some warmer tones – can you tell I’m really regretting not wearing my brown boots?)

Anyway, despite all that, I still quite like the outfit. It’s a good one to close out a whole year of really interesting SIA challenges. Remember to drop by Jen’s blog to check out the other interpretations, and next week I’m going to have a little round-up of my own to look back at my favorite SIA looks of the year.

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Tunic: Urban Outfitters, Jeans: H&M, Boots: Din Sko, Scarf: Target


Blank Canvas

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I’ve been wearing this sweatshirt a lot lately, but most of the outfits are a version of this – sweatshirt, brooch, jeans, and booties – so I don’t see the need to blog all of them. I think the reason I always accessorize this sweatshirt with a brooch is because its rich color and simple cut make a perfect canvas for a brooch. Actually, what I really want to do is to copy this look, with a collection of bug-themed brooches crawling from the shoulder down one arm, but I don’t have enough brooches for that. Yet.

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Shirt: Topshop, Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Boots & Brooch: hand-me-down


Greensleeves

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Here’s a fashion history fun fact for you guys: back in the 19th century, people used to dye clothes with an arsenic-based pigment. It created a lovely bright green color, but of course, could also give the wearer a lovely case of poisoning as well.

Thankfully we are no longer using that, because I have discovered a newfound love for green. I used to not wear green very often, thinking it washed me out. But then I bought a green coat, and a green scarf after that, and I found out that this shade of deep, forest green (or hunter green) actually has the opposite effect and make me look less sallow that I really am! So bring on the green!

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Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans & Brooch: local shops, Oxfords: Vagabond