The Roads In Our Shoes

That title sounds kinda pretentious, doesn’t it? I just got the phrase from Death Cab for Cutie’s Soul and Body (“I do believe it’s true/That there are roads left in both of our shoes”), and since these are my “travel sandals”, I figured it would be appropriate. That’s it! I wasn’t trying to satirize “The Fault in Our Stars” or anything.

Anyway, you may have seen these sandals from my Cuba posts, but they’ve never made an official appearance on the blog before. They’re crazy comfortable (hence my go-to whenever I have to walk a lot), but they are also a bit too casual for work, which is why I’m only bringing them out for the summer.

Also, are these pants and this T-shirt match each other perfectly or what? I can’t believe it took me so long to pair them with each other.

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A Bookworm’s Problem

We finally had some rain after the scorching heat of last week. Though the rain isn’t as abundant as I’d like and makes the air quite muggy, at least it’s a relief not having to stay inside and have the air condition on all day.

I wore this a used book sale on Wednesday (it’s one of the things I miss about LA – the book sales at the local library every weekend and lunch at the dinner afterward.) I didn’t get a lot, only 4 books, but the again, I’m seriously running out of shelf space. I read a lot of ebooks, which helps, but holding an actual book is still so much better, you know? I also try to implement a “one in, one out” rule with my bookshelves like I do with my closet, but it’s a lot harder. Take Harry Potter, for example – I have both the UK and the US editions, and I’m not giving up either of them. They just look so lovely together.


Heatwave

We’re having the first heatwave of the summer, hence my simple and breezy outfit. I know most style guides would advice you to wear dresses or shorts in the summer, but I actually find a loose-fitting shirt and pair of pants work better for me. You won’t have to worry about thigh rub like you would in a dress, and with long pants instead of shorts, you won’t have to apply so much sunscreen and there is less surface for the bugs to feed on too. I always recoil in horror when I see tourists wandering around in shorts and tank tops (yes, I’m aware that I’m technically wearing a tank top too.) Cover up, people! There’s a reason people in Vietnam dress like this when we go out.


School’s Out

Now that school’s out for the summer (isn’t that an Alice Cooper song?) and I don’t have to meet students every day, my work clothes can be a lot more relaxed, and more relaxing, too. Not that my work clothes are ever formal or business-like (one of the things I love about working at a film school), but I always try dressing a bit more professionally whenever I have to teach – blouses and skirts and heels instead of T-shirts and flats, for example. But as these are the last days of the semester, I can afford to be a little more comfortable.

These pants are quickly becoming my go-to for the summer. They’re ridiculously comfy, they go with everything, and apparently, linen is a big trend this summer, so they’re an all-around winner. Same goes for these loafers. The pointed toes make them more dressy than your average flats, but they still retain all the comfort. I’m finding it increasingly harder to wear heels. Just one day in heels and my knees would be killing me. Maybe I’m getting old.


Poppy #1

This is outfit #1 of my interpretations of this week’s SIA, inspired by the botanic illustration of a Memorial Day Poppy – I was so inspired that I actually put together two different outfits for SIA! It wasn’t my intention; I already had an outfit lined up, but by a stroke of luck, I found this floral-printed tee, and its colors and graphic prints are so perfect that I had to build another outfit around it. I finished the outfit with these green pants (naturally) and strappy black sandals to echo the black-and-white butterfly in the illustration.

Outfit #2 would be posted on Wednesday, so stay tuned! And don’t forget to check Jen’s blog for other interpretations of this illustration.


Monkey Business

OK, so there is no monkey in my outfit, but there are birds! This is the only animal-themed shirt I own (beside my cat T-shirt), so it would have to do for this outfit inspired by a monkey trading card of the Allen & Ginter tobacco company. For the rest of the outfit, I stuck to the green-and-brown color scheme of the card and also added a pin – it could be a feather or a palm frond, depending on how you look at it – to mimic the details of the card.

This has been a really fun SIA challenge. If you haven’t sent your outfit to Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com), do so by Tuesday, and don’t forget to drop by her blog to see other interpretations of this card!