Luggage Bar Code Sunset

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Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Douglas Coupland’s “Luggage Bar Code Sunset No.4”. Pretty self-explanatory, right? Stripes, polka dot, yellow, red. Check, check, check, and check. The only thing I’m missing is the blue of the polka dots, but I’m trying to cut down on colors to no more than three per outfit (ha, maybe I should start a Color Anonymous or something), plus the red and yellow are more prominent anyway.

Sorry my post is so short, but I really have to get back to my translation of Ender’s Game. I’ve been neglecting it all through the last few months of the semester, I’m supposed to turn it in soon and I still have 150 pages to go. So check Jess’ blog for other interpretations of the painting, and bye!

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Top: local shop, Skirt: thrifted, Belt: borrowed from my mom, Flats: eBay


SIA: Tamarack Swamp, Algoma

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For this week’s SIA, inspired by¬† “Tamarack Swamp, Algoma” by Canadian artist Lawren Harris, I was determined to be a bit more interpretative with my outfit and not take the inspiration painting not so literally anymore. I think it turned out OK – my striped shirt and jeans echoes shades of blue and white in the paiting, and of course the yellow scarf and flats speak for themselves. Although upon closer inspection of the painting, I saw a bit of maroon/reddish purple in there too, so perhaps I should’ve worn my purple loafers instead of the flats, which are a bit too matchy-matchy. But then again those loafers are really beat up anyway. Oh well. Next time, SIA… next time.

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Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog to see other interpretations of this painting!

Shirt: Walmart, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Scarf: Target, Flats: Ebay


Freesia

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The last color in the Pantone-inspired Challenge is Freesia, which means bright yellow to us laymen (and women). We don’t have freesias here in Vietnam but I’ve seen them in LA, and aside from yellow, I remember they are also bright pink and purple and white, so “yellow” isn’t the first color that came to my mind when I heard “freesia”. As pretentious as “hemlock” or “cayenne” is, at least those things have consistent colors. But I’ve given up on trying to make sense of these names. I’d just bring out my yellow flats and call it a day.

And as silly as those names are, it’s been a super fun challenge. A big thank you to Heidi and Marissa. I needed that. Hopefully there will be one next fall too!

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A jumping shot because I haven’t done that in a while:

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Shirt: Zalora, Pants & Cuff: thrifted, Flats: Ebay

The Modern Austen


Day & Night

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This is my outfit inspired by George Rodrigue’s “Day and Night Electricity“. This one is pretty simple: black, red, blue, with a bit of white and a bit of yellow. I thought about wearing one of my black skirts, but I don’t have any red top, plus baring my legs right after the rain when the mosquitoes are coming out in hungry swarms would be asking for trouble. Annoying, itchy trouble. So pants it is. It’s not until after I finished taking these photos that I realized I totally forgot to have a picture with my dog Taco (he kinda looks like the dog in the painting too). I guess he was more interested in running around in the garden after being cooped up inside for so long due to the rain.

In other news, looks like I’m going to have to teach an entire class (that same class I taught two weeks ago) by myself until the end of the month because the professor actually had a small accident. They’re in the middle of writing short films, so my plan? Show them all the Pixar shorts. They’re great fun and you can’t beat the structure.

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Shirt: Uniqlo, Pants: thrifted, Scarf: hand-me-down, Flats: eBay


Yellow Shoes

This has nothing to do with the outfit, but are any of you guys a Taylor Swift fan? I recently found out that on her latest album she has a duet with the lead singer of Snow Patrol (you’re probably sick of me talking about them too, but I’m sorry, I’ve been on a Snow Patrol high after going to their concert six months ago – man, has it really been six months? – and haven’t been able to come down since.) I quite like the song, but now there are all these Snow Patrol fans who got pissed because people are only going to know about Gary Lightbody as “the guy who did that song with Taylor Swift” or “the guy who wrote a song with that one kid from One Direction” (he just did that too.) If this was a couple of years ago, it would’ve bothered me as well, but now I have no problem with it. I wasn’t annoyed by those screaming fan girls at the Snow Patrol concert who were only there to watch Ed Sheeran, I just hoped enough of them had stayed to watch the show all the way through. I’m not even annoyed by people who only know Snow Patrol from Chasing Cars, though I would recommend they check out their other stuff too. And now amongst those Taylor Swift and One Direction fans, there will be at least a few who are intrigued enough to check out Snow Patrol and maybe become fans themselves.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I understand having a favorite band as your “secret” and wanting them to remain that way (do you ever feel like that?) but as long as they don’t sell out and change their direction completely, I do want them to get more exposure.

Oh and, a word about the outfit: it seems I’ve been wearing yellow a lot lately. I used to really hate it, but now I’ve come to appreciate if not like it – depending on the shade, it goes with almost everything and can always brighten up an outfit.

Shirt & Cardigan: thrifted, Jeans: Target, Flats: eBay, Necklace: self-made