The Girl In The Green Scarf

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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…

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


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

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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.

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

My outfits this week:

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Weekly Capsule 40.2: What Is Fall?

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I’m getting really frustrated seeing all these lovely fall outfits on the blogosphere while I’m still here sweating in my T-shirts. Admittedly, the heat is less muggy and it’s beginning to feel a little crisper in the morning and at night, but it’s hard to get into the spirit of the season when it’s still 90+ every day. So, just like a while ago when I dressed in blue and wore my watering can brooch because I was hoping for rain, here I am in all the fall colors and my tree (with fallen leaf) brooch, hoping for fall. Will it work…?

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T-shirt: Banana Republic, Jeans: Cache, Flats: LA Fashion District, Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 10.3: High-heeled Boots

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I almost didn’t take pictures today because it was rainy and miserable, as it has been the whole week, as it has always been at the beginning of spring here in Hanoi – you can just see how humid it is in the fogged up photos. But my sister just swapped me these boots, and I’d like to show them off. In hindsight though, the outfit is not great. I’m not used to wearing high-heeled boots, plus I just threw them on without thinking how well they go with the rest (other than the fact that they helped me avoid the mud), so the outfit feels a little awkward. Maybe tomorrow I’ll try them with a skirt to see if that works better.

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Sweatshirt: Next, Jeans: Cache, Scarf & Boots: hand-me-down


Weekly Capsule 10.2: Tay-Tay

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Navy and mustard seems like such a natural combination that I’m surprised I didn’t put this together sooner. To be fair, it’s a direct copy of this pin of Taylor Swift – I may be missing a Starbucks cup (eww) and a cat carrier (my cats would kill me if I put them in any kind of bag or basket or cage), but it’s pretty close, right? I’m not a fan of Taylor Swift’s music, but I do like her street style.

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Shirt: local shop, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Cache, Boots: Betts, Brooch: gift shop at The Getty