Last May 15, 2014, seasoned and aspiring models got the chance to show that they had what it took to be a part of TRESemme’s 2014 Runway Show.
I swear by TRESemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner! Who wouldn’t try out the one and only brand used and trusted by professionals?
Unfortunately, I was in the US during the actual/main show, but I’m glad I was still able to attend the biggest casting call in the country as their official event correspondent.
I’m no professional host, but I tried my best to get the inside scoop on what it was like to get tressed-up with the latest hair trends to hit the runway. Here at TRESemme’s pop-up salon, I asked Victor Ortega different questions, including what TRESemme hair products we should use to achieve that salon-smooth effect!
With Lourd Ramos outside the TRESemme Style Bus! Inside was a pimped out functioning salon! Who would’ve guessed?
Me, Lourd Ramos and Jing Monis with TRESemme Brand Manager Ann Esteves.
My bb Samantha Gomez!
The show was hosted by Raymond Gutierrez and Kelly Misa. Really loved Kelly’s outfit! I finally got to meet her in person and I was so starstruck! I pretty much grew up seeing her in all my local teen magazines!
The judges - TRESetter, stylist and author Liz Uy, sought-after fashion show director Robby Carmona, and supermodel, PR maven (and one of my ultimate life pegs) Apples Aberin. They were on the lookout for those with looks that can adjust to various fashion styles, as well as those who can emulate high street glam and couture styles for the main fashion show.
Over 700 hopefuls tried out for this event, but only 200 were chosen! Here were some of my personal faves. Not sure if they were all able to make it to the final show, but I seriously caught a bad case of hair envy when I saw these models walk the runway!
With all the TRESemme ambassadors on stage. L-R: Raymond Gutierrez, Kelly Misa, Liz Uy, Lourd Ramos, Victor Ortega, me, Jing Monis
Overall, it was a fun event that only made me want to stop cutting my hair shorter! One day, I’ll really get my super long hair back! In the meantime, I’ll take care of what I already have with my favorite TRESemme hair products.
touchMe Collection is an invitation-only fashion show organized by Japanese apparel company, MARKSTYLER. Their brands include dazzlin, EMODA, MURUA, MERCURYDUO, to name a few. I’m a huge fan of these brands so it’s always an honor to be invited to their fashion shows, let alone be allowed to take pictures and share the beauty of Japanese fashion to the world.
Third season’s the charm! This time, I was invited to Tokyo by MURUA to cover their upcoming fall/winter collection. I covered this year’s dazzlin show too, which you can read about here.
Red lips twins! Much thanks to MURUA’s PR girl Asami Kotake-san! This trip wouldn’t have been possible without her.
She was wearing all MURUA A/W 2014! I need to have this collared velvet shift dress in my life. It’s always fun to see what the brand people are wearing during touchME shows. More often than not, they’re already wearing the next season’s collection, but of course, styled with a personal flair. Such a tease for die-hard fans of the brand.
Front row with these girls! I brought Ashley to watch with me because I had an extra ticket, plus I’ve always known how big of a MURUA fan she was. I couldn’t think of anyone better to enjoy the show with!
MURUA’s theme for this year’s A/W collection is “LADY TAP 1958”, and the show started with someone actually tapdancing! It was a very dramatic introduction to a collection that did not disappoint or fall too far from the brand’s vision. It was still typical MURUA - edgy, chic, feminine, and sophisticated.
Their shoes have always played a central part in creating that whole “MURUA look”, so they went all out with highlighting their trademark shoes with sheer socks that looked like thick ankle straps.
There was also a short segment in the show where they closed all the lights in the venue, and let a single spotlight follow all the models’ shoes. Sadly, I couldn’t catch that on camera, but that was *the* highlight of the show for me. Also, as you guessed, they played tap dance shoes sounds while the models were walking down the runway.
Short, flippy hair and lots of focus on the eyes for MURUA A/W 2014 hair and make. The balance was nothing short of perfect - the details and the colors of the clothes were rich and bold enough to make a statement. I particularly loved their use of forest green and navy, and I think I have MURUA to blame for my newfound love for black alternatives.
MURUA producer Momoko Ogihara-san! Let me take this opportunity to formally congratulate the creative team behind MURUA for the beautiful show. I really felt like they took it to the next level with this one. They’re definitely one global brand to watch out for!
I can’t wait for these items to be sold in stores already! MURUA stores can be found all over Japan, but they also have stores in Hong Kong (The One mall, IT, etc), China, Taiwan (FAVVI Party), and Hawaii. You can see the specific list here.
I don’t care if the French really wear berets or not, because these hats are too adorable for words! I can’t believe I’m so late into the game, especially since I’ve owned this beret for quite some time now. Better late than never, eh?
Dyeing my hair dark and constantly wearing these clip-on hair extensions suddenly put me into a mood to play pretend grown-up with my personal style as much as I can. Obviously, I fail every single time, since I usually only end up looking angry instead of mature, with these oh-so-serious expressions that I do for my outfit photos. I swear that I’m a bit more smile-y in real life than in my pictures, lol. If it’s not explicit enough, I swear that deep inside, I am actually all smiles and my heart is actually in super high spirits. Please forgive the chronic bitchface! Who else can relate to this?
Got the go signal to blog about the shoot I did in Japan last March! Seems so long ago, eh? But better late than never, because I’m sure that what I’m about to announce will make you feel like the wait was worthwhile—
Soon, thanks to JRunway, we can buy our favorite Japanese brands online at SHOP JRUNWAY!
If you’re not familiar with JRunway, it’s a giant store in Plaza Singapura that has curated over 20+ Japanese fashion, beauty, and accessories brands. These brands include ALGONQUINS, atmos, atmos girls, Ciaopanic, coen, EMODA, EMSEXCITE, Fi.n.t, JAPAN BLUE, LHP, MOMOTARO JEANS, mystic, muse muse, OMNIGOD, PEAK&PINE, PUTUMAYO, Ray Cassin, RETRO GIRL, ROYAL PARTY, Ryugi Assaku, SPIRAL GIRL, VANQUISH, WEGO, ABISTE, BRIGITTE, Dolly Wink, Gizmobies, KATE, Osewaya and Play Girl/Decorative, etc.
It’s the first store of its kind in Southeast Asia, and while I have yet to personally visit the store, the fact that they will be selling their products online will make shopping for Japanese fashion so much more convenient.
This has always been every Japanese fashion lover’s dream (at least for me), and even I can’t believe that it’s finally materializing. An English online store that sells the latest Japanese brands and trends? I can already see it being one of my most visited bookmarks!
So what do I have to do with this? Well, last March, I was fortunately invited to model for JRunway’s summer collection! This was the reason why I flew in a little bit earlier than the other CoolJapan ambassadors.
The JRunway team said it would take a whole day, but I was so giddy that I was already awake at 4AM the day of the shoot, 2 hours earlier than the supposed calltime at 6AM. I needed to pinch myself a million times to prove that this wasn’t a dream, and that I was really in Japan for a photoshoot.
I usually look like a totally different person when someone else does my make-up for shoots and events here in Manila, so I often prefer doing my own. Yuko-san was so on point with the make-up for this shoot though! You know how they do those make-up tutorials in Japanese magazines? That’s pretty much how she did it. Which is also how I happen to do my own everyday make-up! YAY!
P.S. She has also done make-up for Arashi at one point omgsorryimnotsorry for thinking that maybe she used the same brushes for my face and Matsujun’s face lol /creeper
Anyhow, we went around Shibuya in a small van for the first leg of our catalog shoot. Thanks to Kumiko-san for these photos!
It was so early in the morning, no one was walking in the streets yet!
Wore GALSTAR for my second outfit! Love the girly nautical look which is balanced out with huge ’90s platform shoes.
Freezing in the middle of spring!
Here’s Chinami-san, the creative director, briefing me about the concept for the shoot. She is so pretty, she could be the model of JRunway herself!
muse muse! One of my favorite brands in Shibuya 109.
SPIRAL GIRL! This is something that I’d pick out for myself and wear. Gray and yellow is such a refreshing color combination, and it coincidentally matched with this street that we found in Shibuya.
Break time with the photographer Keita-san and the stylist Samu-san. They made the whole atmosphere of the shoot so light and fun! I still have a ton of thanks reserved for them until now.
This really made me miss organizing my own fashion/concept shoots.
Japanese street style with 3rd by VANQUISH.
X-girl and high bun kind of morning.
The girliest EMODA coordinate to ever exist.
Also, every little corner in Tokyo is so photogenic, yes?
After shooting outdoors, it was studio time!
They had me wear this floral GAL STAR dress which they paired with summery flower crowns pinned across my forehead.
This layout turned out to be the cover for the trend catalog / online magazine for JRunway’s summer collection. You can check it out here!
Red color accent, and the ever-so-popular high-waist pants trend. Literally all the shops in Shibuya 109 were selling high-waist pants the last time I was there. You can buy this awesome-fitting pair at the new JRunway online store when it opens!
Goofing around with the team responsible for this shoot. Working with them was a wonderful experience. How I wish I were part of their team too!
3rd by VANQUISH again. Tsubasa Masuwaka feels! It must be the pigtails!
My favorite outfit from the whole shoot! Pastel pin-up! I’m so glad they chose this for the main photo because I really felt strongly about this one.
Top from ROYAL PARTY, pants from EMODA, shoes from Esperanza, bag and earrings from GAL STAR.
With Chinami-san, Keita-san and Samu-san in between takes. We clearly had too much fun.
In retrospect, I looked super tan with this hair color. Very fitting for a summer catalog shoot!
This outfit was from muse muse as well. I rarely wear loose-fitting pants, but these ones were glorious and didn’t make me feel frumpy at all. Japan, tell me your secret.
Sporty X-girl look for an extra layout! Sadly, this didn’t end up in the catalog, but posting here anyway.
