Bad Omen

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This outfit is as bland as room-temperature oatmeal, but there is a reason for it and for this post, I swear. See, it hasn’t rained in nearly a month here, and combined with the construction site right in front of our house, that means dust, dust, dust everywhere. So this morning I thought I’d try my old “style voodoo” by wearing my rain shirt, to see if that could make it rain. But when I went into my closet to get the shirt, it was nowhere to be found! I haven’t worn in since April, so it’s possible that it got lost in the shuffle when I put away my winter clothes. I don’t mind the shirt so much, but if I was more superstitious, I’d say this could be a very bad sign for the rain…

Also, that means I had to wear this gingham shirt instead. Riveting stuff, I know.

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Shirt, Cuff, & Heels: local shops, Jeans: Old Navy


Mixing Metals

navy ikat shirt navy linen pants beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

I wore this outfit last weekend, when we had a mini-break and the whole family went out for casual lunch. It’s nothing special, but it’s cute enough, and most importantly, it’s comfy (stretchy, slouchy pants are the best when you’re eating out).

My only quibble is this: the hardware on my sandals is gold, but my bracelet is silver, and that kind of metal mixing makes me all twitchy. Is it just me? I mean, you can barely see the buckles on the sandals so I doubt anyone even noticed. Is it some sort of outdated fashion rule (like “don’t wear navy and black together”) that I should try to ignore?

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Shirt: C-Wonder, Pants: Mango, Sandals: Aldo, Cuff: local shop


Weekly Capsule 41.2: It’s Not You, It’s Me

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Here we are, take 2 on these pants. When I wore them last time I thought they’d look better with a white shirt, so that’s what I tried. I… like the outfit better, but still not quite enough. I’m going to try to convince my sister to take them back, because they’re nice pants and I hate to see them go to waste, but I honestly don’t feel like myself in them. I prefer wide-leg pants of the linen and jean varieties. Sorry, pants!

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Pants: Esprit (hand-me-down), Shirt, Shoes & Bracelet: local shops


Weekly Capsule 31.1: That ’70s Show

white embroidered tunic wide-led jeans beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

This blouse/tunic thing is one of the pieces in my closet that gets worn a lot more than what is shown on the blog. The main reason is, of course, I style it almost the same way every time I wear it – with skinny jeans and flats, and minimal or no accessory at all because the embroidery is busy enough – so there’s not much point in taking photos. This time, I tried to do something different with a ’70s-inspired look. I’m not sure if I succeeded. I think the blouse needs to be shorter and the jeans need to be flares instead of wide-leg for a true ’70s outfit, and the whole thing is way too baggy for my liking.

Do you guys have any suggestions? If not, say goodbye to this blouse because I’ve ran out of way to style it and you’re not likely to see it on the blog much again.

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Tunic & Cuff: local shops, Jeans: Old Navy, Sandals: Clarks


Weekly Capsule 30.3: The Notebook

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As I said last week, this year I had to be proctor twice for our school’s entrance exams. Last week I was assigned to the art and design room, which wasn’t so bad. Yeah, you still have to sit there for hours staring at the students, but they are drawing, so at least it’s fun to watch. This time, though, I was assigned to the film analysis room. It was horrifying. It’s an 8-hour exam – the students watch a movie, twice, in the morning, then they have a one-hour lunch break, and in the afternoon they have three hours to write an essay about that movie. You may think, oh, that’s not too bad, at least you get to watch a movie, right? Except that movie is The Notebook, the sappiest of all sappy romances. And I had to sit through it. Twice. Followed by three hours staring into nothingness.

If you’ve been reading here for a while, you know how I feel about romantic films. Unless they’re British and preferably take place about 200 years ago, I don’t have much patience for them. I’m going to have to watch¬†Pride and Prejudice (the 1995 mini series, thank you very much) or North & South to feel like myself again.

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Shirt: C-Wonder, Pants: thrifted, Sneakers: local shop, Bracelet: self-made


Weekly Capsule 29.4: One Of These Things Isn’t Like The Others

chambray shirt boyfriend jeans snakeskin slip-ons by 14 shades of grey

This outfit is incongruous compared to the rest of the week, isn’t it? I’ve made some progress with reintroducing colors into my closet, and with this I seem to have taken a step back. But, in my defense, it was the end of the week, everything in this week’s capsule except for these jeans is in the wash, and I just got these new slip-ons, so I wanted to show them off right away. Besides, if you think this outfit is a step back into my neutral comfort zone, then wait until next week.

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Shirt: Esprit, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Bracelet: self-made, Sneakers: local shop

Round-up of this week’s outfits:

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pink floral shirt black pants green heels by 14 shades of greychambray shirt boyfriend jeans snakeskin slip-ons by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 29.2: Pink Summer

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This outfit is a copy of last week’s “Blue Summer“; I just switched out the top and added a bracelet. I’m still very much in my Begin Again phase, so it’s still boxy tops, loose pants, and flats, but at least this shirt is different from what I have (i.e. it’s not blue, gray, black, or white).

That Begin Again reference actually works on more than one level – I really am beginning again and slowing adding more colors back into my closet, just like when I first started the blog. Back then, though, I used to add whatever color I could find without thinking how it fit into my style. This time I’ll try to be smarter about it.

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pink floral shirt by 14 shades of greypink floral shirt navy boyfriend jeans brown sandals by 14 shades of grey

Shirt & Cuff: local shops, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Sandals: gift