Ladybird

It’s April Fools, but I think the time we’re living in is a massive joke already so there’s no need to dwell on that, right? Anyway, this was my last proper “work outfit” before I started working from home. It’s simple, so I added some interest with my ladybird pin.

And because there is nothing else in the outfit to talk about: I finally got around to watching Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women (I was reminded of it because, of course, Lady Bird is also a Greta Gerwig movie starring Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chamalet.) Maybe I’m partial to the 1994 version with Winona Ryder and Christian Bale (even the 1949 version with June Allyson and Peter Lawford isn’t bad), but I found this version kind of… boring. I appreciate the attempt to make Laurie + Amy make sense, but I’m still not entirely convinced (I’m a steadfast Laurie + Jo shipper), and I think the non-linear structure robs the story of its emotional impact. Plus I absolutely hate the costume design (just because the Marches are poor doesn’t mean they have to be dressed like a bunch of ragamuffins and running around with their hair down and their pants showing.)


Wedding Guest

I haven’t been to a lot of weddings since I moved home from LA – most of my high school and college friends were married by then – but one of my co-workers got married earlier this month, so I finally had an excuse to dress up a bit.

Wedding season in Vietnam is usually from late November to mid-March – it has the best weather (summer is just too damn hot and humid), and since our Lunar New Year falls around January and February, it’s when most families have food stocked up, which in the old days made it easier to hold a wedding feast. Some weddings may take place in the dead of winter, when it’s too cold to dress up (like my sister’s – she got married around Christmas), but lucky for me, this early spring wedding was the perfect time to bring out my dressier pieces – like this belt and these shoes.


It’s Easier With Hoover

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by the French poster for Hoover vacuum cleaners. I’ve known right away that I’d wear these pants – they’re not bright orange like in the poster, but they’re the closest I have. The blue striped shirt and navy loafers are also easy choices, to mimic the touches of blue and navy in the poster. The green and yellow bits took me some thinking, but then I remembered this green scarf with yellow and orange print – perfect!

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this poster.


Channeling Steve Jobs… Or Not

Hello outfit post! It seems like forever since I posted one of these, doesn’t it? Between the Lunar New Year and the traveling, I haven’t taken any outfit photos for a while, so here’s a backlogged one all the way from January. I was trying to recreate this outfit, but I think I need a more loose-fitting button-up and trench coat (and my coat needs a good press. I steamed it before leaving the house, but it didn’t seem to do much good.)

Also, do you realize how easily a black turtleneck and faded blue jeans can conjure up the image of Steve Jobs? Before I put on the button-up, I was wandering around the house in just the turtleneck and jeans, and when I caught my reflection in the mirror, I thought the outfit looked really familiar. It wasn’t until later that I realized it was Steve Jobs’s signature look :))


Heart And Rainbow

Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration, the tapestry “Damunt de tu nom├ęs les flors” by Spanish textile artist, Carles Delclaux Is. At first, the colors really stumped me, until I remembered my maroon jeans – though it is more red/brown than purple, it is OK for the background of the tapestry. The exuberant patterns are also a challenge, but by a stroke of luck, I just bought this rainbow-colored neck buff, which is perfect (it also works as a beanie.) To top it off, I added my heart brooch to reflect the heart motif. It doesn’t go that well with the rest of the outfit, but it goes well with the tapestry, so I’m happy.

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece of textile art!


Uniform Variant

So here’s a variation on my “cold weather uniform” – it still consists of a turtleneck, jeans, blazer, and boots, but because we just had a cold snap, the turtleneck is a sweater and the boots are taller. I wasn’t happy with the blazer – I should’ve gone with an actual jacket – but it gets the job done. And because of the boots, which are kind of equestrian to me, I had to add my Western brooch.

I just realized that I tend to go seasonal with not just my clothes but my jewelry as well. Take this brooch, for example – I almost never wear in during the warmer month (mostly because it’s too heavy for my summer clothes, but also something about the Western theme makes me only want to pair it with jeans and boots.) In the fall, I’d wear my leaf brooches, and I’d wear my flower brooches more often during spring and summer. I guess it makes sense to me because most of my brooches usually have clear “themes” to them, but does anyone else do this?


Cookie Monster

Don’t let the sunshine fool you, it’s colder than it looks. Which is why I decided to bring out this jacket, which I dubbed my “Cookie Monster” jacket due to its navy fleece material. I bought it earlier this season, but it’s a little casual for my work clothes (I wore this to a book fair last weekend) so it hasn’t made its appearance on the blog yet. I wish there were some ways to dress it up, because it’s really warm and comfy and I want to wear it more, but I don’t want to be mistaken for a student again. Any ideas?