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.

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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


Quiet On The Set!

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This week’s outfit posts have been seriously lacking because 1) the weather can’t seem to make up its mind if it wants to be summer or fall, and 2) I’ve been busy supervising a student’s film shoot. So all week, I’ve been wearing something similar to this – button-up shirts, pants, and sneakers. Close-toed shoes are a must on every film set. (No, really. It’s an actual rule. As in, you won’t be allowed on set if you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops. Who knows what’ll fall on your toes. I got that drilled into me during my entire time in film school – not that I ever had a problem with that, because sneakers are pretty much all I wore in college.)

I miss being on set, so I was actually looking forward to this, but after two days, I’d had my fill. It wasn’t a bad experience or anything. I just remember that being on set, especially somebody else’s set, means standing around and waiting. And waiting some more. For a long time. And the set of a student film in Vietnam doesn’t even have a craft service table where you can pass the time with some snacks. Next time I’ll remember to bring a book.

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Shirt: local shop, Jeans: H&M, Sneakers: Johann Cruyff, Watch: hand-me-down


The Chocolate Girl

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I had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA, inspired by Jean-EtiĆ©nne Liotard’s “The Chocolate Girl” – it was the same base of this shirt and this pair of pants, but the accessories would be different. Alas, the weather again intervened – it’s ridiculously warm for mid-October, even by our standard – and prevented me from wearing my pink scarf, so I had to think of a different pink item to mimic the pink cap in the painting. In the end, I decided on my light pink sneakers. I also added the yellow belt for the girl’s marigold sleeves and my china brooch for the chocolate cup. Overall, it’s a bit expected, but I like it.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the full round-up of other looks inspired by this lovely painting!

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Shirt & Belt: local shops, Pants: Topshop, Sneakers: Johann Cruyff, Brooch: vintage


Breathe

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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


Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts

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This is one of those outfits where I liked the individual components, but somehow they never became a cohesive whole. I liked this shirt with these jeans, I liked the color combination of navy + light blue + pink, and I liked the owl brooch peeking out of the shirt pocket (I was inspired by these shirts – even though my owl isn’t hiding anything :P). And yet the whole outfit was just one big “MEH”. Maybe it’s the shoes. Something lighter – like sandals, maybe – would bring this together better. Next time!

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Shirt: Mango, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Sneakers: Johan Cruyff, Brooch: borrowed from my mom