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


Book Review: Every Day

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Now this is something a little different for me: “Every Day” by David Levithan is, technically, a fantasy, but that fantasy is only an excuse for the book to tell a unique love story. The main character, A, doesn’t have a body. Instead, he (A is not identified as male or female, but for the sake of clarity I’ll refer to him as “he”, because I think gender-neutral pronoun such as “xe” looks obnoxious) wakes up inside a new body every day, jumping to a new host at midnight. He’ll have access to that person’s memories for a day, but his consciousness or his soul, whatever you call it, is entirely his own. A has learned to cope with this usual life, until one day he falls in love with Rhiannon, the girlfriend of a boy whose body he’s in, and now A wants something more permanent.

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I was drawn to the premise, and the book more or less meets my expectation: the love story between A and Rhiannon is the main focus, while A’s Quantum Leap life is the main conflict that they have to overcome if they want to be together. This doesn’t mean that I love it. I don’t want to sound dismissive, because the romance is quite well-written and the ending is really sweet, but it’s just not my kind of story at all. David Levithan is a regular collaborator of John Green, and while I like John Green as himself, I’ve never had any interest in checking his books out. That tells you my taste right there. I prefer my YA protagonist fighting an evil wizard or running through a post-apocalyptic world, thank you very much. There is a hint of that in “Every Day”, in a subplot about another boy who, after A left his body, thinks he’s been possessed by the Devil, and leads A to some startling discovery about his own condition. But at the end, that subplot is still secondary to the romance.

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Difference in taste aside, what really bugs me about this book is that the tone is kind of preachy. I get it, when your main character occupies a new body every day, there are all sorts of issues about identity, body image, and sexuality that need and should be addressed, but that doesn’t mean the book has to sound like a PSA. Still, it’s an interesting book and a super fast read, so if you like a bit of unconventional teen romance, check it out.

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Doesn’t that jumping picture look like the cover of a YA novel?

As for my outfit inspired by the book, I decided to go for something a little androgynous. Plus it gave me the chance to wear this vest, which I thrifted before moving home (almost a year and a half ago!)

Shirt: thrifted, Jeans: Forever21, Vest: Forever 21 (thrifted), Brooch: vintage, Belt & Converse: Vietnamese shops


Light Up, Light Up

Today is the first day that feels like fall here – crisp, bright, sunny. Too bad we only have a handful of those each year. The light has been a lot purer too, since the mugginess is gone and the sky clears up. Funny, back in LA I used to lament the lack of clouds, but I never realized that it means less diffusion and the light is brighter there. It might be horribly smoggy out on the streets, but I could always rely on getting a nice magic hour light for my photos. Well, no matter. The light is nice now, so I might as well enjoy it.

My first day of NaNoWriMo went well, by the way. I might switch to a different story tomorrow, but that’s the beauty of writing a bunch of short stories instead of one long one. I just hope I won’t end up with all of them half-finished.

Shirt: Gap, Maxi skirt: thrifted, Sneakers: borrowed from my sister
Scarf: hand-me-down from my mom (well, more like I made her give it to me)
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