Man, I need to find a good place indoors to take pictures on days like this (officially it’s *only* 97 outside, but it feels like 105.) The garage is all piled up with old junks and it’s too hot in there anyway, and inside the house there is nowhere with good lighting or enough space for me to put my camera. Oh well. It’s going to rain soon, so hopefully I can go outside to take pictures again.
It’s funny how the moment I started my new job, everything else gets busy all of a sudden. Now I have the two jobs, a new translating job that just came in (for Warm Bodies, yay!!! Finally a book I can enjoy reading and translating, not freaking Stephenie Meyers or, on the other end of the spectrum, Ursula K. LeGuin. I appreciate LeGuin intellectually – I know she’s a great writer – but I can’t say that I enjoy reading her), and a friend is asking me to help out with her short film. I love it. It means I don’t have to sit around all day wallowing in the misery of my writer’s block. OK, maybe working on projects other than writing is not a great way to get over writer’s block, but at least I get to feel somewhat productive.
Shirt: Target, Skirt: Sapa Market, Flats: Payless
I never pay much attention to color trends (well, I never pay much attention to trends, period), so when I found out about the Pantone-inspired Spring Color challenge hosted by the lovely ladies behind Literate & Stylish and The Modern Austen, I thought it would be fun to join. Anyway, the color for Monday is Emerald, which is a happy coincidence since I just bought this dress. I don’t want to have to buy new stuff all the time merely to follow some trend, but I don’t have enough green in my closet, and this dress is pretty easy to style and goes with a lot of things.
Dress: Vietnamese shop, Cardigan: Target, Belt: Forever21
Necklace: vintage, Oxfords: Me Too (thrifted via Buffalo Exchange)
Oh man, I did not realize how pale my legs are until I looked at these photos. It’s not the first time I went barelegged this spring, but it’s not as noticeable because I always try to take pictures out in the sun instead of in the shades. My apologies. I’d totally understand if you react like this.
Dress: Vietnamese shop, Cardigan & Flats: thrifted, Belt: from a Target dress, Pin: vintage
So, the Oscars. Anybody watched it? All I can say is: big thanks to Jennifer Lawrence, because I was ready to fall asleep by then. I missed the red carpet, but then I saw this online and then went “Awwww.”
Anyway, I had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA inspiration, “Untitled” by Sol LeWitt, but the sudden drop in temperature forced me to rethink the whole thing. In the end this is what I came up with. I’m not entirely happy with it (too much black and that scarf does not go at all), but short of this dress, anything I pulled from my closet to recreate this painting would fall short. Still, it’s challenges like this that remind me that SIA is not about recreating the painting exactly, but about drawing what you can from it to create a harmonious outfit.
Don’t forget to check out Animated Cardigan to see how the other lovely ladies interpreted this work of art.
Maxi dress (worn as skirt): thrifted, Sweater & Scarf: hand-me-down
Leggings: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Journee
The weather has been kind of warm these past few days, which means I can reduce my layers by half. I could also finally wear this outfit that I came up with a while ago but thought would have to wait until spring. It’s one of many outfits involving a chambray shirt that I’m inspired to try. I’m having a bit of a chambray moment, actually – I thrifted this shirt a while ago when chambray first became trendy, but it seems I didn’t “discover” it until now. I may even have to get a new shirt. This one is nice and all, but it’s a little loose-fitting (it may be a boy’s shirt) and reminds me of what the prisoners wear in The Shawshank Redemption, especially when I button it up all the way like this. On the plus side, I might have figured out my next Halloween costume.
Shirt/Belt/Skirt: thrifted, Tights: Vietnamese shop
Boots: Journee via Amazon, Necklace: self-made