All About The Shoes

These two oufits are very simple and feature the same pair of pants, so I decided to put them together in one post rather than giving them their own posts. Also, they’re both built around the shoes. I know it sounds like a total cliche, but shoes really are the item that will make or break the outfit for me. The wrong pair of shoes can ruin a carefully selected outfit, and on the other hand, I could be wearing the simplest outfit – like these – but a good pair of shoes would still make me feel put-together.

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Elephant Legs

Yup, another pair of wide-leg pants. I love the tan pair so much that I decided to get a second pair in navy. I love that the high-waist silhouette makes them look slightly vintage, while the paper-bag waist keeps them modern.

I fully admit that I copied this look, but in my defence, I came across the photo when I Googled “navy paperbag pants”, and it turns out to be the exact same pair, and I have other similar pieces (striped top & oxfords) so how could I not, right? I’m keeping the rest of the outfit simple to let the pants take the focus for now, but once I’m more comfortable with styling them, I’ll try more interesting pairings.


Fashion Outlaw

Somebody call the fashion police, I’m wearing black, navy and brown together! Breaking all the rules in this outfit! (It’s actually inspired by this outfit). Honestly though, I never understand that particular rule. Any colors can look good together as long as you get the combination and proportion right.

That being said, I do think that a navy-striped top would look better with this than black, but you can hardly tell, so it doesn’t really matter, right?


Artist’s Wear

This summer, I’ve been doing something a little different with my vacation time. Beside catching up on my freelance projects, I’ve also been taking an art class – watercolor, to be precise. And this is usually what I wear to class, complete with a giant bag to hold my palette, portfolio, and painting board. It’s a sitting-on-the-floor type of class, so I need something comfortable that allows me to cross my legs, hence the baggy pants. Also, even though watercolor is far less messy than oil paint, I still manage to get paint on myself, being the klutz that I am, so I pick a top where the paint won’t show.

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know I’ve dabbled in watercolor before, but I’ve never taken an actual class, so it’s been really fun. To be honest, it’s nothing I can’t learn from Youtube, but I need a class to give me the inspiration and motivation to paint everyday. I’m going to show you guys some of my paintings soon!


A Bookworm’s Problem

We finally had some rain after the scorching heat of last week. Though the rain isn’t as abundant as I’d like and makes the air quite muggy, at least it’s a relief not having to stay inside and have the air condition on all day.

I wore this a used book sale on Wednesday (it’s one of the things I miss about LA – the book sales at the local library every weekend and lunch at the diner afterward.) I didn’t get a lot, only 4 books, but then again, I’m seriously running out of shelf space. I read a lot of ebooks, which helps, but holding an actual book is still so much better, you know? I also try to implement a “one in, one out” rule with my bookshelves like I do with my closet, but it’s a lot harder. TakeĀ Harry Potter, for example – I have both the UK and the US editions, and I’m not giving up either of them. They just look so lovely together.


Japanese Inspired

The weather is warming up again (for the last time this season, I hope), so here are two simple looks. As the post title says, these are both inspired by Japanese street style – not any outfit in particular, but by several style blogs that I’ve been following. I used to be drawn to the classic silhouettes, bright colors, and all the patterns of vintage style (1940’s – 1950’s, to be exact), but now, while I still like looking at them, I don’t really want to wear them anymore. Instead, I prefer minimalism and more relaxed silhouettes, which is almost the exact opposite of vintage style. It’s funny how that changes, right?


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