This is pretty much a more casual version of my outfit on Wednesday – same shoes, another white button-up shirt but looser and with short sleeves, and distressed boyfriend jeans instead of black ankle pants. I saw a similar outfit on my favorite Japanese style blog and thought I’d give it a try. Of course, it looks much more effortless on the website than on me, but I’ve long given up on looking effortless. Effortless on me would just look sloppy, like I literally make no effort, so, no.
We just got through another heatwave – it was our second or third of the summer, and each time it just got worse. You know when you open an oven and get blasted in the face with heat? Yeah, it’s been like that over here. Going outside is like stepping into an oven.
Thankfully there was some cool air last night to lift the heat (we’re expecting rain any minute now). So to celebrate, I put on a marginally cute outfit instead of the pajamas I’ve been wearing these past few days. Originally I wore this with my brown sandals, but they looked off somehow, so I swapped them for these sneakers and they work much better – they kind of match the top, so they keep the outfit balance and keep the color scheme cohesive (hey, even with a casual outfit, you have to put some thoughts into it!)
Top: local shop, Jeans: Mango, Sneakers: Johan Cruyff
This has little to do with the outfit, but one of my New Year resolutions (I actually don’t have official “New Year resolutions”, I just have a few things that I want to change/try/keep doing in the new year) is to exercise more regularly. Nothing vigorous, just 15-20 minutes a day, to at least get my muscles moving. Because I’m terribly out of shape. How out of shape I am, you ask? Here’s proof: yesterday I pulled something in my hip just from stretching, and now it hurts like hell every time I try to sit down or stand up. So I’m going to have to put that exercising plan on hold for now.
And that also means flat shoes for me at least for a week. Gods, I’m such an old lady.
Shirt: Uniqlo, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Zara, Oxfords: Vagabond, Pins: Forever21
Is “normcore” still a buzzword? Do people actually talk about “normcore” outside of the fashion and style blogosphere? I recently used it in a script to describe a character, and I was afraid it might sound too dated or esoteric. Maybe I should change it.
But that doesn’t stop me from dressing in normcore clothes during these last few days before school starts. My week consists of working from home + babysitting my nephew, with just one “public” appearance at my workshop class, so this is all I could muster. Blog-worthy? Hardly. But it’s comfy and perfect for running after a toddler, so here I am.
T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jeans: Zara, Sneakers: local shop, Necklace: vintage
It also means this week’s capsule has only two looks, but next week posting will be back to normal… I hope.
I’ve had this book in my Kindle since forever, but it took me a while to read it, because as amazing as the premise sounds, it is also a little familiar: Alif is a hacker in a Persian Gulf emirate state, hiding behind his computer and a screen name (Alif is the first letter in the Arabic alphabet). This all changes one day when his aristocratic lover becomes engaged to the Head of State Security, and Alif receives from her a mythical book called The Thousand and One Days (a fictional counterpart of The Thousand and One Nights.) Soon Alif finds himself journeying through the world of the unseen, as he is pursued by both the police and jinns alike.
Now, jinns with Internet access sounds awesome. Take that away, though, and what you have left is a very standard cyber thriller. But then I found out that the author, G. Willow Wilson, was the creator of Marvel’s first Pakistani-American superhero, and I finally cracked open “Alif the Unseen”.
The book more or less meets my expectation. The fantasy part is great, with beautiful imagery and a wonderful blend of mythology and reality (a demon with a Dell, anyone?) I’ve read The Thousand and One Nights since I was a kid, so perhaps I’m more familiar with the mythology than most readers. Still, I think the author did very well to keep the mythology authentic and accessible to the average reader without dumbing it down. The thriller part I find a little slow in places, and the ending is a little anticlimactic, but it’s probably just my screenwriter mind talking. I only wish it could go a bit further: the fantasy more epic, the thriller/revolution more substantial, but overall, it was an enjoyable and quick read. I’d give it a solid 4/5.
On a character note (gosh, it sounds like one of my script analyses now), I’ve read some criticisms of the way the female characters are treated in the book, in that they are only accessories to Alif’s adventure, but I disagree. I think the female characters are well written while still staying true to their culture and religion (G. Willow Wilson herself is a Muslim convert), and they are integral to the story in their own way. “Strong” female characters don’t have to conform to the masculine standards; on the contrary, they are all the more interesting because they are so traditionally feminine.
As for the outfit, I decided to go super casual, like something a hacker would wear (Alif himself is described as wearing a black T-shirt and jeans), but with an intricate detail in my necklace, to reflect the “unseen” part. And yes, I finally buckled to the trend and bought a pair of slip-ons. How very normcore of me.
T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jeans & Sneakers: local shops, Necklace: my mom’s
So the heat continues… These were taken last week, when we had some record-breaking high temperatures, but this week won’t be much better, so I’m thinking maybe I’ll just do “flat” photos of the items instead of taking actual outfit pictures. It really is too hot to be standing outside for just five minutes.
Anyway, here is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Childe Hassam’s “The Avenue in the Rain”. I bought these jeans in an attempt to replace my beloved boyfriend jeans – “attempt”, because the fit is too baggy and the color is too casual for me to wear it to work. But for SIA it perfectly mimics the color and texture of the painting, so I’m happy.
Don’t forget to swing by Jen’s blog tomorrow for the full round-up!
T-shirt: Gap, Jeans: local shop, Flats: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage