Elbow Patches

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Even though the scenery in Da Lat is perfect for photo shoots, I didn’t really take outfit photos while I was there. Mostly because I was too busy taking pictures of other things, but also because my outfits were kind of uninspired. Functional, yes, but hardly blog-worthy. This outfit and the SIA one I posted on Monday are actually very representative of what I wore, so I didn’t see any point in taking outfit photos every day.

My packing list worked out pretty well, though. I only wish I had packed more T-shirts for layering. Da Lat is said to have four seasons in one day – spring in the morning, summer at noon, fall in the afternoon, and winter at night – so in the morning I just piled on the layers, only to peel them off one by one as the day went on, and then put them on again.

Also: apparently I had a thing for elbow patches while packing sweaters for this trip.

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plaid shirt grey cardigan black jeans by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Uniqlo, Cardigan: Zara (Zara Boy, actually), Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Payless


Pot Of Geranium

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So I just got back from my amazing trip and am still sorting through 300+ photos, but here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, as inspired by Henry Matisse’s “Pot of Geranium”. As suggested by Jen, I used my floral scarf. I’m missing a bit of green and blue from the painting (though the background made up for that); happily, my orange bag fits quite well.

So that’s it for today. Hopefully tomorrow I can get back to you guys with more photos. Don’t forget to check out Librarian for Life and Style for more interpretations of this painting!

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pink sweater orange bag by 14 shades of greypink sweater black jeans orange bag by 14 shades of grey

pink sweater black jeans orange bag by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: Zalora, Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Payless, Scarf & Bag: gift


Valentine’s Dinosaur

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I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, just like I don’t celebrate any made-up holiday that has little base in tradition and seems solely designed to make people buy stuff. I did go to a book fair today though, so I put on my thickest sweater, old jeans and old boots. It’s not the most blog-worthy outfit, but it’s warm and comfy, and that’s all that matters right now. The boots turned out to be a great decision too – the book fair was insanely crowded, and with these I could stomp around without worrying about anybody stepping on my toes. Seriously, it was like a feeding frenzy around each booth. Man, how I miss those quiet library book sales my friends and I used to go to back in LA.

But hey, come to think of it, a book fair is the perfect place for me to spend Valentine’s Day, so maybe I did celebrate it after all.

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Sweater: hand-me-down, Jeans: Forever21, Scarf: self-made, Boots: Payless, Socks: Target


What’s My Age Again?

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When I look at these photos, the outfit strikes me as being a little young – perhaps it’s the combination of short skirt and ankle boots (the polka dot tights don’t help either.) Dressing my age is still a problem for me. A part of it comes down to not having a clear-cut definition of my style – I go back and forth from twee to tomboy to grandma and everything in between. The other part is due to not having a proper job where I have to dress professionally. I don’t think I would ever dress inappropriately in a specific situation, it’s just that when left to my own device, I tend to go for a younger look.

What about you? Do you struggle with dressing age-appropriately?

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Skirt: thrifted & dyed by me, Sweater: Fedora Boutique (Vietnamese shop)
Scarf: hand-me-down, Tights: Target, Boots: Payless
Post title: song by blink-182 (I do listen to bands that are not indie hipsters, you know)


Blankety Blank

I’m all focused on NaNoWriMo (are you sick of me talking about it yet? Please bear with me, because unless something really really note-worthy happens, I’m going to talk about it until the end of November) and my brain is drawing a blank on what to write in this post. When I was thinking what I should say about the outfit, my train of thought went something like this, “Cable knit sweater… fisherman… the sea… I need to figure out a better ending for that Little Mermaid¬†story…” (I’m doing a bunch of fairy tales retold,¬†Andersen’s Little Mermaid being one of them.) So… yeah, I got nothing.

Sweater: Fedora (it’s a boutique here in Hanoi), Dress: Forever21
Tights: Kohl’s, Boots: Payless, Necklace: Icing

Boots | Everybody, Everywear