Stripe trim socks were all the rage in Japan last May, and they paired it with everything, from worn-out sneakers to chic, pointy heeled pumps!
Aaand… that’s a wrap! They asked me what I wanted to eat, and I immediately thought of pizza, simply because that’s what we usually eat for shoots here in Manila.
Apparently, they rarely eat pizza for shoots (I guess it’s considered unhealthy, lol) so they were so happy when the food arrived, lol. Too happy that we had to take a commemorative photo! Fun times!
Like all the pretty clothes in this shoot? They’ll be available in JRunway very soon! In the meantime, you can sign-up as a member and receive a $5 e-coupon. For my readers, you can also get an additional $5 off when you use this code BLOG-O4BF
So far, I still don’t have information on the shipping rates yet, but they shouldn’t be too expensive since JRunway always has their customers in mind. I just know that Singapore will definitely have free shipping! Lucky!
While waiting for Shop JRunway to open, you can visit their Trends page to read about what’s hot in Japan right now, special features, fashion snaps, news, recommended items, as well visit the websites of the fashion bloggers that they love!
Here’s a video to get you pumped up—
Visit JRunway on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. JRunway is located at 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, #01-54, Singapore 238839, Tel: 63377546.
You know those cardigans that you tie around your shoulders? I recently got a top that has something like it sewed onto the shoulders. Cool concept! It’s like those dresses and skirts that have fake sleeves sewed onto the sides so you can knot them like you would the sleeves a separate shirt. When the weather is as bipolar as Manila weather, this kind of layering lifehack comes in handy.
Also opted for comfortable Taylor Swift x Keds sneakers this time, because I made the mistake of wearing open-toe heels recently… and we all know the insufferable amount of rain that went down the past few nights. Wet, cold feet are the absolute worst!
Off shoulder frocks are still very much alive and kicking, and I hope they don’t go away any time soon because I have yet to collect off shoulder dresses in all the styles and colors possible.
I particularly love this dress because it is so adorably confused. It’s as if it doesn’t know if it wants to be summer with the tropical print, or fall with the red/black leaves.
Speaking of fall, I really want to make it a goal to catch the fall foliage every year, and be a legitimate leaf peeper. Crossing my fingers that when I go to Korea this October, the leaves haven’t completely withered yet! I can already imagine all the photos!
Back to back-to-school plaids and pleats! Whenever I wear skirts like this, I’m reminded of my own school’s black and white checkered skirt, and how much I’d love to create a set of outfits revolving around it. Y/Y?
After high school (I went to St. Paul Pasig, btw!), I kept one of my skirts around for experimentation. I had it altered to a shorter length, and actually went about my normal life wearing it. It’s gone now, but I’d love to be able to get a complete set of uniforms again one day, just for keeps! Or make that two sets - I’d keep the 1st set as is, then alter the 2nd set and turn it into a seifuku, lol.
Call me shameless, but I really do believe that we have the best uniform! Black and white gingham all the way! If I had to choose a 2nd place, however, I wouldn’t mind wearing ICA’s dark blue skirt or Assumption’s red skirt.
On my last day in Tokyo, before I headed to the airport, I decided to follow Gervin's suggestion of going to Aoyama. Aoyama is known for a lot of things, but among fashionistas, this is *the* place to go to if you're in the mood for some high-end local and international designer shopping.
It’s not too far from Harajuku and Omotesando, but I came from Shibuya so I took the Ginza line from Shibuya Station to get to Aoyama-Itchome Station.
Also, there are no photos of me in this post because no one was around to take my photo. #foreveralone Maybe you can spot my reflection, at least.
Balenciaga. I covet.
Issey Miyake Men.
Suddenly, it’s so peaceful and quiet. Nothing like Harajuku and Shibuya!
You can’t skip the Comme store in Aoyama. They have most of the Comme des Garcons lines, including some of their collaborations with other brands.
People sometimes just come to Aoyama for the famous Prada store! I won’t spoil how the building looks like (but you can spoil yourself by searching on Google, I guess) but it was designed by Swiss duo Herzog & de Meuron. If you don’t know who they are, they were the ones who were responsible the Beijing National Stadium / Bird’s Nest.
Chloé flagship store in Japan.
Trivia: Did you know that Steve Jobs’ signature black turtle necks were all by Issey Miyake?
Tsumori Chisato. Bohemian style meets kawaii!
The main store of Yoku Moku is also in Aoyama! You can spot their blue brick lounge from a mile away.
I randomly chanced upon Blue Moon The Natural Bar while walking along one of Aoyama’s big streets! It’s a popular outdoor bar slash organic market that has a quirky, hipster vibe to it. I’ve only seen photos of it during nighttime so I didn’t expect that it looked like this in the morning!
Handmade wood collectibles. TAKAIIIIIIIIIII
Beautiful temple in the middle of Aoyama.
The FURLA Aoyama boutique is one interesting place. They have “FURLA yoga” on the 4th floor!
SARARIMAN x STARBUCKS.
Also, reflection #5.
Okamoto Taro Memorial Museum. His work reminds me of the angels in Evangelion.
Red Valentino. Can I live here? Their Aoyama store looks like some sort of futuristic castle!
The lantern-shaped Marc Jacobs flagship store. At night, the top part is supposed to light up like a lantern too!
Jil Sander Navy!
Undercover. Couldn’t sneak a photo of the interiors, but on the ceiling are thousands of lightbulbs that move with the wind and make sounds!
I was too early for Acne! The store was still closed when I went to visit. Some of the Aoyama stores open early, while some open after lunch or early afternoon.
Like the Alexander Wang store. I’ve been eyeing a particular Wang bag recently, and just when I was so ready to go shopping, the store was still closed! I just took it as some sort of divine intervention. Japan, why must you always drain all my fundsss
Oh well. Settled for pictures instead! I’d wear this outfit in a heartbeat!
Yohji Yamamato! THE MASTER. I was so shocked when the Yohji Yamamoto display at Shibuya all contained super bright colors! I’ve always been so used to seeing just black and white from him, lol.
Trivia: Did you know that Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo (of Commes des Garcons fame) were once rumored to be in a relationship back in the ’70s or ’80s? TOO MUCH PERFECTION~
Last shot before I got on the train back to Shibuya to catch a bus to the airport. I have no idea if I missed anything important in Aoyama, but I’m determined to come back again one day! I’m so in love!
Early that morning, I passed by a school in Aoyama and they were dancing to Arashi. Enough said.
Scored this biker vest at the recent Mango sale for 50% off! I have mixed feelings about going out nowadays because I always end up buying something, with all the major discounts being offered left and right. In a few weeks, I’m off to Hong Kong for a personal trip (Just overnight though!), and I’m already fearing for my wallet as early as now! I didn’t catch Stylenanda’s opening last year, but it’s definitely going to be one of my first stops in Hong Kong. I’m also going to Korea in October, and Japan again in December, so I definitely need to plan my budget better if I truly want to enjoy shopping. Let this blog entry be a reminder that starting today, NO MORE IMPULSE BUYING!
Dumping all my photos from my short stay in Tokyo last May in this post, because I already posted a separate entry for Akihabara, and I’ll be posting another separate entry for Aoyama!
Japan temporarily gives me an infinite source of energy. It’s unreal how much I’m able to do in such a short span of time. When I’m here in Manila, all it takes is one blink for the whole afternoon to pass!
Safely arrived in Shibuya! I usually stay in Shinagawa because I like going home to a more peaceful station. This time, however, I had to book a hotel in Shibuya for convenience.
It’s not that I dislike Shibuya! It’s just that the station and the areas around the station get really chaotic at times, and I have crowd phobia (i.e. just looking at Laboracay photos makes me sick - what more if I go there?).
When I say everything in Japan is kawaii, I mean everything.
I posted this on my Instagram and people really thought it was GD. I doubt GD would be able to freely roam around the streets of Shibuya without being mobbed by fans.
From the airport, I took the train to Shibuya, immediately dropped my stuff off at the hotel, and took the train to Shinjuku, where I was scheduled to visit Esperanza and RANDA.
Literally had no time to breathe, but it was all good because I never seem to get tired in Japan!
The elevator at Shinjuku LUMINE EST was so pretty.
Dropped by the Laduree at Shinjuku to buy myself some macarons.
My new favorite place to shop for accessories and iPhone cases is Me% in Shinjuku! You can also find this store in Shibuya 109.
Spotted at Bic Camera Shinjuku. If this were not so expensive (4,100 yen is a little too much, I think), would you get it?
That evening, I had an important meeting with some important people! They took me to a fancy restaurant in Shibuya where we had the most awesome dinner!
Their project just got approved by the Japanese government, and I can’t wait to share it with you once all the nitty gritty preparations are done! Keeping it a secret for now!
I usually don’t like anything with red bean, but this was glorious.
My view every night I go back to my hotel.
My second day was my only free day, so I went to Akihabara to meet up with friends! Wrote about it here.
Here’s a photo of a rainy Shibuya crossing, taken as I went down the elevator in my hotel.
With Ashley and Emika in the middle of Shibuya! You can tell that Ashley and I were in total spring mode, lol.
Emika rocks black all year round! Made me miss my all-black style circa 2010/2011 (?)
We queued at the new Kiki & Lala Cafe, found on the 7th floor of Shibuya Parco. It only took us less than an hour, and I say “only” because on weekends, people line up for 2-3 hours! Crazy!
The cafe also sells official Kiki & Lala merchandise! Japan, just take all my money.
Even the menu is irresistibly adorable! We wanted to order everything!
Kiko and I got Kiki & Lala lattes that come with star-shaped sugar wands.
Ashley and Emika got Kiki & Lala sodas topped with ice cream.
