For The ‘Gram

I’m still posting backlogged cold-weather outfits, and this particular one is nothing to write home about, so I’m going to use this post for a bit of shameless self-promotion… although, is it shameless self-promotion when you do it on your own blog? I guess not.

Anyway, here it is, shameless or not: I have an Instagram now. Actually, I’ve had it for a while, but I only use it to stalk other people (my Instagram feed is mostly travel photos, art, food, and personal style, in that order), and I’ve only been posting regularly for about a month or so. Right now it’s only an extension of the blog; I will try to post more stuff if possible. It’s just that I can barely remember to use Instagram in the first place, plus my life is not very interesting, so my Instagram would probably be mostly pet, book & garden photos (if I remember to post at all!) But if that’s what you’re interested in, drop by and say hello!

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Something Different

One thing I forgot to mention in my Style Personas post is that I’m also moving toward different silhouettes – you may notice that none of my “key pieces” includes skinny jeans. I’m not letting go of skinny jeans forever, of course – you will have to pry them from my cold, dead hands – but I’m beginning to feel that skinny jeans aren’t the most comfortable thing to wear anymore, and I’m at that age now when comfort trumps style. So I’m looking for looser fit and combinations I wouldn’t have thought of before.

Like this outfit, for example. A few months ago I wouldn’t think of pairing this leather jacket with these pants, but now I quite like it. Of course, it’s still a work in progress so some outfits may work better than others, but I’m having fun, and that’s all that matters.


The Chimney Sweep

See what I said about wearing grey all the time? It’s been freezing around here, so when I saw these fleece-lined pants, I decided to snatch them up. They’re wonderfully warm, but styling them is another matter. This is my best attempt, and even then, it doesn’t look quite right. Something about the combination of these pants + beat-up boots makes me feel like a chimney sweep. I mean, if I switched my leather jacket for a tweed coat and my circle scarf for a neckerchief and added a newsboy cap, I wouldn’t look out of place in a production of “Oliver!”, would I? Does that make sense? Or have I listened to The Decemberists for too long? Does that make sense?


The Red Shoes

Gods, it seems like a long time since I did an outfit post, doesn’t it? We’ve been having some end-of-the-season cold snaps, so here is a cold-weather outfit. It’s pretty simple, but I want to talk about these shoes for a bit. If you recognize them, that’s because they’re the same shoes I brought with me to Cuba. When I was packing for the trip, I planned on taking my Converse, but then I thought about the amount of walking I would no doubt be doing, and decided that I needed something lighter and with a bit of an arch support.

So I bought these at the last minute, and it turned out to be a great decision. They’re so soft and light that I didn’t need to break them in, and I’ve walked through the cobblestone streets and hiked through fields and jungles in them with no problems. I know this sounds like a post sponsored by the shoes company, but it’s not (I wish); the shoes are just so awesome I have to rave about them!


Blue Spring

For this week’s SIA, inspired by the “Primavera” sculpture by Cuban artist Rafael San Juan, I knew that I wasn’t going to be literal about it, only that I was going to wear my leather jacket – it’s my go-to “edgy” piece. But then I remembered that I do have a butterfly-printed shirt (well, bird-and-butterfly), which is perfect for the butterfly crown of the statue. I topped it off with my copper flower brooch because it looks kinda similar to the material of the statue, and thus, my oufit is complete. As it turns out, it’s a more literal interpretation than I’d expected, but that’s not a bad thing at all.

You still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits if you haven’t already, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday for the round-up post!


Snowed Bean

For this week’s SIA, inspired by a photo of the Chicago Bean covered in snow, I was going to go all gray with black and white touches, but the result outfit looked too dull. It didn’t help that my gray jeans don’t really go well with these boots. So I had to scrap it and start again, keeping the leather jacket and black boots, but switched my gray sweater for a white one (for snow) and my gray jeans for the light-blue pair. The result may not be as close to the inspiration as I’d like, but I much prefer this outfit. And it’s still all neutral colors, so it’s not too bad, right?


Millennial Pink

Does anybody have tips on how to clean light-colored suede shoes? I love these sneakers, but they get so dingy so fast. They used to be pink, but now they’re faded to a dirty beige (trust me, it takes some Photoshop skills to get them to look presentable in the photos.) Suede cleaner is not readily available here, so I have tried every home remedy from baking soda and vinegar to rubbing alcohol, but nothing seems to work. Which is a shame, because I would love to wear these shoes more often.