A Pretty Pickle

Red and green is a color combo I’m not brave enough to try often (I think I’ve only tried it once, way back when I first started the blog.) The Christmas association is too strong. Plus, in Vietnam, there’s a saying that translates to “Green pants and red shirt prove that you’re a boor”, so maybe that influences me somehow. But lately, I’ve discovered some red/green combinations that are more applicable, when the red and green are less saturated – like here, which is more like pink and green (the gingham tones down the red color a bit), or red and olive green. It would be fun to try more opposite color combos like that.

On an unrelated note, the post title is obviously a reference to my brooch, but it’s also a joke because my family, despite our large garden, has never been able to grow cucumbers. One year my dad started three pots, which grew and covered the entire trellises, but never produced a single flower, let alone a fruit. After that he got frustrated and quit trying to grow cucumbers again.


School Marm 2.0

I wore this to meet the new class of screenwriting students I’m teaching this year. It was the first time I met them, and we’re going to be stuck with each other for the next four years (hopefully), so I wanted to wear something that looks the most “me”, to give them an accurate first impression. In the end, I settled for this. It certainly has all the things that I tend to reach for the most – plaid/gingham, button-up, midi skirt, brooch, and sensible shoes. One of my co-workers said that I looked like a schoolteacher on Little House on the Prairie (I guess it’s the combination of the gingham and the brooch?), which is not exactly what I was going for, but hey, I am a teacher after all.