Hobby Blogging

This outfit is nothing to write home about, but I was quite excited to add the fun socks to liven it up. And that excitement about the outfit suddenly got me wondering why I was doing this, putting such thoughts into my outfits and photographing them and blogging about them when they’re not likely to make any difference in the world and certainly not any money. But then I realized it was simply because I enjoy doing it. It’s a hobby, and much like any other hobby, I do it for fun.

In fact, I believe that the moment you can monetize your hobby, then it’s no longer a hobby. The pressure for financial gain would drain all the fun from it. I do admit, there was a time when I felt a bit pressured to “generate content” for the blog or whatever, especially when I first started out, but now I view it as my personal journal and don’t really care how many people read it (that said, if you’re still reading this, thank you!)


Leap Frog

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I know this week’s SIA inspiration, “Leap Year Frog” by Delilah Smith, is going to be a tough one for me, because it features a lot of green, of which I don’t have much in my wardrobe (except for some scarves and special-occasion dresses), and besides, most of those are dark green. I don’t have anything in this bright green, and I look horrible in it anyway.

In the end, I decided a loose interpretation would be best, so I went with my green plaid pants, my gray sweatshirt (for the gray background), and new red shoes to mimic the prominent touches of red throughout the painting. I’m not a red lipstick kind of girl, but the bows on the shoes and the lace on my sweatshirt can convey that girly feel of the frog without being too literal about it. And finally, I finished it with my ceramic brooch, because it’s green and looks kinda like a lily pad – frogs and lily pads, get it? All in all, I’m happy with it.

Don’t forget to drop by Loop Looks for Erin’s first time as a host and see how others interpret this painting!

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Sweatshirt: H&M, Pants: local shop, Shoes: Zara, Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 45.2: Utilized

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Yeah, this is pretty much exactly the same outfit as the last time I wore this skirt and these shoes, only with a different top, but like I said, these shoes have been falling apart and I’m trying to wear them out as much as possible so that I can retire them with a clear conscience. The other two pairs have literally crumbled – that’s how destructive our climate is – but these guys are still holding on, though their heels are all chewed up (it’s the price for having a dog.) As for the sweatshirt, well, I know I just wore it yesterday but today I teach a different class so nobody else knows 😛

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Sweatshirt: H&M, Skirt & Shoes: hand-me-down, Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 45.1: True Fall

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I can complain about the fact that it’s still nearly 80 degrees everyday even though it’s almost mid-November, but the truth is that this is the best weather we’ve had for a long time. It’s crisp in the morning and at night (hence my sweatshirt and boots), and warm during the day. Of course it’s a bit too warm for this time of year, and I come from farmer’s stock so I can’t help worrying that the weather pattern is all out of whack, but as a fashion blogger, I’m not going to whine 😛

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Sweatshirt: H&M, Jeans: Mango, Boots: hand-me-down, Necklace: Lia Sophia


Lunar Holiday Capsule 07: Heat

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I don’t envy my US readers, most of whom are probably in the grip of cold and snow right now, but I’m not happy about the sudden heat wave we’re experiencing either. It has been in the upper 80’s in the past week! I got this new dress I was going to wear to work for the after-New Year “office party” (we usually have the party after the New Year rather than before), and now it’s too hot for it. I guess it’s a good thing, because I can stick to my holiday capsule, but at the same time, it reminds me too much of summer… and I’m not ready for that. At all.

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Sweatshirt: H&M, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: hand-me-down

And here are all the looks I wore for my 3-week breaks (there are a lot of repeats, naturally):

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