Amaryllis

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One of the surest signs of spring in our garden is the amaryllis blooms. This year, thanks to the rain, they’re stronger than ever, and every pot is a mass of bright red. So naturally I had to use them as the background for my photos, especially since my scarf kinda matches the blooms a bit too, though it’s orange and yellow rather than red.

As for the outfit, I’m thinking this is a formula worth remembering for spring and fall – simple top, blazer, jeans, heels or ankle boots, and light scarf. I’m still having some difficulty dressing like a teacher and not a student (mostly because I don’t remember to!) but a blazer really does go a long way in making an outfit look more professional.

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Blazer & Scarf: hand-me-down, Jeans: Mango, T-shirt: Uniqlo, Heels: Forever21

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Early Thanksgiving

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My sister and brother-in-law have moved into their new apartment with an oven and everything, and our family starts to make a habit out of having dinner over there at least once a week. In a weird coincidence/serendipity, yesterday my dad was given a fresh turkey by one of his colleagues, who knows a turkey farmer  – turkeys are gaining popularity here. Long story short, we decided to have an early Thanksgiving/Teacher’s Day celebration (November 20th is Teacher’s Day in Vietnam) instead of waiting until the actual Thanksgiving, because a fresh turkey will definitely taste better than a frozen one. And it was. We had turkey, with roasted root vegetables and pumpkin soup – classic Thanksgiving feast. Hopefully we can make this a tradition from now on, because like I always say, we need more food-based holidays in Vietnam 😛

By the way, the outfit is my attempt to recreate this (right down to the photo), but I don’t think I can pull off that “disheveled chic” look. I just end up looking straight-up disheveled. Also, I swear my tights are black, even though they appear purple. I should probably dial back that color correction.

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Sweater: Fedora Boutique, Skirt & Scarf: hand-me-down, Tights: Target, Heels: Forever21

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Yggdrasil

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The blog is on its way to becoming about what I read/watched, accompanied by unrelated outfit pictures, instead of a style blog. I lead a very boring life compared to other people, let alone other bloggers; my outfits are not worth much discussion anymore now that I don’t experiment with my style as much; so if I don’t write about TV or movies or books, I would have nothing else to write about… unless you guys want to hear how our chickens are doing (they’re laying, so we have fresh eggs every morning, thank you every much.)

Anyway, this outfit is not entirely unrelated, because I wore it to see Thor: The Dark World, or as I’d like to call it, Thor: Longer and Greasier Hair. Because seriously. Wash your hair. So I could probably pretend that the tree on my necklace is Yggdrasil. As for the movie, here are some quick bullet points:

– It’s fun (and funny), though not as good as the first one, but I totally expected that. Without Loki and Darcy, it would’ve been a snooze-fest. I’m also kinda bummed that Jane Foster is too much of a damsel in distress here compared to the first one.

– I heard this joke about Malekith being Legolas’ weird uncle, so I alternated between giggling and swooning (because it’s Christopher Eccleston) every time Malekith appeared. Scary make-up and all.

– Knowing that the director, Alan Taylor, is mostly known for directing Game of Thrones, I watched for any familiar face and recognized Blackfish Tully (a quick imdb check says his character here is Tyr), even though he’s mostly out of focus. Yes I watch too much GoT.

– Zachary Levi looks weird in a blond wig.

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Shirt & Heels: Forever21, Pants: thrifted, Necklace: gift shop in Krakow

P/S: I’m pretty sure I’ve worn this exactly outfit before but I don’t care nearly enough to look it up.


Playlist Help

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This outfit is stolen directly from Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb (down to the cuffed jeans; I added the cardigan just because I don’t like sleeveless things.) I like that it’s a more grown-up version of the “dress + legging” look, and it allows me to wear this dress more – the dress is actually super comfy, except for the fact that like most Forever21 dresses, it’s too short.

Anyway, I’m in a bit of a pickle. My best friend from high school just asked me to put together a playlist for her engagement party. It’s just going to be an intimate dinner, so she wants something relatively slow and relaxed, which I have plenty of… only most of them are kind of sad and not suitable for an engagement party. So I need some help. Anybody has suggestion for some slow, romantic indie music?

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Dress & Shoes: Forever21, Cardigan: Target, Jeans: Hermes


Raspberries

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