Not Exactly Stars And Stripes

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So, the Oscars. Anybody watched it? All I can say is: big thanks to Jennifer Lawrence, because I was ready to fall asleep by then. I missed the red carpet, but then I saw this online and then went “Awwww.”

Anyway, I had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA inspiration, “Untitled” by Sol LeWitt, but the sudden drop in temperature forced me to rethink the whole thing. In the end this is what I came up with. I’m not entirely happy with it (too much black and that scarf does not go at all), but short of this dress, anything I pulled from my closet to recreate this painting would fall short. Still, it’s challenges like this that remind me that SIA is not about recreating the painting exactly, but about drawing what you can from it to create a harmonious outfit.

Don’t forget to check out Animated Cardigan to see how the other lovely ladies interpreted this work of art.

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Maxi dress (worn as skirt): thrifted, Sweater & Scarf: hand-me-down
Leggings: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Journee


Lisa Hannigan Dress

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This was from last week, on a rare sunny day. I’veĀ  had this dress for a couple of months but before I could get around to wearing it, the weather got too cold. I call it my “Lisa Hannigan dress”; ever since Lisa Hannigan became my new style icon, I’ve been on the lookout for a dress similar to hers – something in the 40’s or 50’s silhouette, preferably a shirt dress, preferably printed. Without access to vintage and thrift stores (oh how I miss them), this is as close to it as I can get, without having to go to a tailor’s to get one made. I do love it though, especially since it feels like a “me” dress as well. I can’t wait to wear it more in the spring and summer.

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Lisa Hannigan’s photos courtesy of Last.fm

Dress & Belt: Forever21, Cardigan & Tights: Target
Boots: Journee, Necklace: vintage


Black And Blue

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The weather has been kind of warm these past few days, which means I can reduce my layers by half. I could also finally wear this outfit that I came up with a while ago but thought would have to wait until spring. It’s one of many outfits involving a chambray shirt that I’m inspired to try. I’m having a bit of a chambray moment, actually – I thrifted this shirt a while ago when chambray first became trendy, but it seems I didn’t “discover” it until now. I may even have to get a new shirt. This one is nice and all, but it’s a little loose-fitting (it may be a boy’s shirt) and reminds me of what the prisoners wear in The Shawshank Redemption, especially when I button it up all the way like this. On the plus side, I might have figured out my next Halloween costume.

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Shirt/Belt/Skirt: thrifted, Tights: Vietnamese shop
Boots: Journee via Amazon, Necklace: self-made


Invisible Layers

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One of the mistakes I made while packing for my big move home was that I didn’t keep more of my thick sweaters. Like I said, I didn’t remember it being this cold in Hanoi, so I kept most of my light cardigans and donated about half of my sweaters. True, most of them were pretty old, but I could really use my turtlenecks.

So now I have to resort to wearing my lighter sweaters with thermal shirts. My outfit may look light (except for the scarf), but don’t be fooled. I was wearing a thermal shirt underneath my sweater and skinny jeans under my maxi skirt – yes, jeans. My legs get so cold that tights/leggings are not enough. I guess I could just wear the jeans instead of the skirt, but I have only worn this skirt once since I bought it, and I want it to see some light of day when it’s still cold enough for a black, lined maxi skirt. I can’t seem to style it any other way than with a fitted shirt and a scarf though.

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A “behind the scene” photo – what I wore between shots (it was drizzling, hence the raincoat.) This is actually nicer than most other days, when I usually wear my dad’s old parka and look like a hobo.

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Sweater & Scarf: Forever21, Skirt: thrifted
Boots: Journee via Amazon, Brooch: vintage


Miss Claus

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So this is my official Christmas outfit. I did wear my red and green outfit to a Christmas pageant, but this I wore on the actual Christmas Day. Except for the boots, the silhouette is pretty similar to the last time I wore this sweater, but its downy texture and bright white color that just scream “Christmas” to me. I guess I could be Santa’s daughter or granddaughter or something. I mean, I played an elf in a Christmas play back in high school so it’s definitely a step-up for me.

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Sweater: H&M (hand-me-down), Skirt: vintage (it’s reversible but I never figured out how to wear the other side until now)
Boots: Journee via Amazon, Brooch: vintage