Weekly Capsule 12.4: Offline

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Lately, I’ve noticed that my productivity has gone down, and I haven’t able to concentrate on my work as well as I did – I used to be able to finish reading and commenting on a 110-page screenplay in about three hours, sometimes even less if it’s written well, but now it takes me four hours or sometimes even longer. Then I realize, it’s taking me so long because whenever I get bored (which is often) I would go check Tumblr or Instagram or Facebook or a gazillion other online distractions, and before I know it, an hour has passed. Like the other day, for example, I had to read this historical script, so I went on Wikipedia to check some facts, and ended up reading about the entire history the Hapsburg (the script wasn’t about the Hapsburg, by the way.) Educational, yes, but not exactly productive.

So I’ve made a decision. From now on, whenever I sit down to read or write or translate, there will be no distraction. The Internet will be off, and the only music playing will be movie soundtrack (Pacific Rim is my favorite, it gives me so much energy.) Already I’ve seen an improvement. Hopefully after a while I can learn how to stay focused again.

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jacket: tailor, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Shoes: Tamaris, Scarf: hand-me-down

Here are my looks this week – I guess the theme is dark + floral, which is pretty good for transitioning into spring. Also, boyfriend jeans FTW:

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Weekly Capsule 12.3: Night At The Opera

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I actually wore this last weekend to go a concert with my mom at the Hanoi Opera House. I don’t have that many occasions to dress up for, but when I do, this is my go-to “special occasion” dress – it’s really easy to style, and it looks more put together than everything else I had. (Although, if I’m being really honest, another reason I automatically reach for it whenever the word “fancy” comes up is because it’s one of the few things in my closet that I paid full price for, and I’ve only worn like about four or five time since, so I’d like to get my money’s worth :p)

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Anyway, the concert was fun. It was to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Vietnam joining La Francophonie, so there was a nice mix of Vietnamese and French music (Clair de Lune played on Vietnamese traditional instruments and Vietnamese folk songs sung by a French choir, that kind of thing.) It was too bad that they didn’t allow DLSR inside the Opera House, because the architecture is gorgeous. I had to make do with these crappy phone photos instead.

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Dress: Zara, Cardigan: Target, Shoes: Tamaris (hand-me-down), Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 12.2: Dark Flowers

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After the last week of dressing like it’s fall, I’ve decided to bring out some floral prints and lighter colors for this week. And then what does the weather go and do? Start cooling down, of course. But I’m not annoyed, actually. I always prefer colder weather to warmth. I only have to put on my flower-embroidered sweatshirt, and I’m done.

This sweatshirt is one of the items that I wear a lot in real life but doesn’t make it to the blog as often. It’s such a focus-pulling piece that there are only so many ways of styling it, and I believe I’ve featured them all. Ah well. It makes getting dressed easier, that’s what counts.

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Sweatshirt: Atmosphere, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Flats: Vagabond, Bracelet: thrifted


Weekly Capsule 12.1: Spring Window

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I’d put together an entirely different outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by the “Spring” stained glass window designed by John La Farge, using this navy floral dress with my white button-up shirt layered underneath. However, when I put it on, it doesn’t feel very me at all – the old me, about two years ago, wouldn’t think twice about it, but now it seems too fussy, too schoolgirl. So I tried something else, and put that dress away for my niece when she’s older. Really, I’m too grown-up for it now.

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That has been my challenge with SIA lately – with the more intricate inspiration pieces, I always struggle to find an outfit that both mimics the painting and still stays true to my new, more minimalist style. In the end, this is what I came up with – the floral tunic and the shoes are to reflect the stained glass, and there is a bit of blue in it as well, hence the jeans (a truer blue may be more accurate, but I prefer the relaxed fit of the boyfriend jeans with the tunic), and I added the necklace for the wings. The end result may not be as close as I’d like, but it’s something I’m happy to wear, and that’s more important.

Don’t forget to check out Jess’ blog for more interpretations of this gorgeous stained glass window!

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Tunic: Handmade, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Shoes: Tamaris (hand-me-down), Necklace: self-made


Weekly Capsule 11.4: One Of The Guys

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Back in high school I used to shop in the men’s section all the time. Not only do they fit me better, they’re often made of sturdier fabric and the pockets are bigger as well. I can’t do that anymore, becauseĀ  if I wear actually men’s clothes now (not menswear-inspired clothes or boyfriend cut or whatever), I would look mannish instead of androgynous. But when I saw these v-neck T-shirts the other day, I thought I could get away with a size small, so I bought one – and love it. The fabric is so much thicker than the girl’s shirts, it absorbs sweat better, it won’t fall apart after just one wash, and it won’t show my bras. It’s the perfect v-neck tee I’ve been looking for. Maybe I’d come back and buy one in every color now.

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: hand-me-down, Necklace: local shop, Loafers: Footglove

And yes, this is my attempt to make my outfits more springlike after one whole week dressing like it’s fall. Unfortunately the floral print on the scarf is kind of autumnal too… ah well, I tried:

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Weekly Capsule 11.3: Journaling

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I believe I’ve talked about my journals on the blog before – I kept a journal throughout middle school and high school, and a bit in college too, but from my junior year inĀ college until grad school, script writing took over, and then I started the blog, which is a journal of sort, so I just stopped. I don’t think I’ll ever get back to it, because there is only so much of your day that is worth documenting. I kinda miss writing in an actual journal with pen and paper though. Mostly the only thing I write with pen and paper now is brainstorming for story ideas (which reads like the rambling of a madman and makes sense to nobody but myself.)

What I’ve been trying to do is start a dream journal. “Trying”, because there are only two entries so far. Sometimes I don’t remember my dreams, and sometimes they’re too tedious to even bother. I plan to use them for story ideas, you see, and a dream about forgetting my passport at home is not going to be that useful. I guess it’s true what Dylan Moran said, your dreams become more boring as you get older.

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Top: Mango, Jeans: Mango, Blazer: hand-me-down, Heels & Necklace: local shops


Weekly Capsule 11.2: Plaid, Plaid, Plaid

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In keeping with this week’s theme of dressing like it’s fall instead of spring (which I just made up), here I am in the most autumnal colors ever. To be fair, I had this dress made a while ago, but by the time the tailor was finished it’d gotten too cold. So if nothing else, at least I’m glad the weather is warming up enough for me to wear it now.

The tricky thing with this dress is, as amazingly comfy as it is, I can’t think of any other way to style it. I mean, I can layer it with a blazer or a thin cardigan now, but once the temperature gets into the 90’s, which is when I’m sure I’ll be wearing it the most, there is nothing else I can do with it. That’s the problem with dresses in the summer, right? They’re so easy to wear yet you get bored with them so easily because you can pretty much only change the look by switching out the shoes.

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Dress: tailored, Belt: Forever21, Heels: local shop, Brooch: Etsy