Weaving Anew

My outfit for SIA, inspired by the “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” mural in Tacoma, is pretty self-explanatory, as you can see: the blue and yellow color scheme is clear, the plaid shirt is to mimic the “weaving” part of the mural, and the brooch is to mimic the flowers in the mural as well, other than adding a touch of yellow.

Now that I think about it, my “Sunflower” outfit from two weeks ago would make a pretty good interpretation for thisĀ  week’s SIA as well. Maybe I’ll submit both! There is still time for you to send your outfit to Jen if you haven’t already, and remember to check her blog on Wednesday for the full round-up of all interpretations of this mural.



I didn’t realize it until I uploaded the photos, but this outfit could have been an interpretation of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers“, if we’d picked it for SIA (we tend to stay away from such well-known works though). I guess I was influenced by Loving Vincent, the oil-painted animation about Van Gogh’s death, which I saw a couple of weeks ago. The story is nothing to write home about, but the film itself is gorgeous. It’s literally Van Gogh’s paintings coming to life. Highly recommended if you’re an art lover.

In other movie news, I saw Thor: Ragnarok last week (I wanted to see Blade Runner 2049, of which I’ve heard a lot of good things, but Vietnamese theaters only keep movies on a 2-week rotation, so it’s no longer showing. I’m just going to have to wait for the DVD release.) Ragnarok is a lot of fun, but not much else. At least it was more entertaining thanĀ The Dark World, I’d give it that.

School’s In

So the new semester has started and I’m back to work. This semester I’m going to be pretty busy, with four classes to teach, but they’re all interesting (TV Writing and Adaptation, to name two), so I’m looking forward to it.

For the first day of school, I’m going with a simple outfit – first days are stressful enough without having to mess around with skirts and dresses. Of course, first days in college are different from first days in grade school, but I still wanted to wear something I could move around in. I just got these pants made at a tailor’s, and so far I’ve only paired them with white shirts, but I can see that they’re going to be quite versatile.

Railroad Sunset

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My interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by Edward Hopper’s “Railroad Sunset“, is self-explanatory. I brought an old favorite – this plaid tunic – out of storage and paired it with blue jeans and my black Chelsea boots to mimic the dark shades of blue and green in the painting (in hindsight, my brown ankle boots might have looked better). I then topped it off with a yellow scarf – what else? I thought about adding some orange but decided it would be too much for the outfit (again, my brown boots would’ve been a good choice for some warmer tones – can you tell I’m really regretting not wearing my brown boots?)

Anyway, despite all that, I still quite like the outfit. It’s a good one to close out a whole year of really interesting SIA challenges. Remember to drop by Jen’s blog to check out the other interpretations, and next week I’m going to have a little round-up of my own to look back at my favorite SIA looks of the year.

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Tunic: Urban Outfitters, Jeans: H&M, Boots: Din Sko, Scarf: Target

Completely Vintage

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Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers! I hope you guys are having a great day, filled with good food and good company. As for me, I wore this for an occasion of good food and good company as well – the staff luncheon to celebrate Teacher’s Day last week. If you’ve seen my review/screencap overload of The Crown, then you’d understand why I’ve been dressing like this – you can’t help it when you’ve been watching the show for two weeks (I supposed I could’ve binge-watched it in a week or so, but I wanted to pace myself.) Sometimes a girl just has to throw subtlety out the window and go for the complete vintage look.

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Dress & Brooch: vintage, Cardigan: Target, Belt: thrifted, Shoes: local shop

Friday Uniform

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I debated whether to post this outfit or not, because it seems this is all I’ve been wearing for the past three Fridays, and I didn’t want to bore you guys. But the semester is kicking into high gears now, and I don’t have a lot of brain cells left to put together an interesting outfit. So until the weather cools down, this is the best that I can do.

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Tunic: Old Navy, Jeans: H&M, Belt & Shoes: local shops

Birthday Dress

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Here’s the vintage dress I bought as a birthday present for myself in Amsterdam. I got it from a shop called Marbles Vintage just off of Waterlooplein – I wandered in hoping to find a brooch, but they don’t have any jewelry, and then this dress caught my eyes. It reminds me of both this dress and this dress in Brooklyn, but what attracted me the most was the price tag – only 20 euros! Upon closer inspection, I discovered it was missing some buttons and the back was splattered with what look like coffee stains (at least I hope it’s coffee!), hence the price, but I didn’t care. I figured I could always dye it if I couldn’t get the stains off. As it turned out, I didn’t need to. After a good soak in Oxy Clean and button replacements, it’s as good as new!

I styled it simply for going out with my co-workers (our department administrator is retiring so we threw her a party), but I can’t wait until fall so that I can layer it with cardigans. Shirtwaist dress is my favorite kind of dresses, and this one is almost perfect in terms of length and fit (if only it had pockets!), so expect to see it a lot on the blog.

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Dress: vintage, Belt: local shop, Sandals: gift