On the day we were scheduled to go on a road trip outside London, the rain just poured like crazy (much like what we’re experiencing in Manila now), so as much as I wanted to take a lot of pictures, I had to save my camera from getting wet. Must invest in waterproof travel gear next time.
So here are the very few pictures I was able to take during that day. Sadly, taking photographs was strictly prohibited inside Windsor Castle! And It was one of my most favorite places during my UK trip! How I wish I could let you all view this historical goodness through my blog so we could all spaz together, but I guess for now this could serve as some sort of teaser to motivate you guys to pay this place a visit some time in the future.
This is called the Long Walk. It links Windsor Castle with Snow Hill in Windsor Great Park. According to legends, Snow Hill was where King Henry VIII sat and waited for news of the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn.
Windsor Castle, the home of almost 40 monarchs since as early as the 11th century. I love castles and palaces so it was such a treat to be able to visit the State Apartments. Charles II wanted to rival his cousin Louis XIV’s Versailles by making Windsor Castle home to the grandest State Apartments in England. Definitely a must see if you have some extra time and you don’t have anything else to do in Central London!
Spotted an old man playing catch with his dog in front of St. George’s Chapel.
One of the gates at Windsor Castle.
Outside the castle, I got to see the iconic Crooked House of Windsor, erected way back in 1592. Supposedly there is a secret basement with a passageway that connects to the kitchens of Windsor Castle.
Just like in the movies!
Stormy day at the town of Windsor.
Obligatory Cath Kidston! You can’t see it clearly here but the store’s curtains all have that signature floral print that we all love.
Erich von Däniken believed that alien astronauts visited the earth to help the early humans in building some of the world’s oldest, greatest monuments such as the Stonehenge, the pyramids in Egypt, etc.
This is only the Ancient Aliens geek in me presenting a theory on how this amazing prehistoric monument came to be, lol. It’s actually a little creepy and overwhelming at the same time how the early humans were able to construct this using neolithic techniques.
No proper photo of myself with the Stonehenge because the weather decided to troll me by deciding to rain Ondoy-levels for half an hour or so.
This is what I meant by the weather being such a troll. When I got to the parking lot, the skies suddenly became clear and it didn’t rain for the next half hour or so.
Next time, I promise to even do an outfit post in front of the Stonehenge!
The hills are alive~ at the Wiltshire countryside.
Greeted by the prettiest yellow flowers at the City of Bath!
Spotted a Vespa in the nicest red color! /random
Rainy afternoon at the city of Bath.
So why is Bath called Bath? Because this city was founded by the Romans as a thermal spa! In this picture, you can see the entrance to the Roman Baths. It’s a pretty cool thing how the residents of the city just pass by it everyday like it’s something so normal (I could say the same about world-famous sites found in the middle of the city, like the Coliseum in Rome or the Eiffel Tower in Paris).
Near the Roman Baths is Bath Abbey, founded in the 7th century.
It’s a church known for its fan vaulting. So pretty!
Stained glass windows.
While waiting for our ride back to London, we had afternoon tea and coffee at this super dainty Alice in Wonderland-themed cafe. Take a trip down this rabbit hole if you’ve got extra time in this town.
It’s wonderful for pictures! :)
The Pulteney Bridge, one of the four bridges in the world with shops across the full span on both sides.
So in love with this city! Everything looks so picturesque. You can print your pictures from this place out and they can pass off as legit postcards.
"Your style has changed a lot.", says one of my friends. "Oh yeah? I guess it really has…", I reply. It’s been so long since I started this blog, and I cringe at a lot of my outfits from 2009/2010! And 5 years from now, I’ll probably look back at this post and ask myself, "What the hell was I thinking?"
Fortunately, for me, I think change in general is a good thing. Well, as long as it’s not too drastic, I can live with it forever. I’m not always aware or looking out for it, and I guess it just defeats the purpose if you actually expect it! Everything will just come rushing to you afterwards.
I used to think that I should always be stable and constantly unchanging… but then after a while, I found myself in a place where I couldn’t grow and learn because I was always doing the same thing. (Don’t confuse this with fickle-mindedness though!)
