Spring In October

I think from now on I would have to include a short line about the weather in each outfit post (temperature, condition, etc.) This is more for my reference. See, sometimes I have to travel to a different climate and want to pack the right clothes, but because the climate is Hanoi is so extreme, I would often forget how to pack for 50-degree weather, when it’s still 90 degrees here (like when I went to Germany in September) or vice versa (like when I went to Singapore in February.) And looking at my archives doesn’t always help, because I would find wildly unseasonable outfit like this one. It was actually from a couple of weeks ago, when it was supper muggy before a storm, so it didn’t feel much different from spring/summer.

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Different Shoes

At first, I wore this outfit with my black wedge sandals, but then I realized I have been wearing them a lot – in all but one of my outfits this month so far – so I decided to switch to my nude sandals instead. In hindsight, I realized that the black wedges may have been a better choice because they help to balance out the dark-colored top and the light-colored bottom. Ah well, it’s too late now. And besides, I needed to break up the monotony. With a different kind of monotony.


Marble As White As Milk

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I had to admit, when I picked the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini as this week’s SIA inspiration, I didn’t know what my outfit would be. I just had some vague ideas about an all-white or all-gray outfit, but that’s about it. Then, I watched the episode about Bernini on Simon Schama’s Power of Art again (amazing series, you guys should really check it out) and was particularly struck by “Apollo and Daphne“, so I decided to use it as the basis for my outfit. My jeans and sweater mimic the texture of the skin and the hair of the two figures, while my leaf-printed scarf is a nod to Daphne’s leafy fingers. The only part I’m not happy with are my white sneakers – they’re too sporty and don’t really go with the look. I should’ve just worn my brown boots and not worried about maintaining the white theme.

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Sweater: Atmosphere, Jeans: local shop, Sneakers: hand-me-down, Scarf: gift


The Stars Aligned

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I usually lay out my clothes the night before, because I like my sleep and don’t want to waste precious minutes of it thinking about what I’m going to wear in the morning. Of course, laying out clothes beforehand means losing sleep the night before. Sometimes I would agonize over my closet for hours the night before to figure out what to lay out for the next day, only to end up with a lackluster outfit that I don’t really like.

But sometimes, when the stars are aligned, an outfit would come together with almost no thoughts involved. I didn’t even have to lay out the clothes beforehand. I just thought, “Have I ever worn this with this? I don’t think so. OK then.” Is this the most stylish thing out there? Probably not, but it’s put-together, and if it means I can get an extra 15 minutes of sleep, all the better.

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Top: Forever21, Jeans & Shoes: local shops, Watch: hand-me-down


Unseasonable

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Has anybody else experienced unseasonable weather this year? It has been stupidly warm for us this past month – granted, we never have much of a fall anyway, but I’ve looked at my archives from last year and saw that by the end of October, I had at least started to wear long-sleeved tops and scarves and cardigans. This year, November is approaching and yet the temperature refuses to go below 90’s, and I’m still sweating in my T-shirts and linen pants. I even tempted fate by dressing like it’s the height of summer – white jeans, my “rain” shirt, and sandals – to see if I could provoke the weather into remembering that it’s supposed to cool down, but no luck so far. Ugh…

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Everything from local shops except for sandals (gift)


Surviving May

Put this meme under “Things Only A Teacher Would Understand”:

I can totally relate to that. I’ve been a TA/teacher for three years now, and every year, as the end of May rolls around, I begin counting down the days until vacation starts. For the students the semester actually ended last Friday, but of course for us there is still plenty of work left. I had to sit on the thesis committee yesterday, and a stack of scripts still wait on my desk to be read and graded. Hopefully I can get everything done by the end of the week.

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This will be one of the few breaks when I don’t have anything to catch up on – I’ve finished my latest translation, and my weekend film making workshop will also be done by the end of June. On the other hand, I have a pretty exciting trip planned for the summer (I will tell you guys about it in due course), so there is that to look forward to.

In the meantime, I’m staying comfy in these casual clothes.

P/S: I waited until after Memorial Day to wear white. Am I a good style blogger or what?

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Shirt: Gap, Jeans & Necklace: local shops, Flats: Aldo


Weekly Capsule 30.4: Ugh

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I’m not feeling very up to it today. On the one hand, the summer has been going on for too long and I’m excited that the new semester will start in two weeks. On the other hand, I am not ready to go back to work at all, because I’ve been working so much all through summer that it doesn’t feel like much of a vacation. Maybe I need a break. Like a real break, travel-to-somewhere-else break, and not just a “staycation”. But it’s kind of late now, and with the monsoon rain arriving, it’s not safe either. Oh well.

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Sneakers: local shop, Scarf: mom’s

My looks this week:

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