I heard the reason why people don’t mind lining up for this place is because it’s only going to be open for a limited time. Kind of like a pop-up cafe!
Later that night, I met up with my friend Kumiko-san at Cheese Table, also found in Shibuya Parco.
Yes, almost everything in this restaurant has cheese in it, omg! I opened the portal to the cheese dimension, and I just wanted to stay there forever.
We had fondue (not in photo because we were too excited to eat it) and pizza. Nom!
After Tokyo Anime Center, Animate, maid cafe and cosplay purikura with Kiko, Izumi and Emika at Akihabara, Kiki & Lala cafe with Ashley, and Cheese Table with Kumiko-san at Shibuya, I spent the rest of the night with one of my favorite people in the world - Gervin! We talked for hours at the Starbucks in Shibuya (the one that’s visible from the scramble crossing).
I ended up going back to the hotel past midnight already. I told you - Japan gives me super powers. Super extroverted powers.
The next morning, with barely 5 hours of sleep, I met up with the lovely Ogawa couple (Sachie-san from CANMAKE Philippines, and her husband Tomo-san who owns a clothing store in Shinjuku) for breakfast. They took me to this popular french cafe in Shibuya where they served different kinds of bread and jam.
I swear we didn’t plan our matching outfits!
Wore some of my new purchases from EMODA Shibuya 109. Blogged about the store here.
Speaking of EMODA, their global webstore currently has sale going on! Up to 70% off! I’m so torn whether or not to splurge again because I already bought so much stuff in Tokyo last May, huhu. SHOULD I STILL…?!
Went back to my hotel to change! On this day alone, I changed outfits 3 times - once for breakfast with Sachie-san and Tomo-san, once for dazzlin touchMe show, and once for MURUA touchMe show.
Or 4 times, if you count my nighttime pajamas.
Super ladylike style for dazzlin! I was obsessive enough to match my outfits according to the brands’ concepts. I blogged about the dazzlin A/W 2014 touchMe Collection here.
After the dazzlin show, Shogo (who gave me his extra ticket to dazzlin) and I went back to Shibuya Station, where he took a cab to another work meeting, and I went back to my hotel to change outfit one last time. Then I waited for Ashley (I gave her my extra ticket to MURUA) at the station before heading back to belle salle for another show.
After the MURUA show, Ashley and I wanted to try out the Alice-themed cafe in Shibuya. I feel like you can never run out of places to go to in Tokyo alone!
I can’t remember where it was exactly, but I think it’s in the same building as Bershka.
There was a giant merry-go-round kind of structure in the middle of the restaurant. Wish we had similar themed restaurants in Manila too! I can already imagine all the pretty photoshoots.
The menu. CAN I TAKE IT HOME?
We ordered drinks just because they made them sound and look so interesting in the menu, but TBH I’d stay away from them next time! They tasted quite funky, though they were definitely Instagrammable.
Alice cosplay. As expected from Japan.
While the drinks were disappointing, the food definitely delivered! Ashley and I loved this avocado and shrimp dish! It was shaped like a caterpillar too, so we couldn’t help but squeal (at the cuteness) when we first saw it.
Rabbit-themed pasta. This tasted good too! I’d totally come back to this cafe for this dish.
Apparently, this was part of a monthly special offer, so they gave us a free Alice gashapon at the end of our meal. YAY TOYS
My last night in Tokyo, and of course, some purikura had to be taken. <3
After this, I just have two more Japan posts (MURUA touchMe show, and quick Aoyama tour) before I start bombarding everyone with my US travel diaries! Please stay tuned!
(Just G jacket, top and shorts, Esperanza heels, Michael Kors bag) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Always gotta be prepared for a little chilly drizzle! It’s still generally too warm to wear knits and heavy fabric, so layering is key with this kind of transition weather we’ve been having lately. I’ve always been an ame-onna (雨女, or rain woman) though - I greatly increase the chances of rain when I go out, so I always never leave the house without some form of outerwear. I get cold easily!
Here I wore a jacket from Just G’s latest “Tribe Squad Remix” collection, and it’s an amazing cross between a sweatshirt and a denim jacket! What I like most about this particular one is that it doesn’t come with a hoodie, which is common among sweatshirt-sleeved jackets. I think it looks a little more dressy this way! Don’t you think so too?
I can’t wait to pair it with my cutesy skirts!
The much awaited Just G Warehouse Sale will be on June 27 - August 16, 2014 at Warehouse 23, Armal Compound 2, M. Eusebio Ave., San Miguel, Pasig City. Mondays to Saturdays, except Holidays and Sundays, 8:00am to 4:00pm. They’ll only accept cash, btw! Make sure you bring enough!
Have fun shopping!
Just G boutique stores can be found in SM Megamall, Market Market, Sta. Lucia, SM Southmall, Eastwood City, SM North Edsa, SM Manila and SM Cebu. Just G and Gingersnaps share spaces at Shangri-la, Rockwell, Robinsons Metroeast, SM Baguio and SM Pampanga. They also have department store corners at SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, Landmark Trinoma, SM Makati, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Festival Mall, SM North Edsa, SM Cubao, SM Pampanga, SM Southmall and Robinsons Ermita.
Summer sandals need not be boring or height-compromising! While I was thisclose to getting yet another pair of oxfords during my recent visit to Le Bunny Bleu, this bright green pair called out to me way too much that I had to get it ASAP. I have a shortage of green-colored footwear, let alone bright neon open-toe sandals that have a bit of heel on them, so this was just what my shoe collection needed. Wouldn’t hurt to go out of my comfort zone once in a while!
Speaking of comfort zones, I’m sure all of you can relate to me when I say that my life has become so digital - it’s starting to get disconcerting! Instead of manually taking down notes, it’s faster and easier to just take pictures. When I was younger (way before I got into photography), I was one of those kids in school who was always tasked with decorating the blackboard, etc. It seems like I unlearned everything as I grew older and shifted interests! Didn’t think it was even possible. However, I still have a small glimmer of hope that I can revive that non-computer-dependent side of myself that has been on hiatus these past few years.
Good thing Le Bunny Bleu is holding a basic lettering workshop this Saturday!
This is only the first of Le Bunny Bleu’s series of our Crafts Workshops. Super exciting, right? Since Le Bunny Bleu is a romantic vintage brand with old Euro world charm combined with New York modernism, they will be holding workshops (for free!) for their dear customers to celebrate this aesthetic. Their first Lettering 101 workshop will be perfect for beginners who want to know how to do simple lettering and calligraphy. Entrance is absolutely free as well, so there’s absolutely no excuse not to go!
It’s going to be at Le Bunny Bleu’s Shangri-la store on June 28 (Saturday) 10:30am – 12:00pm. The workshop will be conducted by the great Abbey Sy! I might go (probably with Crissey if she’s free) so we’ll see you there, yes?
Participants simply need to wear their own Le Bunny Bleu shoes on the day of the workshop and reserve slots ahead of time at any Le Bunny Bleu store. Slots are limited so please inform them as soon as you can. Once you reserve a slot. they will brief you about what to bring. What’s more fun is that they will also be giving away special gifts to the participants!
Le Bunny Bleu Philippines can be found at 5th Floor Shangri-la Plaza 654-2599 and 2nd Floor Glorietta 5 955-7225. You can also RSVP via email@example.com
That moment when Apartment 8 decided to make a tent dress again! And in my favorite blue, no less. Though it wouldn’t hurt to have this dress made in all colors possible - it’s such a simple and classy design that will surely last a long time in every girl’s closet.
But of course, my real agenda for perpetually worshipping this kind of silhouette is the fact that you can eat all you can, and your lunch buffet stomach pooch will never show. I hate holding back, lol. Tent dresses are my savior!
Let’s take a break from all the Japan posts and focus on my hair!
I just woke up one day and decided that I couldn’t stand my current hair color anymore. I’ve always dyed my hair a light ash brown shade, but now that it’s the end of summer here in Manila, I figured it’s the perfect time to retire the look.
Unfortunately, my previous attempt to dye my hair darker didn’t last too long. During my Japan and US trips, it went back to its previous shade (probably because I washed my hair too often), and I hated it so much because I was so psyched to sport dark hair already. My hair color changed so much on its own within the last month. I didn’t want that kind of reality, huhu. As soon as I got back from the US, I was determined to darken my hair again.
Yesterday, I went to Louis Phillip Kee C5 Acropolis branch for my monthly hair pampering session! My usual stylist Ariel wasn’t available, but Jon, another hairstylist, was around to supervise my rainy season hair transformation.
My previous hair color! Dark brown that turned into light ash brown/blonde. It was such an in-between shade and I wanted something that had more contrast against my skin! My only choices were to either go super light or super dark. I don’t want to bleach my hair anymore, so I chose the latter option.
Time to dye! I have no idea what exact shade or brand they used to get the color that I wanted (I just told Jon that I wanted something drastically darker) but we just ended up calling it “dark roast coffee brown” because it’s dark, but not quite black? It can look black indoors/from afar, but it can also look chocolate brown under the sun.
If it washes out to something lighter after several shampoos, at least it’s not going to be as light/blonde as my previous hair color! Crossing my fingers this color sticks around, or else I won’t know what to do with my life anymore!
Next up was my favorite keratin treatment! I almost forgot how good this treatment was. The last time I had keratin treatment was January, and I was so happy to hear that I was up for another one this month (they recommend getting a keratin treatment every 6 months). My mom swears by this treatment to keep her wavy hair in place!
After they applied the keratin treatment, they blowdried my hair before…
…using a straightening iron to lock all the treatment in.
No more rebellious strands! Keratin treatment always smoothens out all my frizzy ends.
The result! Natural dark brown healthy hair! Jon used a blowdryer to achieve this effect, lololol I love him! Go visit Louis Phillip Kee C5 Acropolis / Libis branch for the perfect rainy season makeover!
