A Forgotten Outfit & A Blog Notice

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I was cleaning out my camera’s memory card the other day when I discovered a set of outfit photos from last December that I had completely forgotten about. And it’s not a bad outfit either (if I do say so myself). Good thing I found it, because I was running out of content to post.

Which brings me to the notice: my Lunar New Year starts from next week. It’s going to be a 3-week break, and after that, I’m going on a 3-week business trip (I’ll post more on that later). That means that for the next month and a half, posting is going to be sporadic around here. I will try to post when I can, and regular features like SIA and book reviews are still going to be up. So don’t worry, the blog won’t be dead, just a little quieter than usual.

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Scarf: local shop, Boots: hand-me-down


Gone Sailing

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Yes, I’m wearing the same jacket from my Tuesday post. And almost the same jeans. And… uh, almost the same boots. But my shirt is different and my accessory is different, so it totally counts as a different outfit. Look, I’ve been working non-stop since Christmas, so give me a break, OK? No, seriously, do you guys have a spare break? Because I need one. Badly. I’m still trying to make it until the end of next week when the Lunar New Year break starts and maybe I can catch up on work and meet the deadline.

Anyway, back to the outfit. Does this look like a 1980’s Ralph Lauren ad to you? Maybe it’s the ascot. With sailing boats printed on it, no less. You can’t get preppier than that. I don’t usually go for super preppy looks like this, but this ascot/bandana thing is also a gift from my students and I wanted to give it a try. I should have worn my riding boots to complete the look (but it was a bit too warm for riding boots. I doubt I would even wear my riding boots this season at all – there’s the evidence for global warming for you.)

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Shirt: local shop, Jacket & Boots: hand-me-down, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: gift


New Year, New Sweater

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OK, this sweater is not exactly new. It is actually a belated Teacher’s Day/Christmas present from my students, but because the weather had been so warm, I didn’t wear it until now (Teacher’s Day was way back in November, but I didn’t mind that they combined the two occasions – they are students, they’re always broke, so I would’ve been fine with no present at all.)

Clothes and/or accessories are very common gifts in Vietnam, especially for women, but I always feel a little awkward about receiving those, because often they’re not something I would buy for myself, and then I would feel bad about not wearing them. This, though, fits quite well into my closet, which goes to show my students really understand my style (if only they would apply the same amount of thoughts into their work!)

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Sweater & Scarf: gift, Jeans: Pull& Bear, Boots: Clarks


Happy Hogswatch

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I think black heels would look better with this outfit, but the weather has cooled down (just in time for Christmas), so I went with my Chelsea boots instead. Comfort over fashion, every time.

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And yes, Christmas is here, isn’t it? Somehow this year I can’t seem to bring up any enthusiasm for it. I’ve been too busy to go out and enjoy the atmosphere, my entire family has been too busy (we don’t even have any decoration up in our Christmas corner, just a sad branch of spruce with a green bow on it!), plus the weather has been too warm to feel like real Christmas. I guess I have to watch and read Hogfather again to get into the Christmas, or rather, the Hogswatch spirit. It’s doubly appropriate since we don’t really celebrate Christmas anyway.

So here, in lieu of a “Merry Christmas”…

 Sweatshirt: Earth Music & Ecology, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Boots: Din Sko


40’s Inspired

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I don’t know if it’s because I’m watching The Crown (fabulous show, I will do a review next week if I can finish it in time), but I’ve been feeling quite inspired by the late 1940’s – early 1950’s lately. Of course, this is my “Agent Carter” dress, so it fits that era perfectly, and the embroidered cardigan is very appropriate for that era as well.

It’s been a while since I dress up like this, and now I remember why – there are so many layers to deal with! See, I always wear my bike shorts with dresses and skirts, but the dress isn’t lined, which means I had to wear a slip as well. If this was truly the 40’s, the bike shorts would be replaced by stockings and garters and who knows what else. And that is still nothing compared to the undergarments of the old days. I honestly can’t imagine how they could deal with all those corsets and hoops and a gazillion petticoats. Wait, no, I actually can. I was the costume mistress on my friend’s period films, so I had some idea what dressing up in those days involved. All I can say is – I may love vintage fashion, but I wouldn’t want to live in those eras!

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Dress: tailor, Cardigan & Shoes: local shops, Belt: thrifted


Dress For The Job You Have

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You know that saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? I always find it kind of a limited advice, and in my case, downright counterproductive. If I dressed for the job I want (freelance writer/script doctor), I would wear nothing but ratty old T-shirts and sweatpants all day. So in the meantime, I’m going to dress for the job that I actually have and want to keep, thank you very much.

P/S: I’m actually surprised it took this long for my matchy-matchy brain to pair this shirt with this skirt.

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Shirt: C-Wonder, Skirt: Banana Republic, Shoes: Zara


School Colors

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I wore this last Friday to welcome the freshman class (the semester started a while ago, but the freshmen always start two weeks later than the rest of the school.) By a happy coincidence, this outfit is in the colors of my old college in LA – black and red. Actually, we didn’t even have school colors until my second or third year, when somebody had the brilliant idea: we’re a tiny film school that is all about guerrilla filmmaking. Guerilla = gorilla = black and red. We even joked that we should have a gorilla as our mascot. There was no gorilla mascot, eventually (again, tiny film school, no use for a mascot), but all of our shirts were printed in black and red and that was the explanation we always gave whenever somebody asked.

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Skirt: Zalora, Heels: Zara, Belt: thrifted, Brooch: vintage