Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA. I was a bit stumped when I first saw the inspiration piece, “The End of Romance” by Erte, but then I remembered my polka dot popover, and the rest of the outfit came together very quickly (I tried adding a bit of green, but it didn’t look right, so I left it out. You don’t always have to stick to the inspiration 100%).
Now, I didn’t even think about it when Kim announced the inspiration, but this is just perfect for Valentine’s Day, isn’t it? But then again I don’t celebrate Valentine’s, so maybe “The End of Romance” is more appropriate for Galentine’s (February 13). Who needs romance anyway?
Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this lovely print!
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.
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.
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:
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 😛
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:
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.
Sweatshirt: Zalora, Pants & Brooch: local shops, Oxfords: Vagabond
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.
Sweatshirt: Zalora, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Topshop, Necklace: Lia Sophia