Dragonfly

mint shirt dragonfly brooch by 14 shades of grey

I admit, I picked this week’s SIA inspiration – the “Dragonfly Lady” brooch by René Lalique – mainly because I have this dragonfly brooch. But then again I bought this brooch because it reminds me of the Lalique brooch in the first place (you can see how it clearly copies the design of the wings and the body from the Lalique brooch), so it’s come full circle.

As for the rest of the outfit, it came together pretty quickly for me – mint (with a hint of gold), black, and my green cut-out heels to mimic the intricacy of the brooch. Done and done.

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black midi skirt green heels by 14 shades of greymint shirt by 14 shades of grey

The full round-up post with other interpretations will be up tomorrow so remember to drop by!

Shirt: Mango, Skirt & Shoes: thrifted, Brooch: Bijou Brigitte


Weekly Capsule 42.2 & SIA: Leopard

mint shirt leopard scarf maroon jeans brown booties by 14 shades of grey

I actually had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA, inspired by Megan Carn’s colorful “Leopard” – chambray shirt, mustard pants, red scarf, and leopard-printed flats – but I just wore my mustard pants and leopard flats not too long ago, while these jeans have languished in my “winter” drawers for nearly a year, so I decided to take them out for a spin. Even though I have to separate my closet into “winter” and “summer” clothes, I’d like to keep them on a rotation system so that everything gets worn the same amount.

And in changing the pants, I had to change the entire outfit around them too, but I like it, although the colors aren’t as perfect (I swear my shirt is mint and not white).

mint shirt leopard scarf maroon jeans by 14 shades of greymint shirt leopard scarf maroon jeans brown booties by 14 shades of grey

maroon jeans brown booties by 14 shades of greymint shirt leopard scarf by 14 shades of grey

Shirt & Scarf: hand-me-down, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Boots: Topshop

Don’t forget to check Animated Cardigan for other interpretations of this painting!


Late Spring

mint shirt pink blazer black pants by 14 shades of grey

OK, I’m going to talk about the weather again… Is it just us, or has it been a weird spring for everybody all over the world as well? It’s been overcast and humid and rainy since January. It is so decidedly un-springlike that I had to wear some pastel colors although pastels wash me out, otherwise it would feel just like fall with my black and blue and brown. I always prefer rain over sun, but even I start to long for some sunshine after three whole months of grey skies.

mint shirt pink blazer black pants by 14 shades of greymint shirt pink blazer black pants by 14 shades of grey

black pants black heels by 14 shades of greymint shirt pink blazer by 14 shades of grey

Blazer: Zara (hand-me-down), Shirt: Mango (hand-me-down), Pants: thrifted, Heels: hand-me-down


The Headless Horseman

mint top skinny jeans red t-strap heels by 14 shades of grey

The outfit is nothing to write home about, so here’s an impromptu TV review instead:

I had some unexpected free time this past weekend, which I spent watching the new Sleepy Hollow TV show. I love the Tim Burton movie, I like the writers, and the premise looks interesting. So far I’m enjoying it, but I think they make the mistake of overloading it with too much mythology so early in the series – to sum it up, the Headless Horseman is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Ichabod Crane is brought back from the dead to stop the end of the world. Which is all well and good, except it leaves the episodes weirdly uneven, and I often wonder what the “Monster of the Week” has to do with the bigger story arc. They should’ve taken a leaf out of Fringe (written by the same guys, Kurtzman & Orci) and presented it as an episodic show with an overarching mystery, and let us learn about the mythology as we go. Of course, that risks putting the show in the same trap that Fringe fell into, where it gets so wrapped up in the mythology and becomes way too convoluted.

The cast is good, though. Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod, is too pretty for my taste (mostly because I know him from Parade’s End, where he plays the quintessential pretty boy), but Nicole Beharie, who plays a Sleepy Hollow’s police officer unwittingly pulled into the fight to stop the Apocalypse, is awesome, and they have fantastic chemistry. Honestly the only regular character I don’t like is Ichabod’s wife Katrina, who’s not so much a character as a vessel for the writers to tell us what’s going on. Still, it’s only been three episodes, so I’ll keep watching.

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Shirt & Jeans: Mango, Heels: Steve Madden (thrifted)


Cool Mint

mint shirt black jeans leopard flats by 14 shades of grey

Six months ago I wouldn’t think of posting an outfit like this, but ever since moving home I’ve been trying to simplify my style. It’s partly because my taste is navigating toward simpler looks, but the heat and the humidity are responsible as well. It’s not just about layers either. It’s like when I’m wearing an outfit with lots of details, patterns, or colors, in this heat it somehow feels… heavy . Cumbersome. Fussy. I can’t explain it any better than that.

It’s  the main reason I took this shirt from my sister – I wasn’t so sure when she gave it to me, because I’ve always maintained that I look like death warmed up in any sort of pastel. It turns out the color is so light that it doesn’t look too terrible on me, and it fills the need for simpler, more grown-up pieces in my closet. But damn it, looking at these photos really makes me crave a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream!

mint shirt black jeans by 14 shades of greymint shirt black jeans leopard flats by 14 shades of grey

mint shirt black jeans leopard flats by 14 shades of greymint shirt black jeans by 14 shades of grey
If I had to go out I’d probably tuck the shirt in. It looks more put-together that way

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Shirt: Mango (hand-me-down), Jeans: Hermes, Flats: shop in LA Fashion District, Necklace: self-made