Wanderlust Tag

I found this “Wanderlust Tag” a while ago when I was preparing for my trip. Since I’m traveling but don’t want to keep the blog on complete radio silence, I thought it would be fun to answer these questions and take a look back at my travels:

Where was your first plane to? Well, technically, my first plane was to Siberia when my mom was pregnant with me. But that doesn’t count, does it? The first plane trip I could actually remember was to Hue (the former capital of Vietnam) and Da Nang when I was in… 7th grade, I think?

A beach in Da Nang

Where have you travelled to that you would love to travel again? The UK. The short time I was there wasn’t enough to satisfy the Anglophile in me. I’d love to see more of Wales and Scotland, and especially the Cotswold,  which I haven’t done justice. Other than that, I’d want to go back to Iceland, Venice, and maybe Singapore too.

Cotswolds cottages

You’re leaving tomorrow, money is no object, where are you going? Oh boy. Where wouldn’t I go? But on top of my list is the Trans-Siberian railway. My parents took it when they traveled to their universities in Germany in the 1970’s, and it sounds so fascinating to me. Plus I’ve always loved traveling by train. I’d love to go to Japan too. Or Australia. Or back to Iceland to see the Northern Lights.

Preferred method of travel; planes, trains or cars? Train (see above). I don’t mind flying much, but I get so bored, especially on long flights. Driving is OK for short distances. Train, for me, combines the best of both worlds: you can move around a bit, it can cover longer distances, and you can see the views at the same time. Hence my dream of traveling the Trans-Siberian railway.

Favorite travel website? Travel Fashion Girl. For other travel resources, I can search around and gather all the best information and advice, but for packing lists, I only trust Travel Fashion Girl. They have suggested packing lists for almost any destination in any type of weather, which is great for a chronic over-packer like me!

Where would you travel to just eat the food? I’m not a foodie traveller so I don’t really care, but maybe Korea or Taiwan. I was going to add Japan as well, but then I would travel to Japan for so much more than just the food.

A cheese stall at the Markthal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Is there a place you would never go again? Milan. I’m not a very demanding traveler – there is usually something that can interest me, but honestly there was nothing about Milan that makes me want to see it again. Not the scenery, not the food, and certainly not the transportation!

Can you recite your passport number from memory if asked? Yes (after all the visa applications!)

Do you prefer the Window, Aisle, or Middle seat? Window for short flights, aisle for long (who wants the middle seat anyway?!)

A rare window-seat photo I took during my trip to Da Lat

How do you pass the time on the air plane? Watch movies. Try to sleep. Read. Stretch. You know, the usual.

Now, I’ve been dancing around my trip long enough, so I think it’s time to finally reveal it: I’M GOING TO CUBA!!! Or, rather, by the time this post goes live, I’m already in Cuba. It’s going to be very exciting, and I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it! See you soon!


Snowed Bean

For this week’s SIA, inspired by a photo of the Chicago Bean covered in snow, I was going to go all gray with black and white touches, but the result outfit looked too dull. It didn’t help that my gray jeans don’t really go well with these boots. So I had to scrap it and start again, keeping the leather jacket and black boots, but switched my gray sweater for a white one (for snow) and my gray jeans for the light-blue pair. The result may not be as close to the inspiration as I’d like, but I much prefer this outfit. And it’s still all neutral colors, so it’s not too bad, right?

Year Of The Dog

Happy Lunar New Year! It’s the Year of the Dog, so here is a picture of my dog looking all prim and proper and not her usual goofy self:

And some shots of the celebration and decorations:

My grandma’s house, decorated with the traditional kumquat tree

Traditional altar at my grandma’s house – the sugar canes are supposed to be walking sticks for the spirits of our ancestors

Chưng cakes ready to be boiled

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have food to eat and packing to do. There will be SIA posts up next week, so stay tuned!

Dressing Up

I know last week I promised to try and post all the backlogged outfits if I could, but I don’t think that’s happening. Between preparations for the Lunar New Year and the upcoming trip and catching up on work so I can have a guilt-free vacation, I just don’t have the time for them. Plus I wanted to save those outfits for a rainy day, both literally and figuratively, when I don’t have anything to post. So, other than the usual SIA posts, the blog is going on vacation as well.

For the last outfit post of the Year of the Rooster, here is what I wore to the end-of-the-year party at work. Sure, it’s a bit Wednesday Addams-ish, but my style this winter has been very casual so far, so it’s great to have a chance to dress up.

P/S: Only after I scheduled this post that I realized, today is Valentine’s Day, isn’t it? Well, considering that I find Valentine’s Day a gross commercialization, it’s fitting that I’m posting a Wednesday Addams-inspired outfit today.

SIA Inspiration: The Bean In Snow

For this week’s SIA inspiration, Erin picked a Chicago landmark – The Bean. More exactly, The Bean covered in snow, because that’s what the weather is like in Chicago right now:

Yes, I know it’s technically called Cloud Gate, but ever since I found out it’s the work of Anish Kapoor, the elitist a**hole who bought the rights to Vantablack (aka the blackest black that ever blacked) and wouldn’t let any other human being use it (you can read more about the whole thing here), and that he hates it when people call it The Bean, I make it a point to never call it by any other name. Because look at it. It’s a Bean.

Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. This is our inspiration this week, and although I don’t envy Erin one bit, I think it’s super cool and the neutral colors are right up my alley. Don’t forget to send Erin (looplooks@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, February 20th. Have fun!

Rabbit Hunt

I wore this outfit before I picked “Dogs Playing Poker” as the inspiration for this week’s SIA, but it would work pretty well for SIA too, wouldn’t it? If the painting had feature rabbits instead of dogs, that is…

Anyway, on an unrelated note, today is the last day of work before my long winter/Lunar New Year break, and I’m taking a pretty exciting 2-week trip (more on that later), but I’m not going to be able to post during that time. I will schedule all the outfits I have backlogged on my computer and all the SIA challenges if possible, but if not, expect things to be a little quiet around here during the last two weeks of February. See ya!

SIA: Dogs Playing Poker

It’s another week of SIA, and we have some very cool outfits (and some very cute doggies too), so let’s get to it! Just as a reminder, here is our inspiration, “A Bold Bluff”, from the “Dogs Playing Poker” series by C.M. Coolidge:

First up we have Jen, whose skirt perfectly matches the bookcase in the background of the painting (except for the fact that the print also features cats. But don’t tell the dogs that!)

Jen’s husband, Sam, also participated this week! Love his vintage olive corduroy blazer and plaid scarf:

Erin went simple and casual with a buffalo-checked shirt. She also tried to teach her dog Chewie to play poker. I think he’s getting there!

Kezzie didn’t have time for a proper photoshoot, so she did a flat-lay instead. How cute is that dalmatian jumper?

And finally, here’s me:

That concludes another fun SIA challenge. Thank you to all the participants (and the pooches), and don’t forget to check back next week for another inspiration!