Fall Trends

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I’m not a trend follower by any mean. Most of the current trends (crop top, off-the-shoulder, etc.) don’t work on me, and I tend to go for the more classic look anyway. That being said, I just discovered that dress over pants is the latest trend (never mind that Vietnamese women have been wearing that combo as our traditional costume for nearly a century), I’m all over that. It’s comfy, it can be dressed up or down, and best of all it allows me to wear dresses that are too short or too frilly for work – like this one. I’m not brave enough to try a different kind of pants other than these cropped black ones, but I’m happy to experiment (maybe with skinny jeans next?)

Apparently dark floral print is a trend this fall too, so as far as I know this is the most on-trend outfit I’ve ever worn 😛

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Dress: Forever21, Pants: thrifted, Belt & Shoes: local shops


One Dress, Four Ways

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Audrey of Putting Me Together is having another One Piece, Many Ways link-up, and since I already picked an easy piece – my polka dot chambray shirt – last time I participated, I wanted something a little different and not so “workhorse” this time. In the end I decided on this floral dress. I had kind of an on-again, off-again relationship with it: I felt in love with it at first sight, but it turns out to be too short for my liking, so it languished in my closet until I figured out how to wear it for warm weather.

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The funny thing is, this dress is actually pretty versatile when you look at the four ways I’ve worn it – it can be dressed up or down. It’s just that it’s a spring/summer dress, but I’m going to need the layers of fall/winter to make it work.

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Dress (worn as skirt): Forever21, Necklace: self-made, Sandals: gift


Another Rescue

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Here is another dress that I wish I could wear more in the summer, but it’s way too short and too colorful for me to wear to work. Solution? I stole the idea from Elaine, and put on a black skirt underneath that both lengthens it and dials back the wild print. Two closet orphans rescued in a week? I am on a roll.

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Dress: Forever21, Skirt & Shoes: hand-me-down, Belt: thrifted


On Writing

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I haven’t been writing much lately. After trying and failing to rewrite my American Gods rip-off, I have to face the fact that I can either borrow the concept or the structure, but not both, because it’s going to wind up like a clumsy remake of the original story. So while I’m not abandoning it altogether, I’m setting it aside for the moment.

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I’ve got a script I’m trying to outline, some short stories I deem good enough for rewrites, and other bits of stories floating around, but I can’t seem to find the determination to sit myself down and actually write anything. It leaves me feeling very unproductive and frustrated. I know the best tip to punch writer’s block in the face (in the words of Cracked) is to just write, even if it’s crap, until you find the inspiration to get better, but it’s easier said than done. I think I have to resort to reading some terrible books (without clawing my eyes out though, so maybe not 50 Shades of Grey) so I can come out thinking, “Heck, I can totally write better than that!” and start working again. Until I can find such books, any tip from my fellow writers out there would be much welcomed.

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My writer’s block may have extended to my clothing choice too, because I can’t think of anything more interesting than slapping a belt on a floral dress. Luckily, with clothes, sometimes that is all you need.

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Dress: Forever21, Belt: from a Target dress, Flats: Payless


Lisa Hannigan Dress

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This was from last week, on a rare sunny day. I’ve  had this dress for a couple of months but before I could get around to wearing it, the weather got too cold. I call it my “Lisa Hannigan dress”; ever since Lisa Hannigan became my new style icon, I’ve been on the lookout for a dress similar to hers – something in the 40’s or 50’s silhouette, preferably a shirt dress, preferably printed. Without access to vintage and thrift stores (oh how I miss them), this is as close to it as I can get, without having to go to a tailor’s to get one made. I do love it though, especially since it feels like a “me” dress as well. I can’t wait to wear it more in the spring and summer.

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Lisa Hannigan’s photos courtesy of Last.fm

Dress & Belt: Forever21, Cardigan & Tights: Target
Boots: Journee, Necklace: vintage