Flowers, No Butterfly

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by an anonymous watercolor sketch of flowers and a butterfly. This one is a bit of a loose interpretation. I noticed how the flowers in the sketch almost look 3D, so I mimicked those with my embroidered cardigan. My dress is to mimic the background of the sketch, and if I had a butterfly brooch, it would’ve been perfect here, but hard to believe as it may be, my large collection of brooches doesn’t include a single butterfly one! I have a lot of bug brooches – ladybirds and bees and beetles, but no butterfly. I’ve just never found a butterfly brooch that sparks my fancy, I guess. Anyway, I made up for it with my shoes – the color and the “wings” on the sides can be a reflection of the butterfly. So, not an exact match, but I’m happy with it.

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this lovely sketch!


The Last Of Spring

As I cleaned out and reorganized my closet during the lockdown, I put away a number of cardigans – some that are too old, some that don’t fit or are not my style anymore. This one, though, is one of the few that I still keep, mainly because the embroideries are too pretty to pass up. I didn’t wear it as much as I’d like to because it’s a bit short, but now that high-waisted pants are in style again, it actually pairs quite well with them, so I’m happy to bring it out more often.


Sweater Set

Do you guys have an outfit or a silhouette that you always try to wear but can never get quite right? For me it’s this oddly specific combination of plaid pants & embroidered cardigans/sweaters. I think I was influenced by Mad Men (Betty from season 1, to be precise), but it beats me why this combination looks good  or why I’m so determined to get it right. It’s not particularly flattering to me, and I’m never happy with any of my versions of it either. I tried it once before but it didn’t quite work, and this time, it’s slightly better but not by much. I just haven’t found the right cardigan or the right pair of pants yet (none of my pants have a high enough waist). Guess I’ll just keep trying…


50’s Spring

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It must be the influence from Brooklyn and its 1950’s costumes, because this is the most explicitly 50’s-looking outfit I’ve worn in a while (seriously, it looks like something Betty wears on season 1 of Mad Men.) But I haven’t worn this cardigan in a while, and it just seems too perfect in the spring weather with all the rain and the new leaves and the flowers blooming. And when you have something that is so vintage-looking, you can’t help but go with that vintage feel. I tried to modernize it with my oxfords, but now I wish I had embraced the 50’s look and worn a pair of flats instead.

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Cardigan: thrifted, Pants: local shop, Oxfords: Vagabond


Papaver orientalis

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So here’s my interpretation of Colleen Parker’s “Prinzessin Victoria Louise Poppy“. I picked this painting as inspiration with this cardigan in mind, so I chose to keep the rest of the outfit simple to let it really shine. I wore it last week when it was still warm for a light cardigan and bare legs, but this week it’s all stretchy jeans and baggy sweaters for me. I mean, when you’re gorging yourself on fried spring rolls, rice cakes, and candied fruits, those are the best choice.

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white dress green heels by 14 shades of grey

Dress: tailored, Cardigan & Heels: thrifted