Weekly Capsule 16.5: Watchlist

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There’s not much to talk about with this outfit. It’s basically a case of “It’s the end of the week, what do I have left in the capsule that is still clean?” Having a seasonal capsule didn’t help me get dressed more quickly, but a weekly capsule certainly does.

Anyway, I’ve realized that it’s been a while since my last proper movie review, but I don’t have anything lined up just yet. I’m too lazy to check out some of the Oscar movies that I’m interested in (The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, and Mr. Turner – apparently I’m very into “tortured genius” biopics); it’s mostly TV now for me.  I’m watching Game of Thrones and Mad Men, of course, and I’m also starting Daredevil – it’s amazing, but so emotionally exhausting that I can’t really binge-watch it (I watch every episode with my hands balled into fists because the amount of tension is just unbelievable.) Then I’ll probably go to see Age of Ultron this weekend, and the third season of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is coming out in May, just in time for my other shows to end, so my watchlist is looking pretty full. What about you guys? See anything good lately?

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plaid pants black pumps by 14 shades of grey

T-shirt: Mango, everything else: local shops

This week’s looks:

watercolor tee plaid pants brown heeled loafers by 14 shades of greywhite lace tee black pleated skirt brown heeled loafers by 14 shades of grey

watercolor tee black pleated skirt black pumps by 14 shades of greywatercolor tee black jeans black pumps by 14 shades of grey

lace t-shirt plaid pants black pumps by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 16.3&4: Back-To-Back

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watercolor tee black jeans black pumps by 14 shades of grey

I actually wore these two outfits on the same day. After I got home from work in the afternoon and took photos, I realized I didn’t particularly like this shirt tucked into this skirt – it’s way too loose for that (a pencil skirt may work better, though I’ve officially given up pencil skirts now – I still keep two of them, just in case, but I’ll probably only wear them when I get a ride to work, not when I have to bike.)

So for my evening class, I switched out the skirt for jeans (and switched my necklace too, while I was at it, just to include a Top 10 piece). Besides, these shoes look much better with jeans anyway.

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T-shirt, Shoes, & Necklace: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Skirt: thrifted


Weekly Capsule 16.2: No Accessories

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I thought about adding a necklace or brooch to this outfit, but I thought that between the lace tee, the pleated skirt, and the details on my shoes, it is fussy enough, and doesn’t need any jewelry. That’s why I always tend to wear my lace shirts with jeans and skirts with simple button-ups – for me, it’s all about that balance between feminine/vintage silhouette and minimalist details.

And besides, if I added anything else to this outfit, I wouldn’t match my cat so perfectly, and that would be a real shame.

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white lace tee black pleated skirt by 14 shades of greywhite lace tee black pleated skirt by 14 shades of grey

T-shirt: Banana Republic, Skirt: thrifted, Shoes: local shop


Weekly Capsule 16.1 & SIA: Watercolor Plaid

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For this week’s SIA, inspired by Katherine Cameron’s watercolor “Snowdrops”, I put together an outfit that is a little more interpretative rather than literal: a T-shirt with a watercolor print and plaid pants (Cameron was Scottish, you see.)

I’ve talked about how these pants are like pajamas before, but this shirt is like a dressier version of the baggy T-shirts I usually wear to bed as well, so this outfit is insanely comfy. The only thing I did to make it more work-appropriate is to add these heels – they’re to replace my beloved heeled loafers that have completely fallen apart, and also my last addition to my Top 10 picks. Yay, it only takes 20 days to figure out the 10 pieces that capture my style! (Honestly, I could’ve picked them all in one or two days if I really sat down and thought about it, which I was too lazy to do.)

Oh and, don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog to see other interpretations of this painting.

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watercolor tee plaid pants by 14 shades of greyplaid pants brown heeled by 14 shades of grey loafers

Top, Heels, & Pants: all local shops


Weekly Capsule 15.4: That Silver Necklace

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The other day I saw on Tumblr a text post that says “I want to look like an Arctic Monkeys song”, and that got me thinking about how fashion can be linked to specific kinds of music. I’m not talking about entire cultures like punk or goth, but rather how some songs can conjure up  images of a certain style, you know? For example, Ray LaMontagne’s Empty always makes me think of boho lawn dresses and loose hair with flowers woven into them.

And then that got me thinking, if I were to say “I want to look like a [band/artist] song”, who would I pick? Well, Lisa Hannigan is kind of my style icon, but I wouldn’t describe my style using her music, which is a bit too folksy. I wouldn’t pick Snow Patrol either, whose sound is much too expansive (is that a word you can use to describe music? I mean the kind of the music you’d play in a stadium), not Belle & Sebastian, who is too twee, and not Kasabian, who is a bit too edgy. Then I have it: Tired Pony. Their music just the right mix: simple, streamlined, a bit hipster, a bit quirky. And the fact that they have a song called That Silver Necklace is just perfect.

Is it weird that I actually spend time thinking about this?

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chambray polka dot shirt black pleated skirt mustard heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey chambray polka dot shirt silver necklace by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Gap, Shoes & Necklace: Forever21, Skirt: thrifted

This week’s look (not very cohesive, I admit, but I like them):

striped top black midi skirt yellow heeled oxfords by 14 shades of greystriped top wool blazer black jeans brown booties by 14 shades of grey

polka dot chambray shirt gray cardigan black jeans brown booties by 14 shades of greuchambray polka dot shirt black pleated skirt mustard heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 15.3: Shades Of Blue

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Here’s what to do when there was a power outage so you couldn’t iron your shirt and you were already running late: just throw on a cardigan and move around a lot so people don’t notice the wrinkles. It works for pictures, too.

Also, this may come as a shock to you guys, but I actually have more blue than gray in my closet, despite my blog name (it was the name of a Staind album; I wouldn’t have picked it I’d known about the whole 50 Shades business. Too late to change it now.) Oh and, I’m adding this shirt to my Top 10 as well. That means I have only one more piece to go before rounding up my Top 10 picks. What’s it going to be, I wonder?

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polka dot chambray shirt gray cardigan necklace by 14 shades of greupolka dot chambray shirt gray cardigan black jeans by 14 shades of greu

Shirt: Gap, Cardigan: Zara, Jeans & Boots: hand-me-down, Necklace: local shop


Weekly Capsule 15.2: Autumn In Spring

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The background looks like fall, my outfit looks like fall (I tried making it more spring-appropriate by adding the scarf, though it didn’t help), but I swear, this is what spring is like for us. Spring weather is absolutely psychotic here – last week was super warm and sunny, almost summer-like, then this week the temperature just plummeted. Also, around here the trees don’t start shedding leaves until spring, when the spring rain allows them to put forth new leaves right away, so you’ll find brown leaves on the streets of Hanoi around March – April instead of in the fall.

Anyway, this blazer: I’ve been looking for a tweed/woolen blazer since forever, but the local stores never seem to carry one, so when my mom handed this down to me, I was excited. And I was excited when the temperature dropped because that meant I could wear it now instead of waiting until next fall. But then my dad said it looked like I was wearing one of his blazers (thanks, Dad) and now I’m not so sure anymore. Is it too boxy, too big? What do you guys think?

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striped top wool blazer floral scarf by 14 shades of greywool blazer black jeans brown booties by 14 shades of grey

Blazer, Jeans, Scarf & Boots: hand-me-down (yeah, I’ve pretty much replaced thrifting with raiding my mom and sister’s closets), Shirt: Forever21