Weekly Capsule 11.1: Pumpkin And Lizards and Things

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It’s starting to feel like spring around here (read: warm and humid), but this is a very “fall” outfit, isn’t it? A fall hipster outfit, to be exact. All I’m missing is a pair of black-rimmed glasses (which I totally have) and a pumpkin spiced latte (which I totally don’t drink.) But then again, I’ve never been very good about seasonal-appropriate dressing. I think it’s a bit silly, to be honest, the idea of wearing certain colors in certain season. As long as it’s weather-appropriate, I’m good.

In other news, I took my niece to see Cinderella on Saturday. My niece loved it, of course, but to me it’s kind of pointless. It doesn’t improve on the 1950 animated version, nor it is a particularly good live-action version. It’s not even that pretty to look at – the sets look artificial and the costumes are garish. Pretty much my only entertainment during the movie is having Game of Thrones flashbacks – there are two GoT actors in it; there is this one scene with a giant stag in the forest; and the Prince, played by Richard Madden aka Robb Stark, has a storyline very similar to Robb’s (he has to marry for the benefit of the kingdom, he chooses to marry for love). I almost wanted The Rains of Castamere to start playing during the ball scene.

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Top & Jeans: Mango, Cardigan: local shop, Flats: Footglove, Necklace: self-made

P/S: Happy St. Patrick’s Day to whoever celebrates it!


SIA Inspiration: Spring Window

For this week’s SIA, Jess picks this stunning stained glass window, appropriately titled, “Spring”, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art:

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Designed by John La Farge and painted by Juliette Hanson in 1901-1902, this contains the largest single sheet of glass ever used in a stained-glass window, which is the woman’s face and torso. La Farge considered it his masterpiece, and rightly so – it’s incredibly intricate and rich, isn’t it? So put together your best spring-like outfit inspired by this and send it to Jess (animatedcardigan@gmail.com) by next Monday, March 23rd. Have fun!


Blog Anniversary: 4 Years

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So 14 Shades of Grey turned four on Thursday. I thought it was today. I checked my archive; I was wrong. That shows you how much I care about that kind of thing (I don’t even celebrate my own birthday sometimes.) I wasn’t going to make a post about it, but then I thought, hey, four years, that’s kind of a big deal, I should commemorate that. Especially since I thought this blog wasn’t going to last more than four weeks. It started out as a hobby – yes, I was trying to acquire some sense of fashion and style, but it was never anything serious. Four years later, I’m happy to say it remains the same and I plan to keep it that way. It’s not to say that I don’t invest in it, but I never try to prove anything or make anything out of it. My only purpose is to have fun. So thank you for coming along for the ride, and here’s to (hopefully) many more to come!

In the meantime, please enjoy some photos of these Amazon lilies in our garden.

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Weekly Capsule 10.4: Skirt Edition

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Well, I said I was going to try these boots with skirt, so here we are. I… like them here better than in yesterday’s outfit, but now the rest of the outfit looks kind of frumpy, no? I don’t know. I guess I’m just in a cranky mood today because it’s been raining for too long, plus it’s that time of the year again when my script reading job gets super busy and my brain hurts from reading too much. I would want to say that it’s going to be better next week, but the weather is warming up, and for us that means terrible humidity (I’m talking about the-walls-are-sweating-the-floor-is-sweating-everything-is-sweating level of humidity here), so… no. It won’t be better.

Anyway, this was my last chance to try these boots before putting them away until next winter (again: warming up next week), but I haven’t decided if they’re a keeper yet. Thoughts?

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Sweatshirt: Next, Skirt & Boots: hand-me-down, Scarf: Forever21, Belt: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange

And here are my looks this week (wow, you can really see the ground getting more and more rain-soaked as the week passed):

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Weekly Capsule 10.3: High-heeled Boots

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I almost didn’t take pictures today because it was rainy and miserable, as it has been the whole week, as it has always been at the beginning of spring here in Hanoi – you can just see how humid it is in the fogged up photos. But my sister just swapped me these boots, and I’d like to show them off. In hindsight though, the outfit is not great. I’m not used to wearing high-heeled boots, plus I just threw them on without thinking how well they go with the rest (other than the fact that they helped me avoid the mud), so the outfit feels a little awkward. Maybe tomorrow I’ll try them with a skirt to see if that works better.

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Sweatshirt: Next, Jeans: Cache, Scarf & Boots: hand-me-down


Weekly Capsule 10.2: Tay-Tay

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Navy and mustard seems like such a natural combination that I’m surprised I didn’t put this together sooner. To be fair, it’s a direct copy of this pin of Taylor Swift – I may be missing a Starbucks cup (eww) and a cat carrier (my cats would kill me if I put them in any kind of bag or basket or cage), but it’s pretty close, right? I’m not a fan of Taylor Swift’s music, but I do like her street style.

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Shirt: local shop, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Cache, Boots: Betts, Brooch: gift shop at The Getty


Weekly Capsule 10.1: Gingham & Floral

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For this week’s SIA, inspired by Ernest Bieler’s “The Knitting Lesson”, I put together a simple outfit with elements pulled from the painting – the gingham on the old woman’s head scarf, her black dress, the little girl’s pink dress, and her floral head scarf. It is still not warm enough for skirts right now, but I’m getting a bit tired of jeans, so a skirt and sheer tights it is. It’s annoying that the amount of time I can wear a skirt is so short – a few weeks in April and May, and then a few weeks in October and maybe November, and that’s about it. Any time in between is just too cold for bare legs/too hot to have a waistband around your torso. Or maybe I’m just making up excuses because I’m more of a jeans girl.

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Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog for more interpretations of this lovely paintings!

Shirt: local shop, Skirt & Scarf: hand-me-down, Boots: Betts