Weekly Capsule 45.2: Utilized

gray sweatshirt black skirt black heels by 14 shades of grey

Yeah, this is pretty much exactly the same outfit as the last time I wore this skirt and these shoes, only with a different top, but like I said, these shoes have been falling apart and I’m trying to wear them out as much as possible so that I can retire them with a clear conscience. The other two pairs have literally crumbled – that’s how destructive our climate is – but these guys are still holding on, though their heels are all chewed up (it’s the price for having a dog.) As for the sweatshirt, well, I know I just wore it yesterday but today I teach a different class so nobody else knows 😛

gray sweatshirt black skirt by 14 shades of greygray sweatshirt brooch by 14 shades of grey

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Sweatshirt: H&M, Skirt & Shoes: hand-me-down, Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 43.1: Crimson Peak

gray embroidered cardigan black skirt black heels by 14 shades of grey

Even though it’s still in the upper 80’s here, it’s been crisper in the morning and at night, and during the day the sun feels more warm than burning, so I’m taking advantages of that to wear my cardigans – like this new one – and lightweight sweaters when I can. If I wait until it gets properly cold, they may never see the light of day.

In other news, I saw Crimson Peak last Saturday and quite enjoyed it. I find the story lacking, but the costume and production design are truly, truly breathtaking in that creepy, Gothic kind of way (Jessica Chastain looks like she just stepped out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting. Especially toward the end.) The set actually reminded me a lot of Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula – a quick Imdb search confirms that the two movies indeed have the same production designer. And Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunam are not terrible to look at either, so it’s definitely an eye candy, even if the story itself is not that great.

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gray embroidered cardigan by 14 shades of greyblack skirt black heels by 14 shades of grey

Cardigan: local shop, Skirt: hand-me-down, Shoes: Esprit


Weekly Capsule 17.2: Feathery Strokes

navy ikat shirt black skirt yellow heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

An outfit like this can be more difficult to accessorize than you’d think. The print on the shirt means that a necklace or brooch wouldn’t look good on it, and I only have two bracelets and none of them goes well with it either. So in the end I opted for this belt – the buckle can count as jewelry and it adds a pop of color too. Win-win.

P/S: The post title is actually an obscure reference to this scene in Black Books. There’s a feather on my belt and the print of my shirt looks like brush strokes so that’s what my brain comes up with. Yeah, I can be very literal sometimes.

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navy ikat shirt black skirt orange belt by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: C-Wonder, Skirt: hand-me-down, Shoes: Forever21, Belt: local shop


Weekly Capsule 17.1: Primary Colors

white v-neck button up black skirt yellow heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

It may not look like it from the full shots, but I’m actually wearing all the basic colors in this outfit – there are black and white from my skirt and shirt, and my shirt has red, blue, and green prints on it, and the yellow is from my shoes. Yeah, the shirt is new – I think most of my purchases this season has been “quirky button-ups”, which, when I think about it, is very much my style. It’s too bad that the Top 10 challenge is already drawing to a close, because I would’ve added this shirt to it in a heartbeat.

white v-neck button up black skirt yellow heeled oxfords by 14 shades of greywhite v-neck button up necklace by 14 shades of grey

white v-neck button up black skirt by 14 shades of greyblack skirt yellow heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Mango, Skirt: hand-me-down, Necklace & Shoes: Forever21


Weekly Capsule 10.4: Skirt Edition

gray sweatshirt black skirt black heeled boots by 14 shades of grey

Well, I said I was going to try these boots with skirt, so here we are. I… like them here better than in yesterday’s outfit, but now the rest of the outfit looks kind of frumpy, no? I don’t know. I guess I’m just in a cranky mood today because it’s been raining for too long, plus it’s that time of the year again when my script reading job gets super busy and my brain hurts from reading too much. I would want to say that it’s going to be better next week, but the weather is warming up, and for us that means terrible humidity (I’m talking about the-walls-are-sweating-the-floor-is-sweating-everything-is-sweating level of humidity here), so… no. It won’t be better.

Anyway, this was my last chance to try these boots before putting them away until next winter (again: warming up next week), but I haven’t decided if they’re a keeper yet. Thoughts?

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Sweatshirt: Next, Skirt & Boots: hand-me-down, Scarf: Forever21, Belt: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange

And here are my looks this week (wow, you can really see the ground getting more and more rain-soaked as the week passed):

blue gingham shirt black skirt black booties by 14 shades of greygingham shirt navy blazer mustard jeans black booties by 14 shades of grey

gray sweatshirt mustard jeans high heeled boots by 14 shades of greygray sweatshirt black skirt black heeled boots by 14 shades of grey