Monthly Archives: February 2015

OOTD :: of magnolias and pretty in pink

This is a magnolia:



And this is my interpretation of a magnolia for this week’s 52 Pick-me-up:





This entire outfit is so out of my comfort zone if only because the colors are so pastel and, in my opinion, wash me out. I had to do some serious Photoshopping to even get them satisfactory to my exacting standards, ramping up the saturation and warmth to get vibrancy.

Still, I promise you that it looks pretty decent IRL, and I do so adore these new shoes I snagged at Forever 21. You all know I’m a sucker for a good oxford, and these are super fun with the exaggerated pointy toe and spring pink color. Purchase them online and they even come with an extra pair of black laces which you can bet I’m gonna have fun with later on down the road.

I’m also happy for the opportunity to wear this necklace I received as a free present from Lisa @ Respect the Shoes when I bought a pair of shoes from her last year. I’d felt guilty for it because, as mentioned, pale pink is not my color and I couldn’t for the life of me find a way to style it but I felt bad just having it sit in my jewelry box.

But now, thanks to Anne and her weekly style challenges, not only am I stretching my sartorial muscles with the whole pastel thing, I was able to make good use of Lisa’s generous prezzie.

Woots all around.

EDIT: And then it rained. So I threw on a fuchsia infinity scarf and some navy blue knee-high socks for warmth and comfort but didn’t have time to snap a pic, so you’re just gonna have to use your imagination. I promise it looked really cute.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top  – F21
Blazer – F21
Skirt – Boohoo
Oxfords – F21

 :: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl
Visible Monday @ Not Dead Yet

:: Grooveshark it ::
Secret by Maroon 5



OOTD :: of casual Friday to the max





This week is brought to you by: “cobalt blue, olive green, printed blouse, skinny jeans, cargo vest, nude leather, geometric prints, and glitter/metallics”.

For your viewing pleasure, I give you: olive green, skinny jeans and a cargo vest.

The extra bits: Yeah, yeah, I bypassed cobalt blue this time around. I figure you all have had enough of my sporting my fave color on one day without having to subject you to another. That said, I admit there is a bit o’ blue on that plaid shirt. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.

I do appreciate Alex giving me the opportunity to utilize my long-sought-after but oft-forgotten cargo vest. It does go well with my olive green Chucks, which was the first thing I thought of when I read this week’s Blogging Besties pass it on list. I also promised you a London tee and I hope this one does not disappoint.

(I wonder if I can count either the graphic tee or the plaid button up as a “printed blouse”?)

Shout out to my son and his headphones for giving me an opportunity to incorporate a prop in today’s shoot. I think they go well with the ensemble’s vibe, yeah?

I must say that this has got to be my most dressed down outfit yet this year, but ask me if I care? Ah, cavalier attitude! A byproduct of a four-day work week.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Tee – Old Navy
Plaid – Mossimo @ Target
Skinnies – F21
Headphones – Skull Candy
Shoes – Chucks

:: Linking ::
Blogging Besties @ Whitney à la mode and Undergraduate Style
Fun Fashion Friday @ Fashion Should Be Fun

:: Grooveshark it ::
All We Are by OneRepublic

T3 :: of film as text, juxtaposition and Baz Luhrmann





So, for my Shakespeare unit, I’ve been telling my students that everything is text.

And I’ve also been telling them that it is imperative to be able to deconstruct and evaluate all text. Sadly, the “blink and you’ll miss it” mentality fostered by our current instantaneous digital society devalues deep thought and thoughtful analysis, both of which  require a slower pace to accomplish.

Very few are willing to commit to a slower pace anymore. But if we continue to “consume” texts so quickly, blindly and indiscriminately, we run the risk of following the path that the satirical film, Idiocracy, had set out in chilling detail. However, neither can we combat the fact that film and the internet and social media are here to stay.

So we must find a way to bridge the gap between the fast pace of information production and the slow pace of information evaluation. Sadly, I don’t have a definitive answer for you, but I think performing a “literary criticism” on a film could be a step in the right direction. And what better material to do so than with William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet versus Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet?

Since this is a style blog and not a teaching blog, though, I shall not subject you to any more academic musings. (But if you’re interested, may I suggest this article that breaks down the film based on how the production crew interpreted the original source material?) For the rest of my regular readers, an explanation of today’s rather abstruse post:

Firstly, I haven’t been reading very much this month because I’m back to writing and revising Dissever (Yay! I finally have a working title for my novel!) but I needed a post on my own T3 linkup, so I thought to be efficient and combine my professional life with my blogging life by using R&J (text and film) as my style source material.

Then, fortuitously, this week happens to be Movie Mania over at SpyGirl’s 52 Pick-me-up which meant my fortuitous combining of professional and blogging lives worked with that as well.

I didn’t want to come to school all costume-y, however. Luckily for me, the Luhrmann film utilizes a contemporary clothing aesthetic as outlined in this quote:

[The]Capulets’ style “is more decorative and the Montague kids are more utilitarian…The Capulets wear ornamental and expensive pieces of clothing, and bullet-proof vests have become required accessories… The Capulets are more manicured and preening and wear clothes that are extremely well-cut and body conscious….

With the Montague boys, it’s sort of a Vietnam feeling. They carry weapons but they wear whatever they want, like at the end of Vietnam War, when the soldiers wore Hawaiian shirts and shorts and indigenous hats. They invented their own way of wearing clothes to suit the climate and the surroundings. The Montagues…wear their hair very short and sport these lush Hawaiian-style shirts which are vibrant and colorful, so everyone knows who they are.

Finally, I’d been toying with the concept of “whimsical juxtaposition” as my personal style niche, and the diametrically opposed style of these two households, although “both alike in dignity”, really struck a chord.

So when you take all these things into consideration, you come up with an OOTD that juxtaposes the body consciousness of the Capulets (snakeskin leggings and OTK boots) with the colorful vibrancy of the Montagues (floral peasant blouse) as represented in a film (52 Pick-me-up compliant) based on a play (T3 compliant) and which reflects my unique fashion aesthetic.

And you? Any texts resonate with you enough to inspire an ensemble? Do link and tell…


:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – H&M
Leggings – YOOX
Boots – jcp

:: Grooveshark it ::
When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars

OOTD :: of alternate velvet





Hullo, Wordless Wednesday!

Thank you for not judging me for utilizing this velvet blazer over the green one I’d promised last Friday. I just didn’t feel like pulling on the tights that the green velvet outfit required me to do on an 80+ degree day.

Ah, winter! I blinked and I missed you…

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Gap
Blazer – eBay
Skirt – Boohoo
Boots – Merona @ Target

:: Linking ::
WIWW @ The Pleated Poppy

:: Grooveshark it ::
The Man Who Never Lied by Maroon 5