Canyon

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We interrupt your regular scheduled program of capsule outfits to bring you this look inspired by Helen Frankenthaler’s “Canyon”.

This is another outfit that made me look through my archives to make sure I haven’t worn it before, since it seemed so familiar. It turns out I have worn a similar color combination quite a few times before, but never with these jeans. I guess there’s just something about orange and teal (or orange and green) that seems right to me. Or maybe I’m secretly a leprechaun 😀

Anyway, don’t forget to check out Jess’ blog to see other interpretations of this painting. It’s my turn to pick an inspiration next week, and I’ll make sure to pick another female artist (this is as much a promise to you guys as it is a reminder for myself. I’m notoriously absent-minded about these things.)

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Sweater: Target, Jeans: thrifted, Boots: local shop, Brooch: flea market

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Christmas Colors

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With less than a week until Christmas (!!!), I thought I’d show a bit of holiday spirit by putting together some outfits with holiday colors, kind of like what I did last year, except these will be more casual. So to start, I picked a combination not usually associated with Christmas anymore – blue and green. Of course this is more like teal and green, but you get the idea. Now if I could just build a collection of Christmas brooches other than my usual three…

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Sweater: New Look, Boots: local shop, Scarf: hand-me-down, Jeans: thrifted


Tomboy

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I’m aware of how ironic it is that I chose a tomboy outfit for a painting called “Woman of Substance“, but I didn’t plan it. I just looked at the painting and thought, “OK, white shirt, my teal pants (because it’s just been raining and I didn’t want to turn into a mosquitoes’ buffet, so no skirt), those oxfords because there’s a bit of brownish orange in the lilies…” When I put all the pieces together, I realized it kinda looks like those 1950’s tomboy outfits, so I added a scarf to complete the look. Of course a true 1950’s tomboy outfit would be a button-up shirt and straight-legged jeans instead of a blouse and skinny jeans, but I feel this is a good interpretation. Like a slightly more modern update on a vintage look. Which of course describes my style perfectly, so I’m happy with it.

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white shirt teal jeans wingtip oxfords by 14 shades of grey

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Shirt: Mango (hand-me-down), Jeans: thrifted, Scarf: hand-me-down, Oxfords: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange


“Get him a body bag!”

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 So this is my lace-trimmed shirt, for which tutorial I posted on Monday. I wanted to recreate this, then went with this because I don’t have a wide enough trim, but ended up with something entirely different. A few more pieces of lace and I’ll look like a particularly wussy member of the Cobra Kai… you know, with the skeleton suits?

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lace-trimmed shirt mustard scarf by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Target (refashioned by me), Scarf: Forever21
Jeans & Boots: thrifted


The Forest Always Kept Us Warm

Today’s ABC’s of Style challenge is “Q for Quick”, so I decided to bring out my new cape – I know the silhouette works for me, and I don’t have to worry about what I wear underneath. Throw it over an old T-shirt and you’re done.

It wasn’t until I finished shooting these pictures that I realized I should have worn my leaf brooch, so that I could pretend I was in Lord of the Rings. Actually, on second thought, if we’re talking about the movies, then I’ll pretend I’m in The Hobbit instead. I mean – Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Fry? You guys have fun with your Aragorn and Legolas, I’m good.


Silly poses are required when you’re wearing a cape

This is only remotely connected to the topic, but speaking of my British crushes, anybody watched Smash last night? It’s about a Broadway show, so it’s like Glee for grown-ups. I thought it was a pretty good pilot, even though I only watched it because of Jack Davenport (just like Norrington was the only reason I watched Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3.) I hope the show is going to be less annoying than Glee and do well so I can keep watching him 🙂

Cape: Modcloth; Jeans: thrifted
Boots & socks: Target; Brooch: vintage
Post title: from the lyric of Athlete’s Black Swan Song


Color Coordinated Or OCD?

Tunic (usually belted) + skinny jeans + boots has been my go-to outfit formula for a while, but I never thought to pair it with booties until I saw a girl at work wear something similar. I like the silhouette, but I’m a little iffy about the details – namely, the colors. Like how the green of the print doesn’t match the teal/green of my jeans and how the tan of my boots is darker than the tan of my blazer.

So what do you guys think – is this a case to apply my OCD about matching colors, or does it work?

Tunic: Handmade Store, remixed
Blazer & Jeans: thrifted, remixed
Boots: ShopRuche, remixed
Bracelet: Self-made


Mom Jeans

Today’s 21 Day Challenge prompt is “Jazz up Your Jeans.” My outfit is loosely inspired by this look from Anthropologie (loosely, because my jeans are more teal than green.) It’s not very jazzed-up – but when I tried adding a blazer or a light scarf, it was like, “Argh! I’m boiling!”  – so here’s what you got.

I thrifted these jeans along with the orange pair (apparently I was on a colored jeans kick.) I like the color, but the fit is… a little weird (the thrift store doesn’t have a fitting room.) Have you ever seen the Saturday Night Live commercial “Mom Jeans“? I feel like I need to stuff my hips like that to fit these, otherwise I would have this strange fabric bunching around the, uh, zipper area. Or maybe I just need to wear a longer shirt to cover it up. What do you guys think?

T-shirt: Forever21, remixed
Jeans: thrifted
Wedges: Mudd, via Kohl’s, remixed
Necklace: self-made