Once More, With Feelings

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I like the “dress over pants” outfit I wore last week so much that I decided to try it again this week. Like I said the last time I wore this dress, it’s getting a bit too juvenile for me now, but adding the jeans makes it a bit more age-appropriate, don’t you think?

I still kept the outfit simple because I think the silhouette is eye-catching enough so I don’t want to clutter it up. The funny thing is, I never like wearing dresses with leggings, but dress with pants feels like a different outfit somehow. I’ll definitely try it more in the fall and winter.

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Dress: Sonoma (thrifted), Jeans: H&M, Shoes: local shop


The Perpetual Student

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This dress is probably getting a little too young for me (how do you like the wording of that sentence? Instead of admitting I’m getting too old for the dress…) Or the styling is, anyway. I should’ve worn it with heels or at least sandals. But it’s Friday, the ground is still muddy after the recent rain, so I’m wearing my schoolgirl shoes (or grandma shoes, depending on how you look at it), and that’s that.

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Dress: Sonoma (thrifted), Pin: Forever21, Oxfords: Vagabond


Weekly Capsule 24.3: Staycation

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Now that the school year is officially over, my outfits are going to be a lot more casual, and I can finally relax at home… Of course, in my case, that means putting in more hours at my freelance script reading job, finishing up my own translation and writing, and catching up on shows and movies I haven’t been able to watch (Miss Fisher and Hannibal, here I come.)

Speaking of which, thank the gods that I have Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell to fill my historical fantasy craving, because I’ve had it up to here with Game of Thrones. I’m not a book purist by any means (I haven’t even read all of the books), but at this point, it’s reduced to just a series of shocking moments with barely any logical plot/character development, and that makes me very mad.

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blue plaid dress boater hat by 14 shades of grey

Dress: Sonoma (thrifted), Loafers: Footglove, Hat: local shop


Capsule Outfit #7

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I’ve noticed that I’ve worn nothing but blue, black, white, and the occasional brown for over two months now, so I decided to add a touch of color to this outfit with a brooch. I haven’t worn brooches much lately either, but that’s because I’m a bit bored with them, to be honest, and there is no vintage shop or flea market around here where I can find a new one, and shopping on Etsy is such a hassle now (stupid international shipping…) Well, maybe I can rediscover them once it gets even cooler and I wear more sweaters and blazers.

This is inspired by this look, by the way (I don’t look half as sharp as Jessica Biel does, obviously.)

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Dress: Sonoma (thrifted), Blazer: Atmosphere, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: vintage


Dresses vs. Separates

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I don’t wear dresses much during the summer. You would think it’s the easiest thing to just throw on a dress, right? To me though, it can get boring very quickly. Yeah, you can change your shoes and accessories, but without the benefit of layers, it’ll just look like the same dress over and over again. That’s why I’m much more likely to reach for separates, because with those, at least you can mix and match. Do you guys have any idea on how to mix it up for summer dresses?

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Dress: Sonoma (thrifted), Belt & Shoes: local shop