One of the many reasons why I am able to stay strong and positive is change. During the long time when I felt rather complacent and “satisfied” with all the different factors of my life (relationships, career, etc.), I was suddenly faced with a certain aggression that I didn’t know how to react to.
It crushed me and I felt like an ant being burned by a magnifying glass - I never imagined that it could ever happen to me in this lifetime. But it did, and it took me quite a long time to accept this change.
Apparently, all I had to do was accept that not only do environments change, but *I* also change. It’s unfair to always blame it on anyone or anything. It always takes two to tango! This personal change is usually subject to positive or negative reactions, but the mere acknowledgment of it makes a difference in how you can move on from where you are.
If an unexpected change happens, don’t sulk over it. Wallowing in self-pity will not do anything… except maybe just ruin your mascara!
Instead, welcome it, and thank God that it happened and temporarily ruined the permanence in your life . Because if it didn’t, you would’ve experienced it at a different time when everything could be ten times worse. At least, by then, if you accepted it, you would’ve already learned from your previous experiences and mistakes. :)
"She’s Got Game" Photography by Tricia Gosingtian. Styling by Jed Gregorio. Make-up by Amanda Padilla. Hair by Ogie Rayel. Model: Hye Won Jang. Styling Assistants: Elthia May Peñalosa-Jayme Baltonado and Sarah Abigail Halal.
Quick post! This is a compromise between my own personal style and Japanese MODE style which is my primary fashion inspiration for a while now. Again, it’s all mostly black with white, and a single item that’s another color. Usually yellow. I should make a separate tag for all my outfits with the same black-white-yellow color scheme. Any suggestions what to call it besides “bee colors” or “taxi colors”?
Cat ear pearl headband! I’m obsessed with everything that has pearls recently. I really think pearl and crystal embellishments are going to be huge in the next couple of months. Or just for me, at least!
My new fave shoes are these sky high two tone peep-toe platforms that are insanely comfortable! I walked 6 hours in SM Mall of Asia wearing these, and I surprisingly didn’t experience any unfortunate cuts or bruises at all. I wish I could get these in other color combinations.
This skirt makes an appearance for the nth time. I can’t get enough of pleather!
Anyhow, I’ll be in Singapore starting Friday for some sort of youth summit, but I made my July 26th free so I can meet up, have coffee, do a mini-shoot or just hang out with other bloggers (still don’t know who, but do comment if you have anyone you’d think would be game to do a meet-up), just like how I was able to spend some time with Cheesie and Bobo in KL last November. Can’t wait!
After my family and I finished familiarizing ourselves with London via bus tour, we decided to take it easy and go to the tourist sites that were a bit less historical/cultural, and a bit more “pop culture”.
Waiting by the bus stop wearing an outfit that seemed to match the colors of London’s streets and buildings. Brown, red and black.
When in London, try Pret a Manger. It’s a British chain that offers ready-to-eat sandwiches, etc. Absolutely perfect for people on the go, and for tourists like us who don’t have a lot of time to waste. Grab ‘n go!
I’d be happy if our street signs here in Manila could look like this one day.
Finally, BAKER STREET!
Shot from outside the Sherlock Holmes Museum.
You can’t miss this place if you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes. You can go inside to buy all sorts of Sherlock goodies, and take pictures of every single corner in this apartment. I can’t fully describe it with any other word but cute!
The loveliest hand-painted Sherlock Holmes chess set and figurines. Insanely pricey, but I guess Holmes fans wouldn’t mind shelling out extra pounds for something as precious as this!
The iconic (fictitious) living room! Sherlock’s and Dr. Watson’s hats were free for visitors to try on for photography’s sake, and coincidentally, my twin brothers wore outfits that matched the colors of the hats!
Warm colors and dark wood.
Flowers by Sherlock Holmes’ living room window.
Sherlock Holmes’ violin.
Dr. Watson’s things. I swear, everything in this place was so photogenic.
Even the bathroom on the top floor looked straight out of an old movie.
I have a lulzy story to share about this fake bathroom though! -
"Like the London Dungeon, there were lots of exhibits at the Holmes Museum, but it wasn’t like an amusement park so it was really boring. The building was set up and decorated as if Holmes was living there, but all you could do was have a look around. In my travel guide it said that the toilet there was a must-see, so I peed there (laugh)." - translated from L’arc~en~ciel’s hyde’s Adventures in London (1997).
