The Big Blue

The weather has been absolutely insane. One day it was boiling, scorching hot, and the next it was chilly and rainy. But, I suppose it’s to be expected during the spring/summer transition. It makes getting dressed a bit annoying though, so I mostly stick to simple silhouettes and layers, and to keep things from boring, I went with an extremely monochromatic look – everything, or almost everything, in blue. Of course, it’s the easiest thing in the world for me to wear all blue (the blog should’ve been named “14 Shades of Blue”), but I think

Of course, it’s the easiest thing in the world for me to wear all blue (the blog should’ve been named “14 Shades of Blue”), but it’s strange that I rarely wear all black or all gray, the other two colors I have most in my closet. I think it’s because I find all black too emo (plus it’s a nightmare to keep clean, what with my dogs and cats) and all gray too anemic. So, I’ll stick to my blues.

Shirt & Belt: local shops, Jeans: H&M, Oxfords: Max Dorian, Coat: Loft (thrifted)


I thought I would struggle a bit with this week’s SIA, inspired by the Korean jogabok wrapping cloth, because it’s so colorful and I don’t have anything like that in my closet. But then I noticed there are white and blue squares in the cloth, and I have just the right piece for it. Then I added some pink and red accents with my belt and shoes, and my bow brooch as the last touch, to mimic the bow in the middle of the cloth – and I’m done. It was way easier than I expected.

Top: Mango, Pants & Heels: local shops, Belt: thrifted, Brooch: vintage

Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog tomorrow for other looks inspired by this piece!

As Old As Time

I’ve made a habit of dressing in themes whenever I go to see a movie – nothing overt, it’s not like I’m cosplaying or anything, but I would often wear an outfit in the main color scheme of the movie I’m seeing (see: red + blue for The Amazing Spiderman and Captain America, black + red or white + blue for Star Wars, black + gray for Rogue One, etc.) So, in keeping with this grand traditional, which I totally just made up, I dressed in blue, yellow, and brown when I went to see Beauty and the Beast yesterday.

The truth is that I had no interest in seeing it, but I’ve promised my niece I would take her, and a promise is a promise. The movie is OK, I guess. I enjoyed it more than Cinderella, but that’s only because I like Emma Watson as an actress, Belle as a character is slightly more active than Cinderella, and Dan Stevens is hot (I’ve been watching Legion.) Other than that, the movie is an overly glossy, almost shot-for-shot remake of the cartoon, without the heart and the charm. Tale as old as time, indeed. But it made a shitload of money, so it doesn’t look like these pointless Disney live-action remakes are going anywhere soon.

Dress: tailor, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: vintage

Basic Black & White

black turtleneck white skirt black pumps by 14 shades of grey

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

yellow dress black cardigan black pumps by 14 shades of grey

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

navy dress embroidered cardigan red heels by 14 shades of grey

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

white shirt gray pants pink sneakers by 14 shades of grey

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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white shirt china brooch by 14 shades of grey

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