A Shirt Full Of Stars

(Yes, I’m totally referencing a Discworld novel – one of my favorites – in the post title.)

This is one of the more interesting casual outfits I wore these past few weeks. It’s another “grading papers” outfit, taken during last week’s heat wave, but at least the shirt is new (on the blog anyway) and I made an effort with accessorizing, so I think it deserves a spot on the blog.

I bought this shirt from Mango during my Singapore trip, and I’ve worn it quite a lot since then, but it’s mostly for very casual outfits and I’m terrible about documenting those. It’s a shame, because it’s been ages since I found a good and comfy printed tee like this.


Wine Country Mural

I had quite a hard time figuring out what to wear for this week’s SIA, inspired by a mural in Sonoma, CA. It’s super colorful, and you know that I don’t do colors, so what to do? Then I looked more closely at the mural and noticed that the painting of the town inside the word “Sonoma” features a hot-air balloon. Aha! I have a hot-air balloon shirt that is quite colorful, and there I had the base for my outfit. I was thinking of wearing my gray pants to mimic the background of the mural, but I already paired them together, so I ended up with these pants (the second time I’ve worn them for an SIA challenge) and my flat sandals to mimic the roof and the buildings in the mural. A bit of a stretch, to be sure, but I like it. Plus, it looks like the kind of outfit you’d wear on vacation to Sonoma (Erin, can you confirm?), so mission accomplished.

And speaking of vacation, I’m leaving later this week for a week-long family trip in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. We went Da Lat a couple of years ago, which is also a part of the Central Highlands, but this time we’re checking out a different town, so it’s pretty exciting. I’m still going post my SIA inspiration as usual, but other than that, I’ll see you guys next week!


Accessory Slump

On Wednesday’s post, I talked about feeling unmotivated to put together an interesting outfit. I think part of the reason is that I’m bored with my accessories (but don’t want to buy new ones) and don’t know how else to jazz up my outfits. Scarves are out of the question; light-weight, summery shirts don’t hold up brooches well, and sometimes you have to choose between necklaces and printed shirts. Occasionally, I would bring out my bracelet/cuff, but it always feels forced and doesn’t go well with the outfit at all – like here. Actually I wasn’t planning on wearing this cuff with this outfit, but then I was going to see Wonder Woman after work, and since I don’t have a tiara or lasso or invisible jet, I decided to play homage by wearing the cuff.

As for the movie… weeeeeeeeeeell, I’m going to be the unpopular opinion here and say that I wasn’t impressed. I think I got overhyped on it – everybody is gushing about how great it is – so I ended up underwhelmed. Sure, I appreciate the fact that it’s a female superhero movie, and I’m happy that it’s directed by a woman, but it’s… kind of boring, to be honest. I think the praises come from the fact that the bar for DC movies is set so low and this is the first decent female superhero movie (like, first ever), so it is just the thing that people want right now. It may be an important first step toward more diversity and equality in the genre, but it didn’t change my mind about the DC Extended Universe. I’m going to stick with Marvel, thank you every much. (I mean in terms of superhero movies in general. I know the portrayal of female characters in Marvel films is problematic. If I want an action film with good female characters, I’ll go with Mad Max: Fury Road.)


That doesn’t stop me from doing a Wonder Woman pose though…


Unmotivated

These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago – with the semester winding down and the crazy weather, I haven’t been taking outfit photos as frequently as I like do. Plus, I’ve been feeling a distinct lack of motivation to come up with an interesting outfit. The other day, I spent about an hour before bed trying to decide what to wear and ended up thinking, What the hell, I’m just going to spend the entire day grading papers anyway, so I just threw on a T-shirt and a pair of jeans. Functional, but not exactly blog-worthy.

I’m sure I’ll get over this rut sooner or later, but it’s a bit frustrating in the meantime. My fellow style bloggers – what do you guys do when you’re in a style rut?


SIA Inspiration: Greetings From Sonoma

It’s Erin’s turn to curate SIA, and since she is taking a trip to Sonoma (jealous!!!), she chose this wall art for this week’s SIA inspiration:

This is at the Fremont Diner in Sonoma, and it features a lot of fun colors and patterns to choose from. I have no idea what I’m going to wear yet, but I’m sure I’ll have fun finding out. Remember to send your outfits to Erin (looplooks@gmail.com) by next Monday, June 25th. Enjoy!


Black & White

I titled this post “Black & White” as a placeholder, thinking that surely I’ve had another post with that title and I was going to have to change it, but surprise, surprise, I haven’t. And that fascinating anecdote, friends, serves as a perfect metaphore for this outfit too – it’s basic and simple, but it’s also unexpected and… uh… I’m not sure what point I was trying to make here. But suffice to say, I like the outfit and I’m going to wear these pants more during the summer.


Cooling Effect

We’re in a grip of a record-breaking heatwave here in Hanoi (the heat index has been hovering around 120F every day since last Wednesday). It seems I’ve been saying that every summer, but then again every summer they told us the heatwave was breaking another record. I guess that’s global warming for you. This outfit was from last week, when it was still blessedly cool, and I was hoping that the blue color would have some cooling effect – for me at least. The heat is so bad that I can’t even bear to look at warm colors right now.