Louis Phillip Kee Premier Salon can be found at The Fort (856-3388), Midori (553-4551) C5/Libis/Acropolis (638-4001) and Banawe (288-9758). You can set up an appointment or inquire about specific locations and prices by calling them. They’ll gladly be of service!
Blame it all on my perpetually bad luck when it comes to traveling, because it rained on my only free day in Tokyo. Nothing new! The rain was so bad that taking photos in the middle of the street became a matter of life or death for our cameras! (That being said, there won’t any wide shots of Akihabara in this post, but I made sure to include tons of kawaii goodness for the otakus out there so don’t kill me for being a bad travel blogger just yet!)
Good thing I was with the best company I could ever imagine, or else I would’ve spent the whole day sulking in a corner alone… in Akihabara… which isn’t so bad either. 8D *otaku face*
I met up with my friend Kiko, who brought Emika and Izumi with him. Yay for new faces! Emika and Izumi are two half-Filipino half-Japanese kids with whom I fell in love instantly! They’re super sweet, and hanging out with them made me feel young again (They are both less than 20, lol I’m old).
No amount of rain could ruin our parade! We originally planned go to Tokyo Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station before Akihabara, but with the copious amounts of wind and rainwater blasting through our faces, we decided to just settle in one area.
We met up at Akihabara Station, and quickly made our way to the UDX Building. While we’ve been to Akihabara before, it was everyone’s first time to visit Tokyo Anime Center! This day had a lot of “firsts” for everybody, making each activity all the more exciting.
Finally! Tokyo Anime Center is on the 4th floor of the UDX, but it took us so long to figure out how to get there because the building’s elevators were confusing!
From the name, I thought it would be a huge place, but it’s only actually a small gallery where they exhibit posters, character art, etc. from the current anime season, as well as sell a few merchandise of whatever’s currently popular.
Won’t even take you 10 minutes to go through everything in the room. Don’t know if I should recommend or give it a thumbs down or not, but I guess it wouldn’t hurt to visit if you’re already in Akihabara!
All eyes are on Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei right now. I’ve only watched the first 2 episodes so far, but going to Tokyo Anime Center definitely motivated me to watch the rest of the series. The animation is beautiful but one of the character’s major brother complex turned me off a little, haha.
Naruto 10th anniversary poster + bonus cute SD Rock Lee!
Studies and sketches.
The Shingeki no Kyojin game is still going strong in Japan! Really wanted a Levi keychain but all his merchandise were sold out. Not surprised!
This mousepad tho!
Persona 4 character pins!
Thought I’d take a chance with this one since the Levi keychains were sold out, but pretty much all the Shingeki no Kyojin gachas were sold out as well, huhu.
HAIKYUU!! My current obsession! Sports anime are my everything right now - can you believe it? And I thought I was 100% allergic to anything related to sports.
I finished 35 episodes of Yowamushi Pedal in just 3 or so days (Thanks to jetlag for making me pass out at 8PM every night and waking me up at 4AM every morning!). Both YowaPeda and Haikyuu!! are both ongoing series! Now I have legit reasons to look forward to Mondays and Tuesdays. <3
Suddenly, ANOHANA! This series broke my heart and tore it to pieces, huhu. Watch it if you haven’t yet!
These merchandise have Anohana x Chichibu on them because Chichibu, Saitama is the setting for the series. Apparently, since the anime premiered back in 2011, there has been a growing interest in Chichibu among local and foreign tourists.
It’s amazing how much anime contributes to Japan’s tourism!
Persona 3 movie - I watched it after I got back from Tokyo… and all i can say that you should just play the game instead, lol. It’s good but the game is exceptionally awesome.
The P3 OST was, at one point, my OST of choice while going to and from buildings in Ateneo. I should write a book about how to treat your life like an RPG.
Next stop after Tokyo Anime Center was Animate! It’s only about 5 minutes away from UDX, so you can’t really miss it.
Animate, in a nutshell, is a mall for otakus.
On the first floor are anime/manga magazines and random snacks with the cutest packaging!
Too cute to eat!
Didn’t have time to go through the whole building, but I made sure to head to the two floors where they sold character goods!
It was UtaPri’s teacher Hyuga Ryuya’s birthday recently, so they had these little banners in the UtaPri section to celebrate it. You can also write your own birthday greeting on a little piece of paper, and leave it on a box that they especially provided for the character!
Shingeki no Kyojin section = JUST TAKE ALL MY MONEY
I got myself one of these. They made the titans look so cute, I can’t.
Shingeki no Kyojin-themed food - it exists. I wonder if these taste like humanity’s desperate cry for survival…
Sailor Moon fever! <3
YowaPeda’s Onoda would fit perfectly in this scene.
You can dress up your stuffed teddy bears in your favorite character’s outfits! Dibs on the Free outfits on the lower left and the SnK outfits on the lower right!
Haikyuu!! iPhone cases - yes, they also exist. (I mean, what *doesn’t* exist in Japan?)
And so do UtaPri cases. I’ll have one of Ren, please!
Japan will leave you bankrupt if you don’t exercise any self-control!
Evangelion 3.0! Man, that movie was definitely something. I don’t know what I was thinking back in 5th grade when I first got hooked with this series.
I watched the 3 movies, and I ultimately decided that there’s way too many symbolisms in Evangelion for a 5th grade kid to properly decipher. Or for anyone to totally get, methinks. I mean, x number of years have passed, and I still go “WTF?!” about so many things in the series…
Izumi, why so cute?!
We were talked into going to a maid cafe! D: DUN DUN DUN
Maid cafes are super strict when it comes to taking photos… or doing anything, actually! Everything they offer is overpriced and the food they offer usually don’t taste like anything special, but the whole MOE MOE KYUN HAATO HAATO DOKI DOKI KAWAII experience is unique enough to try at least once in your life.
Interestingly, I have actual Japanese friends who have never been into one of these cafes before! They call maid cafes tourist and otaku traps - hahaha are they really?
Sneaked in a group shot when the maids weren’t looking!
These cost us so much, but all is forgiven because they’re cute enough to be blogged and Instagrammed, lol.
To complete our Akiba experience, we took some “cosplay” purikura at a nearby game center! Since we still weren’t over the maid cafe we just went to, the following photos happened…
These were fun! Check out our telenovela pose on the left. <3
The costumes are kind of like aprons that you can just tie around your neck and waist. They may seem like actual clothes from the front, but in reality, the back part is totally bare! You can’t not wear anything underneath!
After our fun afternoon at Akihabara, Izumi had to leave, and I went to back to Shibuya with Emika and Kiko to meet up with Ashley!
I’ve been constantly promoting EMODA through my blog and outfit posts, but I can’t believe that I haven’t done a proper store post yet!
During my quick trip to Tokyo last May, EMODA gave me permission to take pictures of their Shibuya 109 store! This is a huge deal because Japanese clothing brands (and famous shopping malls like 109) almost never allow anyone to take pictures of their stores. So I must thank EMODA a million times for trusting me enough to share these pictures to the public.
Anyhow, the EMODA store in Shibuya 109 is somewhat like their Tokyo flagship store. They recently moved to a different floor because their old location was too small for EMODA’s popularity. More customers can fit in their new location now! Yay!
Store window display features EMODA’s current S/S 2014 collection “PIN UP LADY”. The pink background is so fresh! EMODA really went all out with pastels this season.
Summer items in EMODA’s PIN UP LADY concept colors.
EMODA x Marilyn Monroe limited collection! I don’t know of these are still available until now, but I do know that they released new EMODA x Playboy Bunny items a few days ago, and EMODA x Champion last March.
I got the cherry print knit crop top in white, and I love it so much because the material is perfect for Manila weather! It’s thin enough to wear with my favorite rainy season jackets.
Mermaid game is still going strong in Japan this season, and I must say that EMODA’s take on it is so sophisticated and wearable!
Can never get enough of EMODA accessories. I’m so surprised they released giant heart-shaped earrings! EMODA’s way of doing cute is still classy.
I haven’t had the chance to smell the EMODA perfume yet, but I trust Ena’s taste! I’m sure this smells amazing!
Pastels for spring/summer. I got the cardigan in blue and the semi-transparent bag in white.
Pink, blue and yellow to match with EMODA’s key neutrals. EMODA made me love the combination of pastels and B&W. Never thought they could work so well until now.
Pin up lady jackets! Crissey and I have the black and white gingham one! Here you can see how it looks like when it’s reversed. The blue and pink versions are also reversible so it’s like buying two jackets in one!
Lots of Japanese girls wear socks with their heels, so cute socks are a must! Love these Pin Up Lady socks (I was able to wear them for a shoot!) because they’re partly sheer! You can’t really find a similar design anywhere else.
Jeans area! They’re selling all high-waisted jeans now because it’s such a huge trend in Japan. They also have it in different prints and patterns.
EMODA eyewear in creamy, milky colors. The pink ones - I covet!
You can’t skip nautical looks if you’re talking about summer fashion.
EMODA’s pretty shop staff are always wearing the current collection so it’s easier to visualize how the items look like even if there are no mannequins. In a way, Japanese shop staff serve as live mannequins! I’ve seen customers request for the shop staff’s whole outfits numerous times.
They also have the whole brand’s look down pat, from the hair down to the make-up. EMODA COSMETICS just released a new orange lipstick look last May, and the shop staff at 109 were already wearing it!
’90s feel! I never thought I’d wear chokers until EMODA made them look this good.
Mirrors all over the store! The shop staff behind me is also wearing the outfit in the photo before this one.
White shoes seem to be a no-brainer in Japan right now. All the girls seem to be wearing them! I’ve always been partial to black footwear, but EMODA’s influence is too strong! I want more white shoes!
Lovey Dovey~ lovey dovey dovey!
EMODA’s got casual statement tees too. I swear they have everything for every girl and every style!
