Monkey Business

OK, so there is no monkey in my outfit, but there are birds! This is the only animal-themed shirt I own (beside my cat T-shirt), so it would have to do for this outfit inspired by a monkey trading card of the Allen & Ginter tobacco company. For the rest of the outfit, I stuck to the green-and-brown color scheme of the card and also added a pin – it could be a feather or a palm frond, depending on how you look at it – to mimic the details of the card.

This has been a really fun SIA challenge. If you haven’t sent your outfit to Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com), do so by Tuesday, and don’t forget to drop by her blog to see other interpretations of this card!


Blue Spring

For this week’s SIA, inspired by the “Primavera” sculpture by Cuban artist Rafael San Juan, I knew that I wasn’t going to be literal about it, only that I was going to wear my leather jacket – it’s my go-to “edgy” piece. But then I remembered that I do have a butterfly-printed shirt (well, bird-and-butterfly), which is perfect for the butterfly crown of the statue. I topped it off with my copper flower brooch because it looks kinda similar to the material of the statue, and thus, my oufit is complete. As it turns out, it’s a more literal interpretation than I’d expected, but that’s not a bad thing at all.

You still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits if you haven’t already, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday for the round-up post!


Oh I Could Hide ‘Neath The Wings

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Don’t get the grandiose post title fool you (it’s lyric from Daydream Believer, because there are blue birds on my shirt, get it?) It’s Friday, it’s hot, so I’m keeping it simple, both in the outfit and the blurb. Since the school year is done, most of my “work” outfits now are for my weekend film making/screenwriting workshops. Those are very casual affairs – so casual, in fact, that there are usually no chairs in the classroom, we just sit on beanbags or on the floor – so simple outfits are best.

Have a good weekend everybody!

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Top: , Pants: Mango, Sandals: gift, Pin: Etsy


Weekly Capsule 13.3: New Sandals

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These sandals are to replace my beloved heeled sandals, which I literally worn to the ground. They’re kind of similar in style, only this pair is more neutral and classic, so I think they’ll get even more wear. Plus they’re real leather, so I’ll get my money’s worth.

That’s one of the things I realized after the last 6 months of capsule wardrobe actually – shoes are definitely worth investing in. I learned this the hard way after moving home and having to watch all of the shoes I brought back fall apart. They may keep in the warm and dry climate of LA, but here in the humidity, they will sprout mold and crack and eventually become unwearable. So from now on, it’s real leather for me. They may be more expensive, and may require more care, but they last longer, and ultimately that makes more sense than buying new shoes every season.

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Shirt: Oasis (hand-me-down), Skirt: thrifted, Scarf: Target, Sandals: Clarks


Weekly Capsule 13.2: Blue Birds

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The weather is warming up too fast. It’s going to be 97 degrees on Friday. 97!!! It’s ridiculous. Next week it’ll calm down a bit, but this has been a reminder of what summer is going to be like, and I don’t like it.

Still, it would be interesting to see what my weekly capsule will look like in the warmer months. So far I’ve relied on the ability to rewear a piece to keep the capsule cohesive, but in the summer, you really can’t wear a top twice in a row, so I don’t know what I’m going to do. Just one pair of jeans or one skirt with five different tops for the entire week, I guess?

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Shirt: Oasis, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Dan Sko, Necklace: Lia Sophia

P/S: It’s April Fools’, so watch yourself 😛