Flower Embroidery

I just got this new top and pants (along with the dress I wore for SIA, and the same-fabric top) in an end-of-summer sale. I saw them on the mannequin together and decided to get both. As a rule, I try to avoid copying exactly the store’s lookbook or catalogue when styling my outfits – I don’t know why, I guess I’m influenced by Tom and Lorenzo’s aversion to “copying the runway” – but these two go so well with each other that I didn’t mind.

P/S: Don’t let the sun in this set of photos fool you, it’s actually been raining non-stop here for the last three days – these were taken last week.

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Go Fish

Our house was under renovation when I took these photos. My usual location (the front yard) was taken over by a pile of sand and a cement mixer, hence the new location (the side yard). It’s actually easier to set focus here thanks to the branches and bushes on the sides of the path, so maybe I’ll take photos here more often.

Anyway, this is a simple and not very blog-worthy outfit, but I’d like to post it anyway to give this blouse some spotlight. It’s so fun and I wear it a lot, but it rarely gets featured on the blog because I always pair it with basic pieces – I don’t want any color or accessory to clash with the print. Do you guys have any suggestion?


School’s Out

Now that school’s out for the summer (isn’t that an Alice Cooper song?) and I don’t have to meet students every day, my work clothes can be a lot more relaxed, and more relaxing, too. Not that my work clothes are ever formal or business-like (one of the things I love about working at a film school), but I always try dressing a bit more professionally whenever I have to teach – blouses and skirts and heels instead of T-shirts and flats, for example. But as these are the last days of the semester, I can afford to be a little more comfortable.

These pants are quickly becoming my go-to for the summer. They’re ridiculously comfy, they go with everything, and apparently, linen is a big trend this summer, so they’re an all-around winner. Same goes for these loafers. The pointed toes make them more dressy than your average flats, but they still retain all the comfort. I’m finding it increasingly harder to wear heels. Just one day in heels and my knees would be killing me. Maybe I’m getting old.


Grumpy Bird

This outfit is not very blog-worthy, I know – I tried making it more interesting with the half-tuck, but I can’t do “trendy” touches like that; they just look sloppy on me. No, the real interest of the outfit is my brooch. It’s a present from my sister, and normally I don’t wear brooches with button-up shirts (except for maybe the ocassional small pin on the collar), but I had to wear it this time because the bird’s expression matches my mood so well. Just look how grumpy it is!

I’m grumpy too, because even though May is over, I’m still not done with school – next week I have to sit in on the thesis committee for the screenwriting students. Well, at least I’m not on the receiving end. I may have finished grad school 7 years ago (gods, has it really been that long?!) but I can still remember how nerve-wrecking those meetings can be.


Button Up, Button Down

Quiz time: what do you call this shirt? A button-up, button-down, or oxford shirt? I always call it a button-up, and apparently, there is a difference between a button-up and a button-down – a button-down is one with two buttons on the collar, holding it down, and usually those are only featured on men’s shirts. Interestingly enough, in Vietnam this type of shirt is translated literally to “German-collar shirt”. I don’t know why. I believe this turned-down collar is invented by a French tailor, so I have no idea what German has to do with it, but that’s language for you. And this is the point where I’ve typed the word “collar” so many times that it’s lost all meaning.

Anyway, I actually bought these two things together and even tried them on together at the store, but I didn’t think about pairing them until now. I thought the two rows of buttons would be too much, but they actually go quite well together, right?


Floral And Pottery

I had a different outfit planned for this week’s SIA. See, when I saw the cherry blossoms and the criss-crossing on the inspiration piece, a Japanese Nabeshima dish, I’d decided to wear my white embroidered cardigan and navy gingham shirt, with light-blue jeans. Unfortunately, the weather warmed up unexpectedly and completely upended my plan. So in the end I picked another embroidered piece – this blouse – and navy culottes (they’re supposed to be culottes, but on my short legs, they look more like simple wide-leg pants. Which is just as well, because culottes are really unflattering on me) to represent the blue elements of the dish. Not the outfit I’d imagine, but I still liked it, both as an outfit and an interpretation of this week’s inspiration.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. Otherwise, see you in the round-up post on Wednesday!