Packing List

Usually when I pack for a trip, I don’t really pay much attention to what clothes I’m bringing except to make sure that they are weather-appropriate. I do make packing lists but they usually look like this “Camera, Lenses, Camera Battery, Battery Charger, Tripod, Phone, Phone Charger, Kindle, Kindle Cable”… you get the idea. So I usually end up over-packing some things, and under-packing others. This time, I thought it would be a good idea to include actual clothes in the packing list, and here’s what I’m bringing:


So that’s 2 shirts (1 chambray, 1 flannel), 3 tees (2 short sleeved, 1 long sleeve), 1 cardigan, 1 sweater, 3 pairs of pants, 1 jacket, 2 scarves (no jewelry because I just know I’m going to lose it), 1 pair of hiking boots and 1 pair of flats just in case.

It may look too much for a week-long trip in the summer, but where I’m going (Da Lat, a town up in the Highlands in the south of Vietnam), the temperature goes from lower 70′s to lower 60′s, which for me is positively arctic. Plus it’s the rainy season, hence the boots and the jacket. I could probably do with just two pair of pants and three shirts, but I still haven’t forgotten the time I went trekking in Sa Pa and ended up covered in mud, so I like to have some back-ups this time. We’ll see how well it works out. See you guys in a week!

SIA Inspiration: Matisse 2.0

For this week’s SIA, Jen picked a Henri Matisse painting, the appropriately summery “Pot of Geranium”:

I’ve picked a Matisse before, but it was one of his stained glass windows, so it’s fun to have an actual painting this time, with lots of colors to play with. Send your submission to Jen ( by next Monday, July 28th. As for me, I’ve already packed for vacation – I’ll post the packing list tomorrow – so I’m not sure if I can recreate this as faithfully as I want, but we’ll see.


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I totally stole this outfit from Jen, except with mint shorts instead of black. It’s the most basic of outfits, but I’m too tired to think of anything more interesting. To be honest, I have been kind of jaded with my script reading job. Usually I could finish analyzing a script in two and a half hours, three at the most, but lately it’s been taking me longer and longer, because I can’t stay focused and keep stopping in the middle to do something else. But then again you would too, if you had to read two to three scripts a day, most of them bad, some even barely comprehensible (in the three years I’ve had this job, I’ve read hundreds of scripts, and there may be about 10 good ones. Perhaps even fewer than that.) Just today, I got so bored with this script that I took a break to play Plants vs. Zombies, and before I knew it, an hour has passed. Good thing I’m taking a break next week. I need it. My brain needs it.

P/S: Sorry my sneakers are so filthy. Apparently my cats have been using them as their bed.

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Shirt: local shop, Shorts: thrifted and dyed by me, Sneakers: Converse


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We have a storm approaching, so it’s been insanely humid and muggy these past few days. Good thing our entire house and garden was recently sprayed with mosquito repellent, which means that I no longer have to douse myself in bug spray every time I step outside, and I can wear shorts and sleeveless tops without worrying about turning into a walking buffet. It’s timely too, because today Bri of Work Clothes, I Suppose is having her Third Thursday Thread link-up, and the theme is, you guess it, shorts.

I can’t decide if I like this better with the shirt tucked in or not though. Wait, no, actually I do. I wore it untucked, but when I got up from my desk to take pictures, I realized that the shirt tail had wrinkled like crazy, so I had to tuck it in to hide it.

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Shirt: Oasis, Shorts: tailor, Sandals & Necklace: gift


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I wore this to a Bastille Day celebration at the French Embassy. My dad works with a French university, so he got invited, and he took my mom and me along. Is it lame to hang out with your parents like that? I don’t know, and even if it is, I wasn’t going to turn down free food (free French food) because of it.

This dress is a hand-me-down from my sister, and it’s actually dark navy, so I kept with the “red-white-blue” theme by adding my silver pin and ruby heels – they’re pretty much my “special occasion” shoes now. I don’t go out on special occasions too often, but every time something like this comes up, I always remind myself that I need a black dress and dressier shoes. Of course, I would always manage to put together something sufficiently appropriate from what I already have, and tell myself that there is no need to buy a black dress and shoes that I only wear once in a blue moon. What do you guys think? Is it worth the investment?

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Dress: H&M (hand-me-down), Shoes: Steve Madden (thrifted), Pin: Etsy