SIA Inspiration: Vettriano

Apologies for the late SIA announcement, since Jess was sick (get well soon, Jess!) Anyway, here is her pick, “The Singing Butler” by Scottish artist Jack Vettriano:

I have never heard of the artist or even seen the painting before, but apparently it’s the best selling art print in the UK. Pretty impressive. I love the crisp colors and the slightly surreal feel of it too. Deadline is, as usual, next Monday, July 27th (send your submissions to animatedcardigan@gmail.com), so let’s get inspired!


Weekly Capsule 29.1: Green On Green

green floral dress green shoes by 14 shades of grey

I wore this last week to a party celebrating Bastille Day at the French embassy here in Hanoi (my dad works with them and I tagged along). It was fun, the food was amazing, and it was great seeing people all dressed up. Sure, my dress is a little day-time – my black floral dress may be more appropriate – but this one has pockets, so it saves me from having to carry a clutch. Not that I have a clutch to begin with.

green floral dress green shoes by 14 shades of greygreen floral dress necklace by 14 shades of grey

green floral dress by 14 shades of greygreen floral dress green shoes by 14 shades of grey

Dress: Banana Republic, Heels: thrifted, Necklace: Lia Sophia

And here are some blurry phone photos of the evening. Next year, if I do go, I may suck it up and bring my camera with me, since there are a lot of pretty dresses to be photographed (I feel a bit like a creep sneaking photos on my phone; an actual camera feels more legit – and better photos too.)

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bastille day party by 14 shades of grey

bastille day party by 14 shades of greybastille day party by 14 shades of grey

bastille day party by 14 shades of grey

bastille day party by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 28.4: Blue Summer

blue print blouse boyfriend jeans brown sandals by 14 shades of grey

This has been pretty much my uniform this summer – boxy tops, slouchy pants, and flats. Boring? Maybe. But who cares, right? It’s functional, which is my main concern, and still relatively cute, so I have no complaints. The only thing is, the summer seems to have gone on for too long, and I’m tired of this uniform and starting to miss fall again. Oh, who am I kidding? I always miss fall. The whole 10 days of it.

blue print blouse boyfriend jeans by 14 shades of greyblue print blouse boyfriend jeans brown sandals by 14 shades of grey

blue print blouse boyfriend jeans brown sandals by 14 shades of grey blue print blouse bar necklace by 14 shades of grey

Top: Zalora, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Sandals: gift, Necklace: self-made

My outfits this week:

chambray dress brown belt brown loafers by 14 shades of greyblack tee gray slouchy pants black slip-ons by 14 shades of grey

blue print blouse linen pants brown loafers by 14 shades of greyblue print blouse boyfriend jeans brown sandals by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 28.3: Begin Again

blue print blouse linen pants brown loafers by 14 shades of grey

I’m not a fan of Keira Knightley. She’s not on my Irrational Hate List or anything, but I tend to foam at the mouth every time somebody brings up her version of Pride and Prejudice or Anna Karenina. Not just because perfect adaptations of those books already exist, but also because I don’t know why she keeps getting cast in period pieces. Just because she’s an English rose doesn’t mean that she fits those roles (the exceptions are the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, which are not meant to be historically accurate anyway, and Atonement and The Imitation GameĀ – her look does fit the 1940’s.)

To prove my point: I just caught Begin Again on TV the other day, and actually liked her in it. Well, the movie is really charming, and Mark Ruffalo helped a lot, but for once Keira Knightley doesn’t annoy me with her “wrinkled nose” brand of acting. She’s much more believable as a hipster, I think. And aside from the music, I really, really like her character’s style, which I tried to recreate with this outfit – high-waist linen pants, blouse, and flats.

blue print blouse linen pants by 14 shades of greyblue print blouse linen pants brown loafers by 14 shades of grey

linen pants brown loafers by 14 shades of greyblue print blouse gold necklace by 14 shades of grey

Top: Zalora, Pants: Mango, Loafers: Footglove, Necklace: Lia Sophia


Weekly Capsule 28.2: Back To Black

black tee gray slouchy pants black slip-ons by 14 shades of grey

I think last week’s explosion of colors (apparently a red striped tee and a floral skirt count as “explosion of colors” to me now) has scared me back to my neutral looks. The weather is actually a lot cooler this week thanks to some rain, so you would think I wouldn’t mind wearing more colors, but not really. It’s funny, though, isn’t it? I started this blog because I wanted to introduce more colors into my wardrobe (hence the blog name, you see, it’s a joke that my wardrobe has only “14 shades of grey”, and also a reference to an album by Staind), and now I’m back to being monochrome again. Good thing the blog name still fits, right?

black tee gray slouchy pants by 14 shades of greyblack tee gray slouchy pants black slip-ons by 14 shades of grey

gray slouchy pants black slip-ons by 14 shades of greyblack tee gray glass pendant necklace by 14 shades of grey

T-shirt: Uniqlo, Pants: Mango, Sneakers: local shop, Necklace: Venice gift shop


Weekly Capsule 28.1 & SIA: The Hundred Dresses

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For this week’s SIA, hosted by Jen and inspired by Eleanor Estes’ “The Hundred Dresses” as well as Louis Slobodkin’s lovely illustrations, I picked this simple chambray dress. In the book, Wanda (the girl who claims to own a hundred dresses) is described as such: “She always wore a faded blue dress that didn’t hang right. It was clean, but it looked as though it had never been ironed properly“, so I thought it would be perfect. I finished off the outfit with the loafers and the house necklace to add to the “schoolgirl” feel.

Alas, the very thing that makes this dress perfect for this SIA challenge also means that I have to rethink its place in my closet. I bought it last year, but now it already felt too young and too twee for me. I’m going to put it away for now and see if I can layer with more grown-up pieces in the fall… if not, my niece is going to have one more dress waiting for her :)

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog for other outfits inspired by this book!

chambray dress brown belt by 14 shades of greychambray dress brown loafers by 14 shades of grey

chambray dress necklace by 14 shades of grey

Dress: Mango, Necklace: my sister’s, Loafers: Footglove


Weekly Capsule 27.4: Casual Fourth

red striped tee navy pants brown sandals by 14 shades of grey

I didn’t mean to put together two Fourth of July looks, but since this is what I had lying around last Friday, I just reached for them. The fact that it was another red, white, and blue outfit was purely by chance – I wasn’t thinking much about my sartorial choices, because we’re having another asphalt-melting heat wave over here. For this whole week, I only went outside to take outfit photos early in the morning, scrambled indoors, and didn’t set foot outside again until long after sunset. But it’s been hot all over the world too, hasn’t it? We’re lucky that our house has air conditioners and is relatively cool even without them (when it’s 100+ outside, the temperature in our living room remains around 85.) I don’t know how people in Europe survive without air conditioning.

red striped tee navy pants by 14 shades of greyred striped tee navy pants brown sandals by 14 shades of grey

red striped tee navy pants brown sandals by 14 shades of greyred striped tee navy pants by 14 shades of grey

T-shirt: Gap, Pants: Mango, Cuff: local shop, Sandals: gift

And here are my looks this week – that’s the most colors I’ve worn in a while:

dandelion tee slouchy pants striped sneakers by 14 shades of greyblack tee red skirt black flats by 14 shades of grey

red striped tee floral skirt brown sandals by 14 shades of greyred striped tee navy pants brown sandals by 14 shades of grey