Belated Christmas

You know that weird limbo week between Christmas and New Year when you don’t know what day it is and what you’re supposed to do? It’s like that for us now, except it’s a whole month between Christmas/New Year and the Lunar New Year. We don’t have an official New Year celebration, but we do get a day off, and then it just kind of bleeds into the preparation for the Lunar New Year. It’s even more confusing at school because that was the end of our fall semester and now the new semester has started but nobody really wants to work because our minds are all on that long break.

Basically, we’re all tired and want a break, is what I’m saying.

Anyway, this was what I actually wore for Christmas – it was a normal working day for us, so I just celebrated by adding a Christmas tree brooch to my blazer.

Speaking of which, check out this awesome tree at our school – can you guess what it’s made of? That’s right, it’s 35mm film! Only at a film school, right?


Merry, Merry

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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?

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Capsule Outfit #39

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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?

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Sweater: H&M, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: thrifted


Happy Holidays

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My plan to post Christmas-inspired casual outfits didn’t work out so well because I got sick and couldn’t put together anything more interesting than a few sweater-and-jean looks. Besides, the rewrite gig is picking up speed because we’d like to be done before the Lunar New Year at the end of January, it’s the end of the semester as well so I had to make sure all my students turn in their projects, and then I had my best friend’s engagement party to attend over the weekend (I’ll post photos later, if she ever comes around to sending them to me)… who knows that it actually gets busier at the end of the year?

Anyway, this is what I wore – the red coat and crisp white shirt are my nods to Christmas. I thought about wearing my Christmas tree brooch, but decided it would be too obvious. My family is going to have a little celebration tonight as usual, but other than that, it’s just another work day here. Merry Christmas everyone!

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Shirt: Target, Sweater: J.Crew (thrifted), Coat: Forever21 (thrifted), Jeans: Mango, Boots: Steve Madden (thrifted), Necklace: gift (D for “Duc”)


Christmas Colors

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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…

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Sweater: New Look, Boots: local shop, Scarf: hand-me-down, Jeans: thrifted