Joker

It seems I’m unwittingly following a theme of “human-shaped brooch” this week. This outfit is built around this top though – I call it my “clown shirt” because the shape of the sleeves, so I thought I’d go with that clown theme and accessorize it with my Pierrot brooch (it is Pierrot, isn’t it? I’m not well-versed in commedia dell’arte characters, but I believe it is, with his ruffled collar, baggy clothes, and skull cap). Before the pandemic, I would hesitate to wear something like this just for working from home, but now, I didn’t even think twice about it (I’m still working from home. There have been various attempts to open schools again, but as we’re hit with waves after waves of new case, I told my students to just stick to online classes.) I mean, if I don’t wear this type of thing at home now, when or where would I ever wear it?


School Marm 2.0

I wore this to meet the new class of screenwriting students I’m teaching this year. It was the first time I met them, and we’re going to be stuck with each other for the next four years (hopefully), so I wanted to wear something that looks the most “me”, to give them an accurate first impression. In the end, I settled for this. It certainly has all the things that I tend to reach for the most – plaid/gingham, button-up, midi skirt, brooch, and sensible shoes. One of my co-workers said that I looked like a schoolteacher on Little House on the Prairie (I guess it’s the combination of the gingham and the brooch?), which is not exactly what I was going for, but hey, I am a teacher after all.


Cardigan It Up

Yup, this skirt again. The weather is cooling down fast, so it might be my last skirt outfit in a while. At first, I only paired it with the striped top (it was still warm enough that I could get away with just one layer, at least during the day), but then I realize that the color of the stripes perfectly matches the color of this cardigan, which I haven’t worn in a while, so I had to use it to top off the outfit.

By the way, did you know that the cardigan was named after the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War? I was looking up “cardigan” to find a clever pun to title the post (there is no cardigan pun, sadly) and came upon this piece of trivia instead. You learn something new every day…


Keep On Skirting

As I mentioned last week, this is optimal weather for wearing skirts (for me anyway) – cool in the morning and sunny during the day – so I’m bringing out another favorite skirt that I don’t wear often enough. Yes, it’s another midi, button-front skirt, but it seems that’s all I’m reaching for these days. I used to wear knee-length or just below-the-knee skirts, but now I tend to go for longer ones. I’m not sure if it’s just the weather (longer skirts = warmer) or it’s my changing style.

In other news, these boots are on their last legs (pun unintended) so I’m trying to wear them as much as I can this season before tossing them. They’ve had a good run (over 5 years!), but I still feel a little sad to see them falling apart. I have plenty of brown ankle boots, but none goes with skirts and dresses as well as these.


An Outfit And An Experiment

This outfit was actually inspired by an outfit I saw on the street. I saw a lady at a bus stop in a navy plaid shirt and midi dress and I thought, “I love that. I have all of those pieces. Why haven’t I put together an outfit like that?” So here we are. I chose this shirt instead of a blue/navy one (and I have many) because the pink color echoes the pink flowers printed on the buttons of the skirt – a tiny detail, but it ties the outfit together.

In other, more technical news, I’m running out of storage space on WordPress and don’t want to shell out any money for an upgrade (the blog doesn’t bring me any money). I had planned to host my photos on Flickr, which used to offer 1 TB of space, but recently, Flickr has made changes to their free accounts so we’re only allowed 1000 photos each, and the photos over the limit will get deleted. I’m pretty pissed about it since I’ve had Flickr for a while and definitely have more than 1000 photos. And my storage problem on WordPress remains. So, starting with this post, I’m going to try hosting my images on Tumblr. Tumblr doesn’t have a storage limit, only a post limit, so it shouln’t be a problem. We’ll see how it works…