Creme De Menthe

We just had our first proper summer heatwave last week, and as usual, when it gets really hot, I have to reach for cool colors (I know it doesn’t work like that, but I always feel warmer in warm colors, and cooler in cool colors. I guess that’s why my winter wardrobe is mostly brown and yellow, and my summer wardrobe is mostly blue and green.) This thrifted linen shirt and the hand-me-down trousers from my mom just hit the spot, and they’re so comfy to wear too, which is always a bonus!

Book Reviews: May 2023

I had to read a bunch of thesis scripts in the last two weeks of May, so I resorted to shorter books this month to meet my quota. They’re still interesting though! Here goes:

Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher:

After enjoying “Swordheart” last month, I decided to check out another T. Kingfisher fantasy romance set in the same world. This one follows a perfumer and a paladin whose god has died as they get unwittingly involved in an assassination attempt. As with “Swordheart”, I enjoyed the world of the story and the characters, and this one has a more complex plot than “Swordheart”, which I appreciated as well. However, I didn’t buy the relationship as much (it’s sort of insta-love, which I never find convincing), and the plot gets resolved very easily. 3.5/5

Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

Continuing my exploration of poetry, I went with something more classical this time. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Elizabeth Browning’s love poems (these sonnets were written for her future husband, Robert Browning), but after reading them, I became convinced more than ever that poetry is like music. You can’t always explain why you like this song more than the others, just like how you can’t explain why a particular poem hits you harder than the others. That is to say, I appreciate the beauty of Elizabeth Browning’s language and sentiments, but I don’t really connect with them as much as I thought I would. 3/5

Poems by John Clare:

More poetry. I’ve never even heard of John Clare before, but I saw one of his poems quoted on a poetry Instagram account, and his brand of nature and rustic life description hits my exact sweet spot (see my two favorite poets: Seamus Heaney and Mary Oliver). However, while I do enjoy all of Clare’s poems about rural life, their sentiments don’t hit me as hard as Heaney’s or Oliver’s, and I don’t think I would enjoy them half as much if I didn’t read the introduction about Clare’s life. Knowing about his sad, extraordinary life makes me appreciate his poems a lot more. 3/5

4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie:

To clear my head after reading all those thesis scripts, I’m back to my usual “easy read”. Since I’ve watched all the Miss Marple adaptations with Joan Hickson, I know what happens in this already (one of Miss Marple’s friends witnesses a strangling on the train, and Miss Marple sets out to discover what truly happened), but it’s interesting in that Miss Marple herself doesn’t feature very prominently in the story. Sure, she is behind the scene pulling the string, but most of the investigation is carried out by the police and her associate Lucy Eyelesbarrow. It makes for a nice change of pace. 4/5

SIA Inspiration: Grandma Moses

It’s Shelbee’s turn to host SIA, and here is her pick:

This is “Taking in the Laundry” by folk artist Grandma Moses (aka Anna Mary Robertson Moses). Shelbee picked it because hanging out laundry is one of her favorite chores (mine too! We only use our dryer on rainy/humid days. There is something so calming about it.) The painting is simple, but there are a lot of details here to create such a vivid scene, and I can’t wait to see how everybody is going to interpret it. Remember to send your outfits to Shelbee ( by next Tuesday, June 6th. Have fun!

Alice In Borderland

I guess it’s the week of titling my posts after pieces of media I’ve never actually watched/listened. Yes, same as the post on Wednesday, I’ve never watched “Alice in Borderland”, I just like its play on “Alice in Wonderland”, and considering my outfit is sort of Alice-inspired, I thought it would be appropriate. It was all built around this top, of course. The puffed sleeves are a little much for me, but when I saw the tea set buttons, I just couldn’t pass it up. For this outfit, I went with the olive culottes and pink loafers to match the embroideries (plus, pink and green are one of my favorite color bombs), but I can definitely see other ways of styling this top to tone down its frou-frou-ness while still letting it shine. Can’t wait!

Watermelon Sugar

Disclaimer: I don’t listen to Harry Styles. That’s the only song of his I know, because for a while, I kept seeing ads for it on my Spotify. And anyway, this outfit was not inspired by that song, but by actual watermelons (hence my brooch). It looks like summer really is here at last. I still hate it, but at least that means I can start thinking of new outfits instead of cycling through my transitional pieces, none of which I’m excited about. I’m quite happy with this – the color combination is simple but still summery, and most important of all, it’s so comfy to wear!