Endless Summer

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I’m having one of those “I have nothing to wear” week, not because I’m uninspired by my closet or anything, but because of the annoying weather. I know stores have begun to stock up on fall things and bloggers are already talking about how excited they are for fall, but to me it seems summer is never going to end. Of course, we don’t have much of a fall anyway, and come winter I’ll whine about how cold it is, but at least then I can just pile on the layers and forget about it. Right now I pretty much look through each thing in my closet going, “Too hot for that, too muggy for that, too rainy for that, too many mosquitoes for that…”

In the end this is the best I could manage – it’s the only outfit that doesn’t make me sweat like a pig, even if it’s not the most fashionable thing in the world. I guess I could’ve worn a more interesting shirt but I wanted to show off this brooch – it’s my mom’s gift. Well, it’s not a gift so much as I found it in my mom’s jewelry box and gave her puppy dog’s eyes until she gave it to me 😛

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It’s been a while since Taco makes an appearance on the blog, so here he is

T-shirt: Forever21, Jeans: Old Navy, Sandals: Zalora, Brooch: gift

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Thud!

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That’s the sound of my head banging on my desk after I’ve read yet another script that feels like it was written while the writer was drunk/high/suffering from an extreme case of ADD. I’ll spare you my whining and complaining and drown my frustration in a double dose of Game of Thrones + Mad Men.

And yes, the outfit is really simple, but when I tried putting on any jewelry, it just looked wrong or like I was trying too hard. I guess when in doubt, simple is the best way to go.

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T-shirt: Forever21, Skirt: hand-me-down, Belt: thrifted, Flats: Payless


Good Morning Joan

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I’m not much of a pencil-skirt kind of girl. It always makes me feel like an office worker, which I’m not, and don’t want to be. So I tried pairing this skirt with a T-shirt to dress it down a little, but this skirt pretty much requires heel, so I ended up feeling a little bit like Joan from Mad Men in this outfit. Of course Joan rarely wears a print, and her outfits are much more impeccably matched than this, but the silhouette is similar. And since Season 6 is about to premiere soon (in 11 days! And 4 days until Game of Thrones!!! Gah, why must all of my shows return at the same time?), I figure it’s appropriate.

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T-shirt: Forever21, Skirt: hand-me-down, Heels: Payless, Necklace: Icing
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It’s A Snood! It’s A Scarf! It’s A Vest!

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This is another vest I got from my mom. I have no idea how to style it, though. When I was playing around with it, it somehow ended up around my neck, so I decided to roll it up into a circle scarf (plus I’ve always wanted to try turning a sweater into a scarf after seeing it on Kate of The Perpetual Student’s Wife.) Looks a little bit like I’m being eaten alive by a wool donut though, doesn’t it?

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This is what the vest actually looks like, if you guys have any suggestion on how to style it:

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T-shirt & Cardigan: Forever21, Scarf/Vest: vintage
Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Oxfords: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange


Finally, Summer

This is my submission for Everybody Everywear’s color-blocking challenge, and possibly the most summery outfit I’ve worn during my 30×30. This week is the first time that (to me at least) it really feels like summer around here. The past few weeks were just a long stretch of mugginess followed by rain followed by more mugginess. I like rain, but you know, like that Garbage song goes, “I’m only happy when it rains”, or more exactly, when it’s raining. I don’t care for what precedes and follows it. It’s still hotter than hell, but at least the sky is clear, the sun is shining, and our clothes can finally dry nicely instead of growing mold on the line (we don’t have a dryer, almost nobody in Vietnam uses one unless they own a laundromat.)


I might be standing on the burial ground of several rats here…

T-shirt: Forever21, Shorts: Old Navy (thrifted & dyed)
Necklace: Modcloth, Shoes: Converse, borrowed from my sister

P/S: It started raining just as I finished typing this. Typical.

Color Blocking: Everbody, Everywear


Contradiction

I’ve decided to blaze through the 30×30 by including Saturday outfit posts as well, since after this I only have 10 outfits left. I know I’ve said this before, but really, this second round of 30×30 has been a breeze. I’ll probably do a fall/winter one later this year.

Anyway, the other day Mara of Eccentric Owl talked about how she wanted to embrace the retro style more, and that got me thinking about my own style. When I started this blog with the intention of finding my own sense of style, I never thought more specific than “no more T-shirts and jeans all the freaking time.” Even after all this time, though, I still haven’t gotten much more better than that. There’s a part of me that, like Mara, wants to dress more in a more retro, more feminine silhouette – full skirts, blouses, brooches and the likes, but another part of me finds the clean lines of a T-shirt-and-jeans outfit much more appealing. I’m still struggling with how to unite these two contradicting ideas . This is why one day you may see me in an ultra-feminine outfit like this (which I totally stole from Kendi), and the next I’m in shorts and sneakers. Any advice to help me get the best of both worlds?

T-shirt: Forever21, Skirt: vintage via Age Old Threads, Wedges: borrowed from my sister’s
Necklace: gift from my friend Trang (via Silk Purse, Sow’s Ear)


On Trend

No, the post title is not because my outfit is particularly on trend (I guess the plaid pants can be counted as a trendy piece, but not really.) It’s actually to comment on something I’ve noticed since I moved home: there seems to be more trend-followers in Hanoi. When I go out, I’m much more likely to see polka dots, floral prints, Peter Pan collars, pleated skirt, colored denims, etc. than I was in LA. It’s probably because there are more young people here, so there is more of an interest in fashion and trend. I think the main reason, though, is this: clothes that fall under the “affordable” category in Vietnam are not very well-made, so you’re forced to constantly update your wardrobe (we don’t have thrift stores or vintage stuff either; nothing lasts that long in this climate.)

Anyway, this might have influenced me to simplify my style. Back in LA I used to think my style was too fussy because everybody else was so simple, but now when there’s fussiness everywhere, I find myself navigate towards simpler pieces. They’re not in style, so they can never be out of style.


Of course, no outfit post is complete without a picture of Taco

T-shirt: Forever 21 (I swapped the purple printed dress, which is a lot shorter than I remember, for this)
Pants: tailored, Flats: Payless, Brooch: vintage