Embroidered Girl

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Albert Marquet’s “Girl Embroidering, Seated in a Garden“. I knew I’d wear this cardigan and brooch for the green color and the embroidery part, but there is a bit of pink in the painting that I struggled with – I don’t have a lot of pink in my closet, and those pink pieces that I do have don’t really go with the outfit I had in mind. Then I remembered this scarf, and instead of wearing as a normal scarf (which wouldn’t work with this cardigan anyway), I decided to try something new and wear it as a headscarf instead. The cardigan and the headscarf kind of remind me of those WWII outfits that women often wore to work in factories and farms (like these), so I finished off the outfit with my wide-leg pants and oxfords to complete a 1940s looks. A bit different than my usual, but I like it.

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


Peach Blossoms

Happy the Year of the Ox! The Year of the Rat has been truly horrendous, so hopefully with the Ox, traditionally associated with patience and hard work, we’re going to have a better year. I have to admit, the start is less than auspicious – we’re still in lockdown mode (there is no official lockdown in our country; they just lock down individual streets and neighborhoods where cases have been found, but my family decides we’d rather be safe than sorry, so we’re celebrating the Lunar New Year at home). Still, we can hope, right?

This outfit is from several weeks ago, but it looks like a peach tree in blossom, our traditional New Year decoration, so I thought it would be appropriate.


Floral Embroideries

This week’s SIA outfit came about quite quickly for me. I looked at Daenel’s pick of the inspiration – a piece of vintage fabric – and thought, “Off-white background, floral, embroideries, red, hints of yellow and brown and green. Done and done.” The two pieces that came immediately to my mind were this floral silk scarf and these brocade boots, and I just built my outfit from there. I picked this turtleneck sweater instead of my other white sweaters because I wanted to try pairing a scarf with a turtleneck, and these jeans because… well, they’re the only red (or reddish) piece I have. All in all, I’m happy with this.

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog to see other outfits inspired by this lovely piece!


April Flowers

I had several ideas for this week’s SIA, inspired by the cover of a Gregory & Son seed catalogue, but because the weather has been so unpredictable lately (last week it went from 70 degrees one day to 100 the next!!!), I didn’t decide what to wear until the day of. I simply picked out the main colors in the inspiration image – gray, green, pink/red, and a touch of brown – and pulled pieces from my closet accordingly. My scarf also has a floral print on it, though it may be difficult to see.

By a stroke of luck, our rose bushes have started blooming – and there are roses in the image as well. I wanted to take photos with the flowers, but because of the position of the rose bushes, it proved to be impossible, so here are some photos of the flowers instead:

Don’t forget to stop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see how others interpret this springlike image!


Pink Spring

We’re finally having some spring-like weather around here, but while it is humid, thankfully it remains cool, rather than hot and humid, so getting dressed is still enjoyable instead of the chore it is during the warmer months. I always prefer to dress in layers – it’s much easier to add interest with layers – so as long as it stays cool, I’m happy.

That said, this (new) shirt can still add interest to an outfit even by itself. If you look at the close-up, you can see that its buttons are actually printed with a subtle floral pattern. Very appropriate for spring without being obvious. I’m sure Miranda Priestly will approve.