The recent economic downfall was a huge tragedy that hopefully will never repeat itself. Lots of people lost their jobs, many families lost their homes and America has not been this humbled since the great depression.
However, this tragedy brought sensibility to the fashion industry. For a normal person like myself, it was great to see the runway filled with clothes that I could see myself in. I do get inspired by the imaginations of designers that stretch themselves artistically and challenge the norm. But I think there needs to be a balance, I think that balance arrived with the Fall 2010 Collections. My favourite in 2010 was Luis Vuitton’s ready to Wear Collection.
I love vintage cuts because it accentuates a woman’s figure. Being short, I naturally gravitate towards pieces that can help elongate my short torso. I was delighted when I saw LV’s Fall 2010 collection and realized I had pieces in my closet that matched it perfectly. It was just a matter of making time to alter the hem line appropriately.
The skirt in my picture below is one of three wool skirts I picked up at Value Village. I decided to make the hem line above the knee. As much as I wanted to be close to the LV collection, it would not suit my short legs.
Top: Banana Republic
Skirt: Value Village
Shoes: Halogen for Nordstrom
You can review Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2010 Collection here . And if you’ve seen their Fall 2011 collection, you’ll see what a departure Fall 2010 was from their usual elaborate designs.
At least once a month, I get a sad feeling in my gut and it’s from missing my parents. I probably sound like a big baby, but I don’t think you ever get too old to miss your parents when you leave home. And I am told you miss and love your parents even more when you have your own children
I was lucky to live really close to my parents for quite a few years. So everytime I was too lazy to cook, I would drop by. Whenever I was sick, I would conveniently come home to be taken care of by the best care giver I know, my mother.
However, home is not as close as it used to be. Every few weeks, I start to miss my parents. I miss my mom’s terrific Vietnamese cooking, I miss my dad’s gentle reminder to eat and stay healthy. I know asian parents tend to smother their children, but in a cold world, it’s very reassuring to know your parents will always be there for you, no matter what.
I have one routine that makes me feel like my parents are close by. I like to make home made fish sauce. It’s fairly simple but if still feels like a chore sometimes. I usually use Momofoku’s recipe as a starting point but I always alter it. For instance, the recipe calls for 3 thai chilies, which is totally not enough. I usually triple / quadruple the recommended lime juice too. When I finish making the fish sauce, I get a warm feeling and hope that my mom is somewhere in the suburbs, proud that I am continuing this Vietnamese tradition.
My most memorable St Patty’s day was when ML and I spent it in San Fran. It was both our first time there and we happened to find ourselves in front of a Irish Pub filled with mostly people in their 50s. What was impressive was most of these people were quite attractive. Dashing older men with their salt and pepper hair and slim figured women who knew the how to apply the right balance of make up and natural beauty. We got a table, drank some green beers and watched a group of older single men woo a couple of ladies. Another table had two couples on a double date. The memory is still so vivid and it inspired me to always try and live life with Joie de Vive.
Which takes me to this year’s St. Patty’s day. I got in the spirit by wearing a silk green blouse to work. And at night, went to a party hosted by a couple of lovely friends. As usual, ML surprised me with his enthusiasm and holiday spirit. He was in full custom and it was a thrill just looking at him.
The dress I wore is not that appropriate for this time of the year. It’s a 70s dress from Goodwill. I paid about $15 to hem it to my liking and it’s old polyester. I can’t touch the surface too much as I find you can easily alter the texture. I really want the weather to warm up so I can wear it without tights and spend morning to night in it. I just love the 70s. And it’s definitely making a come back this spring.