Childhood Book

This is another simple outfit, but I think I was subconsciously inspired by one of my favorite childhood books, “The Adventures of Dunno and His Friends“. It’s a Soviet children’s book about a group of tiny, childlike people (like, actual tiny, about the size of a medium cucumber) that go on an adventure in a hot-air balloon. I’ve worn out my copy years ago, so I was really happy to be able to find the reprinted edition in the store recently. And if you look at the cover, well, you can see where my outfit comes from.

In other news, these heels sadly bit the dust after I was caught in the rain, but I didn’t mourn them too much because they’re not real leather and I’ve been wearing them for a while. Plus, it gives me the reason to look for new black pumps 😀

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Wine Country Mural

I had quite a hard time figuring out what to wear for this week’s SIA, inspired by a mural in Sonoma, CA. It’s super colorful, and you know that I don’t do colors, so what to do? Then I looked more closely at the mural and noticed that the painting of the town inside the word “Sonoma” features a hot-air balloon. Aha! I have a hot-air balloon shirt that is quite colorful, and there I had the base for my outfit. I was thinking of wearing my gray pants to mimic the background of the mural, but I already paired them together, so I ended up with these pants (the second time I’ve worn them for an SIA challenge) and my flat sandals to mimic the roof and the buildings in the mural. A bit of a stretch, to be sure, but I like it. Plus, it looks like the kind of outfit you’d wear on vacation to Sonoma (Erin, can you confirm?), so mission accomplished.

And speaking of vacation, I’m leaving later this week for a week-long family trip in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. We went Da Lat a couple of years ago, which is also a part of the Central Highlands, but this time we’re checking out a different town, so it’s pretty exciting. I’m still going post my SIA inspiration as usual, but other than that, I’ll see you guys next week!


Layering Fail

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It has been unseasonably warm all through December, so I haven’t worn a lot of layers lately. Most days I would just throw on a sweatshirt and a light jacket on top of that, which I take off as soon as I get to work, so it doesn’t count as layering. Maybe that’s why my layering skill has gone a bit rusty – like in this outfit. I was trying for some subtle pattern mixing, but the neckline of the sweatshirt doesn’t work with the button-up shirt at all, so the two pieces look like they have nothing to do with each other. Well, I guess it’s back to the drawing-board with this one…

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printed shirt blue striped sweatshirt by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Zara, Sweatshirt: Forever21 Jeans: H&M, Heels: local shop


Weekend Wrap-up

hot air balloon shirt gray pants brown loafers by 14 shades of grey

peach t-shirt white pants beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

Just some leftover outfits that don’t warrant their own posts because they’re kinda similar to outfits I’ve worn before. But I’ve already taken the photos so I hate for them to go to waste. Enjoy your weekend!

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peach t-shirt white pants beige sandals by 14 shades of greypeach t-shirt glass pendant by 14 shades of grey

Outfit 1 – Shirt: Zara, Pants: Topshop, Loafers: Footglove

Outfit 2 – T-shirt: Esprit, Pants: Mango, Sandals: Aldo, Necklace: local shop


I’m Melting

navy print shirt white wideleg pants flat sandals by 14 shades of grey

The weather has been annoying as f*ck lately. I know I say that a lot, especially during this time of year, but consider this: last week it rained so much it turned my school into a literal island and everybody got a day off, because you’d need a boat to get there. And then this week it got so hot that a local airport had to be closed because the runway’s asphalt was melted. See what I mean?

Naturally, with weather like that, I tried to go outside as little as possible, so outfit photos didn’t happen. Besides, there wasn’t much to document anyway – most days I’m just in a T-shirt and loose linen pants. Only today, when it’s cooled down somewhat, that I could put some thoughts into my outfit and come up with something relatively cute.

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white wideleg pants flat sandals by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Zara, Pants: tailor, Sandals: Aldo


Oops

hot air balloon shirt white skirt brown heeled loafers by 14 shades of grey

I had this post all lined up and ready to go, when I happened to check my archives and realized I’ve worn this exact outfit before. Just with different shoes (and a belt). Oops. But hey, we all repeat outfits all the time, so what’s the harm, right? Besides, I think I like this version better. The brown of the shoes goes better with the skirt.

But the repetition is understandable, because this skirt is kind of awkward. I didn’t mean it’s awkward to style. No, it’s more like it only fits a very awkward kind of weather. It’s made of heavy tweed-like material, so I can’t wear it in warm weather. And then in the winter I have a hard time styling it too, because it’s difficult finding a pair of tights to go with it (other than black, that is.) That means I could only wear it during these in-between times, when it’s still cool enough for a heavy skirt but warm enough for bare legs.

So I guess… I did mean this skirt is awkward to style after all?

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Shirt: Zara, Skirt: Zalora, Shoes: local shop


Weekly Capsule 44.2: Unofficial Break

hot air balloon shirt white skirt black heels by 14 shades of grey

I actually wore this on Wednesday. The rest of my week was a little crazy in term of schedule so I didn’t really think about blog-worthy outfits; I just grabbed whatever was clean. And to be honest, I wanted a break from the whole weekly capsule thing too. As successful as it may be, I don’t think I’m going to do it again next year. I’ve got a firm enough grasp on my closet that I don’t need it anymore.

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Shirt: Zara, Skirt: Zalora, Shoes: Esprit (hand-me-down), Belt: thrifted

So this week doesn’t really have a capsule – it’s just two outfits with this same skirt:

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