The Last Of Summer, part III

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This outfit is not great because it’s literally leftover pieces from the rejected pile that I threw together, but I’m committed to a theme, so here goes why they didn’t make the cut:

– The chambray shirt: I have two chambray shirts, and I’ve been meaning to keep this one for the fall because it’s a bit thicker, but then again it’s a bit too baggy for layering under sweaters, so no go.

– The skirt: it’s a hand-me-down from my mom. The colors are perfect for fall, but the pattern is a bit tricky to style – other than pairing it with plain black or white shirt or maybe a light-washed chambray like this, I have no idea what else I could wear it with.

– The sneakers: I had considered adding sneakers to the roster, but these are just too old, and maybe only suitable for running errands.

Now please excuse me. Fall TV season is here and I need to catch up on my shows (Sleepy Hollow first, and Gotham looks interesting too, even though I’m not a big fan of Batman or prequels in general.)

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Shirt: thrifted, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sneakers: Converse

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Get Shorty

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My legs are like a Shetland pony’s. I’m not petite by any means, but back in the US, occasionally I had to shop in the petite section because normal-sized pants are way too long for me, and even here in Vietnam, where I’m considered pretty tall, I still have to get my pants hemmed. Yet for some reason, recently I’ve constantly been drawn to the midi skirt + flats look (this outfit is a copy of this pin.) Yeah, the skirt hits me at a really unflattering spot, and I really can’t pull it off without the benefit of heels. I don’t care though. It’s comfy, and that’s all that matters.

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Shirt: Uniqlo, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sneakers: Converse, Necklace: self-made


Zombified

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I totally stole this outfit from Jen, except with mint shorts instead of black. It’s the most basic of outfits, but I’m too tired to think of anything more interesting. To be honest, I have been kind of jaded with my script reading job. Usually I could finish analyzing a script in two and a half hours, three at the most, but lately it’s been taking me longer and longer, because I can’t stay focused and keep stopping in the middle to do something else. But then again you would too, if you had to read two to three scripts a day, most of them bad, some even barely comprehensible (in the three years I’ve had this job, I’ve read hundreds of scripts, and there may be about 10 good ones. Perhaps even fewer than that.) Just today, I got so bored with this script that I took a break to play Plants vs. Zombies, and before I knew it, an hour has passed. Good thing I’m taking a break next week. I need it. My brain needs it.

P/S: Sorry my sneakers are so filthy. Apparently my cats have been using them as their bed.

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Shirt: local shop, Shorts: thrifted and dyed by me, Sneakers: Converse


Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

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If I have to describe this using books I’ve read, I would say it’s Cory Doctorov’s Little Brother meets Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind. That may sound weird, but considering this book is about a group of nerds using 21st century technology to uncover the truth behind a centuries-old book cult, that’s the closest comparison I can find for it.

The beginning of the book is awesome. It starts when Clay, our narrator, loses his job as a web designer due to the recession, so he applies for a job as a night clerk at a 24-hour bookstore just to have something to do. His interest is soon piqued by the store’s strange clientele, and using his skills (or, rather, borrowing his friends’ skills) to look into it, Clay gets much more than he expected.

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The thing is, this secret of the bookstore only takes up a third of the book. Once this secret is uncovered, the story gets a bit less awesome. There is no sense of urgency anymore. This is unlike in Little Brother where the characters have to fight for their privacy and even their lives, or in The Shadow of the Wind where the main secret also threatens a lot of lives. Here, the worst thing that can happen if Clay and his friends fail in their quest is, to avoid spoiling it, disappointment. That’s it. Some people may lose their legacy, but nothing worse will happen. And that’s my biggest problem with this book: the mystery is cool, but the stakes are not high enough, so as you read on, you find it harder and harder to care. I’m not saying lives have to be endangered for me to care, but the characters need to have more to lose or gain than this.

Still, it’s a really good book, and a quick read, so definitely check it out if you’re a bookworm like me (and I assume you are, otherwise what are you doing reading a book review?)

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There are actually several outfits described in the book, from the blue striped shirt + gray cardigan combo worn by Mr. Penumbra himself, to the red graphic T-shirt that Clay’s love interest always wears, but in the end I decided to go with something less literal and more interpretive, something a nerdy, bookish hipster would wear – of course, that means my book necklace and nerd’s glasses (white sneakers would’ve been perfect, but I always hesitate to buy a pair because I know I won’t be able to keep them clean.)

Shirt: local shop, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Necklace: self-made


Chicken Girl

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While watching Austenland again to do screencaps for the review (any excuse to watch and rewatch every scene with JJ Feild in it!) I suddenly noticed this little outfit Keri Russel has on during the airport scene and thought, Hey, that looks cute. It’s nothing especially fashion-forward, of course, but it’s still fairly put-together, and just the thing I needed while staying at home catching up on work assignments. Now I just need a “I ♥ Mr. Darcy” tote – or rather, “I ♥ Mr. Tilney”, because honestly, I’m a bit of a Darcy when it comes to social situations, so I’d need Mr. Tilney’s charm more than Darcy’s scowl.

I recently discovered this new location – it’s just some crumbling steps leading down to the chicken-run in our backyard, but it works when the front yard is too sunny. Everybody seemed to like it last time I took pictures here, and here I am again. The only tricky part is the chickens always think I’m bringing food, so it’s difficult to stop them from photo-bombing me (as you can see below!)

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Shirt: Mango (hand-me-down), Cardigan: Forever21, Pants: thrifted, Sneakers: Converse (they are filthy, sorry!), Bracelet: local shop


Holiday Uniform

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This outfit is nothing to write home about, but I wanted to post it anyway because I’m going to be wearing variations of it in the next few days. It’s my Lunar New Year uniform, if you will. It’s comfy, and versatile enough that I just need to change shoes for different things – sneakers for when I’m hanging around the house, boots for tomorrow night’s firework display, and oxfords for going out (as if I ever go out!)

The preparation for the Lunar New Year is mostly done, there’s just some cooking to do tomorrow, and then I can settle into a week-long food coma. I’ll probably post some photos later this week, but if not, I’ll see you guys again in the Year of the Horse!

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Sweater: hand-me-down, Scarf & Jeans: Forever21, Sneakers: Converse, Oxfords: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange, Boots: local shop


Wear All The Stripes!

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The weather is warming up over the weekend, but it still feels deliciously fall-like – sunny, but cool and crisp. I know weather talk is boring, but you have to understand that days when humidity is below 60% are so rare for us, so I’m always excited for them. Besides they never last – it’s going to rain today, all the way until the end of the week.

Another thing to be excited about: this shirt. My stripe addiction is no secret, and I’ve been trying to find a new long-sleeved striped shirt with no success, so when I tried it on and it fits, I knew I had to get it. I mean, it has all the stripes. What’s not to love, right?

And finally, yet another exciting thing: I know, I know, you guys are probably still screaming about the Breaking Bad finale, but it was the last episode of The IT Crowd that I watched over the weekend. It still has the signature surreal sense of humor, there are some great callbacks to previous episodes, and a Game of Thrones reference. I’m happy.

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Shirt & Converse: Vietnamese shop, Pants: thrifted, Necklace: Modcloth