Accessory Slump

On Wednesday’s post, I talked about feeling unmotivated to put together an interesting outfit. I think part of the reason is that I’m bored with my accessories (but don’t want to buy new ones) and don’t know how else to jazz up my outfits. Scarves are out of the question; light-weight, summery shirts don’t hold up brooches well, and sometimes you have to choose between necklaces and printed shirts. Occasionally, I would bring out my bracelet/cuff, but it always feels forced and doesn’t go well with the outfit at all – like here. Actually I wasn’t planning on wearing this cuff with this outfit, but then I was going to see Wonder Woman after work, and since I don’t have a tiara or lasso or invisible jet, I decided to play homage by wearing the cuff.

As for the movie… weeeeeeeeeeell, I’m going to be the unpopular opinion here and say that I wasn’t impressed. I think I got overhyped on it – everybody is gushing about how great it is – so I ended up underwhelmed. Sure, I appreciate the fact that it’s a female superhero movie, and I’m happy that it’s directed by a woman, but it’s… kind of boring, to be honest. I think the praises come from the fact that the bar for DC movies is set so low and this is the first decent female superhero movie (like, first ever), so it is just the thing that people want right now. It may be an important first step toward more diversity and equality in the genre, but it didn’t change my mind about the DC Extended Universe. I’m going to stick with Marvel, thank you every much. (I mean in terms of superhero movies in general. I know the portrayal of female characters in Marvel films is problematic. If I want an action film with good female characters, I’ll go with Mad Max: Fury Road.)

That doesn’t stop me from doing a Wonder Woman pose though…

True Casual

Sorry for the spotty posting this past week. My Singapore trip may have been over but the exchange program is not – for the past two weeks, our school has been playing host to the Singaporean students as they travel to Hanoi and experience Vietnamese culture. As the coordinator, it is my job to take them around town (and also out of town) for sightseeing and various events, so I haven’t had much time to take outfit photos or even to put together a blog-worthy outfit. The program ends this week though, so hopefully next week things will be back to normal. In the meantime, here’s a good example of what I’ve been wearing – very unfussy, utilitarian stuff.

Sweater: local shop, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Sneakers: hand-me-down

Easy And Familiar

My outfits always suffer a bit after I got back from a trip. After three weeks living out of a suitcase, I had to familiarize myself with the rest of my closet again, which means I’m going to reach for my staple pieces, the easiest things to wear, the things I know will always work without me having to put much thought into it. And that means stripes, jeans, oxford shoes, a leather jacket, and a scarf and a brooch (one of the two I got in Singapore, “L” is for my family name) to add some interest. Sure, it looks familiar – when I was uploading the photos I had to look through my archives to make sure I haven’t worn the same thing before – but it looks good, and that’s what matters.

Sweatshirt: Earth Music & Ecology, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Scarf:, Brooch: vintage

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

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!

Tricksy Hobbitses

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Sorry for the radio silence these past two days, my Internet died and I’ve been too busy to schedule my posts beforehand. But the Internet is back up now, and I’ll make it up with 5 posts next week. I’ve been skipping Wednesday for a few weeks because I don’t have enough material, but now I think I’ve saved up enough to get back to posting 5 times a week.

On to the outfit: the weather has been tricky lately (hence the Gollum post title, it seems appropriate for my mood). It suddenly warms up to upper 80’s temperature again, though it remains cool in the morning and at night. The answer to that is, of course, layering, like I did here, but I would certainly prefer it to stay cool all through the day. But I guess that’s global warming for you…

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Top: Mango, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Shoes: local shop, Brooch: flea market in The Hague

Menswear? Check! Baseball? Not So Much…

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This week’s SIA, inspired by a vintage Chicago Cubs scorecard, is a bit tricky for me. I know I wouldn’t be able to mimic the colors of the scorecard itself. I could use baseball as an inspiration, but I don’t have my baseball T-shirt anymore. It mentions menswear on the scorecard (as a sort of advertisement/sponsor, I’m guessing), which I could use as a jumping off point, but I wouldn’t be able to mimic the nattily-dressed man in the ad either (a boater hat in this weather? No.)

In the end, I decided on an extremely loose interpretation with a menswear-inspired outfit. My blazer, button-up shirt, boyfriend jeans, oxfords, and lapel pin are all classic menswear pieces, and I managed to add a nod to the inspiration with my striped scarf – to mimic the man’s striped socks. Good thing I remembered it at the last minute, but it also means that the scarf was super wrinkled. Sorry!

So yeah, a loose interpretation, but I quite like it. Now I’m looking forward to tomorrow to see how others interpret this. Remember to stop by Erin’s blog to check it out!

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Blazer: Warehouse, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Shirt: local shop, Scarf: hand-me-down, Pin: Forever21, Oxfords: Vagabond