Bye Bye Sandals

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Moments after I took these pictures, my sandals literally fell apart. Well, actually, they have been falling apart for quite some time now. I’ve taken them to the cobbler and everything, but now I’m wondering if it’s worth it anymore. After all, I got them for about $10, and judged by how much I’ve worn them, it breaks down to about 70 cents per wear, which is not bad. Besides, this gives me an excuse to start looking at summer shoes sales 😛

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Shirt: Esprit, Skirt: thirfted, Sandals: Zalora, Necklace: Lia Sophia


Working For The Weekend

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The school year might be over, but my work is not. Other than my usual daily script reading and translating, this year I’m also a proctor at the school’s entrance exam (colleges and universities in Vietnam still do entrance exams, it’s a really big deal). It takes place this Thursday, which means on Thursday I get to spend three hours doing nothing but staring at those terrified kids as they’re trying to write an essay about films and stuff. Fun times.

And on the weekend, I have a filmmaking workshop – it’s a 12-week crash course, and at the end of the course you make a short film. I’m teaching the writing part of it, and it’s quite fun. The people who take the workshop are all beginners, so they are really enthusiastic, the classroom is much more relaxed since there is no grade, and because the course is so short, you have to keep a tight deadline, so everybody turns in their work on time.

As fun as the workshop is, though, I still can’t wait to be done with it. Only two more weeks to go, and then I’m going on a week-long trip! So excited!!! Hopefully I can finish translatingby that time too, so I can travel with a clear conscience.

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Top & Sandals: Zalora, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Belt: Forever21


What I Learned

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The school year is coming to an end. This also marked the end of my first year as an instructor. A few years ago, I’d never thought I would be a teacher of any kind (did some tutoring in college, hated it), so I’m pleasantly surprised that I didn’t crash and burn at the end of this year. I guess it was a learning process for me as much as it was for the students. I’ve learned a lot, but you know what the number one thing is? Take care of your throat. You wouldn’t think it’s that significant, but I’ve had a lot of sore throat last year just from talking for three hours straight in class. Now I carry a little jar of honeyed limes in my bag at all time. They work wonders.

Anyway, it’s the last week of work before summer vacation – all the finals are marked, the grades turned in, and I just had some mopping up to do, so I opted for something easy and summery (which I totally copied from Fran.) At the end of the day, I just needed untuck the tunic and switch shoes, and voilà – a more casual look.

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Tunic (as shirt): thrifted, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Sandals: Zalora, Belt: local shop, Necklace: vintage


Disheveled

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I copied this outfit almost piece-by-piece from Alexandra of To Vogue or to Bust. Of course I’m nowhere near as crisp and put-together as she is. Then again, I don’t really do “crisp” either. Now, this outfit I really can’t do anything about, because my linen skirt seems to be iron-resistant, but other times, even when I’m in… I don’t know, whatever the most put-together outfit you can think of, I still end up disheveled – my shirt would get untucked, my sleeves all scrunched up, my pants stained. I believe if you put me in steel armor, I would manage to get it wrinkled somehow.

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Shirt: tailor, Skirt & Belt: thrifted, Sandals: Zalora, Necklace: gift


Twofer Thursday

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I have two simple outfits with the same red striped shirt, so I thought it would be fun to put them together in one post.  One is casual, and the other is… well, I wouldn’t say “business”, not with rolled-up jeans, but at least it’s less casual and you can wear it to work if your office dress code is pretty lax, like mine. Each outfit is really appropriate for the weather too. Yesterday, it was about to rain so the bugs were biting like crazy, hence the maxi skirt (I called it my “mosquito net” skirt – it’s a bit heavy for the summer though, I might have to get a more lightweight jersey), and today, after the rain, it cooled down a great deal, hence the blazer.

P/S: These jeans were skinny when I first bought them, but now they’re more like boyfriend jeans. Either I have lost a lot of weight (not likely) or they have stretched an insane amount.

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T-shirt: Gap, Skirt: thrifted, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Blazer: Atmosphere, Flats: Vagabond, Sandals: Zalora, Necklace: gift, Brooch: vintage