Singapore Street

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See what I did with the title there? Singapore Street = Sing Street. Get it? *rimshot* Yes, thank you, I’ll be here all week.

Anyway, here is my interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by the poster of “Sing Street” (sorry it wasn’t a proper “outfit” photo, I wanted to include the buildings in the background.) It’s pretty straightforward – all black with a green accent from my scarf and pops of colors from my sneakers. I also took the photo against the green of the Marina Bay to mimic the green background of the poster. I had something yellow with me as well – my umbrella – but I already got funny looks from wearing a blanket scarf in 90+ degrees, so I didn’t want to invite more funny looks by taking out my umbrella when it wasn’t raining.

(Though, to be fair, the scarf was not just something I wore for SIA; it has been a life saver on the train and in the shopping malls, where the AC is always set to “freezing” it seems. It surprises me how the Singaporeans can stand such extreme differences in temperature. And then it did rain pretty heavily right after I took these photos, so my outfit was actually complete.)

The round-up is not until Wednesday, so you still have time to send me your outfits (if you haven’t already.) And don’t forget to come back to see how others interpret this poster!

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T-shirt: ASOS, Pants & Scarf: local shops, Sneakers: Payless

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Spring!

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Just a simple casual outfit to celebrate sunshine and warmth… well, maybe just the warmth. It’s still pretty overcast here due to the rain, but at least the sun breaks through now and then. I know I’m going to be bitching about the heat (and the humidity, and the mosquitoes, and having to shave my legs) in about a week, but let’s just enjoy this for now.

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Shirt: local shop, Cardigan: Forever21 (dyed by me), Jeans: Mango, Sneakers: Payless, Necklace: gift


Fifteen Minutes Old

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I’m turning 27 in about… three weeks, can you believe it? More importantly, can you believe it looking at these pictures? I don’t mind looking younger than my age at all, but now that I’ve got a proper job, maybe I should think about dressing more age-appropriate. This is a casual, stay-at-home outfit so it doesn’t count, but I do need to rein in my tendency to reach for twee-looking things. I think that means a new mustard skirt. The color is super versatile, but this is the only one that I have, and I assume it used to be an old school uniform skirt, which really doesn’t translate to “mature” very well.

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T-shirt: Esprit, Skirt: thrifted & dyed, Sneakers: Payless
Post title: song by Snow Patrol


What I Really Wore

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Just a simple outfit to end the week. This is what my family usually see me in – jeans, an old sweater, and any scarf I find lying around. I do wear the stuff I photograph for most of the day (I find dressing up helps to put in me in “work” mood, especially since I’m working from home), but I always change before everybody gets home. I still don’t know how to explain to my sister that just because I’m dressier clothes that doesn’t mean I’ve gone anywhere. In a weird way it’s sort of like I’m going to work too – I put on my “work” clothes and change out of them once my work is done. Besides it’s much easier to feed the chickens in this than in a dress.

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Sweater: hand-me-down, Jeans: Forever21
Scarf: Icing, Sneakers: Payless


So It Begins

Well, November is here, and that means it’s another round of NaNoWriMo. I was debating whether to sign up for it this year, because rather than writing a whole novel like I did last time, this year I want to work on a bunch of short stories and treatments, plus I want to write them in Vietnamese instead of English (I’m looking to submit them to some literary magazines), which may make it difficult to count toward the 50,000 words. After all, it doesn’t matter if I sign up or not as long as I write about 2000 words a day. In the end, I decided that yes, I do need that deadline hanging over my head, otherwise I would probably quit halfway through. Plus I’m sick of feeling unproductive. Last year I complete the challenge while juggling a part-time job and an internship, so there’s no reason why I can’t do it this year.

P/S: I may have finally figured out how to casually wear a pencil skirt – an untucked graphic T-shirt and a pair of grubby sneakers are the answer.

Shirt: thrifted, Cardigan: Target, Bracelet: self-made
Skirt: Forever21, Sneakers: Payless


How About The Weather

I don’t really have anything to talk about today (I’m still seething over the latest episode of Downton Abbey, but I won’t subject you guys to my spoiler-y rant, because I don’t know if you watch it or not), so let’s default to the boring topic of weather, shall we? Yeah, it’s still in the upper 80’s in Hanoi right now. Granted, it’s a lot less humid and I can take my outfit pictures outside without having to slather myself in bug spray first. Well, I’d better enjoy it while dreaming about light scarf and cardigans, before it’s time to swaddle up in layers and layers of sweaters and giant puffy coats (it may not dip below 40 degrees here in the winter but the humidity makes the cold a lot worse.) That’s the thing about the climate here though – we do have seasons, it’s just that they are very disproportionate. We have long, long summers, a pretty long winter, and barely any spring or fall at all. Too bad really, because I do prefer spring and fall (and not just because my blogger’s mind has been wired that way!)

Dress: Old Navy, Shirt: thrifted, Sneakers: Payless


And This Is Why…


The cat is totally giving me a “What the hell are you doing?” look

… you don’t pose with your easily excitable dog while taking outfit photos. Usually Taco’s love for dancing is not a problem, but I was wearing a dark shirt this time, and in minutes was covered in dusty paw prints and dog’s hair. Luckily I’d already got enough shots.

Blouse: tailor-made, Jeans: thrifted, Sneakers: Payless