Weekly Capsule 24.3: Staycation

blue plaid dress brown loafers boater hat by 14 shades of grey

Now that the school year is officially over, my outfits are going to be a lot more casual, and I can finally relax at home… Of course, in my case, that means putting in more hours at my freelance script reading job, finishing up my own translation and writing, and catching up on shows and movies I haven’t been able to watch (Miss Fisher and Hannibal, here I come.)

Speaking of which, thank the gods that I have Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell to fill my historical fantasy craving, because I’ve had it up to here with Game of Thrones. I’m not a book purist by any means (I haven’t even read all of the books), but at this point, it’s reduced to just a series of shocking moments with barely any logical plot/character development, and that makes me very mad.

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blue plaid dress boater hat by 14 shades of grey

Dress: Sonoma (thrifted), Loafers: Footglove, Hat: local shop


Weekly Capsule 24.2: Dog’s Tooth

white lace tee blue jeans striped slip-ons by 14 shades of grey

No, not houndstooth, as in the print. Dog’s tooth, as in my dog, who, upon seeing these new sneakers (that I bought along with the black pair that I wore last week), immediately seized them and processed to chew a hole through one of them. Thankfully my sister was able to fix it by patching it up and adding a similar patch to the other shoe, so they don’t look too bad… at least from afar.

blue jeans striped slip-ons by 14 shades of grey

Anyway, I wore this to a co-worker’s baby shower. It was casual, and I knew there were going to be other babies there, so I put together something I could run around in. I’m more comfortable with kids and babies than I used to be, now that I’ve had practice with my niece and nephew, but I still want to wear the most comfy outfit when I’m around them. The white shirt, in hindsight, could have been a mistake, but luckily none of the kids was particularly grubby ­čśŤ

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Shirt: Banana Republic, Jeans: Mango, Sneakers & Cuff: local shops


Weekly Capsule 24.1 & SIA: Bear In Boat

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When I saw this week’s SIA inspiration, Joyce Koskenmaki’s “Bear in Boat“, I knew I couldn’t go literal with my interpretation. The painting has mainly solid colors, colors which I don’t have in my summer closet (those are more suitable for Christmas than June.) So I decided to put together a casual weekend outfit based on the whimsical, eclectic quality of the painting instead. At least, that was my intention. I’m not sure if I pulled it off – this just looks like I was in my pajamas and had to throw on a pair of shoes for a quick errand. Maybe it would work better with a different, less casual top, but I wanted to wear this shirt because the cat kinda looks like the bear in the painting, don’t you think?

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Well… maybe just a little bit

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Remember to check Jess’ blog for other interpretation of this painting!

T-shirt: Forever21, Pants: local shop, Loafers: Footglove


Weekly Capsule 23.4: Dressing The Part

white print shirt black pants black slip-ons by 14 shades of grey

As much as I love my new slip-on sneakers, I hesitate to wear them to work. Of course, I work at a film school, so the dress code is very relaxed, especially with the end of the semester approaching. Still, I don’t want to be wearing the same stuff that my students wear. With this outfit, I hope to find some balance between comfy casual and professional. It still strikes me as a little young, but then again I don’t want my students to see me as an old fuddy-duddy either!

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Look at me, pondering┬áthe sartorial conundrum of a teacher…

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Shirt, Sneakers & Necklace: local shops; Pants: thrifted

Here are my looks this week – the theme is, you guess it, black and white (and some blue and some beige):

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white print shirt black pleated skirt beige sandals by 14 shades of greywhite print shirt black pants black slip-ons by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 23.3: Favorite Combo

white print shirt black pleated skirt beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

This skirt + sandals combo is quickly becoming my favorite work outfit for this summer (for relatively cool days only though. 100 degrees days are way too hot to be trudging around in a polyester skirt with a thick waistband.) I know I have worn it a lot over the past few weeks, but when you have something that works, why mess with it, right?

Also, thank the gods that we finally got some rain. I don’t think I could take much more of this asphalt-melting heat. And it’s nice being able to take outfit photos without feeling like I’m being broiled/steamed alive too. I had to rush to get these taken because a terrible storm was brewing, but I’d take that over the heat any day.

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Shirt: local shop, Skirt: thrifted, Sandals: Clarks, Watch: gift