I was so happy with my Fantastic Beasts-inspired outfit last week that I decided to try it again this week. Now, this is an even looser interpretation of the look than my previous outfit, but it’s built on the same elements – lots of neutral colors, tweed/wool, and oxford shoes. Very important, oxford shoes. For some reason, I can’t seem to wear these pants with anything other than oxfords. There’s something about their material and the cut that immediately makes me think of a British professor (hence the title), so oxfords would be the natural shoes of choice.
Top: Earth Music & Ecology, Pants: Esprit (hand-me-down), Coat: Mango, Scarf: Candies, Shoes: local shop
Is it me, or is March the longest month ever? I have been ready for it to be over for two weeks now. Maybe it’s because I’m always extra-busy in March. So much so that I’ve missed yet another blog anniversary – that’s right, the blog is 5 years old now! Hooray!
And also, because I’ve been extra-busy, I’m keeping things simple. This outfit is nothing special, but I’ve been wearing versions of it on days when I can’t be bother to think about clothes. It’s comfy, relatively put-together, and, dare I say it, a bit chic too, so it’s a winner.
Top: Old Navy, Jeans: Sneak Peak, Flats: Vagabond, Coat: Mango
After a week of warming up, the weather starts cooling down again (told you so) but I’m feeling super lazy about putting together outfits right now, so I’m wearing what I call “easy outfits”. Just something perfunctory – like jeans and a T-shirt or sweatshirt, and nice coats and boots. Voilà! Instantly put-together without having to put much thought into it.
Jeans: Mango, T-shirt: Uniqlo, Sweatshirt: Zalora, Coat: Loft, Trench coat: Zara, Brown boots: Topshop, Black boots: Clarks
Welcome to the first outfit post of 2016! I think I may have found a new direction for the blog – accessories. Or, rather, jewelries. After buying a couple of new things as a Christmas/New Year present for myself (including this necklace), I realized that I have tons of them – a lot of brooches and necklaces, and a few bracelets too – and I don’t wear them enough. So from now on, I’m going to wear at least one piece with each outfit. It’s also kind of a shopping ban to stop me from buying any new jewelry (though we all know I don’t do too well with bans, but we’ll see how it turns out.)
Speaking of this necklace, I looked it up online and found that Modcloth used to sell it for nearly $60. Guess how much my local shop sells it for? $7! I’m feeling quite smug about it, as you can understand. Also, Modcloth’s name for this necklace is “Glimpse the Lune”, hence my reference to the moon in the title (it’s actually a Star Wars quote, but it’s apt, isn’t it?)
Sweater & Jeans: hand-me-down, Boots: Hush Puppies, Necklace: local shop, Coat: Mango
The temperature dropped a bit last week, so I brought out the thickest sweater in my wardrobe – this turtleneck tunic. It’s a bit tricky to style; I can’t think of any way to wear it other than with skinny jeans and boots (and it has to be riding boots too, to balance out the length on top, I don’t think ankle boots will work.) But hey, at least it is a tiny bit of change from my usual uniform of sweater + jeans + scarf, right? Honestly, I have been stuck with that formula for so long now that any change, no matter how small, is welcome.
P/S: Apparently this sweater wasn’t in my capsule at all! Oops. I guess it’s just another outfit then…
Sweater: United Colors of Benetton (hand-me-down), Jeans: Hermes, Boots & Necklace: local shop, Coat: Mango
Since the quality of my posts has been going down in the last week, here’s something a bit more interesting: a book review.
So, “Rivers of London”, by Ben Aaronovitch. It is marketed in the US as “Midnight Riot”, probably because many readers, like myself, totally thought was a non-fiction book about, well, the rivers of London. It’s not (I would still read it if it was though.) It is actually a novel, the first of a series, that is best described as Sherlock Holmes meets Harry Potter meets Neverwhere, which of course is all the things I like. The book, sadly, doesn’t quite live up to that. Before we get to it, though, a quick summary: Peter Grant, a London police constable, is responding to a gruesome murder when he gains some valuable information from a witness that happens to be a ghost. This causes him to be assigned to Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who specializes in supernatural crimes, and thus begins Peter’s journey into the world of magic and the uncanny.
That sounds so promising, doesn’t it? For me, however, the biggest problem with the book is the world-building. I was never quite sure how this supernatural world works, how Nightingale’s special unit works, how the murderer works, how anything works. To be fair, it is not as bad as “I have no idea what’s going on”, but rather, I feel like the world could be much bigger and richer than what is presented in the book. Think of the first Harry Potter book: it doesn’t tell us every thing about this world but we definitely get the scope of it, whereas here all the supernatural elements just seem to be contained within this particular murder case, so it is a bit… limited.
Still, it does have good parts. Like I said, the concept sounds awesome; Peter is biracial (POC are always welcome); his personal subplots are standard (unrequited crush on a co-worker, a junkie dad) but relatable and never overpower the main plot; and there are some really cool incarnations of the gods and goddesses of London. So, overall, despite my problem with it, I might still check out the rest of the series (there are three more.)
As for the outfit, I don’t recall any particular outfit described in the book, but I figured – trench coat and Chelsea boots, what can be more London than that, right? I also added a red scarf to mimic the book cover.
Sweater: H&M, Jeans & Coat: Mango, Boots: Din Sko, Scarf: Icing