Casual Ravenclaw

Despite my online moniker, I am a Ravenclaw through-and-through – in fact, in the early days of the Internet, I went by Rowena, as in Rowena Ravenclaw, but then I decided that it was too feminine for me. Probably because I associate the name with Lady Rowena in Ivanhoe.

Anyway, this outfit was a no-brainer, but when it came to titling the post, I was stumped. That usually happens to me when the outfit is simple or too “obvious”, as there is not much to talk about and I can’t come up with a snappy title. Then, while browsing Pinterest, I came across a board for clothes inspired by the four Hogwarts Houses and the title just popped into my head, since I was wearing the Ravenclaw colors – blue and bronze (well, my brown boots can count as bronze) – and there is a preppy touch with the striped button-up and the cable-knit sweater.

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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.)


Capsule Outfit #25

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The next color in the Pantone-inspired Challenge is “mauve mist”, which looks like a dusky purplish pink to me. I don’t have anything like that in my closet, and I was thinking I could get away with my pink sweatshirt, when serendipitously, I got this scarf as a Teacher’s Day present from my students. It looks gray from afar, but up close it’s more purple, which is perfect. And better yet, the scarf has a different pattern on the other end (I’ll show you guys soon), so it’s like two scarves in one.

And yes, this is the same exact outfit from yesterday, just with different scarf and boots. I’m creative like that 😛

P/S: I’m also linking up with Bri’s Third Thursday Thread. The theme is “Fall Footwear”, so it’s all appropriate.

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navy jeans chelsea boots by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: Fedora Boutique, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Din Sko, Scarf: gift


Capsule Outfit #24

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It’s that time of the year again – time for the Pantone-inspired Color Challenge hosted by Marissa of The Modern Austen and Heidi of Literate & Stylish. I had to miss out on the Monday color, which is “sangria” (a sort of purplish red/burgundy), because other than a pair of tights, I don’t really have anything of that color in my closet. For Tuesday and Wednesday though, we have “cypress” and “royal blue”, so I picked my green scarf and navy sweater. Simple. This sweater + scarf + jeans + boots combo has been my uniform in the past two weeks, and I don’t mind that at all – it’s easy, it works, and I’m not bored with it yet, so I’m not changing it up any time soon.

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navy sweater green scarf by 14 shades of greynavy sweater navy jeans brown boots by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: Fedora Boutique, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Aldo, Scarf: hand-me-down


Black, Grey, and Blue

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I debated whether to post this outfit or not, because it’s really nothing remarkable – just another all-neutral look, in the same silhouette I’ve been wearing pretty much all through November. It’s not that I’m a style rut. One of the reasons I reach for this combination and the neutral colors so much may simply be because I’m too busy to figure out which color works with which. Back when I first started the blog, I usually took some time to plan my outfit the evening before, but now, with 5 different reading/writing/translating projects going on, I just grab the first things that are clean, so it’s actually easier to have a silhouette that works and colors that I don’t have to worry about clashing. Although some colors here and there would be nice; it’s been so dreary lately, I don’t need my clothes to look dreary too.

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Sweater: Fedora Boutique, Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Steve Madden (thrifted), Jacket & Scarf: hand-me-down

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Early Thanksgiving

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My sister and brother-in-law have moved into their new apartment with an oven and everything, and our family starts to make a habit out of having dinner over there at least once a week. In a weird coincidence/serendipity, yesterday my dad was given a fresh turkey by one of his colleagues, who knows a turkey farmer  – turkeys are gaining popularity here. Long story short, we decided to have an early Thanksgiving/Teacher’s Day celebration (November 20th is Teacher’s Day in Vietnam) instead of waiting until the actual Thanksgiving, because a fresh turkey will definitely taste better than a frozen one. And it was. We had turkey, with roasted root vegetables and pumpkin soup – classic Thanksgiving feast. Hopefully we can make this a tradition from now on, because like I always say, we need more food-based holidays in Vietnam 😛

By the way, the outfit is my attempt to recreate this (right down to the photo), but I don’t think I can pull off that “disheveled chic” look. I just end up looking straight-up disheveled. Also, I swear my tights are black, even though they appear purple. I should probably dial back that color correction.

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Sweater: Fedora Boutique, Skirt & Scarf: hand-me-down, Tights: Target, Heels: Forever21

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What’s My Age Again?

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When I look at these photos, the outfit strikes me as being a little young – perhaps it’s the combination of short skirt and ankle boots (the polka dot tights don’t help either.) Dressing my age is still a problem for me. A part of it comes down to not having a clear-cut definition of my style – I go back and forth from twee to tomboy to grandma and everything in between. The other part is due to not having a proper job where I have to dress professionally. I don’t think I would ever dress inappropriately in a specific situation, it’s just that when left to my own device, I tend to go for a younger look.

What about you? Do you struggle with dressing age-appropriately?

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Skirt: thrifted & dyed by me, Sweater: Fedora Boutique (Vietnamese shop)
Scarf: hand-me-down, Tights: Target, Boots: Payless
Post title: song by blink-182 (I do listen to bands that are not indie hipsters, you know)