Glint, Gleam, Glitter

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So the traditional outfit from Wednesday’s post is what I wore to the Lunar New Year celebration at work, and here’s what I wore at home – it was mostly a day of preparing, cooking, and eating food, so I wanted something simple that I could move around in, but I also wanted to show a sense of festivity too, so this embellished sweatshirt was the perfect choice. (The scarf and the shoes were literally an afterthought – I spent most of the day indoors so there was no need for them; they were lying around so I just threw them on for the pictures.)

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Sweatshirt: Zalora, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Scarf & Shoes: local shops

A bit of unrelated note on the title: I was running out of titles when I suddenly remembered this bit in Terry Pratchett’s A Slip of the Keyboard, in which he talks about how some words sound exactly like their meaning. Here, I’ll bring up the quote: “I like the fortuitous onomatopoeia of words for soundless things. Gleam, glint, glitter, glisten … they all sound exactly as the light would sound if it made a noise. Glint is sharp and quick, it glints, and if an oily surface made a noise it would go glisten.” Thinking about words like that, feeling them like that, that’s the mark of a good writer.


Winter Rain

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If my smile seems particularly tight in these photos, that’s because it was freaking freezing and I had to keep my teeth from chattering. OK, that may be a slight exaggeration, but it is the coldest it has been since winter began. We’ve been having a lot of rain lately and the temperature has been steadily dropping, but for once you won’t hear me complaining because a) my winter break is about to start soon so I won’t have to brave the rain and wind anymore and b) according to old beliefs, if it’s cold and rainy around the Lunar New Year, it’s going to be a good year (as opposed to last year, when the Lunar New Year was dry and warm). So bring it on!

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P/S: This outfit is a direct copy of Jessica Jones’ signature look. Last winter, I wore an outfit inspired by her, but now that I’ve got the leather jacket, the jeans, and the boots, I decided to just copy it. Can’t you tell I’m already looking forward to “The Defenders“?

Sweater: gift, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Boots: Clarks, Scarf: homemade


Blank Canvas

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I’ve been wearing this sweatshirt a lot lately, but most of the outfits are a version of this – sweatshirt, brooch, jeans, and booties – so I don’t see the need to blog all of them. I think the reason I always accessorize this sweatshirt with a brooch is because its rich color and simple cut make a perfect canvas for a brooch. Actually, what I really want to do is to copy this look, with a collection of bug-themed brooches crawling from the shoulder down one arm, but I don’t have enough brooches for that. Yet.

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Shirt: Topshop, Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Boots & Brooch: hand-me-down


The Tempest

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My interpretation for this week’s SIA, inspired by “Tempest” by Florida-based artist John Larriva, is pretty self-explanatory. Black turtleneck and leather jacket for the black top the girl in the painting is wearing, and blue jeans and blue pendant for the blue background – done! But as I was putting the post together, I realized my outfit could be seen as a nod to Shakespeare’s The Tempest as well – the blue to represent the sea and the island where Prospero and Miranda are stranded (my pendant even has some swirls in it like water), and the black to represent the storm and Prospero’s magic. I don’t know if the artist has Shakespeare in mind when he painted this painting (other than the title), but now it has given me the idea to write a modern-day version of The Tempest. Not like Forbidden Planet, which is the sci-fi version, but set in actual modern day, with supernatural elements, sort of like Lost. That could work, couldn’t it? (Sorry, that’s the way my brain thinks, always trying to come up with new story ideas.)

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the full round-up post!

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Top: Uniqlo, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Boots: Topshop, Necklace: local shop


Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts

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This is one of those outfits where I liked the individual components, but somehow they never became a cohesive whole. I liked this shirt with these jeans, I liked the color combination of navy + light blue + pink, and I liked the owl brooch peeking out of the shirt pocket (I was inspired by these shirts – even though my owl isn’t hiding anything :P). And yet the whole outfit was just one big “MEH”. Maybe it’s the shoes. Something lighter – like sandals, maybe – would bring this together better. Next time!

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Shirt: Mango, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Sneakers: Johan Cruyff, Brooch: borrowed from my mom


Spring? What Spring?

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Don’t let my smiles fool you. I’m not feeling this outfit at all. Granted, it looked better in my head. I was thinking black stripes, tan, light-washed jeans, all classic items, right? But this looks awkward as hell. And the brooch is a total afterthought. I guess this in-between weather just got to me. For the entire month of March (and maybe even before that, I can’t remember), the sky has been the color of dirty cotton balls and it’s been drizzling or foggy most days. I appreciate the new leaves and the flowers, and I know I will complain when the sun arrives and it gets hot, but can we just get something else to break up the monotony here, please?

I envy those of you who get to have a real spring with sunshine and shit. All we get is fog, smog… and… uh, bugs.

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Top: local shop, Blazer: thrifted, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Brooch: vintage, Boots: Betts


Spring Uniform

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Is it me, or is March the longest month ever? I have been ready for it to be over for two weeks now. Maybe it’s because I’m always extra-busy in March. So much so that I’ve missed yet another blog anniversary – that’s right, the blog is 5 years old now! Hooray!

And also, because I’ve been extra-busy, I’m keeping things simple. This outfit is nothing special, but I’ve been wearing versions of it on days when I can’t be bother to think about clothes. It’s comfy, relatively put-together, and, dare I say it, a bit chic too, so it’s a winner.

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Top: Old Navy, Jeans: Sneak Peak, Flats: Vagabond, Coat: Mango