How typical “style blogger” is this outfit? I mean, chambray (and polka dot) shirt, cable knit sweater, ankle boots… all that’s missing is a statement necklace. Of course this is me, so I accessorized with a brooch instead.
I just realized that I wore this sweater and these boots last Monday too. Apparently they just go well together. Also, I really need to retire (in the Blade Runner sense) these boots because the leather is all cracked and falling apart in the back, but I have yet to find a replacement pair. How come I’m always looking for boots at the end of season?
Shirt: tailor-made, Sweater: Vietnamese shop, Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Steve Madden (thrifted), Brooch: vintage
It’s my turn to pick the inspiration piece for SIA again, and I’ve decided to pick something by a Vietnamese artist, “Hanoi Street” by Bui Xuan Phai:
Bui Xuan Phai is best known for his “Phố Phái” (Phai Streets) paintings, which depicts the Hanoi Old Quarter. I’ve always wanted to introduce more Vietnamese artists to SIA, so this seems like a good start. The deadline is next Monday, December 16, and the post will go up late that night or early Tuesday morning, as usual. Have fun!
When I bought this skirt in Sa Pa, I figured I would wear it casually, and that’s about it. But there are certain advantages to working at a film school, and one of those is dress codes. You can pretty much wear anything you want as long as… well, as long as you’re comfortable with it. This lady in my department has been rocking some similar skirts lately, so I decided to wear mine too, except I’m not quite brave enough to wear it on a day when I have to teach. I’d like to appear a bit more professional with blazers and stuff when I face the students.
I also realize that whenever I wear this skirt, I’ve always matched to the orange in the pattern. You’d think a plain black or white top would work with it, but for some reason it doesn’t. Any other idea how to style this? It’s a fun piece and I’d like to wear it more often.
Sweater: Target, Skirt: Sa Pa, Boots: Journee, Brooch: vintage, Tights: old.
The weather has been really nice lately. Chilly in the morning and night, but during the day it’s always in the upper 70′s, breezy, warm, and clear. I’m suspicious of it. Let me check the forecast… Yep. A cold front is coming next week, with what looks like a lot of rain. Of course.
Anyway, I don’t know if it’s because the weather’s been nicer or because I’ve just gone through a whole month in jeans and neutrals, but suddenly I’m all about dresses and skirts and colors (well, not a whole lot of colors, I don’t want to shock myself, but definitely more than I wore last month). Maybe it is the weather. I read a post on Tumblr that says “November is like the Thursday of the year”, and while that shouldn’t make any damned sense, it just does, you know? November is long and dreary and we all want it to end. And if November is the Thursday of the year, then early December would be Friday, so I’m breaking out the dresses and skirts to celebrate. And then the holiday season would be… the weekend, I guess?
P/S: Of course, I posted this on a Thursday, which makes it even more confusing.
Dress: Gap (thrifted), Blazer: Zara (hand-me-down), Tights: Forever21, Boots: Aldo, Brooch: vintage
OK, disclaimer: I never, ever skim any book. I may put a book down and pick it up a couple of weeks later, but I don’t skim – heck, I read Twilight cover to cover to see what the fuss was about (I did see what the fuss was about). This one, though, I had to skim, and it’s nowhere near the densest book I’ve read. It’s just… boring. In my defense, I’m going to translate it anyway, so when I got to the last 100 pages I just skimmed to see what happens to each character.
Anyway, “The Children’s Book”, by A.S. Byatt, is about several families in Edwardian England who move in a circle of liberal artists and writers, and the many secrets and tragedies that connect them. The title refers to a book that the main character, a writer of children fantasy loosely based on E. Nesbitt, writes for each of her children.
Edwardian era is one of my favorites, the characters are fascinating, so what’s the problem? Mainly, I think the book is more to showcase the author’s intensive research of the period rather than to tell an actual story. There are chapters after chapters detailinh social, political, and artistic movements of the time, and I found myself asking “What does this have to do with anything?” There is not enough time to get to know any of the characters. I feel like the author only remembered to check in with those characters from time to time before getting back to her historical research. The parts that I’m interested in, the parts about the damage that the main character’s children suffer because of her focus on her art (she’s not exactly a neglectful mother, but she’s too busy making up stories about her children to see what is really going on with them), are really rushed, and the ending is just… there.
It’s too bad that every time I try reading a literature book (as opposed to my usual genre fictions of sci-fi and fantasy), I always end up disappointed. Seriously, do you guys have any recommendation? I’d like to expand my literary horizon a bit, but I don’t know where to begin.
I tried to recreate an Edwardian look with my outfit, though my skirt is too full to be Edwardian. Still, there are a lot of descriptions of Liberty gown and William Morris fabric in the book, so I think the skirt works too.
Sweater: Gap (thrifted), Skirt: vintage, Tights: Target, Shoes: Payless, Coat: Modcloth
Man, I can’t believe it’s December already, and 2013 is all but over. I haven’t accomplished much this year (and definitely failed miserably at my NY Resolutions) but I guess I feel that way because I haven’t done anything big, I just go on with my regular jobs. Speaking of which, I do have some pretty exciting news to share with you guys: I just got a writing job! I’m going to rewrite the first 10 episodes in a historical drama series about the Indochina War. I’m super excited, not just because it’s my first professional gig, but also because as far as modern Vietnamese history goes, it’s one of my favorite eras.
Anyway, this outfit is for this week’s SIA, inspired by Chris van Allsburg’s illustration for Swan Lake. It’s pretty self-explanatory, so I’m just going to direct you guys to Jess’ blog so you can see how others interpreted this painting.
Dress: Modcloth, Sweater: Vietnamese shop, Tights: Target, Boots: Steve Madden (thrifted), Scarf: borrowed from my mom
To all my US readers, hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving with amazing food and great people. It felt slightly weird going to work yesterday because I spent so much time on the Internet where everybody was like “Thanksgiving! Black Friday!” that I half-expected it to be a holiday here too. Anyway, I went to see Catching Fire on Wednesday night and liked it. I didn’t love it, but then again it took quite a while for the first movie to grow on me, and this book is my least favorite out of the three, so when I wasn’t bored to tears by the movie, it counts as a win in my book. Well, that and the fact that Jena Malone is awesome.
On a more style-related note, this is my last outfit for the Take One, Pass It On challenge. My outfits this round weren’t as diverse as last time, probably because it’s winter and my choices are more limited, but I had great fun with it. Big thanks to Sarah for creating such a fun challenge!
Shirt: thrifted, Jacket: Pendleton (thrifted), Jeans: Mango, Oxfords: Vietnamese shop, Brooch: vintage