Weekly Capsule 34.3: Schoolmarm/girl

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This is what I wore for my first solo class this semester (I have been teaching several classes but always in conjunction with older professors; this is the first time I’m on my own). Considering I dress like a schoolmarm most of the time, it didn’t take me long to put this together. My only qualm is that it might look “schoolgirl” instead of schoolmarm with the white button-up and navy skirt, but then I saw this outfit featuring the exact same skirt, and I thought I’d be fine. The class went well (I showed a collection of Pixar short films, which I always do with every beginners’ class), everything was good.

Then, after class, I went to my sister’s place for lunch, and as I got into the elevator, a very nice old lady turned to me and asked “What grade are you in?”

*Facepalm*

I was tempted to tell her I was in high school, but my poker face is not good enough. So I told her I was in college instead. Which is not a lie. Technically.

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Shirt & Shoes: local shops, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Belt: thrifted, Watch: Swatch (gift)

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Weekly Capsule 32.4: Casual Work

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School doesn’t officially start until next week, but I’ve already been teaching for two weeks now at an amateur film making workshop. Since the students are of all ages (the oldest I’ve had is middle-aged, the youngest is 15) and the atmosphere is much more relaxed than a usual class with college-aged students, I tend to dress much more casually than I normally do – like this, for example. And yet, despite that, I’ve never been mistaken for a student like I have at school. Weird, right?

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Shirt: Esprit, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Sneakers: local shop, Necklace: Forever21

Also, I’m very proud that this week I managed to mix and match just 6 items. I know I’ve promised not to pay too much attention to the numbers anymore, but I’d like to keep the number of items in a weekly capsule under 8 if I can. Anyway, here are my looks this week:

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Weekly Capsule 32.2: Playing It Safe

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This outfit is like something I would wear a year and a half ago, while I was transitioning between a vintage-inspired style to my current, simpler style. Even all the pieces – except for the brooch – are old favorites. This was from last week, when I had to teach a kind of “test class” in front of the school board to prepare for my solo classes next semester, so I wanted to wear something I’d feel comfortable in. It was nerve-racking enough having to teach in front of the school board; I didn’t want to have to worry about my clothes too.

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navy skirt captoe flats by 14 shades of greyred striped top tree brooch by 14 shades of grey

Top: Forever 21, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Flats: Zalora, Belt: thrifted, Brooch: local shop


The Serenade

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This week’s SIA inspiration, “The Serenade” by Eugene de Blaas, has a lot of colors and patterns to choose from, but since I’m exercising to simplify my style, I decided to go with the lady on the far left, the one in the white shift and blue skirt, who’s all “I’m too busy for this sh*t”. She is truly a girl after my own heart 🙂

So for my outfit, I copied her “skirt over dress” look (the white skirt is probably her petticoat though). It was too hot for a kerchief/scarf like she has around her neck, so I added the blue brooch as a finishing touch. This is actually one of the SIA outfits that I’m quite proud of, because it’s pretty close to the original while still being wearable.

Don’t forget to check out Librarian for Life and Style to see other interpretations of this painting!

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Dress (as top): tailor, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Heels: Esprit (hand-me-down), Brooch: thrifted


Classroom Style

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Yesterday was my first day of teaching in the new school year, so I reached for my ever-trusty schoolmarm skirt. I almost paired it with a white button-up, but decided that it would be too “school girl” instead of “schoolmarm”, so I went with this shirt instead. One of my style resolution for this academic year is to dress more professionally. Yeah, we’re a liberal art school, but I find that by overdressing a bit, I can have more confidence to assert my authority in the classroom. And I’m going to need that authority this year – aside from my usual directing class, I’m taking on another graduating screenwriting class. The idea is that since they are graduating, I won’t have to work with them as much, and it would be easier on me as a new instructor. However, after one session, I have a feeling that I’m going to have to work extra hard with them to hopefully undo all the bad habits they’ve accumulated over the past three years. Fun times.

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Shirt: Oasis (hand-me-down), Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Belt: thrifted, Flats: Caprice, Necklace: Forever21


Bastille

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Any French reader out there? Happy Bastille Day! This is my interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration, Egon Schiele’s “Portrait of Elisabeth Lederer”, and appropriately enough, the red-white-blue theme fits right in with Bastille Day. At first I considered wearing one of my white dresses with a blue scarf, but it’s too hot for that, so here’s what I did instead. The full round-up post will be live tomorrow, so remember to check back!

In other, totally unrelated news, yesterday I was shocked to learn that none of the students in my workshop has even heard of Babe (we were discussing films featuring animals), let alone seen it. None!!!  They were all like, “We were born in 1998, how are we supposed to know about a film from 1995?” and I was like “But it’s a classic!” It was just like that scene in School of Rock when Jack Black lists off the name of rock bands and the kids just stare blankly back at him so he screams “Ah, what do they teach in this place?!”, you know? I know sometimes I make references that are way too obscure for the average Vietnamese high school/college students, but Babe is not exactly obscure, is it? And they’re supposed to be film buffs, that’s why they’re taking a filmmaking workshop! Kids these days, man…

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Top: local shop, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Belt: thrifted, Flats: Caprice


Working For The Weekend

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The school year might be over, but my work is not. Other than my usual daily script reading and translating, this year I’m also a proctor at the school’s entrance exam (colleges and universities in Vietnam still do entrance exams, it’s a really big deal). It takes place this Thursday, which means on Thursday I get to spend three hours doing nothing but staring at those terrified kids as they’re trying to write an essay about films and stuff. Fun times.

And on the weekend, I have a filmmaking workshop – it’s a 12-week crash course, and at the end of the course you make a short film. I’m teaching the writing part of it, and it’s quite fun. The people who take the workshop are all beginners, so they are really enthusiastic, the classroom is much more relaxed since there is no grade, and because the course is so short, you have to keep a tight deadline, so everybody turns in their work on time.

As fun as the workshop is, though, I still can’t wait to be done with it. Only two more weeks to go, and then I’m going on a week-long trip! So excited!!! Hopefully I can finish translatingby that time too, so I can travel with a clear conscience.

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Top & Sandals: Zalora, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Belt: Forever21