Archive for March 2013

Make a Statement

You can make a good show, but you still need some magical alchemy to get people to watch.
 - Shawn Ryan

Sometimes, when you're up for comfy casual dressing with the usual shorts, flats, and tee - do it with style and accessorize to glam up the whole look! Now i'm lovin' the effect hats/caps can do. I'm really not a hat lover (perhaps im just not used to wearin' one until now), but i somehow got the hang of it after seeing the effect it can do in an outfit mix - not only can it shield you from the scorching heat this summer - it can also cover up for a bad hair day!

Just make sure that when you purchase one - choose styles with extra embellishments like studs, rivets, ribbons, and laces, and so on to make a statement. Otherwise, don't buy one 'coz it'll defeat the purpose of accessorizing.

On the other hand, buy a statement shirt. (I got mine from Chanel). High street brands like Saint Laurent (former YSL), Givenchy, Boy London, have been producing statement brand shirts for casual chic dressing. It may seem like an ordinary shirt in pictures but i tell you - the material is super lightweight (perfect for summer), it's as if you arent wearin anything at all! You may purchase statement shirts like these in Designerati (they have a shop in Bonifacio Global City, they also have an IG store, and facebook account - Itdesigner Lab).

So when you're up for this mix on a lazy day - do it in style.

 
 
 
What I Wore:
Cap - Teejay's Clothing Online
Shades - Rayban (Super lovin' aviators now! this is my third pair)
Silk top - Chanel (The material is super lightweight as if you are not wearin' a top at all!)
Shorts - American Eagle Outfitters
Clutch - (Got it from Hongkong)
Flats - SM Parisian
Watch - Casio DB360

A Fraction of Our Time

“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.”
Max Lucado, He Still Moves Stones 



To some people, holy week means vacation - a week's escape from our daily grind. People look forward to it because of the much needed "rest", or perhaps give time to things we don't usually do.
Yes, weeks prior to holy week, we are pre-occupied by mental images of the beach, feel good music, flowing drinks, and parties... but have you given thought on how you will prepare yourself on what this "holy week" is for?

As a devout catholic, holy week is a time we get to reflect on the "passion of christ". Yes, we are given the time to rest, and to spend quality time with our families - but the primary reason for this holy season is to re-examine our conscience and rekindle our relationship with our creator. 

While our trip itineraries are already set for this period, let's ensure that we give time to ponder on things beyond material and mortal relationships. That's what our father is asking for us... a fraction of our time.



What I Wore:
Dress - Forever 21
Shades - Rayban
Sandals - Primadonna
Bracelets - Girlshoppe
Necklace - Forever 21

Skater Girl

Because of the scorching heat emitted by the mighty sun, most of us have the freedom to wear light pieces of clothing: shorts, tank tops, flip-flops... and of course skater skirts! I love how this piece of garment can be very versatile - just wear it with sandals and a tank, then voila, you have an outfit for an afternoon stroll at the beach, then just don a blazer and ultra sexy heels and it transforms into a date/ business casual attire.

Just make sure your hips are not too wide to be able to carry this look, as it tends to follow the shape of your sides (you wouldnt want to look as if you are wearin' a petticoat right?) Anyways, in purchasing skater skirts, make sure the material is thin enough so as not too appear bulky, but heavy enough for protection against the blowing wind.

What I Wore:
Spaghetti strapped top - Forever 21
Ankle strapped heels - Forever 21
Skater Skirt - Cotton on
Hat - Isis
Shades - Rayban
Necklace - Tiangge

Nifty Thrifty Boho

Owing Money is more stressful than going without something and saving money.

Who says buying clothing from thrift stores (ukay-ukay)  isn't a good idea? Well, think again. I got my top here from my trusted thrift store in pristine condition - pure white, no loose hems, with tags and all, and guess what - from a high street brand! What's even great about it is that i got it for only one hundred and fifty pesos!

Honestly i love thrift shops! I would spend hours going through piles of cheap pre-loved clothes, and perhaps spend a whole day in Bayanihan Building (The heart of Ukay-Ukay in Baguio). Here, you get to find lots of unique pieces of clothing - a combination of vintage and current trends, which is very helpful for bloggers like me. You's be surprised to find some pieces that were not even used at all!

