Ender’s Game

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I had an awesome weekend: my computer died on Saturday and my Internet went out on Sunday night. I’ve got a new computer and am in the slow process of transferring all salvaged data into it, but the Internet still hasn’t been fixed yet (I’m blogging during lunch at work) so I don’t know how regular posting is going to be.

Anyway, the weekend wasn’t all that bad, because I managed to catch Ender’s Game in between tearing my hair out over my computer and banging hopelessly on my modem. I know there is a boycott against the movie because Orson Scott Card is a dick, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is a good (if totally soul-scarring) story. I love the book, although apparently it was too depressing to take home with me when I moved, so I only have a broad memory of the plot without any clear details.

It turns out to be the perfect mindset to watch this movie, because even though it sticks quite close to the book, it has to compress a great deal and cut out a great deal more. Since I already know what’s going on without remembering exactly how it happens, I understood the subtle points of the story while still got that sense of anticipation of watching something for the first time. Of course, all that cutting and compressing means that it doesn’t have much of the emotional resonance of the original story anymore. All the actors are good (kudos to the filmmakers for a pretty diverse cast), but I definitely don’t feel as attached to Ender as I was when I read the book.

So, my verdict? I like the movie, but it should be accompanied by reading the book first. The book is much more psychological and philosophical, which of course the movie forgoes in favor of laser guns and stuff blowing up,  but that’s to be expected.

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Shirt: H&M, Blazer: thrifted, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Steve Madden (thrifted), Brooch: vintage

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On Accessories

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The next theme in the We Love Target link-up is accessories, which stumped me for a second because the only Target accessories I have are scarves, which… no. Just no. But then I remembered this belt from a Target skirt – it counts, right? Accessorizing, or more exactly, jewelry, is the one area of my style I haven’t quite figured out yet. The brooch/pin is my staple, sure, but most of the time I feel an outfit doesn’t even need any jewelry to begin with. Except for this one. This one needs a necklace.

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Shirt: H&M, Skirt: thrifted, Belt: Target, Flats: Caprice, Necklace: my sister’s

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Best Costume

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It’s Friday, so a pair of red T-strap heels are all I need to go from looking like a schlub to presentable. They’re also a good fit for the last color in the Pantone challenge – poppy red, although the color sample looks more red-orange. But again colors’ names are kind of pretentious anyway. Whenever I hear a newfangled name like “oxblood”, I’m always reminded of this bit from Project Runway. “It’s f**king red.”

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In other news, Phoenix Song, the short film/music video I worked on a while back, has been making the rounds at film festivals in LA and won a bunch of awards, including Best Costume! Even though I was just the costume mistress and did not design them, I’m still super proud. All those hours of lacing corsets and fastening buckles were totally worth it 🙂

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Shirt: H&M, Jeans: hand-me-down, Heels: Madden Girl (thrifted), Necklace: Krakow gift shop

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Repeated Fashion

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Happy International Women’s Day, ladies!

This skirt is another one from my mom’s closet, and this one I’m keeping as is because it’s pretty much perfect – the length, the color, the pleats. Since I sold my Helmut Lang pleated skirt before moving home (for a whooping $25, which is awesome considering I bought it for $5), I’ve been on the lookout for a light-colored pleated skirt again, and this is better than I could hope for. Plus it means I can finally recreate this outfit (my photos are nowhere near as gorgeous though.) My mom said she got it made some time in the early 90’s, which only goes to show that fashion, just like history, tends to repeat itself. Who knows, maybe fifty or a hundred years from now we’d all be wearing hoop skirts or panniers again.

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Day 4 of Take One, Pass It On:

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Shirt: H&M, Skirt: hand-me-down, Belt & Shoes: thrifted, Necklace: Forever21


The Slivered Gold Of Dying Days

The outfit is nothing to write home about (or, rather, nothing to blog about), but between NaNoWriMo, my script reading, helping my sister taking care of my niece (she’s getting better though, thank Heavens), and taking care of the garden and animals while my dad is away (we have chickens now, so that means more work), I just want something simple. Stripes, skinny jeans, and sensible shoes fit the bill. Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I finished the second story, but it’s less than 3,000 words, so looks like I’m going to have to write more than 10 shorts. Is it cheating if I translate the stories I’ve finished into Vietnamese so that I could submit them?… Yeah, I think it is. Maybe once my well for short story ideas runs dry (it’s not a very deep well, I tell you), I should dig out my novel ideas, and write as much as I could. Even writing half a novel is better than writing none at all.

Shirt: H&M, Jeans: Target, Loafers: thrifted, Necklace: Modcloth
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Simply Red

This is another outfit that made me go through my archive to make sure I haven’t worn it before. The pants and the shirt are such favorite of mine that I’m surprised I haven’t thought of pairing them with each other. Expect to see a lot more of the pants in the coming months, since “oxblood” has been declared a color of Fall 2012 by… someone. I kid, of course. I don’t follow trends that much. Especially in this case, when I think the fashion world just started calling that color “oxblood” so they could trick plebs like us into buying a bunch of new things without knowing that it’s actually maroon/burgundy/simply red (I couldn’t resist the pun. Anybody even remember that band?)

Shirt: H&M, Pants: thrifted, Brooch: vintage
Flats: borrowed from my sister


Mountain Uniform

This is just to give you an idea of what I practically lived in during the past week – long-sleeved striped shirt (I do have a lot of those, as weirdly specific as that may sound), a cardigan, jeans, and boots. Sometimes with a scarf thrown in. Simple, functional, reasonably cute.

Red shirt: thrifted, Blue shirt: H&M, Scarf: Target
Cardigan: navy – Wet Seal, mustard – thrifted, grey – Forever21
Jeans: H&M and Forever21, Boots: Payless