Gilded Donut

Not much to talk about the outfit, which is just an attempt to style my sweater vests in a different way – I’ve worn them with blazers a lot, but the professorial look can get repetitive after a while, so tucking them into skirts is just the natural next step. No, what I want to talk about is this brooch. I don’t know what it’s supposed to be, but doesn’t it look exactly like one of those galaxy-glazed donuts? Between this and my pizza slice brooch, it seems I’m building up quite a collection of unintentional food-shaped brooches.


Dapper Cats

I had previously titled a post “Dapper Dog” because I accessorized the outfit in that post with a brooch of a dog wearing a bow tie, so naturally, here, where I’m wearing my cat(s) brooch, the title is inevitable. This waistcoat is one of the velvet ones that I mentioned in last week’s post – initially, I didn’t intend to get a black waistcoat, thinking it is too waitress-y, but after looking around a bit, I realized it is an absolute classic. And it all depends on how you style it anyway, so I’m looking forward to wearing it more.


Tapestry Waistcoat

When I first started my hunt for vintage waistcoats, I had three specific ones on my wish list – a velvet one, a tweed/plaid one, and a tapestry one. The velvet and tweed are included because they are classic staples, and the tapestry, while it may be screaming late 1980s-early 1990s, appeals to my “grandma” heart for some reason. Out of those, I have managed to find two – velvet and tapestry (still keeping an eye out for that perfect tweed waistcoat so I can fulfill my dream of dressing like a British country squire.) The velvet waistcoat is going to make an appearance soon, but here’s the tapestry one. I was super happy to have found it – after searching several secondhand/vintage sellers, I see that when it comes to waistcoats, people tend to favorite minimalist designs that look more modern, so I wasn’t even sure if I could ever find one that fits my maximalist aesthetics. Luckily, there is always something for everybody in the secondhand market!


Two Cats

I’ve been trying to cut down on my shopping, since my closet is absolutely bursting and there are things I bought from last year that I haven’t gotten around to wearing yet. But the one thing I cannot resist is a cute brooch, especially if it’s an animal or something vintage-inspired. Take this one, for example: it features cats, a big one and a small one (just like my cats, a mom and a daughter!), and it’s also a chain, meaning I could wear it with my blazers like a watch-chain (a menswear look I’ve always wanted to try), so of course I had to get it. I know, excuses, excuses, but at least it’s just a brooch, it’s not taking up a lot of space (yes, another excuse.)

Anyway, here are some photos of my cats, who don’t look like the brooch much but have the distinct advantage of being real live cats, and therefore, cuter:


Woman Without A Coffee Pot

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Paul C├ęzanne’s “Woman with a Coffee Pot“. These pants (a new-to-me, hand-me-down pair from my mom) are perfect because their color and texture mimic the color and texture of the wall in the painting, and my boots are to reflect the rich brown of the table. The top, however, took some thinking. I was going to wear my navy cable-knit sweater and add a silver brooch, but that was a bit too similar to my “Paul Revere” outfit (I’ve already reworn my white shirt.) In the end, I decided on this Fair Isle sweater instead – there are both gray and white in the pattern, so it’s a nod to the texture on the woman’s dress, the flowers on the wall behind her, and the coffee pot and cup all at the same time. So it’s a bit of a looser interpretation, but I like it.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see all the other outfits for this challenge!