Hobby Blogging

This outfit is nothing to write home about, but I was quite excited to add the fun socks to liven it up. And that excitement about the outfit suddenly got me wondering why I was doing this, putting such thoughts into my outfits and photographing them and blogging about them when they’re not likely to make any difference in the world and certainly not any money. But then I realized it was simply because I enjoy doing it. It’s a hobby, and much like any other hobby, I do it for fun.

In fact, I believe that the moment you can monetize your hobby, then it’s no longer a hobby. The pressure for financial gain would drain all the fun from it. I do admit, there was a time when I felt a bit pressured to “generate content” for the blog or whatever, especially when I first started out, but now I view it as my personal journal and don’t really care how many people read it (that said, if you’re still reading this, thank you!)


Untrendy

I’m not a very trendy person, style-wise. I mostly wear what I like regardless of trends. However, I can’t escape trends altogether, especially when I live in a place still ruled by fast fashion. So my approach is to look at what’s currently on trend and see if any of it can fit into my style. Unfortunately, the most prevalent trend right now seems to be 90s revival, which, no offense, is hideous (my most obnoxious teenage years were spent in those styles; I don’t need to see them again, thank you very much.)

That said, there is one current trend that I can get behind – the wide-leg pants. I’m still holding on to my skinny jeans, but as the weather starts warming up, I want a looser silhouette. So far you’ve seen the wide-leg khaki pants I wore for SIA a couple of weeks ago, and here is another pair. I’m not sure if the blazer works (it’s too long and too boxy), but I’ve gotten a few compliments for this outfit from my students and co-workers, so I must be doing something right.


The Longest Month

Is May the longest month of the year, or do I just feel that way because the end of the semester is drawing near? Every year, May is always the hardest month for me to get through, not because it’s particularly busier (if anything, it’s actually not as busy because classes are ending; I only have grading to do), but because it’s just so tedious. At least this year I have two things to look forward to at the end of it: one, Snow Patrol’s new album is coming on on May 25th (we only had to wait 7 years for it, but yay!!!) and two, we are going on a family trip in early June. Small things, but they keep me going.

Those, and the fact that I can now start wearing T-shirts and sneakers to work more often.


Late Blossoms

My students gave me this cherry blossom brooch for International Women’s Day back in March, but I didn’t get around to wearing it until now.  And wearing it reminded me of the cherry blossoms at Lake Balboa Park near my apartment in LA (not to be confused with Balboa Park in San Diego).

If there is one thing I missed about living in LA, it’s the cherry blossoms at a park near my apartment building. Every year around March, I would spend almost all of my days off there, taking photos of the clouds of pink blossoms until my camera battery died. I even remember seeing some Japanese-American families there for blossom-viewing parties. You don’t get flowers like that in Vietnam (well, we do have plum blossoms and peach blossoms here around February, but you’d have to travel to the mountain region to see them in large quantities.) Guess I’ll just have to be content with some old photos then.


Millennial Pink

Does anybody have tips on how to clean light-colored suede shoes? I love these sneakers, but they get so dingy so fast. They used to be pink, but now they’re faded to a dirty beige (trust me, it takes some Photoshop skills to get them to look presentable in the photos.) Suede cleaner is not readily available here, so I have tried every home remedy from baking soda and vinegar to rubbing alcohol, but nothing seems to work. Which is a shame, because I would love to wear these shoes more often.


Gingham And Floral

Like I said last week, I picked this inspiration for SIA – “Roots” by Spanish photographer Miguel Vallinas – precisely because I already have similar items in my closet – cream-colored cardigan, blue gingham shirt, light-washed jeans. So the outfit came together in an instant. The only detail that requires some thinking is the flower part of the photo, but then I remembered my pink floral scarf and it’s done. Easy peasy. Just what I need during these crazy, end-of-semester weeks (our long winter break doesn’t happen until February, but the semester ends in 3 weeks.)

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, the deadline is tomorrow, so get to it! And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for the full round-up of all interpretations.

 


Spring Transition

It was still chilly here during the last few weeks, but I’m getting tired of my winter wardrobe. So I tried to make it more spring-appropriate by adding some lighter pieces, like these pink sneakers. Not the most revolutionary idea in the world, I admit, but at least it’s something other than boots all the time. I must remember to find another background to take photos whenever I’m wearing them though. They’re almost the same color as our front yard so they never show up well in photos.

Funny story: I packed these sneakers for my Europe trip last summer, and when my friend in Amsterdam mentioned that people often wear pink for the Gay Pride Parade, I said I would wear as well. She howled with laughter when she saw my “pink” item – of course, they’re practically nude-colored and a far cry from the vivid shades of pink sported by the parade-goers. But by heck, they’re the only pink thing I own so I’d wear them to the Pride Parade if I wanted, and I did!

Top: Uniqlo, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: local shop, Sneakers: Johann Cruyff