“adidas presents SHIBUYA GIRL’S ELEVEN CUP@109″ was a way for Shibuya 109 to support the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Over 70 Shibuya 109 shop staff were asked to style Japan’s national football team’s jerseys in their own way, and it was all super adorable because their photos were all over the entrance of the mall. Passersby were free to vote for their favorite outfit.
11 major brands from Shibuya 109 also released their own collaboration t-shirts, and of course, EMODA was one of them!
EMODA lifestyle items - iPhone cases, wallets, make-up pouches, etc.
Riding on the ’90s fashion trend! EMODA just released these sky high platform shoes the day of my visit, and every girl in the store already wanted a pair.
Chic low heel pointy loafers for everyday use.
THESE SHOES. I regret not getting a pair! Fortunately, EMODA has a global webstore so I can just order online! No need to fly all the way to Japan to get these products. So convenient, right? I’ve already lost count of how many times I’ve ordered from EMODA’s global webstore! It’s my guilty pleasure, huhu~
This Friday the 13th, if you spend over 12,000 JPY (excluding sales tax and postage fee) from EMODA Global Online Store, you can get “WHITE CAMELLIA TOWEL SET” as a novelty gift! They’ll be offering this campaign until stocks last.
Follow EMODA Global’s Facebook here for news and updates! EMODA also released a new iOS app called CAMEREON where you can edit photos, and view EMODA’s current catalog, among other things. Download away!
Hope you enjoyed that little tour of EMODA’s store in Shibuya 109! Hopefully this won’t be the last one!
Good news! I was instantly greeted by the rain as soon as I got back in Manila. Someone is obviously too happy that summer is over! I feel like I’m back in my element now that the weather is a little bit cooler, and I’m not sweating like an angry bird on a treadmill anymore.
Attending A/W fashion shows in Tokyo has officially set my mood for dark color dressing! I’m slowly getting over my annual fairy phase (a.k.a. summer mode in Muggle speak), and there’s nothing like a classic shift dress to set the new season off to a promising start. Motel Rocks makes the best cold shoulder dresses, and this one is quite a gem. It can already see myself using and abusing this dress until the holiday season!
P.S. I’m blogging early today because I’ve been passing out at 8 PM every night since I got back. Jetlag is a good thing, in my case! Forces me to sleep early and wake up early too!
Sorry I’m not sorry that even my taste in distressed jeans is minimalist. I’m still rather on the fence about ripped boyfriend jeans (I can’t with those that look like they have a million messy rips on them, or those that have giant, gaping holes in weird places!), but here’s one pair that I’m crazy about. They look just like my favorite black pair of skinnies, except with these perfectly-placed slashes near the knees! Not too sloppy but still with that little kick of edginess for a cool, casual look.
(MURUA top, skirt, bag, heels and earrings) Hype this look on Lookbook here. Thanks to Ashley for the pictures!
Went all ladylike for MURUA touchMe Collection A/W 2014 last May! I packed mostly S/S clothes so I had to rush to the nearest MURUA store (fortunately, my hotel was just a 5 minute walk from Shibuya MARUI) to buy some new clothes that won’t look too bright and cutesy for an A/W show.
I was just in Tokyo last March but MURUA updated their stocks so quickly! In that short span of time, they released so many new items. It was hard to resist buying all the new arrivals!
In the end, I settled for this simple but girly outfit. MURUA’s concept, after all, is feminine mode. I fell in love with this peplum top so I also got it in white and navy. I would’ve gotten the white version of this pencil skirt too if only it weren’t sold out!
Pointy toe shoes at a fashion show? Typical.
This blue + stripes design, however, is definitely something that can’t be easily in found in most shoe stores! MURUA has been on-point with their shoe collection recently that they even created a separate Instagram for it. Check it out!
I really feel like it’s MURUA’s shoes that complete the whole MURUA look!
This 2-way bag is actually a novelty item! I spent a certain amount at a MURUA store, so I got this bag for free! It can be worn like this, or like a backpack.
I’ll be sharing the photos from MURUA touchMe A/W 2014 after I get back from the US (which is very soon). Can’t wait!
touchMe Collection is an invtation-only fashion show organized by Japanese apparel company, MARKSTYLER. MARKSTYLER brands include dazzlin, EMODA, MURUA, MERCURYDUO, to name a few. I’m a huge fan of these brands so it’s always an honor to be invited to their fashion shows, let alone be allowed to take pictures and share the beauty of Japanese fashion to the world!
This season’s dazzlin show was called “B.C.B.G. American French”. Jennifer Eymere, editor-in-chief of French fashion magazine JaLOUSe, helped the dazzlin creative team style the show.
Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come in stores next season!
I can’t wait for these clothes to be available in stores! Everything was so classic and pretty, and right up my style alley. I’m already excited to see how Japanese girls would incorporate these items into their own wardrobe!
Attending touchMe Collection in Tokyo is is slowly becoming a yearly thing and I never want the invitations to end. I have to give special thanks to my talented friend Shogo (coincidentally wearing the same Marc by Marc Jacobs pinwheel flowers I just wore a couple of posts back) for bringing me with him to this show. You can visit his Tumblr and Instagram to see all his beautiful illustrations! <3
You’ve probably been living under a rock if you’ve flown to Japan a number of times before and have never heard of or seen Esperanza. It’s a really popular shoe brand that proudly boasts of shoes that are made in Japan. All the shoes from Esperanza are, as expected, so high-quality that you don’t have to break them in! Japanese girls can walk the whole day in sky high heels and never get a blister because of these shoes!
Of course, a trip to Tokyo will never be complete without a quick visit to their store in Shinjuku. It’s on the 4th floor of LUMINE EST, but they also have other stores in Shibuya. And Hong Kong!
Ankle straps are probably the #1 shoe trend this spring/summer in Japan, and I love how Esperanza went all out with their embellishments this time!
Platforms for that extra height boost. Saw so many girls in Tokyo wearing the white and black ones!
The gingham game is strong in Tokyo, and even their shoes are following suit.
Blinged out ankle straps for your precious princess feet.
Sexy black heels! I was thisclose to getting these, but I have way too many black shoes already!
Perfect shoes to go with your favorite denim bottoms.
I can already imagine these shoes with floral skirts!
Low heels for the faint-hearted. Note that the ever-so-popular ankle-straps are still there!
Closed toe ankle straps in pastels and cute prints!
Tiffany blue loafers! The giant white ribbons are too kawaii for my life!
Dainty little heels and ribbons - can’t say no to that!
You can’t skip tropical prints this summer! Love the pointy toes on this pair!
Pink gingham! <3
The embellishment on the left is actually just a clip-on thing that you can also buy in the store!
Clip-ons to accessorize your favorite pair of shoes? Yes please! These are great ways to make your shoes look different every time!
Esperanza’s heel details are also wonderfully made.
Esperanza exclusives. Think low heeled sandals are boring? Think again!
Special thanks to Esperanza PR, Rie-san! Hope to meet you soon! <3
I’ve been using Esperanza shoes for 4 years now and I love them to bits! Will definitely blog about the pair that I bought from them soon!
(Romwe top and shorts, MURUA bag and boots) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Greetings from sunny Orlando, Florida! Been passing out on my bed every night since I got here, and it’s all because of Disney World. It’s my first time to experience something other than the usual Disneyland (I’ve been to the ones in Hong Kong, Japan and LA), and boy, is this place extra huge or what? Now I can totally understand why some people stay here for weeks!
Anyhow, here’s another one of my cutesy spins to the ever-so-popular sporty trend. You can’t get any more cheery than pink and yellow!
Someone found her way to the RANDA store in Shinjuku again! I swear, I always have to pass by this store every time I’m in Tokyo. They have the best shoes!
Maho-san from RANDA allowed me to take photos once more, as well as share their newest summer shoes, in case anyone is going to Japan in the next few months! She also prepared some gifts for me! Happy <3 I went straight from the airport!
With the nicest shop staff!
Trying on RANDA’s present for me! I don’t have ankle-strap wedges yet and I’m glad my first pair is from RANDA!
I wore these shoes to dazzlin touchMe Collection 2 days after I arrived from Tokyo, and I didn’t have to break them in? They were so comfy already!
I also got the white and tan ankle straps on the right! Lovely details.
The Hello Kitty x RANDA collection is still in stores!
Black heels and the signature Hello Kitty ribbon.
Black and white summer wedges with the cutest Hello Kitty design!
For all the Hello Kitty fanatics out there…
Subtle Hello Kitty for those who prefer more simple shoes.
Ankle straps are everywhere in Tokyo now that it’s transitioning from spring to summer.
Out with the winter boots. In with all kinds of summer sandals.
They also got these flats with embellishments for a change. Perfect for a beach weekend getaway.
These would look great with denim!
Choose your beach footwear.
I love these so much! I regret not buying the yellow and white pair!
Strappy heels in bright orange.
Pastel blue and yellow, and the cutest cross straps.
More ankle straps and color blocking.
I have the black one and I wear it constantly!
MODE style shoes. The white ones are especially popular this season!
These are perfect! Too bad the white one didn’t come in my size anymore.
They still got some of their signature edgy designs, but in pastel colors for spring/summer.
Shoe paradise! Every girl’s dream!
RANDA by fashionvibe! World-famous blogger Zina Charkoplia collaborated with them for their S/S 2014 collection, and the result was this super chic ankle strap design that I wish came in my size! These sold out so fast, and I could totally understand why.
Fortunately for us who don’t live in Japan, RANDA opened its global webstore that can ship to over 120 countries. YES, the Philippines is included. You just need to have PayPal!
