Thanks, It Has Pockets!

Does anything make a girl more excited than a dress/skirt with pockets? Whenever a girl receives a compliment on her pocketed dress/skirt, she always replies with “Thanks, it has pockets!” and makes a show of putting her hands in them, right? I know I do (I recently saw this meme about it, which makes me laugh out loud.). The appeal of the pockets is so great that when I saw this skirt on sale, I was ready to pass it up per my resolution not to buy anything new, but then I saw that it has pockets, and, well, my fate was sealed.

Also, as pretentious as it sounds, I feel a bit like Carolina Herrera in this outfit. It’s the combination of white button-up shirt and midi skirt, I guess.


Channeling Steve Jobs… Or Not

Hello outfit post! It seems like forever since I posted one of these, doesn’t it? Between the Lunar New Year and the traveling, I haven’t taken any outfit photos for a while, so here’s a backlogged one all the way from January. I was trying to recreate this outfit, but I think I need a more loose-fitting button-up and trench coat (and my coat needs a good press. I steamed it before leaving the house, but it didn’t seem to do much good.)

Also, do you realize how easily a black turtleneck and faded blue jeans can conjure up the image of Steve Jobs? Before I put on the button-up, I was wandering around the house in just the turtleneck and jeans, and when I caught my reflection in the mirror, I thought the outfit looked really familiar. It wasn’t until later that I realized it was Steve Jobs’s signature look :))


Inspired By Sing Street

I was watching Sing Street again a few weeks ago (such an underrated movie) and was suddenly inspired by the outfit of one of the characters. It wasn’t the first time I was inspired by Sing Street, but it was the first time I recreated an actual outfit from the movie.

Now, most of the clothes in the movie are in gloriously over-the-top 80s style, but the main character’s sister, Anne, has a utilitarian style that I really like – lots of cable-knit sweaters and grandpa cardigans in neutral shades. When I first watched the movie, I thought Anne was a pointless character, but after watching it again and looking at her style, I realized that she serves as a kind of foil for Raphina, the love interest – Anne is all serious and straitlaced while Raphina is colorful and quirky (though Raphina is not quirky in an obvious “manic pixie dream girl” kind of way; she is more nuanced than that.) Just another proof of how good the movie is, that this one minor character is also well thought-out and developed.


Self Portrait, Yawning

My outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Joseph Ducreux‘s “Self-portrait, yawning”, came together very quickly. I just bought these pants – they’re a part of my on-going process to embrace different silhouettes – and the color is perfect for the painting; I knew I had to wear them. The funny thing is, I didn’t realize I didn’t have anything tan in my closet until I tried putting together an outfit for this SIA. Beige, yes. Brown, yes. But tan? Nope. It’s such a basic neutral color that I never thought about it, so I guess it’s good that I have these pants now.

And of course, I had to try to mimic the “yawning” pose. I had no problem yawning, considering these photos were taken early in the morning. Getting the pose right is another matter…

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


First Outfit Post Of 2019

Happy New Year! The past few years have been tough, and 2019 looks to be more or less the same, but at least we’re still here and still kicking it, right?

I was going to post some sort of retrospective about the last year and the state of blogging in general, given that many of my favorite blogs are getting shut down or moved to different platforms (Instagram, for example), but in the spirit of moving forward and not looking back, I decided to just go ahead with an outfit post, as usual. The truth is that, this blog has always been just a personal thing for me, so I never feel any pressure to make it more than what it is. During the heights of style blogging, about a year or so after I started the blog, I did try to expand it, but that quickly passed. I’m happy with the blog as it is right now – a documentation of my life – and if it helps me to be more mindful of what I wear, all the better 🙂