Monday Must-Haves: Falling into Simplicity

Welcome back to Monday Must-Haves! If you’re like me, you’ve definitely been putting some thought into your new fall/winter wardrobe. I love classics with a twist that I can continue to wear in seasons and years to come. Check out some of my favorites for this week that are giving me inspiration for my fall wardrobe:Monday Must-Haves: Falling into Simplicity
Gold accessories are a must for fall and lend a warm glow to any skin tone. Also, another one of my favorite makeup look this season is wine-colored lips — I love, love love them! The strong color can appear a little intimidating for people who tend to shy away from lip color, so I would recommend starting with a light lip stain first, like Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm in Twilight. That’s what I’ve been wearing almost daily since the start of September, and I’m ready to graduate to a lip tar, which is more pigmented and longer lasting. Check out OCC Lip Tar in Vintage for a stronger look and embrace your inner fall goddess!

Fashion Inspired by Art: “Singin’ in the Rain” Movie Poster from 1952

I’ve been loving my posts over at College Fashion so much that I decided to expand them to different topics, like movies and books, here at Aphrodite Perception! For my very first one, I wanted to do a poster from a movie that is very dear to my heart — Singin’ in the Rain from 1952. This movie is a classic, a staple for any Gene Kelly fan, and is widely regarded as one of the best musicals of all time. I particularly love the humorous microcosm of The Dancing Cavalier storyline within the plot. I won’t spoil it for you, but please rent this movie for your next popcorn and movie night! It’s sure to make you smile and brighten your day. (I even wake up to “Good Morning” on my lazy weekends!)Fashion Inspired by Art: Singin' in the Rain
P.S. – Shout out to all Etsy sellers — I love every single one of you and try to always feature Etsy pieces whenever possible. If you haven’t already, check Etsy out here, but be warned: you’re going to want one of everything!

More Accessories Inspired by Seurat’s “La Grande Jatte”

Keeping with the season, I did a wonderful spring post over at College Fashion on George-Pierre Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. The outfits are very spring-friendly, even when the weather is so varied as it has been lately! Check out my latest post as well as my other “Fashion Inspired by Art” posts at College Fashion as well, and enjoy my outfit leftovers!More Accessories Inspired by Seurat's "La Grande Jatte"

Fashion How-To: Dress for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is so close that I can almost taste the delicious food! I know that I turn into a little piggy around the holiday season because there seems to be a ton of delicious food around all the time. However, you don’t want to be bemoaning your outfit choice or unbuttoning your pants to make room after the feast! Why not stick with a simple, loose dress that is easy to move in (if you’re helping making dinner) and still comfortable after all of that stuffing!
stuffing-ready dresses
I’d suggest wearing skinny jeans, tights, or leggings under all of these to keep you warm. Just make sure they’re not too tight, or you’ll be even more miserable than if you wore a bodycon dress! It’s the holidays, so don’t be afraid to add a little sparkle with your accessories – just make sure not to wear rings or loose bracelets if you’re cooking. All of the dresses I chose give you a little extra room around your tummy so that you can enjoy all that delicious food, but remember that you don’t have to eat more than your fill – don’t let grandma tell you so, either! But even more importantly, don’t forget what the holiday is really about. Be thankful for the blessings you have in your life, and help others if you have any spare time at all. Volunteering at a food bank or donating food is easy to do, and can really make a difference. Let’s try to make more people thankful for what they have this year, rather than wishing for what they need.

Fashion How-To: Wear a Slouchy Sweater

Sweaters are super cold-weather appropriate, but they can also make you look shapeless and lumpy if you don’t pair them with the right accessories. Focus on lower body pieces that stay close to your skin to help you maintain a feminine silhouette and stay warm at the same time!

#1: With a Bodycon Skirt

slouchy sweater 1

#2: With Colored Skinny Jeans

slouchy sweater 2

#3: Over a Collared Shirt

slouchy sweater 3

Fashion Inspiration: Picasso’s Ma Jolie

I just finished my test on Cubism last week in class and I noticed that a lot of aspects of the artistic style really matched up with current trends in fashion. If you ask anyone on the street to name a Cubist artist, Picasso is definitely the most well-known, so I focused on a work by him done in 1911 called Ma Jolie. The painting was given its title meaning “my pretty girl” as an homage to Picasso’s lover, Marcelle Humbert. By basing the outfit on the aesthetics of the painting as well as the represented person, I tried to create an artsy, yet feminine look.Picasso's Ma Jolie Fashion Inspiration
The statement piece of the outfit, the color block sweater, shows off the analytic cubism inspiration most prominently, while the other pieces compliment it. I used feminine jewelry to accentuate the title of “my pretty girl”, and the letters on the necklace mirror the stenciled words in the painting. The overall look is feminine, but laid back — and perfect for autumn!
Let me know if you like the art-as-fashion-inspiration idea, I’d like to do more if there’s a following for it!

Halloween Costume Inspiration: Daphne

My fourth Halloween costume idea comes from one of my great loves: Greek mythology. Apollo falls hopelessly in love with the river nymph, Daphne, who is forced to cry out for help to escape this unwanted attention and is then turned into a laurel tree. I love how the Greeks mixed their gods with phenomenas of nature, so it’s no surprise that the myth of Daphne and Apollo is one of my favorites!
Daphne Costume Inspiration
For this look, I really wanted to focus on items that most women probably already have in their closet for fall, since this look is all about the transformation of nature. Add some embellishments such as leaves on your dress, or a headband made to look like branches and you’re on your way to turning into Daphne. Soft curls really compliment the natural theme and if you’ve got red hair then, yowzah, you are going to look just stunning in that bright green dress! Have fun with adding your own accessories and makeup — you can’t really wrong in this autumn-appropriate outfit!