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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Summery Vibe

For this week’s SIA, inspired by J.C. Leyendecker‘s ad for Arrow shirt collar, I went the simple route by pairing my white blouse with my gray pants. A collared, button-up shirt would be a naturally choice, but as I’m on summer break and want to keep the outfit casual, I went with this blouse. At first, I planned to pair it with my white pants, but they don’t match – and you know how twitchy I get about mismatched whites and blacks – so in the end, I chose these pants, which are an entirely different shade but still light enough to mimic the light tones of the ad. For a touch of color, I used my green scarf as a belt, and because the two people in the ad look like they’re on a boat, I wore my brown loafers, which kinda look like boat shoes. So yeah, it’s simple, but I think it’s a pretty close interpretation.

Don’t forget to send me your outfit if you haven’t already, and come back on Wednesday to see other looks inspired by this ad!


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.


Stripes & Leaf

Another work outfit straggler here. This was taken a while ago, so I didn’t remember why I added a brooch to this outfit. Oh wait, I think it was the day we had some important meeting or something, but it was too hot to wear a more formal shirt, so I added a brooch to make my T-shirt look less casual. And because my shirt has green stripes, a leaf brooch seemed like a good choice.

Hot as it was back then, it was probably still blessedly cool compared to this past week. Yesterday the heat index was nearly 120F! Thankfully school was out so I no longer have to come into work. Even if I still had to work, I don’t think I could bike in this heat. I would be cooked alive.


Summer Floral

We are still in the grips of a heatwave, so here’s a simple outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by a piece of Spanish embroidery. Since I’ve worn a very similar outfit for another SIA challenge, I decided to switch it up by pairing this floral T-shirt with white jeans and adding my green heels to mimic the green scroll at the bottom of the piece. I have to admit, the shoes are kind of an afterthought and I’m not entirely happy with them because they are a bit formal and don’t really go with the rest of the outfit, which is more casual. If I had built the outfit around the shoes, I would’ve worn my embroidered blouse instead. But it was too hot to think anyway, so here we are.

Don’t forget to send your outfit to Daenel (if you haven’t already) and check out her blog on Wednesday for the round-up of all outfits inspired by this work of art!


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.