Weekly Capsule 50.3: Backwards

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I wore this for the opening ceremony of the film festival – so yeah, the posts this week are actually backwards (the post on Monday was actually my Friday outfit.) The opening is not as formal as the award ceremony, so I went with something a little more dressed up but not too much.

At the risk of sounding like a total fashion victim, when putting this together I was actually thinking of the last outfit in The Devil Wears Prada (that last scene is my favorite in the movie, and one of my favorite endings) but my neck got cold so I had to add the chambray shirt underneath. Speaking of which, some of the outfits in that movie look pretty dated now, don’t they? Like this ridiculous getup.

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Shirt: thrifted, Sweater: Atmosphere, Jacket: tailor, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Esprit (hand-me-down), Brooch: local shop


Weekly Capsule 50.2: Busy Bee

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OK, I wasn’t really busy at the film fest, but it’s called “The Golden Bee”, and I couldn’t pass up the chance use that as the post title, could I? The festival is hosted once every two years by our school for student filmmakers around the country, and this was my first year working it. My job was to tally up the votes for the viewers’ choice award, and mostly I just stayed inside the theater and watched the films along with the audience. Mind you, this is not exactly Sundance, but some of the films are pretty well-made (for virtually no money – they’re students’ films after all), and it’s always interesting to watch the audience’s reactions. The three most popular films with the audience won also the bronze, silver, and gold prizes from the judges, so I’d say the audience’s reactions are pretty accurate. (I’m considering using these as examples in my classes next semester.)

Anyway, I wore a variation of this outfit for each of the two days I had to work at the festival (not counting the opening and the award ceremony.) Since I was just running around behind the scene, I opted for something casual and comfy.

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Shirt: thrifted, Jeans: Mango, Boots & Cardigan: hand-me-down (the cardigan is an actual grandpa cardigan since it used to be my dad’s), Scarf: Candies


Weekly Capsule 34.1 & SIA: Air France

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This week’s SIA inspiration, the 1960 Air France poster by illustrator RenĂ© Gruau, is perfect for a breezy summer vacation look. Sadly for me, the school year has started, which means I’m back to work and have to dress accordingly. So after some thinking, I decided to go for a simple chambray shirt + black jeans look to mimic the blue and black in the poster, my belt and brooch are a nod to the yellow hat, my heels are a match to the woman’s tan, and of course, I had to include a hat, even if it’s not a beach hat like the one in the poster (a beach hat would’ve looked a little ridiculous with this, don’t you think?) I wish I could have put together something to capture that French Riviera feel of the poster, but all in all, I’m happy with this.

Don’t forget to drop by Jen’s blog to see the full round-up of outfits inspired by this poster!

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Shirt: Esprit, Pants: Calvin Klein, Shoes & Hat: local shops, Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 32.4: Casual Work

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School doesn’t officially start until next week, but I’ve already been teaching for two weeks now at an amateur film making workshop. Since the students are of all ages (the oldest I’ve had is middle-aged, the youngest is 15) and the atmosphere is much more relaxed than a usual class with college-aged students, I tend to dress much more casually than I normally do – like this, for example. And yet, despite that, I’ve never been mistaken for a student like I have at school. Weird, right?

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Shirt: Esprit, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Sneakers: local shop, Necklace: Forever21

Also, I’m very proud that this week I managed to mix and match just 6 items. I know I’ve promised not to pay too much attention to the numbers anymore, but I’d like to keep the number of items in a weekly capsule under 8 if I can. Anyway, here are my looks this week:

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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