SIA: The Flower Seller

My SIA outfit for this week is pretty simple and self-explanatory: a pink, floral-printed shirt, gray pants, and black flats to mimic the colors in the animation. The piece has a lot of green in it too, but with my background, I think I don’t need any more green in my outfit. And since the flower seller is riding her bike, of course I had to get a picture of myself riding my bike as well – even if it took a long time to get this shot! I take my outfit photos with a timer, so it was very difficult riding my bike around our driveway while hitting the timer at the right moment. Everything for SIA, right?

On a housekeeping note, I forgot that it’s the Fourth of July tomorrow, so if any of my US readers didn’t have time to send me their submissions due to the celebration, don’t worry. I’m going to extend the deadline until Wednesday (July 5th) and I’ll post the round-up on Thursday, so you guys can have more time.

Speaking of which, posting will be sporadic in the foreseeable future. This summer I’m mostly working from home, so I won’t have a lot of outfit posts, but I don’t want to put the blog on hiatus either, so I’ll just try to post when I can.


Breathe

pink floral top blue jeans pink sneakers by 14 shades of grey

We just got through another heatwave – it was our second or third of the summer, and each time it just got worse. You know when you open an oven and get blasted in the face with heat? Yeah, it’s been like that over here. Going outside is like stepping into an oven.

Thankfully there was some cool air last night to lift the heat (we’re expecting rain any minute now). So to celebrate, I put on a marginally cute outfit instead of the pajamas I’ve been wearing these past few days. Originally I wore this with my brown sandals, but they looked off somehow, so I swapped them for these sneakers and they work much better – they kind of match the top, so they keep the outfit balance and keep the color scheme cohesive (hey, even with a casual outfit, you have to put some thoughts into it!)

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Top: local shop, Jeans: Mango, Sneakers: Johan Cruyff


Weekly Capsule 39.3: Old Lady Shoes

pink floral top black skirt black oxfords by 14 shades of grey

Even though it’s pretty warm here (see: sleeveless shirt), I’m determined to add more fall-appropriate touches to my outfits. Like these oxfords. Truth be told, I’ve been having a hard time styling them. I don’t know what else to wear with them other than jeans. They’re a bit severe-looking, so this time I tried pairing them with something girly to see if that can be balanced out.

Well, it backfires, because they went from “masculine” to “old lady” in .01 seconds. How is that even possible?! Maybe I should just embrace their toughness and save them for my menswear outfits.

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black skirt black oxfords by 14 shades of greypink floral top by 14 shades of grey

Top: local shop, Skirt: thrifted, Shoes: Vagabond


Weekly Capsule 29.3: Proctor Time

pink floral shirt black pants green heels by 14 shades of grey

It’s college entrance season here in Vietnam, which means I again have to be a proctor at my school’s entrance examination. Taking a lesson from last year’s stint, this year I wore something with a pattern and colors just so I could have something to stare at while I sat for three hours not allowed to do anything. Happily the shoes I wore earlier in the week matched the green leaves on my floral print, so I could amuse myself by playing around with the laces too… for about a minute or so.

The terrible thing is that I have to proctor two exams this year, which means I have to do it again next week. Fun times.

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pink floral shirt necklace by 14 shades of greypink floral shirt black pants by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: local shop, Pants & Heels: thrifted, Necklace: gift


Weekly Capsule 29.2: Pink Summer

pink floral shirt navy boyfriend jeans by 14 shades of grey

This outfit is a copy of last week’s “Blue Summer“; I just switched out the top and added a bracelet. I’m still very much in my Begin Again phase, so it’s still boxy tops, loose pants, and flats, but at least this shirt is different from what I have (i.e. it’s not blue, gray, black, or white).

That Begin Again reference actually works on more than one level – I really am beginning again and slowing adding more colors back into my closet, just like when I first started the blog. Back then, though, I used to add whatever color I could find without thinking how it fit into my style. This time I’ll try to be smarter about it.

pink floral shirt navy boyfriend jeans brown sandals by 14 shades of greypink floral shirt navy boyfriend jeans cuff bracelet by 14 shades of grey

pink floral shirt by 14 shades of greypink floral shirt navy boyfriend jeans brown sandals by 14 shades of grey

Shirt & Cuff: local shops, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Sandals: gift