Never Again

I thought I’d learned my lesson with ordering things online (especially on sale) with this skirt a while ago. But no, apparently I didn’t, because when I saw this shirt for sale on Zalora, I ordered it. It’s a bit different from my normal silhouette, but the website says it’s cotton, so I thought it would be a nice addition to my summer wardrobe. Then I got it and was sorely disappointed. It definitely isn’t cotton (it’s some sort of cotton-polyester blend) and it’s way shorter than I expected – it doesn’t help that I have a long torso. You can see how I slumped a bit in the photos, because if I stood up straight, it would be a crop top on me. And of course, it was on sale so I couldn’t return or exchange it. I don’t have anything high-waist, so I’m going to try it with a skirt next time to see if it can be improved; if not, maybe it can fit my mom. I just hope this is going to be the last time I made this mistake.

Top: Zalora, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Topshop


Gray Outfit For A Gray Day

The weather is depressing (gray, foggy, chilly), I’m super busy (reading scripts, editing my translation of The Atlantis Gene – at least I’m finally done with that piece of crap, supervising the thesis scripts of three students), so it’s the best that I can put together. The bicycle brooch looks kinda sad but I didn’t care enough to change it. I know if this is a fashion blog, there would be an advice to add “a red lip” (gods, I hate the way these blogs use singular forms for nouns that are supposed to be plural, like “a red lip” or “a nude shoe”) or some “pop of color” to liven up the outfit, but I don’t wear lipstick and this is not a fashion blog anyway, so who cares, right?

Man am I cranky today.

Shirt, Sweater & Jeans: local shops, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: vintage


Fantastic Pants

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Ever since I wore these pants in an outfit inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I keep referring to them in my head as the “Fantastic Beasts” pants, or, more straightforwardly, my ’20s pants, because somehow I always style them in a ’20s/’30s-inspired manner. My only wish is that they have a higher waist, for a better vintage look. But you can’t have everything, I guess.

So this is the last of my leftover work outfits. I’ll see you guys next week with a couple of outfits I wore for the Lunar New Year celebration!

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Pants & Coat: Esprit (hand-me-down), Sweater: Atmosphere, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: local shop


Old And New

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When my mom saw this outfit, she commented that the blazer paired with the brooch looks a little too old for me. To which I replied, “What you call ‘old’, I call ‘classic’.” Actually, I didn’t say that. I just shrugged and continued with my breakfast. That’s because I’ve always known some of my style choices are a bit “old lady” (especially the brooches and cardigans), but I always make sure to pair them with more modern-looking pieces (like the striped top and the boots, in this case) to balance them out. Besides, of course my mom would say that the blazer was too old for me. It used to belong to her!

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Sweatshirt: Earth Music & Ecology, Blazer: hand-me-down, Jeans: H&M, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: local shop


Happy New Year

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Well, here we are, 2017. Forgive me if I’m a little wary of welcoming you. Your predecessor hasn’t been easy on us. I hope you’ll be kinder. If nothing else, at least we have Star Wars Episode VIII to look forward too, right?

Anyway, here’s a simple outfit to bring in the New Year. We don’t really celebrate New Year here (we save our holiday spirits for the Lunar New Year) so it’s back to business as usual. I don’t see my style changing much next year, but I am making a conscious choice to shop a lot less. Except for replacements, I will see if I can stop shopping altogether. I’ve been pretty good in the latter half of 2016, mostly because I’ve been too busy to actually go shopping, so I’m hoping I can keep it up in 2017. I’m not putting any pressure on myself though; if I see something I really like, I would buy it. I just have to remind myself to think more carefully about my purchase, that’s all.

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Shirt & Boots: Topshop, Cardigan: Forever21, Jeans: H&M, Brooch: vintage


The Tempest

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My interpretation for this week’s SIA, inspired by “Tempest” by Florida-based artist John Larriva, is pretty self-explanatory. Black turtleneck and leather jacket for the black top the girl in the painting is wearing, and blue jeans and blue pendant for the blue background – done! But as I was putting the post together, I realized my outfit could be seen as a nod to Shakespeare’s The Tempest as well – the blue to represent the sea and the island where Prospero and Miranda are stranded (my pendant even has some swirls in it like water), and the black to represent the storm and Prospero’s magic. I don’t know if the artist has Shakespeare in mind when he painted this painting (other than the title), but now it has given me the idea to write a modern-day version of The Tempest. Not likeĀ Forbidden Planet, which is the sci-fi version, but set in actual modern day, with supernatural elements, sort of likeĀ Lost. That could work, couldn’t it? (Sorry, that’s the way my brain thinks, always trying to come up with new story ideas.)

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the full round-up post!

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Top: Uniqlo, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Boots: Topshop, Necklace: local shop


Half-Mori Girl

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It seems I’ve been wearing a lot of these scrubs-like shirts lately. My sister convinced me to buy this blouse after she bought a similar one (but without the buttons) at a local handmade boutique. They mostly specialize in the kind of loose-fitting, earthy-looking clothes like you would find on a Mori Girl – which, if you click on the link, you’ll see that is not my style at all. I prefer a more… shall we say, streamlined look. But this blouse is simple enough while still has some interest in the shape, the texture of the fabric, and the buttons, that I think it can work well in my closet. Also, pockets! Always a plus.

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Top & Jeans: local shops, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: hand-me-down