The Belt

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I have to admit, I had no idea what to do about this week’s SIA. It’s a piece of street art, so it’s too colorful for my usual palette of black, white, gray, and blue. At first, I thought maybe a graphic tee would do the trick, but then I remembered I don’t have graphic tees in my closet anymore except for the old ones I wear to bed. In the end, I looked more closely at the piece and saw that it features a lot of stairs, windows, and fences, and those I could recreate with stripes. I used my silk scarf as a belt (it was too hot to actually wear it as a scarf) for some added colors and patterns. Plus, the mural is featured in a street in Detroit called “The Belt”, so I thought it was only appropriate. Finally, I paired it with jeans and my black oxfords to echo the strong, bold lines of the piece. More loosely interpreted than usual, but I’m happy with it!

Don’t forget to drop by Erin’s blog tomorrow to see the full round-up.

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Shirt: Mango, Jeans: H&M, Scarf: hand-me-down, Oxfords: Vagabond

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Weekly Capsule 39.1: Fall Accessory

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We’ve been having a lot of rain lately, so even though it’s not cool enough to start layering yet, I can finally add a few touches of fall here and there to my outfits. Like this scarf. I was trying to copy this look, but my scarf is slightly too large so it ended up looking a lot clumsier than the inspiration photo. But then again the inspiration has been put together by a stylish and worn by a model, so I can’t compete 🙂

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Shirt & Shoes: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: my mom’s


Weekly Capsule 30.4: Ugh

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I’m not feeling very up to it today. On the one hand, the summer has been going on for too long and I’m excited that the new semester will start in two weeks. On the other hand, I am not ready to go back to work at all, because I’ve been working so much all through summer that it doesn’t feel like much of a vacation. Maybe I need a break. Like a real break, travel-to-somewhere-else break, and not just a “staycation”. But it’s kind of late now, and with the monsoon rain arriving, it’s not safe either. Oh well.

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Sneakers: local shop, Scarf: mom’s

My looks this week:

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Details, Details

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One thing I got from the Pantone-inspired Color Challenge is that I don’t need a lot of colorful pieces to bring colors back to my outfit. Most of the pops of color in my outfits for the challenge are in accessories. So for this outfit, I added colors and pattern with the scarf and the flats. Upon looking at these pictures again, I’m thinking maybe boyfriend jeans would look better, but then again boyfriend jeans might be too casual.

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Shirt: Forever21, Jeans: H&M, Flats: Payless, Scarf: hand-me-down


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


Not Exactly Stars And Stripes

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So, the Oscars. Anybody watched it? All I can say is: big thanks to Jennifer Lawrence, because I was ready to fall asleep by then. I missed the red carpet, but then I saw this online and then went “Awwww.”

Anyway, I had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA inspiration, “Untitled” by Sol LeWitt, but the sudden drop in temperature forced me to rethink the whole thing. In the end this is what I came up with. I’m not entirely happy with it (too much black and that scarf does not go at all), but short of this dress, anything I pulled from my closet to recreate this painting would fall short. Still, it’s challenges like this that remind me that SIA is not about recreating the painting exactly, but about drawing what you can from it to create a harmonious outfit.

Don’t forget to check out Animated Cardigan to see how the other lovely ladies interpreted this work of art.

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Maxi dress (worn as skirt): thrifted, Sweater & Scarf: hand-me-down
Leggings: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Journee


Light Up, Light Up

Today is the first day that feels like fall here – crisp, bright, sunny. Too bad we only have a handful of those each year. The light has been a lot purer too, since the mugginess is gone and the sky clears up. Funny, back in LA I used to lament the lack of clouds, but I never realized that it means less diffusion and the light is brighter there. It might be horribly smoggy out on the streets, but I could always rely on getting a nice magic hour light for my photos. Well, no matter. The light is nice now, so I might as well enjoy it.

My first day of NaNoWriMo went well, by the way. I might switch to a different story tomorrow, but that’s the beauty of writing a bunch of short stories instead of one long one. I just hope I won’t end up with all of them half-finished.

Shirt: Gap, Maxi skirt: thrifted, Sneakers: borrowed from my sister
Scarf: hand-me-down from my mom (well, more like I made her give it to me)
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