Style Imitating Art: Monkey Trading Card

Hello friends! I don’t know yet whether this will be a regular thing, but today I thought I would take part in the latest round of Style Imitating Art. This time, the art was chosen by Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks and it was this card that was originally used to advertise a brand of cigarettes:

monkey card

Even though there’s a huge monkey in the middle and Daenel literally chose it for the monkey, the first thing my eyes were drawn to was the two exotic birds on the left. I have two dresses that I immediately thought would work for this, but I went with the one that had a background to match the sandy colour behind the monkey.

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The left-hand bird is mostly red while the other has a blue head (you can’t really tell here so I’ll insert a close-up below), which sort of matches the birds on the card, and the dress also features green leaves for the trees. The long-sleeved top under the dress seems to be the same shade of grey as the background behind the red bird (it looks a bit like a cloud).  My tights are dark green, although they really don’t look it on the photograph. And if you’re wondering why I’m wearing a wool dress and tights in May, the day I took this photo all our sunshine had disappeared, it chucked it down all day and it was cold! I went out to buy lunch immediately after taking the photo and put on my winter boots (thinking about it, I should have put the boots on then taken the photo – they’re the perfect shade of brown for the monkey!)

bird dress
Blue(ish) bird

If you would like to participate, take a photo of an outfit inspired by this art (you can just lay out the clothes if you don’t want a photo of yourself to feature) and send it to livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by 9pm EST on Tuesday, 22 May. Danael will then round up all the solutions on her blog on Wednesday, 23 May.

What do you think? Does my outfit match the art? What would you wear to represent this art?

Style Imitating Art – floral dish

Hello friends! I have something a little bit different for you today. I was encouraged by Kezzie to take part in a link up called Style Imitating Art. The idea is that one of the hosts (I believe there are several) picks a piece of art and the participants then have to put together an outfit based on it. And now you are going to find out exactly why I don’t do outfit posts…

The piece of art to be imitated was a Japanese Nabashemi ware dish, blue with a pretty floral pattern.

floral dish

 

As soon as I saw it I knew I had the perfect top… pale blue with flowers. And I was already wearing a slightly darker blue skirt that would provide a nod to the darker blue lines going across the plate. So, outfit found, the more difficult challenge was to get a photo of me wearing it. Being home alone and not having a tripod, a series of attempts to prop my camera up and get into position before the time ran out ensured. First, I tried to take the photo on my balcony… but apparently it was too sunny out there. Nothing I could do could prevent the top half of me from being brightly lit while the rest of me was in shadow. So into the flat I went. My next attempt, with me standing at the far end of the corridor, failed as the camera utterly refused to focus. So in the end I resorted to standing by the front door. Here’s the photo I eventually submitted:

Style imitating art

I’m still not sure I’m properly in focus and I am well aware that my feet are missing, but this was something like the 15th photo I took and at that point I gave up!

Anyway, ignoring my terrible photography skills, I think the outfit itself works quite well.

To see more style imitating art, check out Salazar‘s blog. I’m afraid it’s too late to join in now but perhaps you can another time. And for now you can tell me in the comments what you would wear if you were to let this bowl inspire your outfit.

Funeral clothing – help!

I’m not exactly an expert on funerals. I think I’ve been to three in my life… and for two of those I wasn’t even in my teens yet! As such, I have no idea what one is supposed to wear (other than black), and even less of an idea what one should wear as c lose family member who will have to shake everyone’s hands at the end! The last time I was a close family member at a funeral was my step mum’s, I was 12 and just wore what my mother had given me. So, dear readers, I need yourI help. Which of the following outfits is most suitable to wear for my grandpa’s funeral?

Exhibit A:

black dress

Or exhibit B:

black clothes

(Sorry, that photo is terrible! I hope you can work out what it’s meant to show anyway… basically it’s a long black skirt with a black, three-quarter sleeve blouse.)

I’m afraid the dress might be too casual, but the other outfit might be a bit too formal for a crematorium (the last time I wore that skirt was for an evening do!). Any comments appreciated!!

Channelling my inner Eddie Izzard…

Almost every comment on the post I wrote about my bee-day party requested a picture of the dress. With so much demand, I thought I’d better oblige, so here I am covered in bees:

I'm covered in beeees!
I’m covered in beeees!

I am aware that the above photo is next to useless for showing off the dress… let alone the pattern on it, so I took one of the dress without me in it just for you guys:

Bee dress, without filling
Bee dress, without filling

And here’s a close up so you can see the detail. Note the honeycomb pattern all over the dress. It’s pretty safe to say I am in love with this item of clothing:

Beeees (and honeycomb)
Beeees (and honeycomb)

And those of you who didn’t understand the Eddie Izzard/covered in bees reference need to watch this video right now!!

