Go Fish

Our house was under renovation when I took these photos. My usual location (the front yard) was taken over by a pile of sand and a cement mixer, hence the new location (the side yard). It’s actually easier to set focus here thanks to the branches and bushes on the sides of the path, so maybe I’ll take photos here more often.

Anyway, this is a simple and not very blog-worthy outfit, but I’d like to post it anyway to give this blouse some spotlight. It’s so fun and I wear it a lot, but it rarely gets featured on the blog because I always pair it with basic pieces – I don’t want any color or accessory to clash with the print. Do you guys have any suggestion?

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Ebony And Ivory

Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by a 18th-century Native American powder horn with Wampum shoulder belt. My linen pants reflect the ivory color of the horn, while my shirt mimics the color and design of the belt. I also include my strappy brown sandals for the intricate lines of the engraving on the horn. The outfit came together very quickly – I actually thought of it the moment I saw Jen’s email – which is always a sign that it works, both as a standalone outfit and as an interpretation of SIA, so I’m a happy camper.

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece!


A Bookworm’s Problem

We finally had some rain after the scorching heat of last week. Though the rain isn’t as abundant as I’d like and makes the air quite muggy, at least it’s a relief not having to stay inside and have the air condition on all day.

I wore this a used book sale on Wednesday (it’s one of the things I miss about LA – the book sales at the local library every weekend and lunch at the dinner afterward.) I didn’t get a lot, only 4 books, but the again, I’m seriously running out of shelf space. I read a lot of ebooks, which helps, but holding an actual book is still so much better, you know? I also try to implement a “one in, one out” rule with my bookshelves like I do with my closet, but it’s a lot harder. TakeĀ Harry Potter, for example – I have both the UK and the US editions, and I’m not giving up either of them. They just look so lovely together.


Loosey Goosey

This is the last of my work outfits from the semester. I almost didn’t post this because I wasn’t wild about the outfit, but I’m running out of material to post, so I figure beggars can’t be choosers. See, I was going for this kind of loose silhouette I see on so many Japanese fashion blogs, but I don’t think I pulled it off with my body type. I guess I’ll just stick to the more classic “loose + fitted” silhouette from now on.


Heatwave

We’re having the first heatwave of the summer, hence my simple and breezy outfit. I know most style guides would advice you to wear dresses or shorts in the summer, but I actually find a loose-fitting shirt and pair of pants work better for me. You won’t have to worry about thigh rub like you would in a dress, and with long pants instead of shorts, you won’t have to apply so much sunscreen and there is less surface for the bugs to feed on too. I always recoil in horror when I see tourists wandering around in shorts and tank tops (yes, I’m aware that I’m technically wearing a tank top too.) Cover up, people! There’s a reason people in Vietnam dress like this when we go out.


Monkey Business

OK, so there is no monkey in my outfit, but there are birds! This is the only animal-themed shirt I own (beside my cat T-shirt), so it would have to do for this outfit inspired by a monkey trading card of the Allen & Ginter tobacco company. For the rest of the outfit, I stuck to the green-and-brown color scheme of the card and also added a pin – it could be a feather or a palm frond, depending on how you look at it – to mimic the details of the card.

This has been a really fun SIA challenge. If you haven’t sent your outfit to Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com), do so by Tuesday, and don’t forget to drop by her blog to see other interpretations of this card!


Edwardian Shirt

If you’ve read the blog for a while, then you know that Edwardian is one of my favorite style eras. It is my dream to own an Edwardian-inspired lawn dress (something like this), or a shirt or a blouse in a similar style. But now that I’ve found the perfect Edwardian shirt (the ruffles! The collar! The broderie anglaise!), I’ve discovered that I have absolutely no idea what to pair it with. A skirt is out of the question, because it would look like I’m cosplaying as a Gibson Girl. Normal trousers would look too stuffy. In the end, I decided to balance the shirt with a casual pair of jeans, but I forgot that my jeans are low-rise so they don’t look very well with a tucked-in shirt. The only thing I like in this outfit is the brooch, which is clearly born to go with this shirt.

Do you have any idea how to style this shirt? I need help!