Tattooed Cats

One of the things I love about SIA is that it inspires me to put together outfits that I’d never come up with otherwise. Takes this outfit, for example – I would never decide to pair these particular items together, but now that I did, I was quite happy with it. It has a vaguely 80’s feel (I think it’s the combination of the high-waisted pants and the shoulder pads on my jacket), but I like it. And of course, it’s perfect for this week’s SIA, inspired by the Monmon Cats painting of Kuazaki Horitomo.

I wanted to get my cats in the photos – they happen to look quite similar to the two cats in the painting, one is a tabby and the other a tortoiseshell – but when I took these photos, they were having breakfast so I didn’t want to interrupt them. At least the cat on my jacket is not running anywhere 🙂

The full round-up will be posted tomorrow, so remember to drop by!

Top: Mango, Pants: Topshop, Jacket: tailor, Heels: Zara, Brooch: local shop


Gray Outfit For A Gray Day

The weather is depressing (gray, foggy, chilly), I’m super busy (reading scripts, editing my translation of The Atlantis Gene – at least I’m finally done with that piece of crap, supervising the thesis scripts of three students), so it’s the best that I can put together. The bicycle brooch looks kinda sad but I didn’t care enough to change it. I know if this is a fashion blog, there would be an advice to add “a red lip” (gods, I hate the way these blogs use singular forms for nouns that are supposed to be plural, like “a red lip” or “a nude shoe”) or some “pop of color” to liven up the outfit, but I don’t wear lipstick and this is not a fashion blog anyway, so who cares, right?

Man am I cranky today.

Shirt, Sweater & Jeans: local shops, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: vintage


Scroll-down Fug

This outfit, in the words of the Fug Girls, is a total scroll-down fug – it’s OK on top, but you scroll down to the shoes and it’s a needle scratch. I was going for a 1930’s menswear-inspired look, as I always do with these pants, but I’ve picked the wrong shoes. These oxfords are too clunky. My oxford heels would be much better, but I’ve worn them with these pants before and didn’t want to repeat myself. Well, lesson learned: when something works, it’s worth repeating.

P/S: This is the second of the two brooches I bought from my recent trip to Singapore. I’ve been looking for a simple bow brooch like this for ages, and this fits the bill perfectly.

T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jacket: tailor, Pants: Esprit, Oxfords: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage


Fantastic Pants

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Ever since I wore these pants in an outfit inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I keep referring to them in my head as the “Fantastic Beasts” pants, or, more straightforwardly, my ’20s pants, because somehow I always style them in a ’20s/’30s-inspired manner. My only wish is that they have a higher waist, for a better vintage look. But you can’t have everything, I guess.

So this is the last of my leftover work outfits. I’ll see you guys next week with a couple of outfits I wore for the Lunar New Year celebration!

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Pants & Coat: Esprit (hand-me-down), Sweater: Atmosphere, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: local shop


Saved For A Rainy Day

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This was almost another “forgotten” outfit – it was taken two weeks before the break, but it was a fairly simple outfit, so I kept saving it for a rainy day, when I don’t have any other content (ironically, it was taken on a very rainy day). Well, I guess that rainy day is now. The Lunar New Year is officially over since Monday, but I’m not going back to work for another 10 days, so I’m using this time to catch up on my freelance work.

Speaking of which, I’m translating The Atlantis Gene and gods, it is like pulling teeth. I set a limit for myself to translate at least 5 pages a day to make the deadline, but it’s so bad that even that is hard. I thought The Host was bad, but it was a breeze compared to this. What I don’t understand is this – this drivel is what my employer decided to buy and translate, while I have been at them for years to translate American Gods, Neverwhere, and Stardust, and they still refuse. Well, I’m hoping that with the American Gods TV series coming out soon, they’re going to change their mind.

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Sweater: gift, Heels & Necklaces: local shops, Jeans: Charlotte Russe


Winter Rain

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If my smile seems particularly tight in these photos, that’s because it was freaking freezing and I had to keep my teeth from chattering. OK, that may be a slight exaggeration, but it is the coldest it has been since winter began. We’ve been having a lot of rain lately and the temperature has been steadily dropping, but for once you won’t hear me complaining because a) my winter break is about to start soon so I won’t have to brave the rain and wind anymore and b) according to old beliefs, if it’s cold and rainy around the Lunar New Year, it’s going to be a good year (as opposed to last year, when the Lunar New Year was dry and warm). So bring it on!

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P/S: This outfit is a direct copy of Jessica Jones’ signature look. Last winter, I wore an outfit inspired by her, but now that I’ve got the leather jacket, the jeans, and the boots, I decided to just copy it. Can’t you tell I’m already looking forward to “The Defenders“?

Sweater: gift, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Boots: Clarks, Scarf: homemade


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.

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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!