Something Fishy

A couple of weeks ago, while cleaning out my mom’s closet, I commandeered a bunch of her old blouses – my mom used to be quite the fashionista back in the day, but now she’s retired, so she doesn’t wear them anymore. A lot of her things are out of style (though you never know when they may be back in style again), but some are classic enough or basic enough that I could still wear today.

This blouse, however, isn’t one of those cases (I can’t imagine when a fish-printed blouse would be called “classic” or “basic”). Still, it’s made of silk, and the print looks fun, so I thought I’d give it a try. I expected it to be difficult to style because of the print and the pyjama-ish silhouette, so I kept the rest of the outfit simple, but it turned out quite well, didn’t it? Plus, it’s so nice and comfy. I’m hoping to wear it a lot more this summer.

Top: hand-me-down, Jeans: H&M, Sandals: Clarks

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Miss Hokusai

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Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Hokusai’s iconic “The Great Wave off Kanagawa“. The skirt and sandals are my first choices, since the soft pleats are a perfect echo of the waves in the print, and the sandals mimic the boats. I thought about pairing my polka dot chambray shirt with it for a different shade of blue, and also to mimic the dotted sprays, but then I opted for this hand-me-down white shirt from my sister and my polka dot scarf instead (and the scarf is not just a pointless accessory either – I’ve been coughing for like two weeks now, and the constant rain doesn’t help, so a scarf keeps my neck nice and warm.)

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the round-up!

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Shirt: Zara, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Scarf: hand-me-down, Sandals: Clarks

P/S: By a fun coincidence, the week we’re featuring Hokusai’s most famous print also saw the release of the trailer for “Miss Hokusai”, an upcoming animated feature about Hokusai’s daughter, who was also a painter:

Looks great, doesn’t it?


The Home Coming

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I actually had a much more casual outfit planned for this week’s SIA, inspired by Bertha Lum’s woodblock print “The Home Coming“. However, I’m beginning to feel a little tired of looking so schlubby all the time as the summer drags on, so when I had an end-of-the-year staff meeting at school, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to dress up a bit. I went with this skirt (yes, I’ve worn it for SIA twice in a row now) and the shirt to mimic the strong lines and soft colors of the print, and the sandals echo the curves of the bridge.

Don’t forget to drop by Jen’s blog on Wednesday to see the full round-up of outfits inspired by this artwork!

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Top: Mango, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sandals: Clarks


Lily, Daisy, Tulip, Nasturtium

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It was almost too easy, putting together an outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by John Singer Sargent’s “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose“. I knew I would wear this skirt because the print is too perfect (even though it doesn’t have carnations or roses.) For the top, I chose my lace t-shirt to mimic the girls’ dresses and the texture of the paper lanterns. I guess I could’ve worn black shoes to mimic their black stockings too, but I think my beige sandals are a better choice, style-wise.

There’s still time to send me your outfit if you want to participate, and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for the full round-up!

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Top: Banana Republic, Skirt: vintage, Sandals: Clarks


Weekly Capsule 35.3: Style Voodoo

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Since my last complaint about the lack of rain, we’ve had a couple of thunderstorms, but they’re still not the kind of rain we should be getting at this time of the year. These storms pass by too quickly to bring down the temperature. I know, I know, if it rained more than one day, I’d complain about the nonstop rain too, but seriously, this weather is starting to worry me. I’m certainly not looking forward to a drought.

Anyway, this outfit may have been subconsciously influenced by my wish for rain. It would be great if the blue print on my shirt and the watering can brooch could work some sort of voodoo on the weather to cool it down.

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Shirt: local shop, Skirt: thrifted, Sandals: Clarks, Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 35.2: Nonsoon

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It’s supposed to be monsoon season (see what I did with the title?) here in Hanoi but the rain has been few and far between. It just alternates between scorching sun and steamy mugginess, so the best outfit for days like these is a breathable shirt with comfy jeans and sandals. Actually, the best outfit is pajama bottom and an oversize T-shirt, but I have to teach so this would have to do.

Fall cannot come soon enough, I’m telling you. No, scratch that, I would take winter over this. Because fall for us is just a 10-day prelude to winter anyway.

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Top: Mango, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Sandals: Clarks, Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 31.1: That ’70s Show

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This blouse/tunic thing is one of the pieces in my closet that gets worn a lot more than what is shown on the blog. The main reason is, of course, I style it almost the same way every time I wear it – with skinny jeans and flats, and minimal or no accessory at all because the embroidery is busy enough – so there’s not much point in taking photos. This time, I tried to do something different with a ’70s-inspired look. I’m not sure if I succeeded. I think the blouse needs to be shorter and the jeans need to be flares instead of wide-leg for a true ’70s outfit, and the whole thing is way too baggy for my liking.

Do you guys have any suggestions? If not, say goodbye to this blouse because I’ve ran out of way to style it and you’re not likely to see it on the blog much again.

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Tunic & Cuff: local shops, Jeans: Old Navy, Sandals: Clarks