If you’ve been reading the blog for a while then you know I’ve always lamented the lack of thrift/vintage shops in Vietnam. Well, during the quarantine, I was browsing around Instagram out of boredom and stumbled upon a few local vintage/second-hand shops – it’s where I got this dress, this dress, and the dress I’m wearing here. You can imagine my excitement, and I’ve been happily replenishing my closet since. In fact, I’ve made a point to only buy second-hand from now on, including shoes. I have enough basic stuff in my closet to last me a long time, so I can just replace things as I go.
The good thing about thrifting now, as opposed to when I first started the blog, is that I have a clearer idea of what I like, so I’m more selective about what I buy. Of course, the cheap price is still a temptation, but I’ve tried to be more conscientious (before I buy anything, I always try to come up with at least three-five outfits for it) and so far everything I’ve bought has worked out – as you’ll see.
As I cleaned out and reorganized my closet during the lockdown, I put away a number of cardigans – some that are too old, some that don’t fit or are not my style anymore. This one, though, is one of the few that I still keep, mainly because the embroideries are too pretty to pass up. I didn’t wear it as much as I’d like to because it’s a bit short, but now that high-waisted pants are in style again, it actually pairs quite well with them, so I’m happy to bring it out more often.
It’s been a while since I used a song for my post title… Anyway, here’s my last work-from-home outfit – it’s what I call my “pre-laundry day outfit”, meaning I would wear all the things that I’ve worn just once or twice so I can have a full load for the washing machine the next day, which is why it looks so random.
I tried to make the outfit more interesting by adding the snail brooch, which also reflected my mindset when I wore this, back in April – it felt like time was crawling (hence the snail brooch) or had stopped altogether. But of course, it didn’t (hence the post title). Time moves on. It’ll be a while before things can be normalized, but they are looking up. I hope everybody who is still in quarantine is doing well. Stay safe and hang in there!
I hope everybody is still doing well in isolation. I guess I’m luckier than most people – luckier than most of my co-workers, even – that I can work from home easily (it’s not easy teaching a class on cinematography from home, that’s for sure) and that I’m used to it. However, working from home by choice is different from being forced to work from home, so I still feel a little stir-crazy after a while. In an attempt to liven things up, I decided to add some funky socks to my work-from-home outfits, making them more blog-worthy. The colorful socks lifted my spirits, and taking photos got me out of the house (even if it’s only into the garden) and making the days seem more normal.