Blue Irises

I was so inspired by this week’s SIA painting, Van Gogh’s “Still Life with Irises”, that I put together two outfits. This is the first, and the second is going to be posted later in the week.

This outfit may be a little heavy on the greens and blues and a little light on the yellow, but I did it on purpose to let these socks shine. I have to confess: I picked this painting for SIA partly because of them. I got a few pairs of “famous painters” socks, but out of all of them, this painting is the easiest to interpret in an outfit, so I knew I just had to feature it in SIA.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, there is still time! And remember to check back on Wednesday to see how the other participants did!

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Capsule Outfit #40

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Happy Boxing Day! Hope you guys had a nice Christmas. It was still a working day for me 😦 but never mind, I’m going to have 10 days off starting tomorrow, so I’m not complaining.

I wasn’t going to post today, but as I sat down to prepare a round-up post of my capsule outfits, I realized I only posted 39 outfits instead of 40 like I thought (I can’t count, apparently. There’s the whole snafu with the turtleneck tunic which I thought was in my capsule but turns out it wasn’t, so I didn’t count that outfit toward the 40.) Anyway, here is outfit #40. The actual number is higher, of course, but there are a bunch of similar outfits that I didn’t bother documenting. I’ll tally it all up in a post next week.

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P/S: This is a very typical “blogger” look, isn’t it? All I’m missing is a top knot. I’m surprised I haven’t worn it before.

Shirt: Uniqlo, Cardigan: Target (thrifted), Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Aldo


Capsule Outfit #23/Music Question

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For this week’s SIA, inspired by “Lady Folding a Letter” by Rococo artist, Louise-Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun, I pulled from my capsule wardrobe again – mustard cardigan, black jeans, white and blue scarves, and black boots. Simple. The floral print on my boots is to represent the rich colors and details of the original painting – I know, I know, there’s no floral in the painting, but that’s why it’s an interpretation, right?

I’ll be back tomorrow with a full round-up post (a lot of variety this week, which I love). Before that, though, let me ask you guys an unrelated question: what kind of music do you listen to when you need some energy boost? I listen to music when I work, and with my increasingly heavy work load, I need something a bit energetic to keep me concentrated, but I can’t stand pop or dance (except electronic), and my usual brand of “complain indie rock” can get on my nerves after a while. So any recommendation? Lately I’ve been listening to soundtracks (Tron: Legacy and Pacific Rim, mostly) as well as some comedy (Dylan Moran, his grumpiness is really helpful for when I’m reading a particularly bad script, and Bo Burnham), but any suggestion is welcome.

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Oh and in case you’re interested, here is how I wore my scarves – just double them, loop them up, and wound around like you would a normal scarf:

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Cardigan: Target (thrifted), Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Betts, Blue scarf: borrowed from my mom, White scarf: Target


SIA: The Milkmaid

mustard cardigan navy skirt red heels by 14 shades of grey

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid”, I only had two options: either blue cable-knit sweater + red pants + mustard scarf, or mustard cardigan + navy skirt + red heels. In the end I went with the second choice, because even though this skirt is not the rich shade of royal blue like the milkmaid’s apron, it allowed me to layer my green gingham shirt underneath to mimic the green sleeves of the milkmaid’s bodice. We’re nothing if not exact here at SIA 🙂

Remember to check out Animated Cardigan to see how others interpret this classic painting!

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mustard cardigan navy skirt by 14 shades of greymustard cardigan green gingham shirt by 14 shades of grey

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Shirt: Gap, Cardigan: Target, Skirt: Banana Republic, Heels: Steve Madden (everything thrifted)


Oldie

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If this outfit looks familiar, it’s because I’ve worn this silhouette and color combination over and over, and when something works, you don’t mess with it, right? Except… only after I looked at these pictures again that I realized the proportions are kinda off, the dress is a tad too long, so when combined with the boots it makes my legs look stumpy. Well, that goes to show you can’t always trust a mirror.

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Anyway, I’m running out of interesting things to say, so when I saw these questions on Jen’s blog, I decided it may be fun to list off some random facts. Here we go:

Who’s your favorite Muppets character and why? I didn’t grow up with the Muppets so I really don’t have a favorite, but if I have to choose, I guess Oscar the Grouch.

What’s your favorite era of clothing?  Regency (Jane Austen’s era), Edwardian, 1930’s, 1950’s. I like certain 18th century and 1880’s gowns too, but most of the time the clothes of those two eras are over-embellished for me.

Do you enjoy thrifting? Why or why not? Considering most of my clothes were thrifted, I think the answer is “yes”. You find cool, unique (and sometimes quite on trend, if you know what to look for) stuff, and it’s cheap. What’s not to like?

Who was your first childhood pet? A dog named To (pronounced with a “oh” sound, it’s a common dog’s name in Vietnam). She looked kinda like a yellow Lab, except with a mane. There were other dogs before her when I was a baby, but she was the first that I remembered.

What’s your middle name(s) and what does it (or they) mean? My middle name’s Minh. It means bright or brilliant in Sino-Vietnamese.

So there you go. Some random facts about me, which, if you’ve been reading the blog for a long time, you might have know already 😛

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Dress: Anne Klein (thrifted), Cardigan: Target (thrifted), Tights: Target, Boots: Aldo


Catching “Catching Fire”

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This is going to be very brief because I’m off to the theater to see Catching Fire. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Shirt: Zara, Cardigan: Target (thrifted), Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Vietnamese shop, Scarf: hand-me-down, Brooch: vintage

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The Oval Office

white dress yellow cardigan red flats by 14 shades of grey

Now this is a familiar outfit – after uploading these photos to my computer I spent a good five minutes staring at them trying to think if I’ve worn something similar before. I know I haven’t, since this dress is new and I’ve only worn it twice, so I guess the outfit looked familiar simply because it’s a combination I’ve worn time and time again. Anyway, it’s for this week’s SIA, inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s “The Oval Office“. I almost went with the pattern mixing of red stripes and blue polka dots, but in the end I thought that would be too 4th of July, so I picked the white-blue-yellow color scheme instead. I only wish I hadn’t donated my red striped espadrilles, because they would be perfect for this (but then again they’re really, really uncomfortable, which is why I donated them in the first place.)

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Thank Heavens it was still cool enough after the storm for me to wear my cardigan, and it stopped raining long enough for me to take these photos. Seriously, our backyard looked like this:

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Don’t forget to check out Jess’ blog to see other interpretations of this painting!

Dress: Miss Sixty, Cardigan: Target (thrifted), Belt: thrifted, Flats: Caprice, Brooch: vintage