Last Of Winter

It’s the last of my backlogged outfits, hurrah! Unfortunately, it also means we’re also saying goodbye to winter… for a long, long time. Summer is really here, and while this year I’m actually looking forward to summer thanks to my new style resolutions, I’m still not keen on the heat and the humidity.

As for this outfit, I’m still trying out these black cropped jeans. It’s funny, they’re much more basic than my wide-leg paperbag pants, but for some reasons, I’m having a much harder time styling these. I kept going back to simple, monochromatic looks. I actually wore red shoes with this outfit at first, but I switched them to black because the red was so focus-pulling. But my black pumps didn’t go either, and it was only when I wore this pair to balance out the jacket that I felt the outfit was just right.

Ink Wash

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by “Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow” after the style of Tang Yin. It’s very self-explanatory, as you can see – this top is perfect for the ink-wash trees in the painting, and I kept the rest of the outfit in neutral earth tones to reflect the subdued monotone of the painting.

This, if you remember, is also Erin’s last challenge as a SIA host, and while we are sad to lose her, fear not. SIA will still continue as usual, and I hope we can meet Erin again as a participant. Good luck, Erin! We’ll miss you!

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

Times Two

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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