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?

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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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white turtleneck necklace by 14 shades of greywhite turtleneck black jeans black boots by 14 shades of grey

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


Weekly Capsule 05.4: Gray On Gray

white turtleneck gray coat black jeans brown boots by 14 shades of grey

That title sounds like a particularly messed up 50 Shades fanfic, doesn’t it? (I mean, the books themselves started out as fanfics, but I’m sure there are fanfics of it. There are fanfics of everything.)

Anyway, I titled the post so because it’s a freezing gray day here and I didn’t feel like wearing any color, apparently. I had thought about adding a brooch or something to the coat, but in the end I didn’t, because I actually kinda like the neutral color scheme. Also because I had reached the “coughing off a lung” stage of my sore throat, so I couldn’t be arsed to do anything interesting with my outfit.

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white turtleneck gray coat black jeans brown boots by 14 shades of greywhite turtleneck gray coat gray beanie by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: United Colors of Benetton, Jeans: Mango, Boots: local shop, Coat and Hat: H&M

And here are this week’s looks:

orange sweater chambray shirt black jeans brown boots by 14 shades of greyblack blazer white turtlecneck black jeans black boots by 14 shades of grey

orange sweater green blanket scarf black jeans black boots by 14 shades of greywhite turtleneck gray coat black jeans brown boots by 14 shades of grey

Yes, I wore these black jeans five days in a row to see if anyone noticed (no one did) – which goes to show they’re a really good basic, staple piece to have.


Weekly Capsule 05.2: Butterflied

black blazer white turtlecneck black jeans black boots by 14 shades of grey

The proportions of this outfit are really off, but I wanted to get this turtleneck sweater a bit more wear, since it’s also one of the nicer pieces in my closet that doesn’t get worn too often because there are only so many ways I can style it. Layering a blazer on top of it seems like a good idea, it’s just that this blazer is way too short. I have a really long torso, and stumpy legs, so it’s tricky to find a cut of blazer that fits me well.

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Now, on a more random note, may I present this butterfly that thought my boot was a landing pad? It rested there long enough for me to hop over to my tripod, get my camera, and take this photo, and didn’t stumble away until I poked at it. It was like it was drunk. Or perhaps high on some hallucinogenic flower in our garden.

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Jeans: Mango, Sweater: United Colors of Benetton, Blazer: hand-me-down, Boots: local shop, Brooch: gift, Butterfly: front garden


An Honest Mistake

trench coat turtleneck sweater black jeans black boots by 14 shades of grey

The temperature dropped a bit last week, so I brought out the thickest sweater in my wardrobe – this turtleneck tunic. It’s a bit tricky to style; I can’t think of any way to wear it other than with skinny jeans and boots (and it has to be riding boots too, to balance out the length on top, I don’t think ankle boots will work.) But hey, at least it is a tiny bit of change from my usual uniform of sweater + jeans + scarf, right? Honestly, I have been stuck with that formula for so long now that any change, no matter how small, is welcome.

P/S: Apparently this sweater wasn’t in my capsule at all! Oops. I guess it’s just another outfit then…

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Sweater: United Colors of Benetton (hand-me-down), Jeans: Hermes, Boots & Necklace: local shop, Coat: Mango