The Belt

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I have to admit, I had no idea what to do about this week’s SIA. It’s a piece of street art, so it’s too colorful for my usual palette of black, white, gray, and blue. At first, I thought maybe a graphic tee would do the trick, but then I remembered I don’t have graphic tees in my closet anymore except for the old ones I wear to bed. In the end, I looked more closely at the piece and saw that it features a lot of stairs, windows, and fences, and those I could recreate with stripes. I used my silk scarf as a belt (it was too hot to actually wear it as a scarf) for some added colors and patterns. Plus, the mural is featured in a street in Detroit called “The Belt”, so I thought it was only appropriate. Finally, I paired it with jeans and my black oxfords to echo the strong, bold lines of the piece. More loosely interpreted than usual, but I’m happy with it!

Don’t forget to drop by Erin’s blog tomorrow to see the full round-up.

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Shirt: Mango, Jeans: H&M, Scarf: hand-me-down, Oxfords: Vagabond

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The Home Coming

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I actually had a much more casual outfit planned for this week’s SIA, inspired by Bertha Lum’s woodblock print “The Home Coming“. However, I’m beginning to feel a little tired of looking so schlubby all the time as the summer drags on, so when I had an end-of-the-year staff meeting at school, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to dress up a bit. I went with this skirt (yes, I’ve worn it for SIA twice in a row now) and the shirt to mimic the strong lines and soft colors of the print, and the sandals echo the curves of the bridge.

Don’t forget to drop by Jen’s blog on Wednesday to see the full round-up of outfits inspired by this artwork!

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Top: Mango, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sandals: Clarks


Gibson Girl

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I feel very much like a Gibson Girl in this outfit. Considering the 1900’s is one of my favorite eras in fashion (along with the 1800’s, 1880’s, and 1930’s), it’s not surprising. I think it’s the combination of the simple, high-collared shirt, the dark skirt (of course, on a real Gibson Girl, the skirt would’ve been floor-length), and sensible but still cute shoes. Should’ve worn a brooch too. What I’m really missing, though, is the hairstyle – I’ve tried the “Gibson tuck” so many times before, but my stupid hair won’t stay put and won’t hold the bobby pins. So alas, I had to make do with this quick bun instead.

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Shirt: Mango, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Heels: Zara


Weekly Capsule 39.2: The Girl On The Train

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I thought long and hard about which of the books I’ve read this month would serve as an outfit inspiration. Nemesis is out of the question, not least of all because it takes place in Norway in late autumn and early winter. My favorite is Station Eleven, but since the story spans so many decades and locations, it’s difficult to pick one consistent theme to build an outfit around. So I sort of settled on The Girl on the Train by default.

It may not be the best book I’ve read, but at least it would be easier to get inspired. I could choose to dress like one of the three main characters, except I don’t really relate to anyone of them (one of the many flaws of the book), so in the end I decided to just dress like a commuter. And since I already commute every day – though on a bike, not the train – it means just wearing my normal clothes. I also picked this shirt to reflect the beginning of the book, when Rachel glimpses a pile of clothing on the side of the train tracks: “Light-blue cloth—a shirt, perhaps—jumbled up with something dirty white.” I don’t had any train-related accessory, so this house necklace would have to do. After all, Rachel is obsessed with the house she glimpses from the train. 

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Shirt: Mango, Skirt: thrifted, Shoes: local shop, Necklace: my sister’s


Weekly Capsule 26.4: Buyer’s Remorse

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Since I started the capsule wardrobe, I’ve become a smarter shopper. I still want to cut down on my shopping, but what I buy works well in my wardrobe and I’m always excited about wearing them. Once in a while, though, I still make a purchase that I regret afterward. Like this skirt. I’ve been looking for a lighter-colored skirt, so when I saw this online, I thought it’d be great – the color is exactly what I’m looking for, the pleats look fun, and it has pockets! Perfect, right?

WRONG. When I got it, it turns out to be too short. I mean, it is knee-length on the model, so I fully expected it to look like a midi on me. Instead it looks like a school uniform on me. I know the styling doesn’t help, but nothing looks right with it. The worst thing is, it was on final sale so I couldn’t return it. I don’t know. I guess I’ll try it again in the fall with sweaters and boots to see if I can make it look more age-appropriate, if not, I’ll put away until my niece grows up 😛

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Shirt: Mango, Skirt & Sneakers: local shops

And here are my outfits this week – the colors are very appropriate for a stormy, rainy week, don’t you think?

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P/S: Have a safe and fun Fourth of July, my US readers! I did put together a couple of red, white, and blue outfits, which I’ll post next week.


Weekly Capsule 26.2: Faculty Meeting

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Classes may be over, but last week I still had to come in to work for an end-of-the-semester meeting to wrap things up and prepare for the new academic year. I hate meetings in general, so I just picked something simple and comfortable. I feel a little bit like Fran in this, with my striped shirt, ankle pants, and flats, but I don’t have the impeccably matched accessories like her, and of course I had to add little “me” touches like this leaf pin.

Back to the meeting, it was a bore as I expected, but there was some exciting news: I’m finally getting two classes of my own next semester! Until now I’ve been mostly teaching alongside the more experienced instructors, but now I’m going to have free rein. I hope those students know what they’re in for.

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Shirt: Mango, Pants: thrifted, Flats: Vagabond, Pin: Forever21


Weekly Capsule 19.1: Summer Is Coming

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It’s stupid hot this week. I’m talking about upper 90’s most days, with heat index coming close to 110. So there are not going to be a lot of interesting outfits in this week’s capsule, just my baggiest, most breathable clothes in cool neutral shades, and minimal accessories. When it is that hot, my brain really can’t handle bright colors or loud patterns. Somehow they make everything seem hotter. And it’s not as if I had bright colors or loud patterns in my closet anyway.

I also figured out a way to photograph outfits these days – get up 15 minutes earlier and take photos while it’s still cool enough outside and my outfit still looks (more or less) crisp. I used to do that back in LA when I had 2+ hours of commute and couldn’t get back in time while it was still light out, but since I moved home, I’d gotten into the habit of taking photos in the afternoon. I forgot how much easier it was to take photos before work.

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Shirt: Mango, Jeans: Old Navy, Sandals: Clarks, Watch: Swatch