Under The Sea

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My initial plan for this week’s SIA, inspired by the illustration in David Wiesner’s book Flotsam, was pretty simple: orange and blue, done. But then I remember that I have the perfect piece for this – my lobster skirt. Before Debbi and I moved home, we decided to make matching skirts (using the tutorial from What Would a Nerd Wear) and got this lobster fabric from JoAnn because it looked fun and Debbi comes from a lobstering town. But we procrastinated so much that Debbi went home, taking her sewing machine with her before we could actually make the skirts, so I asked a friend to finish them for us. We almost wore them while we went to Ha Long Bay last summer, but in the end decided that we needed to be a lot drunker to make matching lobster skirts work 😛

Stop by Animated Cardigan to see all the other interpretations of this illustration!

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It was so hot, I had to accessorize with a huge palm-leaf fan

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Shirt: Old Navy, Skirt: gift (since I didn’t actually make it)
Brooch: vintage, Flats: borrowed from my sister


Pink Bow

coral t-shirt yellow floral skirt brown sandals by 14 shades of grey

It’s another SIA challenge and here’s my interpretation of Jeff Koon‘s “Pink Bow”. I knew it would be difficult because the painting is mostly gold and pink and I have no gold and very little pink in my closet. This is what I came up with – the yellow instead of the gold, and the coral T-shirt because there is a bit of that in the painting from where the bow is reflected off of the gold background. The sandals don’t go, but I tried it with my yellow flats and it looked worse, so sandals it is.

P/S: Happy Earth Day! Before you get off the computer and go outside to celebrate, make sure to stop by Animated Cardigan to see how the others did 🙂

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Shirt: H&M (thrifted), Skirt: thrifted, Sandals: Zalora, Flower pin: Modcloth

Nite Owl

orange t-shirt polka dot pants owl necklace by 14 shades of grey

I used to be a real morning bird. It comes from having to wake up early to catch the bus to school for twelve years, and even during my college and grad school days I still managed to get up fairly early. Lately though, I’ve been staying up later and later, because it’s the only time I can write – I can’t seem to concentrate during the day. I don’t like it, because I feel so lazy getting up late in the morning, plus I have to eat breakfast by myself. But at least it’s paying off; I’m steadily hitting 1000 words a day, and getting closer to the finishing line. The story still reads like a Vietnamese remake of American Gods, but I’ve decided not to worry about that right now.

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And yes, that’s a Watchmen reference in the post title. Back in LA my friends and I have once discussed dressing up as gender-swapped Watchmen for Halloween, and I picked Nite Owl – Nite Owl II, to be exact. I would’ve liked to be Rorschach – he’s more me, and that costume would’ve been a lot simpler. Alas, he was already taken.

… Come to think of it, my story is a bit like Watchmen too.

T-shirt: Old Navy, Jeans: refashioned by me
Loafers: thrifted, Necklace: Modcloth

From The Mall II

I feel kinda bad that since Debbi got here, the place she and I hang out at the most is actually the mall. In our excuse, the weather has been really patchy, blazing heat one day, endless rain the next, and since we were both recently sick, somewhere indoor is probably the safest place to hang out (weather-wise. I’m not quite sure about germ-wise.) Today we went to the mall again, saw a movie each (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for me and The Bourne Legacy for Debbi. Vampire Hunter is just OK, it feels oddly disjointed, like a Lincoln biopic and a vampire movie clumsily mashed into one. Bourne Legacy is apparently good), and hung out at coffee shops and bookstores.

The most sci-fi looking glass of mango juice I’ve ever seen, and a ridiculously cute lamp

Some chromatically confused coffee cups

My outfit is for this week’s Style Imitating Art, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s “From the Plains II”:

Also, check out my new nerd glasses. I only wear glasses at the movies, so my one criteria is “frame as big as possible.” Not only do these are perfect for that, they also mean I can now dress up as Moss from The IT Crowd for Halloween.

I spilled half of my popcorn. Such a graceful creature I am

T-shirt: Old Navy, Pants: thrifted, Belt: Vietnamese shop
Shoes: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange

Don’t forget to check Thrifted Shift to see how the painting is interpreted!

Fourth of July

Indoor photos again because it’s been raining nearly non-stop for the last couple of days (not that I’m complaining.) This is not exactly red, white, and blue, but it’s my contribution to the Fourth of July festivities. The US has been my adopted home for seven years, so the least I could do is to wear an outfit that (sort of) celebrates its Independence Day. So what are your plans for today?

I just realized that this time last year, I was at #23 of my 30×30 (technically it was 33×33) too ! How’s that for a coincidence?

T-shirt: H&M (thrifted), Skirt: thrifted
Flats: Payless, Bracelet: self-made


Halfway through. Funny, during my last 30×30 I fell like outfit #15 was such an accomplishment, but this time I felt like I’ve barely started. Maybe it’s because this time I don’t have to worry about shoes and such – but then again I haven’t used a great variety of shoes and accessories either. Maybe it’s just because I’ve had experience. Whatever it is, I didn’t feel like quitting like I did last time – as long as I’m not too lazy to take pictures, I will finish this challenge.

T-shirt: H&M (thrifted), Shorts: Express (thrifted & dyed)
Sandals: Easy Spirit (thrifted), Scarf: borrowed from my mom

Before I forget: here’s this week’s inspiration for Style Imitating Art, Starry Night over the Rhone by Vincent Van Gogh. I’ve debated which Van Gogh painting to feature; I went back and forth between Irises and The Red Vineyard, before deciding on this because it’s a little less famous. Send me your outfit pictures by Sunday evening, and come back here next week to see how it’s interpreted!

Balancing Act

I’ve only worn this cardigan once since I thrifted it, not because I don’t like it, but because I feel like it makes my outfit too fussy (the last time I wore it, I was going for a vintage look.) So today I paired it with a simple T-shirt and jeans to balance out the fussiness. I guess my style is all about balance – between femininity and masculinity, vintage and modern, casual and dressy… And balance is always good, as Mr. Miyagi says 🙂

Oh and this necklace is for Everybody Everywear’s DIY challenge. I made it with this tutorial from Studs and Pearls.

Hey, I didn’t even notice, but the bows on my flats match my necklace!

T-shirt: H&M thrifted, remixed
Cardigan: Ann Taylor thrifted, remixed
Jeans: The Limited thrifted, remixed
Flats: Nicole thrifted, remixed
Necklace: self-made

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