Trying New Things

I’m still on Lunar New Year break, so this week and next week, I’m going to post a bunch of backlogged work outfits. This one consists of old pieces, but it actually features several new things for me – a new silhouette, a new way to layer (I’ve only ever layered turtlenecks under blazers, not sweaters), and a new way to wear these tall boots (there’s also another attempt at the half-tuck, but we won’t talk about that.) I’ve seen outfits with tall boots worn under wide-leg cropped pants and always wanted to try it. It looks OK, if I do say so myself; the only thing is that I don’t wear heels that often anymore, so these boots were absolutely killing me, but flat boots look weird with these pants. I guess I’m going to have to experiment a little bit more.

Cold Weather Uniform

This has been my uniform for the past few weeks now – actually, it is my uniform for the past few winters, in fact. It rarely gets colder for anything else than a long-sleeve top, a blazer, jeans, and ankle boots. Sometimes I would switch the blazer for a sweater and change the silhouette of the jeans (from skinny to boyfriend to wide-leg), or add a scarf or a brooch to liven things up, but otherwise, this is it. It does make getting dressed in the morning a little easier.

The Gray Jedi

It seems every time I go to see a Star Wars movie, I always wear black and red (well, this is more like gray and red). It’s unintentional, of course – my wardrobe simply has more colors of the Dark Side. Besides, what are the colors of the Light Side? White, yes, and… blue? Green? I’m not even sure.

Anyway, back to the movie – The Last Jedi. I gushed about The Force Awakens, but I have to say, I’m disappointed with the follow-up. It’s just… a mess. A bunch of storylines go nowhere, there is no character development to speak of, and with all the talks about how different it is from other Star Wars movies, it still looks and feels very familiar to me (it follows the same basic plot points as Empire Strikes Back, just like how The Force Awakens follows A New Hope). Oh, there are certainly a lot of cool moments, but they’re just that – moments, with no connection between them. The movie ends up being way less than the sum of its parts. I may see it again this week if I have time, but I don’t see my first impression changing.

Spring Transition

It was still chilly here during the last few weeks, but I’m getting tired of my winter wardrobe. So I tried to make it more spring-appropriate by adding some lighter pieces, like these pink sneakers. Not the most revolutionary idea in the world, I admit, but at least it’s something other than boots all the time. I must remember to find another background to take photos whenever I’m wearing them though. They’re almost the same color as our front yard so they never show up well in photos.

Funny story: I packed these sneakers for my Europe trip last summer, and when my friend in Amsterdam mentioned that people often wear pink for the Gay Pride Parade, I said I would wear as well. She howled with laughter when she saw my “pink” item – of course, they’re practically nude-colored and a far cry from the vivid shades of pink sported by the parade-goers. But by heck, they’re the only pink thing I own so I’d wear them to the Pride Parade if I wanted, and I did!

Top: Uniqlo, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: local shop, Sneakers: Johann Cruyff

Spring? What Spring?

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Don’t let my smiles fool you. I’m not feeling this outfit at all. Granted, it looked better in my head. I was thinking black stripes, tan, light-washed jeans, all classic items, right? But this looks awkward as hell. And the brooch is a total afterthought. I guess this in-between weather just got to me. For the entire month of March (and maybe even before that, I can’t remember), the sky has been the color of dirty cotton balls and it’s been drizzling or foggy most days. I appreciate the new leaves and the flowers, and I know I will complain when the sun arrives and it gets hot, but can we just get something else to break up the monotony here, please?

I envy those of you who get to have a real spring with sunshine and shit. All we get is fog, smog… and… uh, bugs.

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Top: local shop, Blazer: thrifted, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Brooch: vintage, Boots: Betts

Halloween In March

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Sorry for the late posting today. Usually I write my posts ahead of time and schedule them, but work has been so crazy lately that it completely slipped my mind. Also I haven’t had time to take outfit photos regularly or even think about putting together blog-worthy outfits, so expect posting to be spotty in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully as work slows down and the weather starts warming up, I can get back into it.

This outfit is from last week, when it was still pretty cold. I put the sweater out the previous night without thinking anything about it, but when I put it on in the morning, I realized it’s the perfect Halloween outfit – black, orange, stripes – so I added the cat brooch to keep with the Halloween theme. Halloween in Vietnam is never cold enough for me to wear something like this anyway, so I’m going to take the chance when I can.

(And yes, the boots are new. I’m in need of a pair of waterproof boots with a good grip, and it took me a while – as it is usual the case with me, I’m always looking for things at the end of the season when they’re no longer in stock – but finally I was able to find these. They’re probably the comfiest pair of boots I own and if it wasn’t getting warmer you’d see them a lot more on the blog.)

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Turtleneck & Brooch: local shops, Sweater: Target, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Clarks

When You Reach Me

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Here’s my outfit inspired by Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me. It’s definitely the best out of the three books I read last month, and also the easiest to translate into an outfit as well. The story takes place in the winter of 1978, so I chose my wide-leg jeans and striped turtleneck to mimic a 1970’s style. Then I topped it off with my herringbone jacket and this ceramic brooch, because… the pattern looks kind of mysterious and time-travel-y? I don’t know, I just like it. (And shut up, “time-travel-y” is totally a word.)

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Jeans: H&M, Turtleneck & Boots: local shops, Jacket: tailor, Brooch: vintage