Weekly Capsule 30.2: Beauty Routine

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Today’s outfit is super simple and doesn’t inspire any interesting writing, so I’m going to talk about something else. The other day, I just read on a style forum some comments criticizing a blogger for not having a pedicure. A pedicure, I tell you! To be fair, other commenters are quick to defend the blogger – the consensus is that the nails only need to be clean and healthy. But it got me thinking. Is that what you have to do to be presentable now? I’m not just talking about style bloggers; I mean everyday people too. Does every woman have to primp herself up from literal tips to toes before she can show herself lest the world recoils at her unpainted nails and bare face? Because I don’t. I’ve never even painted my nails. I don’t wear make-up, save for the occasional swipe of tinted lip balm. My hair takes less than thirty seconds to “style”. I’m not a slob, but I’m very much of the opinion that as long as your appearance is clean and tidy, you don’t need anything else.

This is not a dig at anyone who likes to put a lot of efforts into their appearances, you understand. I’m just kind of baffled that someone would expect such efforts from other people (or, more exactly, other women. Men don’t have to deal with that shit, do they?)

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T-shirt: Zalora, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Necklace & Sneakers: local shops


Capsule Outfit #16

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Confession: I am bored with the capsule wardrobe. I am. I’ve been wearing these jeans and these boots for like, three days in a row on (these photos were taken last Friday), and I can’t think of any more interesting way to style them. Perhaps I have focused too much on the number instead of the idea of what I want my capsule to be like. But at least I have identified a few pieces that I really miss (like my gingham shirt), and a few pieces in the capsule that I’m not so wild about (pencil skirt), so my year-round closet is shaping up.

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T-shirt: Zalora, Cardigan: H&M (hand-me-down), Jeans: Mango, Boots: Betts, Necklace: local shop


Capsule Outfit #9

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You know, I thought my closet was pretty complete. When I put together the capsule wardrobe, I couldn’t think of any “closet hole”. If I buy new things, it will just be to replace pieces that are worn out or no longer fit. But now I’ve found at least one thing missing –  a big plaid scarf. This one I have is a bit small for my liking, plus it’s silk so it’s not practical for everyday wear. I’m looking for something over-sized and soft, like those Zara blanket scarves you see everywhere last year (it was last year, wasn’t it?) Do I need it? No. But I want it. So I guess I’ll keep an eye out.

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T-shirt: Zalora, Jeans: Hermes, Scarf: gift, Heels: hand-me-down


Capsule Outfit #4

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I have to admit that I picked this week’s SIA inspiration, “Tilted Spheres” by Richard Serra, because I knew I had the pieces I need for it in my capsule wardrobe. I said I would be flexible when it comes to SIA and my book-inspired outfits, but it’s only the first week of my capsule, so I thought I’d stick to it as much as I could.

Anyway, I had planned to wear my Chelsea boots with this, but one, it was too hot; and two, Chelsea boots + knee-length skirts is not a good combination for my short legs. So I had to wear these heels. They’re not as edgy as I’d envisioned the outfit to be, but they’d do.

There is still time to send me your interpretation of this sculpture, so hop to it (if you want to, of course), and check back here tomorrow for the round-up!

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T-shirt: Zalora, Skirt & Heels: hand-me-down, Cuff: Bijou Brigitte


Freesia

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The last color in the Pantone-inspired Challenge is Freesia, which means bright yellow to us laymen (and women). We don’t have freesias here in Vietnam but I’ve seen them in LA, and aside from yellow, I remember they are also bright pink and purple and white, so “yellow” isn’t the first color that came to my mind when I heard “freesia”. As pretentious as “hemlock” or “cayenne” is, at least those things have consistent colors. But I’ve given up on trying to make sense of these names. I’d just bring out my yellow flats and call it a day.

And as silly as those names are, it’s been a super fun challenge. A big thank you to Heidi and Marissa. I needed that. Hopefully there will be one next fall too!

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A jumping shot because I haven’t done that in a while:

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Shirt: Zalora, Pants & Cuff: thrifted, Flats: Ebay

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