Teatime

Although my travel wardrobe was perfect for this week’s SIA (black, white, and blue, hello), I was too busy during my trip to take outfit photos, so here’s an “everyday” outfit. The white printed shirt is a no-brainer, and the pants are to mimic the blue-green background. I also added my polka dot mug for the coffee beans, though my mug is white dots on black rather than black dots on white.

The thing is, I’m not a coffee drinker. I love the smell of coffee, but I can’t drink it – it was actually tea in the mug (hence the post title, which is also a tribute to the most famous Discworld assassin).

Don’t forget to check Erin’s blog for more interpretations of this painting!

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Crossover Clothes

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I usually divide my wardrobe into three sections: stay-at-home clothes (like sweatpants and pajamas, the kind you’ll never see on the blog), running-errand clothes (clothes I’d wear if I have to pop into the shops, which are usually too old to be worn to work but not comfy enough to be pajamas), and finally work clothes (which is everything you see on the blog, clothes I wear to work or whenever I have to be presentable.)

Occasionally though, these clothes do cross-over. Take this outfit, for example. It’s nice enough for a casual day grading papers at work, but it’s also comfy enough to lounge around at home in. I should find more clothes like these.

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green plaid pants brown sandals by 14 shades of greyblack tee necklaces by 14 shades of grey

T-shirt: ASOS, Pants: local shop, Sandals: gift, Necklaces: local shop & self-made


50’s Spring

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It must be the influence from Brooklyn and its 1950’s costumes, because this is the most explicitly 50’s-looking outfit I’ve worn in a while (seriously, it looks like something Betty wears on season 1 of Mad Men.) But I haven’t worn this cardigan in a while, and it just seems too perfect in the spring weather with all the rain and the new leaves and the flowers blooming. And when you have something that is so vintage-looking, you can’t help but go with that vintage feel. I tried to modernize it with my oxfords, but now I wish I had embraced the 50’s look and worn a pair of flats instead.

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green plaid pants black oxfords by 14 shades of greyembroidered cardigan by 14 shades of grey

Cardigan: thrifted, Pants: local shop, Oxfords: Vagabond


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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plaid pants red kitten heels by 14 shades of greygray sweatshirt ceramic brooch by 14 shades of grey

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


Weekly Capsule 52.2: Random

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Welcome to the purgatory that is the time between Christmas and New Year. It’s weird, isn’t it? Everybody is in the holiday spirit but you still have to work for another week before the New Year. It’s a bit less weird for us because our big winter holiday is the Lunar New Year, which is in two months, but there is still a distinctly… half-hearted feel in the air. My cat brooch is meant to reflect that – we’re all feeling a bit lazy now, aren’t we?

Anyway, this is something I’d planned for Christmas, but it was too cold last week. Pink and green isn’t a combo I usually associate with Christmas, until I saw this on Kendi and thought it would be fun to try. It’s a bit random, but somehow a leftover Christmas outfit is perfect for this week.

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pink sweatshirt green plaid shirt black oxfords by 14 shades of greypink sweatshirt cat brooch by 14 shades of grey

Sweatshirt: Zalora, Pants & Brooch: local shops, Oxfords: Vagabond


Weekly Capsule 24.1 & SIA: Bear In Boat

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When I saw this week’s SIA inspiration, Joyce Koskenmaki’s “Bear in Boat“, I knew I couldn’t go literal with my interpretation. The painting has mainly solid colors, colors which I don’t have in my summer closet (those are more suitable for Christmas than June.) So I decided to put together a casual weekend outfit based on the whimsical, eclectic quality of the painting instead. At least, that was my intention. I’m not sure if I pulled it off – this just looks like I was in my pajamas and had to throw on a pair of shoes for a quick errand. Maybe it would work better with a different, less casual top, but I wanted to wear this shirt because the cat kinda looks like the bear in the painting, don’t you think?

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Well… maybe just a little bit

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Remember to check Jess’ blog for other interpretation of this painting!

T-shirt: Forever21, Pants: local shop, Loafers: Footglove


Weekly Capsule 16.5: Watchlist

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There’s not much to talk about with this outfit. It’s basically a case of “It’s the end of the week, what do I have left in the capsule that is still clean?” Having a seasonal capsule didn’t help me get dressed more quickly, but a weekly capsule certainly does.

Anyway, I’ve realized that it’s been a while since my last proper movie review, but I don’t have anything lined up just yet. I’m too lazy to check out some of the Oscar movies that I’m interested in (The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, and Mr. Turner – apparently I’m very into “tortured genius” biopics); it’s mostly TV now for me.  I’m watching Game of Thrones and Mad Men, of course, and I’m also starting Daredevil – it’s amazing, but so emotionally exhausting that I can’t really binge-watch it (I watch every episode with my hands balled into fists because the amount of tension is just unbelievable.) Then I’ll probably go to see Age of Ultron this weekend, and the third season of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is coming out in May, just in time for my other shows to end, so my watchlist is looking pretty full. What about you guys? See anything good lately?

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T-shirt: Mango, everything else: local shops

This week’s looks:

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lace t-shirt plaid pants black pumps by 14 shades of grey