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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Addicted To Plaid

I have a problem. I was doing closet inventory the other day and realized that I have three button-up shirts in identical shades of blue, all with a plaid pattern of varying sizes – one is a buffalo plaid, one is a checkered plaid, and one is gingham. This is a problem, right? It’s what you get for blindly buying without thinking of what you already had. Especially when I don’t know how to style them to make them look different enough from one another. At least this one is collarless so it looks slightly more casual, but that’s not much. Do you guys have any suggestion?


Japanese Inspired

The weather is warming up again (for the last time this season, I hope), so here are two simple looks. As the post title says, these are both inspired by Japanese street style – not any outfit in particular, but by several style blogs that I’ve been following. I used to be drawn to the classic silhouettes, bright colors, and all the patterns of vintage style (1940’s – 1950’s, to be exact), but now, while I still like looking at them, I don’t really want to wear them anymore. Instead, I prefer minimalism and more relaxed silhouettes, which is almost the exact opposite of vintage style. It’s funny how that changes, right?


Bitchin’

I take a lot of my style inspiration from TV. Mad Men, Jessica Jones, Legion, and now, Stranger Things. I love the show, but because it’s set in the 80’s, there aren’t a lot of inspiration for real-life outfits (unless you’re talking about very loose interpretations)… until episode 7 of season 2, that is. Yes, that infamous “worst episode of Stranger Things” that everybody was complaining about also gives us another iconic Eleven look, except one that can be much more easily translated into real life than her look from season 1. I’m predicting that we’re going to see a lot more couple costumes of the two Elevens in next year’s Halloween (there weren’t a lot of those this year because season 2 was released so close to Halloween, I think.)

I’m missing the black eyeliner, of course, but again, this is an “inspired by” outfit, not a cosplay.

P/S: I apologize if the post doesn’t make a lot of sense to those of you that don’t watch Stranger Things. Also, what are you waiting for?


Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey

I wasn’t going to do a Halloween costume this year (I haven’t in a while), but when I was looking up ways to style my new pair of red Converse, I came across this image of the 10th Doctor and thought, “I have most of those pieces! I can totally put together a costume!” I didn’t even think about this look because I tend to associate the 10th Doctor more with the brown pinstripe suit, but hey, whatever works, right?

Of course, my look isn’t exact – I’m wearing a trench coat, not a duster coat, and I don’t have a red tie so I substituted it with my red scarf. Even if I did have a tie, I wouldn’t wear it, because then it would be like a cosplay and not just an “everyday costume”. And of course, no sonic screwdriver. At first I thought about borrowing one from my dad’s toolbox (an actual screwdriver, that is. My dad is not a Time Lord), but again, not cosplaying here, so I made do with my camera remote 😛

Between this and the Weeping Angel SIA, I’m in a bit of a Doctor Who mood this week, aren’t I? Guess it’s time for a rewatch.


The Last Of Summer, part III

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This outfit is not great because it’s literally leftover pieces from the rejected pile that I threw together, but I’m committed to a theme, so here goes why they didn’t make the cut:

– The chambray shirt: I have two chambray shirts, and I’ve been meaning to keep this one for the fall because it’s a bit thicker, but then again it’s a bit too baggy for layering under sweaters, so no go.

– The skirt: it’s a hand-me-down from my mom. The colors are perfect for fall, but the pattern is a bit tricky to style – other than pairing it with plain black or white shirt or maybe a light-washed chambray like this, I have no idea what else I could wear it with.

– The sneakers: I had considered adding sneakers to the roster, but these are just too old, and maybe only suitable for running errands.

Now please excuse me. Fall TV season is here and I need to catch up on my shows (Sleepy Hollow first, and Gotham looks interesting too, even though I’m not a big fan of Batman or prequels in general.)

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Shirt: thrifted, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sneakers: Converse


Get Shorty

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My legs are like a Shetland pony’s. I’m not petite by any means, but back in the US, occasionally I had to shop in the petite section because normal-sized pants are way too long for me, and even here in Vietnam, where I’m considered pretty tall, I still have to get my pants hemmed. Yet for some reason, recently I’ve constantly been drawn to the midi skirt + flats look (this outfit is a copy of this pin.) Yeah, the skirt hits me at a really unflattering spot, and I really can’t pull it off without the benefit of heels. I don’t care though. It’s comfy, and that’s all that matters.

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Shirt: Uniqlo, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sneakers: Converse, Necklace: self-made