Belles

I’m back from my Cuba trip! There are a massive amount of photos to sort through, and I’m still recovering from the looooong flights, but rest assure that there will be a lot of travel posts in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, here is a teaser and an SIA post, all in one.

Before I left for my trip, I asked Jen to send me the inspiration for the upcoming challenge so I could plan ahead. The inspiration, which is the portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and her cousin Elizabeth Murray, turns out to be perfect, as I was traveling with a friend, so I decided to recreate the painting if we could.

We finally got a chance to take the photo at our casa (homestay) in Trinidad, as it has a nice little cove with plants and chairs. There wasn’t a plate of fruit for us to use as props, so we had to make do with an ashtray, but it looks pretty close, doesn’t it? Here are some more photos of my full outfit during our sightseeing of the town:

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog for the full round-up on Wednesday!

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Spring/Fall

magenta dress embroidered sweater black boots by 14 shades of grey

As I went out to take pictures today, I realized that the times when it goes from summer to fall and from winter to spring in Vietnam are almost interchangeable. It’s rainy, the temperature’s the same, and the leaves don’t really change color so everything looks pretty much the same too. I guess my outfit reflects that, because I can totally wear this around Easter and be spring-appropriate. According to Pantone, magenta… oh, excuse me, “vivacious” (gods, these color names are ridiculous) is a fall color though, so I’m fall-appropriate too.

(I’m doing the Pantone Fall Color challenge with Literate & Stylish and The Modern Austen, but I already had an outfit planned for SIA on Monday so here’s an early entry.)

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Sweater: hand-me-down (I don’t think it came embroidered, my sister did it herself), Dress (worn as skirt): tailor-made, Boots: Journee via Amazon


Raspberries

pink jersey dress yellow scarf mustard heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

I was going to wear my mustard skirt with my red striped shirt for this week’s SIA, inspired by William Mason Brown’s “Red Raspberries on a Forest Floor”. But that would mean I wore that skirt for two SIA challenges in a row, and I hate to repeat myself, so I went with this instead. The colors are not 100% accurate, but this shade of pinkish red of my dress is actually called “raspberry” (according to Pantone, anyway), so I think it’ll do.

Remember to check out other interpretations of the painting over at Jess’ blog!

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pink jersey dress mustard heeled oxfords by 14 shades of greypink jersey dress yellow scarf vintage brooch by 14 shades of grey

Dress: tailor-made, Scarf: Target, Heels: Forever21, Brooch: vintage


One Year

pink jersey dress brown sandals bow necklaces by 14 shades of grey

I just realized that I moved home from LA a year ago. It’s been a bit of a restless year, but then again I’ve been restless since I graduated and had no idea what I was going to do next. Now I got a new job, exactly one year after the move. Funny how things work out, isn’t it? Anyway, next week I’m going join the working stiffs and have to dress up all business casual, so I’m going with something simple and easy for today.

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pink jersey dress bow necklace by 14 shades of greypink jersey dress bow necklace by 14 shades of grey

pink jersey dress by 14 shades of grey

Dress: tailor-made, Sandals: thrifted, Necklace: self-made


Lazy Tree

When all the other bloggers (in the Northern hemisphere anyway) are talking about how they’re looking forward to the fall, I’m just looking forward to the end of the monsoon season. To be fair, it’s been cooler, but I’m pretty sure it’s because it rains all the freaking time. Good thing the rain stopped long enough today for me and Debbi to go to the tailor’s to pick up our new dresses. We then walked along the bank of Sword Lake, took pictures at this tree that lies almost horizontally across the water, and watched the young, unusually attractive tourists with envy. Seriously, why do the tourists around Sword Lake all look like they just step out of an American Apparel ad?


I made Debbi take my bag while she took picture…


… because I did not trust myself to make it across this without some sort of accident

Both – dresses: tailor-made, hats: shop in Hanoi
My sneakers: Payless, Debbi’s sandals: Birkenstock (I think?)