Something I was able to randomly spot while walking in the streets. War of the Worlds!
After the Sherlock Holmes Museum, we headed to Madame Tussauds, a wax museum known for the wax versions of popular political and royal figures, celebrities, musicians, etc.
Miley and Daniel don’t look much like themselves here, but it’s interesting how they’re grouped in the same area in the museum.
Kate Winslet and Colin Firth, two amazing English actors!
Brangelina. Angie doesn’t look like herself, but it’s amazing how they even got her tattoo down pat.
Wax versions of the Beckhams. Just as flawless as the references!
My love, Johnny Depp. I quite like how he’s presented as Jack Sparrow instead of himself in this museum. You can’t see all the outfit details properly in this shot, but if you’re a fan of PotC and all the original costume designs, this figure is definitely something to spaz about.
Queen Elizabeth looks so real!
And so do Prince William (That hair… or the lack thereof) and Kate Middleton (That dress…)!
One of my personal faves from the museum: The Beatles. George Harrison looks hot and John Lennon looks squishy and adorable. Who’s your favorite Beatle?
Hey I heard you were a wild one!
This was one of the creepiest wax figures in the museum. It’s like those horror movies where they wax people alive and pass them off as statues.
The weather was suddenly cooperative after Madame Tussauds, so we took a bus tour again to be able to take proper pictures of some of the must-see tourist spots.
This is St. Paul’s Cathedral, London’s tallest building for about 200 years.
View from the front of the cathedral.
Spotted a model in summer clothes when everyone else was wearing winter/spring coats. Couldn’t imagine how she was able to survive walking around like that in the cold!
Union Jack on a cab.
I wonder if the construction in this place has already finished by now, in time for the Olympics. If anyone is particular with this area, let me know how this ended up looking like!
My messy wind hair was surprisingly normal there. Spotted a few girls who even looked like they haven’t combed their hair in a week! So ideal.
A guy playing bagpipes in front of the Tower of London.
Interesting sock detail. Found out just now that these are called “kilt hose flashes”.
Shot from a cruise that we spontaneously took just before sunset. We took the boat from the Tower Millenium Pier.
Tower Bridge, one of my favorite bridges in London!
London Bridge, of nursery rhyme fame.
Blackfriars Bridge. The north end goes to the Inns of Court and Temple Church. The south end goes to the Tate Modern and the Oxo Tower.
One of the three Cleopatra’s Needles. This is the pair of the one in New York. A separate one stands in Paris (more pictures of that in my Paris post!).
A closer photo of the London Eye, with clear skies in the background.
After the spontaneous cruise, we decided to walk around to different places before heading to West End for Les Miserables.
Pretty building details.
Such a romantic setting! Spotted a lot of couples making out and holding hands. <3
I want her shoes!
China Town! My dad was craving for Chinese food and we were all kind of missing eating rice, so we had a basic eat-all-you-can dinner at a Chinese restaurant.
Queen’s Theater. Opened in 1907!
View from inside the theater. We watched Les Misérables, one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history. It was so wonderful I got teary eyed at some parts! Definitely a must-see while you’re in London. I wish I had more time to watch the other shows, but at least I got this one out of the way already. I’ll definitely make sure to watch the rest the next time I visit!
Next up: Windsor Castle, City of Bath, and Stonehenge!
Finally posting the first of my spring vacation entries! Surprisingly managed to take 16 gigabytes worth of RAW pictures every single day when I was in Europe, so it took me a while to pick the best ones out from my folders, and to try to create a proper (and coherent) entry to jumpstart my London and Paris entries off. Based on the title, yes, I am really dividing my stay in London into two parts! I also went to Windsor Castle, the city of Bath, and the Stonehenge, so expect a separate entry for those places too. So many pictures, so little time!
Here’s a photo of me and my brother Juju in front of a mirror in our hotel’s lobby. We stayed at this dainty place called Ashburn Hotel, which my family and I loved to bits. They had free wifi in all the rooms too (SURE WIN!)
