Totally Coral

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After the freezing cold of the past week, I’m ready for some spring colors, so I pulled out this coat even though it’s still a bit too chilly for it. It’s not until I looked at these photos that I realized nothing in this outfit really go together. Well, maybe the coat and the striped sweater do. I should’ve worn my darker trouser jeans, but these are warmer, and this scarf has a permanent home on my neck now, so I didn’t feel like taking it off. I guess my winter outfits are just a constant battle between being comfortable and being put-together… and comfort usually wins.

P/S: Anybody caught the SpongeBob reference in the title? Because the coat is, you know, coral-ish… no? I’m just a dork then? OK.

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Sweater: Forever21, Jeans: hand-me-down, Coat: H&M (hand-me-down and dyed), Scarf: self-made, Brooch: vintage, Heels: Payless

ETA: Since I’m linking up to Mix-It Monday, here are a few ways I’ve worn this sweater before.

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Yggdrasil

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The blog is on its way to becoming about what I read/watched, accompanied by unrelated outfit pictures, instead of a style blog. I lead a very boring life compared to other people, let alone other bloggers; my outfits are not worth much discussion anymore now that I don’t experiment with my style as much; so if I don’t write about TV or movies or books, I would have nothing else to write about… unless you guys want to hear how our chickens are doing (they’re laying, so we have fresh eggs every morning, thank you every much.)

Anyway, this outfit is not entirely unrelated, because I wore it to see Thor: The Dark World, or as I’d like to call it, Thor: Longer and Greasier Hair. Because seriously. Wash your hair. So I could probably pretend that the tree on my necklace is Yggdrasil. As for the movie, here are some quick bullet points:

– It’s fun (and funny), though not as good as the first one, but I totally expected that. Without Loki and Darcy, it would’ve been a snooze-fest. I’m also kinda bummed that Jane Foster is too much of a damsel in distress here compared to the first one.

– I heard this joke about Malekith being Legolas’ weird uncle, so I alternated between giggling and swooning (because it’s Christopher Eccleston) every time Malekith appeared. Scary make-up and all.

– Knowing that the director, Alan Taylor, is mostly known for directing Game of Thrones, I watched for any familiar face and recognized Blackfish Tully (a quick imdb check says his character here is Tyr), even though he’s mostly out of focus. Yes I watch too much GoT.

– Zachary Levi looks weird in a blond wig.

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Shirt & Heels: Forever21, Pants: thrifted, Necklace: gift shop in Krakow

P/S: I’m pretty sure I’ve worn this exactly outfit before but I don’t care nearly enough to look it up.


Lady Ban’s Cold Snap

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We’re having what is called “Lady Ban’s cold snap” here in Northern Vietnam. I know, I know, I’m talking about the weather again, but this one’s interesting because there’s this whole myth about it: Lady Ban is a daughter of the Jade Emperor, ruler of Heaven, but she’s slow and clumsy. When she makes a winter cloak for her beloved husband, she takes so long about it that by the time she’s finished, spring is already coming. Seeing his daughter so sad and touched by her love for her husband, the Jade Emperor makes the weather cold again so that her husband can try the cloak on. So from then on, around the third lunar month of the year, there is always a cold snap before it gets warm.

To be frank, I think it’s kind of a silly story. Seriously, why make everybody suffer to satisfy the whim of some heavenly lady, right? If it’s too warm for your husband to wear the cloak, save it for next year, woman. Or better yet, work faster next time! On the other hand, I really don’t mind the chilliness. It means I can put off shaving my legs 😛

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Sweater: Forever21, Pants: thrifted, Oxfords: Me Too (thrifted via Buffalo Exchange), Scarf: self-made


Salazar Rogers

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The outfit is pretty self-explanatory: I picked the painting because the background reminds me of this dress, and the rest just fell into place… well, more or less. I went back and forth between my blue striped sweater and my red striped shirt. Red stripes would be more appropriate for the painting, but in the end I went with the blue because I don’t have any blue accessory, and the hem of the red shirt hits the dress at an awkward place anyway. I was trying for more of a 1940’s look to fit with the whole Captain America theme, but it ended up looking more 1920’s… oh well.

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Sweater: Forever21, Dress (as skirt): thrifted, Brooch: vintage, Flats: Caprice


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


Style Imitating Art: Louise Trudane

It’s another week here at Style Imitating Art, so let’s take a look at the interpretation of Jacques-Louis David’s Portrait of Louise Trudaine from all of my lovely blogger friends.

First up we have Rebekah of From the Mixed-Up Files, looking all ladylike:

Next up is the ever-awesome Pao of Project Minima:

Then we have our co-host, Vivienne of Thrifted Shift, in a simple but spot-on outfit:

And finally it’s me. I didn’t intend to wear the hat and jacket, but soon the cold and rainy weather of Sa Pa demanded them (not that I’m complaining. I love it.) I do find it funny, though, that everybody was in all these flowy, feminine silhouette, and I just went with the colors instead.

Shirt: Forever21, Jeans: Target
Scarf: Icing, Boots: Payless


Homage To The Square

I took a break from the 30 Days of Dresses for this week’s Style Imitating Art. This is an easy one, since the inspiration, Homage to the Square: Blue, White, Grey by Josef Albers (who, incidentally, was my friend Debbi’s great-uncle), has all of my favorite colors and the clean lines that translate well into an outfit.

The striped shirt is a no-brainer, and even though my shorts are more mint than blue, it’s close enough in the color wheel. The only part in the painting that stumped me a bit is the silvery grey, which I tried to represent in my flats, but I felt it was not enough. Then I remembered my glass pendant I got from Venice – it not only has the right color, but the right shape too. It’s the perfect finishing touch.

Here’s Jess’ interpretation – I love the mixing of stripes. And I have serious skirt envy too 🙂

Shirt: Forever21, Shorts: Express (thrifted & dyed by me)
Flats: thrifted, Necklace: gift shop in Venice (it’s the zodiac symbol of my sign, Leo)

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