It’s the last of my backlogged outfits, hurrah! Unfortunately, it also means we’re also saying goodbye to winter… for a long, long time. Summer is really here, and while this year I’m actually looking forward to summer thanks to my new style resolutions, I’m still not keen on the heat and the humidity.
As for this outfit, I’m still trying out these black cropped jeans. It’s funny, they’re much more basic than my wide-leg paperbag pants, but for some reasons, I’m having a much harder time styling these. I kept going back to simple, monochromatic looks. I actually wore red shoes with this outfit at first, but I switched them to black because the red was so focus-pulling. But my black pumps didn’t go either, and it was only when I wore this pair to balance out the jacket that I felt the outfit was just right.
When I saw the inspiration for this week’s SIA – the woodcut lace design by Isabella Parasole – I immediately thought about my lace tights. Once I had the lace element down, the rest of the outfit came together pretty quickly – black tights layered underneath and a dark gray dress to make the white lace really pop, just like in the print, and a silver brooch and cut-out heels to mimic the intricacy of the lace.
I wore this last week, for my last day at work before the break (I still have a few work outfits left to post), back when it was still cold enough to wear two pairs of tights. Now the sun is back, which is good, but I could never get used to the Lunar New Year without a bit of drizzling rain.
Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog tomorrow for the full round-ups of all the outfits inspired by this work of art!
Dress: tailor, Tights: Target & Forever21 (I think?), Shoes: hand-me-down, Brooch: Dutch flea market
Lately, I’ve noticed that my productivity has gone down, and I haven’t able to concentrate on my work as well as I did – I used to be able to finish reading and commenting on a 110-page screenplay in about three hours, sometimes even less if it’s written well, but now it takes me four hours or sometimes even longer. Then I realize, it’s taking me so long because whenever I get bored (which is often) I would go check Tumblr or Instagram or Facebook or a gazillion other online distractions, and before I know it, an hour has passed. Like the other day, for example, I had to read this historical script, so I went on Wikipedia to check some facts, and ended up reading about the entire history of the Hapsburg (the script wasn’t about the Hapsburg, by the way.) Educational, yes, but not exactly productive.
So I’ve made a decision. From now on, whenever I sit down to read or write or translate, there will be no distraction. The Internet will be off, and the only music playing will be movie soundtrack (Pacific Rim is my favorite, it gives me so much energy.) Already I’ve seen an improvement. Hopefully after a while I can learn how to stay focused again.
T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jacket: tailor, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Shoes: Tamaris, Scarf: hand-me-down
Here are my looks this week – I guess the theme is dark + floral, which is pretty good for transitioning into spring. Also, boyfriend jeans FTW:
I actually wore this last weekend to go a concert with my mom at the Hanoi Opera House. I don’t have that many occasions to dress up for, but when I do, this is my go-to “special occasion” dress – it’s really easy to style, and it looks more put together than everything else I had. (Although, if I’m being really honest, another reason I automatically reach for it whenever the word “fancy” comes up is because it’s one of the few things in my closet that I paid full price for, and I’ve only worn it, like, four or five time since, so I’d like to get my money’s worth :p)
Anyway, the concert was fun. It was to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Vietnam joining La Francophonie, so there was a nice mix of Vietnamese and French music (Clair de Lune played on Vietnamese traditional instruments and Vietnamese folk songs sung by a French choir, that kind of thing.) It was too bad that they didn’t allow DLSR inside the Opera House, because the architecture is gorgeous. I had to make do with these crappy phone photos instead.
Dress: Zara, Cardigan: Target, Shoes: Tamaris (hand-me-down), Brooch: vintage
I’d put together an entirely different outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by the “Spring” stained glass window designed by John La Farge, using this navy floral dress with my white button-up shirt layered underneath. However, when I put it on, it doesn’t feel very me at all – the old me, about two years ago, wouldn’t think twice about it, but now it seems too fussy, too schoolgirl. So I tried something else, and put that dress away for my niece when she’s older. Really, I’m too grown-up for it now.
That has been my challenge with SIA lately – with the more intricate inspiration pieces, I always struggle to find an outfit that both mimics the painting and still stays true to my new, more minimalist style. In the end, this is what I came up with – the floral tunic and the shoes are to reflect the stained glass, and there is a bit of blue in it as well, hence the jeans (a truer blue may be more accurate, but I prefer the relaxed fit of the boyfriend jeans with the tunic), and I added the necklace for the wings. The end result may not be as close as I’d like, but it’s something I’m happy to wear, and that’s more important.
Don’t forget to check out Jess’ blog for more interpretations of this gorgeous stained glass window!
Tunic: Handmade, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Shoes: Tamaris (hand-me-down), Necklace: self-made
I was feeling uninspired today, so I decided to do another “do-over” post by going through my archives to find an outfit I’m not happy with and redoing it. This time I picked this outfit, which, as usual, has some messed-up proportion. The blouse has kind of a peplum, and it starts about 4 inches above my actual waist, so it makes me looks really short-waisted (quite a feat, considering my long torso!), and the rolled jeans and flats don’t help either. I’ve paired this top with wide-leg jeans before and it looked OK, so this time I wanted to see if I could pair it with something else. I kept the bottom silhouette fitted, only with a pencil skirt instead of skinny jeans. The shoes I’m not so sure about, but I like that they add a bit of an edge to the outfit and keep it from being too “office-y”.
I don’t know if it’s much of an improvement (I’m thinking about putting this blouse into my “donate” pile anyway), but at least it looks more interesting, right?
Blouse: Target, Skirt: Forever21, Heels: hand-me-down
I don’t have to go back to work yet, but there is a New Year office party that I can’t get out of, so this is what I wore. It’s still skewed a bit young-looking, I think. A dress would be better, but I was too lazy to figure out what to layer with a dress. I guess I got a bit rusty after 10 days in nothing but baggy sweaters and old jeans.
Honestly though, I think I’m going through another winter style rut (even though winter is barely here at all). So far this season I’ve mostly worn three to four pieces each of tops, bottoms, and shoes. It’s not like I don’t have anything else, but I always reach for those pieces because styling them doesn’t require a lot of thinking. I may have to do a remix challenge to rediscover the rest of my closet.
Sweater: Atmosphere, Skirt & Heels: hand-me-down, Tights: Target, Belt: thrifted