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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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


Weekly Capsule 19.1: Summer Is Coming

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It’s stupid hot this week. I’m talking about upper 90’s most days, with heat index coming close to 110. So there are not going to be a lot of interesting outfits in this week’s capsule, just my baggiest, most breathable clothes in cool neutral shades, and minimal accessories. When it is that hot, my brain really can’t handle bright colors or loud patterns. Somehow they make everything seem hotter. And it’s not as if I had bright colors or loud patterns in my closet anyway.

I also figured out a way to photograph outfits these days – get up 15 minutes earlier and take photos while it’s still cool enough outside and my outfit still looks (more or less) crisp. I used to do that back in LA when I had 2+ hours of commute and couldn’t get back in time while it was still light out, but since I moved home, I’d gotten into the habit of taking photos in the afternoon. I forgot how much easier it was to take photos before work.

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Shirt: Mango, Jeans: Old Navy, Sandals: Clarks, Watch: Swatch


To Keep Or Not To Keep

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I’m going through the process of culling my closet, and this shirt is one of my “undecidable” pieces. It’s not really my style anymore, both the print and the shape – I prefer a more modern print and a looser fit now. But then again, it still fits me, and the fabric is breathable, which is always a plus in the summer heat. I thrifted it all the way back when I first started thrifting, so I guess you can say it has some sentimental value too. I don’t know… what do you guys think?

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Shirt & Belt: thrifted, Jeans: Old Navy, Heels: Payless