30×30 Version 2.0: A Recap

A power outage caused by heavy rain (or the monster of Friday the 13th) prevented me from doing this recap yesterday. In fact, a thunderstorm is coming up so I’m going to make this quick: it’s been a fun round of 30×30 and the quality of the outfits is definitely better than the last time (if I do say so myself), but I think I’m going to do one during fall/winter or winter/spring next time. It’s because the one lesson I learned during this is that layering is not your friend when it’s close to 100 degrees out and the humidity is always 85% or more. But I like layering, dammit!

On a less related note: my friend Debbi just came over to visit from the US (yay!) so I might not have regular outfit posts for a while, but hopefully I’ll have some cool travelogue stuff as I show her around.


Done And Done

And outfit #30! I decided to go with a bit of pattern mixing for this last outfit, because I haven’t done a lot of it during this 30×30. I know I’ve said this multiple times, but this second round is nowhere near an endless tunnel like it was last time (or at least that’s how I remembered it.) I did kinda phone it in during the last few days, but no matter, I can welcome back the rest of my closet now.

T-shirt: Walmart, Skirt: thrifted, Flats: Payless
Belt: Wet Seal, Necklace: Icing


The Stranger

Only one more to go… As much as I enjoy this round of 30×30, I’m still having that “end-of-semester” feel, when you’re so close to the break but still have that one paper to write, one more project to finish.

By the way, do I look like myself in this outfit? I have to ask because our dog Taco, upon seeing me walking out the door, started barking like he didn’t recognize me. Or maybe it was just his way of telling me he didn’t approve of the ensemble 😛

Shirt: Forever 21 (thrifted via Buffalo Exchange)
Jeans: Old Navy, Shoes: Payless, Necklace: self-made


Finally, Summer

This is my submission for Everybody Everywear’s color-blocking challenge, and possibly the most summery outfit I’ve worn during my 30×30. This week is the first time that (to me at least) it really feels like summer around here. The past few weeks were just a long stretch of mugginess followed by rain followed by more mugginess. I like rain, but you know, like that Garbage song goes, “I’m only happy when it rains”, or more exactly, when it’s raining. I don’t care for what precedes and follows it. It’s still hotter than hell, but at least the sky is clear, the sun is shining, and our clothes can finally dry nicely instead of growing mold on the line (we don’t have a dryer, almost nobody in Vietnam uses one unless they own a laundromat.)


I might be standing on the burial ground of several rats here…

T-shirt: Forever21, Shorts: Old Navy (thrifted & dyed)
Necklace: Modcloth, Shoes: Converse, borrowed from my sister

P/S: It started raining just as I finished typing this. Typical.

Color Blocking: Everbody, Everywear


Leaves In The River

While I read movie scripts, I’m usually looking for a main character that is proactive – that is, someone who leads the actions rather than just reacts to things. To do the same in life, however, is another matter. If they made a movie about my life, I would be criticized as a “passive protagonist”, because I tend to go with the flow. I think the only time I made a big decision is when I went to film school; everything after that just sort of… happened. Things didn’t exactly fall into my lap, but I didn’t actively make them happen either. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or not – on the one hand, you shouldn’t go through life aimlessly; on the other hand, having no fixed goal means that you’re more flexible when something unexpected happens.

When I’m in the middle of something – school, internship – this attitude makes me confident that I’m always ready for the next thing, whatever it is, but right now, when I’m in an “in-between” period of my life, it makes me feel particularly unproductive and restless. It really is like being a leaf in a river.

All this sounds more negative than I intended. It’s just been a sloooooooow day.

T-shirt: Target (thrifted), Skirt: thrifted, Belt: Forever21
Flats: LA Fashion District, Bracelet: self-made
Post title: song by Sea Wolf


Feminine Menswear

Something simple but still fun for the weekend. Suspenders always seem masculine to me, so I played around by pairing them with a skirt. My loafers would be a better fit for the “feminine/masculine” theme I was going for, but I only remembered this after I’d taken the photos. Oh well. It’s Saturday. My mind was elsewhere.

Shirt: Old Navy (thrifted), Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted)
Suspenders: thrifted, Flats: Payless


Cheater Cheater Pumpkin Eater


One day I’ll do a post just with outtakes with Taco…

This dress is another last-minute piece that I just added to my 30×30 line-up to replace the yellow floral skirt. I don’t have any good excuse for it other than “I feel like it.” So, basically, I cheated. I just got the dress back from the tailor’s shop (I got it made along with the polka dot one, but this needed some alteration) and wanted to show it to you guys. I’ve been looking for a simple white dress for a while and this one fits the bill perfectly.

By the way, where does that phrase “cheater cheater pumpkin eater” come from? I Googled it and apparently it came from the nursery rhyme “Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater”, but why it got modified to “cheater cheater” I have no idea. Probably just because it rhymes.

Dress: tailored, Shoes: Steven for Steve Madden (thrifted), Necklace: self-made