Primark comes to Karlsruhe

Primark opened in Karlsruhe on Thursday, and being basically an excitable teenager trapped in a 29-year-old body, I naturally went along on the very first day it was open. Being a weekday, I was obviously at work, but I had to go into town that evening anyway to pick up some bits for breakfast, so I decided to head to that end of Karlsruhe for a change. When I first got into Post Galerie, I actually ended up deciding to leave Primark for another day – people were queuing up just to get in the door! So I headed downstairs to Rossman instead and grabbed the bits I needed, then went to the Asian place next door and treated myself to a noodle box with mini spring rolls. Back upstairs, I saw that the queue had gone, so after standing myself in a corner by the lift to finish my tea, I headed inside Karlsruhe’s newest shop. It was very exciting, let me tell you! I wasn’t actually planning on buying anything, just looking around, but of course I gave in. I only purchased three items though. Here they are:

Primark purchases

A pair of tights, which cost me a grand total of €3. That’s THREE tiny little euros. The cheapest pair of winter tights I’ve seen in Karlsruhe ever!! I also got some fluffy foot attire, which Primark refers to as slipper socks although I would personally call them slippers, and finally, a scarf, which was the reason I gave in and decided to buy something after all, mainly because I was invited to a party the next evening and really wanted to own the scarf before then (the original plan was to makea note of what I liked and come back after payday). Here’s a close up of the pattern on the scarf. Sorry, the flash reflected back a bit, but the room was just too dark to do it without a flash.

It’s a scarf with foxes on! How on Earth could I possibly resist!

Actually, I thought I showed a great deal of willpower only buying those three things (and spending less than a tenner on those – something I never thought would be possible in Germany!). I have a whole list of things to go back for though, including another scarf – this time black with little white scotty dogs printerd on it, another pair of the slipper things in dark blue with stars on (they will match my dark blue starry pyjamas perfectly and only cost €1.50), possibly a black dress with tiny swans printed on it (I haven’t decided yet whether I like it), an owl teatowel that I spotted just dumped somwhere it wasn’t actually meant to be and also some Christmas wrapping paper. They had loads of gorgeous ones lined up by the counter and only €1.50 for a huge roll! And I didn’t even look in the homewear part (presumably where the owl was meant to live).

My feet all snuggly in their slippers

I felt right at home being in a Primark shop again, and I must have looked like a real wally wandering round with a grin on my face soaking up the atmosphere. I loved that the UK/IRL sizes were always listed first, and Primark must have flown in some experienced people for the opening because I heard several members of the security/shop-floor staff talking to each other in English, with Irish accents. Gotta love an Irish accent! Leaving the shop with my brown paper Primark bag, and seeing just how many other people were walking around town with them, I must admit I did feel like a bit of a sheep, but there are worse things than being a sheep (like not owning an amazing fox scarf :-))

Overexcited about owls

I know I’ve already posted once tonight, but Jan has an extra choir practice and there’s nobody here for me to share my excitement with so you’re just going to have to bear with me.

The DHL man has just been – the second time this week that they’ve managed to arrive late enough for me to be home from work. Could it be that they’ve finally realised normal people aren’t waiting around to receive packages every day between 10 am and 2 pm? – and with him, he brought this:

Naturally, I had to try it on straight away and… it fits! I think I may be in dress heaven! Now I just need to take it for an outing in public. I’ll have to give it a wash before then though – right now, for some reason, it absolutely reeks of furniture polish…

It’s Saturday, hip hip hooray

Actually Saturday is pretty much over at this point but the title was too good not to use. (OK, it wasn’t actually that good but I couldn’t think of a better one).

A friend of mine who used to be a language assistant with me has come back to Germany to do a second assistantship. This time she’s living in another town roughly 45 minutes away from Karlsruhe, but today she came into town so Jan and I went to see her. We went to Cafe Emaille for lunch then to Gelbe Seiten Cafe so that we could have coffee and I could pick up some books. I needed new ones to read on my daily journey to work and they have a bookcrossing zone there. Hooray for free books!

After coffee we headed to C&A so that Jan could buy me some clothes. (And before you start thinking I’m one of those girlfriends I should point out that normally I buy my own clothes, but this particular shopping trip was part of my birthday present. He doesn’t like to surprise me with clothes in case a) I don’t like them or b) they don’t fit, so instead I got a birthday card promising me a shopping trip at a later date).

Currently Jan is at his flat where he has to pick up a few things. But soon he’ll be coming over again so we can have dinner. Then we plan to spend the rest of the evening eating Ben & Jerry’s icecream and watching films. Not a bad Saturday I’m sure you’ll agree.