April Flowers

I had several ideas for this week’s SIA, inspired by the cover of a Gregory & Son seed catalogue, but because the weather has been so unpredictable lately (last week it went from 70 degrees one day to 100 the next!!!), I didn’t decide what to wear until the day of. I simply picked out the main colors in the inspiration image – gray, green, pink/red, and a touch of brown – and pulled pieces from my closet accordingly. My scarf also has a floral print on it, though it may be difficult to see.

By a stroke of luck, our rose bushes have started blooming – and there are roses in the image as well. I wanted to take photos with the flowers, but because of the position of the rose bushes, it proved to be impossible, so here are some photos of the flowers instead:

Don’t forget to stop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see how others interpret this springlike image!


Pink Spring

We’re finally having some spring-like weather around here, but while it is humid, thankfully it remains cool, rather than hot and humid, so getting dressed is still enjoyable instead of the chore it is during the warmer months. I always prefer to dress in layers – it’s much easier to add interest with layers – so as long as it stays cool, I’m happy.

That said, this (new) shirt can still add interest to an outfit even by itself. If you look at the close-up, you can see that its buttons are actually printed with a subtle floral pattern. Very appropriate for spring without being obvious. I’m sure Miranda Priestly will approve.

Gingham And Floral

Like I said last week, I picked this inspiration for SIA – “Roots” by Spanish photographer Miguel Vallinas – precisely because I already have similar items in my closet – cream-colored cardigan, blue gingham shirt, light-washed jeans. So the outfit came together in an instant. The only detail that requires some thinking is the flower part of the photo, but then I remembered my pink floral scarf and it’s done. Easy peasy. Just what I need during these crazy, end-of-semester weeks (our long winter break doesn’t happen until February, but the semester ends in 3 weeks.)

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, the deadline is tomorrow, so get to it! And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for the full round-up of all interpretations.


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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