Capsule Outfit #21

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It looks like everybody at the script reading company where I work is taking an early Thanksgiving break, which is why I find myself with a giant pile of scripts to read, and nothing interesting to say about this outfit because my brain is too tired.

Wait, actually I do have something to say: I wasn’t sure about this combo, both the silhouette (the sweater is too long, the boots may cut off my legs) and colors (usually I couldn’t care less about pairing navy and black, but this looks off somehow, and the pink sweater and white scarf look anemic together). But then I looked at the photos and it turns out to be all right, if I do say so myself. That is rare indeed. Usually it’s the other way around – I thought the outfit was great, then I looked at the photos and it was horrible.

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Dress: Gap (thrifted), Sweater: Zalora, Scarf: Target, Leggings: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Din Sko

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I Collect Spores, Molds, and Fungus

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I’m not happy with this outfit. It’s for this week’s SIA, inspired by Erté’s “Spring Rain”, and as usual, I got caught up in trying to recreate the painting as closely as I could and forgot that it should be a put-together outfit at the same time. So I ended up wearing all the things. I should’ve gone for something more subtle, or at least take off the lace tights (but my legs are still scarred so tights are kind of a must if I want to wear a dress.) Everybody is killing it this week though, so be sure to check back tomorrow for the full round-up post!

In other news, it has been crazy humid here lately and everything is moldy. And I mean everything. Shoes, bags, belt – anything made from genuine leather. Even my mouse pad. It’s absolutely gross, but there is nothing I can do except to wipe everything down with rubbing alcohol and turn the dehumidifier up high, and wait for the sun to come out. It seems I always have to fight humidity wherever I live. Back in LA it was because there was not enough of it, and here because there’s too much. Ugh.

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Dress, Belt, and Shoes: local shop, Blazer: thrifted, Tights: Forever21, Necklace: self-made


The Elephants In The Room

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When I saw that this sweater is embroidered with freaking elephants, I knew I gotta have it. The only problem is that it is a bit short (either that or my torso is too long). I was feeling unimaginative, so I copied the seller’s styling for this outfit. I’m going to try layering a button-up shirt underneath it if I want to wear it with pants. It may look a bit hipster, but I’m OK with that.

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Sweater: Zalora, Skirt: hand-me-down, Boots: Journee (via Amazon)


First Place

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So this is the outfit that I actually had planned for SIA, before I accidentally wore another that could work as an interpretation of the painting as well. I like the silhouette of this better, though I had to admit that the colors in the other outfit are a closer match to the painting.

… OK, gotta go now, I have Game of Thrones and Turn waiting on my laptop. Don’t forget to check out Animated Cardigan to see all the other outfits inspired by this week’s painting, Andrew Wyeth’s “Bonfire”.

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chambray dress black cardigan by 14 shades of grey

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Dress: Zara, Cardigan, Belt & Tights: Target, Boots: local shop


Flamingo

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For this week’s SIA, inspired by Alexander Calder’s “Flamingo”, I knew I was going to wear my red heels to mimic the sculpture itself, but I had no idea about the rest of the outfit. Then when I looked at the photo of the sculpture again, I came up with the idea of wearing all neutrals so that the heels would stand out like how the sculpture stands out from the buildings around it. I liked this when I put it together, but now when I look at the photos again, I realize it’s that weird mix between fussy and frumpy that some of my outfits usually end up when I overthink things (jeans might be better.) It looks like simplifying my style will be more difficult than I thought…

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Sweater: J.Crew (thrifted), Skirt: thrifted, Heels: Steve Madden (thrifted), Tights: Target, Scarf: self-made

Don’t forget to swing by Jen’s blog to see how this is interpreted! It’s the first time a sculpture is featured in SIA, so it should be awesome.


Groundbreaking

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Apparently today is the first day of spring, so of course I had to wear floral… right? Though actually this might be my last chance to wear this dress like this (inspired by this) because we’re having a cold snap this weekend and then the temperature is going to skyrocket during the next week, and soon it’s going to be too warm to layer anything at all. I know I talk about this a lot, but the weather here doesn’t have much middle ground. It’s either freezing cold or scorching hot, so you really can’t get used to it. I’m a native and even I’m not used to it.

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floral dress brown heeled oxfords

Shirt, Tights, and Belt: Target, Dress: tailor, Shoes: local shop


Book Review: Three Bags Full

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How serendipitous is this? It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and the latest book I read happens to be a murder mystery set in Ireland. I swore I didn’t plan this (OK, maybe just a little. I was supposed to post the SIA inspiration today but I saved it for tomorrow.)

Anyway, “Three Bags Full” by Leonie Swann (the author is German, I read the English translation by Anthea Bell) is about a flock of sheep in the small town of Glennkill in Ireland. After discovering their beloved shepherd dead on the meadow with a spade stuck into him, they decide to find the killer. Led by the smartest sheep of the flock, Miss Maple, the investigation uncovers all sorts of secrets lurking beneath this seemingly idyllic Irish town and forces the sheep to face their own fears.

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I picked this up on a whim, because I thought the premise sounded awesome, sort of like Babe meets a crime thriller. The story itself is not as funny as I hoped – it’s more philosophical, full of allegories about religion and mortality (shepherd, God, it’s a natural connection), but it’s still really enjoyable. The sheep’s literal interpretation of human actions makes the symbolism fun instead of trite, and although the resolution feels a tad too easy, there are enough red herrings that I didn’t see it coming.

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Apparently there is already a second book to this Sheep Detective series, but it hasn’t been translated into English yet, which is too bad, because I figure out this is the kind of book that I would enjoy: a mystery with a bit of a quirky twist. Like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, you know? That is still pretty specific, but now at least I know what to look for other than my usual fare of fantasy and sci-fi.

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The outfit is pretty self-explanatory – white dress for the sheep and green cardigan for the green meadow. Plus it’s St. Patrick’s Day so of course I had to wear green. The scarf and tights are for warmth, mostly, though I like how the lace on the tights sort of echos the pattern on the scarf too.

Dress: tailored, Cardigan: thrifted, Scarf: hand-me-down, Boots: Aldo, Tights: Forever21, Belt: local shop