Basic Black & White

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Anybody having an insanely busy week like I am? Why is it that things are always so busy at the end of the year? I have papers to grade, scripts to read, translation to catch up on, and a ton of end-of-the-year staff meetings to attend. Everything else I can handle, but those meetings are the worst.

So here is a very simple outfit because my brain is being torn in four different directions. I thought about adding a brooch or a pendant, but in the end, I decided that less is more.

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Top: Uniqlo, Skirt: Zalora, Heels: local shop, Belt: thrifted

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Oops

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I had this post all lined up and ready to go, when I happened to check my archives and realized I’ve worn this exact outfit before. Just with different shoes (and a belt). Oops. But hey, we all repeat outfits all the time, so what’s the harm, right? Besides, I think I like this version better. The brown of the shoes goes better with the skirt.

But the repetition is understandable, because this skirt is kind of awkward. I didn’t mean it’s awkward to style. No, it’s more like it only fits a very awkward kind of weather. It’s made of heavy tweed-like material, so I can’t wear it in warm weather. And then in the winter I have a hard time styling it too, because it’s difficult finding a pair of tights to go with it (other than black, that is.) That means I could only wear it during these in-between times, when it’s still cool enough for a heavy skirt but warm enough for bare legs.

So I guess… I did mean this skirt is awkward to style after all?

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Shirt: Zara, Skirt: Zalora, Shoes: local shop


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


Weekly Capsule 48.1 & SIA: Freedom From Want

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I had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA, inspired by Norman Rockwell’s lovely holiday tableau, “Freedom from Want”. But then when I got up on Monday, the temperature suddenly dropped, and I had to scramble to put together a more weather-appropriate outfit. This is what I ended up wearing – it picks up the shades of white and blue and brown in the painting, as well as the floral motif on the wallpaper and the old woman’s dress, so I guess it works too.

The silhouette is a little more awkward than I’m used to – I normally would tuck in the top. But that looks bulky with this sweatshirt and skirt, and in the end I thought, To hell with it, this is comfortable, and it doesn’t look too awkward, so I’m wearing it. After all this is supposed to be a Thanksgiving outfit, and you have to wear comfortable clothes for Thanksgiving, right?

Don’t forget to swing by Jess’ blog for more sartorial interpretations of this painting!

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Sweatshirt: local shop, Skirt: Zalora, Boots: Topshop


Weekly Capsule 44.2: Unofficial Break

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I actually wore this on Wednesday. The rest of my week was a little crazy in term of schedule so I didn’t really think about blog-worthy outfits; I just grabbed whatever was clean. And to be honest, I wanted a break from the whole weekly capsule thing too. As successful as it may be, I don’t think I’m going to do it again next year. I’ve got a firm enough grasp on my closet that I don’t need it anymore.

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Shirt: Zara, Skirt: Zalora, Shoes: Esprit (hand-me-down), Belt: thrifted

So this week doesn’t really have a capsule – it’s just two outfits with this same skirt:

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Weekly Capsule 44.1: Automne

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Did everybody have a fun Halloween? I didn’t dress up, because I didn’t have anywhere to go (Halloween is kind of a new thing here in Vietnam, mostly celebrated by teenagers who just want an excuse to party), but I did get into the spirit of Halloween by doing a Twilight Zone marathon. I’m such a homebody that I always prefer low-key celebrations to big parties. Even back when I lived in the US, most Halloweens I just hung out with friends and ate candies and watched scary movies.

Anyway, here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA painting, “The Season” series by Alphonse Mucha. I picked the “Autumn” panel as my main inspiration – it’s most evident in my grape bunch brooch, to echo the grapes in the painting – but there is a bit of “Spring” in my white skirt as well. Not surprising, considering those are my favorite seasons.

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If you want to participate in SIA and haven’t sent me your outfit yet, there’s still time! And don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the full round-up.

T-shirt: Uniqlo, Skirt: Zalora, Scarf: Candie’s, Shoes: thrifted, Brooch: local shop