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.

Strawberries And Poppies

In keeping with the “face mask” theme this week, I’m pairing the strawberry mask with another dress this time. I actually got several colors that I think are neutral enough and would go well with a lot of things, and this is what I’d originally planned to pair with the strawberry one – I wear a lot of blue and navy, so the embroidery provides the perfect pop of red. I wasn’t going to accessorize my dress with anything else at first, but it was looking at bit empty, so I echoed the red with this brooch (I’m still not sure if they’re poppies or anemones. I’m leaning more toward poppies, because anemones should have black centers.)

Strawberry Tea Set

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Childe Hassam’s “Strawberry Tea Set”. I knew I’d wear this dress, which is a perfect interpretation of the woman’s dress in the painting, but the accessories took some thinking. I have no strawberry brooch (something to be rectified as soon as possible!), but luckily I just bought a bunch of embroidered face masks to jazz up my outfits, and as luck would have it, I bought a strawberry one! There’s a bit of yellow in the painting too, so I added my yellow belt, and the embroidered flowers on it are also a nod to the pattern of the tea set – but let’s face it, it’s all about the face mask in this one. Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see how everybody did!