Black And Brown

Animal prints are having a bit of a moment, aren’t they? I remember when I first started the blog (oh gods was it really eight years ago?!), animals prints were everywhere, but they were often on accessories like shoes, belts, and bags. The current trend seems to be animal prints on actual clothes, which to be honest, I find a little much.

Still, when I saw this pin, I thought it’s a good interpretation of the trend without being too much (it helps that it’s a skirt and not a blouse.) I don’t have a leopard-print skirt, but I do have a brown-and-black print skirt. However, when I put the outfit together, I had a brain fart moment. I completely forgot about my brown sandals and wore my black loafers instead. To be fair, though, I’ve worn those sandals a lot lately, so maybe it’s good to give them a break.

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To Tuck Or Not To Tuck

I don’t know about this outfit, you guys. It’s another embroidered top I got from the annual sale of my local boutique, and I’m a sucker for anything botanical (the embroidery on this particular top is cilantro flowers and seed pods), so I’m excited to wear it, but when I received the top, it turns out to be more cropped than I expected. You’d think that crop tops would work on a long torso like mine, but not always.  When I wore the top untucked, it looked sloppy, and when I tried the French tuck, it didn’t look quite right either. It’s frustrating, isn’t it, when you’re looking forward to wearing a new item and then it turns into a struggle? Maybe it’s the pants. I’ll try pairing it with a different pair next time and see how that works.


New Color Combo

As I’m reintroducing colors into my wardrobe (actually, I’m re-reintroducing them, having gone full circle “introducing colors – back to neutrals – introducing colors again” since I started the blog), I’m discovering some new color combinations that I haven’t thought of before. When I first started the blog, I might try bright, even eye-searing combinations like red and green, teal and purple, or yellow and fuchsia (ye gods!) but now, my combinations are a little more pleasant, if I do say so myself. Like this gray blouse and mustard culottes, for example. I just thought I’d try pairing them together because of the yellow buttons on the blouse, but they turn out to go quite well together, don’t they?


Floral Pocket

When I saw this week’s inspiration for SIA, a floral embroidered pocket from the 18th century, I knew I was going to wear my embroidered blouse. What to pair with it is another matter though. At first, I wanted to pick out some colors from the embroidery, but I’d already wear this blouse with my green pants (and for SIA too). In the end, I decided to go the easy route and wear my black pants because of the black background. It wasn’t until I uploaded these photos that I remembered my yellow culottes – which would look interesting as well. But never mind. I wore this to my second proctoring session, and yellow pants might be too distracting for the students. Black is a better choice.

Don’t forget to drop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this fun piece!


One Bottom, Two Tops

Thanks everyone for your kind words about my dog. She’s doing well now. Luckily, she only got flesh wounds, and in Vietnam we have a saying that goes “A dog heals its skin, a chicken heals its bones”, which means dog’s skin and chicken’s bones are easy to heal, so it looks like she’s on her way to a full recovery.

I have two casual outfits today. The semester is officially over for the students, but there are still papers to read and grades to turn in, so I opted for something easy and breathable. I didn’t realize it until I put the two of them together, but they are actually inspired by Keira Knightley’s outfits in Begin Again, specifically these two. I’ve been getting inspirations for my summer wardrobe from that movie since I first saw it – it’s one of the few movies with realistic costumes that I can actually recreate, and it helps that her character’s style is pretty timeless too.


The Great A’Tuin

The outfit is nothing to write home about – it’s all about the brooch here. I haven’t bought a new brooch in a while, but when I saw this turtle brooch, I knew I had to buy it because it reminds me of the Great A’Tuin in the Discworld book (of course, it’s missing the four elephants and the Discworld itself on its back). It’s terribly nerdy of me, I know.

Speaking of Terry Pratchett, I finally finished the Good Omens mini series last week (I was too busy to binge it the day it came out.) It’s good, but… I don’t know, not as great as I’d hoped. I never thought I’d say this, but I think the problem is that it follows the book too closely.  Book and film are two different media, so a moment in the book may not have the same impact when it is recreated exactly on the screen. And the voiceover narration (most of which is lifted verbatim from the book) doesn’t add anything to it either – there were moments when I wished I could turn the voiceover off and concentrated on the actions. I guess it comes down to the age-old problem of adaptations: the book is always better.


Cool As A Cucumber

After an overenthusiastic cold snap earlier in the month, the weather has turned warm, so my straggler outfits (yes, I’m still posting them) suddenly make sense again. Thankfully, now “warm” really means “warm” and not “scorching hot”, and with an outfit like this – linen pants and shirt – you may actually be a bit cold in the morning and at night. But I’m committed to posting all of these leftover outfits (I’m nearly caught up now), so here we are.

P/S: I’m rubbish at thinking up post titles, and given how I’m talking about cold weather and wearing green pants in this post, this is the only phrase I could come up with. Maybe I should just give up thinking of snappy post titles and just go with something simple and to the point, like “White button-up shirt & green linen pants”.