The Drawing Lesson

Here’s my outfit for the first SIA challenge of 2023, inspired by “The Drawing Lesson” by Jan Steen. This one is a bit of a challenge for me, because there are so many details and colors in the painting that I had no idea where to begin. Eventually, I went with the lady’s outfit of pink top and golden yellow bottom, and added some colors and patterns with my velvet blazer. My belt and boots are also a nod to the rich cognac color of the furniture and the musical instruments in the room. So, not a very imaginative interpretation, but I’m happy with the result.

Same Old Brand New Me

This outfit feels very much like something I’d wear maybe 5-7 years ago (a quick check of the tags show that the last time this cardigan was featured on the blog was back in 2016! So I was spot on.) My style now is a bit more 1940s utilitarian, more Dark Academia, more eclectic. However, sometimes a classic dress just calls for classic styling (if you can call 1950s twee “classic”, that is.) It doesn’t look bad, it just doesn’t feel “me” anymore. This dress is another hand-me-down from my sister, I wouldn’t buy something like this now, but now that she’s given it to me, I guess I’ll have to think a little harder to make it fit into my current wardrobe.


I mentioned in this post that I’ve been looking for a novelty border print skirt. The embroidered skirt is lovely, but it didn’t really scratch that itch, so imagine my excitement when I came across this cityscape skirt. It’s a bit more understated than those true vintage border print skirts, but that actually makes it more wearable and easier to style for me. I kept it simple by pairing it with a navy shirt here, but I can’t wait until it gets cold enough so I can wear it with my city print sweater for double the action!

Back To School, Pandemic Style

As I mentioned in my post on Wednesday, school has started again this week, and it’s the first time I taught a class in-person again in about… gosh, I don’t even remember how long. A year? Technically, the latter half of the last semester was in-person too, but I just kept teaching online because, as I teach writing, it’s actually easier for me to teach online than in person. But there is no escaping it now, and just in time for a new wave of COVID too (yay…) Everybody keeps saying that the new variants are not as serious, but I’m taking no chances and sticking to my face masks (almost literally) for now.

Embroidered Cat

I’m continuing to prepare for my future as a crazy cat lady by buying cat-themed clothes. This top is a little different from my usual fare – I don’t do crop tops or peplums, and I don’t wear sleeveless tops that often – but the cat embroidery is just too cute to pass up (it’s from the same shop where I bought my face masks.) Plus, it goes so well with my new (to me) high-waist flare jeans and clogs for a perfect 1970s-inspired outfit.