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


Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May

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This is my interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration, John William Waterhouse’s “Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May”. I’m not happy with it though. It definitely sounded better in my head. I thought these shorts would be a good idea because they mimic the dark background of the painting (the rose printed shirt is self-explanatory), but Bermuda shorts are not my friends. It’s just that I couldn’t think of any bottom to pair with this shirt that could work for the painting too. Oh well. Maybe by checking other outfits on Jess’ blog, I can get some idea?

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Tunic: Handmade (store), Shorts: thrifted, Flats: Caprice, Bracelet: self-made


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


The Birds And the Butterflies

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I’m lucky to have a big sister with the same build, who always look put-together, but lives in a high-rise apartment with limited storage space, because that means lots of hand-me-downs that are almost new. I’ve talked a lot about how my style has changed since I moved home, and now I’m beginning to think that it’s because I got so many of my sister’s hand-me-downs. Or maybe my sister handed her stuff down to me because she saw that my style was changing. I don’t know. It’s kind of a “which comes first” question, isn’t it?

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Shirt: Oasis, Jeans: Forever21, Flats: Caprice, Necklace: hand-me-down from my mom


Pretty Pleats

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I am so sorry for that cheesy title but it’s really too hot (today is 100 and heat index is 115 again) and my brain is too tired (finale week is just as tiring for the teacher as it is for the students, who knows) to come up with anything else. Anyway, this is my outfit for this week’s SIA. I let everybody pick their favorite floating sculpture by Peter Gentenaar, and for myself, I picked this one:

I mimicked the swirls of the sculpture with my pleats, and kept the rest of the outfit simple and monochromatic. Midi skirt + flats is not the best combo for my stumpy legs, but it gives the outfit an easy breezy look that I kinda like. One regret though: my mom has this bracelet made from pieces of seashells that would’ve been perfect (it looks like this, only more pinkish), but it’s nowhere to be found. But then again I doubt I would want anything against my wrist in this heat, so maybe it’s for the best.

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Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the round-up post to see the other interpretations. We have a lot of varieties this week, it’s going to be great!

Shirt: Zara, Skirt: hand-me-down, Flats: Caprice, Belt: borrowed from my mom


Going RAW

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I’m going to go a bit technical today and talk about my photography, because the outfit is pretty straightforward and I have nothing else to talk about. Since I moved home, I’ve been color-editing my photos to make the tone more consistent, because the light here can vary so much from day to day. Back in LA I can always count on bright sun or some lovely magic hour light, but here, one day it may be overcast and the light is nicely diffused, the next it may be harsh sunlight, and the next it may be the yellowish light after a thunderstorm. That’s not to mention sometimes I have to take pictures indoor too, and our house is not the best for natural light (it’s built to keep every bit of sun out, not let it in.) So I would run my photos through a color-editing software to get a more consistent tone. Most of the time it turned out OK, but I’m not entirely happy with it because the photos sometimes ended up with a weird purple undertone, or they would get overexposed, and plus it’s just too time-consuming.

So starting from this week, I’ve switched to shooting in RAW. I wish I’d done so earlier because it gives me much more freedom to tweak the colors and exposure to my liking, and saves me a lot of time too. It’s probably going to take some more tinkering for me to get the photos how I want them, but so far I’m happy with the results.

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Shirt & Belt: thrifted, Skirt: local shop, Flats: Caprice, Necklace: gift


On Location

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Are you guys sick of seeing the same background in my photos all the time? I know I am. I keep meaning to scout some new photo locations, and have actually found a couple places with potential near my house, but when it’s time to actually take the photos, I always balk and decide to stay home instead. One, I’m lazy and don’t want to venture out (sometimes I’m too busy to go out, but mostly I’m too lazy.) Two, I know people are going to stare and I’m not comfortable dealing with that (it was different back in LA, when most people didn’t give me a passing glance and those who actually did stare or approach me were so weird that they didn’t make me feel like I’m the weird one). Three, I have to admit, I don’t feel completely safe dragging a camera and tripod around on my own. Sad but true. Our neighborhood is relatively safe, but you can’t never be too careful around here.

Maybe I’ll try to bring the camera with me to school one of these days and take pictures during lunch break but I’d probably die of embarrassment if a professor, or God forbid, a student, saw me. So I guess I’ll just stick to the front yard for now. Oh well. The outfit should be the main focus anyway, right? Though this outfit is really basic so I’m not sure how much of a focus it can be.

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Shirt: Banana Republic, Jeans: Hermes, Flats: Caprice, Necklace: self-made