Dreams Of Winter

The weather has warmed up for real now, but I still have a bunch of outfits backlogged, so here is one of them. Even though I’m liking my experiments with new silhouettes, they’re mostly for warm weather (loose-fitting tops + wide-leg pants), so I still turn to this classic look of sweater/blazer (or both) + jeans + boots when the weather is cooler. It would be interesting to see how the new approach to my personal style would turn out next winter (or if I’m still interested in it), but for now, I still have 6+ months of warm weather to get through… *sighs*

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Cozy

This week was absolutely crazy in terms of work, so I couldn’t maintain a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule and had to make do with Tuesday-Thursday instead. Oh, and if you’re looking for SIA, it’s coming back next week with Jen’s pick, so stay tuned!

Anyway, about the outfit – it was actually built around the socks. It’s all about the socks for me this season. In winters past, I always left my ankles bare when I wore oxfords and ankle boots, but the no-show socks I wore with them are thin and tend to slide down my heels, which is super annoying. Plus my ankles got really cold. So this year I stocked up on some colorful socks. They’re cozy, and they can add some interest to an outfit. No more cold ankles for me!


My First Leather Jacket

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During my last week in Amsterdam, I went into a Zara to look for something for my sister. I didn’t find anything there (I did later end up buying a sweater for her from another store), but this leather jacket caught my eyes. Now, a leather jacket is one of those items often featured on the “must have” list of a well-stocked closet that I never feel is truly necessary. I don’t live in a climate that calls much for a leather jacket, and it’s a bit edgier than my usual style.

Of course, I’m wearing it right now, so you know where this story is going – I bought the jacket anyway. In my defense, it was 75% off (!!!), and real leather to boot. Also, perhaps it was I bought it because every girl around me was sporting a leather jacket (they do love their leather jackets in Europe), or perhaps because I had just read that book on Neil Gaiman and all the talk about his ubiquitous black leather got to my head. Either way, here is my first (and possibly only) leather jacket, and I’m hoping I can wear it more often and in more creative ways than this. And hey, it would be perfect if I ever want to dress up as Jessica Jones again!

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Shirt, Sweatshirt & Jeans: local shops, Jacket: Zara, Boots: Din Sko


The Stars Aligned

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I usually lay out my clothes the night before, because I like my sleep and don’t want to waste precious minutes of it thinking about what I’m going to wear in the morning. Of course, laying out clothes beforehand means losing sleep the night before. Sometimes I would agonize over my closet for hours the night before to figure out what to lay out for the next day, only to end up with a lackluster outfit that I don’t really like.

But sometimes, when the stars are aligned, an outfit would come together with almost no thoughts involved. I didn’t even have to lay out the clothes beforehand. I just thought, “Have I ever worn this with this? I don’t think so. OK then.” Is this the most stylish thing out there? Probably not, but it’s put-together, and if it means I can get an extra 15 minutes of sleep, all the better.

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Top: Forever21, Jeans & Shoes: local shops, Watch: hand-me-down


Quiet On The Set!

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This week’s outfit posts have been seriously lacking because 1) the weather can’t seem to make up its mind if it wants to be summer or fall, and 2) I’ve been busy supervising a student’s film shoot. So all week, I’ve been wearing something similar to this – button-up shirts, pants, and sneakers. Close-toed shoes are a must on every film set. (No, really. It’s an actual rule. As in, you won’t be allowed on set if you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops. Who knows what’ll fall on your toes. I got that drilled into me during my entire time in film school – not that I ever had a problem with that, because sneakers are pretty much all I wore in college.)

I miss being on set, so I was actually looking forward to this, but after two days, I’d had my fill. It wasn’t a bad experience or anything. I just remember that being on set, especially somebody else’s set, means standing around and waiting. And waiting some more. For a long time. And the set of a student film in Vietnam doesn’t even have a craft service table where you can pass the time with some snacks. Next time I’ll remember to bring a book.

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Shirt: local shop, Jeans: H&M, Sneakers: Johann Cruyff, Watch: hand-me-down


Times Two

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At the risk of sounding like an old fart: I rarely use my phone to check the time. I still check the time on my watch. I’ve been wearing one since high school, and my wrist feels empty if I go out without it. So since my last watch died, I’ve been looking for a replacement. It hasn’t been easy, because I don’t like the overly feminine watch, but I don’t want something too heavy and masculine either. Luckily for me, my dad had this old watch lying around – it was a present from some college, but he doesn’t wear watches, so he gave it to me, and I love it. It’s definitely more streamlined than my last watch, but it goes better with my simpler style. The best part? It’s actually two watches in one (one showing the “Home” time and one showing the “World” time), so when I travel, I only have to change one of them!

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Shirt: Zara, Pants: thrifted, Heels: local shop, Watch: hand-me-down


Weekly Capsule 40.3: Duhh

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These are all workhorse pieces in my closet, so I can’t believe it took me this long to put them together into one outfit. In hindsight, maybe I should’ve added a belt or hiked the skirt higher because the wide waistband doesn’t look great for my long torso, but to hell with it, I like what I’m wearing and I’m comfy, that’s what counts, right?

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Shirt: local shop; Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Flats: LA Fashion District, Watch: Swatch (gift)