It may not look like it from the full shots, but I’m actually wearing all the basic colors in this outfit – there are black and white from my skirt and shirt, and my shirt has red, blue, and green prints on it, and the yellow is from my shoes. Yeah, the shirt is new – I think most of my purchases this season has been “quirky button-ups”, which, when I think about it, is very much my style. It’s too bad that the Top 10 challenge is already drawing to a close, because I would’ve added this shirt to it in a heartbeat.
Shirt: Mango, Skirt: hand-me-down, Necklace & Shoes: Forever21
The other day I saw on Tumblr a text post that says “I want to look like an Arctic Monkeys song”, and that got me thinking about how fashion can be linked to specific kinds of music. I’m not talking about entire cultures like punk or goth, but rather how some songs can conjure up images of a certain style, you know? For example, Ray LaMontagne’s Empty always makes me think of boho lawn dresses and loose hair with flowers woven into them.
And then that got me thinking, if I were to say “I want to look like a [band/artist] song”, who would I pick? Well, Lisa Hannigan is kind of my style icon, but I wouldn’t describe my style using her music, which is a bit too folksy. I wouldn’t pick Snow Patrol either, whose sound is much too expansive (is that a word you can use to describe music? I mean the kind of the music you’d play in a stadium). Not Belle & Sebastian, who is too twee, and not Kasabian, who is a bit too edgy. Then I have it: Tired Pony. Their music just the right mix: simple, streamlined, a bit hipster, a bit quirky. And the fact that they have a song called That Silver Necklace is just perfect.
Is it weird that I actually spend time thinking about this?
Shirt: Gap, Shoes & Necklace: Forever21, Skirt: thrifted
This week’s look (not very cohesive, I admit, but I like them):
This has nothing to do with the outfit, but recently, I’ve turned down an offer for a temporary but potentially exciting gig, in favor of my sometimes tedious but steadier job. Although I feel, ultimately, it was the right choice, I still wonder. Admittedly, if I took that offer, I doubt I’d be anything more than a glorified errand-girl, but it may open up doors for me… or it may not. And then, as I was wondering about this, I thought to myself, is it adulthood? Having to make decisions on your own and live with the consequences, whether you like it or not? I guess so. Once again, I have to turn to my favorite comedian, Dylan Moran, who has so many great quotes about adulthood:
And of course I never missed a chance to insert a Dylan Moran gif
OK, serious talk over. Back to the fashion: I’m adding this striped top and these oxford heels to my Top 10. The heels are a bit beat-up, but they are my favorite, so I want to give them one last hurrah before retiring them to the Big Shoebox in the Sky.
Top & Shoes: Forever21, Skirt: thrifted, Necklace: local shop
It’s not until I uploaded these photos into my computer that I realized this outfit could actually work for next week’s SIA. The funny thing is, I wasn’t thinking about SIA at all; in fact, this was my take on this pin, but I guess I was subconsciously influenced by the painting or something. I already have another outfit lined up for SIA too… maybe I’ll just send Jess both then.
Shirt: thrifted, Scarf: hand-me-down, Jeans: Hermes, Heels: Forever21
One of the surest signs of spring in our garden is the amaryllis blooms. This year, thanks to the rain, they’re stronger than ever, and every pot is a mass of bright red. So naturally I had to use them as the background for my photos, especially since my scarf kinda matches the blooms a bit too, though it’s orange and yellow rather than red.
As for the outfit, I’m thinking this is a formula worth remembering for spring and fall – simple top, blazer, jeans, heels or ankle boots, and light scarf. I’m still having some difficulty dressing like a teacher and not a student (mostly because I don’t remember to!) but a blazer really does go a long way in making an outfit look more professional.
Blazer & Scarf: hand-me-down, Jeans: Mango, T-shirt: Uniqlo, Heels: Forever21
My sister and brother-in-law have moved into their new apartment with an oven and everything, and our family starts to make a habit out of having dinner over there at least once a week. In a weird coincidence/serendipity, yesterday my dad was given a fresh turkey by one of his colleagues, who knows a turkey farmer – turkeys are gaining popularity here. Long story short, we decided to have an early Thanksgiving/Teacher’s Day celebration (November 20th is Teacher’s Day in Vietnam) instead of waiting until the actual Thanksgiving, because a fresh turkey will definitely taste better than a frozen one. And it was. We had turkey, with roasted root vegetables and pumpkin soup – classic Thanksgiving feast. Hopefully we can make this a tradition from now on, because like I always say, we need more food-based holidays in Vietnam 😛
By the way, the outfit is my attempt to recreate this (right down to the photo), but I don’t think I can pull off that “disheveled chic” look. I just end up looking straight-up disheveled. Also, I swear my tights are black, even though they appear purple. I should probably dial back that color correction.
Sweater: Fedora Boutique, Skirt & Scarf: hand-me-down, Tights: Target, Heels: Forever21