Cooling Effect

We’re in a grip of a record-breaking heatwave here in Hanoi (the heat index has been hovering around 120F every day since last Wednesday). It seems I’ve been saying that every summer, but then again every summer they told us the heatwave was breaking another record. I guess that’s global warming for you. This outfit was from last week, when it was still blessedly cool, and I was hoping that the blue color would have some cooling effect – for me at least. The heat is so bad that I can’t even bear to look at warm colors right now.

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Dress For The Job You Have

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You know that saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? I always find it kind of a limited advice, and in my case, downright counterproductive. If I dressed for the job I want (freelance writer/script doctor), I would wear nothing but ratty old T-shirts and sweatpants all day. So in the meantime, I’m going to dress for the job that I actually have and want to keep, thank you very much.

P/S: I’m actually surprised it took this long for my matchy-matchy brain to pair this shirt with this skirt.

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Shirt: C-Wonder, Skirt: Banana Republic, Shoes: Zara


Mixing Metals

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I wore this outfit last weekend, when we had a mini-break and the whole family went out for casual lunch. It’s nothing special, but it’s cute enough, and most importantly, it’s comfy (stretchy, slouchy pants are the best when you’re eating out).

My only quibble is this: the hardware on my sandals is gold, but my bracelet is silver, and that kind of metal mixing makes me all twitchy. Is it just me? I mean, you can barely see the buckles on the sandals so I doubt anyone even noticed. Is it some sort of outdated fashion rule (like “don’t wear navy and black together”) that I should try to ignore?

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Shirt: C-Wonder, Pants: Mango, Sandals: Aldo, Cuff: local shop


Weekly Capsule 30.3: The Notebook

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As I said last week, this year I had to be proctor twice for our school’s entrance exams. Last week I was assigned to the art and design room, which wasn’t so bad. Yeah, you still have to sit there for hours staring at the students, but they are drawing, so at least it’s fun to watch. This time, though, I was assigned to the film analysis room. It was horrifying. It’s an 8-hour exam – the students watch a movie, twice, in the morning, then they have a one-hour lunch break, and in the afternoon they have three hours to write an essay about that movie. You may think, oh, that’s not too bad, at least you get to watch a movie, right? Except that movie is The Notebook, the sappiest of all sappy romances. And I had to sit through it. Twice. Followed by three hours staring into nothingness.

If you’ve been reading here for a while, you know how I feel about romantic films. Unless they’re British and preferably take place about 200 years ago, I don’t have much patience for them. I’m going to have to watch Pride and Prejudice (the 1995 mini series, thank you very much) or North & South to feel like myself again.

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Shirt: C-Wonder, Pants: thrifted, Sneakers: local shop, Bracelet: self-made


Weekly Capsule 17.4: Age of Ultron

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So last Sunday I saw The Avengers: Age of Ultron (it came out a week earlier in Vietnam). I enjoyed it, but the story definitely isn’t as tight as the first one, and it doesn’t leave as much resonance with me as the first one either. I think one of the problems is that there are all these new characters – I understand why they were added, but I couldn’t care less about Quicksilver or Scarlet Witch or Vision. Or even Ultron, for that matter. Loki makes a much more interesting antagonist, I think.

But that’s to be expected. Out of all the Marvel sequels so far, I think only Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been as good, if not better than the first one, because it’s so different. But, if I know my trilogies well, they tend to bounce back with the last one, so I’m looking forward to Phase 3.

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Shirt: C-Wonder, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Shoes & Brooch: local shops

My looks this week – blue, blue, and more blue:

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Weekly Capsule 17.2: Feathery Strokes

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An outfit like this can be more difficult to accessorize than you’d think. The print on the shirt means that a necklace or brooch wouldn’t look good on it, and I only have two bracelets and none of them goes well with it either. So in the end I opted for this belt – the buckle can count as jewelry and it adds a pop of color too. Win-win.

P/S: The post title is actually an obscure reference to this scene in Black Books. There’s a feather on my belt and the print of my shirt looks like brush strokes so that’s what my brain comes up with. Yeah, I can be very literal sometimes.

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Shirt: C-Wonder, Skirt: hand-me-down, Shoes: Forever21, Belt: local shop


Capsule Outfit #17

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Remember how I always say we don’t have much of a fall around here? It is usually still warm by late October, then comes November and bam, a cold snap. This year, though, we seem to have more of an actual fall season, with crisp, cool mornings and nights, and warm days. Apparently (according to my parents anyway), this is because it’s an intercalary year in the lunar calendar, which means the lunar year has 13 months instead of 12, so the 10 days or so of fall weather we usually have every year is stretched out into a whole month. I don’t know, my mom gave me this long-winded explanation about how intercalation works, but I was pretty sure my eyes glazed over half-way through it. I just know that I would’ve really enjoyed this kind of weather, had I picked out enough clothes for it in my capsule. Now I’m wearing the same shit over and over again and I actually want it to get colder just so I could change up my look a bit… I’m just never happy, am I?

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 navy ikat shirt red scarf by 14 shades of greynavy ikat shirt blue jeans red scarf black heels by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: C-Wonder, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: Icing, Belt & Heels: hand-me-down