There is never enough red for me nowadays! After braving the transition from blonde/brown to red/red-violet dye, I really feel certain that my sudden obsession with the color has a deeper morning to it, rather than it just being a shallow and fleeting fancy. 2013 is definitely my year of major change and adjustment, and changing hairstyles only marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I attended a much-needed recollection/retreat a day before my birthday, and it made me realize how silly I’ve been, stressing over issues that I can’t change and being paralyzed by the fear of not being able to get it all together once I reach a particular age.
I was asked to reflect upon two things - the first was my best 2013 moment, and the second was my most difficult challenge. And I had the same answer for both. It was the idea of growing up, which eventually turned into the acceptance of it. This most fulfilling moment was strangely also my most challenging moment, and it made all the sense in the world. Overcoming major hurdles, realizing things you’ve never had to think about before, and understanding your place in the world little by little, even when life gets hard, are all factors in making a moment truly great and wonderful. Well, at least for me. I don’t think I would’ve been able to say these things if I turned all weird and acted like a teenager forever.
Turning a quarter of a century old? I used to dread it but now I love it. I used to think that 20-21 is a good age to be stuck in forever, but… no. 25 is the age to be.
Anyhow, this is more or less the kind of story that Morellato is always on the lookout for. Every month, they have giveaways (from gift certificates to actual watches and products) that ask for inspiring stories. Last October, they asked for stories about special family bonding moments, and when and how you put a smile on someone’s face. This month, it was about how you are able to effectively manage your time. For December, it’s time to tell them about your wedding story! Click here to join! Deadline of entries is on December 6th!
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Mango’s recent lookbook features forest prints, but it is far from your ordinary nature-inspired collection. Let’s leave the dainty florals and pastel hues for spring/summer, and celebrate Mango’s darker themes for fall/winter…
…along with Catching Fire. I’ve never read the books but watching the movie has strongly encouraged me to do so. I must say I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much if it weren’t for Johanna and Finnick!
I feel like I’ve never been more drawn to forest fashion until I saw the recent Hunger Games movie and these two printed tops from Mango’s latest collection.
Doesn’t this print on this top remind you of the lightning tree in the movie?
I’m all for wearing art on my clothes, and I love how this looks liks an elegant painting. The orange bits make it look like the forest is on fire too!
Constantly wearing simple and modern outfits made me miss my old retro-girly style a little, so here’s a quirky twist to that classic vintage look we love, all thanks to my new gray polkadot sweater from Gap. I wore it with a midi skirt for an all-out ’50s feel. God knows when I last wore polkadots, and we all know that it’s been a very long time. I think I’m starting to grow fond of them again!
This is only the first out of three outfits I created for Gap’s global Styld.by campaign. Can’t wait to show you the remaining two!
Happy birthday to me! I waited for this day so I can finally blog about this part of my book launch. I’ve been really blessed this year, and I feel like there is no better way to cap my birthday off than to thank everyone who made this book possible. This is one major milestone I’ll never, ever forget.
Tricia Gosingtian’s 150 Style Essentials For Every Girl has officially become a best seller too, despite it being launched mid-month! If there’s anyone on my thank you list that I should thank first (besides God and my family), it’s definitely you guys. Thank you for helping me fulfill my dreams!
Thank you to CANMAKE for being one of my book’s official partners! I’m the biggest fan of the brand and I pretty much spaz every time I see their products.
Much love to the CANMAKE team!
Another major partner of my book is Casio Baby-G and Sheen, which are two watch brands that my followers should be very familiar of! I’ve been wearing their watches for years now, and SNSD becoming the endorsers has made me love them even more.
Thank you to Sonja’s Cupcakes, a.k.a. my most favorite cupcake place in the Metro, for serving the guests some of your yummiest cupcakes!
Thank you Marla, editor-in-chief of Candy magazine, and also the editor for my book, for all the kind words at the beginning of the book launch program. Sometimes I feel like people give me more credit than I deserve, but I’m so glad I have a blog to make myself heard.
While I produced most, if not all, of the book’s content, it was Summit Media who really made this book materialize into something tangible. When I submitted all the requirements on my end, it was them who pieced everything together to create the #TriciaGosingtianStyleBook that it is now. Couldn’t have done it without them!
