Alice In Borderland

I guess it’s the week of titling my posts after pieces of media I’ve never actually watched/listened. Yes, same as the post on Wednesday, I’ve never watched “Alice in Borderland”, I just like its play on “Alice in Wonderland”, and considering my outfit is sort of Alice-inspired, I thought it would be appropriate. It was all built around this top, of course. The puffed sleeves are a little much for me, but when I saw the tea set buttons, I just couldn’t pass it up. For this outfit, I went with the olive culottes and pink loafers to match the embroideries (plus, pink and green are one of my favorite color bombs), but I can definitely see other ways of styling this top to tone down its frou-frou-ness while still letting it shine. Can’t wait!

Watermelon Sugar

Disclaimer: I don’t listen to Harry Styles. That’s the only song of his I know, because for a while, I kept seeing ads for it on my Spotify. And anyway, this outfit was not inspired by that song, but by actual watermelons (hence my brooch). It looks like summer really is here at last. I still hate it, but at least that means I can start thinking of new outfits instead of cycling through my transitional pieces, none of which I’m excited about. I’m quite happy with this – the color combination is simple but still summery, and most important of all, it’s so comfy to wear!

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!