Cardigan It Up

Yup, this skirt again. The weather is cooling down fast, so it might be my last skirt outfit in a while. At first, I only paired it with the striped top (it was still warm enough that I could get away with just one layer, at least during the day), but then I realize that the color of the stripes perfectly matches the color of this cardigan, which I haven’t worn in a while, so I had to use it to top off the outfit.

By the way, did you know that the cardigan was named after the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War? I was looking up “cardigan” to find a clever pun to title the post (there is no cardigan pun, sadly) and came upon this piece of trivia instead. You learn something new every day…


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


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!