Chai Latte

The last time I wore this skirt, one of my co-workers remarked that it looks like a latte (I think she was suffering from caffeine withdrawal at the moment), so this time, I decided to lean into that coffee look and paired it with my brown shirt and beige sandals. The thing is, I don’t actually drink coffee – I love the smell but hate the taste. Vietnam is famous for its coffee, but all that is wasted on me, I’m afraid. If I go to a coffee shop, I usually get some fruit juice (in the summer) or a hot chocolate or tea (in the winter), hence the “chai latte” title.


One Pair Of Culottes, Two Ways

These culottes are quickly becoming my favorite thrifted piece. They are neutral, so they go with pretty much any top and any style in my closet – like here, where I style them in a more casual way with the white linen top, and a more preppy way with my plaid button-up. Plus, they have the silhouette of a skirt, but since they are actually pants, they allow me to ride my bike without having to wear bike shorts underneath, and I’m telling you, in this 100+ heat, that really is a blessing. The only downside is that they don’t have pockets! I mean, why? No pockets on dresses and skirts I can understand (I’m annoyed about it, but it’s the norm), but why no pockets on culottes?!


Show Me A Garden Bursting Into Life

If I have to describe my style this summer in a few words, they would be dresses, linen, green/brown, and embroideries (usually broderie anglaise or a nature motif like flowers and leaves.) Those are the things I tend to navigate to while thrifting. My style hasn’t actually changed; it’s just that thrifting has helped to focus it and define it more. This outfit nicely reflects that. This linen embroidered top (yes, another one, I know) is not thrifted – it’s an early birthday present from my sister – but it fits in perfectly with my aesthetics. My sister knows me so well.

P/S: The title is a line from Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars”. Yeah, it’s cheesy, but it’s been a while since I used a song as my post title, and given my outfit and the desert roses blooming behind me, I thought it would be appropriate.


Different Styling

This tunic is what I call a “one-trick pony”, meaning I only have one way of styling it – with a pair of skinny pants or jeans. However, after looking at the lookbook from the boutique where I got the tunic, I saw a number of similar tunics paired with culottes, so I decided to give it a try. To my surprise, I quite like it – it has echoes of the traditional Vietnamese áo dài, which consists of a long tunic worn over a pair of wide-leg pants, but looks more modern. I guess I can call this tunic a two-trick pony now!


Blue Enamel

Confession time: I didn’t wear this outfit for SIA. I had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA, inspired by Van Gogh’s “Still Life with Blue Enamel Coffeepot, Earthenware and Fruit“, including this pair of mustard pants (another pair of wide-leg pants, I know, I know), my blue gingham shirt, and black heels. Alas, I didn’t get a chance to even wear the outfit, let alone to take photos of it, because I spent most of last week taking care of my dog, who got into a fight with a neighbor’s dog and was bitten pretty badly. Thankfully, the vet was able to stitch her up and she is stable and eating again, but it was quite a stressful couple of days.

So for this week’s SIA, I just looked through my existing outfit and picked the one that’s as close to the inspiration as I can get. I ended up choosing this one – just imagine my shoes are black and it’ll be perfect.

Here’s the poor silly thing, before she got hurt