True Casual

Sorry for the spotty posting this past week. My Singapore trip may have been over but the exchange program is not – for the past two weeks, our school has been playing host to the Singaporean students as they travel to Hanoi and experience Vietnamese culture. As the coordinator, it is my job to take them around town (and also out of town) for sightseeing and various events, so I haven’t had much time to take outfit photos or even to put together a blog-worthy outfit. The program ends this week though, so hopefully next week things will be back to normal. In the meantime, here’s a good example of what I’ve been wearing – very unfussy, utilitarian stuff.

Sweater: local shop, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Sneakers: hand-me-down

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Quilted

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And I’m back, both to work and to the blog, after the Lunar New Year Break. Before the break, three weeks seemed so long, but now I felt like I’ve hardly gotten any rest at all. Mostly because I spent the entire time catching up on my translating work. Never mind, we’re going to have another break at the end of April and by then I should be finished, I can rest then. And I’m planning a proper break this summer (shh! it isn’t finalized yet and I don’t want to jinx it.)

Anyway, here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Harriet Powers’ “Bible Quilt”. I picked this sweater and skirt for their textures and neutral colors, and add in some touches of gray and brown. You can’t see my tights, but they’re actually gray polka dots, to echo the polka-dot animals on the quilt. I admit, the untucked sweater and skirt look a bit frumpy together, but I like it.

Drop by Jen’s blog tomorrow to see how others interpret this unique piece of art!

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Sweater: local shop, Skirt: Zalora, Scarf: Candies’, Tights: Target, Boots: Aldo


February Layers

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The weather has moderated, but it’s still pretty freaking cold, so I combated that with layers that are warm but can also look presentable on their own should the sun suddenly decided to pay us a visit.

I’ve also been playing around with wearing multiple brooches. I figure that layering jewelries, like necklaces or bracelets (remember the “arm parties” trend?), usually works best when they have a similar look or feel while still vary enough to create interest, so the same rules apply to brooches. I’ve worn multiple brooches before, but usually just with my enameled ones, and now I’m branching out. I’m going for a “leaf” theme here, as you can see – they still look a bit haphazard, but I’m hoping as my collection grows, I can get better at it.

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Shirt: Uniqlo, Coat: Atmosphere, Scarf & Jeans: Forever21 (gods, I didn’t realize how saggy these jeans have gotten; they need to be retired!), Sweater & Boots: local shops, Brooches: various


The Girl In The Green Scarf

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I was channel-surfing the other day and caught the tail end of Confessions of a Shopaholic. It has Hugh Dancy and Krysten Ritter in it, so I paused. Of course, I flipped to another channel pretty quickly (it’s not my kind of movie like, at all), but I saw the part when the main character auctioned off her clothes and told one of the buyers not to pair a green scarf “with yellow”. Well, it just happened I just bought a green scarf, and I think it’ll look great with yellow – albeit it’s forest green, not teal green like in the movie, and my yellow is actually mustard. What shoes go with these pants though, is another question I haven’t managed to answer yet…

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Sweater & Scarf: local shops, Jeans: Cache, Boots: Din Sko, Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 03.4

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Apparently yesterday marked my 1000th post on the blog! Which makes this post #1001.That’s pretty cool, if I do say so myself. When I started this blog, I saw it as nothing else but a hobby. It still is, but I honestly didn’t expect I would keep doing it for so long.

But I’ll save all that retrospect for the blog’s anniversary. For now, here’s the last outfit of this week’s capsule, a simple winter white look. While I was uploading the photos, I thought that the white pants + black boots combo looked kinda familiar. Then I realize: take away the scarf, and this outfit is just a bowler hat and a pair of suspenders away from being a A Clockwork Orange costume. Oh and a codpiece too, but I’m not sure I can rock that.

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Sweater: local shop, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Scarf: hand-made, Boots: Din Sko

Anyway, here are this week’s looks. I think keeping the pieces in a neutral color scheme with just one or two pops of color is definitely working out for me:

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Weekly Capsule 03.1

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I have been looking for more subdued colored jeans to add to my closet, after I decided I needed more varieties in my jeans and pants collection. Finally I settled on this pair – I know they look purple in the photos, but they’re actually more of a reddish color in real life. Call it maroon or oxblood or even Marsala, if you must (I’m already sick of that word). I think they’re a good addition to my closet, but after I got them, somehow I wasn’t as excited as I thought I’d be. I guess I’d expected everything to go with them just like a pair of neutral jeans, so when I struggle a bit to find a sweater and boots to pair with them, I got frustrated (and I’m not entirely happy with the Chelsea boots, it’s just that I’ve worn my black suede boots for two weeks in a row, and I want them to have a break.)

But I tend to feel like that with every new piece I buy – it takes a while to incorporate it into my closet and get it to mesh with my existing clothes, so I’m sure these will soon prove to be a lot more versatile.

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Shirt: thrifted, Sweater: local shop, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Boots: Din Sko, Necklace: Lia Sophia


Capsule Outfit #36

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With just a week or so left in the capsule, I thought I’d find the items that get the least amount of wear and see if I can find new ways to style them. If I can then maybe they’re worth keeping; if not… maybe we’ll try again next season.

One of those items is this pair of pants. I like the plaid and the color, it’s just that I’m not used to straight-legged pants like these, since all of my pants are either skinny or wide-legged, so it’s going to take take some more experiments before I can declare them a keeper. I’m happy enough with this outfit (it feels very 1950’s to me, which not a bad thing at all), but I may still get the legs taken in a bit.

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Sweater & Pants: local shops, Flats: Vagabond