Dreams Of Summer

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It’s been unseasonably warm these last few days, and I decided to bring out this shirt which I brought last season but never got a chance to wear until now. Of course, “unseasonably warm” is just Mother Nature’s code for “You think it’s going to warm up? April Fools!” before blasting us with another cold snap, so I shouldn’t get too comfortable too soon.

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Shirt: Zalora, Pants: thrifted, Oxfords: local shop, Necklace: gift

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Chicken Girl

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While watching Austenland again to do screencaps for the review (any excuse to watch and rewatch every scene with JJ Feild in it!) I suddenly noticed this little outfit Keri Russel has on during the airport scene and thought, Hey, that looks cute. It’s nothing especially fashion-forward, of course, but it’s still fairly put-together, and just the thing I needed while staying at home catching up on work assignments. Now I just need a “I ♥ Mr. Darcy” tote – or rather, “I ♥ Mr. Tilney”, because honestly, I’m a bit of a Darcy when it comes to social situations, so I’d need Mr. Tilney’s charm more than Darcy’s scowl.

I recently discovered this new location – it’s just some crumbling steps leading down to the chicken-run in our backyard, but it works when the front yard is too sunny. Everybody seemed to like it last time I took pictures here, and here I am again. The only tricky part is the chickens always think I’m bringing food, so it’s difficult to stop them from photo-bombing me (as you can see below!)

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Shirt: Mango (hand-me-down), Cardigan: Forever21, Pants: thrifted, Sneakers: Converse (they are filthy, sorry!), Bracelet: local shop


Wear All The Stripes!

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The weather is warming up over the weekend, but it still feels deliciously fall-like – sunny, but cool and crisp. I know weather talk is boring, but you have to understand that days when humidity is below 60% are so rare for us, so I’m always excited for them. Besides they never last – it’s going to rain today, all the way until the end of the week.

Another thing to be excited about: this shirt. My stripe addiction is no secret, and I’ve been trying to find a new long-sleeved striped shirt with no success, so when I tried it on and it fits, I knew I had to get it. I mean, it has all the stripes. What’s not to love, right?

And finally, yet another exciting thing: I know, I know, you guys are probably still screaming about the Breaking Bad finale, but it was the last episode of The IT Crowd that I watched over the weekend. It still has the signature surreal sense of humor, there are some great callbacks to previous episodes, and a Game of Thrones reference. I’m happy.

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Shirt & Converse: Vietnamese shop, Pants: thrifted, Necklace: Modcloth


Day & Night

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This is my outfit inspired by George Rodrigue’s “Day and Night Electricity“. This one is pretty simple: black, red, blue, with a bit of white and a bit of yellow. I thought about wearing one of my black skirts, but I don’t have any red top, plus baring my legs right after the rain when the mosquitoes are coming out in hungry swarms would be asking for trouble. Annoying, itchy trouble. So pants it is. It’s not until after I finished taking these photos that I realized I totally forgot to have a picture with my dog Taco (he kinda looks like the dog in the painting too). I guess he was more interested in running around in the garden after being cooped up inside for so long due to the rain.

In other news, looks like I’m going to have to teach an entire class (that same class I taught two weeks ago) by myself until the end of the month because the professor actually had a small accident. They’re in the middle of writing short films, so my plan? Show them all the Pixar shorts. They’re great fun and you can’t beat the structure.

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Shirt: Uniqlo, Pants: thrifted, Scarf: hand-me-down, Flats: eBay


Rainy Day

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This is one of those outfits that look better in the mirror than in photos. Maybe I should’ve tucked that shirt in. It just looks so… sloppy like this. I wouldn’t wear these sandals either – but it was raining so my choice of footwear was pretty limited. I’ve been picturing this combo in my head and seeing it around the blogosphere for so long, that when I actually have the pieces to put it together, I was just like “Yep, polka dot chambray shirt + red pants, done and done” and didn’t really think about how I put it together. I guess I’m just overexcited about finally having a new chambray shirt is all.

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Shirt: tailor-made, Pants & Sandals: thrifted, Brooch: vintage (gift)


Grandma And Grandpa

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As I looked through these photos, it suddenly struck me that this is essentially a “grandpa” outfit (the cardigan, the gingham shirt, the oxfords) with grandma’s touches (the brooch, and the red pants, maybe?) What can I say, I’m a senior at heart. Actually my friend Debbi and I have come to this conclusion after a lengthy discussion about our favorite kind of jam. And tea. And cats. We’re old ladies. I just need to pick up some hobby like knitting or crocheting, and you’ll find me in my rocking chair on my porch, yelling at those damned kids to get off my lawn.

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Thrifted head to toe, except for vintage brooch


Simply Red

This is another outfit that made me go through my archive to make sure I haven’t worn it before. The pants and the shirt are such favorite of mine that I’m surprised I haven’t thought of pairing them with each other. Expect to see a lot more of the pants in the coming months, since “oxblood” has been declared a color of Fall 2012 by… someone. I kid, of course. I don’t follow trends that much. Especially in this case, when I think the fashion world just started calling that color “oxblood” so they could trick plebs like us into buying a bunch of new things without knowing that it’s actually maroon/burgundy/simply red (I couldn’t resist the pun. Anybody even remember that band?)

Shirt: H&M, Pants: thrifted, Brooch: vintage
Flats: borrowed from my sister