Capsule Outfit #7

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I’ve noticed that I’ve worn nothing but blue, black, white, and the occasional brown for over two months now, so I decided to add a touch of color to this outfit with a brooch. I haven’t worn brooches much lately either, but that’s because I’m a bit bored with them, to be honest, and there is no vintage shop or flea market around here where I can find a new one, and shopping on Etsy is such a hassle now (stupid international shipping…) Well, maybe I can rediscover them once it gets even cooler and I wear more sweaters and blazers.

This is inspired by this look, by the way (I don’t look half as sharp as Jessica Biel does, obviously.)

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Dress: Sonoma (thrifted), Blazer: Atmosphere, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: vintage


Capsule Outfit #6

chambray shirt black skirt black booties by 14 shades of grey

After the warm and humid spell last week, it looks like we’re settling down to some pretty nice fall weather, even though I always insist that we don’t have much of a fall here. The temperature is still in the 80’s, but the air is dry and crisp, sunny during the day, but you actually have to wear a light jacket (or at least a long-sleeved shirt) in the morning and at night. That means that I could wear my skirt + ankle boots combo for a while longer. It’s quickly becoming my uniform this fall, and I am totally okay with that.

Let’s just see how long this weather lasts. Knowing myself, I would complain of the cold the moment it drops to below 75, so I’ll try to enjoy this when I can :P

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Shirt: Esprit, Skirt: hand-me-down, Boots: Betts


Capsule Outfit #5

navy ikat shirt white jeans heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

No, I didn’t mislabel the post or anything. It’s just that the capsule wardrobe has gone through its first change: this shirt, to replace my red striped top. My reason is that it’s going to stay warm for at least a while, so this cotton shirt would be much more versatile. The red striped top is a bit worn anyway; I may just keep it to wear around the house from now on.

I have a feeling that this won’t be the first casualty in the capsule. But hey, it wouldn’t be an experiment if it was perfect the first time, would it?

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Shirt: C-Wonder, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Belt & Shoes: local shops, Necklace: Lia Sophia


SIA: Tilted Spheres

We have a small but lovely group today, so let’s get to it! Once again, the inspiration is “Titled Spheres” by Richard Serra:

First up, we have Stephanie, who chose to echo the lines of the sculpture in all the subtle cross-hatch pattern on her shoes and cardigan. Great attention to details!

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Next up is our co-host Jen, who unfortunately couldn’t get a picture of herself wearing the outfit, so she sent in a collage instead. I wish we had a picture – I mean, how awesome is that Voltron shirt?

My co-creator Jess had photo trouble too – none of her full length shots was in focus! Bummer. But at least we have this close-up to see all the sweet details on her dress and cardigan:

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And finally, here’s me:

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And that’s it for this week. Thanks everybody for participating, and check back next week for a new piece of inspiration!

P/S: There are a lot of technical issues with this SIA challenge, it seems. Kezzie sent me her submission but her email got lost somewhere along the way. Sorry Kezzie! Anyway, here is her amazing interpretation – Richard Serra by way of Doctor Who, which of course, I totally approve of:


Capsule Outfit #4

gray leather-trimmed tee black skirt black heels by 14 shades of grey

I have to admit that I picked this week’s SIA inspiration, “Tilted Spheres” by Richard Serra, because I knew I had the pieces I need for it in my capsule wardrobe. I said I would be flexible when it comes to SIA and my book-inspired outfits, but it’s only the first week of my capsule, so I thought I’d stick to it as much as I could.

Anyway, I had planned to wear my Chelsea boots with this, but one, it was too hot; and two, Chelsea boots + knee-length skirts is not a good combination for my short legs. So I had to wear these heels. They’re not as edgy as I’d envisioned the outfit to be, but they’d do.

There is still time to send me your interpretation of this sculpture, so hop to it (if you want to, of course), and check back here tomorrow for the round-up!

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T-shirt: Zalora, Skirt & Heels: hand-me-down, Cuff: Bijou Brigitte


Capsule Outfit #3

chambray shirt white jeans leopard print flats by 14 shades of grey

Just something quick and simple for Casual Friday. Even if it is always Casual Friday when you work at a liberal arts college.

Also, you guys may have seen all this grass on our front yard in the photos lately – no, we don’t have a cow, it’s just being dried for our chickens in the coming winter. Our home feels like a farm sometimes, but we’re not that committed :)

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Shirt: Esprit, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Flats: LA Fashion District, Belt: local shop, Necklace: gift


Capsule Outfit #2

polka dot chambray shirt black pleated skirt brown booties by 14 shades of grey

Another way I’ve made things more difficult for myself with the capsule: because most of the pieces I picked are work horses in my closet, which means that I’ve worn them a lot and am running out of new ways to style them. Now shoes are the one thing I can rely on to make an outfit look different. Take this one, for example. I’ve worn it before, just with different shoes. It’s still pretty warm today, but the humidity is a bit better, so I say, F*ck it, I’m wearing boots. I guess I could wear this with my heeled oxfords too, but I have been waiting to wear these boots for over a month now (they’re the replacement for my trusted Steve Madden ankle boots) and I feel likeoxfords can make the outfit look frumpy, while the boots give it an edge.

P/S: Apparently something about this capsule wardrobe is bringing out my foul mouth. But then again I curse pretty freely in my everyday life (always in English though, somehow it sounds less nasty than cursing in my native language), so maybe this is just bringing out the real me.

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Shirt: tailor, Skirt: hand-me-down, Boots: Topshop