Sandal Time

We’re having our first heat wave of the year, and normally I would grumble about how hot it is, but this year, I’m actually excited as the weather warms up because it means I could bring out my warm-weather clothes. Winter wasn’t particularly long or even particularly cold this year, but for some reason, I was getting tired of my winter wardrobe a lot earlier than usual.

Of course, it helps that I got a new pair of sandals. They fit the “black sandals” hole in my closet; they have wedge heels so they can be dressed up while still being comfy, and they go with everything. I say that’s a winner. Also, they kept my outfit simple and monochromatic – between the lace texture of the tee and the print on the skirt, the outfit is busy enough.

T-shirt: Banana Republic, Skirt: Mango, Sandals: Aldo


Just Right

Last time I wore these pants, they made me feel French, and this time, my outfit feels vaguely Japanese. It’s probably because it was inspired by this blog of a Japanese stylist, or because of the minimalist styling. I did put on a necklace but I took it off before taking pictures. The outfit doesn’t need it. It’s just right the way it is – simple and to the point. Just like this post 🙂

Top: Earth Music & Ecology, Pants: local shop, Flats: Vagabond


Tattooed Cats

One of the things I love about SIA is that it inspires me to put together outfits that I’d never come up with otherwise. Takes this outfit, for example – I would never decide to pair these particular items together, but now that I did, I was quite happy with it. It has a vaguely 80’s feel (I think it’s the combination of the high-waisted pants and the shoulder pads on my jacket), but I like it. And of course, it’s perfect for this week’s SIA, inspired by the Monmon Cats painting of Kuazaki Horitomo.

I wanted to get my cats in the photos – they happen to look quite similar to the two cats in the painting, one is a tabby and the other a tortoiseshell – but when I took these photos, they were having breakfast so I didn’t want to interrupt them. At least the cat on my jacket is not running anywhere 🙂

The full round-up will be posted tomorrow, so remember to drop by!

Top: Mango, Pants: Topshop, Jacket: tailor, Heels: Zara, Brooch: local shop


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


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


Gray Outfit For A Gray Day

The weather is depressing (gray, foggy, chilly), I’m super busy (reading scripts, editing my translation of The Atlantis Gene – at least I’m finally done with that piece of crap, supervising the thesis scripts of three students), so it’s the best that I can put together. The bicycle brooch looks kinda sad but I didn’t care enough to change it. I know if this is a fashion blog, there would be an advice to add “a red lip” (gods, I hate the way these blogs use singular forms for nouns that are supposed to be plural, like “a red lip” or “a nude shoe”) or some “pop of color” to liven up the outfit, but I don’t wear lipstick and this is not a fashion blog anyway, so who cares, right?

Man am I cranky today.

Shirt, Sweater & Jeans: local shops, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: vintage


Discourse On Turtlenecks

Ever since Kezzie mentioned that a turtleneck always makes her think of Armie Hammer’s character in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I haven’t been able to get that out of my head. Of course, I’m not trying to channel him with this outfit – due to the blazer, it is less “Russian spy with an anger management issue” and more “aging philosophy professor trying to look cool” – but I think the turtleneck does give the outfit a European flare. And because of that, I decided to give the post a pretentious title.

Yes, I do spend time thinking up bizarrely specific descriptions for my outfits. What, you guys don’t?

Turtleneck: Uniqlo, Jeans & Boots: local shops, Blazer: hand-me-down, Brooch: vintage