Busy Lady (With Cheetah)

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Yinka Shonibare’s “Leisure Lady (with Ocelots)”. This one was quite a challenge for me, mostly due to the busy pattern of the lady’s dress. If it were winter, I would be able to put together an outfit quite easily, but when the weather is warm, I always feel disinclined to wear too many patterns (and most of my warm-weather clothes only have simple, streamlined patterns like stripes and plaid, or embroideries). After some searching, I managed to find this skirt – it’s certainly one of the busiest summer pieces that I own, and the pattern is reminiscent of animal print, which is appropriate, plus the colors match. I paired it with this turquoise top for the touch of blue/green in the lady’s dress, and of course, I had to accessorize with my cheetah brooch (no ocelot, but it’s close, right?) So I’m reasonably happy with the outfit… but I would be much happier if this was a winter challenge :)))


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.


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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striped top amber necklace by 14 shades of greybrown printed skirt heeled loafers by 14 shades of grey

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

white shirt brown printed skirt black pumps by 14 shades of grey

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.

white shirt brown printed skirt by 14 shades of greybrown printed skirt black pumps by 14 shades of grey

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.

lace tee brown print skirt by 14 shades of greybrown print skirt sandals by 14 shades of grey

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