Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

When I hear “Sweet Dreams”, the song is the first thing that pop into my head, so naturally, I have to use it as the post title. Sorry if I gave you an earworm.

Anyway, here are my outfits inspired by John William Godward’s painting, not the Eurythmics song. I put together two outfits because I couldn’t include all the elements of the painting – the green and maroon fabrics, the white, gray, and pink marble, and the animal print – in just one look. I chose these green linen pants as the base because the color is perfect, and for one outfit, I paired them with my pink T-shirt and animal print flats (it’s leopard print, not tiger, but hey, they’re both big cats), and for the other, I paired them with my white shirt, maroon monk strap shoes, and animal print belt (I think the print on my belt is zebra, actually, but it’s close enough.) I prefer this second outfit simply because I think the shirt and the shoes go together a little better, but the other is good too.

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this lovely painting!

Too Hot To Function

Is summer over yet? No? This summer seems particularly long, probably because I still have to go to work. I’m proctoring our school’s entrance exams this week, which I’m not looking forward to at all. And of course, the temperature decides to go up to 100+ for the whole week. So this outfit is the best I can do while still maintaining some form of professionalism. I mean, if I’m going to spend 6 hours sitting around with nothing to do except to stare at a bunch of sweaty, nervous kids, I might as well be comfortable.

Blue Suede Shoes

So 2/3 of this outfit are actually hand-me-downs from my sister – only the jeans are mine originally. That’s the perk of having a sister who likes shopping, is the same size as you, and has more or less the same taste as you do. Though I have to say, her preference for V-neck white button-ups is inexplicable. I don’t like V-neck tops that much, yet she tried to pass another one to me when she gave me this pair of loafers. I refused, because I already have one, which, of course, also came from her. But I have an inexplicable preference for blue plaid button-ups too, so who I am to talk, right?

Black & White

I titled this post “Black & White” as a placeholder, thinking that surely I’ve had another post with that title and I was going to have to change it, but surprise, surprise, I haven’t. And that fascinating anecdote, friends, serves as a perfect metaphore for this outfit too – it’s basic and simple, but it’s also unexpected and… uh… I’m not sure what point I was trying to make here. But suffice to say, I like the outfit and I’m going to wear these pants more during the summer.

Miss Hokusai

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Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Hokusai’s iconic “The Great Wave off Kanagawa“. The skirt and sandals are my first choices, since the soft pleats are a perfect echo of the waves in the print, and the sandals mimic the boats. I thought about pairing my polka dot chambray shirt with it for a different shade of blue, and also to mimic the dotted sprays, but then I opted for this hand-me-down white shirt from my sister and my polka dot scarf instead (and the scarf is not just a pointless accessory either – I’ve been coughing for like two weeks now, and the constant rain doesn’t help, so a scarf keeps my neck nice and warm.)

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the round-up!

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Shirt: Zara, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Scarf: hand-me-down, Sandals: Clarks

P/S: By a fun coincidence, the week we’re featuring Hokusai’s most famous print also saw the release of the trailer for “Miss Hokusai”, an upcoming animated feature about Hokusai’s daughter, who was also a painter:

Looks great, doesn’t it?

I Have Nothing To Wear

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Well, that was an impromptu mini-hiatus. We just had a long weekend too – it was Vietnam’s Independence Day on Tuesday, so we had Monday and Tuesday off – and as usual, I find it hard to get back into the normal routine after a break like that. That and the fact that I’m in a style rut, which is also the usual case at the end of every season.

I think my style rut mostly comes from  being overwhelmed with choices. I have a lot of clothes (I’ve never done a closet inventory, I just know I have a lot) but out of those, I only reach for a few go-to pieces. Which is why at the end of every season I’d get tired of them. And then I’d feel bad about those “closet orphans” and force myself to wear them even though I’m not crazy about them, resulting in overwrought or boring outfits.

So, with that in mind, I’m going to try a capsule wardrobe for the fall/winter season. I’m really inspired by the idea behind Un-Fancy, and I’ve been trying to clean out my closet anyway, so a capsule wardrobe certainly makes sense. Obviously this is going to take some planning, especially given how unpredictable the weather can get in Hanoi. I should give myself some leeway for SIA and my book review outfits too. But I’m pretty sure I can put together something for the three months from October to December. I’ll start planning now and (hopefully) show you my capsule by the end of September, and we’ll see how it turns out.

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Shirt: Mango (hand-me-down), Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Flats: LA Fashion District, Necklace: Lia Sophia

Chicken Girl

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While watching Austenland again to do screencaps for the review (any excuse to watch and rewatch every scene with JJ Feild in it!) I suddenly noticed this little outfit Keri Russel has on during the airport scene and thought, Hey, that looks cute. It’s nothing especially fashion-forward, of course, but it’s still fairly put-together, and just the thing I needed while staying at home catching up on work assignments. Now I just need a “I ♥ Mr. Darcy” tote – or rather, “I ♥ Mr. Tilney”, because honestly, I’m a bit of a Darcy when it comes to social situations, so I’d need Mr. Tilney’s charm more than Darcy’s scowl.

I recently discovered this new location – it’s just some crumbling steps leading down to the chicken-run in our backyard, but it works when the front yard is too sunny. Everybody seemed to like it last time I took pictures here, and here I am again. The only tricky part is the chickens always think I’m bringing food, so it’s difficult to stop them from photo-bombing me (as you can see below!)

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Shirt: Mango (hand-me-down), Cardigan: Forever21, Pants: thrifted, Sneakers: Converse (they are filthy, sorry!), Bracelet: local shop