Blazer It Up

Although I’m working from home these days, occasionally I still have an online video conference, meaning I have to appear a little dressed up than usual. You may notice that I said “appear” – since I’m only showing my torso, it doesn’t really matter what I wear on the bottom. So what I do is simply throw a blazer on top of my outfit, like here, and I’m instantly dressed up. Of course, for these photos, I had to tuck in my shirt and put on actual shoes, but otherwise, I’m pretty much wearing a blazer on top of pajamas here.


Victorian Urchin

Something about the combination of the slightly oversized corduroy pants and slightly oversized jacket makes me feel like a street urchin in this outfit. The colors too. Not just a street urchin, but a Victorian street urchin, no less (all is missing a newsboy cap.) I don’t know. I didn’t really set out to create a “look”. I just thought the pants would go well with the striped top, and I added the blazer because it has a touch of red and brown and can tie the whole thing together. *shrugs*


Cardigan It Up

Yup, this skirt again. The weather is cooling down fast, so it might be my last skirt outfit in a while. At first, I only paired it with the striped top (it was still warm enough that I could get away with just one layer, at least during the day), but then I realize that the color of the stripes perfectly matches the color of this cardigan, which I haven’t worn in a while, so I had to use it to top off the outfit.

By the way, did you know that the cardigan was named after the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War? I was looking up “cardigan” to find a clever pun to title the post (there is no cardigan pun, sadly) and came upon this piece of trivia instead. You learn something new every day…


Weekly Capsule 32.3: The End Of A Decade

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My birthday was last week. I’ve never been big on birthday parties (I didn’t celebrate my birthday at all during all those years I lived in LA), but since my niece loves them and my sister’s birthday and mine are so close together, we just made a cake and had a small family party on the weekend. It’s weird though, thinking that I’m 29 years old. I still feel the same as I did when I was 17. But then again, nobody knows how being 29 is supposed to feel either, right? Adulthood is a huge lie, I’m telling you 😛

A funny coincidence: I wore a very similar outfit exactly a year ago. Except this time my shirt is long-sleeved and my shoes are snakeskin, not leopard. I did think of that outfit when putting this together, but I had no idea that the timing aligned as well!

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And the scarf is still the perfect make-shift hoodie.

Top: Forever21, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: self-made, Sneakers: local shop


Weekly Capsule 32.2: Playing It Safe

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This outfit is like something I would wear a year and a half ago, while I was transitioning between a vintage-inspired style to my current, simpler style. Even all the pieces – except for the brooch – are old favorites. This was from last week, when I had to teach a kind of “test class” in front of the school board to prepare for my solo classes next semester, so I wanted to wear something I’d feel comfortable in. It was nerve-racking enough having to teach in front of the school board; I didn’t want to have to worry about my clothes too.

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Top: Forever 21, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Flats: Zalora, Belt: thrifted, Brooch: local shop


Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Today the temperature dropped after three days of nearly nonstop rain, and I could finally join the fashion blogging world’s collective excitement for fall… Just kidding. I know the Vietnamese climate well enough not to look forward to fall. It’s warming up tomorrow. Besides, we don’t have a real fall here anyway. The weather is going to stay warm until November and then winter begins – looking through my archive from last year, I can tell exactly when the cold hit. So I might as well enjoy the boots and layering whenever I can, right? But not pumpkin. We have pumpkin year-round (mostly eaten as a vegetable, at least in my family) so it’s nothing to get excited about, really.

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Shirt: thrifted, Jacket: Express (thrifted), Boots: Steve Madden (thrifted), Jeans: Hermes


Book Review: Warm Bodies

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It’s been kind of a slow month in reading for me. I just downloaded a collection of 150 short stories from Tor that I’m still working my way through, I have a book on screenwriting I have to finish, and in between I started reading/watching the Chinese classics Dreams of the Red Chamber and Journey to the West again, so I decided to review “Warm Bodies” instead. Technically I read it a while ago, but I just finished translating it, so here we go. I guess you can call it a review of the movie too, because there will be some comparison.

A quick summary, for those of you who don’t know the movie: the story revolves around “R”, a zombie with an existential crisis whose world is turned upside down when he meets a Living girl, Julie, after eating her boyfriend. Together they ignite a series of events that may change the whole world. Before you reject the premise, let me explain that the logic behind the zombies in this book actually makes a lot of sense: if you think of zombie as a plague, a disease, of course it would worsen over time, instead of knocking you out right away. Here, the zombies do eat brains, but it’s because their own bodies have slowed down, so they need the fresh blood and brains to feel alive again. They will slowly waste away until they become “Boneys”, skeletons who are vicious eating machines, but even the Boneys are not completely mindless – they’re only single-minded in their purpose to keep the world as it is. That’s where R and his new sense of hope, thanks to Julie, come in.

For those who have seen the movie, I think it’s a pretty good adaptation, though the book is darker and sadder. It also goes more in-depth into the backstory of Julie and her boyfriend Perry, to explain their relationship and Julie’s relationship with R, and make their characters a lot more interesting. There are some parts in the book I find a little dragging, but that’s just because I’ve already seen the movie and known where the story is going. The movie feels more young adult, but the book has a more mature feel to it, and the writing is definitely better than your average YA novel too. So if you’ve seen the movie, I’d definitely recommend checking out the book.

A fun fact: the story is loosely based on Romeo & Juliet (I mean, that balcony scene is pretty obvious, and the characters’ names, too.)

As for the outfit, I couldn’t do a zombie apocalypse look because it would be terrible in this heat (I guess it would be a different matter if there was an actual zombie apocalypse), so here’s an outfit inspired by the book cover instead.

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Please enjoy my best attempt at a zombie shuffle, and have a great Labor Day weekend! I’m having a long weekend too, since this Monday is our Independence Day.

Shirt: Forever21, Dress (worn as skirt): tailor-made, Belt: thrifted, Heels & Brooch: hand-me-down