Millennial Pink

Does anybody have tips on how to clean light-colored suede shoes? I love these sneakers, but they get so dingy so fast. They used to be pink, but now they’re faded to a dirty beige (trust me, it takes some Photoshop skills to get them to look presentable in the photos.) Suede cleaner is not readily available here, so I have tried every home remedy from baking soda and vinegar to rubbing alcohol, but nothing seems to work. Which is a shame, because I would love to wear these shoes more often.

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Spring Pink

pink sweatshirt blue jeans brown oxfords by 14 shades of grey

It looks like the weather is finally warming up, so I’m taking advantage of that by bring out my lighter (both in weight and in color) pieces. Btw, aren’t these the new Pantone colors of the year? Serenity and Rose Quartz or some such nonsense?

I just realized that my winter style is much more casual than my warm-weather style – well, my style is pretty casual all year, but in the winter I have to be casual for practical reasons (no heating anywhere, remember?) That’s a long-winded way to say that this outfit is still pretty casual, but I’m gradually reinstating my dressier pieces, as long as the warm weather holds. Or I could be wrong and it’s just entering that schizophrenic stage of winter/spring transition when it’s blazing hot one day and freezing cold the next. Which, in that case, more boots and sweaters! I’m not putting those away just yet.

pink sweatshirt blue jeans brown oxfords by 14 shades of greypink sweatshirt ceramic brooch by 14 shades of grey

pink sweatshirt blue jeans brown oxfords by 14 shades of greypink sweatshirt blue jeans by 14 shades of grey

Sweatshirt: Zalora, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Oxfords: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage

Oh and, since I’m wearing pink and all, check out these lovely pink flowers in our garden:

camellia by 14 shades of grey

peach blossoms by 14 shades of grey

asters by 14 shades of grey

peach blossoms by 14 shades of grey asters by 14 shades of grey

camellias by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 52.3: Obligatory

pink sweatshirt black jeans black oxfords by 14 shades of grey

This is not exactly a blog-worthy outfit, but it’s the last weekly capsule outfit (I’m not doing it again next year; it does get tedious sometimes), so I feel obliged to post it anyway. There’s another layer of obligation to the outfit: I wore this during finals with the class that gave me this scarf. So far this semester I haven’t worn this scarf on any day that I have a class with them, so even though I’m going to see them again next semester (next week, as a matter of fact, we have a very short break this year :(), I think it’s best to let them know I do wear their present.

Plus I didn’t know how else to accessorize this outfit 😛

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black jeans black oxfords by 14 shades of grey

Sweatshirt: Zalora, Jeans: local shop, Scarf: gift, Oxfords: Vagabond

And the final weekly capsule round-up – I’ll be back tomorrow with a end-of-the-year round-up:

gray sweatshirt red scarf black jeans black boots by 14 shades of greypink sweatshirt green plaid shirt black oxfords by 14 shades of grey

pink sweatshirt black jeans black oxfords by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 52.2: Random

pink sweatshirt green plaid shirt black oxfords by 14 shades of grey

Welcome to the purgatory that is the time between Christmas and New Year. It’s weird, isn’t it? Everybody is in the holiday spirit but you still have to work for another week before the New Year. It’s a bit less weird for us because our big winter holiday is the Lunar New Year, which is in two months, but there is still a distinctly… half-hearted feel in the air. My cat brooch is meant to reflect that – we’re all feeling a bit lazy now, aren’t we?

Anyway, this is something I’d planned for Christmas, but it was too cold last week. Pink and green isn’t a combo I usually associate with Christmas, until I saw this on Kendi and thought it would be fun to try. It’s a bit random, but somehow a leftover Christmas outfit is perfect for this week.

pink sweatshirt green plaid shirt by 14 shades of greypink sweatshirt green plaid shirt black oxfords by 14 shades of grey

pink sweatshirt green plaid shirt black oxfords by 14 shades of greypink sweatshirt cat brooch by 14 shades of grey

Sweatshirt: Zalora, Pants & Brooch: local shops, Oxfords: Vagabond


Lunar Holiday 06: Peach Blossoms

pink sweatshirt boyfriend jeans brown booties by 14 shades of grey

This outfit is a big ole pile of nothing, but I took photos of it anyway, because my sweatshirt matches the peach blossoms in our garden almost exactly.

In Northern Vietnam, a branch of peach blossoms is an essential part of the Lunar New Year decoration (in the South, where it’s too hot for peach trees, they prefer the yellow-flowered ochna plants), and there are whole villages of peach tree growers who spend the entire year cultivating and grooming their trees to make sure they blossom at the right time. This year has been warmer than usual, and most of the blossoms already faded before the New Year even began. Our tree, though, managed to hold off for some reason (we didn’t take care of it in any special way!) so we still had lovely peach blossoms for the Lunar New Year.

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pink sweatshirt necklace by 14 shades of grey

Sweatshirt: Zalora, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Topshop, Necklace: Lia Sophia


Lunar Holiday Capsule 02: On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

polka dot chambray shirt pink sweatshirt black jeans black boots by 14 shades of grey

I posted this outfit anyway, even though it’s not very blog-worthy, because all these pieces are going to be parts of my holiday capsule. Plus I wanted to link up to this week’s Work My Closet challenge, which is to wear red, pink, or purple, to get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Now if you guys have been reading the blog for a while, you know how I feel about commercialized “holidays” like Valentine’s (and if you don’t, I have one word about them: ugh), but I’ve never been one to turn down theme-dressing, so here is my contribution to Valentine’s. Oh and eating a lot of chocolate too.

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Shirt: tailor, Sweatshirt: Zalora, Jeans & Boots: local shops


Weekly Capsule: 01.3 & 01.4

pink sweatshirt blue jeans black scarf black boots by 14 shades of grey

blue gingham shirt maroon cardigan black jeans white scarf by 14 shades of grey

One of the reasons I wanted to try the weekly capsule is that it would help me have a more regular schedule for posting, but my Internet has been really spotty these last few days, which is why there was no post yesterday (apparently there was some broken fiber-optic cable somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Or maybe some joker decided to type “Google” into Google and broke the Internet.)

It doesn’t matter, because my last two outfits for this week’s capsule are not “blog-worthy” enough to warrant separate posts anyway. Actually, this first weekly capsule has been kind of repetitive, because they’re mostly pieces from my fall/winter capsule, so hopefully next week I can avoid falling back on familiar things and pick out some more interesting pieces.

pink sweatshirt blue jeans black scarf by 14 shades of greyblue gingham shirt maroon cardigan black jeans white scarf by 14 shades of grey

blue gingham shirt maroon cardigan black jeans white scarf by 14 shades of grey

blue gingham shirt maroon cardigan black jeans white scarf by 14 shades of greypink sweatshirt black scarf brooch by 14 shades of grey

Outfit #3 – Sweatshirt: Zalora, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: Forever21, Boots: local shop, Brooch: vintage

Outfit #4 – Shirt & Cardigan: local shop, Jeans: Hermes, Scarf: hand-me-down, Boots: Betts