Casual Galentine

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA. I was a bit stumped when I first saw the inspiration piece, “The End of Romance” by Erte, but then I remembered my polka dot popover, and the rest of the outfit came together very quickly (I tried adding a bit of green, but it didn’t look right, so I left it out. You don’t always have to stick to the inspiration 100%).

Now, I didn’t even think about it when Kim announced the inspiration, but this is just perfect for Valentine’s Day, isn’t it? But then again I don’t celebrate Valentine’s, so maybe “The End of Romance” is more appropriate for Galentine’s (February 13). Who needs romance anyway?

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this lovely print!

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Covered Bridge

Thank the gods for SIA. Without it, I would’ve probably spent this entire winter in gray. Of course, this outfit is not a riot of colors either, but at least it’s not all-gray, is it? The main colors in the inspiration piece (Daenel’s photo of the Burfordville Covered Bridge) are brown, black, and light blue, so that’s what I went with. My brown blazer, black jeans, and brown Chelsea boots made the base of the outfit, and I added to that a chambray shirt for a touch of blue and another brown element (my scarf) for good measure. (I’m watching a cooking show as I write this, maybe that’s why my description of my outfit sounds like a recipe :P)

Anyway, don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog tomorrow to see other interpretations of this piece, and come back next week for an exciting announcement – our new co-host!


Surviving May

Put this meme under “Things Only A Teacher Would Understand”:

I can totally relate to that. I’ve been a TA/teacher for three years now, and every year, as the end of May rolls around, I begin counting down the days until vacation starts. For the students the semester actually ended last Friday, but of course for us there is still plenty of work left. I had to sit on the thesis committee yesterday, and a stack of scripts still wait on my desk to be read and graded. Hopefully I can get everything done by the end of the week.

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This will be one of the few breaks when I don’t have anything to catch up on – I’ve finished my latest translation, and my weekend film making workshop will also be done by the end of June. On the other hand, I have a pretty exciting trip planned for the summer (I will tell you guys about it in due course), so there is that to look forward to.

In the meantime, I’m staying comfy in these casual clothes.

P/S: I waited until after Memorial Day to wear white. Am I a good style blogger or what?

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Shirt: Gap, Jeans & Necklace: local shops, Flats: Aldo


Weekly Capsule 45.4: Hipster Commuter

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I’m luckier than most in that I don’t have to commute to work – 30 minutes every day on a bike doesn’t count as “commute”. But once a week I do have to take the bus downtown to teach my workshop class, and I’m telling you, that is a trip and a half. At 1 hour 15 minutes one way, it seems breezy compared to my 2.5 hour back in LA for my internship, but in LA hardly anyone takes public transport, so my commute was actually relaxing. Here the bus is usually stuffed full of students, and the traffic is crazy. The only good thing is that the constant traffic jams give me a lot of time to read.

Anyway, I wore this for that workshop last week, and when I put on my glasses for reading on the bus, it suddenly struck me that it was such a hipster outfit. Isn’t it? The pattern mixing, the giant scarf, the boots… top it off with a pair of black-rimmed glasses and it wouldn’t feel out of place on Socality Barbie.

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Shirt: Gap, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: Candie’s, Boots: hand-me-down

My looks this week:

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Weekly Capsule 45.3: Cowgirl

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I feel a bit like a cowgirl in this outfit. Perhaps it’s the combination of the denim shirt, the skirt, and boots. Of course I had to add a twee owl brooch, but now that I think about it, my Western-themed brooch would’ve been much more on point.

P/S: I didn’t think these boots would work with a skirt since they’re cut a little higher than my ankles and therefore can make my legs look even stumpier, but then I thought, What the heck. And they kinda worked, didn’t they? At least my legs don’t look any stumpier than they already are.

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Shirt: Gap, Skirt & Boots & Brooch: hand-me-down


Weekly Capsule 15.4: That Silver Necklace

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The other day I saw on Tumblr a text post that says “I want to look like an Arctic Monkeys song”, and that got me thinking about how fashion can be linked to specific kinds of music. I’m not talking about entire cultures like punk or goth, but rather how some songs can conjure up images of a certain style, you know? For example, Ray LaMontagne’s Empty always makes me think of boho lawn dresses and loose hair with flowers woven into them.

And then that got me thinking, if I were to say “I want to look like a [band/artist] song”, who would I pick? Well, Lisa Hannigan is kind of my style icon, but I wouldn’t describe my style using her music, which is a bit too folksy. I wouldn’t pick Snow Patrol either, whose sound is much too expansive (is that a word you can use to describe music? I mean the kind of the music you’d play in a stadium). Not Belle & Sebastian, who is too twee, and not Kasabian, who is a bit too edgy. Then I have it: Tired Pony. Their music just the right mix: simple, streamlined, a bit hipster, a bit quirky. And the fact that they have a song called That Silver Necklace is just perfect.

Is it weird that I actually spend time thinking about this?

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Shirt: Gap, Shoes & Necklace: Forever21, Skirt: thrifted

This week’s look (not very cohesive, I admit, but I like them):

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Weekly Capsule 15.3: Shades Of Blue

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Here’s what to do when there was a power outage so you couldn’t iron your shirt and you were already running late: just throw on a cardigan and move around a lot so people don’t notice the wrinkles. It works for pictures, too.

Also, this may come as a shock to you guys, but I actually have more blue than gray in my closet, despite my blog name (it was the name of a Staind album; I wouldn’t have picked it I’d known about the whole 50 Shades business. Too late to change it now.) Oh and, I’m adding this shirt to my Top 10 as well. That means I have only one more piece to go before rounding up my Top 10 picks. What’s it going to be, I wonder?

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Shirt: Gap, Cardigan: Zara, Jeans & Boots: hand-me-down, Necklace: local shop