Weekly Capsule 32.2: Playing It Safe

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This outfit is like something I would wear a year and a half ago, while I was transitioning between a vintage-inspired style to my current, simpler style. Even all the pieces – except for the brooch – are old favorites. This was from last week, when I had to teach a kind of “test class” in front of the school board to prepare for my solo classes next semester, so I wanted to wear something I’d feel comfortable in. It was nerve-racking enough having to teach in front of the school board; I didn’t want to have to worry about my clothes too.

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Top: Forever 21, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Flats: Zalora, Belt: thrifted, Brooch: local shop

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Weekly Capsule 32.1 & SIA: Hot Punch

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For this week’s SIA, inspired by Amanda Smith’s “Hot Punch“, I knew I couldn’t go too literal; otherwise I’d look like I just raided my niece’s closet. So that means no dress and no floral. In the end, I decided to go for a denim-on-denim look to mimic the girls’ blue dresses, my black-and-white flats match the dogs, and my enamel brooches are a nod to both the colors and the ceramic medium of the piece. As far as interpretations go, I think this is a good look, if I may say so myself.

And yes, it’s been raining cats and dogs as you can see.

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

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Shirt: Esprit, Jeans: Mango, Flats: Zalora, Brooches: vintage


The Outfit That Never Was

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These are the items that I took with me to my Da Lat trip but never worn – you can see why. The flats were not practical for the walking and the biking and the rain, and the polka dot pants don’t go with my hiking boots, and the chambray shirt is too thin to be worn with my cardigan and too bulky to be layered underneath my sweatshirt. The funny thing is, these were the first three things on my packing list. I thought they’d make a good base for an outfit – basic top, fun pants, comfy shoes. It just goes to show no matter how carefully you plan, you can never plan for everything.

And yes, that’s a new chambray shirt. The material is thinner and more breathable, and it fits me a little better than my thrifted one. That totally justified me buying it, right? Right?

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  chambray shirt polka dot pants by 14 shades of greychambray shirt glass pendant by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Esprit, Pants: Old Navy, Flats: Zalora, Necklace: gift shop in Venice


The Longest Day

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So yesterday I was a proctor at our school’s entrance exam. Imagine this: three hours of doing nothing – absolutely nothing – except to sit and stare at 30 sweaty, nervous kids. Not allowed to read, not allowed to write, not allowed to listen to music, not allowed to even walk around too much in case you breath down the students’ necks and make them even more nervous. I’m one of those people who have to have something to do constantly, so sitting there with nothing but the thoughts in my head was like torture. The first hour was the worst. I mapped out my script ideas for a bit, but it’s difficult to outline a story just in your head, so after a while I drifted off. I would think that 15 minutes had passed, but when I looked at my watch, I saw that somehow it was only 5 minutes, or even less. It was horrible. After that first hour I got a bit more used to it and then the students started asking for extra paper or turning in their exams early, so at least I got something to do, so it wasn’t so bad anymore. But still… the prospect of doing this again next year doesn’t sound fun.

As for the outfit, I opted for something as simple and comfy as possible. In hindsight, though, that might have been a mistake. Maybe if I’d worn something busy with a lot of patterns, I could’ve passed the time by looking at my clothes!

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Shirt: thrifted, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Belt: local shop, Flats: Zalora, Watch: gift


Wordless

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Simple outfit with nothing to describe or explain + Busy day = (Nearly) wordless post. Byeeee!

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Skirt: hand-me-down, Flats: Zalora, Necklace: Venice gift shop


Pajama Pants

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This is pretty much all I’ve been wearing for the entire Labor Day break. These pants are legit pajama bottoms that I bought from a street vendor (yeah, we have street vendors that sell clothes here), and they are awesome. The quality is not the best, as expected, but they’re relaxing enough to be worn around the house, while still put-together enough so it doesn’t feel like I’m actually wearing pajama. I think I’m going to buy five more pairs in different prints.

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Shirt: Uniqlo, Pants: local shop, Flats: Zalora, Necklace: gift


Labor Day

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It’s the start of our long Labor Day break, so here’s a casual outfit to start it off. I’ll probably be wearing a version of this for the entire break. It’s not like I have anywhere to go, really. I’m just going to be boring and spend the next four days catching up on work and TV.

Now, on a different note, I have a question to ask you guys. I have been struggling with accessorizing lately. Brooches have always been my signature, but I haven’t been able to get any new ones since I moved home (no vintage shops here, and international shipping is such a hassle), and besides, you can’t wear a brooch with every outfit. When it comes to necklaces or bracelets, I feel completely uninspired with what I have. So I’m trying to rebuild my accessory collection, except I have no idea where to start. All I know is that I like something simple, preferably with a vintage or minimalist feel to it. Do you guys have any suggestion, like a certain piece or a certain design? Anything would be welcomed. I need to know what to look for before I start looking.

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Shirt: local shop, Jeans: Wet Seal (thrifted), Flats: Zalora, Necklace: Venice gift shop