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

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


Weekly Capsule 10.1: Gingham & Floral

blue gingham shirt black skirt black booties by 14 shades of grey

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Ernest Bieler’s “The Knitting Lesson”, I put together a simple outfit with elements pulled from the painting – the gingham on the old woman’s head scarf, her black dress, the little girl’s pink dress, and her floral head scarf. It is still not warm enough for skirts right now, but I’m getting a bit tired of jeans, so a skirt and sheer tights it is. It’s annoying that the amount of time I can wear a skirt is so short – a few weeks in April and May, and then a few weeks in October and maybe November, and that’s about it. Any time in between is just too cold for bare legs/too hot to have a waistband around your torso. Or maybe I’m just making up excuses because I’m more of a jeans girl.

blue gingham shirt black skirt pink scarf by 14 shades of greyblue gingham shirt black skirt black booties by 14 shades of grey

black skirt black booties by 14 shades of greyblue gingham shirt pink scarf by 14 shades of grey

blue gingham shirt black skirt black booties by 14 shades of grey

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog for more interpretations of this lovely paintings!

Shirt: local shop, Skirt & Scarf: hand-me-down, Boots: Betts


Capsule Outfit #38

striped sweatshirt black skirt brown boots mustard scard

You can tell I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel because this is the kind of clumsy outfit that I came up with toward the end of the capsule. I mean, I like the idea – striped sweater, skirt, boots, scarf – that sounds all right, doesn’t it? Except this sweatshirt doesn’t really go well with being tucked into a skirt, and for this skirt + boots combo to work, my skirt should be an A-line, not pleated, and my boots could do with a bit more of a heel too. Oh well. At least now I know what doesn’t work.

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striped sweatshirt black skirt brown bootsstriped sweatshirt mustard scard

Sweatshirt & Scarf: Forever21, Skirt: hand-me-down, Boots: Aldo