Sunday Morning

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Norman Rockwell’s “Sunday Morning” illustration, my problem was not that I didn’t know what to wear, but rather the opposite – I had so many ideas that I couldn’t pick just one! In the end, though, I decided to go with this combination. I was going to wear my gray waistcoat, but sadly it doesn’t match the gray of my blazer, so I picked this sweater vest instead. There are actually a lot of colors/patterns in the painting, from the flowers on the windowsill to the hats of mom (which I also gave a nod to in my brooch) and the girls, and I think this vest reflects that. Plus, it brings a casual/formal contrast to the outfit, which works well for the painting (mom and the kids’ formal church clothes vs. dad’s sloppy loungewear). For the rest of the outfit, I went with my trusty combo of red cords + lace-up boots. Yes, I wore them for the last SIA challenge too, but when something works, why change it?

Don’t forget to check out Shelbee’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this fun illustration!

Safe As Houses

I’m continuing my casual, Lunar New Year break looks with this simple outfit. I don’t wear graphic prints that often because they don’t fit into my vintage-inspired style, but this sweater is so cute that I couldn’t pass it up. The style of the print is slightly Studio Ghibli-esque (it actually reminds me of this house in the train sequence in Spirited Away – such a beautiful and haunting scene; nothing happens yet it makes you feel so much), so I added my hot air balloon brooch for a touch of whimsy.