Lily, Daisy, Tulip, Nasturtium

lace tee printed skirt beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

It was almost too easy, putting together an outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by John Singer Sargent’s “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose“. I knew I would wear this skirt because the print is too perfect (even though it doesn’t have carnations or roses.) For the top, I chose my lace t-shirt to mimic the girls’ dresses and the texture of the paper lanterns. I guess I could’ve worn black shoes to mimic their black stockings too, but I think my beige sandals are a better choice, style-wise.

There’s still time to send me your outfit if you want to participate, and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for the full round-up!

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Top: Banana Republic, Skirt: vintage, Sandals: Clarks

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One Thing Off

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I know at the beginning of the year I said I’d try to wear at least one piece of jewelry with each outfit, and I’ve kept at it most days, but sometimes, like that Coco Chanel quote, you should always take at least one piece off, you know? Like with this outfit (which is actually a copy of this). I had put on a necklace, but even before I looked at myself in the mirror, it felt wrong somehow, so I just took it off. And it looks much better without the necklace, if I do say so myself.

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T-shirt: Banana Republic, Jeans: Mango, Jacket: tailor, Sneakers: Johan Cruyff


Weekly Capsule 40.2: What Is Fall?

white lace tee mustard jeans leopard flats by 14 shades of grey

I’m getting really frustrated seeing all these lovely fall outfits on the blogosphere while I’m still here sweating in my T-shirts. Admittedly, the heat is less muggy and it’s beginning to feel a little crisper in the morning and at night, but it’s hard to get into the spirit of the season when it’s still 90+ every day. So, just like a while ago when I dressed in blue and wore my watering can brooch because I was hoping for rain, here I am in all the fall colors and my tree (with fallen leaf) brooch, hoping for fall. Will it work…?

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T-shirt: Banana Republic, Jeans: Cache, Flats: LA Fashion District, Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 37.3: Post-Labor Day

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For about a week before and after Labor Day, I’ve seen quite a number of posts/articles on style blogs about wearing white after Labor Day. And I thought, really? It’s the year 2015 and we’re still talking about how to wear white after Labor Day? It’s the easiest thing in the world. You just wake up after Labor Day, and put on a piece of white clothing. Or two. They don’t even have to match (like me.) Done!

What we really need to talk about is, how come it’s 2015 and we’re not adopting trends like the double-tie or the inside-out pockets yet? (I may or may not have recently caught Back to the Future II on TV…)

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Top: Banana Republic, Pants: Mango, Shoes: local shop, Brooch: my mom’s

My looks this week – not exactly cohesive, but I wasn’t in a cohesive state of mind anyway:

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white t-shirt khaki pants black pumps by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 24.2: Dog’s Tooth

white lace tee blue jeans striped slip-ons by 14 shades of grey

No, not houndstooth, as in the print. Dog’s tooth, as in my dog, who, upon seeing these new sneakers (that I bought along with the black pair that I wore last week), immediately seized them and processed to chew a hole through one of them. Thankfully my sister was able to fix it by patching it up and adding a similar patch to the other shoe, so they don’t look too bad… at least from afar.

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Anyway, I wore this to a co-worker’s baby shower. It was casual, and I knew there were going to be other babies there, so I put together something I could run around in. I’m more comfortable with kids and babies than I used to be, now that I’ve had practice with my niece and nephew, but I still want to wear the most comfy outfit when I’m around them. The white shirt, in hindsight, could have been a mistake, but luckily none of the kids was particularly grubby 😛

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Shirt: Banana Republic, Jeans: Mango, Sneakers & Cuff: local shops


Weekly Capsule 16.5: Watchlist

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There’s not much to talk about with this outfit. It’s basically a case of “It’s the end of the week, what do I have left in the capsule that is still clean?” Having a seasonal capsule didn’t help me get dressed more quickly, but a weekly capsule certainly does.

Anyway, I’ve realized that it’s been a while since my last proper movie review, but I don’t have anything lined up just yet. I’m too lazy to check out some of the Oscar movies that I’m interested in (The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, and Mr. Turner – apparently I’m very into “tortured genius” biopics); it’s mostly TV now for me.  I’m watching Game of Thrones and Mad Men, of course, and I’m also starting Daredevil – it’s amazing, but so emotionally exhausting that I can’t really binge-watch it (I watch every episode with my hands balled into fists because the amount of tension is just unbelievable.) Then I’ll probably go to see Age of Ultron this weekend, and the third season of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is coming out in May, just in time for my other shows to end, so my watchlist is looking pretty full. What about you guys? See anything good lately?

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T-shirt: Mango, everything else: local shops

This week’s looks:

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lace t-shirt plaid pants black pumps by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 16.2: No Accessories

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I thought about adding a necklace or brooch to this outfit, but I thought that between the lace tee, the pleated skirt, and the details on my shoes, it is fussy enough, and doesn’t need any jewelry. That’s why I always tend to wear my lace shirts with jeans and skirts with simple button-ups – for me, it’s all about that balance between feminine/vintage silhouette and minimalist details.

And besides, if I added anything else to this outfit, I wouldn’t match my cat so perfectly, and that would be a real shame.

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T-shirt: Banana Republic, Skirt: thrifted, Shoes: local shop