Today was busier than usual – a big script to read in the morning and my afternoon class went longer than expected, so it was pretty late in the afternoon when I found the time to grab these photos. That’s why it looks like I have a ghost leg: low light = slower shutter speed = more movement.
I was going to say something more about my new plaid shirt (it seems like ages since I bought something so reminiscent of my old style, before I started the blog and got introduced to things like florals and polka dots and colors other than blue and black and grey), but my brain is fried after I spent three hours trying to explain to my students that yes, short films should definitely have the three-act structure, and please don’t try to break the rules until you’ve mastered them… So I think I’m just going to turn in early and catch up on Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Later!
Shirt: Uniqlo, Blazer: Atmosphere, Scarf: Forever21, Jeans: Hermes, Boots: local shop
For this week’s SIA, inspired by Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid”, I only had two options: either blue cable-knit sweater + red pants + mustard scarf, or mustard cardigan + navy skirt + red heels. In the end I went with the second choice, because even though this skirt is not the rich shade of royal blue like the milkmaid’s apron, it allowed me to layer my green gingham shirt underneath to mimic the green sleeves of the milkmaid’s bodice. We’re nothing if not exact here at SIA
Remember to check out Animated Cardigan to see how others interpret this classic painting!
Shirt: Gap, Cardigan: Target, Skirt: Banana Republic, Heels: Steve Madden (everything thrifted)
After the freezing cold of the past week, I’m ready for some spring colors, so I pulled out this coat even though it’s still a bit too chilly for it. It’s not until I looked at these photos that I realized nothing in this outfit really go together. Well, maybe the coat and the striped sweater do. I should’ve worn my darker trouser jeans, but these are warmer, and this scarf has a permanent home on my neck now, so I didn’t feel like taking it off. I guess my winter outfits are just a constant battle between being comfortable and being put-together… and comfort usually wins.
P/S: Anybody caught the SpongeBob reference in the title? Because the coat is, you know, coral-ish… no? I’m just a dork then? OK.
Sweater: Forever21, Jeans: hand-me-down, Coat: H&M (hand-me-down and dyed), Scarf: self-made, Brooch: vintage, Heels: Payless
ETA: Since I’m linking up to Mix-It Monday, here are a few ways I’ve worn this sweater before.
I’ve been quite remiss in my book reviews lately. I’ve mostly been rereading my old books (Neither Here Nor There because I wanted some laugh, Austenland and Northanger Abbey because of the JJ Feild effect) and comics, but I did manage one new-to-me book – Robin McKinley’s “The Hero and the Crown”. It’s just too bad that I didn’t enjoy it.
It starts out quite promisingly. The main character, Aerin, is the princess of Damar, but the entire kingdom looks at her with distrust, because her mother was supposedly a witch who enchanted the king into marrying her. At best Aerin is ignored, at worst she is treated as a threat. So Aerin decides to prove herself by taking up the one job that nobody wants to do – killing dragons. In this world, dragons are viewed as pests, so hunting them is necessary, but there is no glory in it. Of course, that is until Aerin has to face the fearsome Black Dragon…
I really appreciate this story, even if I’m not crazy about McKinley’s prose. A fantasy with a female protagonist who takes up the sword instead of waiting to be saved? And she suffers great physical pains as well as some serious PTSD because of it? Yes please.
Except that’s just the first half of the book. It all goes downhill in the second half. My problem with the second half is that it completely ruins everything that has been set up in the first half. The first half is about Aerin forging her own destiny; in the second half she finds out her fate has been predestined. The first half is about Aerin working hard to become the best dragon-killer she can be; in the second half she suddenly “just knows” what to do. The first half sets up a sweet, realistically awkward romance between Aerin and her cousin Tor; the second half gives her a creepy love interest who totally had a thing for her mother (dude is immortal). Maybe it’s my screenwriting instinct, but when the author resolves the climactic confrontation by having the protagonist doing some random thing that happens to work, and explains it away as “Oh yeah, that’s some magic that I forgot to set up earlier”, it just seems like lazy writing to me.
This is the fourth Robin McKinley book I’ve read, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I just don’t like her. The only book of hers I truly enjoy is Sunshine, and even that doesn’t stick with me much.
As for the outfit, it’s inspired by Aerin’s look – she’s described as having “orange/fiery” hair and hazel eyes (but seriously, how many fantasy stories with a redheaded, green-eyed heroine have there been?). I picked the arrow pin because I thought it worked in a fantasy-inspired look, even though Aerin’s weapon of choice is a sword, not a bow. Aerin is a rider and good with animals too, so I figure the boots and the photo with my dog Taco are appropriate.
Shirt: Urban Outfitters, Sweater: Target, Jeans: Forever21, Boots: local shop, Pin: Etsy
It may not look cold in these photos, but trust me, I was freezing my butt off. We’re having what is called “bitter cold”, which means it’s rainy and windy (you can tell by all the little hairs going crazy around my head) and absolutely miserable. Last weekend my ex-roommate from LA stopped by Hanoi during his tour around Southeast Asia, and he was shocked at how cold it was. We did have some fun going around town though. I really wish I could join him for the rest of the tour, but alas, it’s back to the old grind for me. Classes started again yesterday, and this semester my class actually has two sessions per week, so I guess it’s going to be a little bit busier.
Sweater: hand-me-down, Coat: thrifted, Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Aldo, Belt: Forever21, Brooch: vintage
For this week’s SIA, Jess picked “The Milkmaid” by Johannes Vermeer:
This is such a classic piece that there really is no need for me to talk about it. Just send Jess (firstname.lastname@example.org) your outfit photos by next Monday, February 24th. Have fun!
I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, just like I don’t celebrate any made-up holiday that has little base in tradition and seems solely designed to make people buy stuff. I did go to a book fair today though, so I put on my thickest sweater, old jeans and old boots. It’s not the most blog-worthy outfit, but it’s warm and comfy, and that’s all that matters right now. The boots turned out to be a great decision too – the book fair was insanely crowded, and with these I could stomp around without worrying about anybody stepping on my toes. Seriously, it was like a feeding frenzy around each booth. Man, how I miss those quiet library book sales my friends and I used to go to back in LA.
But hey, come to think of it, a book fair is the perfect place for me to spend Valentine’s Day, so maybe I did celebrate it after all.
Sweater: hand-me-down, Jeans: Forever21, Scarf: self-made, Boots: Payless, Socks: Target