For this week’s SIA, inspired by this steel wool photo by a young Italian photographer, I knew I wanted to wear all black with gold/yellow accent. The black outfit came together very quickly (sorry it looks so wrinkled – that’s what you got for wearing a cotton t-shirt and linen pants around the house), but I couldn’t figure out what the accent would be. My fringed yellow scarf would be perfect to mimic the color and the sprays of the steel wool, but wearing a scarf in this weather is out of the question. In the end, I opted for my circle necklace – the color is more subdued, but I think it worked quite well.
Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog for other outfits inspired by this photo!
(Yes, I’m totally referencing a Discworld novel – one of my favorites – in the post title.)
This is one of the more interesting casual outfits I wore these past few weeks. It’s another “grading papers” outfit, taken during last week’s heat wave, but at least the shirt is new (on the blog anyway) and I made an effort with accessorizing, so I think it deserves a spot on the blog.
I bought this shirt from Mango during my Singapore trip, and I’ve worn it quite a lot since then, but it’s mostly for very casual outfits and I’m terrible about documenting those. It’s a shame, because it’s been ages since I found a good and comfy printed tee like this.
I had quite a hard time figuring out what to wear for this week’s SIA, inspired by a mural in Sonoma, CA. It’s super colorful, and you know that I don’t do colors, so what to do? Then I looked more closely at the mural and noticed that the painting of the town inside the word “Sonoma” features a hot-air balloon. Aha! I have a hot-air balloon shirt that is quite colorful, and there I had the base for my outfit. I was thinking of wearing my gray pants to mimic the background of the mural, but I already paired them together, so I ended up with these pants (the second time I’ve worn them for an SIA challenge) and my flat sandals to mimic the roof and the buildings in the mural. A bit of a stretch, to be sure, but I like it. Plus, it looks like the kind of outfit you’d wear on vacation to Sonoma (Erin, can you confirm?), so mission accomplished.
And speaking of vacation, I’m leaving later this week for a week-long family trip in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. We went Da Lat a couple of years ago, which is also a part of the Central Highlands, but this time we’re checking out a different town, so it’s pretty exciting. I’m still going post my SIA inspiration as usual, but other than that, I’ll see you guys next week!
I still have one week left before the school vacation officially starts, and my weekend film making workshops won’t be done until the beginning of July, but mostly it’s been very laid-back at work, so I’m taking advantage of that and wear the most comfortable things I could while still looking marginally presentable. Linen pants + tee + sandals seem like a good choice for that, don’t you think?
T-shirt: ASOS, Pants: tailor, Sandals: gift, Necklace: local shop
I usually divide my wardrobe into three sections: stay-at-home clothes (like sweatpants and pajamas, the kind you’ll never see on the blog), running-errand clothes (clothes I’d wear if I have to pop into the shops, which are usually too old to be worn to work but not comfy enough to be pajamas), and finally work clothes (which is everything you see on the blog, clothes I wear to work or whenever I have to be presentable.)
Occasionally though, these clothes do cross-over. Take this outfit, for example. It’s nice enough for a casual day grading papers at work, but it’s also comfy enough to lounge around at home in. I should find more clothes like these.
T-shirt: ASOS, Pants: local shop, Sandals: gift, Necklaces: local shop & self-made
I was drawn to this blouse because it kind of reminds me of the muslin blouses that my grandma used to wear in the summer – right down to the two pockets, except on my grandma’s blouses the pockets would be down near the hem. I told myself that I didn’t need another sleeveless white blouse in my closet, but the boxy shape and the simple style are exactly what I want. Plus it’s perfect for the muggy days before the storm. Or after the storm, for that matter.
Blouse: Mango, Jeans: Old Navy, Pants: thrifted, Sandals: gift, Flats: Vagabond, Necklace: local shop, Brooch: vintage
This outfit is a copy of last week’s “Blue Summer“; I just switched out the top and added a bracelet. I’m still very much in my Begin Again phase, so it’s still boxy tops, loose pants, and flats, but at least this shirt is different from what I have (i.e. it’s not blue, gray, black, or white).
That Begin Again reference actually works on more than one level – I really am beginning again and slowing adding more colors back into my closet, just like when I first started the blog. Back then, though, I used to add whatever color I could find without thinking how it fit into my style. This time I’ll try to be smarter about it.
Shirt & Cuff: local shops, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Sandals: gift