Thursday, August 22, 2013

Take a bow... or six

  This simple-looking outfit took some thinking. Also, it was sunny today! I was so happy.
  This is my third styling of these trousers for Anne Bray of Spy Girl's triple play challenge. I realized when trying to think of a third that I always wear these trousers for Asian or Asian-ish outfits.
Japanese | AZN goth-punk | urh??
  I wanted to come up with something different, and it was tricky. If I'm not wearing my zero-point clothes (jeans and a graphic tee) I'm wearing something sort of costumey in either AZN punk/goth, fairy princess, or Ye Olde theme. I tried something vintage* and cute, but I think I came out more Tomb Raider than perky 80s throwback.

* Evidently the official definition of vintage means things 20 years or older. Which means 1993 is now vintage. What is this I don't even.
These bows! I find them irresistible.
  Have I mentioned the sun was shining today? In the triple photo above you can see the contrast between everyday weather here and sunny weather. Whee! So, so happy. I'm makeup free for a while because a handful of days after summer session ended my entire face was covered in lumps. While inconvenient, they mean my immune system is on the mend.
  You've probably heard of people getting sick the first or second day of a long overdue vacation. That's because your body can't stay on Red Alert forever, so your immune system gets exhausted. When you finally rest, it starts to recharge.
  I tried pairing it (the outfit, not my immune system) with my new-for-me cropped blazer by Isaac Mizrahi for Target. I was on the lookout for something this length since Michelle suggested it would suit my Japanese print dress. The thrift shops of San Francisco came through again! (For $2.25. Craaazy.) ... but these shoulder pads have got to go. I'm V-shaped with a short neck as is, I don't need extra help. Also someone told me I look like a ninja today, so my attempt at a non-AZN/punk outfit may have failed.
  Actually it really failed. I felt so RRGH I AM BACK in the sun today that I thought the perfect accessory to this outfit was a Southern saber. (I did not take the sword with me on my daily errands.) I haven't practiced this weapon for a long time, but when you are feeling HAHA YEAH I AM ME AGAIN in the sun, there's no substitute for a sword the size of your shin.
 I felt like an adventuring archaeologist or other video game heroine. I wish I could go through more parts of my life feeling that way. Then I visited a dear friend and ate a pound of mac & cheese and fried chicken. Today was a good day. Much love, everyone. I wish you all good days in which you feel like the heroes, rather than the villains, of your own life stories.
  Links, as always, are not profit, just a secret hope someone will buy the same clothes as I have and then TWINSIES.

Black crop tank: unknown (etsy store Bombshellshocked)
Red undertank: Express best-loved bra cami (Express dot com)
Black shrug blazer: Isaac Mizrahi for Target (thrifted, same jacket size 4 on eBay)
Trousers: Nike dri-fit (very old)
Platform shoes: Candie's (thrifted)


  1. Your fashion experiments interest me more than any other bloggers. You approach and sometimes cross the line between clothing and costume, which I find appealingly creative. The exploration in posts like this spur me toward deeper unconventionality and are hugely aesthetically pleasing.

    1. Wow, thank you Ally! You always present me with such high praise. I hope my blog continues to be fun for you to read, because I know yours always is for me. :D

  2. Definitely adventure hero! I'm really enjoying these pants. They're like a cross between my two favourite pair of summer pants, lightweight cotton cargos (I got at walmart, of all places) and wrap-around pants.

    And I know I've probably said it before, but I COVET your jackets. Coat and jackets were my first and are still my strongest fashion/clothing weakness. And you've always got such nicely cut, unique, stylish ones.

    P.S. Being also of the broad-shouldered girl variety, the shoulder pads seem a bane... unless I'm going for the Mad Max 80s feel. ;-) I think they sort of work for this outfit... superhero-like... not sure why.

  3. Ooh, I want to see your favorite trousers now. Wrap-around styles are so awesome.

    I have the same thing about jackets! My friend Athena once said, "I have a jacket buying problem!" and I was like, "I am the last person in the world who can help you." I struggled with feeling ashamed and trying to pare down my collection for a long time. I gave up and embraced it.

    YES totally agreed with you on shoulder pads. It's flattering that people want to look like broad-shouldered people (like us!) but I don't need to bump myself up to football fullback build.

  4. Wow! what a fun triple play with the pants! They seem a good base for whatever scenario you feel like presenting! The jacket in the middle photo is especially wonderful.
    Thanks for linking up with 52 Pick-me-up!