Thank you to my brother Juju for capturing so many pictures of me while I had the most awkward speech in the world. I have the derpiest talking face, so here’s a non-talking one to make myself look more decent, lol.
This is the craziest thing! So many people attended my book launch, and they all held my book up for a few seconds so we could take this picture. YOU GUYS ARE SERIOUSLY THE BEST.
Erin from Candy hosted the event! Much thanks!
And here she is interviewing Ruth who won the CANMAKE contest! Ruth is a regular commenter on my blog and other social media accounts. I felt like we were close friends already when we finally met!
Thank you to my college friends Drew and Keena for attending my book launch! BFA ID represent!
Thank you Bea of Apartment 8 for getting lots of copies of my book and giving them away to Apartment 8’s most faithful followers. Hope the winners of the giveaway enjoyed the books!
Thank you Tracy! SPCP represent! Love this girl for her kindness and humility!
Starstruck because THE Saab Magalona attended my book launch too, heehee. Miss our Tumblarity days!
Thanks to Go Negosyo for being present as well! They gave me an Inspiring Young Filipino Entrepreneur award last 2010 and have been very supportive ever since.
Thanks to my old friend Jason for dropping by and getting a copy for his lovely wife! Hope she liked it!
You might know him if you’re part of the local photography scene as he is the big boss behind Shutterspace Studios along Katipunan Ext. Visit the studio some time. Imho, it is one of the best studios, if not the best one in the Metro.
Thanks to Darlyn of Belle de Jour for dropping by! Most people don’t know this but she was my blog’s manager for a long time. Wish I could be as brilliant and entrepreneurial as her :D
My high school best friend Martha dropped by! We’ve been friends since 3rd grade - can you believe it? We both went Ateneo but couldn’t really meet up as often as we wanted because of our contrasting schedules. Plus she was like a math genius who took up Legal Management while I was just lulzing around campus taking cosplay pictures with my friends during break time, lol queue hashtag alamnyoyan
We managed to meet up again after college, and it was just absolutely wonderful because I still felt like we were really good friends despite not talking to each other as regularly as we did in high school. <3
My brother’s girlfriend and cosplay/fashion extraordinaire Cat got a copy for her friend Pinky Lu Xun! So overwhelmed because Pinky is one epic cosplayer and I didn’t know she follows me and knows about my existence!
We were all being managed by the same company for some time and meeting these two again brought back so many memories from 2012. See you guys around! Hoping your awesome blogging skills will rub off on me!
I’ve always strongly believed in Edric’s photography and I’m so happy he is going places now. He was responsible for converting me to Fujifilm recently, seeing how he’s been constantly able to produce beautiful pictures with his XPro1 and XE1. Fujifilm Philippines should make this guy an ambassador or something! Love his work!
Summit Media and Candy girls! I just turned 25, but I’ll always be a Candy girl. Thank you for my first modeling break back in 2006, for awarding me during the first ever Candy Style Awards, and for believing in me so much to give me the responsibility and title of being the first fashion blogger in the Philippines to publish a book. Hope to have even more firsts with you girls in the future! <3
And lastly, thank you to my family for the unending support. I couldn’t have done this without you all (including my baby brother Calel who is working in the US right now). Thank you for giving me strength when I need it the most. <3
I’ll be having my second book signing on November 30, 2PM, at National Bookstore TriNoma. You can buy your own #TriciaGosingtianStyleBook right then and there! There is no excuse not to be there because I made sure that the event will fall on a weekend where there should be no work and school! I’m so excited to meet all of you!
Sharing the newest F/W collection of Le Bunny Bleu because it is absolute shoe porn! As I often mention, I’m generally biased towards F/W collections, and this one is not an exception. The amount of holiday colors in this collection is making my fangirl heart beat so fast!
Everything is classy and perfect for everyday use, and you can even own a limited edition Winter Notebook with Crissey's work on the cover if you buy a pair any time soon. Her signature cutesy illustrations are also all over the stores so it makes shopping in Le Bunny Bleu even more enjoyable. Proud BFF moment! I'm Crissey's #1 fan… but you guys all know that already! <3
You can choose which cover to get if you buy a pair from the latest collection. My (obvious) favorite would have to be the girl with roses on her hair! Which Le Bunny Bleu girl is your favorite?
