Weaving Anew

My outfit for SIA, inspired by the “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” mural in Tacoma, is pretty self-explanatory, as you can see: the blue and yellow color scheme is clear, the plaid shirt is to mimic the “weaving” part of the mural, and the brooch is to mimic the flowers in the mural as well, other than adding a touch of yellow.

Now that I think about it, my “Sunflower” outfit from two weeks ago would make a pretty good interpretation for thisĀ  week’s SIA as well. Maybe I’ll submit both! There is still time for you to send your outfit to Jen if you haven’t already, and remember to check her blog on Wednesday for the full round-up of all interpretations of this mural.


Post-Christmas

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I hope everybody had a nice Christmas. Despite the distinct lack of holiday spirit this year, our family did manage to pull it together at the last minute – we went to my sister’s for a nice dinner and then spent the rest of the evening watching Christmas movies, so it wasn’t half bad.

And here’s a post-Christmas outfit. To be honest, I didn’t even think about Christmas when I paired this green sweatshirt with my blue plaid shirt (blue + green being one of the classic Christmas color pairings), but now that I think about it, I should’ve worn one of my tree brooches to maintain the theme.

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Shirt: Uniqlo, Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans, Boots & Brooch: local shops


Hello From The Hague

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Hi there! I’m currently in The Hague, my first stop in the Netherlands. Photos of my travels will have to wait, but for now I have this quick and simple outfit as my interpretation for this week’s SIA, as inspired by the beautiful beadwork piece “My Sea, My Sister, My Tears”:

Naturally, I wanted to mimic the beautiful curves and swirls of beading, but since I have nothing like that in my wardrobe (travel or otherwise), I went with my plaid shirt, which has all the shades of blue, white, and dark red (brown?) found in the original, and took my photo with the sea in the background. The sea wasn’t as blue as I’d hoped – I was told this cloudy grayness was to be expected in the Netherlands – but it was appropriate, right?

Don’t forget to check Erin’s blog to see other interpretation of this gorgeous piece!

Shirt: Mango, Jeans: H&M, Boots: Clarks


February Layers

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The weather has moderated, but it’s still pretty freaking cold, so I combated that with layers that are warm but can also look presentable on their own should the sun suddenly decided to pay us a visit.

I’ve also been playing around with wearing multiple brooches. I figure that layering jewelries, like necklaces or bracelets (remember the “arm parties” trend?), usually works best when they have a similar look or feel while still vary enough to create interest, so the same rules apply to brooches. I’ve worn multiple brooches before, but usually just with my enameled ones, and now I’m branching out. I’m going for a “leaf” theme here, as you can see – they still look a bit haphazard, but I’m hoping as my collection grows, I can get better at it.

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Shirt: Uniqlo, Coat: Atmosphere, Scarf & Jeans: Forever21 (gods, I didn’t realize how saggy these jeans have gotten; they need to be retired!), Sweater & Boots: local shops, Brooches: various


These Old Bones

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This has little to do with the outfit, but one of my New Year resolutions (I actually don’t have official “New Year resolutions”, I just have a few things that I want to change/try/keep doing in the new year) is to exercise more regularly. Nothing vigorous, just 15-20 minutes a day, to at least get my muscles moving. Because I’m terribly out of shape. How out of shape I am, you ask? Here’s proof: yesterday I pulled something in my hip just from stretching, and now it hurts like hell every time I try to sit down or stand up. So I’m going to have to put that exercising plan on hold for now.

And that also means flat shoes for me at least for a week. Gods, I’m such an old lady.

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Shirt: Uniqlo, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Zara, Oxfords: Vagabond, Pins: Forever21