Earth Tones

The other day, I was reorganizing my closet and saw that I have too many white shirts. The ironic thing is, being an “autumn” according to my seasonal color analysis, pure white is not my best color, as it washes me out/makes me look too sallow. In fact, if these photos are anything to go by, I should be wearing more earth tones, like the creamy beige color of this top, much more often, because it makes my skin look fantastic (if I do say so myself.) I guess my “wear what you like” approach to style doesn’t always work out, because sometimes what I like is not what I look best in.

P/S: See if you can spot the cat in these photos.


Not Born In The USA

Here’s another of my attempts to dress up a top and a pair of jeans. I saw the idea on a Japanese style blog and thought it a super fun, unexpected way to wear a scarf/handkerchief, and it can save you from having to wear a belt too. It wasn’t until I started editing these photos that I realized the close-up shot looked rather familiar. And then it hit me: it looked a bit like the cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA album (hence my post title) – just a little bit, mostly in the color scheme and the framing. I never listen to Bruce Springsteen, but that’s such a well-know album cover that I guess I was subconsciously influenced somehow.


Bracing Up

As the work-from-home days stretch on without an ending anywhere in sight (not that I’m complaining. I know how lucky I am to be able to work from home), I keep trying to find new ways to spice up my WFH wardrobe. It should be dressy (I find I work better if I actually dress up as opposed to staying in my pajamas) while still comfortable (I’m still at home, after all), interesting but not overwrought or complicated (it’s summer; I’d like to keep my outfits light and simple). These suspenders fit the bill nicely. They’re simple but can elevate this outfit from the basic jeans-and-a-shirt to something more interesting, and the menswear vibe is always a plus for me.


Errand Clothes

I just wore this to run a few errands, but then I caught a glimpse of myself in some store window and thought, hey, that doesn’t look half bad, maybe I should take some photos! It helps that I’m wearing my new embroidered top (the boutique where I buy most of my embroidered tops and linen pants just had their annual sale.) Usually when I run errands or go to the store, I just throw on whatever clean things that are lying around and are not pajamas, but this top is more or less like a linen T-shirt anyway, so I don’t feel so dressed up.

Do you guys have specific clothes for errands (not as nice as your work clothes but not as ratty as your wearing-around-the-house clothes), or do you just wear whatever’s on hand?


My cat wasn’t impressed


Artist’s Wear

This summer, I’ve been doing something a little different with my vacation time. Beside catching up on my freelance projects, I’ve also been taking an art class – watercolor, to be precise. And this is usually what I wear to class, complete with a giant bag to hold my palette, portfolio, and painting board. It’s a sitting-on-the-floor type of class, so I need something comfortable that allows me to cross my legs, hence the baggy pants. Also, even though watercolor is far less messy than oil paint, I still manage to get paint on myself, being the klutz that I am, so I pick a top where the paint won’t show.

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know I’ve dabbled in watercolor before, but I’ve never taken an actual class, so it’s been really fun. To be honest, it’s nothing I can’t learn from Youtube, but I need a class to give me the inspiration and motivation to paint everyday. I’m going to show you guys some of my paintings soon!