Pink Gingham Shirt

I’ve been staring at this post for half an hour, not knowing what to name it, before deciding, “To hell with it, I’m just going to label it by whatever I’m wearing.” Sometimes, when it’s the end of the week and your mind is giving up on you, that’s all you can do. You want evidence for how gone my mind is? I initially typed that sentence as “its the end of the week and you’re mind is giving up”. I think that counts as a mini stroke.

Is it me, or does this outfit looks kind of 1950’s/1960’s? If the pants had a higher waist, I wouldn’t look out of place as a Mad Men extra (back when Don and Betty are still married and living in Ossining, of course.)

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Poppy #2

This is outfit #2 for SIA, inspired by this illustration of a Memorial Day poppy. It’s actually my original outfit, but I wasn’t too happy with it when I put it together. The pants are OK, but I don’t have any bright orange piece in my closet that can match the poppy in the illustration and I had to make do with this peach T-shirt. I figure the design on the shirt can also be a nod to the swirling lines of the poppy itself. It may not be the perfect SIA outfit, but it’s still a pretty good outfit on its own, so I decided to give it a chance.


Grumpy Bird

This outfit is not very blog-worthy, I know – I tried making it more interesting with the half-tuck, but I can’t do “trendy” touches like that; they just look sloppy on me. No, the real interest of the outfit is my brooch. It’s a present from my sister, and normally I don’t wear brooches with button-up shirts (except for maybe the ocassional small pin on the collar), but I had to wear it this time because the bird’s expression matches my mood so well. Just look how grumpy it is!

I’m grumpy too, because even though May is over, I’m still not done with school – next week I have to sit in on the thesis committee for the screenwriting students. Well, at least I’m not on the receiving end. I may have finished grad school 7 years ago (gods, has it really been that long?!) but I can still remember how nerve-wrecking those meetings can be.


Button Up, Button Down

Quiz time: what do you call this shirt? A button-up, button-down, or oxford shirt? I always call it a button-up, and apparently, there is a difference between a button-up and a button-down – a button-down is one with two buttons on the collar, holding it down, and usually those are only featured on men’s shirts. Interestingly enough, in Vietnam this type of shirt is translated literally to “German-collar shirt”. I don’t know why. I believe this turned-down collar is invented by a French tailor, so I have no idea what German has to do with it, but that’s language for you. And this is the point where I’ve typed the word “collar” so many times that it’s lost all meaning.

Anyway, I actually bought these two things together and even tried them on together at the store, but I didn’t think about pairing them until now. I thought the two rows of buttons would be too much, but they actually go quite well together, 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.


Pink Spring

We’re finally having some spring-like weather around here, but while it is humid, thankfully it remains cool, rather than hot and humid, so getting dressed is still enjoyable instead of the chore it is during the warmer months. I always prefer to dress in layers – it’s much easier to add interest with layers – so as long as it stays cool, I’m happy.

That said, this (new) shirt can still add interest to an outfit even by itself. If you look at the close-up, you can see that its buttons are actually printed with a subtle floral pattern. Very appropriate for spring without being obvious. I’m sure Miranda Priestly will approve.