Teatime

Although my travel wardrobe was perfect for this week’s SIA (black, white, and blue, hello), I was too busy during my trip to take outfit photos, so here’s an “everyday” outfit. The white printed shirt is a no-brainer, and the pants are to mimic the blue-green background. I also added my polka dot mug for the coffee beans, though my mug is white dots on black rather than black dots on white.

The thing is, I’m not a coffee drinker. I love the smell of coffee, but I can’t drink it – it was actually tea in the mug (hence the post title, which is also a tribute to the most famous Discworld assassin).

Don’t forget to check Erin’s blog for more interpretations of this painting!

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Monochromatic Peacock

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My problem with this week’s SIA is not that I didn’t know what to wear, but that I had too many possible options for it. That’s what happens when you have a closet full of black, white, and gray things and the principal colors in the inspiration piece are black, white, and gray. I even considered waiting until Tuesday, when the weather forecast says it’s going to cool down considerably, to wear my gray cardigan or sweatshirt, but decided that I wouldn’t have time to edit the photos, write the post and send everything to Jen on time. So here’s what I finally settled on, even though it means I’ve worn these pants for SIA twice in a row.

It’s all pretty self-explanatory, except for the necklace – I didn’t want to add a yellow or orange “pop of color” because I felt that would be too cliched, so I chose the circle necklace to mimic the yellow circle behind the peacock. Done and done.

Don’t forget to stop by Jen’s blog tomorrow to see other interpretations of this vintage Vogue cover. Happy Halloween!

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Shirt & Necklace: local shops, Pants: Topshop, Oxfords: Vagabond


Quiet On The Set!

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This week’s outfit posts have been seriously lacking because 1) the weather can’t seem to make up its mind if it wants to be summer or fall, and 2) I’ve been busy supervising a student’s film shoot. So all week, I’ve been wearing something similar to this – button-up shirts, pants, and sneakers. Close-toed shoes are a must on every film set. (No, really. It’s an actual rule. As in, you won’t be allowed on set if you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops. Who knows what’ll fall on your toes. I got that drilled into me during my entire time in film school – not that I ever had a problem with that, because sneakers are pretty much all I wore in college.)

I miss being on set, so I was actually looking forward to this, but after two days, I’d had my fill. It wasn’t a bad experience or anything. I just remember that being on set, especially somebody else’s set, means standing around and waiting. And waiting some more. For a long time. And the set of a student film in Vietnam doesn’t even have a craft service table where you can pass the time with some snacks. Next time I’ll remember to bring a book.

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Shirt: local shop, Jeans: H&M, Sneakers: Johann Cruyff, Watch: hand-me-down


Weekly Capsule 41.2: It’s Not You, It’s Me

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Here we are, take 2 on these pants. When I wore them last time I thought they’d look better with a white shirt, so that’s what I tried. I… like the outfit better, but still not quite enough. I’m going to try to convince my sister to take them back, because they’re nice pants and I hate to see them go to waste, but I honestly don’t feel like myself in them. I prefer wide-leg pants of the linen and jean varieties. Sorry, pants!

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Pants: Esprit (hand-me-down), Shirt, Shoes & Bracelet: local shops


Weekly Capsule 36.1 & SIA: The Girl In The Wood

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Happy Labor Day, US readers! This capsule is going to be a bit different, because last week, when I wore it, was a short work week for me. Tuesday is my day off, then it was Vietnam’s Independence Day celebration on Wednesday, and on Friday I left for a pretty exciting trip that I will write about in upcoming posts (brace yourselves – lots and lots of pictures), so there are only two looks in the capsule.

Without further ado, this is the first outfit – inspired by Su Blackwell’s amazing paper sculpture, “The Girl in the Wood”. I have worn this shirt and these pants together before, but the print of the shirt mimics the printing on the pages of a book so perfectly that I couldn’t pass it up. And of course I had to add my book necklace too. I would’ve worn a skirt, like the girl in the sculpture, but in this rain it wasn’t practical.

And yes, it finally rained. Like, really rained. And my room promptly got flooded. Yay.

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Shirt & Heels: local shop, Pants: thrifted, Necklace: self-made

Don’t forget to check out Jess’ blog for other interpretations of this awesome work of art!


Weekly Capsule 23.4: Dressing The Part

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As much as I love my new slip-on sneakers, I hesitate to wear them to work. Of course, I work at a film school, so the dress code is very relaxed, especially with the end of the semester approaching. Still, I don’t want to be wearing the same stuff that my students wear. With this outfit, I hope to find some balance between comfy casual and professional. It still strikes me as a little young, but then again I don’t want my students to see me as an old fuddy-duddy either!

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Look at me, pondering the sartorial conundrum of a teacher…

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Shirt, Sneakers & Necklace: local shops; Pants: thrifted

Here are my looks this week – the theme is, you guess it, black and white (and some blue and some beige):

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Weekly Capsule 23.3: Favorite Combo

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This skirt + sandals combo is quickly becoming my favorite work outfit for this summer (for relatively cool days only though. 100 degrees days are way too hot to be trudging around in a polyester skirt with a thick waistband.) I know I have worn it a lot over the past few weeks, but when you have something that works, why mess with it, right?

Also, thank the gods that we finally got some rain. I don’t think I could take much more of this asphalt-melting heat. And it’s nice being able to take outfit photos without feeling like I’m being broiled/steamed alive too. I had to rush to get these taken because a terrible storm was brewing, but I’d take that over the heat any day.

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Shirt: local shop, Skirt: thrifted, Sandals: Clarks, Watch: gift