Weekly Capsule 32.3: The End Of A Decade

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My birthday was last week. I’ve never been big on birthday parties (I didn’t celebrate my birthday at all during all those years I lived in LA), but since my niece loves them and my sister’s birthday and mine are so close together, we just made a cake and had a small family party on the weekend. It’s weird though, thinking that I’m 29 years old. I still feel the same as I did when I was 17. But then again, nobody knows how being 29 is supposed to feel either, right? Adulthood is a huge lie, I’m telling you ๐Ÿ˜›

A funny coincidence: I wore a very similar outfit exactly a year ago. Except this time my shirt is long-sleeved and my shoes are snakeskin, not leopard. I did think of that outfit when putting this together, but I had no idea that the timing aligned as well!

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And the scarf is still the perfect make-shift hoodie.

Top: Forever21, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: self-made, Sneakers: local shop


Capsule Outfit #12

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I’m really happy that for this week’s SIA, I could stick to my capsule wardrobe. The inspiration painting, “Two Women at a Window” by Baroque artist Bartolomรฉ Esteban Murillo, has mostly neutral colors, so I just had to add a pop of red to mimic the bow at the young woman’s bust, and I’m good. And of course, I had to mimic the two women’s expressions in my photos too ๐Ÿ™‚

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Big thanks for Jen for picking this lovely piece. Don’t forget to drop by her blog to see other interpretations of this painting!

white button-up black skirt brown booties by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: local shop, Skirt: hand-me-down, Scarf: self-made, Belt: borrow from my mom, Boots: Topshop


Fall Preview

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A storm just passed us by (it’s the third of the year, which means we can expect about 10 more or so), and the temperature dropped enough for me to put together this fall look. Serendipitously, it’s right in time for Bri’s Third Thursday Thread, whose theme is “Fall Favorite”. This outfit features two of the items I’m most excited to wear this fall: ankle boots and scarf. These are my first ever Chelsea boots too. My legs may be a bit too stumpy to make them work, but I’m looking forward to try. Now… I’ll only have to wait until fall actually gets here.

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Top & Jeans: Forever21, Scarf: self-made, Boots: Din Sko (Swedish brand)


Minimalist Wannabe

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I’m truly on my way to becoming a minimalist now, because when I looked at this outfit again, I immediately thought “Too much.” Am I crazy? Between the stripes, the leopard prints, the lace, and the necklace, it definitely feels overwrought to me. Maybe a plain grey scarf and my black flats would be better. Or maybe ditch the necklace and keep the scarf. But I wanted to show off the necklace, and wearing it alone with just the T-shirt looked weird somehow… yeah, I’m definitely overthinking this. I have to remember the “K.I.S.S.” rule next time.

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Also, it’s been raining buckets all day, and it started raining again when I was taking photos, so this happened:

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And that is why I love circle scarves. Instant hoodies/Assassin’s Creed cosplay.

Shirt: Gap, Jeans: Forever21, Flats: LA Fashion District, Scarf: self-made, Necklace: local shop


Lady Ban’s Cold Snap

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We’re having what is called “Lady Ban’s cold snap” here in Northern Vietnam. I know, I know, I’m talking about the weather again, but this one’s interesting because there’s this whole myth about it: Lady Ban is a daughter of the Jade Emperor, ruler of Heaven, but she’s slow and clumsy. When she makes a winter cloak for her beloved husband, she takes so long about it that by the time she’s finished, spring is already coming. Seeing his daughter so sad and touched by her love for her husband, the Jade Emperor makes the weather cold again so that her husband can try the cloak on. So from then on, around the third lunar month of the year, there is always a cold snap before it gets warm.

To be frank, I think it’s kind of a silly story. Seriously, why make everybody suffer to satisfy the whim of some heavenly lady, right? If it’s too warm for your husband to wear the cloak, save it for next year, woman. Or better yet, work faster next time! On the other hand, I really don’t mind the chilliness. It means I can put off shaving my legs ๐Ÿ˜›

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Sweater: Forever21, Pants: thrifted, Oxfords: Me Too (thrifted via Buffalo Exchange), Scarf: self-made


Stumpy And Clumsy

I’ve been looking for a pair of trouser jeans, so I was really happy to find them on the sale at Old Navy, and just in time for ABC’s of Style challenge, “W for Wide-legged Jeans”, too. They’re super comfy, and I love how they make my stumpy legs look longer. I’ll probably have to take an inch off the hems if I want to walk in them without falling to my face though – these are my tallest heels and I still stepped on the hems. Or maybe I’m just a klutz.

Also, despite my anti-Valentine attitude, apparently I still feel residual influence from Valentine’s Day with the lace and the red sweater.

Sweater: Gap thrifted, Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Payless, Scarf: self-made, Brooch: thrifted


Detergent Ad

As I was editing this set of outfit photos, I thought they looked like an ad for laundry detergent. My shirt is white (yes, mom, I do laundry, I even separate the dark and the white) but definitely not that glowing, heaven-is-opening-up kind of white. It’s just a magical combination of light and camera setting.

Anyway, this outfit is a direct copy of this picture which I believe is from a Japanese fashion website (???) and has been everywhere on Pinterest. It’s a bit dressy for staying at home and writing the remaining 3000 words of my NaNoWriMo book (you know that feeling when you’re at the end of the semester and still have papers due? I feel like that), but I’m a firm believer that dressing up like you’re going to work will give you the incentive to, you know, actually work. I just wish I had worn my opaque tights (couldn’t find them), and had a pair of heeled loafers to complete the look. I was eyeing a pair at Payless but they’re $40, which is more than I’m willing to pay.

Shirt & tights: Target, remixed
Skirt: thrifted, remixed
Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden thrifted, remixed
Scarf: self-made


Red trees will always remind me of The Ring… That movie scarred me ๐Ÿ˜›