Weekly Capsule 44.1: Automne

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Did everybody have a fun Halloween? I didn’t dress up, because I didn’t have anywhere to go (Halloween is kind of a new thing here in Vietnam, mostly celebrated by teenagers who just want an excuse to party), but I did get into the spirit of Halloween by doing a Twilight Zone marathon. I’m such a homebody that I always prefer low-key celebrations to big parties. Even back when I lived in the US, most Halloweens I just hung out with friends and ate candies and watched scary movies.

Anyway, here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA painting, “The Season” series by Alphonse Mucha. I picked the “Autumn” panel as my main inspiration – it’s most evident in my grape bunch brooch, to echo the grapes in the painting – but there is a bit of “Spring” in my white skirt as well. Not surprising, considering those are my favorite seasons.

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If you want to participate in SIA and haven’t sent me your outfit yet, there’s still time! And don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the full round-up.

T-shirt: Uniqlo, Skirt: Zalora, Scarf: Candie’s, Shoes: thrifted, Brooch: local shop


Weekly Capsule 43.2: Mr. Fox

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For my book-inspired outfit this month, I picked Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi – it’s my favorite out of the bunch, and it’s also the easiest to style, or so I thought. In retrospect, perhaps I should’ve gone with the Flavia de Luce book, because it takes place in 1950 and I can put together a 1950’s-inspired look just like that. Mr. Fox, on the other hand, takes place in 1938 (or, at least the frame story of it does; the rest of the stories have various time settings), and I don’t have much 1930’s-inspired things in my closet, despite it being one of my favorite era, fashion-wise.

In the end, I decided to go with a simple and sharp black-and-white combo like on the cover, and my new fox sweater clips are the perfect finishing touch (no I didn’t buy them just for this outfit what are you talking about).

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Shirt & Sweater clips: local shops, Cardigan: Target, Pants & Shoes: thrifted


Belt Or No Belt

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Confession: I actually wore this without the belt throughout the day, but when I took the pictures, I thought the empty belt loops looked weird so I put this belt on. Then it looked too fussy so I took it off again 😛 The brooch and the pleats on the blouse and the heels are fussy enough without the bow on the belt too.

I am trying to move away from all of these “girly girl” details and go for “feminine but streamlined”, but occasionally I still had a moment of over-thinking and put together something like this… Well, hopefully three months of capsule wardrobe will flush all that fussiness out of my system!

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navy blouse khaki skirt brown belt by 14 shades of grey

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  navy blouse locket brooch by 14 shades of grey

Top: Mango (hand-me-down), Skirt & Heels: thrifted, Belt: Wet Seal, Brooch: vintage


“How do I look?”

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Here’s a story that is only tangentially connected to the outfit: I screened Breakfast at Tiffany’s for my students the other day. It’s been a while since I watched it all the way through, and I was suddenly struck by how… elegant it is. It’s not just Audrey Hepburn. Everybody looks so classy. Of course, saying Breakfast at Tiffany’s is elegant is like saying the sky is blue, the movie is like an epitome of elegance, but I can’t help thinking that if the movie was made today, the leads would probably be hipsters (Holly Golightly is totally a Manic Pixie Dream Girl) and the whole thing wouldn’t be half as charming. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.

So, all that preamble is to say that the simplicity of my outfit is probably influenced by the movie, and I quite like it. Should’ve worn black shoes though.

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Shir & Skirt: local shop, Heels: thrifted, Watch: gift


That Time Of The Year

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See the grass behind me? We’re drying it for our hens, since they’re going to start laying eggs soon. It’s been a busy couple of days, because it’s that time of the year again when almost everybody in my family has to leave for a conference or some sort of business trip and I’m sole caretaker for the garden and the chickens (the cats and dog don’t count, I don’t let anybody else feed them.) I wouldn’t complain, except that I’m sick with my annual turn-of-the-season cold, so everything is just… blergh. I’m going to bed now. Later.

P/S: I realize this is the second time in a week I’ve worn this belt and shoes combo, but there’s something about a classic silhouette like this that makes me want to bring out the matchy-matchy accessories.

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That picture on the left is more representative of me right now

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Head to toe thrifted, except belt from Vietnamese shop


Polyester Time

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Even though it’s still close to 90 degrees here, the weather has gotten to that weird phase when it’s sweater weather in the morning, but at noon if you’re wearing a sweater, you’ll die of a heatstroke. So my solution is wear all the polyester. I mean, when else can I wear it? It’s warm enough in the morning, and light enough so that the ceiling fan in the teacher’s lounge can keep me cool. This outfit could also be called “raid the closets” too, because only the shoes and accessories are mine. There’s a reason why most of the polyester things in my closet are hand-me-down. I try not to buy them, since there is only a brief window of time when you can wear them and not drown in your own sweat.

… And on that lovely image, I’ll end the post.

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navy blouse vintage brooch by 14 shades of grey

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Shirt: Mango (on temporary loan from my sister), Skirt: hand-me-down, Brooch: vintage, Shoes: thrifted, Belt: Vietnamese shop


Those That Can’t Do…

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I wore this on Monday. On Sunday evening I got a call from the professor whose class I was supposed to TA, telling me that he had an emergency but it was too late to cancel the class so I would be the one to teach it! I understandably freaked out. Thank Heavens the class was just a review of the scripts the students have written over the summer. It’s what I already do on a daily basis, only in a less intimate setting, so I did a workshop session with the class. It was a little intimidating at first, because Vietnamese students – even college students – are not used to workshop classes, and some of the students just clammed up when I asked their opinion, but I think I did okay on my first teaching experience. Gosh, if five years ago somebody told me I would one day be teaching college kids I’d probably laugh in their face, but now I think it’s not too bad being a teacher. After all, I like telling people what to do 😛

I worried about what to wear too, since I’d never met these students before (that Monday class was supposed to be my introduction), and some of them are even older than me! In the end I went with my “schoolmarm” look. It’s put-together enough, but not too frumpy or severe.

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Shirt: Hand-made (store), Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Shoes: thrifted, Belt: Wet Seal