Minimal Vintage

navy dress locket brooch brown heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

The balance between minimalist and vintage style has been my struggle for a few years now, and still I haven’t found a solid solution. It’s like my style is the heroine in a costume drama, having to choose between two suitors – the minimal look which is clean and simple, but can be a little boring, or the vintage look, which is more fun, but also tougher to pull off. Occasionally, though, I manage to put together a look that manages to walk the line between the two, like this one, for example – the dress and the brooch are vintage-inspired, but the styling keeps it modern. I think I need to aim for more “classic” looks like this, which can be minimalist and vintage at the same time.

Speaking of vintage, this is off-topic, but I just watched The Man from U.N.C.L.E. this weekend (the 2015 movie, not the original TV show). It’s a really fun, stylish movie, and the 1960’s fashion are gorgeous, but gods, it should be illegal to put Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in a movie together. Nobody can handle that much hotness in one sitting.

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navy dress locket brooch by 14 shades of greynavy dress brown heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

Dress: tailor, Brooch: vintage, Shoes: local shop


Weekly Capsule 40.4: Why I Don’t Have A Clothing Budget

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I’ve got nothing to say about today’s outfit, which is just random top + whatever bottom and shoes I still have in the weekly capsule, so I’m going to talk about something a little more serious: clothing budget (and why I don’t have one.)

A lot of the blogs I follow have a post every month where they talk about what they buy and how they keep those purchases within their budget. I like those and had considered doing the same, when my shopping was getting a little excessive and I wasn’t happy with everything I bought. But when I tried giving myself $50/month (which is a lot considering what I make), I went over-budget every single month. What went wrong?

I realize that, the moment I gave myself a budget, it was like money burning in my pocket begging to be spent. My mindset is that “Oh I have that extra $50, I must buy something with it!” And once I started buying, it was hard to stop. In a way, it was like my capsule wardrobe experiment. By restricting myself, I only made myself think more about what I was not supposed to do, and it backfired.

So, instead of a budget, I try to be more conscientious about my shopping. I create a list of “holes in my closet” and when I come across an item on that list, I would consider it carefully before making a purchase. I guess restriction just never works with me, not in shopping or in dieting or in anything. I just have to be smarter about it.

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navy print shirt mustard jeans heeled oxfords by 14 shades of greynavy print shirt copper necklace by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Zara, Jeans: Cache, Shoes & Necklace: local shops

My outfits this week:

polka dot chambray shirt navy skirt brown heeled oxfords by 14 shades of greywhite lace tee mustard jeans leopard flats by 14 shades of grey

navy gingham shirt navy skirt leopard printed flats by 14 shades of greynavy print shirt mustard jeans heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 40.1 & SIA: Bibliophile

polka dot chambray shirt navy skirt brown heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by the “Be Kind to Books” poster. It’s pretty self-explanatory – I know there is no polka dot in the original poster, but the shade of blue of my shirt matches the blue in the poster exactly, so I couldn’t pass it up. The funny thing is, around the same time last year I wore a very similar outfit that could work for this SIA challenge as well, so this time I tried it with a different skirt and shoes. My mustard oxfords (RIP) would’ve been perfect, but alas, I had to make do with these brown pair. And of course, my book necklace is a must 🙂

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog tomorrow for other outfits inspired by this work of art!

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polka dot chambray shirt book necklace by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: tailor, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Belt: thrifted, Shoes: local shop, Necklace: self-made


Weekly Capsule 22.3: I Don’t Even Know

white shirt black skirt brown heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

This week is a weird one, in terms of capsule. In fact, it wasn’t a capsule at all because I didn’t wear anything twice. I couldn’t, anyway, with such heat. So here is an outfit that has nothing to do with the other two I’ve posted. I almost didn’t post it because the last time I wore this shirt, I paired it with almost the exact same item – also a black pleated skirt and heeled oxfords. But here it is anyway. I guess my sartorial sense, like the brains of the trolls in Discworld, doesn’t function very well when it’s overheated.

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black skirt brown heeled oxfords by 14 shades of greywhite shirt black skirt by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Mango, Skirt: thrifted, Shoes: local shop


Weekly Capsule 11.3: Journaling

white eyelet top khaki blazer black jeans heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

I believe I’ve talked about my journals on the blog before – I kept a journal throughout middle school and high school, and a bit in college too, but from my junior year in college until grad school, script writing took over, and then I started the blog, which is a journal of sort, so I just stopped. I don’t think I’ll ever get back to it, because there is only so much of your day that is worth documenting. I kinda miss writing in an actual journal with pen and paper though. Mostly the only thing I write with pen and paper now is brainstorming for story ideas (which reads like the rambling of a madman and makes sense to nobody but myself.)

What I’ve been trying to do is start a dream journal. “Trying”, because there are only two entries so far. Sometimes I don’t remember my dreams, and sometimes they’re too tedious to even bother. I plan to use them for story ideas, you see, and a dream about forgetting my passport at home is not going to be that useful. I guess it’s true what Dylan Moran said, your dreams become more boring as you get older.

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white eyelet top khaki blazer necklace by 14 shades of greywhite eyelet top khaki blazer black jeans heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

Top: Mango, Jeans: Mango, Blazer: hand-me-down, Heels & Necklace: local shops


Weekly Capsule 11.2: Plaid, Plaid, Plaid

mustard plaid dress brown oxford heels by 14 shades of grey

In keeping with this week’s theme of dressing like it’s fall instead of spring (which I just made up), here I am in the most autumnal colors ever. To be fair, I had this dress made a while ago, but by the time the tailor was finished it’d gotten too cold. So if nothing else, at least I’m glad the weather is warming up enough for me to wear it now.

The tricky thing with this dress is, as amazingly comfy as it is, I can’t think of any other way to style it. I mean, I can layer it with a blazer or a thin cardigan now, but once the temperature gets into the 90’s, which is when I’m sure I’ll be wearing it the most, there is nothing else I can do with it. That’s the problem with dresses in the summer, right? They’re so easy to wear yet you get bored with them so easily because you can pretty much only change the look by switching out the shoes.

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mustard plaid dress arrow brooch by 14 shades of grey

mustard plaid dress by 14 shades of greymustard plaid dress brown oxford heels by 14 shades of grey

Dress: tailored, Belt: Forever21, Heels: local shop, Brooch: Etsy


Capsule Outfit #5

navy ikat shirt white jeans heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

No, I didn’t mislabel the post or anything. It’s just that the capsule wardrobe has gone through its first change: this shirt, to replace my red striped top. My reason is that it’s going to stay warm for at least a while, so this cotton shirt would be much more versatile. The red striped top is a bit worn anyway; I may just keep it to wear around the house from now on.

I have a feeling that this won’t be the first casualty in the capsule. But hey, it wouldn’t be an experiment if it was perfect the first time, would it?

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Shirt: C-Wonder, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Belt & Shoes: local shops, Necklace: Lia Sophia