Melody

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Kate Bunce‘s “Melody (Musica)”. I tried to recreate the red-and-green color scheme of the painting with my red shoes, but ended up looking like a walking Christmas tree, so I toned it down with my pink shirt instead. It goes better with the green, and the embroideries can mimic the foliage in the painting (both the actual blossoms and the print on the lady’s dress). I would’ve stopped there, but then I noticed the necklace the lady is wearing in the painting, so my vintage-looking necklace made for the perfect outfit-completer.

You still have until Tuesday to send me your outfits, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see the full round-up!

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Summer Floral

We are still in the grips of a heatwave, so here’s a simple outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by a piece of Spanish embroidery. Since I’ve worn a very similar outfit for another SIA challenge, I decided to switch it up by pairing this floral T-shirt with white jeans and adding my green heels to mimic the green scroll at the bottom of the piece. I have to admit, the shoes are kind of an afterthought and I’m not entirely happy with them because they are a bit formal and don’t really go with the rest of the outfit, which is more casual. If I had built the outfit around the shoes, I would’ve worn my embroidered blouse instead. But it was too hot to think anyway, so here we are.

Don’t forget to send your outfit to Daenel (if you haven’t already) and check out her blog on Wednesday for the round-up of all outfits inspired by this work of art!


Dragonfly

mint shirt dragonfly brooch by 14 shades of grey

I admit, I picked this week’s SIA inspiration – the “Dragonfly Lady” brooch by RenĂ© Lalique – mainly because I have this dragonfly brooch. But then again I bought this brooch because it reminds me of the Lalique brooch in the first place (you can see how it clearly copies the design of the wings and the body from the Lalique brooch), so it’s come full circle.

As for the rest of the outfit, it came together pretty quickly for me – mint (with a hint of gold), black, and my green cut-out heels to mimic the intricacy of the brooch. Done and done.

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black midi skirt green heels by 14 shades of greymint shirt by 14 shades of grey

The full round-up post with other interpretations will be up tomorrow so remember to drop by!

Shirt: Mango, Skirt & Shoes: thrifted, Brooch: Bijou Brigitte


Weekly Capsule 29.3: Proctor Time

pink floral shirt black pants green heels by 14 shades of grey

It’s college entrance season here in Vietnam, which means I again have to be a proctor at my school’s entrance examination. Taking a lesson from last year’s stint, this year I wore something with a pattern and colors just so I could have something to stare at while I sat for three hours not allowed to do anything. Happily the shoes I wore earlier in the week matched the green leaves on my floral print, so I could amuse myself by playing around with the laces too… for about a minute or so.

The terrible thing is that I have to proctor two exams this year, which means I have to do it again next week. Fun times.

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pink floral shirt necklace by 14 shades of greypink floral shirt black pants by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: local shop, Pants & Heels: thrifted, Necklace: gift


Weekly Capsule 29.1: Green On Green

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I wore this last week to a party celebrating Bastille Day at the French embassy here in Hanoi (my dad works with them and I tagged along). It was fun, the food was amazing, and it was great seeing people all dressed up. Sure, my dress is a little day-time – my black floral dress may be more appropriate – but this one has pockets, so it saves me from having to carry a clutch. Not that I have a clutch to begin with.

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green floral dress by 14 shades of greygreen floral dress green shoes by 14 shades of grey

Dress: Banana Republic, Heels: thrifted, Necklace: Lia Sophia

And here are some blurry phone photos of the evening. Next year, if I do go, I may suck it up and bring my camera with me, since there are a lot of pretty dresses to be photographed (I feel a bit like a creep sneaking photos on my phone; an actual camera feels more legit – and better photos too.)

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bastille day party by 14 shades of grey

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bastille day party by 14 shades of grey

bastille day party by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 09.1: Trigger Warning

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I’m back to the weekly capsule and with a book review, to boot: Neil Gaiman’s latest short story collection, “Trigger Warning”. Let’s start!

Now, I love Neil Gaiman’s other two collections (Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things Fragile Things especially), and I love fantasy/sci-fi short stories as a whole, so I fully expected to adore this one. However, I was a bit disappointed. It isn’t bad, exactly, but none of the stories really stuck with me like the ones in his previous anthologies. Some of them are kind of boring, while others have great ideas, but the execution feels rushed, almost like a different writer trying to emulate Gaiman’s style.

Still, a not-so-great book from Neil Gaiman to me is still better than most, so I’m going to talk a bit more about the ones that I like best:

The Thing about Cassandra (an artist, as a young boy, invented a girlfriend, and years later learns that she may have been real): the idea is great, and definitely keeps me guessing until the last minute. I only wish it was a bit more developed, especially the ending.

Down to a Sunless Sea (on the bank of the Thames, a woman recalls her tragic life story to a sailor): I actually read this online before, and it’s my favorite in the entire book. It’s like a Decemberists song. Moody, lyrical, and gruesome, it’s Gaiman at his best.

Click-Clack the Rattlebag (a boy tells his babysitter about a monster called Click-Clack): This would make a great horror short film. Hey, if I can get the rights to it…

Nothing O’ Clock (a being escapes from a prison built by the Time Lords and arrives on Earth to hunt down Doctor Who): even though this is set during Matt Smith’s run as the 11th Doctor and therefore not my favorite, I still like the story itself. I just did a bit of rewriting in my head to pretend it’s Nine and Rose instead of Eleven and Amy.

The Sleeper and the Spindle (Snow White meets Sleeping Beauty, literally): Gaiman’s retelling of Snow White is pretty much my favorite fairytale retelling ever, and this one, while not as dark as Snow, Glass, Apple, is an interesting take.

Black Dog (Shadow, the main character of American Gods, is making his way through England when he stops at a village and discovers its secrets): this is like the teaser to an American Gods sequel, so naturally I like it. Plus the story itself is good too, despite being a bit predictable.

As you can see, I’m trying to mimic the book’s cover with the outfit. My only regret is that there is a wolf/dog on the cover, and I wish I had a wolf pendant to wear, instead of this hipster owl thing.

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white sweater owl necklace by 14 shades of greywhite sweater green plaid pants green heels by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: Atmosphere, Pants: local shop, Heels: vintage, Necklace: Forever21


Papaver orientalis

white dress white embroidered cardigan green heels by 14 shades of grey

So here’s my interpretation of Colleen Parker’s “Prinzessin Victoria Louise Poppy“. I picked this painting as inspiration with this cardigan in mind, so I chose to keep the rest of the outfit simple to let it really shine. I wore it last week when it was still warm for a light cardigan and bare legs, but this week it’s all stretchy jeans and baggy sweaters for me. I mean, when you’re gorging yourself on fried spring rolls, rice cakes, and candied fruits, those are the best choice.

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white dress white embroidered cardigan by 14 shades of greywhite dress green heels by 14 shades of grey

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white dress green heels by 14 shades of grey

Dress: tailored, Cardigan & Heels: thrifted