Weekly Capsule: 01.3 & 01.4

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One of the reasons I wanted to try the weekly capsule is that it would help me have a more regular schedule for posting, but my Internet has been really spotty these last few days, which is why there was no post yesterday (apparently there was some broken fiber-optic cable somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Or maybe some joker decided to type “Google” into Google and broke the Internet.)

It doesn’t matter, because my last two outfits for this week’s capsule are not “blog-worthy” enough to warrant separate posts anyway. Actually, this first weekly capsule has been kind of repetitive, because they’re mostly pieces from my fall/winter capsule, so hopefully next week I can avoid falling back on familiar things and pick out some more interesting pieces.

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Outfit #3 – Sweatshirt: Zalora, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: Forever21, Boots: local shop, Brooch: vintage

Outfit #4 – Shirt & Cardigan: local shop, Jeans: Hermes, Scarf: hand-me-down, Boots: Betts

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The Sound Of Her Wings

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When I pick a piece for Style Imitating Art, I usually have a specific piece of clothing in mind, something that I can use to recreate the painting. I don’t plan the whole outfit, because in the week from when I post the inspiration to the deadline, something always comes up – the weather turns colder or warmer, I have a better idea, an early submission gives me a better idea, etc. This time, though, I did have this entire outfit in mind when I picked the inspiration, the cover for SandmanĀ Volume 1, #8, “The Sound of her Wings“, and I wore it exactly. The coat is a no-brainer; the dress is a hand-me-down from my sister, the silhouette is not really my style, but it works – I really can’t imagine Death (Sandman‘s Death anyway) in a fit-and-flare dress, can you? The scarf and the brooch is to mimic the white and soft greenish blue of the cover, and of course the brooch can be an ivy leaf if you squint a bit. The only thing I wish I could recreate is the ankh… oh well, that would be too on-the-nose I guess.

Remember, you still have until tonight to send me your outfit, and come back again tomorrow for the full round-up post!

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Dress: Esprit (hand-me-down), Coat: thrifted, Scarf: hand-me-down, Boots: Journee, Tights: Target, Brooch: vintage


Snowy Owls

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When I looked at this week’s SIA inspiration, the “Snowy Owls” illustration from James Audubon’s “Birds of America”, I immediately thought of this shirt – the various stripes seem to me a great way to mimic the owls’ plumage. Of course, I didn’t account for the fact that the temperature suddenly dropped by half over the weekend (why wasn’t it this cold and rainy over the Lunar New Year break, when it was supposed to be?) so I had to layer a thermal shirt underneath this. The rest of the outfit just fell into place. I remembered to include my owl brooch at the last minute – it doesn’t go with the painting, but how could I not wear an owl brooch in an outfit inspired by an owl painting?

And nope, I haven’t found another pair of ankle boots to replace these yet. I did keep an eye out during the Lunar New Year sales, but couldn’t find any that look good and fit. Well, maybe next season… I need to throw these away so I wouldn’t be tempted to reach for them. The leather around the heels is completely gone, so if I wore this in public, I’d probably have to walk like Jo from Little Women when she had to hide the patch at the back of her skirt.

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Shirt: local shop, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: hand-me-down, Brooch: vintage, Boots: Steve Madden (thrifted)

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog for more snowy owl-inspired outfits!


Sweet Cold

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Happy Boxing Day! I hope all of you who celebrate it had a wonderful Christmas, and if you don’t celebrate it, I hope you had a couple of wonderful days as well. As for me, I’m still crawling through the last few days of the semester (funny, the last week or so of the semester feels the same no matter if you’re the teacher or the student) and dealing with my runny nose. The weather doesn’t help either – we’re now having what we call “sweet cold” in Vietnamese, which means it’s freezing but dry and sunny, as opposed to “bitter cold” when it’s overcast and rainy. I suppose the sun is nice, except it makes my nose so dry I’m starting to get nosebleeds again.

Well, that’s enough of my miserable health. It’s been a few uninspired weeks for me, style-wise, so I tried to put together something that is more blog-worthy and still comfortable. I think this long cardigan fits the “comfortable” part, but I’m still at a loss as to how to style it so that it doesn’t look like a bathrobe. Any suggestion?

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Dress & Tights: Target, Cardigan: H&M (hand-me-down), Scarf: my mom’s, Belt: Vietnamese shop, Boots: Aldo