Take Back The City

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So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by one of the famous paintings of the Hanoi Old Quarter by the Vietnamese artist Bui Xuan Phai. I was not exactly happy with it, but then I reminded myself that it’s not about replicating the painting exactly, it’s about drawing inspiration from it.

I want to take this opportunity to talk a little bit about Hanoi itself too. The thing is, I never really identify myself as a Hanoian, although I was born here. I always think of the city as separated from the suburb where I live, and it’s too crowded, too loud, too polluted for me. I’d say this about Hanoi though: it has character, unlike some city I’ve lived in (*coughLosAngelescough*), even if that character doesn’t exactly appeal to me. I think I would like it much more if the Old Quarter still looked like it does in Bui Xuan Phai’s paintings (it doesn’t), but then again I always think the past is better.

Check back tomorrow for the full round-up post and see how everybody interpreted this painting!

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Dress: Vietnamese shop, Sweater: J.Crew (thrifted), Tights: Target, Boots: Aldo, Necklace: hand-me-down

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Hello Colors

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Like I said in last Friday post, I’ve been wearing a lot of neutrals lately, and while that’s not a bad thing, I do want some more colors to make my outfit look more cheerful during these grey months. I think another reason why I tend to wear so much neutral stuff these days is because I want to dress more professionally, so I don’t get mistaken for a student anymore 😛 So it’s probably a bit counterproductive that my first venture back into the land of colors is a short, plaid shirt dress that instantly screams “schoolgirl” on me. Oh well. I’ve got to learn to wear colors all over again, so baby steps, right?

The jacket doesn’t really go with anything, I know, but I want to keep the Take One, Pass It On challenge alive.

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Dress & Boots: Vietnamese shop, Tights: Target, Belt: thrifted, Jacket: H&M (hand-me-down)

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