The morning after we arrived, we decided to take a bus sightseeing tour to familiarize ourselves with London. Finally got to ride one of those open-topped red double decker buses! We didn’t have a strict itinerary, but we did kind of list down the places that we could go to on the dates we were there.
Took advantage of the early morning sun to take landscape photos of different landmarks. It rained during the whole duration of our trip, so I had to be extra careful not to get my camera soaked. So many people were apologizing for the weather back when I was tweeting about it. No need for apologies, really! I’d like to think it was all part of the London experience. We had “brollies” in our backpacks anyway!
The Union Jack is one of my favorite flag designs of all time.
This is the National Gallery, found in Trafalgar Square.
Established way back in 1824. I love European culture in general for this reason! Everything just seems to be so well-preserved. This is even considered one the relatively newer buildings.
You can see Big Ben from this angle.
As you can see, all my pictures from London seem darker than my usual travel photos. I don’t consider it a bad thing though! The raw photos + the post-processing is a marriage of what my image of London is and how all the movies and books describe it!
This is the Admiralty Arch, as seen from Trafalgar Square. The opposite side leads to The Mall, which leads to Buckingham Palace.
Just a pretty building, among all the pretty buildings in the city!
The iconic Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly. The Palm Court inside the Ritz were once frequented by the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, and the Queen Elizabeth herself.
We didn’t eat here, but I just found it so cute that a restaurant was named after William Shakespeare. Well, why not? He’s known as the greatest writer in the English language!
St. James Court! Legit old English typography right there.
It started to rain before noon, so I snapped all the pictures I could before it got worse! Here’s the London Eye, the tallest ferris wheel in all of Europe, as well as one of the most popular tourist attractions in London.
I wish we had time to take a ride on it. I’ll definitely make time for it the next time I visit London!
St. Paul’s Cathedral from afar.
This is such a magical picture of the Big Ben. The rain was getting out of hand, so my family and I decided to halt our bus tour for a while to grab something to eat. The clock turned 12 as soon as we got out of the bus. Perfect timing!
When in London, eat fish and chips.
Silly Sherlock and Watson fans left comments on the restaurant’s guestbook. Sherlock Holmes’ comment: “Not up to par. Awful.” John Watson’s comment: “Very nice. Don’t listen to him.”
Now, did you just read that with Robert Downey Jr.’s and Jude Law’s voices? (Edit: Or Benedict Cumberbatch’s and Martin Freeman’s?)
There’s a heart. Aww.
Sorry for the reflection - I started taking pictures from the first deck of the next bus we hopped on. This street needs no introduction. Sweeney Todd!
The iconic red telephone box.
The Tower of London was founded in 1066. It played a crucial role in English history as it served different purposes, including being an armory, a prison, as well as the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
Just a cute dog that kept on snuggling my shoe.
One of the sentries guarding the place. The Queen’s Guard are situated in all of the royal residences in London.
My brothers taking pictures and listening to the audio guide in the middle of bad weather.
It’s a little hard to imagine how I managed to take all these pictures while doing so many things at once - holding my camera, umbrella, bag, etc., walking in the rain, listening to the audio guide, fighting the wind, and just pretty much trying to survive this whole thing by forcing my tourist level to increase to level 99.
What some Tower of London prisoners wrote on the walls of their cells.
Sadly, I couldn’t take proper pictures of the place where the “Princes of the Tower” were confined, but their story was one of my favorites from all the Tower of London events.
Edward V of England and Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York, were the “Princes of the Tower”. They disappeared in 1483, but their bones were supposedly discovered in 1674. People believed they were murdered, but until now, nobody has really proven what happened. There are, however, suspects and evidences that lead to their murder, making the princes’ story such an interesting mystery topic for fiction and non-fiction writers.
Too pretty! As a kid, I loved reading about castles and princesses. As I grew older, I found myself totally falling in love with all things medieval - video games and movies that involved knights and whatnot turned out to be favorites.
Don’t these pictures remind you so much of Final Fantasy Tactics? Or King Arthur?
Took a picture of this for all my geeky graphic designer friends to see. Lovely logos.
