Autumnal

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As I put this outfit together, I was struck by two things: 1) it’s probably too young and too hisper-ish, and might get me mistaken for a student (all I’m missing is my black-rimmed glasses), and 2) it’s too autumnal for March. But, I figured, since I didn’t have to teach any class today – I was stuck at my desk in the teacher’s lounge grading papers for most of the day – a casual outfit is OK. And as for its autumnal tone, well, my own coloring is autumn, which means I look terrible in spring color, so it’s fine too.

Actually I didn’t spend that much time thinking about it. I just thought “Hey, this looks like a hipster’s fall outfit” and then I shrugged and put it on anyway.

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Shirt: Esprit, Cardigan & Brooch: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Oxfords: Vagabond

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Those We Left Behind

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This isn’t going to be some deep retrospective about the end of a year and what we’ve lost and gained. No, this is an entirely materialistic post: I was thinking about stuff I was forced to leave behind when I moved home from the US, and what I wish I could’ve taken with me. Other than my books (oh so many books), the only thing I regret leaving was my vintage plaid skirt. Now though, I’m beginning to miss my black turtleneck sweater too. I got it cheap from Target, and foolishly thought that I wouldn’t need it at home. But after three winters, I’m beginning to see its virtue, especially as I’m getting bored with my scarves and having a hard time finding a solid black turtleneck. It’s always the case with me – I only need a seasonal item at the end of the season, when it’s no longer in stock. Oh well. Maybe next winter.

In the meantime, I’m going to make do with this striped turtleneck. It’s more difficult to layer than a solid black one, but I quite like it.

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Shirt, Cardigan & Necklace: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Din Sko


Inspired By Marvel’s Ladies #3: Darcy Lewis

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For my last look in the week inspired by the female characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I chose Darcy Lewis, Jane Foster’s sidekick from Thor. Actually my style is closer to Jane’s, which is more utilitarian and less cutesy than Darcy’s, but Jane usually wears a plaid shirt and my one plaid shirt is in the wash, so Darcy it is. This is probably the loosest interpretation of all the outfits, but it still has all the elements of a Darcy outfit – layers, boots, a comfy coat, a scarf, and a beanie. I wore my maroon cardigan to mimic Darcy’s maroon beanie, and chose my stripes-and-stars scarf because it looks comic book-y somehow. Yes, this is similar to the last time I wore this coat, but… eh. I don’t care. When you run a personal style blog for nearly 5 years, you’re bound to repeat outfits sometimes.

And that concludes my Marvel-themed week. That was just what I needed to refresh my wardrobe. And the fun part? With some tweaks, I’d have my costumes for next Halloween!

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Yes, I know she’s wearing a dress here

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Cardigan & Boots: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Coat & Hat: H&M, Scarf: gift

And my looks this week:

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Weekly Capsule 11.1: Pumpkin And Lizards and Things

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It’s starting to feel like spring around here (read: warm and humid), but this is a very “fall” outfit, isn’t it? A fall hipster outfit, to be exact. All I’m missing is a pair of black-rimmed glasses (which I totally have) and a pumpkin spiced latte (which I totally don’t drink.) But then again, I’ve never been very good about seasonal-appropriate dressing. I think it’s a bit silly, to be honest, the idea of wearing certain colors in certain season. As long as it’s weather-appropriate, I’m good.

In other news, I took my niece to see Cinderella on Saturday. My niece loved it, of course, but to me it’s kind of pointless. It doesn’t improve on the 1950 animated version, nor it is a particularly good live-action version. It’s not even that pretty to look at – the sets look artificial and the costumes are garish. Pretty much my only entertainment during the movie is having Game of Thrones flashbacks – there are two GoT actors in it; there is this one scene with a giant stag in the forest; and the Prince, played by Richard Madden aka Robb Stark, has a storyline very similar to Robb’s (he has to marry for the benefit of the kingdom, he chooses to marry for love). I almost wanted The Rains of Castamere to start playing during the ball scene.

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Top & Jeans: Mango, Cardigan: local shop, Flats: Footglove, Necklace: self-made

P/S: Happy St. Patrick’s Day to whoever celebrates it!


Weekly Capsule: 01.3 & 01.4

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One of the reasons I wanted to try the weekly capsule is that it would help me have a more regular schedule for posting, but my Internet has been really spotty these last few days, which is why there was no post yesterday (apparently there was some broken fiber-optic cable somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Or maybe some joker decided to type “Google” into Google and broke the Internet.)

It doesn’t matter, because my last two outfits for this week’s capsule are not “blog-worthy” enough to warrant separate posts anyway. Actually, this first weekly capsule has been kind of repetitive, because they’re mostly pieces from my fall/winter capsule, so hopefully next week I can avoid falling back on familiar things and pick out some more interesting pieces.

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Outfit #3 – Sweatshirt: Zalora, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: Forever21, Boots: local shop, Brooch: vintage

Outfit #4 – Shirt & Cardigan: local shop, Jeans: Hermes, Scarf: hand-me-down, Boots: Betts


Weekly Capsule: 01.2

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Between this outfit and the one I wore yesterday, I think I have enough for this week’s capsule. Of course, I didn’t think things through again and forgot to take into account the cold snap we’re going to have later on this week. Ah well, I’ll just add a thermal shirt underneath for extra warmth.

And yes, this is another chambray polka dot shirt. I actually bought it a while ago, when I was well into my capsule wardrobe and didn’t want to add another piece in. Yes, yes, I know, I don’t need another chambray polka dot shirt, but this is a popover, so it’s totally different, right? Anyway, I’ve been wearing my other chambray polka dot shirt a lot, so I’m sure this will get a lot of wear too.

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Shirt: Gap, Jeans: Hermes, Cardigan & Boots: local shop, Pin: vintage


Capsule Outfit #37

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My SIA co-hosts and I have decided to give SIA a break, since it’s the holiday and everything. The challenge will resume on Monday, January 5th, and it’s my turn to curate, so be sure to drop by in two weeks to see what I’ve picked as inspiration!

In the meantime, I’m still trying to get the most out of my capsule wardrobe, before moving on to a new experiment for the new year (I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning very strongly toward weekly capsules.)

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Dress: Gap (thrifted), Cardigan & Boots: local shop, Scarf: gift, Tights: Target