Oxfords that would look great with skater skirts!
I got these spiked zebra ones for myself!
They also recently came out with a new Le Bunny Bleu kids line! I’d totally want to wear matching shoes with my future daughter!
Perfect flats to go with your favorite skinny pants.
High boots for when the weather gets cooler in January/February!
Want the left one so bad!!! The shade of red looks delicious.
For all you pointy toe lovers!
The quintessential Trissey design. I don’t know if we can ever get over sparkly, girly bows!
Wanted to get these too but I have too many oxfords, I think D:
Hope you guys enjoyed that little tour around the Le Bunny Bleu flagship store in Shangri-la East Wing! If you haven’t seen my first post about them yet, you can check it out here. I mentioned that 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! Crissey is also giving away some notebooks here.
They are having a special ONE DAY SALE tomorrow, November 23. PERFECT TIME TO SHOP FOR YOUR VERY OWN LE BUNNY BLEU SHOES! Enjoy!
Surprisingly, I haven’t been too fickle about recent hair color, and have actually been strangely persistent about it compared to my previous ones. I’m definitely thinking of going growing my hair out and going back to my light ash brown next year, but red is really something. The change was something I totally needed at this point in my life.
I paid a visit to the salon upon coming back from the US. I couldn’t really bring any of my hair color-preserving products in my luggage, so it was only natural for my hair to fade to red-brown again with regular shampoo and conditioner. It wasn’t a bad color, though I wanted to prepare for Christmas as early as now. Crossing my fingers it’d turn ginger by December!
Enjoying a week or two of red-violet hair wouldn’t hurt, even if I know the violet will disappear eventually. The fading process is actually a fun thing for me (as it a hassle for most people) because I get a different kind of red with every wash!
Status Salon will be sponsoring my hair vanity for the next couple of months! It used to be Benefits Style Salon but they’ve now changed all the Benefits purple to bright Status green.
I went to the Eastwood branch as it was the nearest to my house. Status Salon’s creative director Nikki Bacay is based in their Greenhills branch, so I’m thinking of heading there next time!
He was kind enough to drive all the way to Eastwood for me though! What a guy!
He asked me what kind of red I wanted, and I told him about my red hair story. I know it’s inevitable for my red hair to fade to brown as I refuse to bleach my hair again circa 2011 but I wanted to try a brighter red shade with more violet in it.
Time to dye! At first I was shocked that it was going to be this bright (I’d hate to sport McDonalds kind of red hair!) but Nikki assured me that my worst nightmare won’t be happening that day.
They dyed the layers framing my face half a shade darker. Apparently this technique can make your face look slimmer!
Talk about hairception. I chanced upon this hair article with a photo of myself while I was having my hair dyed and documented for a different kind of article (this entry).
Thanks to my friend Reggie for the feature!
After they dyed my hair, they checked the condition of my scalp with some sort of epic camera that I probably wouldn’t want to personally own. I can already see myself becoming obsessed and checking my scalp condition everyday. The photos on the left are photos of other people’s scalps. I was thisclose to asking if I could check them out, lol.
Anyhow, this was pretty cool because most salons don’t care about scalps. There are a ton of treatments out there that make hair shiny and smooth, but scalp treatment aren’t as common. If your scalp is bad, your roots won’t grow as healthy as they should be. Or they won’t even grow at all if they’re clogged by excess sebum.
I had my head scanned like this 2 years ago (before I went blonde) and my scalp was in a pretty decent condition. Now, after going blonde-brown-red, I knew I wasn’t going to get the same results!
They gave me a 4-step scalp treatment to totally clean and treat my scalp. This was my favorite part because it felt so good!
The process is a bit tedious (had to get up from my chair thrice to wash my scalp) but if you really want to take care of your hair in the long run, you should try this out.
Yay, my scalp is squeaky clean!
Blow-drying time! I wasn’t going anywhere that night so I didn’t ask for a fancy hairstyle.
