Spring In October

I think from now on I would have to include a short line about the weather in each outfit post (temperature, condition, etc.) This is more for my reference. See, sometimes I have to travel to a different climate and want to pack the right clothes, but because the climate is Hanoi is so extreme, I would often forget how to pack for 50-degree weather, when it’s still 90 degrees here (like when I went to Germany in September) or vice versa (like when I went to Singapore in February.) And looking at my archives doesn’t always help, because I would find wildly unseasonable outfit like this one. It was actually from a couple of weeks ago, when it was supper muggy before a storm, so it didn’t feel much different from spring/summer.

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Rosy Roses

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This outfit is one of the few times I break my self-imposed rule of not wearing two girly items together (i.e. no lace top with pink skirt, that kind of thing). Since I don’t have many downright “girly” clothes, that usually isn’t a problem. But this top and this skirt are so appropriate this week’s SIA – “The Roses of Heliogabalus” – that I couldn’t pass them up. And of course, the sandals are the perfect finishing touch to mimic the Roman sandals.

P/S: Last time I wore this skirt I said I was going to shorten it, and I did try pinning it up to see how it’d look, but after some consideration, I decided I like the longer length.

Don’t forget to drop by tomorrow for other interpretations of this painting!

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Top: Handmade (store in LA), Skirt: hand-me-down, Sandals: Aldo


Weekly Capsule 12.1: Spring Window

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I’d put together an entirely different outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by the “Spring” stained glass window designed by John La Farge, using this navy floral dress with my white button-up shirt layered underneath. However, when I put it on, it doesn’t feel very me at all – the old me, about two years ago, wouldn’t think twice about it, but now it seems too fussy, too schoolgirl. So I tried something else, and put that dress away for my niece when she’s older. Really, I’m too grown-up for it now.

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That has been my challenge with SIA lately – with the more intricate inspiration pieces, I always struggle to find an outfit that both mimics the painting and still stays true to my new, more minimalist style. In the end, this is what I came up with – the floral tunic and the shoes are to reflect the stained glass, and there is a bit of blue in it as well, hence the jeans (a truer blue may be more accurate, but I prefer the relaxed fit of the boyfriend jeans with the tunic), and I added the necklace for the wings. The end result may not be as close as I’d like, but it’s something I’m happy to wear, and that’s more important.

Don’t forget to check out Jess’ blog for more interpretations of this gorgeous stained glass window!

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Tunic: Handmade, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Shoes: Tamaris (hand-me-down), Necklace: self-made


Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May

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This is my interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration, John William Waterhouse’s “Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May”. I’m not happy with it though. It definitely sounded better in my head. I thought these shorts would be a good idea because they mimic the dark background of the painting (the rose printed shirt is self-explanatory), but Bermuda shorts are not my friends. It’s just that I couldn’t think of any bottom to pair with this shirt that could work for the painting too. Oh well. Maybe by checking other outfits on Jess’ blog, I can get some idea?

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Tunic: Handmade (store), Shorts: thrifted, Flats: Caprice, Bracelet: self-made


Those That Can’t Do…

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I wore this on Monday. On Sunday evening I got a call from the professor whose class I was supposed to TA, telling me that he had an emergency but it was too late to cancel the class so I would be the one to teach it! I understandably freaked out. Thank Heavens the class was just a review of the scripts the students have written over the summer. It’s what I already do on a daily basis, only in a less intimate setting, so I did a workshop session with the class. It was a little intimidating at first, because Vietnamese students – even college students – are not used to workshop classes, and some of the students just clammed up when I asked their opinion, but I think I did okay on my first teaching experience. Gosh, if five years ago somebody told me I would one day be teaching college kids I’d probably laugh in their face, but now I think it’s not too bad being a teacher. After all, I like telling people what to do 😛

I worried about what to wear too, since I’d never met these students before (that Monday class was supposed to be my introduction), and some of them are even older than me! In the end I went with my “schoolmarm” look. It’s put-together enough, but not too frumpy or severe.

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Shirt: Hand-made (store), Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Shoes: thrifted, Belt: Wet Seal


The Floral Enterprise

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I finally went to see Star Trek: Into Darkness today. You know what the best part about waiting for 2 weeks and then going to see it in the middle of the day is? There was nobody sitting in front of me, so it was like I had the theater all to myself.

As for the movie, I liked it, but a little less than the first one. And I was probably the only one in the audience who got all the nods to The Wrath of Khan – the original Star Trek is not that well-known here, and I only know Wrath of Khan from references in other stuff. I am no Trekkie, not by a long shot! Benedict Cumberbatch is awesome though (then again, when’s he ever not?) Also, it was a little weird seeing the Getty Center as the Starfleet HQ, because it’s so familiar and instantly recognizable, and yet it’s not used as an iconic landmark. It’s like seeing my own street on screen or something.

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Shirt: Handmade, Skirt: hand-me-down, Belt: thrifted, Heels: Steve Madden (thrifted), Bracelets: self-made


Serendipity

Day 3 of 30 Days of Dresses! This outfit is another result of hanging two pieces of clothes on the same hanger (which I’m surprised that not a lot of people do. And how it sets off OCD. My own brand of OCD is more concerned about a million hangers cluttering up the closet.)

I think this dress is quickly becoming my favorite. Polka dots, drop waist, the ability to whisk me into an I Capture the Castle fantasy… what’s not to love? The only problem that it’s polyester, which means I can’t wear it in the summer. Also it’s a bit loose on me. For this I tried pinning it back with a brooch; I imagine it would look better without the zipper, but I like the idea.

Shirt: Handmade Store, Dress: thrifted
Shoes: thrifted, Brooch: my sister’s