To Keep Or Not To Keep

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I’m going through the process of culling my closet, and this shirt is one of my “undecidable” pieces. It’s not really my style anymore, both the print and the shape – I prefer a more modern print and a looser fit now. But then again, it still fits me, and the fabric is breathable, which is always a plus in the summer heat. I thrifted it all the way back when I first started thrifting, so I guess you can say it has some sentimental value too. I don’t know… what do you guys think?

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Shirt & Belt: thrifted, Jeans: Old Navy, Heels: Payless

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Spring Cleaning

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Mother Nature has a snarky sense of humor, it seems. I’ve bought a bunch of summery tops and pants to make sure I wouldn’t drown in my own sweat (how’s that for a mental image?) when the weather starts warming up, so of course the weather refuses to warm up. Oh well. At least it means I could wear my end-of-season purchases for a while longer, and as long as it’s not too rainy, you won’t hear me complaining.

Still, the un-springlike weather didn’t stop me from cleaning out my closet last weekend. It felt so good that I’m thinking about doing a bit of spring cleaning around the blog as well, mainly with the tags system. Now what I’ve always done is to tag the post with the brands I’m wearing, but that isn’t helpful in finding a particular piece or keeping track of how much I’ve worn something, which I’d like to do. So I’m planning to tag posts with descriptions of the pieces instead, like “blue jeans” or “floral dress” or something along that line. What do you guys think? Would it make the blog easier to navigate? Of course, with 800+ posts to go back on, it may take a while, and some pieces have been tossed, so tagging them would be kind of pointless, but I still like to reorganize the posts as much as possible. Starting with this one.

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Sweater: Zalora, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Scarf: Target, Heels: Payless


Repeated

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These days, unless I’m wearing something new, most of the outfits I put together seem familiar to me, like I’ve worn it before. This one is an example, though a look through my archives found nothing similar (and in fact, it’s a combination of this two pins – I don’t have hot pink or leopard-printed heels so I compensate by my pink brooch and polka dot shirt.) I guess it’s just a natural result after three years of blogging. I do repeat outfits, of course, but not unconsciously – it’s usually when I’m feeling lazy, so I just grab a tried-and-true combination, and on those days I just won’t take pictures for the blog. I have yet to repeat an entire outfit by mistake, though I came close a few times. We’ll see how long I can keep that up 🙂

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Shirt: tailor, Blazer: thrifted, Jeans: Hermes, Heels: Payless, Brooch: vintage

And this is just in time for the Remix challenge on Work Clothes, I Suppose too, even if a polka dot chambray shirt is ridiculously easy to remix:

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Pinned It And Did It

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Here is another neutral outfit from me. This one is on purpose, not because I couldn’t find any pop of color to add to it, but because it was inspired by this, as part of the Pinned It and Did It challenge. Although it didn’t turn out nearly as sharp as the inspirational photo (never knew I needed a grey blazer until now), I liked it.

It’s been feeling more spring-like around here, except for us “spring-like” means rain and humidity, so it really isn’t as nice as you’d think. Good thing that nature makes up for the miserable weather by putting all kinds of trees in bloom. Our grapefruit tree has been blooming for nearly two weeks now and I wish I could capture how incredible the fragrance is. Not sure how many of those will bear fruits, but at least we can enjoy the flowers for now.

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Shirt: hand-me-down, Blazer & Belt: thrifted, Jeans: Target, Heels: Payless


Totally Coral

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After the freezing cold of the past week, I’m ready for some spring colors, so I pulled out this coat even though it’s still a bit too chilly for it. It’s not until I looked at these photos that I realized nothing in this outfit really go together. Well, maybe the coat and the striped sweater do. I should’ve worn my darker trouser jeans, but these are warmer, and this scarf has a permanent home on my neck now, so I didn’t feel like taking it off. I guess my winter outfits are just a constant battle between being comfortable and being put-together… and comfort usually wins.

P/S: Anybody caught the SpongeBob reference in the title? Because the coat is, you know, coral-ish… no? I’m just a dork then? OK.

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Sweater: Forever21, Jeans: hand-me-down, Coat: H&M (hand-me-down and dyed), Scarf: self-made, Brooch: vintage, Heels: Payless

ETA: Since I’m linking up to Mix-It Monday, here are a few ways I’ve worn this sweater before.

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Book Review: The Children’s Book

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OK, disclaimer: I never, ever skim any book. I may put a book down and pick it up a couple of weeks later, but I don’t skim – heck, I read Twilight cover to cover to see what the fuss was about (I did see what the fuss was about, and I disagreed.) This one, though, I had to skim, and it’s nowhere near the densest book I’ve read. It’s just… boring. In my defense, I’m going to translate it anyway, so when I got to the last 100 pages I just skimmed to see what happens to each character.

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Anyway, “The Children’s Book”, by A.S. Byatt, is about several families in Edwardian England who move in a circle of liberal artists and writers, and the many secrets and tragedies that connect them. The title refers to a book that the main character, a writer of children fantasy loosely based on E. Nesbitt, writes for each of her children.

Edwardian era is one of my favorites, the characters are fascinating, so what’s the problem? Mainly, I think the book is more to showcase the author’s intensive research of the period rather than to tell an actual story. There are chapters after chapters detailing social, political, and artistic movements of the time, and I found myself asking “What does this have to do with anything?” There is not enough time to get to know any of the characters. I feel like the author only remembered to check in with those characters from time to time before getting back to her historical research. The parts that I’m interested in, the parts about the damage that the main character’s children suffer because of her focus on her art (she’s not exactly a neglectful mother, but she’s too busy making up stories about her children to see what is really going on with them), are really rushed, and the ending is just… there.

It’s too bad that every time I try reading a literature book (as opposed to my usual genre fictions of sci-fi and fantasy), I always end up disappointed. Seriously, do you guys have any recommendation? I’d like to expand my literary horizon a bit, but I don’t know where to begin.

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I tried to recreate an Edwardian look with my outfit, though my skirt is too full to be Edwardian. Still, there are a lot of descriptions of Liberty gown and William Morris fabric in the book, so I think the skirt works too.

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Sweater: Gap (thrifted), Skirt: vintage, Tights: Target, Shoes: Payless, Coat: Modcloth


Avocado And Papaya

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I was going to title this post “Spring, You’re On” because it’s the first spring-like outfit I’ve worn. But then my sister made some avocado smoothie and I realized my shirt was almost that exact color (we usually eat it sweet rather than savory here. Avocado smoothie is just avocado blended with some sweetened condense milk, but it’s so good.) So it’s “avocado and papaya”, to keep with the whole tropical fruit theme. But then I guess the color of my jeans can be categorized as “salmon” too, and salmon and avocado would make a great sushi roll… OK, I’m hungry now.

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Shirt: Gap (thrifted), Jeans: Wet Seal (thrifted), Heels: Payless, Necklace: self-made, Belt: no idea