Last weekend, I took my niece and nephew to see Toy Story 4 and pizzas afterward. It was kind of a reward for the kids and for myself too, because I’ve been too busy to take them on our annual trip, and with less than a month left before the new semester, it looks like I’m not going to have the time after all. I know, I know, it’s totally a #firstworldproblem, not having a vacation. At least it was nice to have one day when I didn’t have to worry about scripts or books or deadlines. And even if I’m not on vacation, I could still dress like I was!
As for the movie – I enjoyed it but found it rather sad. Not even sad in a moving way like Toy Story 3; just sad. Like, the entire Toy Story franchise has always been about how a toy should always be there for their kid, but this… (mild spoiler) it didn’t go against that theme exactly, it just took it in a different direction that I’m not sure I like. Toy Story 3 is the perfect ending already, they should’ve stopped at that. But I guess the calling of the $$$ is too strong to resist, even for Pixar.
In Vietnam, we don’t really celebrate Halloween (between the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Day of the Death, we have plenty of similar holidays.) That being said, I do like playing dressed up, so this year I put on not one, but two costumes, even though I don’t have any party to go to. If that makes me pathetic, so be it. And because Debbi and I tend to inadvertently make people think we’re a couple (we’re not, really), we decided to coordinate – as Sherlock and John from Sherlock, and as Moss and Roy from The IT Crowd. Both duos have been mistaken for a couple multiple times, so we thought them appropriate.
As Moss, I chose a plaid shirt, a cardigan (Moss usually wears a short-sleeved shirt, but I don’t have any short-sleeved button-up, and he does wear a cardigan in a few episodes), my mom’s pants (mine are either too long or too skinny), my dad’s tie, and my nerd glass – I admit, the idea of dressing up as Moss came to me as soon as I got them. My hair can’t be teased into Moss’ magnificent fro, so I did what Moss would’ve done if he had hair like me – part it sideways and tie it back. In the end I look more like a standard nerd than Moss, but then again Moss is a standard nerd, so mission accomplished. Debbi’s costume is easier – an ironic T-shirt, jeans, sneakers, and “tousled brown hair.”
For Sherlock, I went a less literal route – I wore something a female Sherlock would (Debbi and I have often discussed the idea of writing a gender-swapped Sherlock Holmes, not just with one character like Elementary but with the whole cast), which means a dark button-up, black blazer & pencil skirt, boots, a long coat, and my mom’s blue scarf. And my deerstalker, of course. It was boiling with all those clothes on in 85-degree weather, but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. For the sake of Halloween. As for Debbi, she chose to go with John’s plaid shirt, a military-looking jacket, jeans, and the perfect props (have you ever noticed that Martin Freeman always plays a guy who only wants a cup of tea?)
So that’s my Halloween. I hope that you guys and/or your loved ones manage to stay safe and not let the storm dampen your Halloween spirits!
I feel kinda bad that since Debbi got here, the place she and I hang out at the most is actually the mall. In our excuse, the weather has been really patchy, blazing heat one day, endless rain the next, and since we were both recently sick, somewhere indoor is probably the safest place to hang out (weather-wise. I’m not quite sure about germ-wise.) Today we went to the mall again, saw a movie each (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for me and The Bourne Legacy for Debbi. Vampire Hunter is just OK, it feels oddly disjointed, like a Lincoln biopic and a vampire movie clumsily mashed into one. Bourne Legacy is apparently good), and hung out at coffee shops and bookstores.
My outfit is for this week’s Style Imitating Art, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s “From the Plains II”:
Also, check out my new nerd glasses. I only wear glasses at the movies, so my one criteria is “frame as big as possible.” Not only do these are perfect for that, they also mean I can now dress up as Moss from The IT Crowd for Halloween.
T-shirt: Old Navy, Pants: thrifted, Belt: Vietnamese shop
Shoes: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange
Don’t forget to check Thrifted Shift to see how the painting is interpreted!