I Lost My Faith In The Summertime…

… ’cause it won’t stop raining.

Actually I didn’t. Quite the contrary. It’s just a nice line of lyric from my favorite Oasis song, The Importance of Being Idle (mostly because the video is awesome – Rhys Ifans FTW), which I always use to describe a rainy summer. It’s been raining a lot this week (I snapped these quickly in between two thunderstorms), but since I’ve been missing summer rain so much, I absolutely love it.

Also, I stole this outfit from Elaine.

T-shirt: Forever21, Skirt: thrifted, Belt: Vietnamese shop
Flower pin: Modcloth, Sandals: Easy Spirits (thrifted)


Fourth of July

Indoor photos again because it’s been raining nearly non-stop for the last couple of days (not that I’m complaining.) This is not exactly red, white, and blue, but it’s my contribution to the Fourth of July festivities. The US has been my adopted home for seven years, so the least I could do is to wear an outfit that (sort of) celebrates its Independence Day. So what are your plans for today?

I just realized that this time last year, I was at #23 of my 30×30 (technically it was 33×33) too ! How’s that for a coincidence?

T-shirt: H&M (thrifted), Skirt: thrifted
Flats: Payless, Bracelet: self-made

The Escapist

It seems I’m always at this spot whenever I wear this T-shirt

The other day while talking to a friend about finding a job, I said that if I could get a steady paycheck from writing, I’d be happy to go off to some mountain somewhere and become some sort of hermit, only to rejoin society when needed. It was a joke, of course (you can’t be a hermit to make it as a writer… unless you’re J.D. Salinger. Actually that doesn’t count because he wasn’t a screenwriter), but it made me realize my escapist tendency. All the stuff that I’m interested in, the stuff that I write, read, and watch – fantasy, sci-fi, period drama – aren’t they all forms of escapism? Maybe “escape” is too strong a word; I’m more of a daydreamer, but then where does daydreaming end and escapism begin?

… Man, this is totally my quarter-life crisis talking.

T-shirt: Walmart, Jeans: Forever21
Flats: Payless, Necklaces: Icing
Post title: song by Coldplay

Starry Night Over The Rhone

It’s another week of Style Imitating Art, and once again I’m impressed with how everybody’s outfit turned out. The inspiration painting is Starry Night over the Rhone by Van Gogh:

First, we have Vivienne of Thrifted Shift, whose bling emulates the “starry” part:

Next we have the awesome Pao of Project Minima, who is a starry night of her own:

Then it’s lovely Jess of Animated Cardigan. She happened to pick the same silhouette as me – I think this is why we’re co-creators:

And here’s me – this dress is another piece I just added to my 30×30 line-up in place of the Old Navy pink jersey dress. It feels a bit like cheating, but I’ve already worn the Old Navy dress, and in this weather, when you can’t add layers, there’s only one way you can wear it.

Having clothes made at a tailor’s may be a little time-consuming, but I like it because you’ll get the piece exactly how you want it (pockets!) Plus in Vietnam it’s not that expensive either – this dress costs me about $20.

Dress: tailored, Belt: Vietnamese shop
Flats: Payless, Brooch: vintage


I’ve decided to blaze through the 30×30 by including Saturday outfit posts as well, since after this I only have 10 outfits left. I know I’ve said this before, but really, this second round of 30×30 has been a breeze. I’ll probably do a fall/winter one later this year.

Anyway, the other day Mara of Eccentric Owl talked about how she wanted to embrace the retro style more, and that got me thinking about my own style. When I started this blog with the intention of finding my own sense of style, I never thought more specific than “no more T-shirts and jeans all the freaking time.” Even after all this time, though, I still haven’t gotten much more better than that. There’s a part of me that, like Mara, wants to dress more in a more retro, more feminine silhouette – full skirts, blouses, brooches and the likes, but another part of me finds the clean lines of a T-shirt-and-jeans outfit much more appealing. I’m still struggling with how to unite these two contradicting ideas . This is why one day you may see me in an ultra-feminine outfit like this (which I totally stole from Kendi), and the next I’m in shorts and sneakers. Any advice to help me get the best of both worlds?

T-shirt: Forever21, Skirt: vintage via Age Old Threads, Wedges: borrowed from my sister’s
Necklace: gift from my friend Trang (via Silk Purse, Sow’s Ear)

Future And Stuff

I know, another almost-accessory-less outfit. But in this heat, the only accessory I need is a layer of bug spray.

Anyway, on to a different matter. There were two things I was worried that my parents were going to pester me about once I moved home: get a real job and get married (or at least get into a serious relationship). The one thing I hate more than planning for the future is when other people ask me about my plan for the future. It’s not that I don’t make plans, but I plan for next month, next quarter. I try not planning too far ahead, because who knows what could happen to derail those plans.

But I seemed to have underestimated how understanding my parents are. They didn’t rush me into finding a job. We’ve talked about it, but I’d like to take the rest of the year off, travel a bit if I could. Besides I’m doing fine with my freelancing. As for getting married… we don’t exactly talk about it because I tend to laugh whenever somebody mentions the idea, but after a discussion with my mom, I think they’ve pretty much accepted the fact that I’m going to be an old cat lady. I already kinda am. Then again, I’ve only been home for about two months, so hey, the pestering could start tomorrow 😀

Shirt: Old Navy (thrifted), Skirt: Target
Belt: thrifted (I spray-painted it silver), Flats: thrifted

New Favorite

I just realized, during the course of this 30×30, is that I have a lot of purple in my wardrobe… about four or five pieces. That’s a lot for somebody like me, who until over a year ago would balk at the idea of wearing anything other than blue, grey, and black. But now this purple + light blue has become one of my new favorite color combinations.

Another thing I would balk at not so long ago: sitting at my computer with a toddler on my lap. Which I’m currently doing. So if you’ll excuse me, I have to cut the post short because my niece is requesting Sandmännchen.

Dress: Target (thrifted), Brooch: vintage
Belt: Vietnamese shop, Flats: Payless