Dome, Glass, Library

blue printed blouse black midi skirt beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

Yes, that post title is a nod to one of my favorite short stories by Neil Gaiman, “Snow, Glass, Apple”. Anyway I’m not here to talk about that story (even though I could talk a lot about that story) but about this outfit, which is my attempt to interpret the gorgeous Tiffany dome of the Chicago Cultural Center for SIA, in celebration of National Library Week in the US.

If it were still cold, I would’ve worn my embellished sweatshirt, but since it’s way too warm now for that, I had to make do with this blouse, since the print and the color sort of echo the look of the dome, and my pleated skirt, which I tend to reach for in any SIA challenge that has an architectural/structural feel. As for shoes, my black cut-out heels would work with the strong black lines of the dome, but it’s too heavy for this outfit, so I went with these new sandals instead. And finally, I topped it off with my Venetian glass zodiac necklace – since the zodiac signs are embossed at the top of the dome. Am I happy with this as an SIA interpretation? Not really. Do I like it as an outfit? Heck, yes.

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Top: Zalora, Skirt: thrifted, Sandals: Aldo, Necklace: Venice gift shop

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Dragonfly

mint shirt dragonfly brooch by 14 shades of grey

I admit, I picked this week’s SIA inspiration – the “Dragonfly Lady” brooch by René Lalique – mainly because I have this dragonfly brooch. But then again I bought this brooch because it reminds me of the Lalique brooch in the first place (you can see how it clearly copies the design of the wings and the body from the Lalique brooch), so it’s come full circle.

As for the rest of the outfit, it came together pretty quickly for me – mint (with a hint of gold), black, and my green cut-out heels to mimic the intricacy of the brooch. Done and done.

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black midi skirt green heels by 14 shades of greymint shirt by 14 shades of grey

The full round-up post with other interpretations will be up tomorrow so remember to drop by!

Shirt: Mango, Skirt & Shoes: thrifted, Brooch: Bijou Brigitte


Black Sparkles

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Happy Year of the Monkey! As I’m typing this, I’ve just had a huge meal and am currently on the couch snacking on all kinds of delicious preserved fruits and candies, which is as it should be. Like I’ve always said, the best thing about the Lunar New Year is the food 😀

Also, it means that I’m not actually wearing this outfit featured in today’s post. I did wear the sweatshirt earlier in the day, but with stretchy jeans, because you know, food. I am planning to wear it for the office party next week though (in Vietnam we usually have the office party after the holiday. Before the holiday there is just too much to do and everybody is in a rush to get home to their families so it’s no fun.)

I had this sweatshirt in mind when I picked the inspiration for this week’s SIA, “Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket” by James Abbott McNeill Whistler. For the rest of the outfit, I was debating whether to include more gold or grayish green to mimic the painting, but in the end, I decided the embellishments are enough (there is a bit of green in them) and kept the rest of the outfit simple.

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Sweatshirt: Zalora, Skirt: thrifted, Boots: Esprit (hand-me-down)

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see how others interpreted this painting! I’m going back to my snacks now…


Weekly Capsule 39.3: Old Lady Shoes

pink floral top black skirt black oxfords by 14 shades of grey

Even though it’s pretty warm here (see: sleeveless shirt), I’m determined to add more fall-appropriate touches to my outfits. Like these oxfords. Truth be told, I’ve been having a hard time styling them. I don’t know what else to wear with them other than jeans. They’re a bit severe-looking, so this time I tried pairing them with something girly to see if that can be balanced out.

Well, it backfires, because they went from “masculine” to “old lady” in .01 seconds. How is that even possible?! Maybe I should just embrace their toughness and save them for my menswear outfits.

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black skirt black oxfords by 14 shades of greypink floral top by 14 shades of grey

Top: local shop, Skirt: thrifted, Shoes: Vagabond


Weekly Capsule 39.2: The Girl On The Train

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I thought long and hard about which of the books I’ve read this month would serve as an outfit inspiration. Nemesis is out of the question, not least of all because it takes place in Norway in late autumn and early winter. My favorite is Station Eleven, but since the story spans so many decades and locations, it’s difficult to pick one consistent theme to build an outfit around. So I sort of settled on The Girl on the Train by default.

It may not be the best book I’ve read, but at least it would be easier to get inspired. I could choose to dress like one of the three main characters, except I don’t really relate to anyone of them (one of the many flaws of the book), so in the end I decided to just dress like a commuter. And since I already commute every day – though on a bike, not the train – it means just wearing my normal clothes. I also picked this shirt to reflect the beginning of the book, when Rachel glimpses a pile of clothing on the side of the train tracks: “Light-blue cloth—a shirt, perhaps—jumbled up with something dirty white.” I don’t had any train-related accessory, so this house necklace would have to do. After all, Rachel is obsessed with the house she glimpses from the train. 

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black pleated skirt black pumps by 14 shades of greyblue striped shirt house necklace by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Mango, Skirt: thrifted, Shoes: local shop, Necklace: my sister’s


Weekly Capsule 35.3: Style Voodoo

blue print shirt black skirt beige heeled sandals by 14 shades of grey

Since my last complaint about the lack of rain, we’ve had a couple of thunderstorms, but they’re still not the kind of rain we should be getting at this time of the year. These storms pass by too quickly to bring down the temperature. I know, I know, if it rained more than one day, I’d complain about the nonstop rain too, but seriously, this weather is starting to worry me. I’m certainly not looking forward to a drought.

Anyway, this outfit may have been subconsciously influenced by my wish for rain. It would be great if the blue print on my shirt and the watering can brooch could work some sort of voodoo on the weather to cool it down.

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blue print shirt watering can brooch by 14 shades of greyblack skirt beige heeled sandals by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: local shop, Skirt: thrifted, Sandals: Clarks, Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 35.1: Real-life Inspired

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I totally stole this outfit from a co-worker who teaches in the Television department (our school is divided into Theater, Film, and Television departments; I’m in Film). It may not be an exact copy, but I remember seeing her wearing a white sleeveless top with a black midi skirt and flats and thinking “I could totally put together something like that”. One of the nice things, sartorially speaking, about working at a liberal art college is that there are always stylish people around for inspiration. Including the students. Though of course the students tend to be, shall we say, wilder in their style, so you have to be a bit more selective about what inspiration to pull from them.

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black skirt brown flats by 14 shades of greywhite top necklace by 14 shades of grey

Top: Mango, Skirt: thrifted, Flats: Footglove, Necklace: local shop