Marble As White As Milk

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I had to admit, when I picked the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini as this week’s SIA inspiration, I didn’t know what my outfit would be. I just had some vague ideas about an all-white or all-gray outfit, but that’s about it. Then, I watched the episode about Bernini on Simon Schama’s Power of Art again (amazing series, you guys should really check it out) and was particularly struck by “Apollo and Daphne“, so I decided to use it as the basis for my outfit. My jeans and sweater mimic the texture of the skin and the hair of the two figures, while my leaf-printed scarf is a nod to Daphne’s leafy fingers. The only part I’m not happy with are my white sneakers – they’re too sporty and don’t really go with the look. I should’ve just worn my brown boots and not worried about maintaining the white theme.

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Sweater: Atmosphere, Jeans: local shop, Sneakers: hand-me-down, Scarf: gift


Last Outfit Post Of 2016

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I was debating whether to post this outfit or not. Let’s face it, the blogosphere is pretty much dead in the week between Christmas and New Year, and the outfit itself is not that interesting. But then I decided to stick to the schedule anyway, because this is the only outfit I have left in my 2016 folder. So here’s a black-and-white look to close out the year.

I’ll the back later this week with the book reviews and the year in review post, as usual.

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Sweater: Atmosphere, Jeans: local shop, Boots: Betts, Scarf: gift


Black & White Trees

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I hope that all my East Coast readers are safe and sound. We’ve been having a pretty severe cold snap too (it was in the 40’s!!! There was snow in the mountains! That kind of temperature is probably nothing for you guys, but it’s positively arctic for our tropical climate), so stay warm everybody!

Anyway, this was taken last week, when it was still warm enough for me to take photos outside. It’s for SIA, inspired by Ansel Adams’ “Aspens, Northern New Mexico”. Since I already wore an outfit that would be perfect for SIA by accident, I had to scramble to find something that doesn’t look too similar. In the end, though, I took the same approach – gray sweater/sweatshirt, gray coat, black shoes. Sadly my black jeans are in the wash, but I think these dark navy jeans would do too. Add on top of that a black-and-white scarf, gray socks, and a silver leaf brooch, and we have a not-too-shabby interpretation of the photo, if I do say so myself.

Remember to drop by Jess’ blog to see more interpretations of this photo.

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Sweatshirt: local shop, Jeans: Mango, Coat: Atmosphere, Oxfords: Vagabond, Scarf: gift, Brooch: Getty Center


Weekly Capsule 52.3: Obligatory

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This is not exactly a blog-worthy outfit, but it’s the last weekly capsule outfit (I’m not doing it again next year; it does get tedious sometimes), so I feel obliged to post it anyway. There’s another layer of obligation to the outfit: I wore this during finals with the class that gave me this scarf. So far this semester I haven’t worn this scarf on any day that I have a class with them, so even though I’m going to see them again next semester (next week, as a matter of fact, we have a very short break this year :(), I think it’s best to let them know I do wear their present.

Plus I didn’t know how else to accessorize this outfit 😛

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Sweatshirt: Zalora, Jeans: local shop, Scarf: gift, Oxfords: Vagabond

And the final weekly capsule round-up – I’ll be back tomorrow with a end-of-the-year round-up:

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Weekly Capsule 48.2: Tics And Habits

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This outfit is pretty simple, but I think it’s one of my favorites in a while – boyfriend jeans, blazers, and simple black pumps are just the right combo of put-together and comfy that I like for my style, while the scarf (a Teachers’ Day present from my students) and the feather pin add a bit of fun.

Anyway, I’ve noticed that I have the habit of always pushing up the sleeves of whatever shirt or sweater I’m wearing. Jackets and blazers too (like here). Unless it’s really cold out, my sleeves are always cuffed or scrunched up. It’s probably not a very good habit since all of my long-sleeved tops are messed up, and I don’t know why I do it. I only noticed it because I know somebody with the exact opposite habit – she always pushes her sleeves down. 3/4-length sleeves are not her friends. But I guess we all have our tics and habits, right? Whatever makes you more comfortable.

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Blazer: Warehouse, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Heels: local shop, Scarf: gift, Pin: Forever21