Hedge Witch

I recently saw this lovely print collection of different “witch” aesthetics and thought if I were a witch, I’d be a hedge witch all the way (in those “Which Hogwarts professor are you?” quizzes, I always get Professor Sprout.) I guess it came from having a gardener for a dad and growing up surrounded by a rambling garden, and it certainly explains why I’m always drawn to botanical/floral prints.

The print is so cute that I was inspired to put together an outfit with this “hedge witch” aesthetic. The thing is, my style is not witchy at all – when I think “witchy”, I think loose, flowy silhouettes, fringes, black, basically like the cast of American Horror Story: Coven. So this is what I came up with – it is as “witchy” as I can get, while still staying close to my everyday style.


The One That Got Away

My style has changed quite a bit since I first started discovering it, but one of the things I’ve always liked through my style changes is Edwardian-inspired fashion. I’ve never met a broderie anglaise top that I don’t like. I’ve bought so many straw hats, even though they’re super impractical for me. Show me anything white and trimmed with crocheted lace and I’ll be itching to get my hands on it. And one of my earliest pin on Pinterest is this top from Shop Ruche, which, sadly, was too expensive for me back then and was soon sold out.

So imagine my excitement when I saw the very same top at one of the second-hand shops I recently discovered. I mean, what are the odds, right? Luckily it is my size (you don’t always get so lucky with thrift stores), so of course, I snapped it up right away. I can’t wait to wear it more!


Embroidered Top, Take Two

Last time I wore this embroidered linen top, I wasn’t sure if I should tuck it in or not, and decided that the fault lies in the silhouette of the pants and not in the tucking. So this time, I just went with the loose-loose silhouette and didn’t bother with any tucking at all. And guess what? It looked better, and it was a lot more comfortable too. I may try pairing this top with a more fitted pair of pants when the weather is cooler, but for now, loose-loose is the way to go.


Graduation Ceremony

Happy belated Fourth of July to my US readers! Hope you guys had a great celebration.

Last week, I’ve shared what I wore to be on the thesis committee, and this week, here’s what I wore to my students’ graduation ceremony. It’s a semi-formal occassion, so of course, I brought out my traditional Vietnamese áo dài.  I was quite happy to realize that my shoes match the buttons and the stitching on the tunic almost exactly, and they added a nice pop of color. For a sentimental touch, I also added a brooch that my students gave me for Teacher’s Day last year.

The students, however, all decided to wear dresses instead, and I don’t blame them – áo dài can be uncomfortable/difficult to move around in (mine isn’t because it’s made of linen and has a looser fit.) My only problem with wearing áo dài, in fact, is that it’s a set, which means you can’t really mix and match it (I do wear the pants separately though). But it’s for special occassions only, so it’s fine.


Oops, I Did It Again

“It” here means repeating an outfit, that is. I always find that it is one of the difficulties of running a personal style blog. In theory, you don’t have to worry about repeating outfits because your blog provides you with an archive of all your outfits, but in practice, you rarely think to check if you’ve worn the same outfit before, and usually don’t realize it’s a repeat until it’s up on the blog.

To be fair, it’s not an exact copy in this case – the shirt is different – but otherwise, it’s just like this outfit, even down to the belt. What can I say? These culottes work well with a white shirt and black sandals, and in my defence, I wore the other outfit over a year ago, so who can remember it, right?