Basic Owl

This is a very basic outfit, right down to the owl brooch (owl, for some reason, was the motif of the early 2010s, the height of Modcloth and the twee-as-fuck style à la Zooey Deschanel, so I always associate it with “basic hipsters”.) The outfit is actually built around this faded red +olive green color combo, which I’ve wanted to try for a long time, and the shirt looks bare, but I couldn’t think of what brooch to wear, so I settled for a “basic” one. Ah well. At least it’s cute and doesn’t clash with anything.


Tree Frog

We’ve had some heavy rain lately, and our frog and toad population just exploded. (Though we don’t have actual frogs. We only have tree frogs.) Coincidentally, I just bought a frog brooch – I’m aiming to own brooches representing all the insects/small animals in our garden – so of course I had to put together an outfit inspired by the frog. And it’s not just a matter of slapping the brooch on either. I actually thought carefully about it, and I chose these culottes and this shirt because the green and the blue stripes are meant to represent the frog’s colors. I then wore the brooch on my shoe for some added interest; plus it stands out more on the black shoe than on my top.

What do you think? A pretty good representation, right?


Come Into The Garden

As I prepared these photos for the blog, I realized that I wore very similar things the same time last year – something about July that makes my outfits take on a decidedly floral look. I guess it’s because the summer flowers in our garden are starting to bloom, so I can’t help but draw some inspirations from them, which means bringing out my floral shirts, green bottoms, and brown shoes. They may not be the most imaginative “flower-inspired” looks, but they’re serviceable and easy to throw on, and in the summer, that’s all I’m asking for.

And on that note, here are some more of our flowers – it’s been a while since I shared these, so enjoy!


Trumpet vine


Rangoon creeper and crepe myrtle

More crepe myrtle


Cape periwinkle and a squash blossom


Folksy

For this week’s SIA challenge, inspired by Clementine Hunter’s “Playing Cards”, I knew immediately I’d wear this top and these culottes, because their colors are perfect to mimic the two main colors in the painting – pale yellow and olive green, and the style of the lacy top echoes the “folksy” feel of the painting too (it makes sense in my head.) I then paired them with these recently thrifted heels to mimic the black lines of the tree trunks.

The other of the colors in the painting – mainly blue and red – took me some thinking, however, until I remembered my cotton handkerchiefs and found one with all the colors I was looking for. I tried wearing it as a headband at first, but it didn’t look “me” for some reason, so I decided to wear it as a neckerchief instead. I thought it might be a bit much with the collar of my top, but looking at the photos, it’s not too bad, isn’t it? (I did take it off once I got to work, but the rest of the outfit stayed the same.)

Don’t forget to check out Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!


One Pair Of Culottes, Two Ways

These culottes are quickly becoming my favorite thrifted piece. They are neutral, so they go with pretty much any top and any style in my closet – like here, where I style them in a more casual way with the white linen top, and a more preppy way with my plaid button-up. Plus, they have the silhouette of a skirt, but since they are actually pants, they allow me to ride my bike without having to wear bike shorts underneath, and I’m telling you, in this 100+ heat, that really is a blessing. The only downside is that they don’t have pockets! I mean, why? No pockets on dresses and skirts I can understand (I’m annoyed about it, but it’s the norm), but why no pockets on culottes?!