Two Cats

I’ve been trying to cut down on my shopping, since my closet is absolutely bursting and there are things I bought from last year that I haven’t gotten around to wearing yet. But the one thing I cannot resist is a cute brooch, especially if it’s an animal or something vintage-inspired. Take this one, for example: it features cats, a big one and a small one (just like my cats, a mom and a daughter!), and it’s also a chain, meaning I could wear it with my blazers like a watch-chain (a menswear look I’ve always wanted to try), so of course I had to get it. I know, excuses, excuses, but at least it’s just a brooch, it’s not taking up a lot of space (yes, another excuse.)

Anyway, here are some photos of my cats, who don’t look like the brooch much but have the distinct advantage of being real live cats, and therefore, cuter:


Cozy

This week was absolutely crazy in terms of work, so I couldn’t maintain a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule and had to make do with Tuesday-Thursday instead. Oh, and if you’re looking for SIA, it’s coming back next week with Jen’s pick, so stay tuned!

Anyway, about the outfit – it was actually built around the socks. It’s all about the socks for me this season. In winters past, I always left my ankles bare when I wore oxfords and ankle boots, but the no-show socks I wore with them are thin and tend to slide down my heels, which is super annoying. Plus my ankles got really cold. So this year I stocked up on some colorful socks. They’re cozy, and they can add some interest to an outfit. No more cold ankles for me!


Braving The Rain

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We’ve been having pretty heavy rain these past few days. I’m not complaining – it’s a relief not having to water the garden every day – but it does make getting outfit photos a little bit of a hassle. I managed, though, even if I had to wrap a plastic bag around the camera to take these.

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Shirt: local shop, Sweater: H&M, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Loafers: Footglove, Brooch: Singapore boutique

I actually wore this to a book sale with some co-workers. Every year before the Lunar New Year, this publishing house (the same one I work for) would have a huge clearance sale to clear out their stocks, and every year I would come home laden with books. Come to think of it, book sales are the only kind of sale I enjoy. This time I ended up getting a big haul, as usual, and managed to recommend some of my own translations to my co-workers as well.

book haul

These are all in Vietnamese, of course, but from the top – City of Thieves by David Benioff (yes, the co-creator of Game of Thrones. I’m not a big fan of his screenwriting but this sounds interesting), A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (I’ve been wanting to read it), History of the Vietnamese Civil War from 1771 – 1802 (more non-fiction), Rainbow Troops by Andrea Hirata (recommended to me by someone who works at the publishing house, it’s not my kind of book but I’m willing to give it a try), Black Water-Lilies by Michel Bussi (I literally picked it up because of the pretty cover), and Red Rising by Pierce Brown (also something I’ve been wanting to read.) Not bad for a rainy day. I can’t wait to start on these!


Lions And Lambs

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I received Jen’s inspiration for this week’s SIA, Briton Rivière‘s “Una and the Lion”, while I was in Iceland, which gave me the idea of finding some sheep to use as the background for my outfit photos. Sheep and horses are what you see the most while driving in Iceland, and it would be perfect since the painting also features a lamb (and the lion would be myself – I’m a Leo after all.)

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However, seeing the sheep and taking photos with the sheep are two different things. The sheep may be used to cars zipping past them, but they’re definitely not used to a car stopping with three girls wielding cameras running towards them and posing, because as soon as they saw us, they took off. So in the end this is the best that I got – you can kinda see the sheep in the distance. They’re there, I swear!

gray sweater blanket scarf by 14 shades of greyHere’s me, chasing the sheep

sheep by 14 shades of greyHere’s the sheep, running away

As for the outfit, it’s my uniform in Iceland – cable-knit sweater, black jeans, black boots, and a big blanket scarf. The colors mimic the painting quite well, don’t they?

I’m on my way back to Vietnam tomorrow, to there will be more Iceland posts to come. In the meantime, don’t forget to check Jen’s blog for more outfits inspired by this gorgeous painting!

Sweater: H&M, Jeans & Scarf: local shop, Boots: Clarks


Arctic

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It’s still not warm enough to take photos outside, but at least the temperature is in the 50’s instead of 40’s, so I wanted to show you guys what I’ve been wearing this past week – basically all of my warmest shirts and sweaters layered on top of one another, my thickest coat, thickest jeans, and boots. What you don’t see here is fleece-lined tights under my jeans (I would’ve added another pair of socks but then I wouldn’t be able to fit into my boots – and even then my feet are still like icicles) and a wool scarf.

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Think I’m a wimp? Try spending a week in this kind of humid cold, with no heating anywhere, and see how you like it. I would’ve said this:

… except sometimes it’s even colder inside the house.

Shirt & Brooch: local shops, Sweater & Coat: H&M, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Vagabond