Observation of the Week: Vicqui’s Style-A Look Into the Past

Usually when I do the post for Observation of the Week I illustrate someone I see dressed effectively, on the bus, at a store, etc. but for the past few months I’ve been battling life on various fronts and haven’t gone out much. So I’ve decided to expand my observations to include styles worn on my sartorial journey and those who’ve influenced me. I will include favorite outfits, as well as trends, I’ve followed and icons I’ve emulated. I hope this expanded feature will inspire you and also help you chart your own journey

Victoria Moore as a little girl

Fashion Inspo: Writing

The first teacher I had at AAU told the class if you want to be a good writer you should free write about five minutes a day. I don’t know how many small books I’ve filled since then, but I know it’s definitely helped my writing improve. Below is a prompted entry that I wrote today.:

What can you do to set yourself up for success today?

What I can do to set myself up for success today is complete my tasks for my daily blog posts on Instagram, Facebook, Lookin’ Good, Feelin’ Good and Every Day Fashion: Style for the Mainstream.

My Fashion Inspi today is writing, which includes writing implements, my journal and books.

I still would love to teach students in LAUSD how to express themselves through writing, but for right now that’s a dream deferred.

Fashion Find Friday: Converse Chuck 70 0x Canvas Sneakers

I have always loved Converse sneakers, even though some people think you’re too old school and newer brands should replace them in my wardrobe.

At times, while I have bought, worn and loved Nikes, Tretorns, Reeboks, Jack Purcells, Keds and others Converse still reign supreme in my heart.

Now that it’s summer, and clothes and accessories are lightening up, I’ve been on the hunt for breezier shades to accompany my long white skirt, white eyelet dress, and beige walking shorts.

Elegant,sturdy, classic, and eternally street chic the low-top Converse Chuck 70 0x Canvas sneakers in parchment for $80, that I saw on ASOS.com (https://asos.com) really checked the right sartorial box for this Friday’s Fashion Find and became a hopeful purchase for the future

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Favorite Fashion Look: Rainbow Pride

Rainbow Ring from Amazon.com

Forever youthful the colors of the rainbow, and the rainbow itself, are always uplifting. As we celebrate Pride month the rainbow has also come to mean inclusion for the LGBTQ community and a wearable symbol of acknowledgment.

An arch of colors formed in the sky in certain circumstances, caused by the refraction and dispersion of the sun’s light by rain or other water droplets in the atmosphere.

Oxford Languages

Pride Collections:

  • Gap
  • Levis
  • Coach
  • 7 for All Mankind
  • Converse
  • Nike
  • ASOS
  • Bonobos
  • Diesel

Fashion Wish List Item: “Ballet Girl” Dress by Simple Retro

Rylee Puff Short-Sleeved Light Purple Printed Dress ($69.99)

A few Halloween’s ago, at the school I work at as a Special Education Instructional Assistant for LAUSD, I got to live out my fantasy of dressing like the fairy Violet from Louisa May Alcott’s short story “The Power of Love”. Clad in a handmade tulle skirt, floral leggings, fairy wings, and a tiara I danced a happy fairy dance with my coworker (who was also dressed like a fairy) on the playground in front of the whole school. What made the costume so memorable was the how the color scheme showcased various shades of purple.

In addition to being one of my favorite colors, purple is also quite significant for me, because it’s the color for lupus awareness, and I was diagnosed with SLE lupus in 2008. After seeing the lovely lavender light purple puff sleeved ballet-inspired dress on the simpleretro.com website https://www.simpleretro.com I knew it was going on my wish list.

Slightly 1930s, I love that the subtle design and longer hemline make it a perfect garden party or afternoon tea frock especially if paired with a pretty hat, bag, and ballet flats.

Fashion Coordination: Sophisticated Checks

Comprised of full raffles and checks the silhouette of this green and white gingham blouse becomes more sophisticated with the addition of a black leather wraparound belt. Comfort, as always, is a consideration for a work outfit, so the pairing with the lightweight black pants makes sense especially when they’re further brought down to earth with a lightweight jacket and snazzy pair of sneakers

Sophisticated Checks