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

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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


Summer Essentials

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I was wondering what to write about this outfit – which is not that interesting by itself – when I remembered that I want to participate in Bri of Work Clothes, I Suppose’s Third Thursday Thread link-up. This month’s theme is Must-Have for Summer, and when I think about it, these two items that I’m wearing are actually quite important in my summer wardrobe.

The first is wide-leg pants. For me, dresses and skirts are never as comfy as pants, and I always have to wear bike shorts underneath them anyway, so they’re not great for summer. But wide-leg pants or jeans? I can move freely, and my legs are still nice and cool. Bonus: I won’t have to douse myself in bug spray to avoid getting eaten alive by mosquitoes.

The second is a cute top in a natural fabric, one that I can wear to work and not steam in my own sweat. This top, if you remember, was actually this dress, but I finally had the courage to rip out the skirt part of it and turn it into a much more wearable shirt. It’s cotton, it’s sleeveless, but it’s still dressy enough for work – perfect.

So what are your go-to items for the summer?

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Top: from a vintage dress, Jeans: Old Navy, Shoes: thrifted, Bracelet: local shop


For My Wrist

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Don’t let my face fool you – I’m not happy with this outfit. It’s just blouse and jeans and heels, but somehow it looks overwrought to me. And the bracelet doesn’t really go with the rest of the outfit, even though technically it matches the shirt, but I don’t know how else to accessorize. The shirt is busy enough that a brooch or necklace would just clutter it up, and this is the only relatively simple bracelet I have. Maybe I should look for some solid bangles or plain bracelets to wear with outfits like this. Do you guys have any suggestion for somebody who doesn’t like wearing things on her wrist?

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Shirt: Loft (thrifted), Jeans: Old Navy, Bracelet: thrifted, Heels: hand-me-down


Endless Summer

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I’m having one of those “I have nothing to wear” week, not because I’m uninspired by my closet or anything, but because of the annoying weather. I know stores have begun to stock up on fall things and bloggers are already talking about how excited they are for fall, but to me it seems summer is never going to end. Of course, we don’t have much of a fall anyway, and come winter I’ll whine about how cold it is, but at least then I can just pile on the layers and forget about it. Right now I pretty much look through each thing in my closet going, “Too hot for that, too muggy for that, too rainy for that, too many mosquitoes for that…”

In the end this is the best I could manage – it’s the only outfit that doesn’t make me sweat like a pig, even if it’s not the most fashionable thing in the world. I guess I could’ve worn a more interesting shirt but I wanted to show off this brooch – it’s my mom’s gift. Well, it’s not a gift so much as I found it in my mom’s jewelry box and gave her puppy dog’s eyes until she gave it to me 😛

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It’s been a while since Taco makes an appearance on the blog, so here he is

T-shirt: Forever21, Jeans: Old Navy, Sandals: Zalora, Brooch: gift


Eager Young Minds

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I’m getting the week off because it’s the university entrance exam week. In Vietnam, these exams are kind of a big deal (though not as much as they are in Japan) but my own entrance exam week was actually pretty breezy. I took two exams, one for film school and the other for the University of Foreign Studies (at my parents’ insistence, so I’d have something to fall back on.) I did virtually no studying, because for the film school exam it was just some questions on literature, a storyboard exercise (they gave you a bunch of pictures and you have to tell a story from it), and an essay on a movie they showed us (in my year it was Kramer vs. Kramer), and for the other one it was literature, maths, and English, which were all my strong subjects. The funny thing is, I didn’t feel stressful back then at all, but you cannot pay me enough to go through it again. Maybe that’s why I’ve been holding back on the idea of getting a PhD, because it means I would have to take the GRE, and I’m really, really done with exams.

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T-shirt: Target, Jeans: Old Navy, Heels: Madden Girl (thrifted), Bracelet: thrifted


Neverwhere

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I’m not feeling this outfit. So please excuse me, I’m going to go listen to the Neverwhere radio play. They’ve got such an awesome cast – James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, Christopher Lee, Anthony Head… And to top it off, Benedict Cumberbatch playing Islington! Now if they can just make a movie or mini-series out of it to replace the low-budget one from 1996, I’ll be a happy panda.

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Shirt: Target (thrifted), Jeans: Old Navy, Heels: Payless, Necklace: vintage

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