Summer Flowers

I almost decided not to participate in this SIA, because one, I’ve been stuck at home all month, working in my pajamas, so there is no reason to dress up, two, it’s been raining almost all month, and three, I have no idea what to wear.The most noticeable color in the photo Erin picked is purple, and I don’t have anything purple.

But as luck would have it, the rain stopped and I had a couple of errands to run this past weekend, so I had the excuse to wear something marginally dressier than my ratty old tee and pajama pants. I picked the light blue jeans, black sandals, and silver cuff to mimic the background of the photo, and my floral printed t-shirt, while not exact, is a pretty good interpretation of the tulips in the photo, if I do say so myself.

It’s been a stressful summer. On the one hand, I am so ready for it to end so I can start wearing actual clothes and put the blog back into shape (cooler weather would be nice, too). On the other hand, I have so much left to do with all of my side projects that I know I would be overwhelmed once the school year starts again. Well, I have until August 21 to at least finish some of them, so I guess I’d better shape up.

Don’t forget to stop by Erin’s blog to see other interpretations of this photo!

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The Door Within

watercolor tee black pants red kitten heels by 14 shades of grey

Last week when I posted the inspiration for SIA, “The Door Within” by Jean Fetman, which was found by this week’s host Erin in a dumpster (!), I said I didn’t know if I could participate or not because I had nothing that colorful in my closet. But then Jen and Erin persuaded me to try, so try I did, and lo and behold, I did find something – this top!

So maybe it’s not as colorful as the painting, but the painterly quality of the print on the front is an OK match. To pair with it, I chose my black pants and burgundy heels because there is a bit of black and dark red in the painting, and then topped it off with my “house” pendant – the title is “The Door Within”, so I wanted to include “a door within” in my outfit as well. I’m just happy that I did manage to put together an outfit for SIA after all, but the outfit itself is not that bad (even if I do say so myself.)

I wore this to a faculty meeting last Saturday – school hasn’t officially started yet, but we’re slowly getting back to the everyday grind. I amĀ not looking forward to it…

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watercolor tee house pendant by 14 shades of greyblack pants red kitten heels by 14 shades of grey

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Top: local shop, Pants: thrifted, Heels: Zara, Necklace: hand-me-down


Weekly Capsule 21.3 &4: The Heat

hot air ballon shirt boyfriend jeans beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

watercolor tee boyfriend jeans beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

Is it just me, or is May a really long month? Maybe it’s just me and all of us here in Hanoi, because it’s been a particular hot month – it was around 100F when I took these photos last week, and it’s going to be 105 over the next two days (and heat index is close to 120!!!) Usually we have a few warm days followed by some rain, but this year it was almost like one big month-long heat wave, with no sign of letting up any time soon. So my outfits in the next two weeks, at least, are not going to be interesting. My brain is (almost literally) fried.

And yes, I have been wearing these boyfriend jeans a lot. I’ve been searching for a pair to replace them but found nothing I like so far. Maybe I should look for straight-leg jeans instead of a true boyfriend fit, which tends to be baggier.

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hot air ballon shirt bar necklace by 14 shades of greywatercolor tee boyfriend jeans beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Zara, T-shirt: local shop, Necklace 1: self-made, Necklace 2: local shop, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Sandals: Clarks

My looks this week (or last week, rather. It’s convenient, scheduling posts a week ahead, but it’s also confusing. Sometimes I have to remind myself that these were last week):

hot-air balloon shirt white khaki pants magenta flats by 14 shades of greycat tee boyfriend jeans sandals by 14 shades of grey

hot air ballon shirt boyfriend jeans beige sandals by 14 shades of greywatercolor tee boyfriend jeans beige sandals by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 16.3&4: Back-To-Back

watercolor tee black pleated skirt black pumps by 14 shades of grey

watercolor tee black jeans black pumps by 14 shades of grey

I actually wore these two outfits on the same day. After I got home from work in the afternoon and took photos, I realized I didn’t particularly like this shirt tucked into this skirt – it’s way too loose for that (a pencil skirt may work better, though I’ve officially given up pencil skirts now – I still keep two of them, just in case, but I’ll probably only wear them when I get a ride to work, not when I have to bike.)

So for my evening class, I switched out the skirt for jeans (and switched my necklace too, while I was at it, just to include a Top 10 piece). Besides, these shoes look much better with jeans anyway.

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watercolor tee copper necklace by 14 shades of greyblack pleated skirt black pumps by 14 shades of grey

T-shirt, Shoes, & Necklace: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Skirt: thrifted


Weekly Capsule 16.1 & SIA: Watercolor Plaid

watercolor tee plaid pants brown heeled loafers by 14 shades of grey

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Katherine Cameron’s watercolor “Snowdrops”, I put together an outfit that is a little more interpretative rather than literal: a T-shirt with a watercolor print and plaid pants (Cameron was Scottish, you see.)

I’ve talked about how these pants are like pajamas before, but this shirt is like a dressier version of the baggy T-shirts I usually wear to bed as well, so this outfit is insanely comfy. The only thing I did to make it more work-appropriate is to add these heels – they’re to replace my beloved heeled loafers that have completely fallen apart, and also my last addition to my Top 10 picks. Yay, it only takes 20 days to figure out the 10 pieces that capture my style! (Honestly, I could’ve picked them all in one or two days if I really sat down and thought about it, which I was too lazy to do.)

Oh and, don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog to see other interpretations of this painting.

watercolor tee green plaid pants by 14 shades of grey

watercolor tee plaid pants by 14 shades of greyplaid pants brown heeled by 14 shades of grey loafers

Top, Heels, & Pants: all local shops