Rosy And Sparkly

For this week’s SIA, inspired by a roses-and-sequins painting of the growArts program, I had decided to bring out my trusty rose-printed tunic. However, the weather turned cold suddenly (the last cold snap of the season, I believe), so I had to go with a looser interpretation. In the end, though, I’m quite happy with the outfit – it has most of the colors of the painting, and the embellishments on my sweatshirt bring just the right touch of sparkles. I also managed to take pictures with some pink roses in the background, so the roses are represented as well.

Don’t forget to check out Erin’s blog to see other outfits inspired by this!

Sweatshirt: Zalora, Pants: Mango, Heels: Zara


Easy And Familiar

My outfits always suffer a bit after I got back from a trip. After three weeks living out of a suitcase, I had to familiarize myself with the rest of my closet again, which means I’m going to reach for my staple pieces, the easiest things to wear, the things I know will always work without me having to put much thought into it. And that means stripes, jeans, oxford shoes, a leather jacket, and a scarf and a brooch (one of the two I got in Singapore, “L” is for my family name) to add some interest. Sure, it looks familiar – when I was uploading the photos I had to look through my archives to make sure I haven’t worn the same thing before – but it looks good, and that’s what matters.

Sweatshirt: Earth Music & Ecology, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Scarf:, Brooch: vintage


Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Woman

(Sorry for the pretentious title. I couldn’t help it!)

This week’s SIA inspiration, a portrait by South African artist Juanita Mulder, is a challenge for me, because it contains mostly bright, primary colors – red, blue, yellow, with quite a bit of black and white – which I haven’t worn in a while (except for the black and white, of course.) But I’ve never let that stop me before. Either I would find something else in the painting to inspire me, or I would find a way to sell my outfit even if it is only marginally connected to the inspiration at best.

In the end, I went with the bold, graphic quality of the painting (which means lots of stripes) and recreated the colors in darker, more subdued shades – maroon instead of red, navy instead of blue, and brown instead of yellow. At the last minute, I also threw on my leather jacket. The painting doesn’t feature a lot of black, but a leather jacket seems right somehow, because the woman looks so defiant, and to me, that means a leather jacket. I believe the spirit of the painting is there in my outfit, even though it’s not an exact replica (told you I would sell it :P)

Don’t forget to swing by Jen’s blog for the full round-up of other looks inspired by this portrait.

Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Jacket: Zara, Scarf: gift, Boots: hand-me-down


A Forgotten Outfit & A Blog Notice

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I was cleaning out my camera’s memory card the other day when I discovered a set of outfit photos from last December that I had completely forgotten about. And it’s not a bad outfit either (if I do say so myself). Good thing I found it, because I was running out of content to post.

Which brings me to the notice: my Lunar New Year starts from next week. It’s going to be a 3-week break, and after that, I’m going on a 3-week business trip (I’ll post more on that later). That means that for the next month and a half, posting is going to be sporadic around here. I will try to post when I can, and regular features like SIA and book reviews are still going to be up. So don’t worry, the blog won’t be dead, just a little quieter than usual.

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Scarf: local shop, Boots: hand-me-down


Gone Sailing

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Yes, I’m wearing the same jacket from my Tuesday post. And almost the same jeans. And… uh, almost the same boots. But my shirt is different and my accessory is different, so it totally counts as a different outfit. Look, I’ve been working non-stop since Christmas, so give me a break, OK? No, seriously, do you guys have a spare break? Because I need one. Badly. I’m still trying to make it until the end of next week when the Lunar New Year break starts and maybe I can catch up on work and meet the deadline.

Anyway, back to the outfit. Does this look like a 1980’s Ralph Lauren ad to you? Maybe it’s the ascot. With sailing boats printed on it, no less. You can’t get preppier than that. I don’t usually go for super preppy looks like this, but this ascot/bandana thing is also a gift from my students and I wanted to give it a try. I should have worn my riding boots to complete the look (but it was a bit too warm for riding boots. I doubt I would even wear my riding boots this season at all – there’s the evidence for global warming for you.)

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Shirt: local shop, Jacket & Boots: hand-me-down, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: gift


New Year, New Sweater

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OK, this sweater is not exactly new. It is actually a belated Teacher’s Day/Christmas present from my students, but because the weather had been so warm, I didn’t wear it until now (Teacher’s Day was way back in November, but I didn’t mind that they combined the two occasions – they are students, they’re always broke, so I would’ve been fine with no present at all.)

Clothes and/or accessories are very common gifts in Vietnam, especially for women, but I always feel a little awkward about receiving those, because often they’re not something I would buy for myself, and then I would feel bad about not wearing them. This, though, fits quite well into my closet, which goes to show my students really understand my style (if only they would apply the same amount of thoughts into their work!)

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Sweater & Scarf: gift, Jeans: Pull& Bear, Boots: Clarks


Happy Hogswatch

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I think black heels would look better with this outfit, but the weather has cooled down (just in time for Christmas), so I went with my Chelsea boots instead. Comfort over fashion, every time.

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And yes, Christmas is here, isn’t it? Somehow this year I can’t seem to bring up any enthusiasm for it. I’ve been too busy to go out and enjoy the atmosphere, my entire family has been too busy (we don’t even have any decoration up in our Christmas corner, just a sad branch of spruce with a green bow on it!), plus the weather has been too warm to feel like real Christmas. I guess I have to watch and read Hogfather again to get into the Christmas, or rather, the Hogswatch spirit. It’s doubly appropriate since we don’t really celebrate Christmas anyway.

So here, in lieu of a “Merry Christmas”…

 Sweatshirt: Earth Music & Ecology, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Boots: Din Sko