Pink And Blue

We may be back to work but I still have a few leftover work-from-home outfits, so here’s one of them. In hindsight, this outfit could actually be an outfit for SIA – the colors are perfect. But lately, navy blue and pink has been one of my favorite color combos, so it’s no surprise that I’m always reaching for it.

This is going to sound totally superficial, but I’m really excited to get back to work just for the prospect of being able to dress up again. It’s too bad that the weather is warming up fast, which makes dressing up more difficult for me. I do have some new pieces I’m itching to wear though, and I’m looking forward to that.


Water Lilies

So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by one of Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies”. You may notice that this isn’t my usual background for outfit photos – this is the pond at my school. Last week I had to drop by the office to pick up a few things to prepare for going back to work this week (yup, social distancing/isolation is over! We’re still taking precautions, but things are slowly normalized), so I decided to switch things up and take photos by an actual lily pond – too bad our lilies are white, not pink, so the color scheme is not quite right. I’ve never taken outfit photos at school because I get self-conscious, but there was no one around, so I figured, why not?

As for the outfit, the colors are self-explanatory. The highlight is absolutely these socks (no I didn’t pick the painting because of the socks what are you talking about), but I also added my lily pad brooch as a nod to the painting.

If you haven’t sent me your outfits, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this classic!


Working From Home

I hope everybody is still doing well in isolation. I guess I’m luckier than most people – luckier than most of my co-workers, even – that I can work from home easily (it’s not easy teaching a class on cinematography from home, that’s for sure) and that I’m used to it. However, working from home by choice is different from being forced to work from home, so I still feel a little stir-crazy after a while. In an attempt to liven things up, I decided to add some funky socks to my work-from-home outfits, making them more blog-worthy. The colorful socks lifted my spirits, and taking photos got me out of the house (even if it’s only into the garden) and making the days seem more normal.


Tapestry

I have to admit that this week’s SIA inspiration, “Tapestry” by Sam Gilliam, really stumped me. It features a lot of colors, and I don’t have anything that colorful in my closet. My attempts at combining different colors just looked random. Then I suddenly remembered my socks – they’re certainly colorful, but are they enough? Finally, I decided to pick the loudest pair of socks I have as an accent and base the rest of the outfit on textures instead – the artwork itself is smooth, but I like how the different panels and colors seem to give it a sense of texture, so I chose my wool sweater and this new pair of corduroy pants to reflect that. Plus, the cream of the sweater and the mustard yellow of the pants can also be found in the piece, and if you look closely, there are flecks of different colors on my sweater as well.

And that’s why I love SIA – it allows you to think differently and creatively about your outfit. Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog later in the week to see other outfits inspired by this artwork!


Hobby Blogging

This outfit is nothing to write home about, but I was quite excited to add the fun socks to liven it up. And that excitement about the outfit suddenly got me wondering why I was doing this, putting such thoughts into my outfits and photographing them and blogging about them when they’re not likely to make any difference in the world and certainly not any money. But then I realized it was simply because I enjoy doing it. It’s a hobby, and much like any other hobby, I do it for fun.

In fact, I believe that the moment you can monetize your hobby, then it’s no longer a hobby. The pressure for financial gain would drain all the fun from it. I do admit, there was a time when I felt a bit pressured to “generate content” for the blog or whatever, especially when I first started out, but now I view it as my personal journal and don’t really care how many people read it (that said, if you’re still reading this, thank you!)