The Line of Kings, on display in the New Armouries of the Tower. It’s a 17th century gallery displaying wooden versions of horses that different monarchs used.
A 16th century double-barrelled wheellock pistol.
This 14th century basinet weighs 7 pounds. It’s like you constantly have a baby on your head.
People are free to put their faces in and try to see through the thin slits for the eyes. I tried it and it was so difficult to see anything! But then again, I guess people back then also had to protect their eyes from being gouged out.
The Tower of London and part of the Tower Bridge in the background!
This is one of the Victoria Embankment dragons. The two mark the boundary between the City of London and the City of Westminster.
This is how the London subway looks like! Or at least one of the stations. I loved how it was all decorated with not only product advertisements but also music, museum and art exhibit advertisements.
It’s really weird - some people warned me about the weather being erratic all the time, the subway being messy and expensive, or the food not being that great (I guess they were comparing it to French or Italian cuisine?), but IDK, London was such a charming place for me. Although I do admit that my love for English accents should be partly blamed for this feeling. G’day! Fancy a cuppa tea? Or crumpets? Seriously, I could listen to an English accent the whole day.
Part 2 of my London pictures to follow soon. I wanna go back!
This is something I’d wear… in an alternate universe. Risked looking like some sort of walking rainbow vomit one day, just because I felt like not dressing up like myself.
I wonder if you guys ever feel the same way. Sometimes I even think about creating a tribute entry to some of the local bloggers I follow by doing my own interpretation of their personal styles. Or doing a blogger challenge where we dress up as one another just for the heck of it. Doesn’t that sound really fun?
Anyhow, thanks to Barney Stinson for this quote on my shirt and for influencing everyone with his awesomeness. I knew I had to get this statement shirt even if I rarely wear these kinds of things. I still want this Toxic Toy x Luisaviaroma one though!
…to shopping in the middle of the year! The gloomy weather and the rainy season can never compete with the craze that comes with the thousands of people who flock to their favorite malls just to find the best shopping deals. We go wild at the sound of “shopping”. And we go wilder at the sound of “sale”. There are no such things as signal #1 or 2 if it means being able to get things at 70% off, yes?
(Dorothy Perkins top, Mango pants, Terranova blazer and headband, VNC heels, Fino Leatherware bag - all from SM Mall of Asia) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Thanks to my boyfriend for taking my pictures. It’s been a while since I last had time to have my photos taken outdoors.
Recently, I was able to experience shopping at SM Mall of Asia, where I am now officially a “Style Icon”. Boy, was I in a surprise! Admittedly, I always thought it’d tire me out too much if I decided to go shopping there because… well, it’s the largest mall in the whole Philippines, and not to mention, it’s the third largest in the world. It was the contrary, actually. The layout of the mall is just so convenient that you can go to all your favorite brands without subjecting your feet to torture. You can always opt to go to the newly opened Jamba Juice if you’re feeling thirsty from all the shopping!
In other news, I’m sure most of you have already visited Uniqlo already, especially if you’re a big fan of Japanese brands! It’s the first one in the country (it’s also just less than a month old), and you can only find it in SM Mall of Asia for now.
My top 3 high street brands, Zara, Mango and Topshop are all found here too. Huge stores with the best, most complete stocks.
And just across Uniqlo, you can find a huge Forever 21 being constructed - it is scheduled to open later this month. Say goodbye to all your money, people from Manila/the south! :)
And beside Forever 21, there will be a legit MAC store for all you make-up lovers out there. I’m using MAC Vagabondage nail polish, btw! Can’t wait to splurge on new make-up.
Now we all know where to go if you’re looking for something in particular that you can’t find in any of their smaller branches. Oh, the perks of having massive floor space! If only it were possible to expand my room every time I go shopping. I swear my room looks like a bazaar so much that I think can hold Bloggers United 4 in my room.
And silly me just had to add a lot more to the clutter. It’s a good kind of clutter though. The first things I see in the morning are my shoe racks and my clothes cabinets.
Both of the outfits in the post are inspired by the rainy weather that we’ve been having. It’s the perfect time to bring out all the blazers and cardigans that you can layer over sleeveless tops any time it gets chilly.
