Floral Embroideries

This week’s SIA outfit came about quite quickly for me. I looked at Daenel’s pick of the inspiration – a piece of vintage fabric – and thought, “Off-white background, floral, embroideries, red, hints of yellow and brown and green. Done and done.” The two pieces that came immediately to my mind were this floral silk scarf and these brocade boots, and I just built my outfit from there. I picked this turtleneck sweater instead of my other white sweaters because I wanted to try pairing a scarf with a turtleneck, and these jeans because… well, they’re the only red (or reddish) piece I have. All in all, I’m happy with this.

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog to see other outfits inspired by this lovely piece!


Snowed Bean

For this week’s SIA, inspired by a photo of the Chicago Bean covered in snow, I was going to go all gray with black and white touches, but the result outfit looked too dull. It didn’t help that my gray jeans don’t really go well with these boots. So I had to scrap it and start again, keeping the leather jacket and black boots, but switched my gray sweater for a white one (for snow) and my gray jeans for the light-blue pair. The result may not be as close to the inspiration as I’d like, but I much prefer this outfit. And it’s still all neutral colors, so it’s not too bad, right?


Outfit Completer

white sweater plaid scarf maroon jeans brown boots by 14 shades of grey

The weather has finally warmed up somewhat, enough for me to take photos outside without being bundled up in a huge coat, but it’s still cold enough to require several layers and a big scarf. Or maybe it’s just me, because the cold snap has left me a souvenir – a lingering case of the sniffles 😦 Hopefully it’ll go away before the Lunar New Year. It sucks to be sick during the holiday.

Anyway, about the outfit: I’m a bit tired of gray and black after these last few days, so I decided to bring in some colors. In my enthusiasm, I might have worn one color too many, and the outfit ended up looking kind of awkward… until I had the idea of adding this scarf. It has all the colors of my sweater, jeans, and boots, so it brings them all together as a whole. It sounds like such a no-brainer, doesn’t it, the idea of having a piece that pulls the entire outfit together? Yet I haven’t thought about it before. But now that I do, I’m definitely going to use it more often to make my outfits more cohesive.

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white sweater plaid scarf maroon jeans by 14 shades of greywhite sweater plaid scarf maroon jeans brown boots by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: hand-me-down, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Boots: Vagabond, Scarf: Candie’s


“That’s no moon”

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Welcome to the first outfit post of 2016! I think I may have found a new direction for the blog – accessories. Or, rather, jewelries. After buying a couple of new things as a Christmas/New Year present for myself (including this necklace), I realized that I have tons of them – a lot of brooches and necklaces, and a few bracelets too – and I don’t wear them enough. So from now on, I’m going to wear at least one piece with each outfit. It’s also kind of a shopping ban to stop me from buying any new jewelry (though we all know I don’t do too well with bans, but we’ll see how it turns out.)

Speaking of this necklace, I looked it up online and found that Modcloth used to sell it for nearly $60. Guess how much my local shop sells it for? $7! I’m feeling quite smug about it, as you can understand. Also, Modcloth’s name for this necklace is “Glimpse the Lune”, hence my reference to the moon in the title (it’s actually a Star Wars quote, but it’s apt, isn’t it?)

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Sweater & Jeans: hand-me-down, Boots: Hush Puppies, Necklace: local shop, Coat: Mango


Weekly Capsule 51.3: Not-So-Subtle Christmas

green coat white sweater maroon jeans black boots by 14 shades of grey

I wore this to the Christmas pageant at my niece and nephew’s kindergarten, so I threw subtlety out the window and just went straight for the red + green + white (and added the holly brooch in case anybody was still confused.) Of course, it was a good thing my jeans were maroon; true red would’ve been pretty eye-searing – I don’t think I’m brave enough to try that!

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Sweater: hand-me-down, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Coat: thrifted, Brooch: vintage, Boots: Hush Puppies

My looks this week – a bit of colors just in time for the holiday:

black embroidered sweatshirt maroon jeans brown ankle boots by 14 shades of greygray sweater green scarf maroon jeans black boots by 14 shades of grey

green coat white sweater maroon jeans black boots by 14 shades of grey