Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Ellen Harding Baker‘s Solar System quilt. I was tempted to wear the “moon” sweater I wore for the Nebra Sky Disk SIA again, to really book-end the year, but in the end, I decided that this embroidered sweater would be a much better fit. I kept the rest of the outfit simple. Black pants may reflect the inspiration more accurately, but I thought it made the outfit too heavy – I rarely wear all black anyway – so I went with these mustard pants instead.
If you haven’t sent me your outfits yet, you still have until tomorrow! And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this quilt!
For this week’s SIA, inspired by Suzuki Kiitsu’s “Morning Glories” (and the post title is, of course, the title of Oasis’s seminal sophomore album), I went back to the basics. It’s a bit surprising that amongst all the embroidered clothes I’ve bought and thrifted, there is nothing that matches the color scheme of the inspiration, but luckily, the rest of my closet can fill in the gaps (although my t-shirt is more teal than green.) The result is less exuberant than I would’ve liked, but hey, that’s the beauty of SIA – you don’t have to match the inspiration exactly.
If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see all the outfits inspired by this print!
Since I rediscovered thrifting earlier this year, it has offered me a lot more choices in shopping, so instead of just following the trends in the shop, I can pick and choose what I really like. This has given me some insights into my style. I’ve realized that I tend to navigate toward nature-inspired patterns, that I prefer embroideries to prints, and cutouts/broderie anglaise to laces, and that as much as I wish to pull off that clean, minimalist look, I can’t. I have to rely on colors and patterns to bring interest to my looks. This outfit has no thrifted pieces, but it kind of reflects my newfound style insights. It’s all solid colors, but the cutouts of my top and shoes, and the lacing of the shoes make it look more interesting (if I say so myself).
Last week I mentioned that navy + pink is one of the color combos I reach for very often, and here is another one that is quickly becoming a favorite – gray & yellow (preferably golden, mustardy yellow. I look terrible in any other shade.) This is still one of my leftover work-from-home outfits, hence its simplicity, but the golden dots of my sweatshirt match my pants so perfectly that I think it adds enough interest to the outfit.
Today I saw a friend of mine post on FB a quote saying “It’s OK to not be at your most productive during a fucking global pandemic”, and I have to say, that is such a relief to hear. Seriously, every other thing on the Internet is like “How to use your isolation time to learn a new skill/language/finish that craft project”, and I’m like, Bitch, I may be at home but I’m still working three jobs, who’s got the time? But yes, I do see the wisdom in doing something else to get your mind off all the stress, so here’s what I’ve been doing to stay sane during isolation:
– Watch all the things. I try to stick to relaxing, heartwarming things that don’t require too much brainpower though. So far I’ve been rewatching “The Great British Bake-Off” (because it’s like antidepressant and anti-anxiety meds in TV form) and checking out “Poldark” (it’s OK so far, the drama is light enough to be entertaining without stressing me out, plus Aidan Turner is great eye candy.) The new Emma looks really pretty, but the actors who play Mr. Knightley and Frank Churchill look so utterly wrong for their parts (they look like footpads or farmers!) Also, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol has been putting up weekly live shows and songwriting sessions on his Instagram (love that man), so I have those to look forward to.
– Go outside. I’m lucky that we have a big garden, so I try to work outside or at least spend a little time outside playing with the dogs whenever I can.
– Travel from my couch. I’m incredibly lucky that I got to travel to Russia and return safely home before all hell broke loose, so to satisfy my wanderlust, I’m looking back at my past travels and planning my next trips.
– Paint. Or rather, doodle. I don’t have time to get back to painting properly, but I’ve been painting simple watercolor scenes with my niece using Youtube tutorials to keep myself from getting too rusty.
– Clean out and reorganize my closet. I followed the methods in this video, which is really straightforward and helpful.
– Play dress up. I’m keeping a list of new pairings/silhouettes that I may try now, just for the fun of it, or save for later, when I’m back to work. In the meantime, I also try to elevate my “work from home” clothes – like this outfit. The top and pants are just as soft and relaxing as pajamas, but they look more work-appropriate, and the shoes and the brooch (it’s one of the amber brooches I got from Russia) made the whole thing much more put-together.