So Frawnch

At the risk of sounding totally pretentious, I must say this outfit feels quite French to me. I’m not sure if it’s the pants, the white button-up, the scarf, or the cropped trench coat, or a combination of them. No, it’s definitely the scarf. I usually zhuzh my scarves a lot whenever I wore them, but this time I just knotted it quickly and let it be. I guess that lends it a certain air of “je ne sais quoi”.

Of course, if this was truly a French look, I would have to pose with my coat around my shoulders, but I tried it and it looked like I had no arms, so I guess I’m not quite so French after all.

Everything from local shops except thrifted trench coat and hand-me-down scarf


Weekly Capsule 42.3: The Five People You’ll Meet At A Film Workshop

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I actually wore this last Sunday to my usual workshop class. It’s not exactly blog-worthy, but it’s comfy and functional, and perfect for a casual class.

Having taught these workshops for a while now, I’ve started to see that the students all fit into these five types:

– The casual movie fan who has no idea what he’s doing;

– The film buff who thinks he knows everything;

– The copywriter/ad/marketing exec who just wants to be a producer;

– The romantic;

– The weird kid who actually has some good ideas;

– And finally, that one guy way over there who wants to be a Director of Photography (and since cinematography was my weakest class in film school: sorry, bud.)

I have yet to see anyone that strays out of these. So either these classes attract very specific types, or I’m the insane type who insists on seeing patterns in everything šŸ˜›

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Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans: hand-me-down, Oxfords: Vagabond, Jacket: thrifted


Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Today the temperature dropped after three days of nearly nonstop rain, and I could finally join the fashion blogging world’s collective excitement for fall… Just kidding. I know the Vietnamese climate well enough not to look forward to fall. It’s warming up tomorrow. Besides, we don’t have a real fall here anyway. The weather is going to stay warm until November and then winter begins – looking through my archive from last year, I can tell exactly when the cold hit. So I might as well enjoy the boots and layering whenever I can, right? But not pumpkin. We have pumpkin year-round (mostly eaten as a vegetable, at least in my family) so it’s nothing to get excited about, really.

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Shirt: thrifted, Jacket: Express (thrifted), Boots: Steve Madden (thrifted), Jeans: Hermes


Style Imitating Art: Louise Trudane

It’s another week here at Style Imitating Art, so let’s take a look at the interpretation of Jacques-Louis David’s Portrait of Louise TrudaineĀ from all of my lovely blogger friends.

First up we have Rebekah of From the Mixed-Up Files, looking all ladylike:

Next up is the ever-awesome Pao of Project Minima:

Then we have our co-host, Vivienne of Thrifted Shift, in a simple but spot-on outfit:

And finally it’s me. I didn’t intend to wear the hat and jacket, but soon the cold and rainy weather of Sa Pa demanded them (not that I’m complaining. I love it.) I do find it funny, though, that everybody was in all these flowy, feminine silhouette, and I just went with the colors instead.

Shirt: Forever21, Jeans: Target
Scarf: Icing, Boots: Payless


Gene Kelly I’m Not

I took these pictures on Wednesday, when we had our first real rain of the season. Needless to say I was pretty excited… until I actually got out into the rain to take pictures. It’s pure luck that the place where I put my camera to shelter it from the rain also looks out at this Stop sign. Note to self: remember to bring a plastic bag for the camera next time it even looks like raining.

I also feel very “fashion blogger” in this (does that make sense?), probably because it was inspired by this outfit which has been circling Pinterest for some time.

Shirt: H&M, remixed
Jeans: Charlotte Russe, remixed
Jacket: Express, thrifted
Shoes: Forever21
Bracelet: self-made (it was supposed to be a necklace, but I messed up.)

I couldn’t do the exact Singing in the Rain pose (afraid of getting wet), so here’s my best attempt:


Well, I tried

(Singing in the Rain photo courtesy of Lifestyle Geek)