Gray Trees

For this week’s SIA, inspired by a growARTS tree painting, I immediately knew I wanted to wear my tree-printed shirt. Unfortunately, the weather is warming up, so a polyester top is not the best choice, but I still grinned and bore it, because it’s too perfect to pass up. Everything for SIA, am I right?

With the shirt doing the heavy lifting, I stuck to the gray and black color scheme of the painting for the rest of the outfit. I don’t have anything purple, but the purple is not exactly dominant in the painting, so I think this will do. Don’t forget to check Erin’s blog on Wednesday to see other interpretations of this painting!

Top: Zara (hand-me-down), Pants: Topshop, Sandals: Aldo

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Fallen

tree print blouse black skirt black pumps by 14 shades of grey

Last Sunday was Teacher’s Day in Vietnam, so in the week leading up to that, I had to dress up twice, once for a celebration at school, and once for a luncheon with all the professors and staff of our department. The weather is still annoyingly warm, but at least it’s not so humid as it was during the summer, so even though it was in the upper 80’s, I could wear something more seasonal appropriate like this. If a blouse printed with skeleton trees and a leaf brooch are not “seasonal appropriate” for fall, I don’t know what is.

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black skirt black pumps by 14 shades of greytree print blouse leaf brooch by 14 shades of grey

Top: Zara (hand-me-down), Skirt: thrifted, Shoes: local shop, Brooch: The Getty Center gift shop


Times Two

white printed blouse black pants watch by 14 shades of grey

At the risk of sounding like an old fart: I rarely use my phone to check the time. I still check the time on my watch. I’ve been wearing one since high school, and my wrist feels empty if I go out without it. So since my last watch died, I’ve been looking for a replacement. It hasn’t been easy, because I don’t like the overly feminine watch, but I don’t want something too heavy and masculine either. Luckily for me, my dad had this old watch lying around – it was a present from some college, but he doesn’t wear watches, so he gave it to me, and I love it. It’s definitely more streamlined than my last watch, but it goes better with my simpler style. The best part? It’s actually two watches in one (one showing the “Home” time and one showing the “World” time), so when I travel, I only have to change one of them!

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Shirt: Zara, Pants: thrifted, Heels: local shop, Watch: hand-me-down


Skeleton Trees

print blouse black blazer maroon jeans black oxfords by 14 shades of grey

We’re currently having what I call “polyester weather”. It’s when the weather starts warming up enough to wear fewer layers, but it’s still cool enough so you can wear less breathable fabric like polyester (actually, the fall/winter transition time is better, winter/spring is way too humid for polyester.)

Truth be told, I don’t buy polyester, all of my polyester shirts are hand-me-downs from my sister, and they’re not comfortable in our humid climate, so I don’t wear them much. Like this shirt. The fit is great and I love the print, but I know I won’t wear it more than once, maybe twice at the most, per year. So it’s a good thing that we have this “polyester weather” so I can bring them out.

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maroon jeans black oxfords by 14 shades of greyprint blouse brooch by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Zara, Blazer: Warehouse, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Oxfords: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage