Wedding Portrait

My interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration, Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, is a little different. Sure, it has most of the colors of the painting (green and black, with a touch of brown), but the print of my dress makes it decidedly more futuristic – usually, I would try to echo the feel of the painting if I can, but I see this print as my way of mimicking the intricately pinked trims on the sleeves and the pleated front of the woman’s dress in the painting. I also added my brooch because it reminds me of the mirror on the wall behind the couple.

More importantly, I was going to wear this to a wedding last week, which I thought would make it appropriate for the theme of the painting. Unfortunately, the wedding was canceled due to the pandemic (“pandemic” is a word I never thought I’d type for a real-life situation. Usually I only read it in sci-fi books. But such is the time we’re living in.) The couple decided to have a very simple family affair instead of the big reception they’d planned, and my hat’s off to them for sacrificing their big day in the name of public health and safety. Anyway, even though I didn’t get to wear it to a wedding, I thought, why waste a perfectly good outfit? So here we are.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow! And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other interpretations of this classic painting!

Off-Duty Land Girl

It’s the middle of the week, I’m recovering from a nasty case of the flu, and the weather still can’t make up its mind if it wants to be spring or summer, so I’m going for something easy and comfortable, with a layer that can be taken off if it gets warmer. The silhouette and the brooch make me think of the 1940s, hence the title (and also because “Casual 1940s” sounds too boring. Sometimes when the outfit is nothing to write home about, I have to come up with a really interesting post title just to make up for it.)

Japanese Inspired

The weather is warming up again (for the last time this season, I hope), so here are two simple looks. As the post title says, these are both inspired by Japanese street style – not any outfit in particular, but by several style blogs that I’ve been following. I used to be drawn to the classic silhouettes, bright colors, and all the patterns of vintage style (1940’s – 1950’s, to be exact), but now, while I still like looking at them, I don’t really want to wear them anymore. Instead, I prefer minimalism and more relaxed silhouettes, which is almost the exact opposite of vintage style. It’s funny how that changes, right?

Completely Vintage

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Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers! I hope you guys are having a great day, filled with good food and good company. As for me, I wore this for an occasion of good food and good company as well – the staff luncheon to celebrate Teacher’s Day last week. If you’ve seen my review/screencap overload of The Crown, then you’d understand why I’ve been dressing like this – you can’t help it when you’ve been watching the show for two weeks (I supposed I could’ve binge-watched it in a week or so, but I wanted to pace myself.) Sometimes a girl just has to throw subtlety out the window and go for the complete vintage look.

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Dress & Brooch: vintage, Cardigan: Target, Belt: thrifted, Shoes: local shop

Weekly Capsule 43.2: Mr. Fox

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For my book-inspired outfit this month, I picked Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi – it’s my favorite out of the bunch, and it’s also the easiest to style, or so I thought. In retrospect, perhaps I should’ve gone with the Flavia de Luce book, because it takes place in 1950 and I can put together a 1950’s-inspired look just like that. Mr. Fox, on the other hand, takes place in 1938 (or, at least the frame story of it does; the rest of the stories have various time settings), and I don’t have much 1930’s-inspired things in my closet, despite it being one of my favorite era, fashion-wise.

In the end, I decided to go with a simple and sharp black-and-white combo like on the cover, and my new fox sweater clips are the perfect finishing touch (no I didn’t buy them just for this outfit what are you talking about).

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Shirt & Sweater clips: local shops, Cardigan: Target, Pants & Shoes: thrifted

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 it, like, 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

Thursday List

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It’s Thursday and my brain is shutting down, so I thought this list of questions I got from happy, honey and lark a while ago would be a fun way to fill up the post.

What did you look like one year ago today? Pretty much the same (even my hair was the same length, because I only have it cut once a year, around June or July when it gets too hot to have longer hair). It was way warmer this time last year though.

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When did you wake up this morning? I’m not sure what time it was, but my mom turned the bathroom light on so it must’ve been pretty early. Then again at around 6:15, which is my usual wake-up time when I have to teach in the morning.

What was the first thing you thought when you woke up? “Is Taco back yet?” Our dog, Taco, has gotten into the annoying habit of escaping through the backyard fence and going on nightly excursions. Apparently he came back around midnight.

Have you called someone today? Who and what did you say? The publishing company where I translate books. My translation of “Warm Bodies” just hits the shelves so I asked when I can stop by to pick up my complimentary copies.

What mood are you in? Tired. Is that a mood? I don’t know. I’m just tired.

Do you hurt anywhere? My shoulders and back and neck from too much computer, as usual 😦

If you could choose anything to eat right now, what would you want? Chocolate!!! Always.

What did you buy last? Oh man I honestly don’t remember. Does grocery count?

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Which was the first website you visited on the internet today? I checked my email, then feedly and tumblr.

What are you doing tonight? Watching Hannibal. I’ve just started it, so I’m doing a marathon (the only kind of marathon I do) to catch up, except it’s not always a good idea to watch too much of it before bed.

Which is the first song you put on today? Care of Cell 44 by The Zombies. I just downloaded their album after last week’s Mad Men.

What were you doing exactly a week ago, this time? Probably the same thing I am doing now – at my desk tearing my hair out over a script.

What are you wearing today? Mango top, F21 jeans, Target cardigan, thrifted Steve Madden heels, and Icing necklace. My “pop of color” rule continues to work out well.

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The weekend then, what about it? Nothing on Saturday, then on Sunday I’m teaching a class for amateur filmmakers. So more work. I’m thinking about showing this short film to them though, so that should be fun. I like traumatizing my students (go ahead, watch it. You know you want to :D)