So Frawnch

At the risk of sounding totally pretentious, I must say this outfit feels quite French to me. I’m not sure if it’s the pants, the white button-up, the scarf, or the cropped trench coat, or a combination of them. No, it’s definitely the scarf. I usually zhuzh my scarves a lot whenever I wore them, but this time I just knotted it quickly and let it be. I guess that lends it a certain air of “je ne sais quoi”.

Of course, if this was truly a French look, I would have to pose with my coat around my shoulders, but I tried it and it looked like I had no arms, so I guess I’m not quite so French after all.

Everything from local shops except thrifted trench coat and hand-me-down scarf


Weekend Wrap-up

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peach t-shirt white pants beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

Just some leftover outfits that don’t warrant their own posts because they’re kinda similar to outfits I’ve worn before. But I’ve already taken the photos so I hate for them to go to waste. Enjoy your weekend!

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peach t-shirt white pants beige sandals by 14 shades of greypeach t-shirt glass pendant by 14 shades of grey

Outfit 1 – Shirt: Zara, Pants: Topshop, Loafers: Footglove

Outfit 2 – T-shirt: Esprit, Pants: Mango, Sandals: Aldo, Necklace: local shop


Dome, Glass, Library

blue printed blouse black midi skirt beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

Yes, that post title is a nod to one of my favorite short stories by Neil Gaiman, “Snow, Glass, Apple”. Anyway I’m not here to talk about that story (even though I could talk a lot about that story) but about this outfit, which is my attempt to interpret the gorgeous Tiffany dome of the Chicago Cultural Center for SIA, in celebration of National Library Week in the US.

If it were still cold, I would’ve worn my embellished sweatshirt, but since it’s way too warm now for that, I had to make do with this blouse, since the print and the color sort of echo the look of the dome, and my pleated skirt, which I tend to reach for in any SIA challenge that has an architectural/structural feel. As for shoes, my black cut-out heels would work with the strong black lines of the dome, but it’s too heavy for this outfit, so I went with these new sandals instead. And finally, I topped it off with my Venetian glass zodiac necklace – since the zodiac signs are embossed at the top of the dome. Am I happy with this as an SIA interpretation? Not really. Do I like it as an outfit? Heck, yes.

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Top: Zalora, Skirt: thrifted, Sandals: Aldo, Necklace: Venice gift shop


Spring? What Spring?

striped turtleneck khaki blazer blue jeans black booties by 14 shades of grey

Don’t let my smiles fool you. I’m not feeling this outfit at all. Granted, it looked better in my head. I was thinking black stripes, tan, light-washed jeans, all classic items, right? But this looks awkward as hell. And the brooch is a total afterthought. I guess this in-between weather just got to me. For the entire month of March (and maybe even before that, I can’t remember), the sky has been the color of dirty cotton balls and it’s been drizzling or foggy most days. I appreciate the new leaves and the flowers, and I know I will complain when the sun arrives and it gets hot, but can we just get something else to break up the monotony here, please?

I envy those of you who get to have a real spring with sunshine and shit. All we get is fog, smog… and… uh, bugs.

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striped turtleneck khaki blazer turquoise brooch by 14 shades of greyblue jeans black booties by 14 shades of grey

Top: local shop, Blazer: thrifted, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Brooch: vintage, Boots: Betts


Weekly Capsule 26.4: Buyer’s Remorse

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Since I started the capsule wardrobe, I’ve become a smarter shopper. I still want to cut down on my shopping, but what I buy works well in my wardrobe and I’m always excited about wearing them. Once in a while, though, I still make a purchase that I regret afterward. Like this skirt. I’ve been looking for a lighter-colored skirt, so when I saw this online, I thought it’d be great – the color is exactly what I’m looking for, the pleats look fun, and it has pockets! Perfect, right?

WRONG. When I got it, it turns out to be too short. I mean, it is knee-length on the model, so I fully expected it to look like a midi on me. Instead it looks like a school uniform on me. I know the styling doesn’t help, but nothing looks right with it. The worst thing is, it was on final sale so I couldn’t return it. I don’t know. I guess I’ll try it again in the fall with sweaters and boots to see if I can make it look more age-appropriate, if not, I’ll put away until my niece grows up 😛

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Shirt: Mango, Skirt & Sneakers: local shops

And here are my outfits this week – the colors are very appropriate for a stormy, rainy week, don’t you think?

white striped tee grey slouchy pants brown sandals by 14 shades of greyblue striped shirt black pants black flats by 14 shades of grey

white striped shirt black pants black slip-ons by 14 shades of greybue striped shirt khaki pleated skirt black slip-ons by 14 shades of grey

P/S: Have a safe and fun Fourth of July, my US readers! I did put together a couple of red, white, and blue outfits, which I’ll post next week.


Weekly Capsule 25.3: An Old Friend

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When I did closet inventory back in March, I didn’t include these shorts because they didn’t fit me that well, and I only wore them once last summer. This summer, though, the weather has been so incredibly hot that I decided to give the shorts another go, and lo and behold, they fit me again! That shows how hot it’s been – I’ve lost at least a couple of pounds of water weight due to the heat. The weight will return in the winter, but for now, welcome back, shorts.

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lace tee chambray shirt by 14 shades of greylace tee chambray shirt khaki shorts brown sandals by 14 shades of grey

T-shirt: American Eagle, Shirt: Esprit, Short: tailor, Sandals: gift


Weekly Capsule 23.3: Favorite Combo

white print shirt black pleated skirt beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

This skirt + sandals combo is quickly becoming my favorite work outfit for this summer (for relatively cool days only though. 100 degrees days are way too hot to be trudging around in a polyester skirt with a thick waistband.) I know I have worn it a lot over the past few weeks, but when you have something that works, why mess with it, right?

Also, thank the gods that we finally got some rain. I don’t think I could take much more of this asphalt-melting heat. And it’s nice being able to take outfit photos without feeling like I’m being broiled/steamed alive too. I had to rush to get these taken because a terrible storm was brewing, but I’d take that over the heat any day.

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Shirt: local shop, Skirt: thrifted, Sandals: Clarks, Watch: gift