No Jewelry

I’ve been feeling disinclined to wear any jewelry lately. Mostly it’s because the tops I’m wearing are pretty attention-grabbing on their own (like this fish-print blouse), so any brooch or necklace would just clutter up the outfit. Besides, I’m getting bored with all of my accessories, but don’t want to buy any new one. Also, it’s really hot and muggy these days and I just want to put on a shirt and be done with it (to the point I didn’t even bother changing my jeans + sandals pairing.) It’s going to change in the fall, I’m sure, but for now I’m going to stick to a “minimal jewelry” look.

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A Stylish Potato Sack

This blouse is the third (and last) of my shopping haul to prepare for the new school year. I wasn’t going to get it because it’s the exact same cut as the gray polka-dot one and I was afraid it would look like a potato sack on me, but my sister convinced me that it’s my color. She’s right, of course – my coloring is autumn, so earth tones look best on me – and even though I still think it looks like a potato sack, it’s a nice potato sack, so I’m happy to add it to my closet.

P/S: Looking at these photos again, I realized that my beige sandals may be better – they make the bottom half of the outfit less heavy – but as I just wore these sandals earlier in the week, it was easier to grab them.

 


Bad Omen

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This outfit is as bland as room-temperature oatmeal, but there is a reason for it and for this post, I swear. See, it hasn’t rained in nearly a month here, and combined with the construction site right in front of our house, that means dust, dust, dust everywhere. So this morning I thought I’d try my old “style voodoo” by wearing my rain shirt, to see if that could make it rain. But when I went into my closet to get the shirt, it was nowhere to be found! I haven’t worn in since April, so it’s possible that it got lost in the shuffle when I put away my winter clothes. I don’t mind the shirt so much, but if I was more superstitious, I’d say this could be a very bad sign for the rain…

Also, that means I had to wear this gingham shirt instead. Riveting stuff, I know.

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Shirt, Cuff, & Heels: local shops, Jeans: Old Navy


Weekly Capsule 31.2 & 3: New Blouse

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white blouse black pants black flats by 14 shades of grey

I was drawn to this blouse because it kind of reminds me of the muslin blouses that my grandma used to wear in the summer – right down to the two pockets, except on my grandma’s blouses the pockets would be down near the hem. I told myself that I didn’t need another sleeveless white blouse in my closet, but the boxy shape and the simple style are exactly what I want. Plus it’s perfect for the muggy days before the storm. Or after the storm, for that matter.

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black pants black flats by 14 shades of grey

Blouse: Mango, Jeans: Old Navy, Pants: thrifted, Sandals: gift, Flats: Vagabond, Necklace: local shop, Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 31.1: That ’70s Show

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This blouse/tunic thing is one of the pieces in my closet that gets worn a lot more than what is shown on the blog. The main reason is, of course, I style it almost the same way every time I wear it – with skinny jeans and flats, and minimal or no accessory at all because the embroidery is busy enough – so there’s not much point in taking photos. This time, I tried to do something different with a ’70s-inspired look. I’m not sure if I succeeded. I think the blouse needs to be shorter and the jeans need to be flares instead of wide-leg for a true ’70s outfit, and the whole thing is way too baggy for my liking.

Do you guys have any suggestions? If not, say goodbye to this blouse because I’ve ran out of way to style it and you’re not likely to see it on the blog much again.

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Tunic & Cuff: local shops, Jeans: Old Navy, Sandals: Clarks


Weekly Capsule 19.4: The Theory Of Meh

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So I finally watched The Theory of Everything the other day, and I have to admit, I am deeply underwhelmed. It feels very standard “tortured genius biopic”, and the “tortured” part wasn’t even that touching or uplifting, while the “genius” part was largely glossed over. It’s like they just pulled out a chart and ticked all the boxes. Aimless years at the university? Check. A sudden, groundbreaking idea that forms his career? Check. Terrible, insurmountable illness? Check. A supportive love interest/wife? Check. On and on and on. Yeah, Eddie Redmayne’s physical acting was impressive, but I don’t think it’s Oscar-worthy.

On the other hand, I would gladly take Felicity Jones’ wardrobe. Those fit-and-flare dresses and her blouse + midi skirt combos? Timeless.

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Top: Zalora, Jeans: Old Navy, Sandals: Clarks, Bracelet: thrifted

My looks this week (told you they’re boring):

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navy print blouse white pants black pumps by 14 shades of greynavy print blouse navy wide leg jeans beige sandals by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 19.2: Minimal Effort

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As much as I’d like to be a minimalist both in terms of aesthetics and as a consumer, I don’t think I can. Take this outfit, for example – some girls can look striking and chic in it, but on me, it just looks boring and like I’m out of clean clothes. I don’t have the right look to pull off minimalism; I need some patterns or colors. Besides, I know I would get fed up very quickly if I dress like this everyday. So I guess the best I can do is to be smart about it – add the right pops to the outfits without going overboard, and shop for the right things to avoid being bored by my closet.

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And this outfit is not completely boring as it looks. Two points of interest – one, this necklace, which I made myself from a tag on an old t-shirt and two, kitty photo bomb (I have no shame about using cute animals as accessories in my photos :p)

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jeans: Old Navy, Sandals: gift, Necklace: self-made