Happy New Year

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Well, here we are, 2017. Forgive me if I’m a little wary of welcoming you. Your predecessor hasn’t been easy on us. I hope you’ll be kinder. If nothing else, at least we have Star Wars Episode VIII to look forward too, right?

Anyway, here’s a simple outfit to bring in the New Year. We don’t really celebrate New Year here (we save our holiday spirits for the Lunar New Year) so it’s back to business as usual. I don’t see my style changing much next year, but I am making a conscious choice to shop a lot less. Except for replacements, I will see if I can stop shopping altogether. I’ve been pretty good in the latter half of 2016, mostly because I’ve been too busy to actually go shopping, so I’m hoping I can keep it up in 2017. I’m not putting any pressure on myself though; if I see something I really like, I would buy it. I just have to remind myself to think more carefully about my purchase, that’s all.

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Shirt & Boots: Topshop, Cardigan: Forever21, Jeans: H&M, Brooch: vintage


Blank Canvas

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I’ve been wearing this sweatshirt a lot lately, but most of the outfits are a version of this – sweatshirt, brooch, jeans, and booties – so I don’t see the need to blog all of them. I think the reason I always accessorize this sweatshirt with a brooch is because its rich color and simple cut make a perfect canvas for a brooch. Actually, what I really want to do is to copy this look, with a collection of bug-themed brooches crawling from the shoulder down one arm, but I don’t have enough brooches for that. Yet.

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Shirt: Topshop, Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Boots & Brooch: hand-me-down


Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

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I wore this last week to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter spin-off and sort-of prequel. Even before I saw the movie, I’m already in love with all of its 1920’s costumes, especially Tina’s menswear outfits (although the Aurors’ leather dusters are pretty fabulous too). So I was trying to recreate her look here – a button-up shirt, a tweed jacket, wide-leg wool pants, oxfords, a cloche, and a pendant. I could’ve added my trench coat or wool coat as well, but it was too bulky on top of my jacket. Besides, it’s not that cold yet, and this is supposed to be an “inspired” outfit, not a cosplay. Of course, that didn’t stop me from using my copy of Fantastic Beasts as a prop though 😛

As for the movie, it’s definitely fun and magical, but I can’t help feeling it was two movies crammed into one. The Grindelwald storyline was shoehorned into it and had very little to do with Newt Scamander. It’s a shame, really, because they could’ve developed it into two film series – one family-friendly series about New Scamander’s adventures in the world of cryptozoology, and a darker, PG-13 prequel series about the battle between young Dumbledore and Grindelwald. The movies would be better and the studio would’ve made twice the money. Ugh. Those foolish Muggles!

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Shirt: Topshop, Jacket & Pants: hand-me-down, Oxfords: Vagabond, Cloche: Target, Necklace: local shop


My First Leather Jacket

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During my last week in Amsterdam, I went into a Zara to look for something for my sister. I didn’t find anything there (I did later end up buying a sweater for her from another store), but this leather jacket caught my eyes. Now, a leather jacket is one of those items often featured on the “must have” list of a well-stocked closet that I never feel is truly necessary. I don’t live in a climate that calls much for a leather jacket, and it’s a bit edgier than my usual style.

Of course, I’m wearing it right now, so you know where this story is going – I bought the jacket anyway. In my defense, it was 75% off (!!!), and real leather to boot. Also, perhaps it was I bought it because every girl around me was sporting a leather jacket (they do love their leather jackets in Europe), or perhaps because I had just read that book on Neil Gaiman and all the talk about his ubiquitous black leather got to my head. Either way, here is my first (and possibly only) leather jacket, and I’m hoping I can wear it more often and in more creative ways than this. And hey, it would be perfect if I ever want to dress up as Jessica Jones again!

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Shirt, Sweatshirt & Jeans: local shops, Jacket: Zara, Boots: Din Sko


Menswear? Check! Baseball? Not So Much…

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This week’s SIA, inspired by a vintage Chicago Cubs scorecard, is a bit tricky for me. I know I wouldn’t be able to mimic the colors of the scorecard itself. I could use baseball as an inspiration, but I don’t have my baseball T-shirt anymore. It mentions menswear on the scorecard (as a sort of advertisement/sponsor, I’m guessing), which I could use as a jumping off point, but I wouldn’t be able to mimic the nattily-dressed man in the ad either (a boater hat in this weather? No.)

In the end, I decided on an extremely loose interpretation with a menswear-inspired outfit. My blazer, button-up shirt, boyfriend jeans, oxfords, and lapel pin are all classic menswear pieces, and I managed to add a nod to the inspiration with my striped scarf – to mimic the man’s striped socks. Good thing I remembered it at the last minute, but it also means that the scarf was super wrinkled. Sorry!

So yeah, a loose interpretation, but I quite like it. Now I’m looking forward to tomorrow to see how others interpret this. Remember to stop by Erin’s blog to check it out!

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Blazer: Warehouse, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Shirt: local shop, Scarf: hand-me-down, Pin: Forever21, Oxfords: Vagabond


The Chocolate Girl

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I had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA, inspired by Jean-Etiénne Liotard’s “The Chocolate Girl” – it was the same base of this shirt and this pair of pants, but the accessories would be different. Alas, the weather again intervened – it’s ridiculously warm for mid-October, even by our standard – and prevented me from wearing my pink scarf, so I had to think of a different pink item to mimic the pink cap in the painting. In the end, I decided on my light pink sneakers. I also added the yellow belt for the girl’s marigold sleeves and my china brooch for the chocolate cup. Overall, it’s a bit expected, but I like it.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the full round-up of other looks inspired by this lovely painting!

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Shirt & Belt: local shops, Pants: Topshop, Sneakers: Johann Cruyff, Brooch: vintage


Glassy

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This outfit is super simple and normally I wouldn’t bother blogging it, but I just wanted to show off one of the things I bought from the flea market in The Hague – this eyeglass brooch. There were a lot of pretty brooches there, and I would’ve gladly bought them all, but they were so expensive (well, expensive for me. I limited myself to just 20 euros). In the end, I managed to find a tray filled with odds and ends, dug through it and picked out about four or five brooches, before narrowing it down to just two (again, 20 euros limit). Yeah, I wish I could’ve bought more, but I’m happy with my purchase.

One thing, though: I couldn’t find any enameled flower brooches like the ones that I often wear – and would usually find at the flea markets or thrift stores in the US. I wonder, did they not make them in Europe?

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Shirt: Topshop, Jeans: H&M, Oxfords: Vagabond