I take a lot of my style inspiration from TV. Mad Men, Jessica Jones, Legion, and now, Stranger Things. I love the show, but because it’s set in the 80’s, there aren’t a lot of inspiration for real-life outfits (unless you’re talking about very loose interpretations)… until episode 7 of season 2, that is. Yes, that infamous “worst episode of Stranger Things” that everybody was complaining about also gives us another iconic Eleven look, except one that can be much more easily translated into real life than her look from season 1. I’m predicting that we’re going to see a lot more couple costumes of the two Elevens in next year’s Halloween (there weren’t a lot of those this year because season 2 was released so close to Halloween, I think.)

I’m missing the black eyeliner, of course, but again, this is an “inspired by” outfit, not a cosplay.

P/S: I apologize if the post doesn’t make a lot of sense to those of you that don’t watch Stranger Things. Also, what are you waiting for?


Kuroki Neko

This outfit came together very quickly for me. I took one look at the inspiration painting, “Black Cat” by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso, and though, “Yellow, black, and gray. Done.” If it were colder I would’ve worn a gray sweater underneath the black blazer to mimic the texture of the tree trunk, but for now this T-shirt would do.

What actually took a long time is deciding which of my cat brooches to wear. In the end, I opted for this instead of the wooden one, for a bit of sparkle. I figured the outfit was minimalist enough, so it needed some actual bling to stand out.

Don’t forget, you still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits. There are some pretty cool ones already, so this should be a fun round-up!

Monday Casual

Usually I don’t put a close-up first in a post, but is this the perfect Monday shirt or what? (I’m posting it on Wednesday, but I wore this on Monday.) The only downside is that I can only wear it Monday. And maybe late Sunday. Any other day and it would be like wearing a Christmas sweater in January.

Full disclosure: I actually got this shirt from the kid’s section of H&M while shopping for my niece. But it was on sale, it fits, and besides, the graphic is more suitable for an adult, right? Kids have no concept of Monday blues, do they? Or maybe they do now, I don’t know. They have pretty stressful lives these days, compared to when I was a kid.


I just want to let you guys know that posting will be a bit sporadic from now until the end of May. I will try to stick to a Monday – Wednesday – Friday schedule. It’s finals time, which is always busy, plus this year I’m the thesis advisor for three graduating students on top of my usual classes, so I’ve got extra work to do. Yay.

Looking back at my archive, I realize I could always tell when my schedule was crazy, because that’s when my outfits start to lose colors and patterns – I think my brain can only handle so much. I’m afraid the next few outfits are going to be just as colorless and patternless as this one.

Another housekeeping thing: I’m going to do away with the “naming the brand” thing at the end of the post where I list each item in my outfit and what brand it’s from. There is no link and I’m not making any money from the blog, so who cares, right? If you guys want to know where a particular item is from, you can always shoot me a question in the comment.

What’s A Weekend?

I haven’t had a weekend break for 3 weeks now. Two weeks ago I was accompanying the Singaporean student to Mai Chau, and after that, we had to prepare for a group of officials coming to examine our school. Sort of like audits, but they were examining every aspect of the school. The good thing is that we’re a liberal arts school, so a lot of questions could be answered with “That’s how we do things around here”, but still, it was understandably stressful and my co-workers and I had to come in over the past weekends to make sure our paperwork was in order. Thank the gods that it was over by Wednesday, so I can finally catch up on my errands and freelance work.

Anyway, given the crazy schedule, this is what I managed to put together – I’m sorry that I’ve been using the “busy” excuse so much, but that’s because it’s true.

Top: Forever21, Blazer: Warehouse, Jeans: H&M, Loafers: Footglove, Brooch: vintage

Day To Night

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I wore this last Friday, when I had a full day of teaching and went to the theater at night – my co-workers got free tickets to a theater festival in Hanoi, so I thought it would be fun to check it out. I wanted to dress up a bit for the theater, but not too much, because I knew I would have to be in the clothes for 10+ hours. In the end I decided on something simple, comfy, but put-together enough that you could wear on a night out.

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T-shirt: Banana Republic, Blazer: Warehouse, Pants: thrifted, Shoes: local shop, Brooch: gift (an interesting story behind this brooch – it was made from a piece of rubble from an old museum in Greifswald and sold as souvenir after the building was renovated. My sister just went there for a business trip and bought it for me.)

Menswear? Check! Baseball? Not So Much…

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This week’s SIA, inspired by a vintage Chicago Cubs scorecard, is a bit tricky for me. I know I wouldn’t be able to mimic the colors of the scorecard itself. I could use baseball as an inspiration, but I don’t have my baseball T-shirt anymore. It mentions menswear on the scorecard (as a sort of advertisement/sponsor, I’m guessing), which I could use as a jumping off point, but I wouldn’t be able to mimic the nattily-dressed man in the ad either (a boater hat in this weather? No.)

In the end, I decided on an extremely loose interpretation with a menswear-inspired outfit. My blazer, button-up shirt, boyfriend jeans, oxfords, and lapel pin are all classic menswear pieces, and I managed to add a nod to the inspiration with my striped scarf – to mimic the man’s striped socks. Good thing I remembered it at the last minute, but it also means that the scarf was super wrinkled. Sorry!

So yeah, a loose interpretation, but I quite like it. Now I’m looking forward to tomorrow to see how others interpret this. Remember to stop by Erin’s blog to check it out!

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Blazer: Warehouse, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Shirt: local shop, Scarf: hand-me-down, Pin: Forever21, Oxfords: Vagabond