Heart And Rainbow

Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration, the tapestry “Damunt de tu només les flors” by Spanish textile artist, Carles Delclaux Is. At first, the colors really stumped me, until I remembered my maroon jeans – though it is more red/brown than purple, it is OK for the background of the tapestry. The exuberant patterns are also a challenge, but by a stroke of luck, I just bought this rainbow-colored neck buff, which is perfect (it also works as a beanie.) To top it off, I added my heart brooch to reflect the heart motif. It doesn’t go that well with the rest of the outfit, but it goes well with the tapestry, so I’m happy.

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece of textile art!


Cookie Monster

Don’t let the sunshine fool you, it’s colder than it looks. Which is why I decided to bring out this jacket, which I dubbed my “Cookie Monster” jacket due to its navy fleece material. I bought it earlier this season, but it’s a little casual for my work clothes (I wore this to a book fair last weekend) so it hasn’t made its appearance on the blog yet. I wish there were some ways to dress it up, because it’s really warm and comfy and I want to wear it more, but I don’t want to be mistaken for a student again. Any ideas?


Victorian Urchin

Something about the combination of the slightly oversized corduroy pants and slightly oversized jacket makes me feel like a street urchin in this outfit. The colors too. Not just a street urchin, but a Victorian street urchin, no less (all is missing a newsboy cap.) I don’t know. I didn’t really set out to create a “look”. I just thought the pants would go well with the striped top, and I added the blazer because it has a touch of red and brown and can tie the whole thing together. *shrugs*


Cardigan It Up

Yup, this skirt again. The weather is cooling down fast, so it might be my last skirt outfit in a while. At first, I only paired it with the striped top (it was still warm enough that I could get away with just one layer, at least during the day), but then I realize that the color of the stripes perfectly matches the color of this cardigan, which I haven’t worn in a while, so I had to use it to top off the outfit.

By the way, did you know that the cardigan was named after the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War? I was looking up “cardigan” to find a clever pun to title the post (there is no cardigan pun, sadly) and came upon this piece of trivia instead. You learn something new every day…


Playing With Volumes

One of my style goals this year is to play around with silhouettes and volumes more, especially the loose-loose silhouette. Take this blouse, for example. Before I’ve worn it exclusively with fitted bottoms, but this time, I decided to pair it with some loose-fitting pants to experiment. Actually, I was going for this look, but I don’t think I can pull it off. So to avoid looking sloppy, I’d go with this less extreme version, thank you very much.

But don’t ask me why I accessorized it with this crab brooch. The fabric of the blouse reminds me of Japanese linen, and the brooch reminds me of a chopstick rest in the shape of a crab that my dad brought back from Japan when I was young, so I decided to pair them together… Somehow it made sense in my mind.


Portrait Mode

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Ingres’s “Portrait of Comtess d’Haussonville“. I got this dress from an end-of-summer sale, and immediately knew it would be perfect for this challenge with its different shades of grayish blue. I added my brooch to mimic the gold bracelet and ring the Countess is wearing as well as the mirror frame, and my shoes are perfect to mimic the red velvet bow on her hair. I even tried posing like her but I ended up looking silly, so here are some normally-posed photos instead 😛

Don’t forget to send me your outfit, and check back on Wednesday to see other looks inspired by this wonderful portrait!


Wine Red

For this week’s SIA, inspired by a poster for Cordial Médoc liqueur, I know I’d wear my maroon printed dress and heels, since their color perfectly mimics the red grapes in the poster. There is yellow in there as well, but neither of my yellow things – a scarf and a belt – looks right with the dress, so in the end, I decided to forgo the yellow and just added my grape bunch brooch to finish off the outfit. Besides, there are touches of yellow in the print of my dress anyway, so I’d figure it would do. All in all, I’m quite happy with how it turns out. Don’t forget to drop by Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other interpretations of this poster!