Bug Fodder

mint dress black blazer black boots by 14 shades of grey

The weather is actually warm enough for bare legs now, but I’m not putting my boots away any time soon. This spring, the bugs in our garden seem hungrier than usual, and my ankles and calves are absolutely covered in bug bites. It’s… not pretty. So before those bites heal, it’s strictly pants and boots for me.

Anyway, today’s color for the Pantone challenge is hemlock. It looks kind of like a dusky mint to me, so this dress immediately comes to mind. It’s a hand-me-down from my sister, and I would love to be able to wear it more (it’s so twirly!) but I’m always stumped as to what color to pair it with, and often end up with black. Any ideas?

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Dress: hand-me-down, Blazer: thrifted, Boots: Journee, Brooch: vintage

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The Elephants In The Room

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When I saw that this sweater is embroidered with freaking elephants, I knew I gotta have it. The only problem is that it is a bit short (either that or my torso is too long). I was feeling unimaginative, so I copied the seller’s styling for this outfit. I’m going to try layering a button-up shirt underneath it if I want to wear it with pants. It may look a bit hipster, but I’m OK with that.

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elephant sweater by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: Zalora, Skirt: hand-me-down, Boots: Journee (via Amazon)


The Sound Of Her Wings

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When I pick a piece for Style Imitating Art, I usually have a specific piece of clothing in mind, something that I can use to recreate the painting. I don’t plan the whole outfit, because in the week from when I post the inspiration to the deadline, something always comes up – the weather turns colder or warmer, I have a better idea, an early submission gives me a better idea, etc. This time, though, I did have this entire outfit in mind when I picked the inspiration, the cover for SandmanĀ Volume 1, #8, “The Sound of her Wings“, and I wore it exactly. The coat is a no-brainer; the dress is a hand-me-down from my sister, the silhouette is not really my style, but it works – I really can’t imagine Death (Sandman‘s Death anyway) in a fit-and-flare dress, can you? The scarf and the brooch is to mimic the white and soft greenish blue of the cover, and of course the brooch can be an ivy leaf if you squint a bit. The only thing I wish I could recreate is the ankh… oh well, that would be too on-the-nose I guess.

Remember, you still have until tonight to send me your outfit, and come back again tomorrow for the full round-up post!

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black dress green coat white scarf by 14 shades of grey

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black dress green coat white scarf by 14 shades of grey

Dress: Esprit (hand-me-down), Coat: thrifted, Scarf: hand-me-down, Boots: Journee, Tights: Target, Brooch: vintage


Winter White

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As I was putting this together, I kept thinking that I needed a “pop of color” somewhere. So I tried some colored tights, different brooches and scarves, but nothing looked right, and in the end, I went back to my original idea. I realized that when there are already varied shades of black and white and grey in the outfit, any other color would just mess it up. I don’t know if this means my style is moving toward a simpler, more neutral direction, or I know how to edit my own style now. Maybe a bit of both.

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Sweater: New Look, Skirt: thrifted, Scarf: self-made, Leggings: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Journee, Brooch: Getty Center gift shop


Pink & Polka Dot

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When I first looked at this week’s SIA inspiration, I was like, Uh oh, what do I have in my closet that is pink and/or polka dot? Good thing I remembered this cardigan just in time – and it’s perfect. The rest of the outfit came together pretty quickly, but I have to confess: if it wasn’t for SIA, I never would’ve worn this combination. It’s just too much… pink for me, and I keep thinking of that episode of SpongeBob. You know, the one with the worm? No? OK. My brain is still pretty much mush after that last insane week, so I’m pretty much just babbling here. Anyway, at least I’m done with the first draft of the rewrite, and now I’m on to the much more frustrating phase of rewriting the rewrite. Oh joy.

I’m typing this as I watch the Golden Globes rerun (I missed the live airing this morning because of work) and… seven hells, what is Paula Patton wearing?! She looks like giant walking folded napkin!

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P/S: Don’t forget to check Animated Cardigan for other outfits inspired by Larry Poons‘ “Untitled”.

Cardigan: thrifted, Skirt & Tights: Forever21, Boots: Journee, Scarf: borrowed from my mom


Wild Skirt

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When I bought this skirt in Sa Pa, I figured I would wear it casually, and that’s about it. But there are certain advantages to working at a film school, and one of those is dress codes. You can pretty much wear anything you want as long as… well, as long as you’re comfortable with it. This lady in my department has been rocking some similar skirts lately, so I decided to wear mine too, except I’m not quite brave enough to wear it on a day when I have to teach. I’d like to appear a bit more professional with blazers and stuff when I face the students.

I also realize that whenever I wear this skirt, I’ve always matched to the orange in the pattern. You’d think a plain black or white top would work with it, but for some reason it doesn’t. Any other idea how to style this? It’s a fun piece and I’d like to wear it more often.

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embroidered skirt detail by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: Target, Skirt: Sa Pa, Boots: Journee, Brooch: vintage, Tights: old.


Orange Is The New Black

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So I didn’t dress up as Mako Mori for Halloween after all… because I don’t have anywhere to dress up for. Which is too bad, because I had the costume all worked out too – blue highlights, combat boots, black pants, t-shirt and jacket with a Pan-Pacific Defense Corps logo, clipboard, and a red shoe wrapped in handkerchief for good measure. Oh well, even if I did dress up as Mako and went to a party here, I doubt anybody would’ve recognized it. In Hanoi you can only find big Halloween events at night clubs and such, which is not my thing at all. I much prefer to hang out with a small group of friends, but it being a week day and I live so far away from everybody, it’s not going to happen.

In the end, I decided to celebrate Halloween in a lamer way with an orange + black outfit. And a double feature of Hotel Transylvania and ParaNorman later tonight.

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Shirt: thrifted, Cardigan: Target, Skirt: hand-me-down, Boots: Journee, Necklace: Venice gift shop