St. Patrick’s Day

A few housekeeping notes first: I’m keeping my Cuba travel post to one per week because 1) it takes a long time to write one of those posts and assemble all the pictures so I just don’t have the time to write more; 2) I don’t want to overload the blog with too many travel posts at once; and 3) I want to drag it out so I can relive the trip for as long as possible.

Also, until I’m done with the travel posts, I will try to maintain at least one outfit post per week, and this week, here’s a green outfit, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day:

I got this sweater from the boys’ section of the store, can you believe it? Apparently I wasn’t the only one that set my eyes on it either, because when I brought it to the check-out counter, several ladies in line asked where I saw it and were really disappointed to learn it was the only one left.

I didn’t wear this specifically for St. Patrick’s Day – this outfit was from a while ago, and I think I was subconsciously influenced by Link from The Legend of Zelda – but St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, so it’s perfect, isn’t it?


Rabbit Hunt

I wore this outfit before I picked “Dogs Playing Poker” as the inspiration for this week’s SIA, but it would work pretty well for SIA too, wouldn’t it? If the painting had feature rabbits instead of dogs, that is…

Anyway, on an unrelated note, today is the last day of work before my long winter/Lunar New Year break, and I’m taking a pretty exciting 2-week trip (more on that later), but I’m not going to be able to post during that time. I will schedule all the outfits I have backlogged on my computer and all the SIA challenges if possible, but if not, expect things to be a little quiet around here during the last two weeks of February. See ya!

A Bold Bluff

My interpretation of this week’s SIA painting, “A Bold Bluff” by C.M. Coolidge, is pretty self-explanatory. I chose my sweater and my jacket for their textures and colors to mimic the colors and textures of the dogs’ furs, and my jeans and my scarf are to mimic the colors of the table, the walls and the drapes (even though my jeans are more purple-red than maroon.) Simple.

I did try to get my dogs to pose with me, but they were being less than cooperative. Isn’t that always the way? They’re constantly photobombing me whenever I try to get a “clean” shot, but the moment I want them in the photos with me, they suddenly become camera-shy. Well, not actually camera-shy, because one of them was really mugging for the camera. Like so:

Her poker face needs some work

Guess she just didn’t want to compete with me for the spotlight.

Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for the full round-up of other outfits!

Winter Outfit Formula

I have been wearing different versions of this outfit for almost two weeks now. My winter wardrobe is definitely more limited than my summer one, and when it’s cold, I pretty much have to stick to the jeans + sweater + jacket + boots formula to stay warm. Plus in Vietnam, there is barely any indoor heating (sometimes it’s even colder inside than it is outside), so we don’t have much of a concept of “outerwear” – you can’t take off your coat or jacket to reveal a cute outfit underneath. Hats off to those style bloggers who manage to dress both cute and appropriate for the weather, because I’m finding it quite difficult.


This week was absolutely crazy in terms of work, so I couldn’t maintain a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule and had to make do with Tuesday-Thursday instead. Oh, and if you’re looking for SIA, it’s coming back next week with Jen’s pick, so stay tuned!

Anyway, about the outfit – it was actually built around the socks. It’s all about the socks for me this season. In winters past, I always left my ankles bare when I wore oxfords and ankle boots, but the no-show socks I wore with them are thin and tend to slide down my heels, which is super annoying. Plus my ankles got really cold. So this year I stocked up on some colorful socks. They’re cozy, and they can add some interest to an outfit. No more cold ankles for me!

Happy 2018

Happy New Year! So I just took an impromptu break, for a combination of reasons. I figure it’s the week after Christmas and New Year’s Day, so everything is pretty quiet on the blogosphere. Plus it’s finals week at work so I was super busy with papers to grade, grades to calculate and turn in, and new schedules to set up for next term. Plus the weather has been absolutely hideous, gray and drizzly and miserable (this was taken weeks ago, when it was still nice-ish) so I had no interest in putting together any blog-worthy outfits. But heck, why am I complaining? It’s colder than Mars in the US and there’s a freaking storm over Europe, so we’re actually having it easy over here.

… so how’s 2018 treating you so far?

Hazy Shade Of Winter

I know I said we’ve had our first cold snap of the season a couple of weeks ago, but it appears the “real” cold snap – one that lasts more than a few days – doesn’t arrive until next week. In the meantime, it’s gray and drizzling and miserable (hence the post title, which, of course, is also a song by Simon&Garfunkel/The Bangles and a “Stranger Things” reference).

It’s reflected in my outfit too. This jacket is a Teacher’s Day gift from my students, and it’s pretty nice, except it’s a bit short and baggy for my style. So far I haven’t tried pairing it with anything other than skinny jeans, but we’ll see.