Tricolor

When it comes to color combinations, red, white, and blue is pretty much a classic, isn’t it? As I was putting this outfit together (well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. “Putting this outfit together” mostly consists of me ironing the shirt), I was struck by how many countries have red, white, and blue flags. I know that the flag of France, for instance, was official adopted after the French Revolution, so the three colors stand for Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity, but I have no idea about the other countries. And, even in the case the French flag, how did those colors come to symbolize these ideas? I did some Googling, but there is no definitive answer. The only thing I could glean is that there are so many tricolor flags because of colonization (for example, all the former British and Dutch colonies also have red, white, and blue flags).

You know what, I bet it’s just a case of some person looking at these colors and thinking, “Hey, they look nice together.” Like I did with this outfit 🙂

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Childhood Book

This is another simple outfit, but I think I was subconsciously inspired by one of my favorite childhood books, “The Adventures of Dunno and His Friends“. It’s a Soviet children’s book about a group of tiny, childlike people (like, actual tiny, about the size of a medium cucumber) that go on an adventure in a hot-air balloon. I’ve worn out my copy years ago, so I was really happy to be able to find the reprinted edition in the store recently. And if you look at the cover, well, you can see where my outfit comes from.

In other news, these heels sadly bit the dust after I was caught in the rain, but I didn’t mourn them too much because they’re not real leather and I’ve been wearing them for a while. Plus, it gives me the reason to look for new black pumps 😀


Unmotivated

These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago – with the semester winding down and the crazy weather, I haven’t been taking outfit photos as frequently as I like do. Plus, I’ve been feeling a distinct lack of motivation to come up with an interesting outfit. The other day, I spent about an hour before bed trying to decide what to wear and ended up thinking, What the hell, I’m just going to spend the entire day grading papers anyway, so I just threw on a T-shirt and a pair of jeans. Functional, but not exactly blog-worthy.

I’m sure I’ll get over this rut sooner or later, but it’s a bit frustrating in the meantime. My fellow style bloggers – what do you guys do when you’re in a style rut?


Cooling Effect

We’re in a grip of a record-breaking heatwave here in Hanoi (the heat index has been hovering around 120F every day since last Wednesday). It seems I’ve been saying that every summer, but then again every summer they told us the heatwave was breaking another record. I guess that’s global warming for you. This outfit was from last week, when it was still blessedly cool, and I was hoping that the blue color would have some cooling effect – for me at least. The heat is so bad that I can’t even bear to look at warm colors right now.


I’m One With The Force

Happy Star Wars day! Anybody pumped for The Last Jedi? I’m always kinda disappointed that I only got into Star Wars after I already moved home, so I can’t discuss it with my film buff friends. Sure, we talk on Tumblr and Facebook, but it’s not the same. I may work at a film school, but my co-workers are hopeless when it comes to pop culture. When it comes to things like sci-fi and superheroes, I always end up talking to my students.

Anyway, the outfit is unrelated, but it looks like I’m channeling R2-D2 with my white, blue, and a touch of red. I’m also wearing my “Moon of Yavin” necklace (that’s what I’m calling it anyway), so I guess you can say my outfit is celebrating Star Wars too.

Top & Heels: Mango, Cardigan: Zara, Pants & Necklace: local shop


Patchwork

I thought I would struggle a bit with this week’s SIA, inspired by the Korean jogabok wrapping cloth, because it’s so colorful and I don’t have anything like that in my closet. But then I noticed there are white and blue squares in the cloth, and I have just the right piece for it. Then I added some pink and red accents with my belt and shoes, and my bow brooch as the last touch, to mimic the bow in the middle of the cloth – and I’m done. It was way easier than I expected.

Top: Mango, Pants & Heels: local shops, Belt: thrifted, Brooch: vintage

Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog tomorrow for other looks inspired by this piece!


Just Right

Last time I wore these pants, they made me feel French, and this time, my outfit feels vaguely Japanese. It’s probably because it was inspired by this blog of a Japanese stylist, or because of the minimalist styling. I did put on a necklace but I took it off before taking pictures. The outfit doesn’t need it. It’s just right the way it is – simple and to the point. Just like this post 🙂

Top: Earth Music & Ecology, Pants: local shop, Flats: Vagabond