As some of you may have known, Terry Pratchett passed away on March 12. So this isn’t so much a book review as a tribute to him (even though I did just finish The Wee Free Man, one of his Discworld YA books, not as funny as the usual Discworld stuff but still very good.)
Good Omens was one of the first English-language books I bought when I first moved to LA, and it introduced me to both Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. After that, I got The Color of Magic – the first in the Discworld series – and I was hooked. I didn’t realize it at the time, but those books have solidified my love for fantasy, solidified my sense of humor, and influenced so much of my writing. I never even try to imitate Sir Terry’s writing – you can’t – but I certainly try to approach my fantasy world with the same attention to details and level of realism (sounds like an oxymoron, but it isn’t).
Look, I’m terrible at waxing poetic and being sentimental about things, so I’ll just end this with a quote from Reaper Man: “In the Ramtop village where they dance the real Morris dance, for example, they believe that no one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away—until the clock he wound up winds down, until the wine she made has finished its ferment, until the crop they planted is harvested. The span of someone’s life, they say, is only the core of their actual existence.” If that is the case, then Terry Pratchett will live forever.
And although it is impossible to capture the essence of Discworld in an outfit, I put this together as an homage to my four favorite Discworld characters – Death, his granddaughter Susan, Granny Weatherwax, and Lord Vetinari. Now that I think about it, they’re fundamentally very similar characters – people who are very good at their jobs, who do it calmly and efficiently, without making a fuss about anything. And of course, they’re all dressed in black. No wonder I like them 🙂 I guess the scarf is a nod to the stars on the hats and robes of the wizard of the Unseen University as well.
Dress: tailor, Boots: Dan Sko (my tall heeled boots might have looked better with the dress, but I decided that Susan and Granny Weatherwax would go for something more sturdy and sensible), Scarf: gift
The next color in the Pantone-inspired Challenge is “mauve mist”, which looks like a dusky purplish pink to me. I don’t have anything like that in my closet, and I was thinking I could get away with my pink sweatshirt, when serendipitously, I got this scarf as a Teacher’s Day present from my students. It looks gray from afar, but up close it’s more purple, which is perfect. And better yet, the scarf has a different pattern on the other end (I’ll show you guys soon), so it’s like two scarves in one.
And yes, this is the same exact outfit from yesterday, just with different scarf and boots. I’m creative like that 😛
P/S: I’m also linking up with Bri’s Third Thursday Thread. The theme is “Fall Footwear”, so it’s all appropriate.
Sweater: Fedora Boutique, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Din Sko, Scarf: gift
I just spent the last four days giving the entire tag system of the blog an overhaul. My shoulders are screaming from too much computer, but at least it’s done. Now you can use the tag to see how I’ve worn a certain item, or find a look by colors. It was interesting to go back to the earlier posts (there is so much WTF in some of those early outfits, like seriously, what the fuck was I thinking?) and see how my style has changed. One thing I’ve noticed is that once I moved home, I don’t wear a lot of colors anymore, it’s mostly black and blue and gray. Of course the main reason for that is my changing style and taste, but ideally, I’d like to be able to put together grown-up outfits without sacrificing colors too.
And on that note, I’m taking part in Heidi and Marissa‘s semi-annual Pantone-inspired Color challenge, or as I like to call it, the Colors with Silly Names challenge. Yesterday’s color was Radian Orchid, which is kind of a soft purple, and my cardigan is perfect for it. The weather is warming up, but very slowly, so I resisted the temptation of dressing like it’s still winter by wearing white jeans, to make the outfit more spring-appropriate.
ETA: The white jeans might be my own decision but I can’t take credit for top half of the outfit, which is lifted directly from this pin.
Cardigan: Forever21 (dyed by me), Top: Zara, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Sandals: Zalora, Scarf: hand-me-down
Happy Boxing Day! I hope all of you who celebrate it had a wonderful Christmas, and if you don’t celebrate it, I hope you had a couple of wonderful days as well. As for me, I’m still crawling through the last few days of the semester (funny, the last week or so of the semester feels the same no matter if you’re the teacher or the student) and dealing with my runny nose. The weather doesn’t help either – we’re now having what we call “sweet cold” in Vietnamese, which means it’s freezing but dry and sunny, as opposed to “bitter cold” when it’s overcast and rainy. I suppose the sun is nice, except it makes my nose so dry I’m starting to get nosebleeds again.
Well, that’s enough of my miserable health. It’s been a few uninspired weeks for me, style-wise, so I tried to put together something that is more blog-worthy and still comfortable. I think this long cardigan fits the “comfortable” part, but I’m still at a loss as to how to style it so that it doesn’t look like a bathrobe. Any suggestion?
Dress & Tights: Target, Cardigan: H&M (hand-me-down), Scarf: my mom’s, Belt: Vietnamese shop, Boots: Aldo
This outfit is stolen directly from Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb (down to the cuffed jeans; I added the cardigan just because I don’t like sleeveless things.) I like that it’s a more grown-up version of the “dress + legging” look, and it allows me to wear this dress more – the dress is actually super comfy, except for the fact that like most Forever21 dresses, it’s too short.
Anyway, I’m in a bit of a pickle. My best friend from high school just asked me to put together a playlist for her engagement party. It’s just going to be an intimate dinner, so she wants something relatively slow and relaxed, which I have plenty of… only most of them are kind of sad and not suitable for an engagement party. So I need some help. Anybody has suggestion for some slow, romantic indie music?
Dress & Shoes: Forever21, Cardigan: Target, Jeans: Hermes