New Favorite Color Combo

Last week I mentioned that navy + pink is one of the color combos I reach for very often, and here is another one that is quickly becoming a favorite – gray & yellow (preferably golden, mustardy yellow. I look terrible in any other shade.) This is still one of my leftover work-from-home outfits, hence its simplicity, but the golden dots of my sweatshirt match my pants so perfectly that I think it adds enough interest to the outfit.


Staying Sane

Today I saw a friend of mine post on FB a quote saying “It’s OK to not be at your most productive during a fucking global pandemic”, and I have to say, that is such a relief to hear. Seriously, every other thing on the Internet is like “How to use your isolation time to learn a new skill/language/finish that craft project”, and I’m like, Bitch, I may be at home but I’m still working three jobs, who’s got the time? But yes, I do see the wisdom in doing something else to get your mind off all the stress, so here’s what I’ve been doing to stay sane during isolation:

– Watch all the things. I try to stick to relaxing, heartwarming things that don’t require too much brainpower though. So far I’ve been rewatching “The Great British Bake-Off” (because it’s like antidepressant and anti-anxiety meds in TV form) and checking out “Poldark” (it’s OK so far, the drama is light enough to be entertaining without stressing me out, plus Aidan Turner is great eye candy.) The new Emma looks really pretty, but the actors who play Mr. Knightley and Frank Churchill look so utterly wrong for their parts (they look like footpads Also, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol has been putting up weekly live shows and songwriting sessions on his Instagram (love that man), so I have those to look forward to.

– Go outside. I’m lucky that we have a big garden, so I try to work outside or at least spend a little time outside playing with the dogs whenever I can.

– Travel from my couch. I’m incredibly lucky that I got to travel to Russia and return safely home before all hell broke loose, so to satisfy my wanderlust, I’m looking back at my past travels and planning my next trips.

– Paint. Or rather, doodle. I don’t have time to get back to painting properly, but I’ve been painting simple watercolor scenes with my niece using Youtube tutorials to keep myself from getting too rusty.

– Clean out and reorganize my closet. I followed the methods in this video, which is really straightforward and helpful.

– Play dress up. I’m keeping a list of new pairings/silhouettes that I may try now, just for the fun of it, or save for later, when I’m back to work. In the meantime, I also try to elevate my “work from home” clothes – like this outfit. The top and pants are just as soft and relaxing as pajamas, but they look more work-appropriate, and the shoes and the brooch (it’s one of the amber brooches I got from Russia) made the whole thing much more put-together.


Holding On To Winter

I don’t have a lot of new outfits to post these days, as I’ve been working mostly from home in the past month or so due to the coronavirus (yeah, Vietnam has closed schools and canceled events since February to prevent the spread of the virus, and everything is still fine over here, so for those of you whose countries are only beginning to shut things down – don’t worry, you’ll be OK.)

Thankfully, I still have a bunch of backlogged outfits from way back in January, which is why you’ll find that they’re a lot more appropriate for winter than spring, especially in their colors – like this outfit, for example. But then again, traditional spring colors like pastels and bright colors don’t look good on me. I’m much more of a fall/winter (both in terms of my coloring and my preference), so I’m holding on to winter as long as I can.


It’s Easier With Hoover

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by the French poster for Hoover vacuum cleaners. I’ve known right away that I’d wear these pants – they’re not bright orange like in the poster, but they’re the closest I have. The blue striped shirt and navy loafers are also easy choices, to mimic the touches of blue and navy in the poster. The green and yellow bits took me some thinking, but then I remembered this green scarf with yellow and orange print – perfect!

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this poster.


Land Girl

This outfit works better in my mind. I guess I was inspired by the Land Girl uniform of sweater tucked into trousers, but the proportion is kinda off and I don’t know why. Maybe because my sweater is a turtleneck and not a v-neck. Maybe I should’ve worn tall boots (but that’d take this outfit straight into cosplaying territory) or at least black boots. Maybe my black belt doesn’t go. I don’t know. I like the navy blue and mustard color combo though, and the brooch is cute, if I say so myself (a scarecrow brooch is perfect for an outfit inspired by Land Girl uniform, right?), so here we are.


Victorian Urchin

Something about the combination of the slightly oversized corduroy pants and slightly oversized jacket makes me feel like a street urchin in this outfit. The colors too. Not just a street urchin, but a Victorian street urchin, no less (all is missing a newsboy cap.) I don’t know. I didn’t really set out to create a “look”. I just thought the pants would go well with the striped top, and I added the blazer because it has a touch of red and brown and can tie the whole thing together. *shrugs*


Hello 2020

Happy New Year everybody! We do have a day off today, but it was work as usual yesterday and would be work as usual again tomorrow, because our proper winter holiday doesn’t start until the Lunar New Year, which will be in late January this year.

Anyway, to celebrate the new year, here’s a colorful and shiny outfit from last week. It was inspired by this. I may not look as badass, but I think it’s an appropriate start for a new decade. Hey, it’s the Roaring Twenties (though, judging from the way the world is going, it may be more like the Screaming Twenties), so let’s bring out the shiny and the flamboyant, right?