Dorothy Moves To Click Her Ruby Shoes

And the “shoes in song” theme continues. This is another pair that I bought (read: thrifted) recently. I like the chunkier heels, which means I can walk without having to worry about twisting my ankles (because I do that all the freaking time. Even when I’m not wearing heels. It’s like I have two left feet.)

My outfit today is inspired by this outfit of Sidewalk Ready‘s Kayley. It seems like a no-brainer, but I’ve actually never thought about wearing this dress with a blazer before (cardigan is my go-to outerwear.) Come to think of it, I also might be unconsciously inspired by Dorothy’s outfit from The Wizard of Oz.

Dress: Modcloth, remixed
Blazer: thrifted, remixed
Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden, thrifted
Belt: Forever21
Necklace: gift from my mom (it’s amber from Greifswald, Germany, where my parents, my sister and her husband went to college. The carving on it is apparently a symbol for mining – my mom’s a geologist.)

Post title: lyric from Guster’s Come Downstairs and Say Hello.

Friend Friday: Labeling Yourself

A word about the outfit: this combo is such a no-brainer that I can’t believe I’ve never worn the T-shirt with these jeans before. It’s inspired by this outfit by Elaine.

Jeans: The Limited thrifted, remixed
T-shirt: Forever21, remixed
Blazer: thrifted, remixed
Loafers: Payless thrifted, remixed
Flower pin: self-made

Now, onto this week Modly Chic‘s Friend Friday questions. They’re all about labeling yourself:

1. As a someone who writes/blogs about fashion, have you placed yourself into some sort of blogging category? I’m definitely leaning towards personal style blog, but I also post about books, movies, music and other random things. As the blog grows I want to keep the emphasis on fashion and style, but I’m still figuring it out.

2. What keeps you from or encourages you to label yourself as a certain kind of blogger? I don’t want to say I’m this or that kind of blogger, because a) I still haven’t figured it out myself (see above); b) things change, and the blog might take on a different direction; and c) I think when you label yourself as something you’re pretty much in a box, without any room to change and grow.

3. When picking blogs to read and follow are you drawn to ones that indicate a certain group or way of thinking/being? I tend to navigate towards vintage-inspired blogs, but lately I’ve been reading a lot more craft/DIY blogs as well. Basically I read whatever inspires me.

4. Do you think there are benefits in labeling yourself or others? As a screenwriter, labeling oneself is actually quite important to me. In grad school, we had an entire lecture called “Branding Yourselves”, in which you learn/decide what kind of writer you are/want to be, and that’s how you’re going to sell yourself in front of an executive (it’s easier to pitch yourself as an action writer, or a horror writer, or whatever you can pigeon-hole yourself into, than to say you write everything.) However, as a person, I think labeling can stray into “generalizing” or “stereotyping” real fast, and ultimately it’s more trouble than benefit.

5. Agree or Disagree – We’re all just people; we don’t need all the labels. Agree, 100%. In the words of Jo March from Little Women, “If you mean libel, I’d say so, and not talk about labels, as if Papa was a pickle bottle.” We’re not pickle bottles.

Finally, to prove that I’m not just a personal style blogger, here’s a random aside: last night I had a dream about a dog that can sing jazz. Feel free to discuss.

Dress My Best: Last Day

For my last entry for Dress My Best, I decided to highlight my hair. Since I don’t have the time and skills to style it any differently, this is more of an “appreciation” than a “dressing up” of my hair. Basically my hair style boils down to “keep it out of my neck and face.” Not that you can do anything with my hair – it doesn’t curl, it refuses to stay pinned, mousse or gel doesn’t have much effect on it. But then again I don’t want any hair style that requires more than 30 seconds, so yeah, my hair is perfect for me 🙂

I also want to talk about my necklace. It’s filled with amber collected from Hiddensee, a lovely little car-free island off the northern coast of Germany, near where my sister lived (it’s so cute, my pictures don’t do it justice.) My sister, her husband and I went there for a day trip, and when we saw people combing the beach for amber, we did some picking too. It was so smelly digging through the seaweed, but we did get a palmful, and my brother-in-law even found a piece with a bug inside (which, of course, he keeps.)

Me and my sister

I always remember that trip to Germany as one of the best summer vacations I’ve ever had (even though it rained half the time.) Alas, now that my sister and her family have moved back home to Vietnam, I don’t know if I’d ever have the chance to go back…

Dress: thrifted
Blazer: thrifted, remixed
Loafers: Payless thrifted, remixed
Belt: thrifted
Necklace: self-made with amber collected from Hiddensee

The Eleventh Hour

The post title is a little clichéd, but it is to commemorate remix outfit #11! That’s right, I’m a third of the way! 22 more outfits to go. Also, I’ve decided to put a deadline on my shopping ban after all. Going blind without an end point makes me more inclined to break it. So the deadline will be when I’m done with my remix challenge. It’s not a clear deadline (I don’t know when I’ll be done with the remix – maybe in a month, maybe more), but it’s a deadline nonetheless.

Nothing much to say about this outfit except it’s funny how my shoes and my bangles kinda serendipitously match (you can’t see it very well because I forgot a close-up of the shoes.) Also, today was probably the first time since I started taking pictures outside in my apartment complex that I wasn’t interrupted by my neighbors on their way to the parking structure. The place was deserted for some reason. I snapped my photos and was done in under 10 minutes. It was awesome.

Oh and a closer look at my mammoth tooth pendant (and my bangles):

Shirt: Express thrifted, remixed
Jeans: The Limited thrifted, remixed
Blazer: thrifted
Shoes: Me Too thrifted, remixed
Bangles: self-made (does it count as pattern mixing with my striped shirt and floral bangles? It does, doesn’t it?)