Black And Brown

Animal prints are having a bit of a moment, aren’t they? I remember when I first started the blog (oh gods was it really eight years ago?!), animals prints were everywhere, but they were often on accessories like shoes, belts, and bags. The current trend seems to be animal prints on actual clothes, which to be honest, I find a little much.

Still, when I saw this pin, I thought it’s a good interpretation of the trend without being too much (it helps that it’s a skirt and not a blouse.) I don’t have a leopard-print skirt, but I do have a brown-and-black print skirt. However, when I put the outfit together, I had a brain fart moment. I completely forgot about my brown sandals and wore my black loafers instead. To be fair, though, I’ve worn those sandals a lot lately, so maybe it’s good to give them a break.

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Weekly Capsule 41.4: Tabby And Calico

striped top brown printed skirt heeled loafers by 14 shades of grey

I didn’t realize it when I put this outfit together, but I’m actually wearing two cat colors – the tabby in my striped top, and the calico or tortoiseshell in my printed skirt (I believe that’s the sort of association only a true cat lady would make.) Coincidentally, I also have a tabby and a calico, so it’s quite appropriate. I should’ve worn my cat brooch too 🙂

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Top: Forever21, Skirt: hand-me-down, Shoes & Belt: local shops, Necklace: Lia Sophia

My looks this week:

grey wide-leg pants navy top brown heeled loafers by 14 shades of greywhite print shirt gray wide-leg pants black pumps by 14 shades of grey

white shirt brown printed skirt black pumps by 14 shades of greystriped top brown printed skirt heeled loafers by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 41.3: One Of Those Days

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You wouldn’t know it looking at these photos, but it rained pretty heavily just that morning (I took the photos in the afternoon, after I got home from work). So heavily, in fact, that it pretty much threw half the city into chaos – there was a 2-mile long traffic jam on one of our thoroughfares because everywhere else is flooded. It wreaked havoc on my day, too. First of all, I couldn’t bike in such heavy rain, so I had to hitch a ride with my dad. Then, when I got to work, I found out our classroom was flooded from a leaky roof, so I had to gather my students into the teacher’s lounge. I was going to show a movie but the TV in the teacher’s lounge was not working, so I had to let them go early. Finally, because I didn’t bike, I had to take the bus home, and I’m telling you, taking the bus during rush hour from a stop in front of three big universities is no fun.

Back in LA I used to scoff at people for freaking out over a bit of rain, but now I know why.

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Shirt & Shoes: local shops, Skirt: hand-me-down, Belt: thrifted


Weekly Capsule 25.2: Stubborn

lace tee brown print skirt sandals by 14 shades of grey

Today’s outfit looked better in the mirror than it did in photos. That usually happens to me. I put together an outfit, check it in the mirror, and think it’s all good, only to hate it when I see the photos afterward. And I was being stubborn in trying this skirt again with flats. Well, I think I can safely conclude now that this skirt + flats is not a good combo. If it was shorter or longer, then maybe flats may work, but it hits my Shetland pony legs at such an awkward spot that it definitely needs heels.

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lace tee brown print skirt by 14 shades of grey

T-Shirt: American Eagle, Skirt: hand-me-down, Flats: gift, Belt: from a Miss Sixty dress


Weekly Capsule 25.1: Redo

chambray shirt brown printed skirt heeled sandals by 14 shades of grey

Last summer, before I started my first version of the capsule wardrobe, I put together a few outfits using just the leftovers that didn’t make it into the capsule. One of them featured this skirt paired with my old chambray shirt, but I wasn’t happy with it because the shirt was too baggy and the flats looked wrong with the skirt length.

Since then I haven’t worn the skirt again – the print is a bit tricky to style and a bit too loud for work – but now that I can wear more casual stuff, I decided to give it another try. I paired it with a chambray shirt again, but the more fitted shirt and the heeled sandals are much better with the skirt, right? 4 years of style blogging, and I’m still amazed at how shoes can make or break an outfit.

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Shirt: Esprit, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sandals: Clarks


The Last Of Summer, part III

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This outfit is not great because it’s literally leftover pieces from the rejected pile that I threw together, but I’m committed to a theme, so here goes why they didn’t make the cut:

– The chambray shirt: I have two chambray shirts, and I’ve been meaning to keep this one for the fall because it’s a bit thicker, but then again it’s a bit too baggy for layering under sweaters, so no go.

– The skirt: it’s a hand-me-down from my mom. The colors are perfect for fall, but the pattern is a bit tricky to style – other than pairing it with plain black or white shirt or maybe a light-washed chambray like this, I have no idea what else I could wear it with.

– The sneakers: I had considered adding sneakers to the roster, but these are just too old, and maybe only suitable for running errands.

Now please excuse me. Fall TV season is here and I need to catch up on my shows (Sleepy Hollow first, and Gotham looks interesting too, even though I’m not a big fan of Batman or prequels in general.)

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Shirt: thrifted, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sneakers: Converse