Weekly Capsule 31.1: That ’70s Show

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This blouse/tunic thing is one of the pieces in my closet that gets worn a lot more than what is shown on the blog. The main reason is, of course, I style it almost the same way every time I wear it – with skinny jeans and flats, and minimal or no accessory at all because the embroidery is busy enough – so there’s not much point in taking photos. This time, I tried to do something different with a ’70s-inspired look. I’m not sure if I succeeded. I think the blouse needs to be shorter and the jeans need to be flares instead of wide-leg for a true ’70s outfit, and the whole thing is way too baggy for my liking.

Do you guys have any suggestions? If not, say goodbye to this blouse because I’ve ran out of way to style it and you’re not likely to see it on the blog much again.

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Tunic & Cuff: local shops, Jeans: Old Navy, Sandals: Clarks

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Bastille

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Any French reader out there? Happy Bastille Day! This is my interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration, Egon Schiele’s “Portrait of Elisabeth Lederer”, and appropriately enough, the red-white-blue theme fits right in with Bastille Day. At first I considered wearing one of my white dresses with a blue scarf, but it’s too hot for that, so here’s what I did instead. The full round-up post will be live tomorrow, so remember to check back!

In other, totally unrelated news, yesterday I was shocked to learn that none of the students in my workshop has even heard of Babe (we were discussing films featuring animals), let alone seen it. None!!!  They were all like, “We were born in 1998, how are we supposed to know about a film from 1995?” and I was like “But it’s a classic!” It was just like that scene in School of Rock when Jack Black lists off the name of rock bands and the kids just stare blankly back at him so he screams “Ah, what do they teach in this place?!”, you know? I know sometimes I make references that are way too obscure for the average Vietnamese high school/college students, but Babe is not exactly obscure, is it? And they’re supposed to be film buffs, that’s why they’re taking a filmmaking workshop! Kids these days, man…

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Top: local shop, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Belt: thrifted, Flats: Caprice


Before The Storm

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It was insanely hot and muggy today, and shortly after I took these photos, it started raining. OK, “raining” is an understatement, it was more like somebody took a giant water-cannon to our house for about two hours. Still, it was very satisfying after nearly a week feeling as if I was being steamed alive.

Anyway, this shirt – I just got it and I’m super excited about it because it’s reminiscent of those Edwardian embroidered dresses that I love. I might not be able to pull of a whole dress, but a top is much easier to style, even if it does look a bit like a maternity top (in fact, I got it while shopping for post-maternity clothes with my sister!)

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Shirt: local shop, Jeans: Forever21, Sandals: gift, Bracelet: self-made