Paint It Black

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Considering how many black clothes I have and my penchant for monochromes, it’s a bit surprising I’ve rarely worn an all-black outfit. Maybe it’s my OCD tendency to get all twitchy if blacks or whites don’t match. Or maybe it’s because I’m not goth enough.

But I’ve had The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” stuck in my head for the past week, after I heard the awesomely haunting instrumental version on Westworld, so today, when I was running short on time and didn’t know what to wear, I thought, What the heck, let’s wear all black. Next time, though, I would probably wear a plain T-shirt and accessorize with a necklace instead, to streamline the outfit more. The embellishment on my shirt kinda muddles the whole look a bit, don’t you agree?

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Shirt: Target (thrifted), Pants: thrifted, Oxfords: Vagabond

The Black Cat

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Jen may have picked this week’s SIA, Théophile Steinlen’s “Le Chat Noir“, for its fall colors, but I couldn’t go with fall in my outfit because fall is still a long way off for us (give it another month or so). So I chose my black t-shirt, mustard jeans, and red shoes instead. The mustard yellow of my jeans is darker than the yellow in the print, and my shoes are the wrong shade of red, but they would have to do. And hey, at least I could find an excuse to wear my cat brooch!

Remember to stop by Jen’s blog tomorrow for the full SIA round-up!

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T-shirt: Target, Jeans: Cache Cache, Shoes: Zara, Brooch: Singapore gift shop

Weekly Capsule 27.2 & Book Review: Girl On A Wire

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I had a hard time deciding which book to review, because most of the ones I read this month are parts of series I’ve already reviewed before (the Grisha trilogy, the Peter Grant books). In the end I had to go with the one standalone book, Gwenda Bond’s “Girl On A Wire”, even though I really really dislike it. I’ll talk about why in a minute. First, a summary: the story revolves around 16-year-old Jules Maroni, a high-wire walker who is ecstatic to join her family of circus performers at the up-and-coming Cirque American. However, upon arriving, Jules discovers an old rivalry between her family and the Flying Garcias, a family of trapeze artists. The Maronis’ safety is now threatened by the appearances of strange, apparently cursed objects, and together with a Garcia son, Remy, Jules is determined to uncover the truth before it’s too late.

From that, I expected, if not a YA version of The Night Circus, then at least something like Water for Elephant – a star-crossed love story set in the rich world of a circus, with some hints of fantasy. But what I got was repetitive, predictable, and anti-climatic. You guys have heard of the phrase “show, don’t tell”, right? Basically, it means you should let the readers visualize the story and experience the actions along with the characters, instead of just telling them what happens.

This book? It’s all “tell”. To be fair, all the wire-walking scenes are pretty well-written (they make my palms sweat), but everything else, from the plot to the characters, is flat as a pancake. The main romance is really boring in that middle-school, “love at first sight” kind of way; the mystery doesn’t get built up at all, even when it leads to (spoiler) death; and the resolution feels too easy. I would’ve given it one star had it not been for the wire-walking scenes.

Oh and, another thing. The two main characters’ real names are actually Julieta and Romeo. *rolls eyes so hard*

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There are a number of outfits described in the book, but I can’t recreate any of them with what I have in my closet, so in the end I went with a combination of details pulled from various looks – the red tutu that Jules wears to perform, her flats, Remy’s black T-shirt (I picked my embellished tee instead of a plain one because, you know, sequins and circuses and all that), and the red rose that is the first of the cursed objects (my brooch is actually an anemone, but nobody needs to know.) All in all, I’m happy with the outfit, even if I hate the book.

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T-shirt: Target (thrifted), Skirt & Brooch: vintage, Flats: Vagabond

The Constant Accessory

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I’ve talked before about how most of my jewelries are brooches because I don’t like having necklaces or bracelets against my skin. The only accessory I can stand wearing against my skin is my watch (I’ve had it for so long and worn it so much that you can kind of see where the design on the band has chipped off), but you guys don’t see it very often because I usually take it off before taking outfit pictures. I don’t think of it as a piece of jewelry or accessory as much as a necessity, like a phone.  Except for today. I felt the outfit needed some kind of accessory but nothing looked right, so the watch it is.

And gods, I just realize this is the third black-and-white outfit I’ve worn this week. I know B&W has been kind of a trend this summer (thanks to Tom & Lorenzo) but I honestly don’t know why I reach for it so often. I’ll have to try to wear more colors next week. This blog is called “14 Shades of Grey” for a reason and I don’t want to regress to those days.

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At least my dog and I matched!

Shirt: Target (thrifted), Pants: Zara, Sandals: Zalora

Twenty-Year-Old Shorts

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Today I’m joining the We Love Target link-up with Whitney from Along the Lines of Style and Heidi from Literate & Stylish. I do miss Target, almost as much as I miss thrifting, so I’m kind of surprised to realize that I actually don’t have that much Target stuff. Mostly cardigans and tights, which I don’t even want to think about in this 90+ weather. Luckily I do have a few summery tops from Target. In the end I went with this T-shirt, even though it’s technically thrifted, because I wanted to wear these shorts and it’s the only one that goes with them.

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By the way, these shorts that are nearly as old as me, can you believe it? My sister used to wear them in middle school, and then I wore them in middle school. They need to be let out quite a bit in the waist, but they’re still as good as new. Well, except for the wrinkles. I honestly did not realize how wrinkled they were until I looked at the photos. My apologies.

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Top: Target (thrifted), Short: old, Loafers & Belt: thrifted

Leaves In The River

While I read movie scripts, I’m usually looking for a main character that is proactive – that is, someone who leads the actions rather than just reacts to things. To do the same in life, however, is another matter. If they made a movie about my life, I would be criticized as a “passive protagonist”, because I tend to go with the flow. I think the only time I made a big decision is when I went to film school; everything after that just sort of… happened. Things didn’t exactly fall into my lap, but I didn’t actively make them happen either. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or not – on the one hand, you shouldn’t go through life aimlessly; on the other hand, having no fixed goal means that you’re more flexible when something unexpected happens.

When I’m in the middle of something – school, internship – this attitude makes me confident that I’m always ready for the next thing, whatever it is, but right now, when I’m in an “in-between” period of my life, it makes me feel particularly unproductive and restless. It really is like being a leaf in a river.

All this sounds more negative than I intended. It’s just been a sloooooooow day.

T-shirt: Target (thrifted), Skirt: thrifted, Belt: Forever21
Flats: LA Fashion District, Bracelet: self-made
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Oink Oink Pants

My niece loves pink (such a girly girl, so different from her mother and aunt.) Whenever we have trouble giving her a bath, saying  she’ll get to wear a pink dress always works. Last night I was window shopping online when she came over, pointed at a pink dress, and said “Oink oink.” It took me a while to understand that she meant the color pink, which to her is the color of pigs 😀 She hasn’t seen this pair of pants yet, but if she does, I’m sure she’ll call them my “oink oink pants.”

T-shirt: Target, Pants: Karen Kane
Heels: Mudd, Bracelet: self-made (everything thrifted except for the bracelet)