A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

When I first saw this red cardigan, it immediately reminded me of Mr. Rogers’ iconic sweater. Unlike many of my US friends and readers, I didn’t grow up with Mr. Rogers and only heard of him when I went to college in the US. Still, Mr. Rogers was such a major figure in pop culture that I couldn’t help but become familiar with him and admire him for everything he did. So for this outfit, I took some inspiration from the man himself and put together a Mr. Rogers-esque outfit with these pants and shoes. I don’t have a pair of canvas shoes like his, so I made do with my saddles shoes instead, and my cat brooch is a nod to the puppets on his show. Tom Hanks, eat your heart out.

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 warm  – 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 😛

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

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