Cozy Blue

This is my second outfit for SIA. I wasn’t going to put together two outfits for this challenge; these mustard jeans and the navy sweater were actually going to be the foundation for my one outfit, but they look absolutely horrendous with my Van Gogh socks, so I had to start again. However, I still thought that the jeans and sweater looked good together and it would be a waste to scrape that outfit altogether. I added my brocade boots, and thus we had a pretty solid interpretation of the inspiration painting.

Originally, the outfit was just going to be the sweater and jeans, but it has been quite arctic around here (we’ve had snow up in the mountains), and I had to add this coat. Luckily, it matched my sweater perfectly (you know how non-matching shades get me all twitchy.)

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Empire Inspired

For this week’s SIA, I took the inspiration from both of the Empire-style dresses in the photo. My mustard jeans are to mimic the yellow dress, my white shirt and striped sweatshirt are to mimic the white dress with the striped spencer jacket (I know, the stripes and dots are green, but I don’t have anything green-striped), and finally, my boots are to mimic the embroidered shoes and the paisley shawl (the appliques on my sweatshirt are a nod to the paisley too). When I first put this together, I was afraid that the pieces are a bit too random, but they ended up going together pretty well, even if I do say so myself.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday for the other interpretations of these lovely dresses. Also, this is the last SIA challenge of the year, as next week is Christmas and then there’s New Year (where did 2018 go?!), but we’ll be back the first Monday of January. See you then!


Winter Outfit Formula

I have been wearing different versions of this outfit for almost two weeks now. My winter wardrobe is definitely more limited than my summer one, and when it’s cold, I pretty much have to stick to the jeans + sweater + jacket + boots formula to stay warm. Plus in Vietnam, there is barely any indoor heating (sometimes it’s even colder inside than it is outside), so we don’t have much of a concept of “outerwear” – you can’t take off your coat or jacket to reveal a cute outfit underneath. Hats off to those style bloggers who manage to dress both cute and appropriate for the weather, because I’m finding it quite difficult.


Kuroki Neko

This outfit came together very quickly for me. I took one look at the inspiration painting, “Black Cat” by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso, and though, “Yellow, black, and gray. Done.” If it were colder I would’ve worn a gray sweater underneath the black blazer to mimic the texture of the tree trunk, but for now this T-shirt would do.

What actually took a long time is deciding which of my cat brooches to wear. In the end, I opted for this instead of the wooden one, for a bit of sparkle. I figured the outfit was minimalist enough, so it needed some actual bling to stand out.

Don’t forget, you still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits. There are some pretty cool ones already, so this should be a fun round-up!


The Black Cat

black tee mustard jeans red heels by 14 shades of grey

Jen may have picked this week’s SIA, Théophile Steinlen’s “Le Chat Noir“, for its fall colors, but I couldn’t go with fall in my outfit because fall is still a long way off for us (give it another month or so). So I chose my black t-shirt, mustard jeans, and red shoes instead. The mustard yellow of my jeans is darker than the yellow in the print, and my shoes are the wrong shade of red, but they would have to do. And hey, at least I could find an excuse to wear my cat brooch!

Remember to stop by Jen’s blog tomorrow for the full SIA round-up!

black tee mustard jeans by 14 shades of grey

mustard jeans red heels by 14 shades of greyblack tee cat brooch by 14 shades of grey

T-shirt: Target, Jeans: Cache Cache, Shoes: Zara, Brooch: Singapore gift shop


The Girl In The Green Scarf

white sweater green scarf mustard jeans chelsea boots by 14 shades of grey

I was channel-surfing the other day and caught the tail end of Confessions of a Shopaholic. It has Hugh Dancy and Krysten Ritter in it, so I paused. Of course, I flipped to another channel pretty quickly (it’s not my kind of movie like, at all), but I saw the part when the main character auctioned off her clothes and told one of the buyers not to pair a green scarf “with yellow”. Well, it just happened I just bought a green scarf, and I think it’ll look great with yellow – albeit it’s forest green, not teal green like in the movie, and my yellow is actually mustard. What shoes go with these pants though, is another question I haven’t managed to answer yet…

white sweater green scarf by 14 shades of grey mustard jeans chelsea boots by 14 shades of grey

white sweater green scarf mustard jeans chelsea boots by 14 shades of grey white sweater green scarf mustard jeans by 14 shades of grey

Sweater & Scarf: local shops, Jeans: Cache, Boots: Din Sko, Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 40.4: Why I Don’t Have A Clothing Budget

navy print shirt mustard jeans heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

I’ve got nothing to say about today’s outfit, which is just random top + whatever bottom and shoes I still have in the weekly capsule, so I’m going to talk about something a little more serious: clothing budget (and why I don’t have one.)

A lot of the blogs I follow have a post every month where they talk about what they buy and how they keep those purchases within their budget. I like those and had considered doing the same, when my shopping was getting a little excessive and I wasn’t happy with everything I bought. But when I tried giving myself $50/month (which is a lot considering what I make), I went over-budget every single month. What went wrong?

I realize that, the moment I gave myself a budget, it was like money burning in my pocket begging to be spent. My mindset is that “Oh I have that extra $50, I must buy something with it!” And once I started buying, it was hard to stop. In a way, it was like my capsule wardrobe experiment. By restricting myself, I only made myself think more about what I was not supposed to do, and it backfired.

So, instead of a budget, I try to be more conscientious about my shopping. I create a list of “holes in my closet” and when I come across an item on that list, I would consider it carefully before making a purchase. I guess restriction just never works with me, not in shopping or in dieting or in anything. I just have to be smarter about it.

navy print shirt mustard jeans by 14 shades of greynavy print shirt mustard jeans heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

navy print shirt mustard jeans heeled oxfords by 14 shades of greynavy print shirt copper necklace by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Zara, Jeans: Cache, Shoes & Necklace: local shops

My outfits this week:

polka dot chambray shirt navy skirt brown heeled oxfords by 14 shades of greywhite lace tee mustard jeans leopard flats by 14 shades of grey

navy gingham shirt navy skirt leopard printed flats by 14 shades of greynavy print shirt mustard jeans heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey