Hello From Singapore

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Just a quick post to let you guys know my week in Singapore is going well. It’s been raining almost every day, so it’s a lot cooler than I expected. I could’ve worn jeans if I wanted to! Still, I didn’t regret my packing strategy – I have plenty of choices for mix-and-match. The above outfit is a good sampler of what I wear most days (often I would have to add my blazer as well, because like I said, Singaporeans like their AC set to “arctic”.) I actually left a pair of sandals at home – three pairs of shoes are plenty – and I didn’t miss them at all.

I’m pretty busy with my students in classes and on excursions so I won’t be able to post much in the next two weeks, but there will be SIA posts on Monday as usual. See you guys!


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


Big Bargain

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In the post about my leather jacket, I said I couldn’t pass it up because it was such a bargain, even though a leather jacket doesn’t fit my style. It was the same reason that I bought this sweatshirt (in that same shopping trip on my last day in Amsterdam, actually), except I was hesitating because it’s too big on me. But I love the color (what do you call it? Pinkish brown? Dusky pink?) and the appliques, it was the last one on sale, and for 7 euros, it had to come home with me. I figure I can always layer another shirt underneath it or wear a coat on top to make it look less baggy.

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Sweatshirt: Esprit, Jeans & Necklace: local shop, Oxfords: Vagabond


Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

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I wore this last week to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter spin-off and sort-of prequel. Even before I saw the movie, I’m already in love with all of its 1920’s costumes, especially Tina’s menswear outfits (although the Aurors’ leather dusters are pretty fabulous too). So I was trying to recreate her look here – a button-up shirt, a tweed jacket, wide-leg wool pants, oxfords, a cloche, and a pendant. I could’ve added my trench coat or wool coat as well, but it was too bulky on top of my jacket. Besides, it’s not that cold yet, and this is supposed to be an “inspired” outfit, not a cosplay. Of course, that didn’t stop me from using my copy of Fantastic Beasts as a prop though šŸ˜›

As for the movie, it’s definitely fun and magical, but I can’t help feeling it was two movies crammed into one. The Grindelwald storyline was shoehorned into it and had very little to do with Newt Scamander. It’s a shame, really, because they could’ve developed it into two film series – one family-friendly series about New Scamander’s adventures in the world of cryptozoology, and a darker, PG-13 prequel series about the battle between young Dumbledore and Grindelwald. The movies would be better and the studio would’ve made twice the money. Ugh. Those foolish Muggles!

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Shirt: Topshop, Jacket & Pants: hand-me-down, Oxfords: Vagabond, Cloche: Target, Necklace: local shop


The Tempest

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My interpretation for this week’s SIA, inspired by “Tempest” by Florida-based artist John Larriva, is pretty self-explanatory. Black turtleneck and leather jacket for the black top the girl in the painting is wearing, and blue jeans and blue pendant for the blue background – done! But as I was putting the post together, I realized my outfit could be seen as a nod to Shakespeare’s The Tempest as well – the blue to represent the sea and the island where Prospero and Miranda are stranded (my pendant even has some swirls in it like water), and the black to represent the storm and Prospero’s magic. I don’t know if the artist has Shakespeare in mind when he painted this painting (other than the title), but now it has given me the idea to write a modern-day version of The Tempest. Not likeĀ Forbidden Planet, which is the sci-fi version, but set in actual modern day, with supernatural elements, sort of likeĀ Lost. That could work, couldn’t it? (Sorry, that’s the way my brain thinks, always trying to come up with new story ideas.)

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the full round-up post!

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Top: Uniqlo, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Boots: Topshop, Necklace: local shop


At Last

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After waiting for what seems like forever, we finally got some cool weather around here. Time to put away the fans and the air conditioner’s remote control. Time to join the rest of the blogosphere and rejoice in sweaters, boots, scarves, and layers. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go dig out my duvet. It’s probably too soon, because it’s going to warm up again next week, but I have been waiting for this for so long that the excitement is getting to my head a bit (and besides, I’m not totally delusional. It’s cooling down again soon :)).

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Sweatshirt: Earth Music & Ecology, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Topshop, Necklace: Lia Sophia


Monochromatic Peacock

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My problem with this week’s SIA is not that I didn’t know what to wear, but that I had too many possible options for it. That’s what happens when you have a closet full of black, white, and gray things and the principal colors in the inspiration piece are black, white, and gray. I even considered waiting until Tuesday, when the weather forecast says it’s going to cool down considerably, to wear my gray cardigan or sweatshirt, but decided that I wouldn’t have time to edit the photos, write the post and send everything to Jen on time. So here’s what I finally settled on, even though it means I’ve worn these pants for SIA twice in a row.

It’s all pretty self-explanatory, except for the necklace – I didn’t want to add a yellow or orange “pop of color” because I felt that would be too cliched, so I chose the circle necklace to mimic the yellow circle behind the peacock. Done and done.

Don’t forget to stop by Jen’s blog tomorrow to see other interpretations of this vintage Vogue cover. Happy Halloween!

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Shirt & Necklace: local shops, Pants: Topshop, Oxfords: Vagabond