Basic Black & White

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Anybody having an insanely busy week like I am? Why is it that things are always so busy at the end of the year? I have papers to grade, scripts to read, translation to catch up on, and a ton of end-of-the-year staff meetings to attend. Everything else I can handle, but those meetings are the worst.

So here is a very simple outfit because my brain is being torn in four different directions. I thought about adding a brooch or a pendant, but in the end, I decided that less is more.

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Top: Uniqlo, Skirt: Zalora, Heels: local shop, Belt: thrifted


Completely Vintage

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Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers! I hope you guys are having a great day, filled with good food and good company. As for me, I wore this for an occasion of good food and good company as well – the staff luncheon to celebrate Teacher’s Day last week. If you’ve seen my review/screencap overload of The Crown, then you’d understand why I’ve been dressing like this – you can’t help it when you’ve been watching the show for two weeks (I supposed I could’ve binge-watched it in a week or so, but I wanted to pace myself.) Sometimes a girl just has to throw subtlety out the window and go for the complete vintage look.

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Dress & Brooch: vintage, Cardigan: Target, Belt: thrifted, Shoes: local shop


40’s Inspired

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I don’t know if it’s because I’m watching The Crown (fabulous show, I will do a review next week if I can finish it in time), but I’ve been feeling quite inspired by the late 1940’s – early 1950’s lately. Of course, this is my “Agent Carter” dress, so it fits that era perfectly, and the embroidered cardigan is very appropriate for that era as well.

It’s been a while since I dress up like this, and now I remember why – there are so many layers to deal with! See, I always wear my bike shorts with dresses and skirts, but the dress isn’t lined, which means I had to wear a slip as well. If this was truly the 40’s, the bike shorts would be replaced by stockings and garters and who knows what else. And that is still nothing compared to the undergarments of the old days. I honestly can’t imagine how they could deal with all those corsets and hoops and a gazillion petticoats. Wait, no, I actually can. I was the costume mistress on my friend’s period films, so I had some idea what dressing up in those days involved. All I can say is – I may love vintage fashion, but I wouldn’t want to live in those eras!

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navy dress embroidered cardigan by 14 shades of greynavy dress embroidered cardigan red heels by 14 shades of grey

Dress: tailor, Cardigan & Shoes: local shops, Belt: thrifted


The Chocolate Girl

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I had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA, inspired by Jean-EtiĆ©nne Liotard’s “The Chocolate Girl” – it was the same base of this shirt and this pair of pants, but the accessories would be different. Alas, the weather again intervened – it’s ridiculously warm for mid-October, even by our standard – and prevented me from wearing my pink scarf, so I had to think of a different pink item to mimic the pink cap in the painting. In the end, I decided on my light pink sneakers. I also added the yellow belt for the girl’s marigold sleeves and my china brooch for the chocolate cup. Overall, it’s a bit expected, but I like it.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the full round-up of other looks inspired by this lovely painting!

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Shirt & Belt: local shops, Pants: Topshop, Sneakers: Johann Cruyff, Brooch: vintage


Friday Uniform

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I debated whether to post this outfit or not, because it seems this is all I’ve been wearing for the past three Fridays, and I didn’t want to bore you guys. But the semester is kicking into high gears now, and I don’t have a lot of brain cells left to put together an interesting outfit. So until the weather cools down, this is the best that I can do.

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navy floral tunic yellow belt by 14 shades of grey

Tunic: Old Navy, Jeans: H&M, Belt & Shoes: local shops


School Colors

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I wore this last Friday to welcome the freshman class (the semester started a while ago, but the freshmen always start two weeks later than the rest of the school.) By a happy coincidence, this outfit is in the colors of my old college in LA – black and red. Actually, we didn’t even have school colors until my second or third year, when somebody had the brilliant idea: we’re a tiny film school that is all about guerrilla filmmaking. Guerilla = gorilla = black and red. We even joked that we should have a gorilla as our mascot. There was no gorilla mascot, eventually (again, tiny film school, no use for a mascot), but all of our shirts were printed in black and red and that was the explanation we always gave whenever somebody asked.

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Skirt: Zalora, Heels: Zara, Belt: thrifted, Brooch: vintage


Birthday Dress

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Here’s the vintage dress I bought as a birthday present for myself in Amsterdam. I got it from a shop called Marbles Vintage just off of Waterlooplein – I wandered in hoping to find a brooch, but they don’t have any jewelry, and then this dress caught my eyes. It reminds me of both this dress and this dress in Brooklyn, but what attracted me the most was the price tag – only 20 euros! Upon closer inspection, I discovered it was missing some buttons and the back was splattered with what look like coffee stains (at least I hope it’s coffee!), hence the price, but I didn’t care. I figured I could always dye it if I couldn’t get the stains off. As it turned out, I didn’t need to. After a good soak in Oxy Clean and button replacements, it’s as good as new!

I styled it simply for going out with my co-workers (our department administrator is retiring so we threw her a party), but I can’t wait until fall so that I can layer it with cardigans. Shirtwaist dress is my favorite kind of dresses, and this one is almost perfect in terms of length and fit (if only it had pockets!), so expect to see it a lot on the blog.

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Dress: vintage, Belt: local shop, Sandals: gift