Besides making me obsessed with cherry blossoms and everything pink, my last two trips to Japan (last March and just last week) made me find a new appreciation for the color green. I actually used to hate it with a passion, to the point that I would turn all the green in my photos into yellow (a.k.a. the reason why all my old travel photos circa 2011/2012 have a serious yellow tinge in them). Once in a while, my family would joke about how it’s only natural… graduating from Ateneo and all. LOL. I’m not that hardcore!
When the color blocking trend happened a few years ago, I didn’t both stocking up on green clothes, and only fixed my eyes on other colors like blue (my favorite). It’s never too late, I guess?
I’m sure you guys are all tired of me saying how much I miss my long hair. It’s at a really awkward length now where it’s not short but not long either. I hate having such an in-between length, so I usually just resort to my dye-friendly human hair extensions from my hair sponsor, Status Salon.
However, since they’re human hair, it takes a number of clip-ons, and a whole lot of maintenance as well. They’re just like normal hair, so the curls disappear after every shampoo. I’m far from “I woke up like this.”, lol. It always takes so much work to do my hair and make-up!
Anyhow, Tokyo Posh has always caught my eye for their synthetic hair clip-ons. Some of them already come curly or wavy, and they don’t straighten out after washing. So convenient for those who don’t have the luxury of time to style their hair in the morning. You can’t style them with heat or even dye them though!
I visited their new store in Megamall to try some of their extensions out! I figured I can match the color of their lightest extensions already since I dyed my hair a bit darker… but my hair still proved to be too light. This only means that I must have my hair dyed darker again next month! My hair refuses to un-blondify itself~ T_T
With Tokyo Posh shop staff Julie! Best ever!
Individual clip-ons for those who are into kawaii, Harajuku style!
They have a brochure that shows what each of their extensions would look like when worn. Is it possible for me to achieve Ellen Adarna’s face tho?? Lol
Tokyo Posh is famous for their celebrity clientele! A lot of local celebs visit for tape extensions and the like. Tokyo Posh is really the secret to big, voluminous celebrity hair!
My turn! Here I’m wearing their oh-so-famous “Blair” extensions! Sadly, my hair was still too light! But I could totally understand because there are more girls with darker, warmer, brown hair than light, pale ash brown hair.
Wearing clip-on bangs! It’s so weird to see myself with bangs now. I’m actually glad that I’ve finally managed to grow them out! It’d be cool try these out first if you’re contemplating on whether to cut your bangs or not!
How the Blair looks like when styled differently. Instant glam hair! (Also, the reverse ombre effect where it’s darker on the ends looks a little bit better here~)
Wearing their half wig called Ebi-chan! I don’t know if they named it after Ebihara Yuri, but it really does remind me of her hair!
You just have to hide where the half wig starts by putting your bangs up like this.
The Blair extensions are so thick and pretty! It only took me and Julie a few seconds to put them on. <3 Thanks to Denise (the woman behind Tokyo Posh) for bringing these extensions to the Philippines! She actually studied in Bunka University in Tokyo, and was inspired by Japanese girls when she decided to create Tokyo Posh.
I’ll try to match my hair color to their extensions next time! I need these time-saving life hacks in my life. Hopefully they can come out with lighter shades in the future too!
You can visit Tokyo Posh at R2 Level, Power Plant Mall, 3rd floor Eastwood Mall, or 5th floor Mega Fashion Hall.
(Apartment 8 top and shorts set, Persunmall bag, EMODA heels and earrings, 3.1 Phillip Lim scarf used as headband) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Line play! I rarely dress up this fancily anymore, but I couldn’t help playing around with the theme. This just verified that I live for moments like these, where I can use my innate creativity and make it manifest in different forms. I used to just think I can only exercise my creativity with my photography and/or graphic design, but through they years, I’ve proven that fashion can be such a wonderful playground as well.
(BlackFive top, from Taiwan skirt, Sleeh heels) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Among my latest spring/summer Lookbook posts, a rogue fall/winter-inspired outfit appears! This was taken just after I dyed my hair darker, so I was in the mood to leave my florals and pastels for a while. Missed this?
I’m off to the US in a while for vacation! I’ll be queueing posts so my blog won’t die while I’m away! I will try my best to make new posts every night. Work never stops when you’re me!
When I first found out that Samsonite RED was coming to Manila, I couldn’t contain my excitement! These past few months, I’ve seen been seeing news articles and videos of Kim Soo Hyun and Angelababy endorsing this brand. I think Song Joong Ki and Ha Yeon Soo also modeled for them before. Thank you Samsonite for putting all these beautiful people together! When fandoms collide!
The launch event at Century City Mall was also very timely because I just finished watching You Who Came From The Stars. (I wonder if there’s any recent K-drama of the same caliber?) In the drama, Kim Soo Hyun was always sporting backpacks to school. I wish I already had #MyFirstRed when I was in college!
With my very own Samsonite “Liebe” bag (small orange). I love it so much - I’ve been using it as my main work bag because it can fit my laptop and small cameras! It is definitely the perfect school bag.
By the entrance was an exhibit of Samsonite RED’s current collection. These ones are for the boys.
Something I can imagine my dad, brothers or boyfriend can use when they’re traveling.
These SR Park Summer bags are perfect for all the girls out there who prefer toting pastel colors!
Peachy keen! Just the right pop of color to spice up a simple outfit.
WeeWillDoodle was there to entertain the crowd by creating an animated mural featuring the newest collection of Samsonite RED.
With fellow bloggers Laureen, David, Patricia, and model Hideo (who now has a blog of his own!) just before the event started.
Missed these girls!
MYX VJ and host, Chino Lui Pio invited everyone to the #MyFirstJump trampoline photo booth. I wanted to have my photo taken too but I was wearing a skirt. :(
The launch included a spring/summer 2014 fashion presentation featuring the Unisex, Men’s and Women’s lines of Samsonite RED.
The way it was styled was adorable! We were able to easily see how the bags can blend in with everyday life. The models also did a good job with some of the skits that they did.
This red one! <3
The Oben line is a young, casual unisex backpack line specifically designed for urban go-getters. It comes equipped with a rain cover to adapt to our erratic weather. Colors come in light grey, red, and navy.
The energetic vibe of the Liebe line celebrates dynamic individuals seeking a carry-all. Colors come in orange, navy, grey, and emerald green.
The Bona line features modern and stylish cuts that answer to a woman’s daily needs. The backpack comes in ivory and dark grey, the everyday tote in dark grey and pink, and the cute mini cross in emerald and pink.
We all had to walk the runway too, so here’s a photo of my #foreverawkward self when it was my turn! Thanks Ryan!
Samsonite RED is available at all Samsonite and Samsonite Black Label Stores nationwide and in all leading SM, Landmark, Robinsons and Rustan’s Department Stores.
Last day in Tokyo today, and my way of mourning is by posting about… well, Tokyo. I think I took way too many photos last March, but there’s really no amount that can justify the beauty and diversity of Tokyo. It’s such an interesting place that’s sure to tickle your fancy in one way or another.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet, since I still have yet to prepare for my flight back to Manila, but these are just some of the photos I took on my last whole free day when everybody else went home already. Also included some photos that couldn’t fit in all my older Tokyo entries. Exploration time is the best!
View from one of the many exits of Shinjuku Station.
Recently, Shinjuku’s been growing on me. I’m starting to let go of Shibuya bit by bit because it’s getting a little bit to chaotic for me. Signs of aging, lol
Found sakura on top of Isetan Shinjuku. Was not surprised they had a whole garden on the roof deck.
Will I be able to see these again next year? I hope so!
Pink and white, and all sorts of cute.
Snapped on my way to my main destination that day.
ARTNIA, the Square Enix cafe. I wrote about it here. It took me a while to get here because I was unfamiliar with the place, but it shouldn’t take you more than 20-30 minutes from the station like me, haha
dazzlin shop staff at Shinjuku LUMINE EST. I love shopping here more than Shibuya 109 because the spaces are wider and not cramped, and you can more or less find the same brands anyway!
I met Mari Kotake-san, the sister of Asami Kotake-san of MURUA. Mari works with the brand RODEO CROWNS!
I met up with her because I forgot to give Momoko-san and Asami-san something, and she was kind enough to pass it along for me. Much thanks <3
Shinjuku just after sunset.
Spotted at Studio ALTA in Shinjuku! I waited for my college friend here, and it gave me so many nostalgic feels because Studio ALTA was actually one of the first shopping malls I was able to visit the first time I ever went to Tokyo.
Liz Lisa also surprisingly followed the vintage style trend all over Japan!
At a restaurant in Shinjuku called Brooklyn Parlor. I met up with my college friend Harvey who has been working for Uniqlo in Japan since we graduated.
Anything with egg <3
Tokyu Plaza in the middle of Harajuku. You can’t miss this place because of the unique design of the building! I usually go here for Baroque Japan Limited’s global flagship store The SHEL’TTER TOKYO.
Couple having fun at Harajuku.
The famous Prisila wigs!
Have a nice back?
As usual, Harajuku street style is the best. You’ll never know what to expect!
I walked back to Harajuku Station to rest early and pack my stuff, when I was lucky enough to witness a part of Harajuku Fashion Walk!
And then I realized that it was a Sunday. Lucky!
I used to just see this style in photos when I was in high school. Seeing it in the flesh was way too awesome!
I was taking photos, and the man on the left approached me, asking if I was able to take good ones. From there, we had a short conversation and I found out that he’s the guy behind JapaneseStreets.com! What a coincidence, right? The guy on the right is Junnyan, a Harajuku fashion icon and one of the founders of the Harajuku Fashion Walk.
I feel like my luck doubles every time I’m in Japan. Can I stay here?
Gingham is trendy, even in Harajuku fashion!
Mikako Tabe in Harajuku Station.
All things come to an end, eventually. Too bad I had to go back to Manila so soon! Even if I’ve already been to Tokyo so many times, I never run out of new places to go to.
