Get Shorty

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My legs are like a Shetland pony’s. I’m not petite by any means, but back in the US, occasionally I had to shop in the petite section because normal-sized pants are way too long for me, and even here in Vietnam, where I’m considered pretty tall, I still have to get my pants hemmed. Yet for some reason, recently I’ve constantly been drawn to the midi skirt + flats look (this outfit is a copy of this pin.) Yeah, the skirt hits me at a really unflattering spot, and I really can’t pull it off without the benefit of heels. I don’t care though. It’s comfy, and that’s all that matters.

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Shirt: Uniqlo, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sneakers: Converse, Necklace: self-made

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Teddy Girl

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I just recently found out about the Teddy Girls, a part of the “Teddy Boys” subculture in 1950’s UK, and was instantly drawn to their super cool style. They may seem just like your typical tomboys at first glance, but actually their look, like that of the Teddy Boys, is a much more interesting mix between Edwardian and rockabilly.

Edwardian and tomboy sound right up my alley (rockabilly not so much), so I tried to recreate a typical Teddy Girl look in this outfit for the Third Thursday Thread link-up – appropriate, since the theme is menswear inspired. A brooch for the blazer would be nice too, though I think the silk scarf already provides enough contrast between hard and soft.

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Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Scarf: hand-me-down, T-shirt: Esprit, Oxfords: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange


Shocker

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You guys, it was actually cool yesterday! I could actually dress like it’s fall, in layers and scarf and boots! We did get one day like that earlier this month, but even then my jacket was more for the rain than for the cold, while yesterday I did need this blazer. OK, so it was only about 70 degrees, call me a wuss if you like. I just really miss layering.

And yes, I finally got the pair of brown riding boots I’d been wanting for so long last season. It’s a bit more expensive to buy them now, to be sure, but I was lucky that I did – this is the last pair at the store.

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T-shirt: hand-me-down, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Forever21, Scarf: Target, Boots: Aldo, Brooch: vintage


Dressed Up Tee

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You can tell how tired my brain is when I didn’t bother to come up with any clever post title and just use a plain description of the outfit. Anyway, I’m participating in the Thursday Thread link-up, which I’ve always wanted to do but never seem to remember the deadline. The theme is, you guess it, “Dressed up Tees”. It’s perfect for me, because I’m still a bit sick and a simple t-shirt and jeans is all I can manage. At least I tried to jazz it up with fun heels and a scarf .

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Shirt: Vietnamese shop, Jeans: Hermes, Shoes: Steve Madden (thrifted), Scarf: Target, Brooch: gift shop at the Getty


Locket And Key

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I don’t remember it being this hot when I moved home last May. We’ve been having two straight weeks of upper 90’s, close to 100, with only occasional sprinklings of rain here and there. I’m probably going to have to look into dry shampoo soon because my hair is in a perpetual state of grossness these days. It never dries, it just goes from wet with water to wet with sweat. And even if I blow dry it, in less than 10 minutes it’ll be all greasy again. And it’s going to stay this way until October… good God.

Anyway, this skirt is for the We Love Target link-up. I only have two bottom pieces from Target – this and a pair of jeans that actually are a bit big for me but I wear all the time because they’re so comfy.

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T-shirt: hand-me-down (I’m wearing it backwards btw), Skirt: Target, Flats: Payless, Brooch: vintage


Plain Grey T’s

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I’m on the quest for the perfect white T-shirt. Somehow I couldn’t find one that isn’t see-through or revealing (but maybe that means I need better bras?) so it’s all grey and black now for my plain neutral T-shirts. Anyway, that’s all I got to say about the outfit, so I’m going to do another of my express book reviews because it’s been a while since I have a book review of any kind. These are the books I’ve read in the past month (not counting the occasional issue of Sandman):

– Bill Bryson’s “Shakespeare”: This is kind of boring. There, I said it, I find a Bill Bryson book boring. Debbi bought it while she was here and left it behind, which I should take for a sign that it’s not that interesting. Basically it gives us the story of William Shakespeare as accurately as historical documents can prove, no speculation, no theory, just cold, hard facts. Which is why it’s kind of boring. I did watch Shakespeare in Love and Anonymous after reading it, though, just to remind myself that sometimes cold, hard facts may be better and how ridiculous those fictionalized accounts can be (I cringed at that scene in Shakespeare in Love when Shakespeare is throwing away wads after wads of paper. I was like, “Did you know how precious paper was back in those days?!”)

– Bill Bryson’s “Notes from a Small Island”: Now this is the Bill Bryson that I love. And it’s about England too, so what’s not to love? Enough said.

– Christopher Moore’s “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal”: I’ve been wanting to read this for the longest time, thinking it would be some sort of irreverent Good Omens type of story. Well, it is irreverent, but it’s no Good Omens (but then nothing can ever be Good Omens except for Good Omens itself.) I don’t know if it’s because I’m not familiar with the Gospel, but I find it a bit unfocused in places (the middle part) and really rushed in others (the ending). None of the characters really stick with me. I guess Christopher Moore is not for me (I’ve read Coyote Blue too and was not much impressed with it either.)

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Shirt: Vietnamese shop, Jeans: Forever21, Pin: Modcloth
Shoes: Me Too (thrifted via Buffalo Exchange)