Natural Whimsy

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Did I ever mention that this cardigan is actually from the kid’s section? If I like something enough, I have no problems with buying from the kid’s or the men’s section (as long as it fits, of course!) With this one, I fell in love with the embroideries, so I just got the largest size available.

I’ve always loved embroidery. Of course, that was before it became a big trend in 2015-2016. Now embroidery is everywhere, but I don’t see anything I really love. At least the embroderies on this cardigan are somewhat cohesive, as opposed to what is called “forced whimsy” by my favorite celebrity style bloggers, Tom and Lorenzo. Are they whimsical? Yes. Forced? I don’t think so.

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Cardigan: local shop, Jeans: H&M, Boots: Betts

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40’s Inspired

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I don’t know if it’s because I’m watching The Crown (fabulous show, I will do a review next week if I can finish it in time), but I’ve been feeling quite inspired by the late 1940’s – early 1950’s lately. Of course, this is my “Agent Carter” dress, so it fits that era perfectly, and the embroidered cardigan is very appropriate for that era as well.

It’s been a while since I dress up like this, and now I remember why – there are so many layers to deal with! See, I always wear my bike shorts with dresses and skirts, but the dress isn’t lined, which means I had to wear a slip as well. If this was truly the 40’s, the bike shorts would be replaced by stockings and garters and who knows what else. And that is still nothing compared to the undergarments of the old days. I honestly can’t imagine how they could deal with all those corsets and hoops and a gazillion petticoats. Wait, no, I actually can. I was the costume mistress on my friend’s period films, so I had some idea what dressing up in those days involved. All I can say is – I may love vintage fashion, but I wouldn’t want to live in those eras!

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navy dress embroidered cardigan by 14 shades of greynavy dress embroidered cardigan red heels by 14 shades of grey

Dress: tailor, Cardigan & Shoes: local shops, Belt: thrifted


Weekly Capsule 43.3: Layering

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This is probably the most colors/patterns I’ve worn in a while. I guess there’s something about this cardigan that just brought out the maximalist in me, even though I still try to keep the colors limited by picking the least dominated shade in the embroideries (blue).

Also, these flats are hand-me-down from my sister. I agreed to rescue them because they’re too small for her, plus they’re falling apart a little bit and she doesn’t want them to languish in her closet. They may not last pass this season anyway, but I’ll try to give them a last hurrah. In fact, all of my shoes this week are falling apart, so expect to see them on the blog a lot in the next few weeks. I’m going to wear them out all together, so I can discard them with a clear conscience 🙂

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Shirt & Cardigan: local shops, Pants: thrifted, Flats: Esprit


Weekly Capsule 43.1: Crimson Peak

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Even though it’s still in the upper 80’s here, it’s been crisper in the morning and at night, and during the day the sun feels more warm than burning, so I’m taking advantages of that to wear my cardigans – like this new one – and lightweight sweaters when I can. If I wait until it gets properly cold, they may never see the light of day.

In other news, I saw Crimson Peak last Saturday and quite enjoyed it. I find the story lacking, but the costume and production design are truly, truly breathtaking in that creepy, Gothic kind of way (Jessica Chastain looks like she just stepped out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting. Especially toward the end.) The set actually reminded me a lot of Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula – a quick Imdb search confirms that the two movies indeed have the same production designer. And Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunam are not terrible to look at either, so it’s definitely an eye candy, even if the story itself is not that great.

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Cardigan: local shop, Skirt: hand-me-down, Shoes: Esprit