Back at Shinagawa, I had a quick dinner with artist Shogo Sekine! He gave me this artwork and it was way too overwhelming, knowing how good and famous his illustrations have been in the fashion and lifestyle circle in Japan. He’s the guy responsible for some of the LINE stickers that we use on Instagram! Such a talented person!
I took over a thousand new photos in Tokyo this month, so this entry will definitely be not the end of my Japan series. Until next time!
It’s that time of the month again! Status Salon time!
My old hair color turned blonde (so stubborn), so I opted for something much darker for a change! I brought my hair extensions with me as well so they can dye them and try to match the result of this particular dye session.
Went to Status Salon Tomas Morato again for my hairstylist Jimmy!
I’m not sure what he picked and ended up using, but I told him to keep the ash that I already have. It was hard to achieve so dyeing my hair red brown at this point would be such a waste!
Getting prepped for another hair color.
Time to dye!
I was so giddy when I saw my hair gradually getting darker. My roots were starting to look horrible!
They washed the dye out before they put some sort of treatment for colored hair. I was thisclose to skipping the treatment but I think I badly needed it, seeing how I’ve been dyeing my hair so frequently recently!
Ta-dah! Natural ash brown.
No more ugly roots and no more blonde hair!
They finished dyeing my extensions after my treatment. I need my hair to grow this long right now! I miss it badly!
A better photo taken with natural light and minimal filter.
Thanks to Status Salon Tomas Morato for taking care of me once more!
Platform sneakers always save the day. I’ve been living in flat shoes and low heels lately, because comfort is my top priority this summer. I’ve also been keeping my accessories to a minimum because combining them with sweat? The grossest feeling ever.
I personally prefer the look of platform sneakers more than wedge sneakers (though I don’t have anything against the latter and have a few pairs myself). I’ve seen a couple of Harajuku girls wearing this type of sneakers during the past few times I was in Tokyo! While my personal style is far from being inspired by Harajuku street fashion, there’s no denying how adorable they can be when styled properly!
Speaking of Japan, I’m off to Tokyo tomorrow! 楽しみにしている！
These were mostly taken during my last whole day in Tokyo! Camille was already leaving later that afternoon, but we were both set on trying out this brunch place that my friend recommended. Even if it meant waiting in a long queue. Anything for good food!
On our way to the station, I saw a couple of girls wearing Japanese university graduation outfits called “hakama”.
We finally arrived in Roppongi! Camille and I got lost for a bit because we’ve both never been to Roppongi before. At least we got to familiarize ourselves with the area? *optimistic*
Roppongi (六本木) is popular for nightlife among foreigners. During sakura season, people come to Roppongi to do nighttime (illuminated) hanami!
While waiting in line for our turn at the restaurant (which we found after about 10-15 minutes walk), we took some photos!
Here I’m wearing a MURUA top and skirt, EMODA reversible jacket and socks, RANDA shoes and a new 3.1 Phillip Lim bag that I bought in Isetan Shinjuku the day before. Hype this look on Lookbook here.
MERCER BRUNCH (マーサーブランチ)! To get here, take the subway to Roppongi Station, NOT Roppongi-Icchome Station (our mistake). It’s quite near Tokyo Midtown.
Camille had some sort of coconut milk drink and I had a classic latte.
We shared two dishes - salmon with avocado and poached eggs, and steak with scrambled eggs. Both came with the most heavenly french toasts. Highly recommended!
The salmon was glorious. I want to go back! The 20-30 minute-long queue was definitely worth it.
Tokyo Midtown, home to the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, the Suntory Museum of Art, and the tallest building in Tokyo.
I accompanied Camille to the station below so she can do some last minute shopping in Shibuya (or was it Omotesando?) before catching the airport limousine to Narita. Wish she and Laureen (who left the night before) could have stayed longer!
I stayed behind to do some sightseeing. Did some on-the-spot research and decided to go to Roppongi Hills. I was originally planning to head to Tokyo Imperial Palace (how geeky, right?) after this but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go around Roppongi since I was already there.
Spotted Arashi for Japan Airlines!
Roppongi Hills (六本木ヒルズ) is a popular building complex where you can find the Mori Tower with an observation deck on top.
View from the top. That’s Tokyo Tower right there!
Scene from a mecha anime?
Scene from a J-drama?
In the same tower as the observation deck was an Andy Warhol exhibit and an Andy Warhol cafe.
Yayoi Kusama goodies at the souvenir store!
Had nothing else to do in Roppongi so I went back to Omotesando!
Omotesando (表参道) is an upscale shopping area where you can find international luxury goods stores. Surprisingly, however, you can find some quirky stores, cafes and restaurants in the side streets.
Isabel Marant love.
Carven. Such a fan. I want to live here.
Went people-watching in front of Omotesando Hills, a super fashionable shopping mall along Omotesando. I wasn’t in the mood to do any shopping on this day, so I pretty much spent my time either constantly taking photos, or blindly walking around with no particular destination, lol. Best thing about traveling alone!
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Time flies so fast! Aeropostale’s Shang store opening last October is still fresh in my mind. The store looks and feels so new! I haven’t been able to visit lately, and I’m glad I finally found time to do so yesterday.
So many covetable summer staples in the current collection! There are tons of warm peaches and cool blues that look just like they were made for those who frequent the beach and the great outdoors. The heat’s still not letting up, so head to Aeropostale if you haven’t started building your summer wardrobe yet! It’s never too late!
Giant store! They sell so much stuff that it’d be impossible for you to leave without buying anything!
Sea colors to contrast the warm summer sun!
"You can’t knock on opportunity’s door and not be ready."
Music festival ready!
Such cool. Much swag. So amaze.
Such a fresh-looking combination!
Mirrored sunglasses! I don’t wear sunglasses often but I do know that these are so trendy right now!
Not your ordinary board shorts.
Definitely posting this for all the dog lovers out there <3
Some of the most affordable and stylish accessories you can find!
Floral print pants for summer? You can’t get any more classic than that! Wear with summer knits for a cute and laid back look.
Sandals for summer! I should get myself one of these…
Light knits, printed bags and wedge sneakers for summer? Check!
The shortest yet shiniest pair of shorts!
The denim section offers a wide variety of washes and styles for different body types. I love their skinny jeans because they’re just the right length for my height!
The pink shirt reads “Texting is my cardio” lol
I’m not one to work out and exercise, but all the pastel work out clothes in this area of Aeropostale are way too cute!
Live. Love. Dream. Love this color combination on this gym bag!
Different designs for different moods. The colorful hearts remind me so much of my childhood!
Perfect white sneakers for everyday and travel use!
Caps for cool chaps!
These camo slip-ons! Wish they sold this design in girls’ sizes!
Gray wth a hint of color seems to be a popular theme in the latest collection!
Candy-colored belts to spice up any outfit.
My top picks: pastel printed pants + light lime green tank top + white summer knit.
For those who prefer darker colors, here’s a collared sleeveless button-down + printed pullover + black high-waist pleated skirt.
Both outfits are inspired by college fashion. We’re halfway through May, and before we know it, it’s back-to-school time! You can still find all these items in store if you want to get the whole look and prepare for the next school year.
Hope you guys enjoyed this little store tour!
Follow Aeropostale’s Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #AeropostaleMNL if you’re tweeting about them! This store can be found at Shangri-La Plaza East Wing Mid-Level 2/3 near TWG.
While being invited to Tokyo for the 100Tokyo campaign launch as a Cool Japan ambassador was fun (got to meet new people and experience new things) and convenient (they provided an awesome itinerary for us to follow), I also put a lot of value in my personal time. I blame the introvert in me! Traveling alone has never made me feel lonely. I’m even the type of person who needs to recharge after constant socializing by spending the next few days alone, lol. Proudly #foreveralone by choice!
I had some time to go around Tokyo on my own, and here were some of the photos I took.
After taking the train from Narita and settling down at my hotel at Shinagawa, I grew hungry and got myself a whole pack of giant Amaou strawberries from Fukuoka!
Pine berries or white strawberries, as most Japanese prefer to call them. They look like strawberries but taste like pineapples. They look pretty but I prefer the taste of regular strawberries!
Shinagawa Station. One of my favorite stations for a number of reasons.
During my first ever trip to Tokyo, we stayed in Shinagawa and this was the first station that I was introduced to. The feels!
The space is also quite big so it doesn’t get as crazy as Shibuya Station.
As always, Shibuya was my first stop. Found these Honda Keisuke (本田 圭佑) for Mintia billboards! I don’t really know much about sports, but I do know that he’s part of the Japanese national football team.
Late afternoon Shibuya stroll.
A view that I can never get tired of. Spot Ohno for Kirin!
Herschel backpack. <3
After killing time and taking photos in Shibuya, I went back to Shinagawa because I had a 6AM call time for a shoot the next morning. I had to get my beauty sleep, of course. I’ll be blogging about that shoot soon! Will keep you guys posted!
After the shoot, Kumiko-san, Chinami-san and I headed to Cat Street for some sightseeing. While it wasn’t my first time in Cat Street, I failed to take proper pictures during my last visit. Let me redeem myself with this post!
Thanks to my friends for accompanying this little tourist to Cat Street!
Matching brown spring trenchcoats! I can hang out in Cat Street the whole day because the street style is always gorgeous.
More brown trenchcoats for spring!
Awesome-looking place! Wish I went inside The Roastery by Nozy Coffee.
Pretty in plaid. Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean that you should just wear floral prints all the time!
Pointy toes and giant bows.
Retro style has been so popular in Japan this spring!
My favorite place in Cat Street is Opening Ceremony.
ALL THE PROENZA BAGS. My paprika PS1 still remains to be my favorite and most functional bag of all time. Should I get a PS11 next? *sound of wallet crying*
We took a break at this hipster-looking cafe somewhere in the back streets of Harajuku. I had no idea how we were able to get here. Chinami-san and Kumiko-san were also surprised that this cafe existed!
