Weekly Capsule 26.4: Buyer’s Remorse

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Since I started the capsule wardrobe, I’ve become a smarter shopper. I still want to cut down on my shopping, but what I buy works well in my wardrobe and I’m always excited about wearing them. Once in a while, though, I still make a purchase that I regret afterward. Like this skirt. I’ve been looking for a lighter-colored skirt, so when I saw this online, I thought it’d be great – the color is exactly what I’m looking for, the pleats look fun, and it has pockets! Perfect, right?

WRONG. When I got it, it turns out to be too short. I mean, it is knee-length on the model, so I fully expected it to look like a midi on me. Instead it looks like a school uniform on me. I know the styling doesn’t help, but nothing looks right with it. The worst thing is, it was on final sale so I couldn’t return it. I don’t know. I guess I’ll try it again in the fall with sweaters and boots to see if I can make it look more age-appropriate, if not, I’ll put away until my niece grows up :P

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Shirt: Mango, Skirt & Sneakers: local shops

And here are my outfits this week – the colors are very appropriate for a stormy, rainy week, don’t you think?

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P/S: Have a safe and fun Fourth of July, my US readers! I did put together a couple of red, white, and blue outfits, which I’ll post next week.


Weekly Capsule 26.3: Recurring Storm

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After a few insanely muggy days, the first hurricane of the season just hit Vietnam. Hanoi is far enough inland that it didn’t really affect us, save for a metric shit ton of rain (I managed to sneak these photos between two heavy rainstorms – it’s a simple outfit for running errands, but I like it.)

Speaking of storms, I’ve been having this weird recurring dream for at least a year now. The details may vary, but it always goes like this: I’m in some high place (usually a room in a tall building), watching the horizon, then some huge storm clouds or tornadoes start rising up from the horizon and rush toward me, and finally they hit the building I’m in with such a force that all the windows shatter. And it ends with either broken glass or pieces of hail around me. It’s not that weird when described like that; what’s weird for me is that it’s recurring – I never used to have recurring dreams. I wouldn’t call it a nightmare either, because in the dream I’m more excited/in awe at the display of natural forces than scared. I’m not big on dream interpretation, so I have no idea what it means. Maybe I’m secretly a storm chaser?

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Shirt: Forever21, Pants: thrifted, Necklace & Sneakers: local shops


Weekly Capsule 26.2: Faculty Meeting

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Classes may be over, but last week I still had to come in to work for an end-of-the-semester meeting to wrap things up and prepare for the new academic year. I hate meetings in general, so I just picked something simple and comfortable. I feel a little bit like Fran in this, with my striped shirt, ankle pants, and flats, but I don’t have the impeccably matched accessories like her, and of course I had to add little “me” touches like this leaf pin.

Back to the meeting, it was a bore as I expected, but there was some exciting news: I’m finally getting two classes of my own next semester! Until now I’ve been mostly teaching alongside the more experienced instructors, but now I’m going to have free rein. I hope those students know what they’re in for.

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Shirt: Mango, Pants: thrifted, Flats: 5th Avenue, Pin: Forever21


SIA: Cat On A Chair

It’s another week of SIA, and everybody brought out their best neutrals to interpret “Cat on a Chair” by Théophile Steinlen. Hit it, ladies (and gentleman)!

First, we have Mike, a long-time reader of 14 Shades of Grey. He’s participated in the challenge hosted by Jen a couple of weeks ago, and he’s now back with this simple look. I love how the background mimics the background of the painting too:

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Jen’s breezy summer outfit has a lot of great details – like the beading on her tunic and the woven straps of her sandals – to reflect the painting. Check out her post for close-ups as well as pictures of her cats:

Jen’s friend and co-worker, Stephanie, doesn’t have a lot of warm-weather neutrals (I have the opposite problem) but she still managed to put together this sharp look:

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Kezzie thinks she looks too twee, but I’d say she looks adorable, as always. And the tweed is the perfect match to the tabby cat:

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Alison adds the perfect Art Nouveau touch to her minimalist outfit with this awesome Klimt scarf:

And finally, here’s me:

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And that wraps up another successful SIA! Big thanks to everybody for participating, and check back next week for another new inspiration, courtesy of Jen.


Weekly Capsule 26.1 & SIA: Tabby Cat

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This is the third SIA challenge in a row that I interpreted with a t-shirt, baggy pants, and flats. And I’m not going to change that any time soon because school’s out for the summer, so why not be comfortable, right? Besides, this is the sartorial interpretation of a cat on a chair, and it wouldn’t be appropriate for the feel of the painting if I wasn’t in something lazy and comfortable. It is a little bright compared to the inspiration painting, “Cat on a Chair” by Theophile Steinlen, but between the striped shirt (yes, another striped shirt. You can never have too many striped shirts, I always say), the gray pants, and brown sandals, I think it’s pretty close. I didn’t have either of my cats in the photos with me because they were busy sunning themselves and would get cranky if I woke them up, so I put on my cat brooch instead :D

If you want to participate in SIA, there is still time to send me your submission; otherwise, check back tomorrow for the full round-up post!

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T-shirt: Forever21, Pants: Mango, Sandals: gift, Brooch: local shop


Weekly Capsule 25.4: A New Friend

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These pants are ridiculously comfortable. So comfortable in fact, that I bought two pairs in different colors. I never do that! But wouldn’t you buy multiples too, when you find pants that feel just like pajamas but are nice enough to be worn outside the house (wonky rolled cuffs notwithstanding)? I have a feeling we’re going to see a lot more of them on the blog in the future.

Also, the bracelet is kind of an afterthought, but my outfits have been monochromatic for quite some time now, so I thought I should add some colors back in small doses. Speaking of which, I was looking through my archives the other day and saw a post where I complained that an outfit is “too monochromatic” so I added in two pops of color. I really have come full circle, haven’t I?

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Shirt: Esprit, Pants: Mango, Sandals: gift, Bracelet: thrifted

And a wrap-up of my outfits this week:

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Weekly Capsule 25.3: An Old Friend

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When I did closet inventory back in March, I didn’t include these shorts because they didn’t fit me that well, and I only wore them once last summer. This summer, though, the weather has been so incredibly hot that I decided to give the shorts another go, and lo and behold, they fit me again! That shows how hot it’s been – I’ve lost at least a couple of pounds of water weight due to the heat. The weight will return in the winter, but for now, welcome back, shorts.

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T-shirt: American Eagle, Shirt: Esprit, Short: tailor, Sandals: gift