Put A Hat On It

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(I was going to title this post “Cloche Enough” but that is way too cheesy.)

The outfit is a big ole pile of nothing, so I added a hat to make it more interesting and give myself something to babble about. I always wear a hat when I go out – this when it’s cold (my deerstalker cap is deemed too valuable to be worn daily, the thing is like an antique at this point) and my straw boater when it’s warmย  – but I rarely keep them on for outfit photos because they’re like my bag or my watch. I put them on every day before I go out, regardless of what else I’m wearing, so they’re not part of the outfit. Today, however, I made an exception because my hair needed washing ๐Ÿ˜›

Also, is it just me or do I really not look like myself with my hair down?

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Shirt & Jeans: Forever21, Cardigan: thrifted, Boots: Vietnamese shop, Cloche: Target


Playing Hide And Seek

It’s another round of SIA, and the inspiration is Playing Hide and Seek by Chihiro Iwasaki:

There are a lot of lovely colors to pull from here, but believe it or not, the first thing that drew me to the painting is the brooch on the little girl’s cardigan. So of course I had to recreate that as well.

I’m excited that we have a few more bloggers joining us this week. First up is Rebekah of From the Mixed-up Files:

Next, we have Meanz of Koi Story:

And finally my co-creator, Jess of Animated Cardigan:

ETA: We have a late entry from Loren of The Inclined Plane! Better late than never, right?

Thank you ladies! You all look lovely! (OK that sounds like a beauty pageant host.)

Also, expect to see a lot more cherry blossoms in the coming week. This is one instance in which I have no problem repeating a photo location, because it’s too pretty to pass up.

Dress: Forever21, Cardigan: Bloomingdales (thrifted)
Tights: Kohl’s, Boots: Bamboo (thrifted), Brooch: vintage

Will Type For Don Draper

I’m not sure if today’s outfit qualifies for the next ABC’s of Style challenge, “C is for Celebrity-inspired” or not, but it is inspired by this Peggy Olson outfit from season 3 of Mad Men (she wore it in episode 3, “My Old Kentucky Home”, and also in the season finale, with a white cardigan.) I went with a fictional character instead of a celebrity because I don’t really have a celebrity style icon, and while I appreciate the chic simplicity of celebrity street style (which is easiest to recreate), it is a little too simple for my taste.

The Peter Pan collar pushes the outfit into schoolgirl territory a bit, but a Peggy outfit is not complete without a collar and/or a sad little bow. This skirt I actually bought for Halloween two years ago, when I dressed up as Peggy and my two friends were Joan and Betty (there wasn’t a good picture of the costume, because we didn’t go anywhere, just sat home and watched The Walking Dead.) It’s a bit long, but thankfully midis are in style, so I don’t have to pay a tailor to have it shortened (I can’t do it myself because of the pleats.)

Cardigan: Bloomingdales, thrifted
Skirt: vintage, Shoes: Mudd, thrifted
Belt: Forever21, Collar: self-made
Post title: this awesome card on Etsy

Early Holiday Outfit

On Sunday I went to church with Debbi and Emma to help out at the Christmas dinner (you may wonder what a non-Christian person like me is doing at church. But for me it’s not about the religion and the worship, it’s about a sense of belonging to a community.) It was fun, the food was great, and we all had cute holiday-inspired outfits on.

Well, Emma’s outfit was not very holiday-ish, but she did have that lovely red purse, and Debbi was all modern in her black, white, and red, as opposed to my traditional red and green.

The outfit is twee enough that I feel this pose was justified

Except that now I have no idea what I’m going to wear on the actual Christmas…

Dress (worn as skirt… sort of): Modcloth, remixed
Sweater & shoes: thrifted, remixed
Tights: Kohl’s (teal) and Forever21 (lace)
Brooch: vintage

Linked up to Visible Monday

The Pensieve

Back in April, Ana of Better in Sepia wrote that she found her blog the target of some malicious comments on a website whose sole purpose is to make fun of style bloggers. Yesterday I happened to come across that website, or one very similar to it. Though it hardly came as a surprise to me (people will always find ways to make themselves feel better than others), I still marvel at how those people can find the time to do so.

However, they do put things in perspective for me. A big part of their reason for hating style bloggers is that they think all style bloggers are obsessed with consumerism, shallow, and vain (of course, they don’t realize that their bashing is just as self-centered.) But – and I’m not trying to make excuses for that website or its readers here – I can kindasorta see where they got that impression from. The only thing I can do is to make sure that I don’t come across that way on my blog.

I don’t deny that there was a bit of egotism in my reason to start the blog, and I do want to promote it (if I didn’t I would’ve made it private), but in the end – for me at least – it’s just another hobby, a way to express myself as myself and not as a character in my scripts. And when the blog became less of an outlet and more of a chore, I would simply take a break.

Sorry if it’s a bit of a rant, but like I said, this blog is my own personal Pensieve. Only I have to type instead of pointing a wand at my temple and pull out my thoughts (that would’ve been time-saving though!)

Shirt: New York & Co., thrifted
Cardigan: Bloomingdales thrifted, remixed
Jeans: Charlotte Russe, remixed
Loafers: Payless thrifted, remixed
Necklace: self-made

Focus, Damn It!

My 17-50mm lens is so frustrating. OK, it’s maybe not its fault, but it doesn’t zoom anymore, and whenever I take my pictures in front of the bookshelf, it will focus on the bookshelf instead of me. And I tried to focus it with the manual focus beforehand, but it’s hard to do when the lens is so wide and doesn’t zoom. So annoying.

Anyway, one out-of-focus picture:

Cardigan: Bloomingdale’s thrifted, remixed
Shirt: from home
Skinny pants: Urban Outfitters (it was hot today so I didn’t feel like wearing jeans)
Flats: Payless

OK, I’m out. Like I said, it’s hot, and I have a bunch of things to hand-wash. Fun times.

Books, Sandwich & Writers’ Group

About a year ago (was it a year? Six months? I honestly don’t remember), I was introduced to this wonderful used book sale at the local library by my friend Debbi. It is the reason why I have to store books in shoe boxes under my bed now (no joke! I don’t even have the space in my room for an extra bookshelf anymore.) And ever since then, it’s been our monthly routine of going to the book sale then hitting a nearby diner for lunch afterward. Now we added to that routine a Writers’ Group meeting, where some of us will get together and set deadlines for each other to keep us writing (but it’s more an excuse for us to hang out now that we don’t see each other in school anymore – not all of us take the comic book writing class.)

Anyway, pictures:

Books and Debbi and ham and cheese grilled sandwich ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s a weird selection of books, I know. I forgot to include a coffee-table book about France too. But hey, I got it all for $4.50, so I’ll continue to go to the book sale and continue to store books under my bed.

And my outfit (pic taken by Debbi):

Smiley enough for ya?

Tunic: Handmade Gift Shop, remixed
Skinny: Forever21, remixed
Cardigan: Bloomingdales thrifted
Bag: Payless (it’s not my everyday bag, I’m a backpack person)
Coat (you can’t see it but it’s in the picture so…): H&M, birthday gift from my sister (4 years ago?)