So Frawnch

At the risk of sounding totally pretentious, I must say this outfit feels quite French to me. I’m not sure if it’s the pants, the white button-up, the scarf, or the cropped trench coat, or a combination of them. No, it’s definitely the scarf. I usually zhuzh my scarves a lot whenever I wore them, but this time I just knotted it quickly and let it be. I guess that lends it a certain air of “je ne sais quoi”.

Of course, if this was truly a French look, I would have to pose with my coat around my shoulders, but I tried it and it looked like I had no arms, so I guess I’m not quite so French after all.

Everything from local shops except thrifted trench coat and hand-me-down scarf


Young Girl Reading

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As soon as I saw this week’s SIA inspiration, Jean-HonorĂ© Fragonard’s “A Young Girl Reading“, I knew that I would wear this top, since it’s one of the few yellow pieces that I have in my closet, and the lace trims and large collars can mimic the ruff and the bell sleeves of the girl’s dress. The dusky pink/lavender tone of her ribbons and of the cushion behind her is another matter though – I didn’t want to wear my pink skirt, since it’s too girly and I didn’t want to pair a girly skirt with a girly top.

In the end, I decided to wear my pink scarf as a kind of headband, and keep the rest of the outfit simple. I don’t usually wear headband or headscarf, but this adds a “1940’s/1950’s casual wear” to the outfit, which I like. Plus it’s super convenient in covering up second-day hair đŸ˜›

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And of course, I had to recreate the pose:

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Remember to check out Jen’s blog for the full SIA round-up tomorrow!


Weekly Capsule 15.2: Autumn In Spring

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The background looks like fall, my outfit looks like fall (I tried making it more spring-appropriate by adding the scarf, though it didn’t help), but I swear, this is what spring is like for us. Spring weather is absolutely psychotic here – last week was super warm and sunny, almost summer-like, then this week the temperature just plummeted. Also, around here the trees don’t start shedding leaves until spring, when the spring rain allows them to put forth new leaves right away, so you’ll find brown leaves on the streets of Hanoi around March – April instead of in the fall.

Anyway, this blazer: I’ve been looking for a tweed/woolen blazer since forever, but the local stores never seem to carry one, so when my mom handed this down to me, I was excited. And I was excited when the temperature dropped because that meant I could wear it now instead of waiting until next fall. But then my dad said it looked like I was wearing one of his blazers (thanks, Dad) and now I’m not so sure anymore. Is it too boxy, too big? What do you guys think?

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Blazer, Jeans, Scarf & Boots: hand-me-down (yeah, I’ve pretty much replaced thrifting with raiding my mom and sister’s closets), Shirt: Forever21


Weekly Capsule 12.4: Offline

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Lately, I’ve noticed that my productivity has gone down, and I haven’t able to concentrate on my work as well as I did – I used to be able to finish reading and commenting on a 110-page screenplay in about three hours, sometimes even less if it’s written well, but now it takes me four hours or sometimes even longer. Then I realize, it’s taking me so long because whenever I get bored (which is often) I would go check Tumblr or Instagram or Facebook or a gazillion other online distractions, and before I know it, an hour has passed. Like the other day, for example, I had to read this historical script, so I went on Wikipedia to check some facts, and ended up reading about the entire history of the Hapsburg (the script wasn’t about the Hapsburg, by the way.) Educational, yes, but not exactly productive.

So I’ve made a decision. From now on, whenever I sit down to read or write or translate, there will be no distraction. The Internet will be off, and the only music playing will be movie soundtrack (Pacific Rim is my favorite, it gives me so much energy.) Already I’ve seen an improvement. Hopefully after a while I can learn how to stay focused again.

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jacket: tailor, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Shoes: Tamaris, Scarf: hand-me-down

Here are my looks this week – I guess the theme is dark + floral, which is pretty good for transitioning into spring. Also, boyfriend jeans FTW:

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Weekly Capsule 10.1: Gingham & Floral

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For this week’s SIA, inspired by Ernest Bieler’s “The Knitting Lesson”, I put together a simple outfit with elements pulled from the painting – the gingham on the old woman’s head scarf, her black dress, the little girl’s pink dress, and her floral head scarf. It is still not warm enough for skirts right now, but I’m getting a bit tired of jeans, so a skirt and sheer tights it is. It’s annoying that the amount of time I can wear a skirt is so short – a few weeks in April and May, and then a few weeks in October and maybe November, and that’s about it. Any time in between is just too cold for bare legs/too hot to have a waistband around your torso. Or maybe I’m just making up excuses because I’m more of a jeans girl.

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Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog for more interpretations of this lovely paintings!

Shirt: local shop, Skirt & Scarf: hand-me-down, Boots: Betts


Pot Of Geranium

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So I just got back from my amazing trip and am still sorting through 300+ photos, but here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, as inspired by Henry Matisse’s “Pot of Geranium”. As suggested by Jen, I used my floral scarf. I’m missing a bit of green and blue from the painting (though the background made up for that); happily, my orange bag fits quite well.

So that’s it for today. Hopefully tomorrow I can get back to you guys with more photos. Don’t forget to check out Librarian for Life and Style for more interpretations of this painting!

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Sweater: Zalora, Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Payless, Scarf & Bag: gift


Flowers, Stripes, And Giant Robots

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Here’s my SIA outfit, inspired by Cecilia Beaux’s “After the Meeting.” I figure with the time difference, it’s easier for me to post my SIA outfit first when it’s still Monday afternoon in Vietnam, so I won’t have to scramble to put together two posts on Tuesday morning (when it’s Monday night in the US.) The outfit is pretty self-explanatory so I’ll save the blurb for the roundup post later.

Anyway, I watched Pacific Rim over the weekend, and holy shit it is awesome, even though I feel like I’ve seen the entire movie just from my friends’ Facebook and tumblr posts. I totally cheered (in the safety of my bedroom) when the sword is deployed. I think I might dress up as Mako for Halloween… if I have somewhere to dress up for, that is.

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Shirt: Zara, Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Aldo, Scarf: hand-me-down