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!
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 dinner afterward.) I didn’t get a lot, only 4 books, but the 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. Take 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.
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?
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
I usually lay out my clothes the night before, because I like my sleep and don’t want to waste precious minutes of it thinking about what I’m going to wear in the morning. Of course, laying out clothes beforehand means losing sleep the night before. Sometimes I would agonize over my closet for hours the night before to figure out what to lay out for the next day, only to end up with a lackluster outfit that I don’t really like.
But sometimes, when the stars are aligned, an outfit would come together with almost no thoughts involved. I didn’t even have to lay out the clothes beforehand. I just thought, “Have I ever worn this with this? I don’t think so. OK then.” Is this the most stylish thing out there? Probably not, but it’s put-together, and if it means I can get an extra 15 minutes of sleep, all the better.
Top: Forever21, Jeans & Shoes: local shops, Watch: hand-me-down
I was going for a French look with this outfit, because in my literal mind, stripes = French. To be more accurate, I was trying to capture that effortlessness, something not too polished, not matched to within an inch of its life, but still undeniably chic, that “Je ne sais quoi” quality, you know? Something like this, basically (even her blog name, Lady Moriarty in Paris, is cool). I don’t know if I’ve succeeded, but I like it.
P/S: While I was Googling the phrase “Je ne sais quoi” to see its origin, I saw a question spelling it as “Jena se qua”. I wept.
Top: Forever21, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Necklace: local shop, Oxfords: Max Dorian
This is one of those outfits that definitely looked better in my head. I like the idea of pairing sneakers with a midi skirt, but the hem of this skirt hits me at a really unflattering place when I’m wearing flats, so it just makes my legs look extra-stumpy. I’ve been reluctant to hem it (it used to be my mom’s) because I like the length, but now I think it needs at least a couple of inches off the hem, so that it falls just below my knees. That way I can wear it with heels if I want to, but I can wear it with flats too.
Top: Forever21, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sneakers: Johan Cruyff, Necklace: local shop