Black And Silver

Today is the first day that feels like… I wouldn’t say fall is here, but summer is definitely on its way out. There is a hint of crispness in the air, a touch of mist among the trees (though it could be smog), and even though the sunlight is still hot, it no longer scorches but falls more gently. Of course, it will be at least another month or two before it can truly feel like fall around here, but I’ll take what I can.

And to celebrate that, I’m wearing the new top I bought from my trip. I don’t usually buy anything full prize, but when I saw this in the store, I had to get it. I love anything with a ginkgo motif (I already have a brooch), and the fact that it’s made of rayon just sealed the deal. It’s the perfect transitional piece – the fabric is light enough for summer, while the print is appropriate for fall.


One Step Back

My schedule has calmed down a bit, mostly because I’ve had to turn down a couple of freelance projects – I really can’t take on any more work now. I won’t say that I’m a workaholic, though I do feel uncomfortable whenever I am not working on something – even if it’s just a blog post – or reading something or watching something for school (mindless TV doesn’t count). My mind can’t stand being idle. But sometimes it can be overloaded like it did the past two weeks, and sometimes I would find myself doing something mindless just to give it a break. That’s why I decided to cut back a bit on my freelancing.

And, with my mind free to think about something else other than scripts and stories for once, I’m beginning to reintroduce colors and patterns into my outfits. I still can’t spare more than five minutes to think about what I’m going to wear and the outfits are still going to be very basic (like here), but at least they wouldn’t look so… blank anymore.

Singapore Street

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See what I did with the title there? Singapore Street = Sing Street. Get it? *rimshot* Yes, thank you, I’ll be here all week.

Anyway, here is my interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by the poster of “Sing Street” (sorry it wasn’t a proper “outfit” photo, I wanted to include the buildings in the background.) It’s pretty straightforward – all black with a green accent from my scarf and pops of colors from my sneakers. I also took the photo against the green of the Marina Bay to mimic the green background of the poster. I had something yellow with me as well – my umbrella – but I already got funny looks from wearing a blanket scarf in 90+ degrees, so I didn’t want to invite more funny looks by taking out my umbrella when it wasn’t raining.

(Though, to be fair, the scarf was not just something I wore for SIA; it has been a life saver on the train and in the shopping malls, where the AC is always set to “freezing” it seems. It surprises me how the Singaporeans can stand such extreme differences in temperature. And then it did rain pretty heavily right after I took these photos, so my outfit was actually complete.)

The round-up is not until Wednesday, so you still have time to send me your outfits (if you haven’t already.) And don’t forget to come back to see how others interpret this poster!

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T-shirt: ASOS, Pants & Scarf: local shops, Sneakers: Payless

Pants On Fire

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If you’ve been a reader of the blog for a while, then you may have noticed that I rarely wear dresses and skirts, or even shorts, in the summer. In fact, the hotter it is, the more likely I am to reach for pants. That’s because I find that pants are a lot more cooler – even black ones, like these. With skirts and dresses, I’d always have to wear bike shorts underneath, and that’s just another layer I don’t want to be dealing with. Plus, they help to keep the bugs out too – always a must in our tropical climate.

Of course, I’ve always been more of a jeans kind of girl, but that’s neither here nor there.

Oh and, since I’m wearing red, white, and blue, consider this an early Fourth of July outfit too.

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Everything: local shops

Sensory Underload

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I think the main reason I tend to wear mostly monochromatic looks during the warmer months is that it’s so much easier to have sensory overload when it’s hot out. Your brain and your body are already boiling, so there is no need to assault your eyes (or other people’s eyes) with bright colors as well.

We’ve just entered our first real heat wave of the summer, and while it’s still pretty tame compared to last year (the temperature hasn’t reached 100 yet, and the heat index is still only around 100 to 110), I’m already disinclined to wear anything other than neutrals, and even my accessories are more streamlined. Not that I’ve been wearing much of anything else lately, but I do apologize if it gets a little boring around here in the next month or so.

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Top: Mango, Pants & Necklace: local shops, Oxfords: Vagabond

Weekly Capsule 47.3: Back to Basic

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Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers!

A simple outfit today because it’s finals for one of my classes, and I just wanted to focus on the exam. Finals are tough for teachers too, you know. Though to be fair, finals in film schools may be more enjoyable than most – I had the class watch and break down the structure of Shaun of the Dead. How many of you got to watch a zombie movie for your tests? (And most of the students did quite well, if I do say so myself.)

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Top: Old Navy, Pants & Necklace: local shops, Loafers: Footglove

Weekly Capsule 47.1: Statement Shoes

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A couple of weeks ago, while cleaning out my shoe rack to put away summer shoes and take out winter ones, I realized something: in my attempt to make my wardrobe more cohesive, my shoe collection has become quite boring. True, I still have my red T-straps and my vintage green cut-out heels, but I hardly ever wear them anymore. Now it’s all black or brown shoes for me.

That is why, upon seeing these sky-blue oxfords, I made my first impulse purchase in quite a while – they look so fun! With them on, I can keep the rest of the outfit simple, which suits me right to the ground. The color actually goes quite well with the rest of my wardrobe, and I got a few compliments on them already, so I’m sure this is one of the impulse purchases I’m not going to regret.

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Top & Pants: local shops, Shoes: Max Dorian