This is my take on the (by now, probably totally out-moded) “30 for 30” challenge, first pioneered by Kendi. The list of my wardrobe contents for this challenge (i.e. July) is posted here. See the first and second sets too, if you’re curious.
This set was both harder and easier to put together than the first. Certainly my days were more “normal”, but I’m definitely starting to feel the limitations of my decisions. (If only I could choose over!) Here’s what I wore…
After wrapping up Sunday last week with my beloved cow earrings, I apparently thought a good start to this week would be my (also beloved) elephant studs. These earrings were gifts from Linlin ages ago, and remain among my very favourite studs. They’re subtle without being boring.
The gold knit… thing was another gift (from Auntie M) and I’m not sure how to describe it: cardigan? Sweater? Jacket? In any case, it has turned out to be far more useful than I would ever have suspected a metallic gold-coloured polyester knit garment could be, although I admit it isn’t fantastic in today’s outfit.
Firstly, my thanks to The Boy for snapping these with his cellphone; I didn’t manage to get any pictures of my clothing before we headed out for a night at Bluesfest. I thought I balanced work attire fairly well with concert-going, although I admit that the pearls weren’t my original plan. (I wanted to wear a much heavier, much chunkier turquoisey necklace but it was so hot I feared the sweatiness and opted for the lighter pearls instead.)
We caught most of Three Days Grace who were pretty good, but the night was definitely stolen by John Fogerty (of CCR fame) who has such incredible energy onstage. An hour and a half with no breaks — not even a drink of water! Incredible. The only downside to the evening? Everything I was wearing now reeks of pot. Definitely no re-wearing any of those clothes to work without doing laundry…
An oft-neglected problem with shooting using the timer setting on a camera? Dogs’ attention spans are apparently not 10 seconds long. (Or not our dog anyway.) It’s for your benefit that I carry out this critical research, you know…
Another play on the black-white-red combination I’m enamored of. I didn’t really feel like throwing on a chunky necklace (although note to self: I could probably use a red one), so I figured this was a good day to try a scarf. Despite the fact that I sort of look like an airline stewardess, I’m quite pleased with this look overall. The only thing I’d change is to add some silver hoops but alas! I cannot find them. This is quite distressing to me, as it makes for the second pair of some favourite earrings of mine that are now out of commission since May. Troubling omens…
So much for the jeans declaration! Thursday was another datacenter day at work, and I didn’t want to wear the cream pants again. (Don’t worry, though. I thoroughly aired them out to remove any trace whiffs of “concert”.) That tree picture is actually very funny if you put it in contrast with Maria’s recent post; save the trees! And no, I’m not trying to flash everyone, or to imitate Marilyn in that second shot. I was actually hoping to show off the pendant, but my pre-focussing needs some work, apparently.
That necklace pendant — the chain and hardware of which are totally tarnished, but in a way I actually like — is a gift from ages ago from my cousin Tze. If my Auntie M has the best taste in hand-me-down clothing, then Tze has the best taste in jewellery that she gets me for birthday and Christmas presents. Honestly, if I could hire her as my own personal jewellery shopper, I would. The aforementioned (non-hoop) pair of earrings that are now lost? Also a gift from her. (Sniff.)
I suppose it’s only fitting that on Day 14, I cut off my own head in a picture. Ah well. I really wanted to show the dress belted, and sort of managed to sneak in that navy/gold pendant. (I love that pendant. I found it in a garage sale, and debated how often I’d wear it — it’s quite heavy art glass — but am very glad I decided to buy it. It goes with a surprising number of things in my wardrobe!)
I decided that this dress would be formal enough for work on a Friday. I had actually intended on pairing it with the blazer (also navy), but it was just too hot. Had I known what July had in store for us this year, believe me I wouldn’t have worried so much about choosing cover-ups!
Finally, a shot of the skort where you can actually (sort of) see it! I’m embarassed to say that that pocket flap is actually missing a button but this summer’s been so busy I just haven’t found a moment to stitch another one on. (Maybe this will shame me into it? We’ll see.)
I’m starting to feel very unoriginal with my skort-wearing weekends, but sadly I didn’t choose all that many bottoms appropriate to weekend-y activities. In this case, we were helping friends to unpack (I got to organize a craft room! Admittedly, not mine, but possibly that made it even more fun!) and I’d had hopes of gardening (which got back-burnered by other events, once we got back).
I apologize for the crappy photos for this week. There are only so many ways to photograph myself head-to-foot while actually properly showing the clothes! Maybe I’ll be struck by inspiration for the remaining days…
Ahh, Sunday. I had prepared for a casual day of groceries, canning, light gardening and lounging around with The Boy. That worked… sort of. Although I did wear the shirt as a topper in the morning for my errands, I have to say the rest of the day was way too hot to keep it on. I even ended up going for a quick bike ride for an emergency grocery run* — yes, I wore shorts under the dress while biking in that getup! — and it was sweltering outside. This shot was taken (by The Boy — thank you!) literally seconds before the clouds exploded overhead in a much-needed rainstorm. (Hence the weird lighting.) I do love this dress, despite its polyester-ness; I must find ways of making it a little longer though — it’s way too revealing for my level of running around!
* More on this tomorrow, or soon, at any rate.
It’s weird for me to think that I’m already more than halfway through this project — there are still items in my 30 (aside from the raincoat…) that I haven’t worn yet! I am very sure at this point that I chose too many tops and not enough bottoms — especially casual ones for the weekends! (Or maybe I just feel that way because I’m rationing my jeans?) This comes as a surprise to me, because most fashion advice for women is to worry about having tops to vary, as bottoms are usually not noticed as much. This may be true, but at least in my case, I’m definitely finding them to be the limiting reagent!