I Collect Spores, Molds, and Fungus

green dress striped blazer lace tights heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

I’m not happy with this outfit. It’s for this week’s SIA, inspired by Erté’s “Spring Rain”, and as usual, I got caught up in trying to recreate the painting as closely as I could and forgot that it should be a put-together outfit at the same time. So I ended up wearing all the things. I should’ve gone for something more subtle, or at least take off the lace tights (but my legs are still scarred so tights are kind of a must if I want to wear a dress.) Everybody is killing it this week though, so be sure to check back tomorrow for the full round-up post!

In other news, it has been crazy humid here lately and everything is moldy. And I mean everything. Shoes, bags, belt – anything made from genuine leather. Even my mouse pad. It’s absolutely gross, but there is nothing I can do except to wipe everything down with rubbing alcohol and turn the dehumidifier up high, and wait for the sun to come out. It seems I always have to fight humidity wherever I live. Back in LA it was because there was not enough of it, and here because there’s too much. Ugh.

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Dress, Belt, and Shoes: local shop, Blazer: thrifted, Tights: Forever21, Necklace: self-made

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Fools

polka dot chambray shirt navy linen blazer white pants heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

No, no April Fools joke from me. Just an outfit that turns out more menswear-inspired than I expected, despite the polka dots and flower brooch. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, though, when I put a blazer, button-up shirt, and oxfords together – I mean, those are all classic menswear items. So maybe the joke’s on me 🙂

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Shirt: tailored, Blazer: Atmosphere, Pants: Zara, Heels & Belt: local shop, Brooch: vintage


Groundbreaking

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Apparently today is the first day of spring, so of course I had to wear floral… right? Though actually this might be my last chance to wear this dress like this (inspired by this) because we’re having a cold snap this weekend and then the temperature is going to skyrocket during the next week, and soon it’s going to be too warm to layer anything at all. I know I talk about this a lot, but the weather here doesn’t have much middle ground. It’s either freezing cold or scorching hot, so you really can’t get used to it. I’m a native and even I’m not used to it.

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Shirt, Tights, and Belt: Target, Dress: tailor, Shoes: local shop


New Shoes, Old Style

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See, what did I tell you about these shoes? I’m just going to wear them all the time now. Of course it helps that they’re a neutral color and go with pretty much every silhouette. This outfit is a bit too neutral for me, actually, but none of the “pop of color” I tried looked quite right. Besides, I’ve been wearing more and more neutrals. Looking back at my recent outfits, it’s usually a bunch of neutrals with just one thing of color. It’s not that I’m too lazy to spend time thinking which color goes with which (though it certainly makes getting dressed easier), it’s just that my style has changed to the point where I don’t want to wear too many colors anymore.

It’s funny how style changes, isn’t it? Though my style doesn’t exactly change, rather it just becomes more defined. When I first started the blog I tried to be more girly, but now I realize that isn’t me. I’m much more comfortable with just a few feminine touches here and there.

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Blazer & Scarf: hand-me-down, T-shirt: Zalora, Jeans: Hermes, Heels: local shop


Neglected

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For some reason, I’ve been really neglecting my skirts this winter (you can just tell by how wrinkled this skirt is.) Since January, I’ve only had four skirt outfits. I guess I just got bored with skirts. They’re more difficult to style than dresses, especially in the winter – you have to figure out what top to go with it, what tights, what kind of shoes, belt or no belt… I spent nearly half an hour trying on different tights and sweaters before settling with these, but I wasn’t happy with the result. The tights are completely lazy, and the neckline of this sweater, I realize, does not look good on a broad-shouldered person like me. I need something more boat-necked than this. Oh well. The truth is that I just wanted to show off my new heeled oxfords. I know, I know, buying new things is not the best way to break out of a style rut, but when I saw these, I couldn’t pass them up. Besides, they’re real leather, which means they’re super soft and comfy, so expect to see them a lot more on the blog in the foreseeable future.

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Sweater: Gap (thrifted), Skirt: hand-me-down, Shoes: local shop, Brooch: vintage, Tights: Target