Monday, June 30, 2014

the chameleon dress



with a few minor adjustments -- to the way one puts it on and "displays" it -- the dress quickly becomes a pair of bermuda shorts from the front and a skirt from the back*. i can't believe that when i first tried on the dress i didn't immediately fall in love with it.

*the outfit that i am wearing here doesn't really show this off. sorry! maybe the next time i wear the chameleon dress, i will try to wear it in a way that better features the dress's versatility.

i am wearing a dress by rundholz rundholz*dip, underneath a dress and pullover by rundholz black label. my shoes are the keith shoe (idol family) by john fluevog.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

trendy shoes



even though i am no fashionista, i am usually aware of current fashion trends. for example, i know that for the past couple of years, the arizona birkenstock or some label's interpretation of same has slowly been working its way into the mainstream. this summer, it may actually have reached trend status. so this is what i have decided: while everyone else rushes out to get a pair of authentic arizonas or their reasonable facsimile, i am resurrecting my athen birks (from four years ago).

i am wearing a dress and pullover by rundholz black label. my trousers are by eileen fisher. my sandals are the athen by birkenstock.

Friday, June 27, 2014

getting settled in dress


these days i am into really getting a feel for a central garment* before i give it up and move on to another one. i want to own it ... in more ways than just the obvious one (i.e., purchasing and bringing it home from a store). this means wearing it more than once in a while. i love doing this. it feels like i am building on something, like i am developing a look, an expression, rather than just trying one thing for brief moment before rushing on to the next thing, sampling**.

*a "central garment" is a piece of clothing around which i build an outfit ... or two ... or three ... etc.

**not that there is anything wrong with sampling clothing. it can be quite fun.

i am wearing a dress by rundholz rundholz*dip and a pullover by rundholz black label. my shoes are the keith shoe (idol family) by john fluevog.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

off to work clothes




i love the feel of the fabric of these clothes, both between my fingers and on my body. it is a medium weight cotton twill with a wax coating.

i am wearing a dress and jacket by rundholz rundholz*dip. my shoes are the keith shoe (idol family) by john fluevog.

Monday, June 23, 2014

an enlightening moment top


when i was putting together this outfit, i was disappointed that i didn't have a black 3d skirt. i felt that i needed more black on the bottom to balance out the black on top.  with no black 3d skirt, i convinced myself that i didn't need a black 3d skirt. i told myself that the black top was a piece that i would only wear while i was in transit between buildings. once inside, where it would really matter (because it is only inside that people would see me), i would be a monochromatic vision ... of a colour* (no better way to showcase a colour i told myself). by the end of day**, my self-brainwashing had worked and i was no longer disappointed that i didn't have a black 3d skirt. which was when i remembered that i had a black 3d skirt. that's the way things go in my wardrobe life ... sometimes.

*admittedly, lately, i have been nothing but a monochromatic vision ... of black.

**as it turned out, the black top never left my body, no matter that i was outside or in. i never managed to be a monochromatic vision ... of a colour. it didn't matter, though. my imagination was more real than reality.

i am wearing the l/s meteor top, the modena top and the 3d skirt by kaliyana. my boots are the pluto boot (closed collection) by trippen.

Friday, June 20, 2014

a rose by any other name ... dress


i don't think that i have ever known the name of a dress to cause such a kerfuffle. personally, i had no problems with the name. in fact, i thought that it described the dress perfectly. i was in the minority. the dress was renamed. once. and, then, again. no matter, i will forever think of it by its first name. and, now that the dress is mine, i can call it whatever i want.

i am wearing the ono dress, the amazing skirt and the brilliant jacket by kaliyana. my boots are the pluto boot (closed collection) by trippen. around my neck hangs the vertical five necklace by itsomi. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

quick change artist dress





after inspiration hits, reality sometimes sets in. i may have liked the dress, hoodie and jacket mix, but on the day that i wore the outfit, i ran, not only cold (permitting me to keep the entire outfit on -- hurray), but also hot (forcing me to pare the outfit down to just the dress) and lukewarm (wearing the dress and hoodie for a casual look and the dress and jacket for a more dressed-up look). how lucky that the dress, hoodie and jacket mix offered so many ways for me to adapt to different levels of personal discomfort.

i am wearing the diamond dress, the hoodie jacket and the string jacket by kaliyana. my boots are the cylinder boot (box collection) by trippen.

Monday, June 16, 2014

inspiration hits hoodie




sometimes, after numerous attempts at building an outfit, all such attempts ending, in my estimation, in failure*, inspiration hits and success follows. success usually results from the addition (but, in some cases, the subtraction) of a layer**. here: success followed from the addition of a layer, namely, the hoodie***.

*failure here doesn't mean failure by some objective standard. failure here is purely subjective. meaning i just don't like the resulting outfit. of course, this could also be failure by some objective standard.

**since success following failure can result from the addition or subtraction of a layer, is it no wonder that building an outfit can sometimes be so difficult for me?

***considering how may times adding the hoodie to an outfit has made for, in my estimation, a far superior outfit, compared to one sans the hoodie, i would have to say that the hoodie has, not only paid for itself several times over by now, but also has turned out to be worth its weight (if not more than its weight) in gold!

i am wearing the diamond dress, the hood jacket and the string jacket by kaliyana. my boots are the cylinder boot (box collection) by trippen.

Friday, June 13, 2014

a match pullover


so far i have found that the pullover that best matches a kaliyana piece is a rundholz black label pullover. i am now the proud and happy owner of two rundholz black label pullovers.

i am wearing the diamond dress by kaliyana and a pullover by rundholz black label. my boots are the cylinder boot (box collection) by trippen.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

swaddle hoodie




while i didn't feel swaddled wearing the complete outfit (top photo), looking at the photo of myself wearing the complete outfit, i think i certainly look swaddled.

i am wearing the manifold dress, the best vest, the hood jacket, the circle scarf and the balloon pant by kaliyana. my shoes are the till boot (cup collection) by trippen.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

(another) box companion tunic



a couple of days after i transported my big box (containing a garment steamer) home via public transit, i found myself on the same bus route. the bus was crowded when i embarked, so i stood near the rear doors. two stops after i embarked, a seat freed up near the doors and i claimed it. it was a two-seater and there was a woman sitting on the other seat. no sooner did i sit down than the woman asked me how my big box worked out (or something like that). it took me awhile to realize that she was on the bus that day when i was transporting my big box (containing a garment steamer) home (and someone else was transporting another big box (containing a window air conditioner) home -- my box companion). we had a lovely conversation -- the woman and i. it was interesting that she remembered me. it was more interesting that she felt comfortable enough to start up a conversation with me.

i am wearing the horizon jacket (x 2) and the amazing skirt by kaliyana. my shoes are the loipe shoe (closed collection) by trippen.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

camo dress and skirt



i don't usually talk about my hair, but here goes: i decided to try a new hairdo. mostly because i don't want to give up on growing the long part longer; without a lot of styling (namely, curling), i am not comfortable wearing it "long" (at least not at its current length); and, i am getting tired of the single topknot. i am not sure why the double topknot look didn't occur to me before. (moving from top to bottom: my shoes are new. i want to get something similar from the trippen cup collection.)

i am wearing the nagoya dress, the amazing skirt and the hood jacket by kaliyana. i am also wearing a pullover by rundholz black label. my shoes are the sisters shoe (box collection) by trippen.