(Dorothy Perkins cardigan and top, Mango pants, Forever 21 belt, Fino Leatherware bag, Terranova headband - all from SM Mall of Asia) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
This next outfit plays with the same color scheme and girly theme. Cardigans from Dorothy Perkins are thin enough to be worn without looking silly when it’s not raining, but thick enough to give you extra warmth. I remember investing in a lot of these back when I was in college. Definitely one of the most stylish kinds of cover-ups that everyone should have in their closets.
And don’t you also love this giant blue bag from Fino? I suddenly remember all my mom’s similar bags which can fit pretty much everything that you can ever need. It’s also made of the highest-quality material, so it’s definitely worth having for a long, long time.
I think it’s the first time I’ve ever worn maxi pants in my blog. I am smitten. I need more of these! Mango has them in different colors. “Alam na.”
Anyhow, I hope you guys can go to the end of season sale soon! It’s from July 6-15, 10AM to 10PM. You can follow their Twitter and Facebook for more updates. Here’s my ad (with my troll signature, lol):
Here are some teasers for everyone, so you’ll know what to expect:
Uniqlo ads everywhere! I was able to drop by for a short time last week, and I loved the Orla Kiely x Uniqlo collaboration the most. Stocks are running out fast, so I hope I can still get my hands on at least one item from this collab.
Topshop is always a must-visit when it comes to end of season sales! Be there when they sell all the stuff that you wanted at half the original price (or even more)!
The Mango sale has been going on for some time now, but it’s never too late to join in the fun.
ALL THESE PRETTY SHOES ARE DISCOUNTED! The pink ones are my favorites because they’re sexy and sweet at the same time. Too bad they didn’t have it in my size anymore. Cry.
Girbaud! I was able to spot a really good and unique-looking pair of pants that reminded of me the lace-up pair that SHINEE wore in their Lucifer promotions. Not sure if you can see it clearly, but it’s there in the middle of the photo.
Floral-print sneakers from Terranova. These would totally look great with short shorts!
Mossimo pants at P580. It’s deals like these that make it so easy for you to regret all your recent original price purchases.
A girl can never have too many shoes. And VNC has a lot of shoes just waiting for you to try them out.
Awesome belts from Dorothy Perkins. I managed to get my hands on that black one with the gold plate! Black and gold is always a classy combination.
Shopping has never felt this special! SM Mall of Asia allows any shopper to direct all purchases to a single area for later pick-up. If you’re the shop-til-you-drop kind and you’ve always had a hard time figuring out how to carry all your bags by yourself, this special service saves you all the hassle!
Golf carts and shuttles are also readily available for those who want to go around the mall with ease. This also means that the mall is handicapped and elderly-friendly. Good job, MOA!
Well, that was a long entry! Lastly, here’s a photo of me with friend and fellow SM MOA Style Icon, Camille (and our matching bags) at the Fino Leatherware store.
Bring your family and friends to SM Mall of Asia this weekend so it’s double the fun! And follow the mall’s Twitter and Facebook for updates and giveaways. See you there!
Everybody knows that I cannot last a week without wearing at least one floral print item. Don’t know where to blame this on, other than my pure love for anything that is dainty! And I guess there is nothing daintier than flowers!
Good for us, flowers in fashion come in different sizes, styles and colors. We see them pretty much everywhere - on tops, bottoms, bags, shoes, wallets, accessories, etc. However, not a lot of people dare to wear them all at the same time!
I’ve paired my favorite floral items with stripes, polkadots, and basics, but recently, I decided to challenge myself by mixing floral print on floral print… on floral print. I know wearing two kinds is already pushing the limit, but three kinds… Really now?
And so I hereby christen this blog post “floral overload”. The inspiration behind this? You know how some people love to mix different colors in one outfit, and how other people describe it as “rainbow vomit”? I figured there should also exist “floral vomit”!
(Oh, the things I am able to think of…)
I tried to keep these two outfits look coherent by:
1) Mixing floral prints of different sizes. (Corset - large, pants - medium, blazer lapel - small)
2) Choosing one main color that is present in all the floral print items. (In this case, pink is the common color.)
Yay or nay? Did I end up looking like a crazy flower lady (which I am, by the way)?