My students gave me this cherry blossom brooch for International Women’s Day back in March, but I didn’t get around to wearing it until now. And wearing it reminded me of the cherry blossoms at Lake Balboa Park near my apartment in LA (not to be confused with Balboa Park in San Diego).
If there is one thing I missed about living in LA, it’s the cherry blossoms at a park near my apartment building. Every year around March, I would spend almost all of my days off there, taking photos of the clouds of pink blossoms until my camera battery died. I even remember seeing some Japanese-American families there for blossom-viewing parties. You don’t get flowers like that in Vietnam (well, we do have plum blossoms and peach blossoms here around February, but you’d have to travel to the mountain region to see them in large quantities.) Guess I’ll just have to be content with some old photos then.
Does anybody have tips on how to clean light-colored suede shoes? I love these sneakers, but they get so dingy so fast. They used to be pink, but now they’re faded to a dirty beige (trust me, it takes some Photoshop skills to get them to look presentable in the photos.) Suede cleaner is not readily available here, so I have tried every home remedy from baking soda and vinegar to rubbing alcohol, but nothing seems to work. Which is a shame, because I would love to wear these shoes more often.
It was still chilly here during the last few weeks, but I’m getting tired of my winter wardrobe. So I tried to make it more spring-appropriate by adding some lighter pieces, like these pink sneakers. Not the most revolutionary idea in the world, I admit, but at least it’s something other than boots all the time. I must remember to find another background to take photos whenever I’m wearing them though. They’re almost the same color as our front yard so they never show up well in photos.
Funny story: I packed these sneakers for my Europe trip last summer, and when my friend in Amsterdam mentioned that people often wear pink for the Gay Pride Parade, I said I would wear as well. She howled with laughter when she saw my “pink” item – of course, they’re practically nude-colored and a far cry from the vivid shades of pink sported by the parade-goers. But by heck, they’re the only pink thing I own so I’d wear them to the Pride Parade if I wanted, and I did!
Top: Uniqlo, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: local shop, Sneakers: Johann Cruyff