Plus you can see the final status (sorry, I had to) of my hair better when it’s straight! Loved the result!
Thanks to Status Salon for taking care of my hair I might go back before Christmas for cellophane treatment as Nikki suggested.
Spotted some Schwarzkopf products on my way out. I bought Color Freeze shampoo and conditioner last month at PCX Greenbelt but now I know there’s somewhere near my house that sells them! Sulfate-free is the way to go!
Check this out as they’re giving away a P500 GC and a makeover to a lucky winner! Contest ends November 23rd!
It hasn’t been long since I got back from my 3 week vacation in the US, and I’m already itching to fly out again. There are still so many things I want to see in this world, and I feel like *now*, especially with my 25th birthday coming up this weekend, is the perfect time to satisfy my intense wanderlust.
My recent trip, however, was quite a challenge. My long haul packing skills have turned rusty over the years! It’s so easy to fly in and out of Asia nowadays, and with all these affordable, short haul flights, you can wear different outfits without having to re-use a single item, especially if your trip is only about 3-5 days.
It all becomes complicated when you need to pack 3 weeks worth of clothes for varying degrees of cold weather (lowest was -3 C, highest was about 23 C), and still have enough space in your luggage for any additional purchases along the way. And don’t forget - flights from Manila to the US can take so long. I recently saw someone change to pajamas inside the plane. Can’t blame him. I’d do it too, in an ideal world where I’m even less self-conscious than I already am.
I managed to do some laundry halfway through the trip, and had to pat myself on the back when I realized I packed the right stuff! Mixing and matching is key, but it’s what kind of items you bring with you that makes all the difference in the world.
Mango is one of those no-fail brands that always offers chic closet staples. You can style these items for both warm Manila weather (as in the outfits below) and real autumn and winter abroad (just throw in black boots, tights and a coat)!
Button-downs are a must. It’s not even optional! You can still wear them on their own while the temperature is tolerable, but they are the best first layers when it comes to cold weather layering.
Dark pants are non-negotiable too. I made the mistake of wearing pastel blue, almost white pants once. Random coffee shop guy spilled his coffee and I got some of it on my pants. Besides the exasperating lack of apology on his end, I had to put up with the stains (which took me about 30 minutes in the bathroom trying to get them as light as possible) the whole day! Never again.
I am partial to skinny pants, but for long haul flights, I prefer more loose-fitting clothes! If you’re going to be stuck in a plane for 16+ hours, comfortable clothes are everything.
Deliberately matched my outfit with this luggage that I got as a gift recently. My usual carry-on luggage (I bring my laptop with me everywhere, or else I die) is slightly bigger than this one but not as cute! Yes to a cuter one please!
Sweaters are essential when traveling. I brought sweaters in varying thickness, and they all did a great job at keeping me warm. I always layer a button-down shirt under, which makes using the sweaters more than once a little less gross, lol.
This particular one is great because it’s not too thick for our weather. I matched it with a sexy pencil skirt (that slit!) for a more Manila-appropriate look.
I also bring at least one blazer with me when I travel because not only does it do a good job at keeping me warm, it can automatically make an outfit look dressier than it actually is. Even the plainest tees can look super chic with a classic blazer.
They also usually come with pockets. And you can never have enough pockets when you’re traveling.
Just when I thought I was over the sporty style trend, Just G comes out with a new, not-so-cookie-cutter collection that is cuter than your ordinary athletic wear.
At this time last year, they came out with super stylish sweatpants that sold out instantly. How can they not? Nowadays, we all know that multipurpose is the way to go.
Who says you can’t mix in girly details on your favorite gray sweatshirt?
These patterned shorts are so comfortable I’m torn whether I should use them to motivate myself to exercise, or use them as loungewear.
Guess which option I am more inclined to.
And the highlight of this post comes in the form of this skirt that is such a genius idea. There are so many dark gray gym shorts and sweatpants with neon trims - why not make a skirt version?
Casual enough for lazy, everyday dressing, but also awesome enough to be dressed up with bright coral lips, accessories and heels. Pretty much my formula for wearing the trend.
P.S. My new hair color is by Status Salon!