Halloween In March

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Sorry for the late posting today. Usually I write my posts ahead of time and schedule them, but work has been so crazy lately that it completely slipped my mind. Also I haven’t had time to take outfit photos regularly or even think about putting together blog-worthy outfits, so expect posting to be spotty in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully as work slows down and the weather starts warming up, I can get back into it.

This outfit is from last week, when it was still pretty cold. I put the sweater out the previous night without thinking anything about it, but when I put it on in the morning, I realized it’s the perfect Halloween outfit – black, orange, stripes – so I added the cat brooch to keep with the Halloween theme. Halloween in Vietnam is never cold enough for me to wear something like this anyway, so I’m going to take the chance when I can.

(And yes, the boots are new. I’m in need of a pair of waterproof boots with a good grip, and it took me a while – as it is usual the case with me, I’m always looking for things at the end of the season when they’re no longer in stock – but finally I was able to find these. They’re probably the comfiest pair of boots I own and if it wasn’t getting warmer you’d see them a lot more on the blog.)

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Turtleneck & Brooch: local shops, Sweater: Target, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Clarks


When You Reach Me

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Here’s my outfit inspired by Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me. It’s definitely the best out of the three books I read last month, and also the easiest to translate into an outfit as well. The story takes place in the winter of 1978, so I chose my wide-leg jeans and striped turtleneck to mimic a 1970’s style. Then I topped it off with my herringbone jacket and this ceramic brooch, because… the pattern looks kind of mysterious and time-travel-y? I don’t know, I just like it. (And shut up, “time-travel-y” is totally a word.)

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Jeans: H&M, Turtleneck & Boots: local shops, Jacket: tailor, Brooch: vintage


Arctic

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It’s still not warm enough to take photos outside, but at least the temperature is in the 50’s instead of 40’s, so I wanted to show you guys what I’ve been wearing this past week – basically all of my warmest shirts and sweaters layered on top of one another, my thickest coat, thickest jeans, and boots. What you don’t see here is fleece-lined tights under my jeans (I would’ve added another pair of socks but then I wouldn’t be able to fit into my boots – and even then my feet are still like icicles) and a wool scarf.

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Think I’m a wimp? Try spending a week in this kind of humid cold, with no heating anywhere, and see how you like it. I would’ve said this:

… except sometimes it’s even colder inside the house.

Shirt & Brooch: local shops, Sweater & Coat: H&M, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Vagabond


Second Semester

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It’s the second week of the new year, and also the second week of my second semester teaching solo. At the end of the last semester, it wasn’t clear if I was going to keep teaching this class or not (I taught Film Analysis 1 last semester, so this semester I would go on to teach Film Analysis 2), and the students were kind of disappointed when I told them I didn’t know yet. So I was glad to find out I still got the same class, and it was really heartwarming to hear the students cheering when I walked into the classroom.

Now, onto a new semester with more superhero and fantasy movies!

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Top & Brooch: local shops, Blazer: Warehouse, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Betts


Those We Left Behind

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This isn’t going to be some deep retrospective about the end of a year and what we’ve lost and gained. No, this is an entirely materialistic post: I was thinking about stuff I was forced to leave behind when I moved home from the US, and what I wish I could’ve taken with me. Other than my books (oh so many books), the only thing I regret leaving was my vintage plaid skirt. Now though, I’m beginning to miss my black turtleneck sweater too. I got it cheap from Target, and foolishly thought that I wouldn’t need it at home. But after three winters, I’m beginning to see its virtue, especially as I’m getting bored with my scarves and having a hard time finding a solid black turtleneck. It’s always the case with me – I only need a seasonal item at the end of the season, when it’s no longer in stock. Oh well. Maybe next winter.

In the meantime, I’m going to make do with this striped turtleneck. It’s more difficult to layer than a solid black one, but I quite like it.

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Shirt, Cardigan & Necklace: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Din Sko