It’s college entrance season here in Vietnam, which means I again have to be a proctor at my school’s entrance examination. Taking a lesson from last year’s stint, this year I wore something with a pattern and colors just so I could have something to stare at while I sat for three hours not allowed to do anything. Happily the shoes I wore earlier in the week matched the green leaves on my floral print, so I could amuse myself by playing around with the laces too… for about a minute or so.
The terrible thing is that I have to proctor two exams this year, which means I have to do it again next week. Fun times.
Shirt: local shop, Pants & Heels: thrifted, Necklace: gift
I wore this last week to a party celebrating Bastille Day at the French embassy here in Hanoi (my dad works with them and I tagged along). It was fun, the food was amazing, and it was great seeing people all dressed up. Sure, my dress is a little day-time – my black floral dress may be more appropriate – but this one has pockets, so it saves me from having to carry a clutch. Not that I have a clutch to begin with.
Dress: Banana Republic, Heels: thrifted, Necklace: Lia Sophia
And here are some blurry phone photos of the evening. Next year, if I do go, I may suck it up and bring my camera with me, since there are a lot of pretty dresses to be photographed (I feel a bit like a creep sneaking photos on my phone; an actual camera feels more legit – and better photos too.)
I’m back to the weekly capsule and with a book review, to boot: Neil Gaiman’s latest short story collection, “Trigger Warning”. Let’s start!
Now, I love Neil Gaiman’s other two collections (Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things – Fragile Things especially), and I love fantasy/sci-fi short stories as a whole, so I fully expected to adore this one. However, I was a bit disappointed. It isn’t bad, exactly, but none of the stories really stuck with me like the ones in his previous anthologies. Some of them are kind of boring, while others have great ideas, but the execution feels rushed, almost like a different writer trying to emulate Gaiman’s style.
Still, a not-so-great book from Neil Gaiman to me is still better than most, so I’m going to talk a bit more about the ones that I like best:
The Thing about Cassandra (an artist, as a young boy, invented a girlfriend, and years later learns that she may have been real): the idea is great, and definitely keeps me guessing until the last minute. I only wish it was a bit more developed, especially the ending.
Down to a Sunless Sea (on the bank of the Thames, a woman recalls her tragic life story to a sailor): I actually read this online before, and it’s my favorite in the entire book. It’s like a Decemberists song. Moody, lyrical, and gruesome, it’s Gaiman at his best.
Click-Clack the Rattlebag (a boy tells his babysitter about a monster called Click-Clack): This would make a great horror short film. Hey, if I can get the rights to it…
Nothing O’ Clock (a being escapes from a prison built by the Time Lords and arrives on Earth to hunt down Doctor Who): even though this is set during Matt Smith’s run as the 11th Doctor and therefore not my favorite, I still like the story itself. I just did a bit of rewriting in my head to pretend it’s Nine and Rose instead of Eleven and Amy.
The Sleeper and the Spindle (Snow White meets Sleeping Beauty, literally): Gaiman’s retelling of Snow White is pretty much my favorite fairytale retelling ever, and this one, while not as dark as Snow, Glass, Apple, is an interesting take.
Black Dog (Shadow, the main character of American Gods, is making his way through England when he stops at a village and discovers its secrets): this is like the teaser to an American Gods sequel, so naturally I like it. Plus the story itself is good too, despite being a bit predictable.
As you can see, I’m trying to mimic the book’s cover with the outfit. My only regret is that there is a wolf/dog on the cover, and I wish I had a wolf pendant to wear, instead of this hipster owl thing.
Sweater: Atmosphere, Pants: local shop, Heels: vintage, Necklace: Forever21
So here’s my interpretation of Colleen Parker’s “Prinzessin Victoria Louise Poppy“. I picked this painting as inspiration with this cardigan in mind, so I chose to keep the rest of the outfit simple to let it really shine. I wore it last week when it was still warm for a light cardigan and bare legs, but this week it’s all stretchy jeans and baggy sweaters for me. I mean, when you’re gorging yourself on fried spring rolls, rice cakes, and candied fruits, those are the best choice.
Dress: tailored, Cardigan & Heels: thrifted
I wasn’t going to do an outfit post today, but I remembered that Kate of The Perpetual Student’s Wife is going to host a Holiday Look link-up and I wanted to contribute something, so here we go. I was looking to incorporate the holiday colors without turning into a walking Christmas tree, hence the red and white and just a hint of green. Still a little literal, but that’s OK. I’m wearing this to the Christmas pageant at my niece’s kindergarten, so I don’t have to be subtle about it.
P/S: I’m sorry for the wrinkled mess that is my dress. I ironed it, but by the time I put it on it was already like this again. I gave up.
Head to toe: thrifted, except for tights from Target