Weekly Capsule 39.4: Owl Can’t Even

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I’ve never noticed how… done this owl on my brooch looks. It’s like she physically can’t roll her eyes back any further, that’s how done she is.

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I’m pretty done too. I would say “Happy Friday”, except my week is not over – I still have a workshop class to teach on Sunday. So enjoy your weekend everybody, while I’m like this:

Shirt & Jeans: Mango, Shoes: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage

And my looks this week – I like the individual outfits, but as a whole capsule, it’s pretty random:

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pink floral top black skirt black oxfords by 14 shades of greywhite shirt blue jeans black oxfords by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 39.3: Old Lady Shoes

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Even though it’s pretty warm here (see: sleeveless shirt), I’m determined to add more fall-appropriate touches to my outfits. Like these oxfords. Truth be told, I’ve been having a hard time styling them. I don’t know what else to wear with them other than jeans. They’re a bit severe-looking, so this time I tried pairing them with something girly to see if that can be balanced out.

Well, it backfires, because they went from “masculine” to “old lady” in .01 seconds. How is that even possible?! Maybe I should just embrace their toughness and save them for my menswear outfits.

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black skirt black oxfords by 14 shades of greypink floral top by 14 shades of grey

Top: local shop, Skirt: thrifted, Shoes: Vagabond


Weekly Capsule 39.2: The Girl On The Train

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I thought long and hard about which of the books I’ve read this month would serve as an outfit inspiration. Nemesis is out of the question, not least of all because it takes place in Norway in late autumn and early winter. My favorite is Station Eleven, but since the story spans so many decades and locations, it’s difficult to pick one consistent theme to build an outfit around. So I sort of settled on The Girl on the Train by default.

It may not be the best book I’ve read, but at least it would be easier to get inspired. I could choose to dress like one of the three main characters, except I don’t really relate to anyone of them (one of the many flaws of the book), so in the end I decided to just dress like a commuter. And since I already commute every day – though on a bike, not the train – it means just wearing my normal clothes. I also picked this shirt to reflect the beginning of the book, when Rachel glimpses a pile of clothing on the side of the train tracks: “Light-blue cloth—a shirt, perhaps—jumbled up with something dirty white.” I don’t had any train-related accessory, so this house necklace would have to do. After all, Rachel is obsessed with the house she glimpses from the train. 

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Shirt: Mango, Skirt: thrifted, Shoes: local shop, Necklace: my sister’s


Weekly Capsule 39.1: Fall Accessory

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We’ve been having a lot of rain lately, so even though it’s not cool enough to start layering yet, I can finally add a few touches of fall here and there to my outfits. Like this scarf. I was trying to copy this look, but my scarf is slightly too large so it ended up looking a lot clumsier than the inspiration photo. But then again the inspiration has been put together by a stylish and worn by a model, so I can’t compete 🙂

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Shirt & Shoes: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: my mom’s


Weekly Capsule 38.2: The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

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It’s been quite stressful last week. Monday went deceptively well, and Tuesday was OK except it was raining cats and dogs so I couldn’t take photos of this outfit until later. And then on Wednesday I had such a bad case of food poisoning that I had to call in sick for two days. Then on Friday my nephew was sick with bronchitis, so I had to spend Saturday at my sister’s place to help out (he’s better now.) So please excuse me if I end this week’s posting a little earlier than usual.

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Top: Old Navy, Jeans: local shop, Oxfords: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage

And my looks this week – not that it counts as a “capsule” when you have two completely unrelated outfits:

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Weekly Capsule 38.1: Brushstroke

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Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by Franz Kline “Painting Number 2”:

I have to admit, my pick of this inspiration was self-serving, because I was looking for an excuse to wear this skirt. I bought it a while ago, but the weather remained too warm for the longest time. When we had our first taste of fall weather this week (yes, I’m aware that 85 degrees is hardly autumnal for most of you guys, but for us tropic-dwellers, it is), I wanted to finally debut it, and with Jess’ skirt from last week, I just knew which artist to pick. So yeah, I picked the outfit first and found a painting to go with it, but hey, I’m the host this week, it’s my prerogative 🙂

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white top brushstroke skirt black pumps by 14 shades of greywhite top brushstroke skirt black pumps by 14 shades of grey

Shirt & Shoes: local shop, Skirt: Zalora, Belt: thrifted, Watch: Swatch

Remember to check back tomorrow for the full round-up!


Weekly Capsule 37.3: Post-Labor Day

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For about a week before and after Labor Day, I’ve seen quite a number of posts/articles on style blogs about wearing white after Labor Day. And I thought, really? It’s the year 2015 and we’re still talking about how to wear white after Labor Day? It’s the easiest thing in the world. You just wake up after Labor Day, and put on a piece of white clothing. Or two. They don’t even have to match (like me.) Done!

What we really need to talk about is, how come it’s 2015 and we’re not adopting trends like the double-tie or the inside-out pockets yet? (I may or may not have recently caught Back to the Future II on TV…)

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Top: Banana Republic, Pants: Mango, Shoes: local shop, Brooch: my mom’s

My looks this week – not exactly cohesive, but I wasn’t in a cohesive state of mind anyway:

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