Morning Sun

This is yet another green, hand-me-down dress from my sister. I don’t understand why she keeps buying these green dresses and foisting them on me – surely, after the first or at least the second one, she would’ve realized that she doesn’t like green and stops buying them? (Actually, the fact that they’re all green is just a coincidence.) I’m not complaining though, especially because this dress is perfect for this week’s SIA, which is inspired by Cuno Amiet’s “Sunspots“. I really leaned into the green theme with my green shoes and owl brooch, not because there is a hidden owl in the painting, but because my owl brooch has green eyes. The early morning sun as I took these photos was a nice addition as well 🙂

Remember to check back on Wednesday to see how everybody interpreted this challenge!


Subliminal Dressing, Part II

I’m continuing my theme of “if I dress like fall, it will come”. It’s difficult to see, but there are Japanese maple leaves printed on my scarf, and the long skirt is also fall-ish (it’s linen, but still too long and heavy to be worn in the height of the summer.) It wasn’t until later that day when I tried taking the scarf off that I realized I totally messed up the knot. I should’ve remembered how to tie right knot thanks to all those years wearing the red scarf of the Young Pioneers, but in my defense, it’s been over 20 years since I last wore it.


Subliminal Dressing, Part I

Mid-September in Vietnam is still way too warm to start thinking about fall, but I can’t help it. It’s after the Mid-Autumn Festival, shops are getting stocked with fall/winter clothes, fall-themed songs are all over the radio, and I’m so sick of my summer wardrobe already. So while it’s still warm, I resort to dressing in fall-appropriate colors (not fabrics!) and accessories instead. See, my thinking is that, if I dress like it’s fall, maybe fall can get here sooner. Call it the Field of Dreams logic. “If you dress like fall, it will come.”


Another Day, Another Green Dress

… from my sister. This one is actually from the same collection as my lotus-embroidered tunic. I bought the tunic and my sister bought the dress, but she said after she wore it a few times, the dress didn’t feel “her” somehow, so she passed it to me. Well, I don’t think it feels very “me” either (I prefer something with a collar, to be honest), but at least it fits my wardrobe more. And it gives me an opportunity to wear a necklace, which I haven’t done in so long – with the embroideries, a brooch feels too much, but that neckline is just the right shape for a necklace.


Beige Is My Color

At the risk of sounding like the most basic ever, beige really is my color. Or, more exactly, it’s my light neutral color. Pure white is too harsh on my skin, and while cream/ivory works too, there’s something about beige that really balances out my yellow undertone and makes me look not so sallow or pale anymore – and this top is a prime example of that (yes, it’s an entire beige outfit, but I’m talking about things close to my face.) However, as I tend to reach for darker colors,  plus pure white are always the go-to light neutral in most shops, I don’t have a lot of beige tops in my closet. I need to remember this the next time I reach for yet another white broderie anglaise top.