A Pretty Pickle

Red and green is a color combo I’m not brave enough to try often (I think I’ve only tried it once, way back when I first started the blog.) The Christmas association is too strong. Plus, in Vietnam, there’s a saying that translates to “Green pants and red shirt prove that you’re a boor”, so maybe that influences me somehow. But lately, I’ve discovered some red/green combinations that are more applicable, when the red and green are less saturated – like here, which is more like pink and green (the gingham tones down the red color a bit), or red and olive green. It would be fun to try more opposite color combos like that.

On an unrelated note, the post title is obviously a reference to my brooch, but it’s also a joke because my family, despite our large garden, has never been able to grow cucumbers. One year my dad started three pots, which grew and covered the entire trellises, but never produced a single flower, let alone a fruit. After that he got frustrated and quit trying to grow cucumbers again.


Flowers, No Butterfly

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by an anonymous watercolor sketch of flowers and a butterfly. This one is a bit of a loose interpretation. I noticed how the flowers in the sketch almost look 3D, so I mimicked those with my embroidered cardigan. My dress is to mimic the background of the sketch, and if I had a butterfly brooch, it would’ve been perfect here, but hard to believe as it may be, my large collection of brooches doesn’t include a single butterfly one! I have a lot of bug brooches – ladybirds and bees and beetles, but no butterfly. I’ve just never found a butterfly brooch that sparks my fancy, I guess. Anyway, I made up for it with my shoes – the color and the “wings” on the sides can be a reflection of the butterfly. So, not an exact match, but I’m happy with it.

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


Pierrot

I’ve mentioned last week that I cannot resist a cute/quirky brooch, and these days, I often build an entire outfit around a brooch. Take this one, for example – I don’t often wear brooches with human shapes/faces (they always strike me as a tiny bit creepy), but this one, in the shape of Pierrot the clown, fits that sweet spot between quirky and vintage that I love. Since the brooch itself is so attention-grabbing, I kept the rest of the outfit simple, using the little green gem on the brooch as a starting point and matching that to my jacket, sweater, and even socks, so the brooch can really shine.

Maybe I should keep an eye out for Harlequin and Columbine brooches as well, to complete the set…


False Winter

I’ve been hearing my friends in the Northern Hemisphere complaining about the “false spring” they had – apparently the weather warmed up briefly, making everybody excited for spring, before the cold returned. I can’t sympathize though, because our spring is horrible (humid, muggy, moldy) and we barely had a winter to begin with.

Take this sweater, for example. I thrifted it because it reminds me of Chris Evans’s pretentious distressed sweater in Knives Out, and also in anticipation of a freezing winter, according to the weather forecast. Well, I should’ve known better than to listen to the weather forecast – other than a few days when the temperature dipped below 15 degrees Celsius (about 60F, which for us is pretty cold), it never really got cold enough for a thick sweater like this. That’s global warming for you. Here is the best I can do. It was during one of the coldest days we had, but between the skirt and the floral brooch, the outfit still felt more spring-like than winter.


Woman With A Dog

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA challenge, inspired by Pierre Bonnard’s “Woman with a Dog“. I went with the textures and a similar pattern (plaid vs. gingham), and although the colors are not quite the same (the colors in the original painting are more navy/mustard, while mine are more green/cognac), I’m quite happy with it. Best of all, my “skirt” is actually culottes, so they’re super comfy to wear.

I tried to get my dogs in the photos with me, but they wouldn’t have it. Just typical. When I want a clean shot, they have no problems photo-bombing me, but when I actually want them in the photos with me, they’re like this:

Well, I had to make do with my dog brooch instead.