Scroll-down Fug

This outfit, in the words of the Fug Girls, is a total scroll-down fug – it’s OK on top, but you scroll down to the shoes and it’s a needle scratch. I was going for a 1930’s menswear-inspired look, as I always do with these pants, but I’ve picked the wrong shoes. These oxfords are too clunky. My oxford heels would be much better, but I’ve worn them with these pants before and didn’t want to repeat myself. Well, lesson learned: when something works, it’s worth repeating.

P/S: This is the second of the two brooches I bought from my recent trip to Singapore. I’ve been looking for a simple bow brooch like this for ages, and this fits the bill perfectly.

T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jacket: tailor, Pants: Esprit, Oxfords: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage


SIA Inspiration: growArts

It’s Erin’s turn to host SIA again, and this time she picked a piece made by one of the artists at growArts, an artisan training program for adults with intellectual disabilities. They help people to create art and sell them; the proceeds are then split between the artists and the program and go toward services for other disabled adults.

This piece is actually on sale, so if anyone wants to own it, you can get in touch with Erin to make it happen! If not, we can help spread the words about this awesome program by putting together outfits inspired by it. It’s colorful, the floral theme is perfect for spring, and there’s a bit of sparkle in it too. So get to it, and remember to send your outfit to Erin (looploops@gmail.com) by next Monday, March 27th!


Leather Jacket, Again

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I know, I’m not dressing according to the theme. I actually wore this earlier this week, so no green. It is, however, the third time I wore my leather jacket this week. It was lying around so I just threw it on. But it’s perfect for the cold, rainy weather, and like a blazer, a leather jacket instantly pulls an outfit together and makes it look more interesting, so it requires very little thought. I’m juggling a million things right now, so anything that makes life a little easier is welcome.

Also, technically it’s spring now, so I wanted to add a spring-time touch with a floral shirt. Revolutionary, I know.

Shirt: hand-me-down, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Din Sko


Easy And Familiar

My outfits always suffer a bit after I got back from a trip. After three weeks living out of a suitcase, I had to familiarize myself with the rest of my closet again, which means I’m going to reach for my staple pieces, the easiest things to wear, the things I know will always work without me having to put much thought into it. And that means stripes, jeans, oxford shoes, a leather jacket, and a scarf and a brooch (one of the two I got in Singapore, “L” is for my family name) to add some interest. Sure, it looks familiar – when I was uploading the photos I had to look through my archives to make sure I haven’t worn the same thing before – but it looks good, and that’s what matters.

Sweatshirt: Earth Music & Ecology, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Scarf:, Brooch: vintage


Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Woman

(Sorry for the pretentious title. I couldn’t help it!)

This week’s SIA inspiration, a portrait by South African artist Juanita Mulder, is a challenge for me, because it contains mostly bright, primary colors – red, blue, yellow, with quite a bit of black and white – which I haven’t worn in a while (except for the black and white, of course.) But I’ve never let that stop me before. Either I would find something else in the painting to inspire me, or I would find a way to sell my outfit even if it is only marginally connected to the inspiration at best.

In the end, I went with the bold, graphic quality of the painting (which means lots of stripes) and recreated the colors in darker, more subdued shades – maroon instead of red, navy instead of blue, and brown instead of yellow. At the last minute, I also threw on my leather jacket. The painting doesn’t feature a lot of black, but a leather jacket seems right somehow, because the woman looks so defiant, and to me, that means a leather jacket. I believe the spirit of the painting is there in my outfit, even though it’s not an exact replica (told you I would sell it :P)

Don’t forget to swing by Jen’s blog for the full round-up of other looks inspired by this portrait.

Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Jacket: Zara, Scarf: gift, Boots: hand-me-down


Singapore Diary #5: Food

Saving the best for last.

With 3 weeks in Singapore, I was determined to be a little more adventurous with my eating and try more local fares. Even though I cooked most days (we stayed in an apartment complex, so there is a kitchen), I did manage to get a taste of Singapore. During our excursions into the city, we often ate at hawker centers – they’re open buildings with tables in the middle and stalls along the sides selling all kinds of food. These are sometimes combined with a market, but often they just serve as food courts. The food is cheap (well, compared to a restaurant meal) and authentic, and there are a lot of choices.

Maxwell Food Center near Chinatown

There are so many dishes that I didn’t get to try them all. Others I didn’t try because they’re too expensive (chilli crab, hello) or sound weird (like carrot cake, which is not a cake and doesn’t contain carrot). But below are some of my favorite:

A literal ice-cream sandwich – yeah, it pretty much tastes like ice cream and bread, but the bread helps to soak up the drips, which are unavoidable in the Singaporean heat

Roti prata – think an Indian crepe dipped in curry sauce. They can be plain or stuffed with egg, mushrooms, cheese, etc. There is also a sweet version

Laksa – noodle soup with prawns and spicy coconut-milk broth


Chendol – shaved ice smothered in palm sugar syrup, coconut milk, sweetened red beans, and green “worms” (rice flour jelly)

Waffle with kaya (coconut jam) – locals have it on their toast, but I took it one step further

The one dish I had but never enjoyed was chicken rice. I don’t understand how it can be considered the national dish of Singapore – it’s just steamed or roasted chicken on top of rice cooked in chicken broth. That’s it! Sure, it’s cheap, but I’d like something with a little more taste (not to mention vegetables), thank you very much.

Finally, this is unrelated to food, but I think it would be appropriate to close out my Singapore posts with a mention of the Merlion. If you’ve read my account of my previous trip to Singapore, then you’ll remember that I didn’t see the Merlion last time. This time, during our city tour at the beginning of our trip, we did go to the Merlion but it was all covered up because, according to the sign, the Merlion was taking a shower! Luckily he was done before we left, so I came back on the last day and finally got a super touristy photo.

And that was it for my Singapore trip! Until next time…


Singapore Diary #4: Nature And Street Scenes

Singapore is known as the “Garden City”, so I thought it would be fun to have a post on the contrast between the modern, even futuristic-looking architecture and the pockets of nature in the city (no wonder they shot a sci-fi film there.) During my 3 weeks there, I revisited the Botanic Garden (and the National Orchid Gallery, of course) and did some short hikes/walks around Mount Faber Park and Sungei Buloh, a wetland reserve near the Malaysian border. As fun as the city is, it’s great to get out once in a while and just lose yourself in nature.

The Helix bridge

The Henderson Waves bridge

It was raining heavily while I was at Mount Faber, but it was super relaxing to simply sit (there is always a covered rest area along the way) and listening to the rain or enjoying the incredibly sweet and refreshing smell of the tree. If my shoes weren’t soaked through, I would’ve stayed longer.

View of the Singapore River toward downtown

Mangrove forest at Sungei Buloh

Some of the flora and fauna of Sungei Buloh

We didn’t see any crocs though – just these signs

The ION Orchard, one of the most famous shopping malls along Orchard Road

Orchid arches at the Botanic Garden

Colorful houses along Clarke Quay

Colorful orchids at the National Orchid Gallery


The national flower of Singapore (the Vanda “Miss Joaquim” orchid) and a crazy-looking (but sweet-smelling) flower at the Botanic Garden

A mother hen and her chick at the Botanic Garden

There is still one more Singapore post left, so stay tuned!