Replacement

Of all the things I left back in LA when I moved home, the one that I think about the most (other than my books) is this plaid wool skirt, which I bought to dress up as Peggy from Mad Men one Halloween. It’s probably not going to fit me now and may be too heavy for our climate, but it is perfect for my style now (it goes to show that my style really has come full circle.) I’ve been searching for a replacement for a while, and although I’ve found a couple of brown plaid skirts (seen here and here), none of them is quite right – either it’s too short or the fabric is different. This one may be the closest in terms of length and fabric, but it’s still not perfect. But I think I should stop looking for that perfect one. I have enough skirts already, and it’s very unlikely that I would come across the exact piece (it’s only happened to be once, with this top.)


Garden Under Rain

I had a different outfit planned for this week’s SIA, inspired by Gauguin’s “Garden under Snow“, but we had some rain and the temperature dropped, giving me a chance to bring out some more winter-y clothes – this cardigan and these wool pants. The colors of the cardigan are a nod to the snowy background (so is the peek of blue of my socks), and Daenel mentioned that tweed may be a texture to bring out the sense of movement in the painting, so I thought these pants would do. All in all, I’m really happy with this outfit, even if it was a last-minute decision.

Don’t forget to check out Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!


Trek Cottage

This top is one of the few new pieces I bought this year. I got it from my favorite local boutique which specializes in embroidered linen clothes, and my sister actually convinced me to buy it by saying that it “looks like something out of Star Trek” (it must be the collar.) Now I don’t know which Star Trek she’s been watching, but it doesn’t look like any Trek uniform I know. If anything, it’s more like Star Trek meets cottagecore (hey, isn’t that Picard though?) Either way, it’s given me an idea to style this top, with the cropped pants and the boots. And the color of the pants is quite Trek-appropriate, I think (though apparently Kirk’s uniform is not mustard, it’s green!)


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?!