Different Shoes

At first, I wore this outfit with my black wedge sandals, but then I realized I have been wearing them a lot – in all but one of my outfits this month so far – so I decided to switch to my nude sandals instead. In hindsight, I realized that the black wedges may have been a better choice because they help to balance out the dark-colored top and the light-colored bottom. Ah well, it’s too late now. And besides, I needed to break up the monotony. With a different kind of monotony.

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Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts

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This is one of those outfits where I liked the individual components, but somehow they never became a cohesive whole. I liked this shirt with these jeans, I liked the color combination of navy + light blue + pink, and I liked the owl brooch peeking out of the shirt pocket (I was inspired by these shirts – even though my owl isn’t hiding anything :P). And yet the whole outfit was just one big “MEH”. Maybe it’s the shoes. Something lighter – like sandals, maybe – would bring this together better. Next time!

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light-washed jeans pink sneakers by 14 shades of greynavy shirt owl brooch by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Mango, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Sneakers: Johan Cruyff, Brooch: borrowed from my mom


Weekly Capsule 37.1: Cats, Big And Small

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Back to the old grind! This is not the most interesting of outfits, but it was the Monday after I got back from my trip, so I was still too tired to think of anything more blog-worthy. I only knew that I wanted to show off my Singapore souvenir – this cat brooch, which I bought from DulcetFig (the shop with the cat, of course) in Haji Lane. They have a lot of pretty vintage brooches, but so expensive! I had to remind myself that I can find similar ones on Etsy for 1/10th of the price. In the end I got this cat brooch (not vintage) because not only it has the same colors as one of my cats, but it’s for a good cause too – the proceeds will be donated to a cat shelter. Win-win.

Then, because my feet were still sore (gods, I need to start exercising again if a mere 3-day trip to a city – hardly what you’d call physically demanding – can reduce me to such a hot mess), I chose these flats. And also because they’re sticking to the feline theme. Theme dressing, that’s what I’m good at.

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navy shirt khaki pants leopard flats by 14 shades of greynavy shirt cat brooch by 14 shades of grey

Shirt & Pants: Mango, Flats: LA Fashion District, Brooch: DulcetFig


Weekly Capsule 18.2: Repeat

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When I spring-cleaned my closet last month, I sorted my skirts into three piles – the “to be donated”, which don’t fit me/my current style anymore; the “work horses”, which I wear to work (and are all black/navy and pleated, incidentally); and finally, the “fun” skirts, which are skirts that I still like but are a bit fussy for work. Skirts like this one, basically. I love the pleats, and pink is a good color to add to my closet, but I feel it is too girly, so I don’t reach for it as often as I want. For this, I tried to balance it out with a simple shirt and necklace. I’ve worn something similar to this before, but there is something about the navy + pink combination that I really like.

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Shirt: Mango, Necklace: Forever21, Skirt: hand-me-down, Shoes: local shop


Weekly Capsule 18.1 & SIA: The Scream

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I was in a bind for this week’s SIA. You see, the inspiration, Edvard Munch’s classic masterpiece, “The Scream”, features quite a lot of orange and yellow, but I have no orange or yellow pieces in my closet that would work for warm temperatures. My mustard jeans might, but I’ve already worn it with this shirt. In the end, I decided on these burgundy pair and added a touch of yellow/brown with my necklace. It’s not exact, but I think the outfit captures the dark atmosphere of the painting. But then I realized that I totally forgot to do the pose! Ah well. I’m sure at least one of the lovely SIA participants would do it. Just remember to check Jess’ blog to find out.

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navy shirt burgundy jeans black pumps by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Mango, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Necklace & Shoes: local shops


Weekly Capsule 04.4 & Book Review: Indexing

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My first book review of the year, and it’s one that’s right up my alley – “Indexing” by Seanan McGuire. Part fairytale retelling, part police procedural, it is set in a world where fairy tales can become real and often kill people along the way. A black-haired, pale-skinned person can be in a lot of danger from eating apples, a talented flutist can become the Pied Piper, and a girl falling into a coma can cause those around her to fall asleep as well. It tells the story of Henrietta “Henry” Marchen, an agent of the ATI (Aarne-Thompson Index, the fictional index of fairy tales) Management Bureau, who specializes in preventing fairy tales from becoming reality. While saving the lives of innocent people swept up in the narrative, Henry and her fellow agents also have to fight against their own stories and avoid becoming fairytale characters themselves.

An urban fantasy dealing with fairy tales? I was sold. Partly because I once wrote a TV pilot dealing with the same subject (though my story is more similar to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, just replace vampires with fairy tale characters), and partly because this reminds me of the Thursday Next series, another favorite of mine. However, I was a bit disappointed with “Indexing”. The beginning is kind of slow and repetitive (I later learned that it was first released in episodes on Kindle Serial, which explains the repetition, but doesn’t make it any better), it does pick up once the main villain is introduced, but it becomes episodic and slow again at the end, and the ending just sort of happens. I was expecting something more climactic.

Also, I don’t think Henry is that engaging as the main character – she is a Snow White, and the book does a good job of showing her struggle against the princess archetype, but she is sometimes outshone by her team member, Sloane, who is supposed to be a Wicked Sister/Evil Queen. It’s more fun to read about someone trying not to be evil because some narrative force wants them to be, rather than someone trying to avoid eating apples and falling into a coma.

Still, it’s a clever take on the genre, and there are some interesting twists on the familiar characters – a male Little Mermaid and a transgendered Rose Red, for example – so it’s definitely worth checking out, if you’re a fan of this type of stories.

As for my outfit, it is based on Henry’s off-duty look – “gray stonewashed jeans and a dark blue cotton shirt that had been white when I brought it home” (because she’s a Snow White, so the narrative turns her clothes blue, you see). I don’t have gray jeans, so this is the best I could do to recreate that. And of course, I had to add my “poisoned apple” brooch too.

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Shirt: Mango, Jeans: H&M (hand-me-down), Boots: Betts, Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 04.3: Pinspiration

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This week’s Work My Closet challenge is Copying an Outfit You Pinned. I’m no stranger to that, of course – whenever I don’t know what to wear, I would look through my board to find inspiration. This outfit, for example, is inspired by this. Navy and mustard are a natural combination; but what really made the inspiration look awesome is the suspenders. I only wish I had a pair of suspenders that worked with these jeans. My suspenders are yellow (which is too close to mustard), and hot pink (which I’m not brave enough to rock, not with navy and mustard anyway), so alas, no suspenders for me 😦

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navy shirt grey cardigan mustard jeans by 14 shades of greynavy shirt grey cardigan mustard jeans by 14 shades of grey

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Shirt: Mango, Cardigan: Forever21, Jeans & Necklace: local shops, Boots: hand-me-down