The Hardest Button

The post title not only refers to the song by The White Stripes but also to the fact that this SIA was harder to interpret than I thought. The colors are clear enough and I have most of them in my closet, but with the weather being quite unpredictable lately, I didn’t quite know how to combine them in an outfit. In the end, this is what I came up with – a layered outfit that works well for this kind of weather and has all the colors of the inspirational photo. I also added a brooch to mimic the intricate button on the top of the pile. All in all, I’m happy with it 🙂

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by her lovely photo!

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Perfect Condition

The last few days before the Lunar New Year (and during the holiday, in fact) were unseasonably warm and dry, fall-like instead of spring/winter, so I was able to change up my outfit formula a bit. It’s the most “blog-worthy” outfit I’ve worn in a while, even though it’s not that different from my usual formula of sweater + coat + jeans. At least the shirt and blazer are a nice change and the brooch is fun, and everything works together instead of feeling forced.

It just further proves the cliche that all style bloggers love the fall. When it’s too cold or too hot, I have to focus on staying warm/cool, so there isn’t much room for sartorial creativity. This kind of weather is perfect (even if it’s unseasonal.)


Casual Galentine

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA. I was a bit stumped when I first saw the inspiration piece, “The End of Romance” by Erte, but then I remembered my polka dot popover, and the rest of the outfit came together very quickly (I tried adding a bit of green, but it didn’t look right, so I left it out. You don’t always have to stick to the inspiration 100%).

Now, I didn’t even think about it when Kim announced the inspiration, but this is just perfect for Valentine’s Day, isn’t it? But then again I don’t celebrate Valentine’s, so maybe “The End of Romance” is more appropriate for Galentine’s (February 13). Who needs romance anyway?

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


An Outfit And An Experiment

This outfit was actually inspired by an outfit I saw on the street. I saw a lady at a bus stop in a navy plaid shirt and midi dress and I thought, “I love that. I have all of those pieces. Why haven’t I put together an outfit like that?” So here we are. I chose this shirt instead of a blue/navy one (and I have many) because the pink color echoes the pink flowers printed on the buttons of the skirt – a tiny detail, but it ties the outfit together.

In other, more technical news, I’m running out of storage space on WordPress and don’t want to shell out any money for an upgrade (the blog doesn’t bring me any money). I had planned to host my photos on Flickr, which used to offer 1 TB of space, but recently, Flickr has made changes to their free accounts so we’re only allowed 1000 photos each, and the photos over the limit will get deleted. I’m pretty pissed about it since I’ve had Flickr for a while and definitely have more than 1000 photos. And my storage problem on WordPress remains. So, starting with this post, I’m going to try hosting my images on Tumblr. Tumblr doesn’t have a storage limit, only a post limit, so it shouln’t be a problem. We’ll see how it works…


Melody

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Kate Bunce‘s “Melody (Musica)”. I tried to recreate the red-and-green color scheme of the painting with my red shoes, but ended up looking like a walking Christmas tree, so I toned it down with my pink shirt instead. It goes better with the green, and the embroideries can mimic the foliage in the painting (both the actual blossoms and the print on the lady’s dress). I would’ve stopped there, but then I noticed the necklace the lady is wearing in the painting, so my vintage-looking necklace made for the perfect outfit-completer.

You still have until Tuesday to send me your outfits, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see the full round-up!


Pink Dome

This week’s inspiration for SIA – the dome of the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri – is gorgeous, but I had no idea how I could interpret it in an outfit. When I’m stuck in SIA, I would usually look at the piece’s color scheme as a starting point. In this case, I picked out pink, white, and blue as the main colors, so I knew I would wear this pink button-up and the blue oxfords. Luckily, the weather was cool enough that I could layer the button-up over my white eyelet top (it did get warmer at noon, but still), and I added my gold brooch to mimic the intriciate gold decorations on the dome. Then I finished the outfit with jeans because… well, they went well with the rest. Sometimes you just have to forget the inspiration and choose what looks good.

Remember to stop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this beautiful dome!


Tiny Glasses

I’ve noticed that I haven’t worn a lot of jewelry lately. One reason is that not a lot of my summer clothes go well with brooches, which is my jewelry of choice, but a bigger reason is that I’ve been feeling burned out on jewelry. I don’t buy them anymore, and I tend to focus mostly on the silhouette and proportion of my outfits instead of accessories. I’m sure when the weather cools down and I wear more layers, I would start wearing jewelry more, but for now, I’m keeping it simple. But that doesn’t mean I’m not having fun with it too – like with this eyeglasses brooch. Usually I would wear it horizontally like a normal brooch, but this time I decided to wear it like how you would put glasses into your pocket.