A Distant Memory

I’m still sorting through my Cuba photos (1500+ of them!!!) so the travel posts will have to wait. In the meanwhile, here is a straggler of an outfit post. This was from back in early February, I think? I didn’t even remember which sweater I was wearing underneath the coat. But it was definitely during one of our worst cold snaps. The weather is warming up fast now and bundled-up outfits like this are definitely a thing of the past. All of these items have been put away for next winter. Still, you guys know me. I’d take that kind of cold over summer heat any time, so I’m still trying to hold on to winter for as long as I could.



It is unofficial Fun Socks Week here on 14 Shades of Grey (or is it official? I make the rules around here, don’t I?) Since I already posted two outfits with colorful/patterned socks, I decided to close out the week with another similar outfit. I’m a big fan of the “formal suit + fun socks” look on guys, so I thought I’d try it for myself. The result was… okay. I like each piece, but the proportion is all wrong. That’s why I opened the post with the photo with my dog, even though it’s technically an outtake – it hides how long the blazer is and how short my pants are. Plus I just like the photo 🙂

Creative Colloquy

The first SIA inspiration of the year – the cover of the Pacific Northwest literary compilation Creative Colloquy, by tattoo artist Bismark Pinera – is a bit of a challenge for me. There are a lot of colors and graphic elements that I can’t faithfully recreate using what I have in my closet, so eventually, I just pulled out the most colorful pieces and put them together in a way that can represent the painting as best as I could. I’m not entirely happy with it – for one thing, my outfit is too dark compared to the painting – but I guess I’m just being a perfectionist.

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog on Wednesday to see how everybody interprets this super cool painting!

Where Did Time Go?

Oops, sorry for the tardy post. I kept reminding myself to write up the post when I had time and scheduled it, but I never had time, and before I knew it, it was already Wednesday and past the time my posts usually go live. Usually I would write all the posts  during the weekend and just schedule them for the week, but as I said, work has been so busy lately that my weekends were spent catching up on other works and errands I didn’t do during the week, and blogging is never very high on my to-do list.

Oh well. Next week I’m going wrap up all the end-of-semester work and head into the new semester, so things should calm down by then. In the meantime, here’s something a bit different because I don’t want it to look like I wear that brown tweed blazer all the time. I occasionally wear my other tweed blazer too.


Winter Outfit Formula

I have been wearing different versions of this outfit for almost two weeks now. My winter wardrobe is definitely more limited than my summer one, and when it’s cold, I pretty much have to stick to the jeans + sweater + jacket + boots formula to stay warm. Plus in Vietnam, there is barely any indoor heating (sometimes it’s even colder inside than it is outside), so we don’t have much of a concept of “outerwear” – you can’t take off your coat or jacket to reveal a cute outfit underneath. Hats off to those style bloggers who manage to dress both cute and appropriate for the weather, because I’m finding it quite difficult.


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!

The Gray Jedi

It seems every time I go to see a Star Wars movie, I always wear black and red (well, this is more like gray and red). It’s unintentional, of course – my wardrobe simply has more colors of the Dark Side. Besides, what are the colors of the Light Side? White, yes, and… blue? Green? I’m not even sure.

Anyway, back to the movie – The Last Jedi. I gushed about The Force Awakens, but I have to say, I’m disappointed with the follow-up. It’s just… a mess. A bunch of storylines go nowhere, there is no character development to speak of, and with all the talks about how different it is from other Star Wars movies, it still looks and feels very familiar to me (it follows the same basic plot points as Empire Strikes Back, just like how The Force Awakens follows A New Hope). Oh, there are certainly a lot of cool moments, but they’re just that – moments, with no connection between them. The movie ends up being way less than the sum of its parts. I may see it again this week if I have time, but I don’t see my first impression changing.