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Anatomy Of An Outfit

Sometimes, my posts revolve around the conceptualisation and birth of a look.

At times, there's absolutely no correlation between the two. 

And then there are times whereby what you see me wearing and the words I’ve written to go along with it, are inextricably linked and yet the connection isn’t clear at first glance.  It’d be something visceral, appealing to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect.

This is such an instance, this post right here.


Born and bred in Borneo (aka Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak), the only seasons we had were hot/dry and wet/dry, with the occasional flash flood.  My only experiences with calendar-based weather changes the likes of Autumn and Winter were through the pages of books.  Enter Enid Blyton (this woman, along with Agatha Christie as well as C S Lewis and Tolkien, have been my spirit soulmates where writing is concerned since day one) and her wonderful tales of faeries, far off lands and magical walks in enchanted woods.

Through Ms Blyton’s prose,

I “ambled along paths strewn with leaves of gold and of rust,

as statuesque trees shielded me in the cool shadows of their silhouettes.”


Are you like me in that the changing colours of leaves fascinates you so?

Does the sound of wind moving between branches and trees conjure up images of dryads frolicking and giggling?


It was a glorious time in my life.


Nothing felt impossible.


Everything was simply wonderful.


In truth, that’s what I’ve come to associate with this time of the year. For lack of a less clichéd word, that heartwarming glow in the heart, that sense of calm anticipation of what the day will bring, the rich colours all around and before me.

And that's why I chose these colours for today's outfit. 

Tell me, do you feel the same way about Autumn?  Or does another season tug at your heartstrings?  Which colours evoke the strongest emotional reaction in you?  I’m really interested to know the effect different colours have on different people and the reasons behind that so please, do share.

Love, Sheela

~ I’m wearing a Gold Ochré Cardigan from Forever21, a McQueen Skeletal Muscle Tank, Jersey Capri Pants from Herban Devi, Rebecca Minkoff Bag, Charlotte Russe Ankle Booties and Elizabeth & James shades from Shop Ditto.  All jewellery is from Poshmark ~

p/s photos by Eve

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  1. This post is lovely Sheela! Absolutely lovely! I’m in the reverse–growing up with snow usually following right about on October 31st causing a terribly cold yet equally enjoyable Halloween. Now as an adult I pine away for the autumnal leaves falling from the trees in the beautiful colors you represented here in this post. As I write, I’m in a sweatshirt but again, it’s paired with those cutoff Wrangler jeans that are still on continual repeat!

    Thanks for linking up to my Kremb de la Kremb Style Stories


    Ann from Kremb de la Kremb


    • Speaking with friends who grew up on the other side of the globe, I’ve come to realise that I covet cold seasons and they, conversely, love the warmth of Summer YET we all adore Autumn. It’s the bridge between the obscenely hot and the obscenely cold, is it not? It’s just the loveliest season of the year and for me, Autumn always makes me feel extra sappy and mushy. Does it do that to you too? xoxo


  2. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. This bag looks really great. The color is so unexpected, but makes the bag go from casual to going out. If one can afford only one new bag to buy this is the one when one need actually two.


    • What a good point, Nicole. I didn’t think of that. You’re right. The snakeskin gives it an evening vibe but the style makes it casual enough for a day out walking if I so choose xoxo


  3. This is a chic layered look for Fall, Sheela. I love the cross-body bag, the leopard booties and long mustard cardigan. Well done.

    Enjoy the new week! ❤ Ada.


    • Thanks SO much, Ada. I’ve been trying really hard to not just venture out of my comfort zone but break down those damn barriers completely and using cross-bodies was one of my first moves 🙂 I really appreciate how you make the time to visit and comment so thank you for that too!! xoxo


    • Doesn’t Fall just evoke such feelings of nostalgic and melancholy? I feel so warm and fuzzy whenever it comes around, and I have this urge to run around hugging people. I don’t think strangers really appreciate that though 🙂 xoxo


  4. happinessatmidlife says

    I grew up in Hawaii so the temps is warm all year round and never really thought much about fashion and seasons since it never applied to me. It wasn’t until I moved to California that I experienced some seasons. Love the pretty colors of this outfit.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!



    • We have similar upbringings then, Alice 🙂 what you’ve described is essentially how I grew up as well in Borneo. I had to learn from scratch how to dress appropriately for cold weather, while remaining mindful of Houston’s special characteristics where temperatures are concerned, as I’m certain you had to too in CA 🙂 xoxo


    • Aren’t they just? And I love how thoughtful the designs are, in terms of placements of zippers and size of pockets and all that stuff 🙂 I had the pleasure to meet and interview Ms Minkoff herself a while back and she is GOLD.


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