May Of The Penguin

Last week I talked about matching my brooches to the season, and here I am, going completely against my own rule. Not only I’m wearing a penguin brooch, which is more appropriate for winter than spring, but the penguin is wearing a scarf too. However, I’m wearing all black and white, and that makes me think of a penguin, so to hell with the rule. I’ve never cared much for fashion rules anyway, let alone something I made up myself. (The post title, of course, is a terrible pun on “March of the Penguins”.)


This is definitely more of a “fall” outfit than a “spring” outfit, but I just got this sweater and while we were enjoying some last coolness (I wouldn’t call it a cold snap) of the season, I had to wear it before it gets too hot. The rest of the outfit is pretty simple, though I did have some fun with the brooch. See, I wanted to add some accessory to the top, but it’s got a pretty busy print, and none of my brooches really stands out against it. Then I noticed the print is of safari animals – giraffes and zebras and so on – and what’s the other thing you can also find on a safari? Dung beetles, of course. It just happens that I also have a dung/scarab beetle brooch that stands out nicely against the brown top. It may not be that noticeable, but I still knew it’s there and got a kick out of it 🙂

Wednesday Addams

I know, I know, Wednesday Addams is supposed to be in all black, but I’m posting this on Wednesday, so I’m allowed to stretch it a bit, right?

I do admit though, this would look better with black shoes. However, since my black heels broke a couple of months ago, I have tried in vain to search for a replacement pair. Either the heels are too high (I can’t handle anything over 3″ these days), or the material isn’t right, or the shape isn’t right, or (this is the most common reason, *sighs*) they’re too expensive. Apparently, finding a pair of basic black heels isn’t as easy as I thought.

The Blues Are Still Blue

chambray shirt black skirt blue oxfords by 14 shades of grey

Told you guys the outfits are going to be really simple these next few weeks, didn’t I? The heat and the approaching end of the semester mean that my mind doesn’t have much room left for interesting outfits. This one is actually one of the more interesting I wore this week, and it’s still very simple – I knew I wanted to wear these oxfords, and I happened to be listening to Belle & Sebastian at the time, so I figured, what the heck, let’s keep the rest of the outfit blue (with a bit of black). Basically, I used their song as inspiration for this outfit. It’s been a while since I had a song as my post title anyway.

chambray shirt black skirt by 14 shades of greyblack skirt blue oxfords by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Esprit, Skirt: hand-me-down, Belt: thrifted, Oxfords: Max Dorian

Weekly Capsule 45.3: Cowgirl

polka dot chambray shirt black skirt brown boots by 14 shades of grey

I feel a bit like a cowgirl in this outfit. Perhaps it’s the combination of the denim shirt, the skirt, and boots. Of course I had to add a twee owl brooch, but now that I think about it, my Western-themed brooch would’ve been much more on point.

P/S: I didn’t think these boots would work with a skirt since they’re cut a little higher than my ankles and therefore can make my legs look even stumpier, but then I thought, What the heck. And they kinda worked, didn’t they? At least my legs don’t look any stumpier than they already are.

polka dot chambray shirt owl brooch by 14 shades of greyblack skirt brown boots by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Gap, Skirt & Boots & Brooch: hand-me-down