Dark Roman Wine

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This sweater is another hand-knitted one from my mom’s college day. The maroon, uh, excuse me, oxblood color (shut up) is so on trend (shut up shut up) that I had to ask my mom if she could pass it on to me. Kidding. I wasn’t thinking about its the trendiness (and it’s not even real maroon anyway, just dark red, hence the post title) so much as the fact that it’s super warm and goes with everything in my closet. It is a little bit snug on me, though, especially the arms. Anybody has some tips on how to stretch a too small wool sweater?

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red sweater polka dot scarf by 14 shades of greyIt’s been a while since Taco makes an appearance on the blog, so here he is

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Sweater & Brooch: vintage, Dress: Modcloth
Scarf & Tights: Target, Boots: Vietnamese shop
Post title: song by Snow Patrol


Winter Uniform

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It was one of those days. You know, the kind of day when you stand in front of your full closet thinking “I have nothing to wear.” It’s ridiculous, even more so in my case because I have nowhere to go and thus it doesn’t matter what I wear. But I want to look at least like a functioning member of society instead of who I really am – a hermit who goes on Imdb to look up a movie reference, telling myself it’s for “work”, and ends up spending two hours on tumblr and Pinterest. So I reached for something that I know would work: button up, sweater, skinny jeans, and boots. Now I only need to figure out a go-to outfit for the summer…

What’s your go-to outfit?

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Shirt: thrifted, Sweater: J. Crew (thrifted), Jeans: Forever21
Boots: Vietnamese shop, Socks: self-made, Brooch: vintage


Set The Fire To The Third Bar

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It’s been about five or six years since I spent a proper winter at home, and I don’t remember it ever being this cold. Also, our house is built for coolness and airiness, not warmth, so it’s not that much better inside either. My solution? Wear all the warm colors in my closet – toned down with some black and grey, of course, I don’t want to look like a walking electric heater. Speaking of electric heater, here’s a story about the titular song: even though it’s one of my favorite Snow Patrol songs, for the longest time I thought it was called “Set Fire to the Third Bar” and thought it was about actual fire-starting (figuratively, like maybe their passion sets fire to the bar where they’re meeting or something.) It wasn’t until recently that I found out “the third bar” referred to a bar in an electric heater, not a pub. Yeah, some hardcore fan I am.

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Sweater: Gap (thrifted), Jeans: Wet Seal (thrifted),
Coat: Forever21, Brooch: gift, Boots: Vietnamese shop
Scarf: I honestly don’t know. It’s not mine. I grabbed it from the hook in the front hall because it’s the right color and it wouldn’t shed all over my coat like my wool scarves


These Boots Are Made For Somethin’

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So I finally got new riding boots to replace my old pair. They’re not brown, I know, but I got sick of looking so I just grabbed the first pair that fit me. That’s my problem with shopping: I would go in knowing what I want, but I always get so frustrated with searching and not finding it, that more often than not, I end up buying something not exactly right. This pair is OK though, other than the color they’re pretty much the exact same pair I was looking at online. And they give me a good excuse to look for a brown pair next season 😀

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Sweater: Target, Jacket: vintage Pendleton (thrifted)
Jeans: H&M, Boots: Vietnamese shop, Brooch: vintage


Rhinestone Cowboy

This outfit makes me feel a bit like a cowgirl, probably because of the combination of plaid, boots, and rhinestones. Also, apparently it’s unofficial plaid week here in 14 Shades of Grey.

Off-topic question: anybody can give me some advice on getting a Kindle? Is it worth it to buy it used? I’m finally buckling down and thinking about getting one. It’s because once I move home, English books will be hard to come by, and I don’t want to have to reread my old books. I’m not looking for anything fancy, just something that allows me to read books and PDF files. Any thought/suggestion would be welcome!

Shirt: Forever21, Dress: Gap (thrifted)
Boots: Target, Boot socks & Bracelets: self-made


“I like being weird. Weird’s all I’ve got. That and my sweet style.”

Well, I’m back. I’m still a little sniffy, but at least my head doesn’t feel like a balloon about to burst anymore. So to celebrate my speedy recovery (trust me, this was speedy for me. Back home it’ll take me at least a week or more to get over a cold), I picked something colorful to make up for the last few days spent in my old sweaters and jeans.

On an off-topic side note: I just found out that there won’t be a season 5 of The IT Crowd, just a special which will be aired some time this year. I can respect the decision (Graham Linehan, the creator, said he simply no longer looked forward to doing the show, so he decided to stop) – I’ll take that over shows that overstay their welcome any day. And after all, season 4 has a nice, wrapped-up feel to it. Still… sad panda 😦

Skirt (the belt comes with it), cardigan & boots: Target
T-shirt: Forever21, Tights: Kohl’s, Necklace: Icing
Post title: quote from The IT Crowd


Trend Follower

The necktie blouse trend is one that I’ve been wanting to try, but it took me a while to finally found a necktie blouse at my local Goodwill. However this may be a case where I was so focused on the trend that I didn’t think about how it would work with my wardrobe and style, because once I got the blouse, I had no idea what to pair it with. In the end I picked my staples – sweater, jeans, boots – which worked out fine.

So you guys have any other idea how to wear a necktie blouse without looking like a secretary out of the 80’s? (Of course, it doesn’t help that my blouse probably is from the 80’s :P)

Blouse: thrifted, Jeans: H&M
Sweater & Boots: Target
Brooch: vintage