So Debbi has arrived back in the US safe and sound, and I’m settling down to write up treatments for my short stories/novel/script, translate my resume into Vietnamese, and maybe look for a PhD program. Which of course means that I’m spending way too much time on tumblr. Which also means that I really need NaNoWriMo if I want to get any writing done at all. It may be a cliche, but I do work better under pressure (or, rather, I need to be pressured into working.)

Shirt: Forever21, Skirt & Sandals: thrifted, Necklace: Modcloth


The Painter: To The Moon

So I finally got some time and some sunshine to take outfit pictures (just me though, the outfit that Debbi planted is more suitable for a cooler day.) The past couple of weeks has been sort of an impromptu break from outfit posts, and I’ve gotten to a point where I’m lazy about taking photos of my outfits. Hopefully this way I can ease back into it and find a happy balance between documenting my outfit everyday and only documenting it when I’m going out.

Again, the inspiration is Marc Chagall’s The Painter: To the Moon, and here is how my fellow bloggers interpreted it.

First up is Vivienne of Thrifted Shift, who, I’m excited to announce, is now a permanent host! She translated the painting into two lovely, and completely different looks:

Then we have my co-creator, Jess of Animated Cardigan. I’m having serious skirt-envy:

And here is Pao, who brings wonderful texture and pattern to her look:

Finally, a shout-out to my sister (whose birthday was yesterday, but I forgot to acknowledge it in yesterday’s post. We’re having a combined party this weekend anyway, but still – happy birthday sis!), because 75% of what I’m wearing is either borrowed from her/given to me by her.

Shirt: Zara (borrowed from my sister), Jeans: hand-me-down from my sister
Sandals: Easy Spirit (thrifted)

I Lost My Faith In The Summertime…

… ’cause it won’t stop raining.

Actually I didn’t. Quite the contrary. It’s just a nice line of lyric from my favorite Oasis song, The Importance of Being Idle (mostly because the video is awesome – Rhys Ifans FTW), which I always use to describe a rainy summer. It’s been raining a lot this week (I snapped these quickly in between two thunderstorms), but since I’ve been missing summer rain so much, I absolutely love it.

Also, I stole this outfit from Elaine.

T-shirt: Forever21, Skirt: thrifted, Belt: Vietnamese shop
Flower pin: Modcloth, Sandals: Easy Spirits (thrifted)


Halfway through. Funny, during my last 30×30 I fell like outfit #15 was such an accomplishment, but this time I felt like I’ve barely started. Maybe it’s because this time I don’t have to worry about shoes and such – but then again I haven’t used a great variety of shoes and accessories either. Maybe it’s just because I’ve had experience. Whatever it is, I didn’t feel like quitting like I did last time – as long as I’m not too lazy to take pictures, I will finish this challenge.

T-shirt: H&M (thrifted), Shorts: Express (thrifted & dyed)
Sandals: Easy Spirit (thrifted), Scarf: borrowed from my mom

Before I forget: here’s this week’s inspiration for Style Imitating Art, Starry Night over the Rhone by Vincent Van Gogh. I’ve debated which Van Gogh painting to feature; I went back and forth between Irises and The Red Vineyard, before deciding on this because it’s a little less famous. Send me your outfit pictures by Sunday evening, and come back here next week to see how it’s interpreted!

I Find The Map And Draw A Straight Line

Not much to say about this outfit except I need a new pair of sandals. Something more open-toed, preferably.

Anyway, this has nothing to do with the outfit, obviously, but I just found it funny how memories affect our perception of things. The other day I was describing my bus route to school and to work back in LA to my family, and suddenly it struck me: I still feel like I could just walk out of our door and take the same buses to the same locations. The fact that those places are halfway across the world doesn’t register to me. I don’t feel the distance at all – or perhaps the distance is so great that I can’t feel it.

Or maybe I do miss LA after all, no matter what I say.

I had a haircut, by the way. It’s not exactly noticeable

Blouse: Target, Skirt: thrifted & dyed by me
Belt: Vietnamese shop, Sandals: Easy Spirit (thrifted)
Post title: lyric from Snow Patrol’s Set the Fire to the Third Bar

Autumn Colors

One of the things I realized when picking pieces for this 30×30 challenge is that I don’t have a lot of spring/summer colors in my wardrobe. I don’t know if it’s because I like deep hues myself, or because my “skin season” is autumn – but perhaps it is because I have the autumn skin tone that I like all those colors. My sister, on the other hand, has almost nothing but beige, off-white, and soft grey in her closet. I feel like soft colors would wash me out too much, but I don’t know, maybe I’ll borrow one of my sister’s neutral pieces and see how it works out for me.

I got photo-bombed by Taco again

Shirt: Target, Jeans: Old Navy
Sandals: Easy Spirit (thrifted), Necklace: self-made

Interrupted By The Rain

Sorry if the pictures are the little repetitive. It started raining as I was taking photos, so these are all that I could manage.

It’s funny, but I’ve worn this dress four times (on the blog) and yet this is the first time I wore it as it is – no cardigan, no folding down the top to wear it as a skirt. I know it could use a necklace or something, but honestly, it was too hot to have anything rub against my neck. Perhaps this is why my outfits are a lot simpler during the summer.

Dress: Forever21, Sandals: Easy Spirit (thrifted), Belt: Vietnamese shop