Outfit Completer

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The weather has finally warmed up somewhat, enough for me to take photos outside without being bundled up in a huge coat, but it’s still cold enough to require several layers and a big scarf. Or maybe it’s just me, because the cold snap has left me a souvenir – a lingering case of the sniffles :( Hopefully it’ll go away before the Lunar New Year. It sucks to be sick during the holiday.

Anyway, about the outfit: I’m a bit tired of gray and black after these last few days, so I decided to bring in some colors. In my enthusiasm, I might have worn one color too many, and the outfit ended up looking kind of awkward… until I had the idea of adding this scarf. It has all the colors of my sweater, jeans, and boots, so it brings them all together as a whole. It sounds like such a no-brainer, doesn’t it, the idea of having a piece that pulls the entire outfit together? Yet I haven’t thought about it before. But now that I do, I’m definitely going to use it more often to make my outfits more cohesive.

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Sweater: hand-me-down, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Boots: Vagabond, Scarf: Candie’s


February Layers

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The weather has moderated, but it’s still pretty freaking cold, so I combated that with layers that are warm but can also look presentable on their own should the sun suddenly decided to pay us a visit.

I’ve also been playing around with wearing multiple brooches. I figure that layering jewelries, like necklaces or bracelets (remember the “arm parties” trend?), usually works best when they have a similar look or feel while still vary enough to create interest, so the same rules apply to brooches. I’ve worn multiple brooches before, but usually just with my enameled ones, and now I’m branching out. I’m going for a “leaf” theme here, as you can see – they still look a bit haphazard, but I’m hoping as my collection grows, I can get better at it.

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Shirt: Uniqlo, Coat: Atmosphere, Scarf & Jeans: Forever21 (gods, I didn’t realize how saggy these jeans have gotten; they need to be retired!), Sweater & Boots: local shops, Brooches: various


Arctic

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It’s still not warm enough to take photos outside, but at least the temperature is in the 50’s instead of 40’s, so I wanted to show you guys what I’ve been wearing this past week – basically all of my warmest shirts and sweaters layered on top of one another, my thickest coat, thickest jeans, and boots. What you don’t see here is fleece-lined tights under my jeans (I would’ve added another pair of socks but then I wouldn’t be able to fit into my boots – and even then my feet are still like icicles) and a wool scarf.

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Think I’m a wimp? Try spending a week in this kind of humid cold, with no heating anywhere, and see how you like it. I would’ve said this:

… except sometimes it’s even colder inside the house.

Shirt & Brooch: local shops, Sweater & Coat: H&M, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Vagabond


SIA Inspiration: Whistler

Since this week’s SIA coincides with the Lunar New Year, I decided to pick a celebratory piece, “Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket” by James Abbott McNeil Whistler:

It may look straightforward enough to our modern eyes, but when this painting first came out, it stirred up great controversies due to its abstract and unconventional feel, and even caused a lawsuit between Whistler and the art critic John Ruskin (Whistler won, but ended up bankrupt anyway.) Despite this slightly depressing background, I still think it’s appropriate for the Lunar New Year, with the firework displays and the rich dark tones.

So if you want to participate, just send me your outfit post and/or photo by next Monday, February 8 (the first day of the Year of the Monkey!) Have fun!


Chandelier

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So far this month, I’ve been keeping my resolution to wear at least one piece of jewelry with each outfit. Sometimes it’s difficult, because most of my jewelries are the similar – either a brooch or a pendant – and I get bored so easily, but I do admit they make the outfit a little more special, and when I’m stuck, I can always build an outfit around a piece of jewelry.

Not this outfit though. I figured this sweatshirt has enough glitter to stand on its own without any jewelry ;)

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Sweatshirt: Zalora, Jeans: Mango, Shirt: local shop, Boots: Betts


Book Reviews: January 2016

It was a slow month, book-wise. I reread a lot of stuff, but for some reason I didn’t feel like picking up any new books. So in the end I only read two new books. Both I appreciate, but I’m not crazy about either:

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The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith:

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series as well as the TV show adapted from it, and given that I like a detective story with a twist, I decided to give this one a go. It’s about a woman who sets up a (what else) detective agency in Botswana, where she uses her skills to solve problems from missing husbands to rebellious daughters. The characters are engaging, but since I was expecting an actual detective story, I was kind of disappointed, because it’s not a mystery book at all. It’s simply a drama about a woman who overcomes personal tragedies and does everything she can to help people. Sweet and warm and charming, but not my kind of book. 3/5

The SEA is Ours, edited by Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng:

I first heard about this collection of Southeast Asian steampunk short stories from their Kickstarter campaign. Being a Southeast Asian and a fan (and occasional writer) of steampunk myself, I contributed to it and received a copy of the book in return. The stories are certainly interesting; they incorporate the Southeast Asian culture and history that I don’t even know about, though some are more effective than others – but this is due to the stories themselves, not because I’m not familiar with the mythology. I’m also proud to see two Vietnamese writers in it, but I can totally tell that they haven’t lived in Vietnam for a while (they’re both US-based, I think) because some of Vietnamese words they drop in the dialogue are misused, which is a shame. But, if nothing else, it’s inspired me to get back to my writing. Who knows, maybe I can submit a story to the next collection, if there is one. 3/5

I’ve been so busy and the weather has been so nasty that I missed two major end-of-the-year book sales (*sobs*), but I do have a ton of ebooks on my Kindle, so here’s to a livelier review and discussion for February!


One Of Those Outfits

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This is one of those outfits that is such a no-brainer that I can’t believe I haven’t worn it before. But I’ve checked, and I haven’t. So here we are.

It’s still freezing here, btw, so I’ll keep the post short. I still can’t believe just last week I was able to get away with just a shirt and a sweater, whereas now I’m sitting here shivering in two thermal tops, a thick sweater, and a scarf. Indoors.

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Shirt: local shop, Sweater: Atmosphere, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: vintage