Two Cats

I’ve been trying to cut down on my shopping, since my closet is absolutely bursting and there are things I bought from last year that I haven’t gotten around to wearing yet. But the one thing I cannot resist is a cute brooch, especially if it’s an animal or something vintage-inspired. Take this one, for example: it features cats, a big one and a small one (just like my cats, a mom and a daughter!), and it’s also a chain, meaning I could wear it with my blazers like a watch-chain (a menswear look I’ve always wanted to try), so of course I had to get it. I know, excuses, excuses, but at least it’s just a brooch, it’s not taking up a lot of space (yes, another excuse.)

Anyway, here are some photos of my cats, who don’t look like the brooch much but have the distinct advantage of being real live cats, and therefore, cuter:


Who’s The Fairest (Isle) Of Them All?

Sorry for that terrible pun of a title. Fair Isle sweater is definitely one of my obsessions this winter season – you’ve seen my cardigan and the navy sweater I wore last week, and here’s another one (all thrifted, of course.) The colors are quite bright, so I’m keeping the rest of the outfit simple and neutral, but I still wanted to put in a little more effort than just pairing it with jeans, hence my white pants. However, I just noticed that there is some pink in the pattern of the sweater that perfectly matches my pink velvet skirt, so if I want to be really daring, I could pair them together. Maybe next season…


False Winter

I’ve been hearing my friends in the Northern Hemisphere complaining about the “false spring” they had – apparently the weather warmed up briefly, making everybody excited for spring, before the cold returned. I can’t sympathize though, because our spring is horrible (humid, muggy, moldy) and we barely had a winter to begin with.

Take this sweater, for example. I thrifted it because it reminds me of Chris Evans’s pretentious distressed sweater in Knives Out, and also in anticipation of a freezing winter, according to the weather forecast. Well, I should’ve known better than to listen to the weather forecast – other than a few days when the temperature dipped below 15 degrees Celsius (about 60F, which for us is pretty cold), it never really got cold enough for a thick sweater like this. That’s global warming for you. Here is the best I can do. It was during one of the coldest days we had, but between the skirt and the floral brooch, the outfit still felt more spring-like than winter.


Woman Without A Coffee Pot

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Paul C├ęzanne’s “Woman with a Coffee Pot“. These pants (a new-to-me, hand-me-down pair from my mom) are perfect because their color and texture mimic the color and texture of the wall in the painting, and my boots are to reflect the rich brown of the table. The top, however, took some thinking. I was going to wear my navy cable-knit sweater and add a silver brooch, but that was a bit too similar to my “Paul Revere” outfit (I’ve already reworn my white shirt.) In the end, I decided on this Fair Isle sweater instead – there are both gray and white in the pattern, so it’s a nod to the texture on the woman’s dress, the flowers on the wall behind her, and the coffee pot and cup all at the same time. So it’s a bit of a looser interpretation, but I like it.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see all the other outfits for this challenge!


Star Student

This outfit is a bit schoolgirl-y, and there are stars on the buttons of my cardigan, hence the title. I’d never been much of a “star” student back in grade school – I did pretty well in school, but I was too quiet, too shy to draw attention to myself. My confidence improved in college and grad school, probably because I was in film schools, where I could be myself. Looking back, though, I’m still surprised that I was better at natural sciences than social sciences and language (my math and chemistry grades were always higher than my English and Vietnamese grades.) I guess that’s because the natural science subjects have clear rules, which for me is easier to understand, while the social science subjects rely too much on memorization and not enough on problem-solving.