Flower Power

These flower pins are actually earrings. They’re included for free in a purchase I made from a vintage boutique a while ago, and I’m never one to let some free jewelry go to waste. My ears are not pierced and these are too big for my sister’s taste, so I used them as pins instead. The back is not as sharp as actual pins and a bit more difficult to push through fabric though, so maybe I’ll only wear them with knitted items from now on.

Speaking of knitted things, we just had some heavy rain lately, and the first hint of fall seems to be in the air… but it’s still too hot for anything but cotton and linen. So I had to make do with some fall colors (like these mossy brown culottes) while dreaming of sweater weather.


Yin Yang Fish

This is my typical “at home” outfit these days – a pair of culottes (preferably with an elastic waist) and a T-shirt. However, it’s not very blog-worthy, so I tucked in my shirt, put on some real shoes, and added a pin for the photos, keeping the black-and-white theme.┬áIt was raining that day, so I figured my yin-yang fish pin would be appropriate. It is one of a pair of “yin-yang” pins that my sister gave me a while ago – one of cats, which I wore once back in the winter, and one of fish – and I may wear them together one of these days. Should be a fun look, right, cats and fish?


Not Born In The USA

Here’s another of my attempts to dress up a top and a pair of jeans. I saw the idea on a Japanese style blog and thought it a super fun, unexpected way to wear a scarf/handkerchief, and it can save you from having to wear a belt too. It wasn’t until I started editing these photos that I realized the close-up shot looked rather familiar. And then it hit me: it looked a bit like the cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA album (hence my post title) – just a little bit, mostly in the color scheme and the framing. I never listen to Bruce Springsteen, but that’s such a well-know album cover that I guess I was subconsciously influenced somehow.


Bracing Up

As the work-from-home days stretch on without an ending anywhere in sight (not that I’m complaining. I know how lucky I am to be able to work from home), I keep trying to find new ways to spice up my WFH wardrobe. It should be dressy (I find I work better if I actually dress up as opposed to staying in my pajamas) while still comfortable (I’m still at home, after all), interesting but not overwrought or complicated (it’s summer; I’d like to keep my outfits light and simple). These suspenders fit the bill nicely. They’re simple but can elevate this outfit from the basic jeans-and-a-shirt to something more interesting, and the menswear vibe is always a plus for me.


Girl In Beige And Brown

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Robert Henri’s portrait “Girl in Rose and Gray“. Like I said in my post last week, I don’t really see rose and gray in the painting; rather, I see beige and brown (I guess it’s a case of The dress), so I went with those colors. These culottes are perfect to mimic the drapes of the woman’s dress, and I added a waistcoat and my lace-up mules to reflect the layering and crisscrossing of the fabrics. I’m really happy with how the outfit turns out. Sure, it was a bit hot for a waistcoat, but for SIA, I’m willing to go a little unseasonable.

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