Bug Fodder

mint dress black blazer black boots by 14 shades of grey

The weather is actually warm enough for bare legs now, but I’m not putting my boots away any time soon. This spring, the bugs in our garden seem hungrier than usual, and my ankles and calves are absolutely covered in bug bites. It’s… not pretty. So before those bites heal, it’s strictly pants and boots for me.

Anyway, today’s color for the Pantone challenge is hemlock. It looks kind of like a dusky mint to me, so this dress immediately comes to mind. It’s a hand-me-down from my sister, and I would love to be able to wear it more (it’s so twirly!) but I’m always stumped as to what color to pair it with, and often end up with black. Any ideas?

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mint dress black boots by 14 shades of greymint dress black blazer vintage brooch by 14 shades of grey

Dress: hand-me-down, Blazer: thrifted, Boots: Journee, Brooch: vintage

The Modern Austen

Wedding Season

wedding - with the bride

Once the weather starts cooling down, wedding season in Vietnam begins. Actually people get married year-round now, except for the seventh lunar month (because of the heavy rain and its association with a myth about two literally star-crossed lovers), but you definitely see more weddings from October to February. On Tuesday I just went to a wedding of one of my high school friends – my first, actually, because most of my high school friends were already married by the time I got home. Wedding in Vietnam is usually boring for the guests because we’re only there for the meal and a quick toast with the bride and groom, but this one is actually fun, mostly because I got to see my old friends.


I would’ve gladly worn one of my dresses, but my sister insisted that I rescued this closet orphan for her, so I obliged. It’s funny how our outfits kind of match the flower arrangement.

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