Dear Diary

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From 5th grade to my freshman year in college, I’ve had several journals and written in them pretty regularly. I call them “journals” rather than “diaries” because they’re more along the line of “Today this, this, and this happens” instead of “These are my inner thoughts and feelings” variety. I stopped once I moved to the US because school and other writing projects got priorities, but I realize that this blog is kind of like my journal now. I still write about pretty much the same stuff, except mentions of Lisa Hannigan and Snow Patrol have replaced those of Eminem and Linkin Park, and Mad Men and Game of Thrones and British costume dramas instead of CSI. Yep, that’s all my high school journal is about, music and TV. With some anecdotes about school and my friends thrown in here and there. So not much has changed, really, despite me having gone from an angsty teen to a hipster.

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Shirt: Forever21, Skirt & Belt: thrifted, Heels: borrowed from my sister

I’m linking up with Thrifter Thursday with Coffee and Cardigans!

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Little Dots, Big Dots

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Welp, that’s done. My paperwork finally went through and I just got hired as a teaching assistant. It’s a bit sudden, but as long as I don’t have to deal much with the students myself, I’m good. I don’t think I can be authoritative to college kids when I feel pretty much like a college kid myself. Also, I don’t know how busy it’s going to be (I’m keeping my freelance job), so posting may be more erratic in the weeks to come. I’ll figure out a schedule as soon as possible.

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Head to toe thrifted, except for vintage brooch


Procrastination

So Debbi has arrived back in the US safe and sound, and I’m settling down to write up treatments for my short stories/novel/script, translate my resume into Vietnamese, and maybe look for a PhD program. Which of course means that I’m spending way too much time on tumblr. Which also means that I really need NaNoWriMo if I want to get any writing done at all. It may be a cliche, but I do work better under pressure (or, rather, I need to be pressured into working.)

Shirt: Forever21, Skirt & Sandals: thrifted, Necklace: Modcloth


Done And Done

And outfit #30! I decided to go with a bit of pattern mixing for this last outfit, because I haven’t done a lot of it during this 30×30. I know I’ve said this multiple times, but this second round is nowhere near an endless tunnel like it was last time (or at least that’s how I remembered it.) I did kinda phone it in during the last few days, but no matter, I can welcome back the rest of my closet now.

T-shirt: Walmart, Skirt: thrifted, Flats: Payless
Belt: Wet Seal, Necklace: Icing


Fourth of July

Indoor photos again because it’s been raining nearly non-stop for the last couple of days (not that I’m complaining.) This is not exactly red, white, and blue, but it’s my contribution to the Fourth of July festivities. The US has been my adopted home for seven years, so the least I could do is to wear an outfit that (sort of) celebrates its Independence Day. So what are your plans for today?

I just realized that this time last year, I was at #23 of my 30×30 (technically it was 33×33) too ! How’s that for a coincidence?

T-shirt: H&M (thrifted), Skirt: thrifted
Flats: Payless, Bracelet: self-made


Headbang To An Orchestra

I have an embarrassing story about this T-shirt. My sister bought it for me, and for the longest time I just thought it was a cool graphic tee. Then a friend asked me, “Oh, is that an Echo & the Bunnymen shirt?” and I was like, “Huh?” See, I didn’t even know that it says “Lips Like Sugar” on the shirt! I mean, I know the song, but that’s about it. Now I feel slightly pretentious wearing this when I know next to nothing about the band, but well, it is a cool shirt.

I wore this last Saturday when I went to a concert organized by a friend’s roommate, who’s a drummer (yeah, it’s the classic “I know a guy who knows a guy.”) It’s all classic pop and rock songs performed by an orchestra, but with a drum set – sounds weird, I know, but it’s awesome to hear an orchestral version of Enter Sandman and Sweet Child O’ Mine. I was also very excited that there was a Linkin Park song in there too (I was probably the only one to recognize it though :D)


You don’t see a lot of classical concerts with mohawks and strobe lights

Shirt: gift, Skirt: thrifted, Cardigan: Wet Seal, dyed by me
Leggings: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Journee, Belt: thrifted
Brooch: pendant from a Modcloth necklace that I broke


Imaginary Accessories

My plan to “take pictures first, post later” works out pretty well most days. Yesterday was not one of those days. I’d been writing all day, so when I finally remembered to take pictures, it was already late (don’t let the light in the photos fool you, it was thanks to my slow shutter speed.) As a result, the outfit came out a bit half-assed. The skirt and top are OK, but I forgot to add a brooch, and my black slouch boots would look much better than these tan ones. So if you could imagine those, it would be what I’m wearing today.

A question about the boots – I’m considering letting them go. I have enough boots as it is and these guys don’t really go with anything in my closet. Plus mid-calf boots make me look kinda stumpy. O wise readers, what say you? (sorry, my novel is a fantasy set partly in 17th century England, so I’ve been thinking in this kind of language all day.)

Top, skirt & belt: thrifted
Boots: Reflection
Tights: Kohl’s