Like I said in last Friday post, I’ve been wearing a lot of neutrals lately, and while that’s not a bad thing, I do want some more colors to make my outfit look more cheerful during these grey months. I think another reason why I tend to wear so much neutral stuff these days is because I want to dress more professionally, so I don’t get mistaken for a student anymore So it’s probably a bit counterproductive that my first venture back into the land of colors is a short, plaid shirt dress that instantly screams “schoolgirl” on me. Oh well. I’ve got to learn to wear colors all over again, so baby steps, right?
The jacket doesn’t really go with anything, I know, but I want to keep the Take One, Pass It On challenge alive.
Dress & Boots: Vietnamese shop, Tights: Target, Belt: thrifted, Jacket: H&M (hand-me-down)
Day 2 of Take One, Pass It On! Sorry my blazer is such a wrinkled mess, but it’s linen, so short of not moving my arms at all, there really is no way I can keep it smooth.
Anyway, the arrow pin is because I just found out that Catching Fire is getting a release here in Vietnam, which makes me extremely happy, even if it’s my least favorite book out of the trilogy. The books were still translated and published in Vietnamese, but the first movie was banned from the theaters here (since it features kid-on-kid violence, I can understand why they got squeamish about it, even though banning it is totally missing the point of the movie.) It was a good thing I managed to catch it before I moved.
Shirt: H& M (hand-me-down), Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Aldo, Brooch: Etsy
I had an awesome weekend: my computer died on Saturday and my Internet went out on Sunday night. I’ve got a new computer and am in the slow process of transferring all salvaged data into it, but the Internet still hasn’t been fixed yet (I’m blogging during lunch at work) so I don’t know how regular posting is going to be.
Anyway, the weekend wasn’t all that bad, because I managed to catch Ender’s Game in between tearing my hair out over my computer and banging hopelessly on my modem. I know there is a boycott against the movie because Orson Scott Card is a dick, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is a good (if totally soul-scarring) story. I love the book, although apparently it was too depressing to take home with me when I moved, so I only have a broad memory of the plot without any clear details.
It turns out to be the perfect mindset to watch this movie, because even though it sticks quite close to the book, it has to compress a great deal and cut out a great deal more. Since I already know what’s going on without remembering exactly how it happens, I understood the subtle points of the story while still got that sense of anticipation of watching something for the first time. Of course, all that cutting and compressing means that it doesn’t have much of the emotional resonance of the original story anymore. All the actors are good (kudos to the filmmakers for a pretty diverse cast), but I definitely don’t feel as attached to Ender as I was when I read the book.
So, my verdict? I like the movie, but it should be accompanied by reading the book first. The book is much more psychological and philosophical, which of course the movie forgoes in favor of laser guns and stuff blowing up, but that’s to be expected.
Shirt: H&M, Blazer: thrifted, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Steve Madden (thrifted), Brooch: vintage
The next theme in the We Love Target link-up is accessories, which stumped me for a second because the only Target accessories I have are scarves, which… no. Just no. But then I remembered this belt from a Target skirt – it counts, right? Accessorizing, or more exactly, jewelry, is the one area of my style I haven’t quite figured out yet. The brooch/pin is my staple, sure, but most of the time I feel an outfit doesn’t even need any jewelry to begin with. Except for this one. This one needs a necklace.
Shirt: H&M, Skirt: thrifted, Belt: Target, Flats: Caprice, Necklace: my sister’s
It’s Friday, so a pair of red T-strap heels are all I need to go from looking like a schlub to presentable. They’re also a good fit for the last color in the Pantone challenge – poppy red, although the color sample looks more red-orange. But again colors’ names are kind of pretentious anyway. Whenever I hear a newfangled name like “oxblood”, I’m always reminded of this bit from Project Runway. “It’s f**king red.”
In other news, Phoenix Song, the short film/music video I worked on a while back, has been making the rounds at film festivals in LA and won a bunch of awards, including Best Costume! Even though I was just the costume mistress and did not design them, I’m still super proud. All those hours of lacing corsets and fastening buckles were totally worth it
Shirt: H&M, Jeans: hand-me-down, Heels: Madden Girl (thrifted), Necklace: Krakow gift shop