More Arashi x Kirin! We wanted to go to Asoko in Harajuku, but as usual, there was a long line by the entrance.
Went shopping at EMODA instead! Would never say no to that!
EMODA’s current selection of shoes. I wanted to buy the white pair but they didn’t have my size anymore!
Sometimes it’s frustrating to have a super common shoe size!
muse muse is one brand in the ground floor of Shibuya 109 that I always check out.
Finally, dinner at Kaikaya. They ordered a set course. Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.
Ashley followed, and we all had a great time!
These were only about 15% of the whole set that we got. CRAY.
Food coma ensued shortly after taking this photo.
SAKURA ICE CREAM WITH MILK. THIS WAS SO GOOD. /dies
Matching oversized EMODA jackets with pretty Ashley. These were from the F/W 2013 collection! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for EMODA F/W 2014. I tend to splurge a lot more on F/W collections than S/S ones!
On my next free day, I went to Shinjuku to visit the Randa store. You can read about it here.
Nozo, Nozo, Nozomiii!
Spot One Direction!
One of my favorite places to shop is LUMINE EST in Shinjuku Station! You can’t miss it! I usually end up shopping more here than in Shibuya 109. There aren’t as many people, and the selection of stores are fit to my liking.
I randomly bumped into Teban of @asian_impressions! He has great street photography! He follows me on Instagram and when he found out that I was in Tokyo, he sent me a message asking if we could meet up.
He’s a great guy who knows a lot of Filipino words and phrases, lol. So cute! He was like, “Ikinagagalak kitang makilala!”, and I was like, nobody really uses that anymore, hahaha
He took pictures of my outfit like a true street style photographer!
Met up with the Tokyo crew (Ashley, Gervin and Kiko from my October 2013 post) and met new friends at Shimokitazawa (下北沢) or “Shimokita”. I’ve never been to Shimokita before, and I’m glad I finally got to visit after hearing so many good things about it!
Lots of unique places and used-clothing stores can be found here. It’s quite a hipster neighborhood!
DARWIN ROOM! Definitely a must-see in Shimokita. It’s a natural science bookstore that sells stuff like biology, zoology, etc. books as well as interesting science-related stuff that you wouldn’t easily find anywhere else. Like preserved animals!
Broken Doll is a band with a fashion brand of the same name. The band’s guitarist is the designer and the owner of the brand. So creative!
Viva Cute Candy is one of Tokyo’s funkiest hair salons! Can you tell by the name and this sign that they specialize in crazy hair colors?
We tried to fit 8 people in a Purikura booth made for 2 people. IT WAS A SUCCESS.
Next challenge: 10 people?
Mizuho and Gervin had fun playing Taiko: Drum Master (太鼓の達人)!
Vivid floral prints, lace and stripes for spring/summer.
Also met Singaporean designer Josiah Chua! Amazing how he interned for Yohji Yamamoto and how he is now a student at Bunka Gakuen (world famous fashion school in Tokyo). Watch out for him, world!
Kaila, Emika and Mizuho! You might recognize Kaila from her super popular blog, Rainbowholic! She was a Kawaii Leader at NHK World Kawaii International, and I dub her the kawaii ambassador of the Philippines!
Thank you so much to Ashley for bringing us all together again! Without you, this wouldn’t be possible. Much love, as always!
Next Tokyo post will come sooner than you think! I’ll be going again next week, and I have another 2+ weeks in the US. Need to rush everything before I leave!
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While it’s too hot to wear your favorite jeans out, resort to other denim styles that’s more summer-friendly! Just G recently came out with a bunch of soft denim style items that are sure to be staples in your closet. It’s perpetually summer here in Manila anyway!
(Just G top and shorts, S&H flats, Kate Spade bag) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
I rarely do sleeveless tops + shorts combos because I usually like balancing things out (sleeveless + pants / long sleeves + short bottoms). However, when the weather is killer, these kinds of breezy tops and shorts can do all sorts of miracles.
The most ideal casual summer dress for all those like me who embrace that “girl-next-door” style!
I can’t stress enough how Just G is always on point with their dresses! I love how this particular one has these little lace details that are subtly slimming. The cut is also universally flattering for all body types.
Eat all you can and your (lower stomach) pooch will never show! This is how I pick out the style of my clothes, lol.
When talking about summer style, you can’t rule out light, breezy tops with relaxed silhouettes! This one comes with embroidery details in Just G’s signature orange color. Pair with floral pants and a bright-colored bag for a perfect weekend look.
Just G boutique stores can be found in SM Megamall, Market Market, Sta. Lucia, SM Southmall, Eastwood City, SM North Edsa, SM Manila and SM Cebu. Just G and Gingersnaps share spaces at Shangri-la, Rockwell, Robinsons Metroeast, SM Baguio and SM Pampanga. They also have department store corners at SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, Landmark Trinoma, SM Makati, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Festival Mall, SM North Edsa, SM Cubao, SM Pampanga, SM Southmall and Robinsons Ermita.
Summer doesn’t seem like it’s ending any time soon, so I’m still living in my no-fuss outfits. Matching top and bottom sets are heaven sent because they can automatically do the job whenever I get hit by the lazy bug. It’s very convenient that you can wear these kinds of sets as separates as well.
Clearly, I’m still stuck with a major creative block, but I’m going to Tokyo again for touchMe Collection F/W 2014 in 2 weeks. I hope I get my groove back before then! Third time lucky!
This time, I left the store with another pink pair. Coincidentally, Crissey got the exact same pair too! #TrisseyConnection
Still thinking if I should go back to the store and get the mint version.
The Le Bunny Bleu bunny can’t get enough of Le Bunny Bleu flats too.
Oxfords that would look great with dresses.
Not into color or patterns? This designs comes in plain black and white!
My favorite Simplicia oxfords.
Lots of slip-ons in the S/S collection.
Love the muted beige + neon green pair!
I tried these on and they were so comfy!
Plain flats that can easily match anything and everything!
Le Bunny Bleu ribbon designs are back! Such a princess-y look!
Black and red for those who aren’t big on pastels but still want a girly twist on their footwear.
Ribbons and glitters!
Peep-toe flats to show off your perfect pedicure.
Signature Le Bunny Bleu design in newer, fresher colors.
Pair these cuties with your favorite denims!
Everyday flats for the stylish working girl.
Also available are new Le Bunny Bleu designs for your daughters and nieces!
Start them young with blinged-out shoes!
Classic pointy toe shoes with the trademark logo.
Need a boost of height or just starting to learn how to walk in heels? Le Bunny Bleu now offers heeled shoes that are ideal for everyday use.
The heel height isn’t crazy at all! Wearing these shoes will never stress your feet and legs out. I particularly love this penny loafer style! I can already imagine these with all my floral skirts.
Hope you guys enjoyed that little tour around the Le Bunny Bleu flagship store! A lot of K-pop stars wear Le Bunny Bleu so you should definitely check the brand out if you’re a fan of K-everything!
Visit them at 5th floor Bridgeway, East Wing Shangri-la Plaza (654-2599) and 2nd floor Glorietta 5 (955-7225).
They’re giving away special double points this weekend, May 9-11, 2014! Every purchase in Le Bunny Bleu will be equal to double stamps on the Le Bunny Bleu stamp card. Customers will have a faster time to get their Le Bunny Bleu Lovers discount card!
Customers who purchase any amount in the store will be given a stamp card that you can complete within a year. Once completed, you can get a discount card that can guarantee a lifetime discount of 10% for cash and 5% off for credit card purchases. Exclusive promotions and sneak peek of new collections will also be granted to holders of the card.
A few Saturdays ago, I was invited a private styling party at the newly-opened Marc by Marc Jacobs store at Shangri-la East Wing Mall.
Regular customers were free to take pleasure in exclusive shopping privileges, as well as enjoy some cocktail food, champagne, and macarons that matched the colors of Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2014 Collection.
I can’t be any happier about the fact that they opened in Shang, because I frequent this mall the most out of all the malls in the Metro. No need to go all the way to Makati now!
Before the event, I took photos of some items that caught my attention.
These bags are perfection.
Cute yet classy arm candy.
Cat-print cosmetic pouch.
Chic sunglasses for summer.
Cool colors to beat the heat.
Warm colors and bold prints.
Marc by Marc Jacobs’ must-have shoes this season. The point is to style everything with sneakers!
Not your ordinary flat shoes. These punk mouse ballet flats are adorable!
Flawless bag in my favorite color. Thinking if I should go back to the store and get it!
I had about 4 of these in a span of 10 minutes.
Small bags for those who only like to bring essentials, and big ones for those who like to put their whole lives inside their bags!
Muted gray or vivid red?
The part of the store that everybody loves. I got myself an iPhone case in the latest Marc by Marc Jacobs radio waves print!
Marc by Marc Jacobs watches.
Stylist Alyanna Martinez dressed us up in the latest Marc by Marc Jacobs items, and interestingly chose them based on her impression of our individual styles.
Lissa got a sportswear-inspired outfit, Camille got a matching print-on-print top and skirt, while I got a classic shift dress!
We also got a private mini fashion show styled and introduced by Alyanna herself!
Here’s a better photo of the dress that I wore. These “pinwheel flowers” are Marc by Marc Jacobs’ key prints for Spring 2014.
Flame applique top with rolled-up polkadot print jeans.
Radio waves print! I couldn’t get enough of this! Hypnotizing.
The latest collection fuses the comfort of sportswear and the tailored sharpness of workwear. This explains the use of sneakers!
You can easily transform the look from day to night by pairing them with sky high heels.
Looks so comfy!
Visit Marc by Marc Jacobs Philippines at Greenbelt 5 and the new store at Shangri-la East Wing.