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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Twenty-Year-Old Shorts

black t-shirt striped shorts loafers by 14 shades of grey

Today I’m joining the We Love Target link-up with Whitney from Along the Lines of Style and Heidi from Literate & Stylish. I do miss Target, almost as much as I miss thrifting, so I’m kind of surprised to realize that I actually don’t have that much Target stuff. Mostly cardigans and tights, which I don’t even want to think about in this 90+ weather. Luckily I do have a few summery tops from Target. In the end I went with this T-shirt, even though it’s technically thrifted, because I wanted to wear these shorts and it’s the only one that goes with them.

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By the way, these shorts that are nearly as old as me, can you believe it? My sister used to wear them in middle school, and then I wore them in middle school. They need to be let out quite a bit in the waist, but they’re still as good as new. Well, except for the wrinkles. I honestly did not realize how wrinkled they were until I looked at the photos. My apologies.

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Top: Target (thrifted), Short: old, Loafers & Belt: thrifted

Cool Mint

mint shirt black jeans leopard flats by 14 shades of grey

Six months ago I wouldn’t think of posting an outfit like this, but ever since moving home I’ve been trying to simplify my style. It’s partly because my taste is navigating toward simpler looks, but the heat and the humidity are responsible as well. It’s not just about layers either. It’s like when I’m wearing an outfit with lots of details, patterns, or colors, in this heat it somehow feels… heavy . Cumbersome. Fussy. I can’t explain it any better than that.

It’s  the main reason I took this shirt from my sister – I wasn’t so sure when she gave it to me, because I’ve always maintained that I look like death warmed up in any sort of pastel. It turns out the color is so light that it doesn’t look too terrible on me, and it fills the need for simpler, more grown-up pieces in my closet. But damn it, looking at these photos really makes me crave a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream!

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mint shirt black jeans leopard flats by 14 shades of greymint shirt black jeans by 14 shades of grey
If I had to go out I’d probably tuck the shirt in. It looks more put-together that way

mint shirt amber necklace by 14 shades of greymint shirt black jeans by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Mango (hand-me-down), Jeans: Hermes, Flats: shop in LA Fashion District, Necklace: self-made

14 Shades Of Mint

Well, more like two – peppermint candy on top and minty fresh on the bottom. Totally unintentional. And this is also an unintentionally preppy outfit. I mean, stripes, oxfords, Bermuda shorts, and a boater hat. You don’t get much more preppy than that.

Today I took Debbi to the tailor’s to get a dress and a pair of shorts made for her, and a lightweight jersey dress for me. Then we got some delicious donuts from a street vendor, whom I regret not taking a picture of because she has such a nice smile.

Debbi pointed out that all of her pictures on the blog seem to be of her eating something. To be fair, it’s a good 60% of what we do when we go out.

Shirt: thrifted, Shorts: Express (thrifted and dyed)
Oxfords: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange, Hat: Vietnamese shop


Halfway through. Funny, during my last 30×30 I fell like outfit #15 was such an accomplishment, but this time I felt like I’ve barely started. Maybe it’s because this time I don’t have to worry about shoes and such – but then again I haven’t used a great variety of shoes and accessories either. Maybe it’s just because I’ve had experience. Whatever it is, I didn’t feel like quitting like I did last time – as long as I’m not too lazy to take pictures, I will finish this challenge.

T-shirt: H&M (thrifted), Shorts: Express (thrifted & dyed)
Sandals: Easy Spirit (thrifted), Scarf: borrowed from my mom

Before I forget: here’s this week’s inspiration for Style Imitating Art, Starry Night over the Rhone by Vincent Van Gogh. I’ve debated which Van Gogh painting to feature; I went back and forth between Irises and The Red Vineyard, before deciding on this because it’s a little less famous. Send me your outfit pictures by Sunday evening, and come back here next week to see how it’s interpreted!