Weekly Capsule 21.3 &4: The Heat

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watercolor tee boyfriend jeans beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

Is it just me, or is May a really long month? Maybe it’s just me and all of us here in Hanoi, because it’s been a particular hot month – it was around 100F when I took these photos last week, and it’s going to be 105 over the next two days (and heat index is close to 120!!!) Usually we have a few warm days followed by some rain, but this year it was almost like one big month-long heat wave, with no sign of letting up any time soon. So my outfits in the next two weeks, at least, are not going to be interesting. My brain is (almost literally) fried.

And yes, I have been wearing these boyfriend jeans a lot. I’ve been searching for a pair to replace them but found nothing I like so far. Maybe I should look for straight-leg jeans instead of a true boyfriend fit, which tends to be baggier.

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Shirt: Zara, T-shirt: local shop, Necklace 1: self-made, Necklace 2: local shop, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Sandals: Clarks

My looks this week (or last week, rather. It’s convenient, scheduling posts a week ahead, but it’s also confusing. Sometimes I have to remind myself that these were last week):

hot-air balloon shirt white khaki pants magenta flats by 14 shades of greycat tee boyfriend jeans sandals by 14 shades of grey

hot air ballon shirt boyfriend jeans beige sandals by 14 shades of greywatercolor tee boyfriend jeans beige sandals by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 21.2: Cat Lady Tee

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Usually I wouldn’t blog a simple outfit like this, but I just got this shirt from my sister, and wanted to show it off. Is it the perfect t-shirt for me or what? And big thanks to my sister for knowing so me well :)

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boyfriend jeans sandals by 14 shades of greycat tee boyfriend jeans by 14 shades of grey

T-shirt: Forever21, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Sandals: gift, Cuff: local shop


Weekly Capsule 21.1: Hot-Air Balloon

hot-air balloon shirt white khaki pants magenta flats by 14 shades of grey

Look at this, you guys. I’m wearing colors! And a print that is not stripes or polka dots! What is going on?

Seriously though, the outfit is not that different from what I usually wear. Even the shirt, despite the colorful print, is primarily navy. However, it’s been a while since I actually wore something other than black/blue/grey/white, so it’s pretty exciting (is it lame being excited over an outfit? I don’t care.)

When I saw the print of this shirt, I knew it would fit right in with my growing collection of “quirky button-ups”, and the fact that it’s made from super soft, breathable fabric just sealed the deal. It was a bit tricky deciding what shoes to wear with it – I don’t think brown or even black shoes go with the shirt (this was one of the times that the “no black + navy” rule actually applies); and nude shoes look boring. In the end, I pulled the pink/purple color from the print and matched it to my flats. A good choice, even if I do say so myself.

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hot-air balloon shirt white khaki pants magenta flats by 14 shades of greyhot-air balloon shirt by 14 shades of grey

Shirt & Pants: Zara, Flats: Payless


SIA Inspiration: Childe Hassam

A new week, a new SIA challenge! This time Jen is the curator, and seeing how it is Memorial Day in the US, she picks “The Avenue in the Rain” by American Impressionist Childe Hassam:

Showing the American flags on a New York street and being displayed in the Oval Office? I cannot think of anything more appropriate for Memorial Day. Except that it would be appropriate for the Fourth of July as well. I love the somber feel of the painting, and the texture is pretty incredible too. So if you’re inspired like me, put together your best red, white, and blue, and send your outfits to Jen (librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com) by next Monday. Enjoy!


Weekly Capsule 20.4

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(no subtitle on the post because I’m drawing a blank today)

See, this is what I’m talking about when I said in yesterday’s post about not wanting to pair girly items together. I much prefer this outfit – sure, the jeans could be more high-waist, but they’re just the right touch to balance out the fussy details of the top. Speaking of which, I really need a new pair of boyfriend jeans. When your jeans are getting see-through, it’s time to replace them, right? (OK, maybe they’re not cheese cloth’s level of see-through, but I can see through them when I hold them up to the light. You aren’t supposed to be able to do that with jeans.)

The thing is, these didn’t start out as boyfriend jeans, believe it or not. They were skinny, but somehow got stretched to the perfect boyfriend fit, and now I’m afraid I can’t find that fit on actual boyfriend jeans. Well, better start looking, I guess.

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Top: Mango, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Flats: LA Fashion District, Necklace: local shop

And my outfits this week – I guess the theme is “eyelet top and one unrelated dress because of SIA”:

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eyelet top polka dot skirt beige sandals by 14 shades of greyeyelet top boyfriend jeans leopard flats by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 20.3: Negatives

eyelet top polka dot skirt beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

I remember a few weeks ago talking about how I always try to balance classic/feminine and quirky/minimalist pieces in my outfits (how I wouldn’t wear a lace shirt with a skirt, for example). Now this is an example of an outfit that I wouldn’t normally put together. The eyelet top already has its quirky details, so the polka dot skirt almost seems too much. But the eyelets on the top and the dots on the skirt look like negative image of one another – even though one is square and the other is round – that I think it would be fun to pair them together. It also helps that I keep my shoes and accessories really simple.

eyelet top polka dot skirt by 14 shades of greyeyelet top feather pin by 14 shades of grey

eyelet top polka dot skirt beige sandals by 14 shades of greyeyelet top polka dot skirt by 14 shades of grey

Top: Mango, Skirt: local shop, Sandals: Clarks, Pin: Forever21


Weekly Capsule 20.2: Uncovered

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We got some rain over the weekend, so it’s been blessedly cool this week, meaning it’s in the lower 90’s instead of nearing 100. It also means that I can bring out my sleeveless tops – I know, sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s actually better to cover up when it’s sunny out. In Vietnam during the summer, pretty much the only people you see wearing shorts and sleeveless tops are tourists. The locals (especially the women) are all in these long-sleeved robes designed to block out the sun and the dust. I don’t wear it because my commute is only 15 minutes on the bike, but sometimes even I feel like I need one.

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white eyelet top black pants leopard flats by 14 shades of greywhite eyelet top leaf pin by 14 shades of grey

P/S: The outfit was a direct copy of this (the tumblr is lovely, I only wish the blogger would take more outfit photos, because her style is adorable). I should’ve won a necklace too; this pin is cute, but it’s tiny – I’m pretty sure it’s a tie pin – so you can barely see it.

Top: Mango, Pants: thrifted, Flats: LA Fashion District shop, Pin: Forever21