Guest Post: Traveling Shoes

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I’m blog-sitting for Jen today, so head over to Librarian for Life and Style to read about my 5 favorite pair of traveling shoes. Have a great weekend!

 


Do-Over: Orange Top + Black Bottom

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I was feeling uninspired today, so I decided to do another “do-over” post by going through my archives to find an outfit I’m not happy with and redoing it. This time I picked this outfit, which, as usual, has some messed-up proportion. The blouse has kind of a peplum, and it starts about 4 inches above my actual waist, so it makes me looks really short-waisted (quite a feat, considering my long torso!), and the rolled jeans and flats don’t help either. I’ve paired this top with wide-leg jeans before and it looked OK, so this time I wanted to see if I could pair it with something else. I kept the bottom silhouette fitted, only with a pencil skirt instead of skinny jeans. The shoes I’m not so sure about, but I like that it adds a bit of an edge to the outfit and keep it from being too “office-y”.

I don’t know if it’s much of an improvement (I’m thinking about putting this blouse into my “donate” pile anyway), but at least it looks more interesting, right?

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Comparison:

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Blouse: Target, Skirt: Forever21, Heels: hand-me-down


What Maisie Knew

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I’ve been wondering whether to review this movie or not, because it’s really far out of my usual field – it’s a drama about a 6-year-old girl caught in the middle of her parents’ bitter divorce – but I read the script during my internship, and it was one of the few that I liked and recommended (the highest praise a script reader can give), so you can say I have a sort of professional interest in it.

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What first drew me to this is that it’s actually based on a 1897 Henry James novel (!) which goes to show how universal and timeless the story is. I also love how it tells the story through the point of view of the titular Maisie, showing the adult world through heartbreaking bits and pieces. Maisie (Onata Aprile) is shuffled back and forth between an aging rocker mother Susanna (Julianne Moore) and a self-absorbed art dealer father Beale (Steve Coogan), who constantly use her to get back at each other. Even when Maisie finds some comfort in her stepparents Margo (Joanna Vanderham) and Lincoln (Alexander SkarsgĂ„rd), they are swept up in the mess as well.

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The performances are great. Usually when you read a script or a story, then watch the movie, there will always be something that doesn’t quite line up, right? In this case, all the main characters are exactly as I pictured them. And of course, Onata Aprile, as Maisie, is perfect. She has none of that precociousness you see in movie kids. A mushy performance could easily tip the story over to melodrama, but here, since everything is so understated, it’s all the more believable and painful.

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Another thing I love about the film is the look of it. It looks very pretty in a modern NYC sort of way, and I’d totally steal Margo’s wardrobe (watch how it changes throughout the movie to reflect her character development.)

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P/S: Not a spoiler, but my only comment on the script back when I read it was that the ending was too ambiguous, and here the ending is much more climactic and emphatic. I’d like to think I had something to do with that :P


Classroom Style

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Yesterday was my first day of teaching in the new school year, so I reached for my ever-trusty schoolmarm skirt. I almost paired it with a white button-up, but decided that it would be too “school girl” instead of “schoolmarm”, so I went with this shirt instead. One of my style resolution for this academic year is to dress more professionally. Yeah, we’re a liberal art school, but I find that by overdressing a bit, I can have more confidence to assert my authority in the classroom. And I’m going to need that authority this year – aside from my usual directing class, I’m taking on another graduating screenwriting class. The idea is that since they are graduating, I won’t have to work with them as much, and it would be easier on me as a new instructor. However, after one session, I have a feeling that I’m going to have to work extra hard with them to hopefully undo all the bad habits they’ve accumulated over the past three years. Fun times.

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Shirt: Oasis (hand-me-down), Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Belt: thrifted, Flats: Caprice, Necklace: Forever21


SIA Inspiration: Winslow Homer

It’s again my turn to host SIA, and since school starts today and I’m going back to work, I decided to pick a school-themed work, “Blackboard” by Winslow Homer:

I actually don’t know much about the artist, I’m just drawn to the painting’s neutral color scheme and the juxtaposition between the graphic quality of the image and the soft watercolor style. So send me your outfit by Monday, August 25th (if it’s back-to-school themed, all the better!) Have fun!


Do-Over: White Dress + Chambray

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Did you ever look through your old photo albums and just cringe at whatever you were wearing back then? The thing about having a style blog is that you get that all the time. Or at least I do. I was looking through my archives the other day and noticed a bunch outfits that started out as good ideas, but the execution is meh, or outfits that I thought were good ideas back then but now they are more like “WTF was I thinking?” So I decided to take those outfits and re-style them, keeping the basic idea while trying to improve the execution. I kind of did it already here, but even then I was not exactly happy with the second try. I’m going to make it a more regular feature of the blog now. And hey, it can be greatwhen I don’t know what to wear – just pick an old outfit that I don’t like and make it better!

So, for my first do-over, I picked this outfit. I like the idea but it ended up looking really awkward because I messed up the proportions (always a problem area for me). I fixed it by choosing a more fitted chambray shirt, getting rid of the belt, and keeping the footwear simple to stay true to the relaxed feel of the inspiration pin.

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For comparison:

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What do you guys think?

Dress: Miss Sixty, Shirt: Esprit, Sandals: gift


Minimalist Wannabe

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I’m truly on my way to becoming a minimalist now, because when I looked at this outfit again, I immediately thought “Too much.” Am I crazy? Between the stripes, the leopard prints, the lace, and the necklace, it definitely feels overwrought to me. Maybe a plain grey scarf and my black flats would be better. Or maybe ditch the necklace and keep the scarf. But I wanted to show off the necklace, and wearing it alone with just the T-shirt looked weird somehow… yeah, I’m definitely overthinking this. I have to remember the “K.I.S.S.” rule next time.

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Also, it’s been raining buckets all day, and it started raining again when I was taking photos, so this happened:

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And that is why I love circle scarves. Instant hoodies/Assassin’s Creed cosplay.

Shirt: Gap, Jeans: Forever21, Flats: LA Fashion District, Scarf: self-made, Necklace: local shop