A Perfect Match

This is another “duh” outfit, one that seems like a no-brainer but I didn’t think of for the longest time. I mean, the navy stripe on this top matches the navy of my culottes perfectly – it’s not often that two of my items are a perfect match like that – so naturally, I had to pair them together. Then, when it came to accessories, I know I wear this brooch with this top a lot, and these shoes with these culottes a lot too, but again, they go so well together, so why change it, right?


Patchwork

I thought I would struggle a bit with this week’s SIA, inspired by the Korean jogabok wrapping cloth, because it’s so colorful and I don’t have anything like that in my closet. But then I noticed there are white and blue squares in the cloth, and I have just the right piece for it. Then I added some pink and red accents with my belt and shoes, and my bow brooch as the last touch, to mimic the bow in the middle of the cloth – and I’m done. It was way easier than I expected.

Top: Mango, Pants & Heels: local shops, Belt: thrifted, Brooch: vintage

Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog tomorrow for other looks inspired by this piece!


Weekly Capsule 35.2: Nonsoon

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It’s supposed to be monsoon season (see what I did with the title?) here in Hanoi but the rain has been few and far between. It just alternates between scorching sun and steamy mugginess, so the best outfit for days like these is a breathable shirt with comfy jeans and sandals. Actually, the best outfit is pajama bottom and an oversize T-shirt, but I have to teach so this would have to do.

Fall cannot come soon enough, I’m telling you. No, scratch that, I would take winter over this. Because fall for us is just a 10-day prelude to winter anyway.

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Top: Mango, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Sandals: Clarks, Brooch: vintage


The Grand Budapest Hotel

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I was going to do a full review of The Grand Budapest Hotel but I was too lazy to make screencaps, so here’s the quick version accompanied by unrelated outfit photos: it’s funnier than I expected, but while I like it, it doesn’t make me go “OMG amazeballs” (actually, nothing can make me say that. Ever. But you know what I mean) like some of his other movies. Then again, I’ve always been more partial to Wes Anderson’s drama/romance stuff (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom) than his adventure stuff (The Life Aquatic, The Darjeeling Limited.) Besides, he is one of those directors you either love or you don’t, so if you’re a fan, you’ve probably watched this already and don’t need my opinion to convince you.

And hey, the outfit may not be as unrelated as it seems, because there is a symmetrical quality about it in my shirt and belt, and Wes Anderson’s visual style is all about symmetry, so… No? Stretching it too much? OK. Stopping now. Have a great weekend everybody!

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Top: Mango, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrift), Belt: local shop, Sandals: Zalora


The Meteorologist

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And just like that, summer is here. You wouldn’t think so looking at these photos, but they were actually taken after I got home from work, when the sun’s already gone down. I don’t want to whine because it looks like everywhere is warming up too, but tell me, does it go from 75 to 100 overnight where you live? Because it did here, and it’s horrible.

I shouldn’t be surprised though. It has always been like this in Vietnam – no transition from spring to summer, and these early days of summer are the most brutal. It’s just that now I’m more aware of it because I have the blog to remind me. Honestly, I feel like the blog is turning into some sort of meteorological diary, just because I talk about the weather so much.

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Top: Mango, Pants: thrifted, Flats: Payless, Brooch: vintage