The Drawing Lesson

Here’s my outfit for the first SIA challenge of 2023, inspired by “The Drawing Lesson” by Jan Steen. This one is a bit of a challenge for me, because there are so many details and colors in the painting that I had no idea where to begin. Eventually, I went with the lady’s outfit of pink top and golden yellow bottom, and added some colors and patterns with my velvet blazer. My belt and boots are also a nod to the rich cognac color of the furniture and the musical instruments in the room. So, not a very imaginative interpretation, but I’m happy with the result.

Fall Meets Spring

If my outfit on Wednesday is me holding on to winter, then this is me holding on to fall (or is it anticipating fall?) But can you blame me when the temperature suddenly shot up to 85, and just a week before the Lunar New Year too?! (Actually, the mini heatwave is a sign that we’re in for a cold snap, so it looks like we’re going to have a cold and drizzly Lunar New Year, just as I like.) Anyway, I just realized that I haven’t worn this dress in a while, and certainly not with any layer, so here’s a very autumnal outfit in January.

Leaf Of Lorien

I have some very specific weaknesses when it comes to accessories – or brooches, to be more exact, since that’s pretty much my only kind of accessories. For example, I love anything that has to do with nature, but I’d go for realistic-looking brooches of bugs, flowers, and leaves, while for actual vertebrates, I’d go for more of a cartoon depiction. Also, anything Art Nouveau, forget about it, I’d have to have it. So when I saw this ivy leaf clip, I snapped it up right away even though it’s a scarf clip and not a brooch. But come on, it looks straight out of an Alphonse Mucha poster, how could I pass it up?

Gary The Snail

I always have a soft spot for snails. Yes, I know they’re pests (and I’ve had firsthand experiences with how quickly they’ve ruined vegetables and plants in our garden), but there’s something about their shape that I really like. I’ve had one snail brooch already, but when I saw this celluloid snail brooch at my favorite vintage shop, I had to snatch it up. I didn’t purposefully build the outfit around the brooch, but it sort of came together that way – I chose this jacket because the brooch stands out against it, and then the top because its color matches the jacket exactly, and finally the pants and boots because they sort of tie the top and the jacket together. (And yes, I named this post after Spongebob’s pet snail. All snails inĀ Spongebob behave like cats, so maybe that’s another reason I like them.)

Fall Overload

We finally got some cold weather! OK, maybe not winter cold, but at least cold enough for me to bring out this cozy grandpa cardigan. I said in an earlier post that I’m not buying new clothes this season, and I’m trying hard to stick to that resolution – almost all of these “new” pieces you see here are from last season or the summer sale that I didn’t get around to wearing until now. And to make up for all the weeks waiting for the weather to cool down, I went with all the fall colors in this outfit – olive green, terracotta, mustard, and burgundy – for extra coziness. I’m like a walking fall moodboard!