Merry Christmas to those of you who are celebrating and a happy holiday season to everybody! I’m just dropping by to show off our Christmas decoration this year – can you guess what the red berries are? They’re palm fruits! We don’t have holly here in Hanoi, so we have to make do with what we can. Look pretty good, don’t they?
This is my super simple and casual outfit for Christmas Eve. Over here it’s just another Wednesday, but my family is having a little celebration tonight with German stollen and Christmas music, as per our own tradition, so I added the Christmas tree pin to my sweater in keeping with the holiday spirit.
In other news, the semester ends this weekend, just in time for the Christmas and New Year break. I’m getting 10 days off, and I honestly don’t know what to do with myself. I still have a couple of movies to subtitle and a book to translate, but maybe I’ll just listen to the Good Omens radio play on BBC 4 instead. I think that’s a good plan, don’t you?
Sweater: H&M, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: thrifted
With less than a week until Christmas (!!!), I thought I’d show a bit of holiday spirit by putting together some outfits with holiday colors, kind of like what I did last year, except these will be more casual. So to start, I picked a combination not usually associated with Christmas anymore – blue and green. Of course this is more like teal and green, but you get the idea. Now if I could just build a collection of Christmas brooches other than my usual three…
Sweater: New Look, Boots: local shop, Scarf: hand-me-down, Jeans: thrifted
Christmas is a relatively new thing in Vietnam. Our Christian populations have been celebrating it for ages, of course, but it’s only in the last 10 years or so that it’s become more of a nation-wide thing. People don’t do anything much other than putting up a few decorations and playing Christmas music., but our family usually makes a bigger deal out of it, because of our connection with Germany – both my parents, my sister and her husband studied there, and we are lucky that their German friends still travel regularly to Vietnam and bring us things like fir boughs, spiced cookies, and stollen. So it may not be our big winter festival (that is still the Lunar New Year, which will be around February), but we do have a lot of fun celebrating it. Merry Christmas everybody!
P/S: Jess and I have decided to give SIA a break this week since it’s the holiday and all. We’ll be back after the New Year, on January 7th.
Things have slowed down a great deal around here, but I figure I might as well keep with the posting schedule, since I’m leaving next Tuesday for San Diego and won’t be back until after the New Year. Also, I was so excited to receive this Christmas card from Loren of The Inclined Plane (we’re doing Christmas card swap.) Adorable, right? Thank you so much, Loren! I’m afraid mine is not as nice…
Links of the Week:
– First off, a few inspirations for holiday outfits, in case you need something for a party later tonight: how to wear red and green together, and the wear*it Wednesday edition of holiday-inspired looks.
– I was featured as the Local Fashion Blogger on Go Chic or Go Home. Thank you, Cynthia, for putting together a lovely post.
– And, finally: I’m pretty sure most of you guys have seen this, but I have to spread the love: the trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is here! Richard Armitage doesn’t even look like himself and I don’t care!
Blog of the Week: Another non-fashion blog for you guys – Krisatomic by Kristina. She’s a great photographer and wicked talented illustrator. I was inspired to get back into drawing and painting after looking at her lovely illustrations, but I have to resign to the fact that I’m not good at drawing people. Trees are more my specialty. Nevertheless, I love the colors and the graphic quality of Kristina’s works.
Book of the Week: “Salt: A World History” by Mark Kurlansky. I’m reading this as research for my next book (set in the salt mines of England.) I guess I think about salt more than the average person, since I cook, but it’s still fascinating to learn about it. For example, did you know that “salary” and “soldier” both originated from the Latin sal, meaning “salt”, because soldiers were paid in salt back then?
Song of the Week: “Tiny Tree Christmas” by Guster. In case you’re not sick of hearing it from those Time Warner commercials yet :)
And that’s it! I’ll try to post while I’m in San Diego, but no promises, so in case I won’t see you guys until next year, happy holidays everyone!
I was having trouble finding a location for the photo shoot when I stumbled across this little alley garden, which I’ve never looked inside because the gate was always locked. But this time it was opened, so I peeked in, and found something straight out of The Secret Garden – tree stumps with mushrooms growing on them, leaf-strewn ground, ivy everywhere… It’s magical. Although the whole time my heart was beating like crazy because I was afraid someone might come by and charge me with trespassing, it was too pretty to pass by.
Anyway, the outfit is something I would wear if I had a fancy Christmas party to go to. But since I’m going to spend Christmas cooking and eating (as one should), most likely I’m just going to chill in stretchy jeans and a comfy sweater. I’ll still wear the brooch though.
Dress: Zara, remixed
Tights: gift from my friend Trang
Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden thrifted, remixed