Summer Flower

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Daenel’s photo of a pink/purple coneflower, I knew I wanted to wear my green linen pants – I only have a few green things in my closet, and given the weather, these pants were the natural choice. However, for the top, I was stumped. The other colors in the photos are pink, purple, golden yellow and dark orange, which are not very present in my closet, and I already wore a pink top with these green pants for another SIA challenge.

In the end, I decided to go with this embroidered top. Sure, it’s mainly white, but the colors of the embroideries can mimic the shades of pink/purple/red in the photo, and finally, I chose my brown oxfords for the yellow/orange shades (since I don’t actually have anything yellow or orange!) All in all, the outfit is not as close to the inspiration piece as I’d like, but at least it’s wearable and comfy. I’d rather have that than to force myself into some ridiculous getup just to meet the inspiration.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday for other outfits inspired by this lovely photo!

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Last Of Winter

It’s the last of my backlogged outfits, hurrah! Unfortunately, it also means we’re also saying goodbye to winter… for a long, long time. Summer is really here, and while this year I’m actually looking forward to summer thanks to my new style resolutions, I’m still not keen on the heat and the humidity.

As for this outfit, I’m still trying out these black cropped jeans. It’s funny, they’re much more basic than my wide-leg paperbag pants, but for some reasons, I’m having a much harder time styling these. I kept going back to simple, monochromatic looks. I actually wore red shoes with this outfit at first, but I switched them to black because the red was so focus-pulling. But my black pumps didn’t go either, and it was only when I wore this pair to balance out the jacket that I felt the outfit was just right.


Duck, Duck, Goose

The outfit is nothing to write home about, so I’m hijacking this post to talk about Avengers: Endgame instead. The title is actually an obscure reference to Goose, the cat/Flerken in Captain Marvel – I’m wearing a cat brooch after all. I’m still wondering why they renamed him “Goose” instead of keeping the name “Chewie” from the comics. Probably now that Disney owns both Star Wars and the MCU, they don’t want the two confused, plus “Goose” is a nod to Top Gun, which is appropriate for a film about a fighter pilot set in the 80s/90s.

Anyway, let’s move on to Endgame. In short: it’s good. OK, slightly longer: it’s really good. It’s everything a Marvel fan can hope for in a film that is 11 years in the making. And yes, it is a film for Marvel fans. I can’t imagine any casual viewer can watch it and feel the same emotional impact. But as for those who have been with Marvel from the start, you’d laugh, you’d cry, and you’d cheer your heart out. I especially love all the callbacks and payoffs of details set up in other films, which make the whole thing (and I mean the whole of MCU, not just this movie) very cohesive and well thought-out. And it’s a very focused film too, despite its 3-hour run time. Unlike Infinity War, which has to set up so many new dynamics, Endgame is very much a film of the original Avengers – Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow. It is their swan song, and as painful as it sometimes is, it is the send-off they (and the fans) deserve. We have a new generation of superheroes now, but I’m not sure that the success of this phase of the MCU can ever be repeated. It truly feels like the end of an era.


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.


Dreams Of Winter

The weather has warmed up for real now, but I still have a bunch of outfits backlogged, so here is one of them. Even though I’m liking my experiments with new silhouettes, they’re mostly for warm weather (loose-fitting tops + wide-leg pants), so I still turn to this classic look of sweater/blazer (or both) + jeans + boots when the weather is cooler. It would be interesting to see how the new approach to my personal style would turn out next winter (or if I’m still interested in it), but for now, I still have 6+ months of warm weather to get through… *sighs*


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!


Once More, With Color

I realized I’ve been wearing far too much gray lately, so here is another attempt to add a pop of color that is not an accessory. To be honest, the outfit is kind of meh (if I had to go through my archive to see if I’ve worn it before, it’s definitely too predictable), but it was the last week before the Lunar New Year holiday, I was up to my eyeballs in work I had to finish and New Year preparations, so this is the best I could do. Baby steps.