Monday, October 19, 2009

10.17.2009 A sort-of nautical air (and a new fur child)

10.17.2009 A sort-of nautical air
Dress: Modcloth, cardigan: Modcloth, bag: Earth Tree fair trade store, shoes: Aldo

A few days ago, the wind stopped howling, the rain stopped pouring and I got my act together long enough to haul myself (and my husband) out for an outfit snapshot. Woohoo! The dress, which has little lifesavers printed on it, is by Tulle via Modcloth and the cardigan is also by Modcloth. I last featured this dress on another gray and gloomy day in June. I like to think my outfit has a 1940s flavor (I don't really wear my vintage clothing very often in Taipei, since it is so humid here).


I've also made it my personal mission to imitate poses I've seen on vintage sewing pattern sleeves -- and in my own head, like this curtsy. Am I even doing the curtsy correctly?


The paintings that I am standing in front of have actually been attached to boards and put outside to straighten before framing. Our neighborhood has quite a few frame shops, but this is the only one that always has watercolors outside, which seems kind of risky. But I guess they know what they are doing!

It's been a crazy week. You might remember the abandoned dog I mentioned in my last outfit post. It turns out he was not abandoned, but lost. Our neighborhood vet quickly reunited the dog with his owner. We missed him, but were somewhat relieved because not only was he a senior citizen dog (16 years old!) who needed special care and his owner's love, but our landlords would probably have flipped out. But just a couple days later, Ron picked up a kitten that had been abandoned near our house. When it rains cats and dogs, it sure does purr!

Taroko George, the golden cat

We've decided to adopt the kitty and have been busy cat-proofing our house and buying scratching posts and a covered, filtered litter box to show our landlords that we are responsible pet owners who won't let our kitty wreck the apartment. Our rental contract doesn't forbid us from keeping pets, but we'd like to remain on good terms with our landlords. For more about our adventures with Taroko George (our new cat) and the stray/abandoned animal problem in Taipei, check out my other blog.


  1. Oh, how I adore your dresses (and shoes!), Catherine. I can't believe those shoes are by Aldo, since I could have sworn the y were Fluevogs.

    Congratulations with Taroko George!

  2. What a sweet little kitty! I've never rescued any furry creatures but have found two birds (a parakeet and a pionus parrot!). I love that Modcloth dress too. :)

  3. Oh my I just cry over every stray, I am so happy to know that you are there. I have an orange cat named George, I call him my son (our hair matches).

    Love your dress too and kisses to the kitty.

  4. I'm so glad the dog went back home. And your new kitten is adorable.
    I love that dress, the print sounds so cute!

  5. Your dress is so pretty, i love the print and the length, has a very vintage feel! :)


  6. You look so adorable! The print is lovely on your dress. :)

  7. Love your outfit. (And I love that you're trying out poses from vintage sewing patterns, too. =D)
    I'm glad the dog was only lost! And your kitty is adorable.
    -Andi x

  8. your dress is darling!! and the kitty is soo adorable :)