A Tale of Mistaken Ethnicity, A YLF-er, A Commendation ... and Two Danier Jackets


Just popping in after a rather hazardous drive home (usually takes about 4 hrs and today it took more like 8 because of the road conditions) and just taking a break and enjoying everyone's company before I have to rush off to do something else ...

I gave a presentation at my conference, and although I didn't win, I did get a bunch of interesting questions afterwards about my topic! I think that the senior's staff recognition of the "Lyn brand" is more important than winning the big prize (which usually goes to senior residents anyway). One of the senior staff said it was too bad I didn't win - and I thought that was worth a lot more than actually winning, because he's a big shot and I admire his work a lot :) 

I was recognized (second time?) from YLF - so that was an interesting experience. I -was- wearing my glasses dress which I suppose is rather memorable. 

Also, someone asked if I was of First Nations heritage. They didn't seem to believe me very much when I said that I was Asian. :p

That being said, I still received an honorarium-like for my presentation and with the extra 40% off clearance at Danier, I ordered two jackets. The first (Willa textured leather and faux fur jacketI will call "Jon Snow" - as well, it reminds me of something you'd wear on the Wall (where I don't want to go, thanks). I wear my brown one a lot, and sometimes it's just not quite warm enough, so I hope that this one will fill in those days where it's too warm to wear a parka. 

I also noticed that I need a jacket that is warm but I can go out for dinner comfortably with too - so I ordered #2 (Chelsea wool & quilted leather coat). The quilting reminds me of Natalie's quilted purse, but the cut of this jacket reminds me of one of my very elegant senior residents - so this jacket will be "Maryana" - the only concern I have is with the wool, so I will have to try. Sometimes wool makes me itchy.

And including shipping, I have hopefully invested my honorarium into something I love! I only went $1.59 over, I am sure I can afford that splurge ;)

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  • Adelfa replied 4 years ago

    These are great pieces that will look wonderful on you and fill wardrobe holes! I had to google First Nations.

  • pil replied 4 years ago

    Interesting weekend, I'm glad you made it home! Congrats on the Lyn brand recognition, I'm sure it was well deserved. Nice jackets!

  • replied 4 years ago

    Both are beautiful! I have been asked more than once if I am Thai or Filipino, which I find bizarre as I don't see it at all.

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Both beautiful

  • Windchime replied 4 years ago

    Gorgeous jackets, and smart use of your honorarium. Can't wait to see you model them. :)

  • Nicole D replied 4 years ago

    Hi lyn!  Glad to hear your presentation went well and good for you for making he effort - truly admirable.  I love your Danier picks, hope you get a chance to wear a bit before it warms up.  I really like the quilted accents on #2.  Touch of Chanel.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Congratulations, Lyn! That sounds like a terrific result to the conference. And those are two gorgeous jackets; I do hope they work out for you! 

  • Elizabeth P replied 4 years ago

    Fabulous jackets! Glad your conference went well.

  • Susie replied 4 years ago

    Wow, lyn, that's terrific; congratulations! Your purchases look like great additions to your wardrobe. I especially love the second one; I hope it works for you.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    An interesting weekend indeed. (When I was 13 - a teacher at school quite seriously thought I was Chinese). 

    Congrats. Well done and enjoy your new goodies. xo

  • Caro in Oz replied 4 years ago

    Congratulations. The jackets are fab :)

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    Gasp, I wonder how I would react being recognized from YLF! As for mistaken ethnicity, it is one thing for people to guess, or to guess incorrectly, but to be adamant about their guess is a bit nuts. Anyway, congratulations it sounds like a huge success!

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    Thanks ladies! :)

    @ Pil - I am so relieved to be home. Never been so happy to see my parking spot! :)

    @ Nicole - It's Canada. I don't think it truly warms up here :P 

    @ Angie - I have had a teacher who thought I was Greek. I do like their potatoes, but that's about it! Haha, maybe you're honorary Chinese ;)

    @ Shevia - I think I said ... "From where online?" ... "OH, YLF."

  • rae replied 4 years ago

    Oh, I really love both! Especially #1 and especially with the reference. :)

    People always ask me if I'm everything... except what I really am. Native American, Indian, Latin, black... now I take secret joy revealing the "shocking" truth. o_0

  • MuseumGal replied 4 years ago

    Cool jackets, can't wait to see them.
    I am often taken for First Nations, and often disbelieved when I say No I'm not.  (Some) People have very definite ideas about what certain ethnicities "should" look like, and can get quite annoyed when you challenge their assumptions.

  • ManidipaM replied 4 years ago

    I love both jackets. So wow!

    I get the ethnic weirdness, wish I didn't. Southern Indian OR northern (ha) but not eastern which I actually am. And I also get assigned travel paths! Was asked my a teacher when I was 6 how many years I stayed in London... I passed through on 3 days of my life! Recently I was asked whether I studied abroad.

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    Those are both amazing jackets!!!

  • deb replied 4 years ago

    Congratulations. I especially like the longer jacket. It has very nice detailing.

  • Lyn D. replied 4 years ago

    Both lovely jackets!

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Great jackets! I used to know this nun from Germany who looked Chinese. Our Priest used to tease she was...

  • EveningMood replied 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your achievements! I love the Jon Snow (and I love Jon Snow, glad I'm not the only nerd on the forum :D) and it seems to suit your style! The second jackets is very interesting and I hop we'll get to see you modelling it soon.

  • shedev replied 4 years ago

    Love the jackets. I get asked if I'm Mexican.

  • Ingunn replied 4 years ago

    Great jackets, great stories! Congratulations! I have been told that I look French on some occasions, but never by a French, of course. Once, when I was still quite young, a Brit asked if I was from Australia - which was weird, but made me proud :)

  • rabbit replied 4 years ago

    Swoon over those jackets!  

  • Emily replied 4 years ago

    Congratulations - it sounds like your conference went well!  The jackets look great, too.

  • Gracie replied 4 years ago

    Congratulations! and those are some seriously fabulous jackets!  I hope they fit you perfectly and are not itchy.

  • Kristin L replied 4 years ago

    Congrats lyn*! I'm sure your presentation was amazing. And that's great that a another physician (not sure if he's that or a researcher, but you get my point) said you did well. I remember at my prelims and one of my profs said he liked my answer. That made me super excited.

    I hope the jackets work for you. I haven't been told I look like another nationality, but I have been asked more than once what country I was from because of my accent. 

  • Day Vies replied 4 years ago

    I love the collar on #1 -- what a nice honorarium! Congratulations.

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    Danier mocks me from the north of the border!!!!

    These are gorgeous.  Can't wait to see them on!

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    @ Beth Ann - North of The Wall ;)

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