Blanked

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.

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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


Fake Suit

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know I have this thing about blacks and whites that don’t match, i.e. they drive me insane. I’m not sure if it’s something I picked up from reading Tom & Lorenzo, or if it’s just the way my brain works, or if it’s because I have a lot of black clothes but none of them match. So I was really excited when I found that my black blazer and my black pants are close enough that I could wear them together.

… Well, they kinda match. If you tilt your monitor at a certain angle.

Maybe I should just buy a suit and be done with it.

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Shirt: tailor, Blazer: Warehouse, Pants: thrifted, Shoes: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage


I’m A Shetland Pony

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I have a long torso and short legs. That’s a fact. I alone amĀ  keeping our local tailor in business (probably) with all the jeans and trousers alterations I’ve done over the years. These jeans are one of the few pairs I haven’t had to hem. I’ve made fun of my stumpy legs many times on the blog before, but now, with these jeans, I finally have proof. They look like normal skinny jeans, right? WRONG. When I tried them on, I was like, “Hooray! Finally found jeans that don’t puddle around my ankles!” Then I checked the tag. They’re actually slim-fitted cropped boyfriend jeans. Only on my Shetland pony legs can a pair of cropped boyfriend jeans look like normal skinny jeans :((

But hey, they’re one of the most comfortable pairs of jeans I’ve ever worn, so who cares.

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T-shirt: Asos, Blazer: Warehouse, Jeans: H&M, Heels & Brooch: local shops


Librarian Style

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I don’t know why, but I feel like a librarian in this outfit. Is it the combination of blazer and loafers? Maybe I was subconsciously influenced by my librarian blog friends. Or maybe it was this new blog I just discovered, Librarian Wardrobe. It’s like a street style blog, but with librarians! You can submit your outfits to the site (if you are a librarian, of course), and they also have weekly themes, like “Socks” or “Halloween”. It’s really fun. You should check it out whether you’re a librarian or not.

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Top & Jeans: Mango, Blazer: Warehouse, Loafers: Footglove, Necklace: local shop