All The Patterns

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I had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA, inspired by Charles Demuth’s “Spring“, but at the last moment I decided against it, because while it may copy some of the colors of the painting, it doesn’t capture the many patterns of the fabric samples. So I chose to a more casual outfit with all of the patterns instead – there are three patterns here (stripes, polka dots, and leopard print) – four if you count the floral print on my owl pin – and I keep the colors minimal to avoid being a walking fabric store. I’m happy with this – it captures the spirit of the painting, if not the exact colors and patterns.

Don’t forget to stop by Erin’s blog by Wednesday (a day late, since she has a pre-scheduled post on Tuesday) to see other interpretations of this painting!

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Tee: Forever21, Pants: Old Navy, Flats: LA Fashion District, Pin: vintage

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Weekly Capsule 40.3: Duhh

navy gingham shirt navy skirt leopard printed flats by 14 shades of grey

These are all workhorse pieces in my closet, so I can’t believe it took me this long to put them together into one outfit. In hindsight, maybe I should’ve added a belt or hiked the skirt higher because the wide waistband doesn’t look great for my long torso, but to hell with it, I like what I’m wearing and I’m comfy, that’s what counts, right?

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navy gingham shirt black and white watch by 14 shades of greynavy skirt leopard printed flats by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: local shop; Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Flats: LA Fashion District, Watch: Swatch (gift)


Weekly Capsule 40.2: What Is Fall?

white lace tee mustard jeans leopard flats by 14 shades of grey

I’m getting really frustrated seeing all these lovely fall outfits on the blogosphere while I’m still here sweating in my T-shirts. Admittedly, the heat is less muggy and it’s beginning to feel a little crisper in the morning and at night, but it’s hard to get into the spirit of the season when it’s still 90+ every day. So, just like a while ago when I dressed in blue and wore my watering can brooch because I was hoping for rain, here I am in all the fall colors and my tree (with fallen leaf) brooch, hoping for fall. Will it work…?

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T-shirt: Banana Republic, Jeans: Cache, Flats: LA Fashion District, Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 37.1: Cats, Big And Small

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Back to the old grind! This is not the most interesting of outfits, but it was the Monday after I got back from my trip, so I was still too tired to think of anything more blog-worthy. I only knew that I wanted to show off my Singapore souvenir – this cat brooch, which I bought from DulcetFig (the shop with the cat, of course) in Haji Lane. They have a lot of pretty vintage brooches, but so expensive! I had to remind myself that I can find similar ones on Etsy for 1/10th of the price. In the end I got this cat brooch (not vintage) because not only it has the same colors as one of my cats, but it’s for a good cause too – the proceeds will be donated to a cat shelter. Win-win.

Then, because my feet were still sore (gods, I need to start exercising again if a mere 3-day trip to a city – hardly what you’d call physically demanding – can reduce me to such a hot mess), I chose these flats. And also because they’re sticking to the feline theme. Theme dressing, that’s what I’m good at.

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Shirt & Pants: Mango, Flats: LA Fashion District, Brooch: DulcetFig


Weekly Capsule 20.4

eyelet top boyfriend jeans leopard flats by 14 shades of grey

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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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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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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


Capsule Outfit #14

lace t-shirt khaki blazer blue jeans leopard print flats by 14 shades of grey

When I first bought this lace t-shirt, I was excited about how versatile it is, but it seems I’ve worn it with nothing else but jeans and flats. Maybe when it gets colder I can pair it with cardigans and jackets and boots, but I’m reluctant to pair it with skirts or heels, because I feel that would be too “girly girl”, and that’s not me at all. It just goes to show, you never know how something will fit into your wardrobe until you experiment with it. But then again, even with just jeans and flats, this shirt still gets more wear than plenty of other things in my closet, so I’m not complaining.

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T-shirt: Banana Republic, Jeans: Mango, Blazer: hand-me-down, Flats: shop at LA Fashion District, Brooch: flea market