B.I.M.

No, not BMI (Body Mass Index), but rather BIM – Big Important Meeting. Yes, I just came up with that acronym. I had a Big Important Meeting at work, meaning I had to dress a bit more “seriously”. Usually, I would just throw a blazer on and call it a day, but it’s still too hot for that, so here’s the best I could do – summer business casual. Of course, I couldn’t let go of my usual touches altogether, so I added a brooch too.

Bonus – here’s my dog, having fully recovered from her ordeal earlier in the summer. You can’t even see the scar underneath her fur!

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Stripey Sense

Summer vacation is ending, so here are the last few casual outfits before school starts again. I wore this to see Spider-Man: Far from Home last week (hence the title, it’s a terrible pun on “Spidey-sense”, see?) Yes, yes, I know, another pair of culottes, but these are so comfy and I just can’t get enough of them.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the movie, which did a great job of exploring the MCU post-Endgame. However, a friend then pointed out that in both MCU Spider-Man movies, the villains are just normal people whose lives were ruined by the Avengers (or more specifically Iron Man, in the case of Far from Home). It makes them more compelling and it makes sense for the scope of these movies, but it’s kind of messed up that the “little guys” are portrayed as the bad guys. I know the idea of superheroes being accountable for their actions has been touched upon in Civil War, but I still want the MCU to really address it. In Phase 4, maybe?


The Siesta

This week’s SIA inspiration stumped me a little bit, because I wanted to include all the colors in the painting (Paul Gauguin’s “The Siesta”), and I do have most of those colors in my wardrobe, but they don’t necessarily go well together in an outfit. I then decided to concentrate on just one of the women in the painting – the one in the foreground, in the purple-pink top, navy skirt, and hat with a polka-dot band. My purple tunic is actually perfect for it, but it’s a little dressy for casual, summer wear, so in the end, I went for a simple tee-and-shorts outfit. I paired it with my cognac sandals to mimic the touch of orangy brown in the painting (can’t leave out all the other colors) and wrapped my scarf around my mom’s hat to complete the look. Not an exact match, but for SIA these days, I tend to aim for wearable, real-world outfits rather than matching the inspiration exactly, so I’m happy with it.

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfit inspired by this painting!


Errand Clothes

I just wore this to run a few errands, but then I caught a glimpse of myself in some store window and thought, hey, that doesn’t look half bad, maybe I should take some photos! It helps that I’m wearing my new embroidered top (the boutique where I buy most of my embroidered tops and linen pants just had their annual sale.) Usually when I run errands or go to the store, I just throw on whatever clean things that are lying around and are not pajamas, but this top is more or less like a linen T-shirt anyway, so I don’t feel so dressed up.

Do you guys have specific clothes for errands (not as nice as your work clothes but not as ratty as your wearing-around-the-house clothes), or do you just where whatever’s on hand?


My cat wasn’t impressed


Too Hot To Function

Is summer over yet? No? This summer seems particularly long, probably because I still have to go to work. I’m proctoring our school’s entrance exams this week, which I’m not looking forward to at all. And of course, the temperature decides to go up to 100+ for the whole week. So this outfit is the best I can do while still maintaining some form of professionalism. I mean, if I’m going to spend 6 hours sitting around with nothing to do except to stare at a bunch of sweaty, nervous kids, I might as well be comfortable.


Not At The Beach

I wanted to put together something a little summery for this week’s SIA, inspired by Maurice Prendergast’s “Children at the Beach”, but I still had to go to work (so! much! paperwork!!!), so here is a work outfit instead. The print on my blouse and the blue color are to evoke the sea and the sky in the painting, naturally, and my pink loafers are to mimic the softer, daintier colors of the children’s clothes. It’s not beach-appropriate, but it’s SIA-appropriate, and I’m OK with that.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow! And don’t forget to drop by on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this lovely watercolor!


One Bottom, Two Tops

Thanks everyone for your kind words about my dog. She’s doing well now. Luckily, she only got flesh wounds, and in Vietnam we have a saying that goes “A dog heals its skin, a chicken heals its bones”, which means dog’s skin and chicken’s bones are easy to heal, so it looks like she’s on her way to a full recovery.

I have two casual outfits today. The semester is officially over for the students, but there are still papers to read and grades to turn in, so I opted for something easy and breathable. I didn’t realize it until I put the two of them together, but they are actually inspired by Keira Knightley’s outfits in Begin Again, specifically these two. I’ve been getting inspirations for my summer wardrobe from that movie since I first saw it – it’s one of the few movies with realistic costumes that I can actually recreate, and it helps that her character’s style is pretty timeless too.