Blogging is just a hobby for me, 'coz i really have a full time day job which makes me quite busy most of the time (That's why i only blog during weekends). And to be more honest with you, i am just an ordinary wage earner that means if i'd spend all my money in my fashion vice, then id be dead now because of overwhelming credit. But that's not me! Thrift shopping is another resort for me to stay fashionable. The tip there is to be very meticulous on the pieces you'll buy and to be very patient - who know you might get the most priceless find!



 
 
 

What I Wore:
1. Top - Thrifted (With Zara Tag on it)
2. Shorts (AB Clothing at the Archeology, Powerplant Mall)
3. Sandals - Aldo
4. Necklace and Bangle - Forever 21
5. Automatic Umbrella - Michaela
6. Nude tube top - People are People

Ironic Compatibility

Who says prints don't go well together? Well, it's actually one of the scariest trends to attempt, but once you get the knack of it - It can change your life! Seriously.

The first thing to remember when mixing prints is that there is a process on how items should be layered—  pulling random printed garments from your closet and combining them altogether is not a nifty idea. It takes strategy, and of course confidence to pull it off. Unless you want to look like the patterns of a kaleidoscope

The fuss-free way to incorporate different prints into a particular outfit is to focus on a main piece and match a different printed item that is within the same color family. The combination could be as simple as combining a black and white abstract-printed dress with a black and white striped sailor top. A more advanced example would be pairing items that are complementary in colour: blue and orange, yellow and violet and red and green.

Different prints but with complementary colors will also make the outfit appear brighter when worn together. Pairing stripes and florals is one of the easiest ways to pull-off the mixed print look. A bold striped blazer would lookstriking  over a girly floral dress.

Another easy pairing is to combine artsy polka dots with stripes; this could be as simple as wearing a polka dot top with a striped sweater, but do remember to vary the scale of the print to add more visual interest. The one i wore here is just an example :)

Let me know what you think!


What I Wore:
Shoes - Primadonna
Shorts - Denim Co.
Top - Salt and Pepper
Cuff - Tory Burch
Bag - Thrifted
Earrings - Forever 21

Won't Go Wrong With Print

“The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are but an acolyte.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration 

 This week i received a lot of blessings - first, my boss gave me a good rating in my midyear evaluation (despite the heartwrecking numbers brought about by last year's economic crisis), i was given the opportunity to attend a very important training to augment my skills in marketing. I would say you really don't know when blessings would come, because this came out unexpected, and lastly, it's pay week! Shopping Galore??

Nah-uh.

Nope i won't spend much this month on high end fashion pieces. Fashion is not always related to top-notch brands we could think of - you could be fashionable, even if you just bought your outfit in a thrift shop or bazaar! So this month's posts will be a mix of both worlds - the old and the new. I'd have to be true to myself that i could not use up all of my month's pay just because of this "addiction". I have other priorities as well. We must learn how to be good stewards of God's blessings :)



 

I'm starting to love prints! Years ago, im the type of girl who would opt for basic colors - which shout out "boring". Now, i've practically learned how to mix and match. So, when wearing prints, pair it off with other garment pieces with a color that matches the print - say if the printed garment has brown in it, you may use a brown tank or bag and so on... just so you wont look wrong in all places :)

What I Wore:
Top - Zara Basic
Skirt - The Landmark
Sandals - Primadonna
Necklaces - Accessoriza and Forever 21
Watch and Bracelet - Parfois
Hat - (an old one i got from a beachfront vendor in the island of Boracay)

The Nude Pump!

This is just a quick post. March will be a very busy month, so please have patience with my super short notes. I promise to keep up with everyone after the holy week. You know, marketeers, that's what we are - always busy during the first semester of the year.

Just a style tip here - if unsure of what color of shoes to wear with a bright colored outfit - you'll never go wrong with nude!


 
What I Wore:
Dress - Forever 21
Shoes - Aldo
Clutch - Aldo
Necklace - For Me

The Sun Shines Brighter in March


“You live but once; you might as well be amusing.”
Coco Chanel

What I Wore:

Top - Trunkshow Manila
Jeans - Thrifted
Shoes - Hdy
Scarf - American Eagle Outfitters
Necklace - Accessorize
Hat - Isis

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