Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Accordion Dwarf

Jacket: Warehouse, T-shirt: Muji, Skirt: Anthro, Bag, shoes + shades: Madewell

I've had this skirt for ages. I bought it while doing a really dreadful temp job signing people up for courses at a community college. You had hundreds of people showing up maybe 20 minutes before their first class was due to start, and we were two temps sitting at a desk with a computer each, frantically going through them all. If people weren't in too much of a rush, I'd use the mouse left-handed because doing this for a solid seven hours was giving me shooting wrist-paints. And whenever I got someone who was really angry because their class had started five minutes ago, I'd swap the mouse over to my right hand. Under those circumstances, you deserve to blow your wages on a bright-red see-through skirt at Anthropologie, am I right?!

The rudest customer I ever had to deal with, and I swear I am not making this up, was a dwarf who took accordion lessons. I worked there two terms, and he showed up both times, carrying his accordion like a backpack because it was damn near bigger than him. And he would always show up five minutes before his lesson was due to start, expecting me to magically sign him up using only my the power of my brain, because obviously I typed too slowly (he was a right-handed mouse kind of customer). The first time this happened, he was so rude to me that on my break, I stormed into the staff room yelling, "ARGH!! THAT DAMN ACCORDION DWARF!!" And this woman who worked there burst out laughing. "The accordion dwarf! Oh God, I had him last time! He's awful, isn't he?" 

This was supposed to be a post about how I liked making the red of my skirt pop against all that brown and grey. And it turned into a post about the accordion dwarf. Oh well. Wherever he is, I hope he's learned that a little niceness goes a long way. ;) 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Adirondacks and Stripes

Top: Warehouse, Shortalls + bag: Madewell, Shoes: Superga
Last summer, I found myself wishing I had short overalls - especially while we were walking around Hong Kong in 36 degrees Celsius at the tail end of summer. Overalls are just one of my favourite things to wear. What with all the extended-family wedding stuff, I was feeling a bit awkward and isolated, and craving something cosy and familiar. So later on, I bought these Adirondack Short Overalls at the end-of-season sale at Madewell, thinking I'd save them for this summer. That strategy worked out okay! This is their first appearance here, but I have worn them a lot. A lot a lot. 

So, with regards to my "new" style that I'm figuring out, I guess a big part of it is combining things that are a bit blokey, like shortalls, with something a bit more ladylike? This top being the "ladylike" part of the equation. This was another end-of-season sale find for me - from this past winter at Warehouse. Once summer temps hit, it seemed the stores couldn't get rid of this top fast enough - so after wanting it all winter, I scored it for half price. I'm hoping to get a lot of wear out of both of these things, and I really like how they look together! I'm also really into the colour combo of my brown bag with this navy striped top - for some reason it makes me feel really chic, shortalls or no shortalls!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Colour Thief

Jacket: Warehouse, Top: Muji, Skirt & shoes: Anthro,
Backpack: Madewell Necklace: Thrifted

I look at these pictures, and all I can see is how I've tastefully hooked my necklace around my own boob. Oh well, when the Long Suffering Husband actually agrees to take your outfit pictures, you pose away in a hurry, never mind where your boobs might take you! In all seriousness, this may be my new favourite photo wall though, it's sort of behind our local cinema and aside from delivery drivers, there usually aren't that many people who might see you and wonder what you're doing. It's funny how embarrassing I still find this whole posing in the wild thing!

So anyway, this outfit right here seems like the most "new style" outfit I've put up here. For one thing, I'm wearing a lot of purple, which is a colour I used to feel very iffy about wearing! But all of a sudden, I can't get enough of it - especially not when I pair it with something brown, like this vegan suede jacket. As part of my whole mental restructuring of my closet (actual restructuring isn't quite complete yet, it's right up there with all the theoretical cake baking that I do), I started narrowing down the shades of colours that I want to wear. So with purple, I narrowed it down to lilac and reddish plum. I already had a few pieces in those colours, and all of a sudden I am back in love with them. (Well, I say that but I am also back in love with my purple floral jeans that I got years ago.)

Anyway, I think this might just be the blog debut of this skirt, which I sale-stalked at Anthro for months. Before I managed to buy the last one in my size on my phone, on Christmas Eve, while we were in Budapest. I can't decide if it looks more Chinese or Japanese - I mean, the cranes make me think China, but the pattern mash-up makes me think Japan... 

On a side note, one of my friends called me a colour thief when she saw this outfit on Instagram! That made me laugh. Not only does she pretty much wear all purple everything, she even has a purple suitcase - now that's colour dedication!  

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Karaoke Club

Bandana: Vintage,  Jacket: Warehouse, Everything else: Madewell - I knowww!

Oh crap - I've become one of those people who wear a single brand head to toe, it seems. I mean, for a while I was like that with Anthro too, and it was all, let's mix up horses and polkadots and something very pink and see what happens, whee! This outfit, I think, is a little more chill. At least it's got that going for it! I mean, I used to walk through Harajuku when we were on holiday in Tokyo and be like, whoa, does this person just go inside a shop, buy everything, and go home? And now I am that person?! At least my jacket is from Warehouse, and my bandana is from My Mom's House!

Anyway - let's talk culottes! I watched this documentary where there was a woman wearing a really similar pair with an off-the-shoulder lace blouse, and instantly I was like, I need striped culottes ASAP! But of course it wasn't that simple - the only pair I could find that looked right were at Madewell, so that involved sizing up, crossing my fingers and ordering via a friend who lives in Seattle. I always size up, because I'm paranoid. In this case, while the culottes were too big, they shrank in the wash and now fit me perfectly. More or less. They may have started stretching. Hmmm. 

Now, as for this T-shirt - I haven't done Karaoke more than, let's see, three times in my life I think? I know, that's like, nothing! How dare I call myself a member of the Karaoke Club then, right? But well, it's not like I don't enjoy karaoke - especially not when I do it with Victor, who likes to open with his personalized, rather non-PC version of Coldplay's Yellow. 

Also, this jacket - someone reached inside my brain and designed my perfect suede jacket - it's not even real suade, it's vegan! And it's so soft, like wearing a cloud... I only discovered this thing by accident, from a brand I don't normally shop at - but man, am I glad I did! I have been living in this thing, I tell you...

Friday, 11 August 2017

Accidental Wes Anderson

Dress: Anthro, Cardigan: J.Crew, Jacket, shoes & bandana: Madewell

I didn't realise it before I saw these photos, but there I was, walking around in an unintentional Wes Anderson cosplay. Thinking about it, this outfit reminds me of the Author from Grand Hotel Budapest - I think it's partly the colour scheme, and partly the neckerchief!

So there is this whole trend going on with gender-swap cosplay that I only recently discovered. I think it's pretty cool, you know? And so I was trying to convince Victor to do a gender-swap cosplay with me as Jubilee and Chamber, from my favourite super-hero comic Generation X. I mean, I'm tall and have brown hair. I can loom and mope, and I look pretty good in black. And Victor would rock a yellow raincoat! But he flat-out refused, saying that if he dressed as Jubilee, people would just think he was cosplaying Tony Chu instead! 

Now, Tony Chu is the main character from this comic, Chew, that is one of the most gloriously insane things I've ever read. The main character gets "impressions" from whatever he eats - if it's food, he knows what pesticides were used on it, etc. And, since he's a cop, if he bites a murder victim he might find out who the killer is... So basically, it's a comic about cannibalism with a bird-flu conspiracy thrown in, starring an Asian-American character who mainly subsists on beets - they're the only thing he can't get a reading from. 

I apologise for the nerdiness of this post. But when you start with Wes Anderson... well, what do you expect, I guess?