While the pencil silhouette is one of the oldest silhouettes that we know, it’s definitely not the most outdated. Pencil skirts have recently crossed over from the confines of the workplace to a more mainstream fashion context, much to the delight of girls all over the world who prefer longer hems. It was all over S/S 13 runways, but it seems like it’s not going away any time soon! Saw photos of the latest Burberry S/S 14 show on their Instagram, and pencil skirts were all the rage!
I’m not one to often wear bodycon or anything tight-fitting, but these skirts are an exception because they are so sophisticated and great for day-to-night dressing. You can style it in your own way, according to your body type (I once saw a photo of Liz Uy wearing a pencil skirt with a fitted tank top that emphasized her fit/curvy body). Fortunately, my body type permits me to wear them with oversized tops to balance out the tight bottom.
Tall girls can get away with wearing flats with pencil skirts without looking frumpy, but for us normal girls, nothing is more ideal than pairing them with sky high heels to elongate the body.
The pencil skirt has been around for as long as we can remember, but this season, its comeback will leave you wanting more. Next on my list - printed ones that would look great with my casual tees!
MOOTTA is actually offering an inside discount for bloggers and their readers for the next month by shopping in the “Our Picks” section. This section is a special section that constitutes 20% off with code BLMT20FW.
A few weeks ago, I dragged my lazy butt off to an event. Le gasp! I rarely go to these things, but it helped a lot that Crissey was invited too. Somehow during occasions like these, I’d always, ALWAYS prefer being an invisible bystander, lol. Or a silent admirer from afar.
Good thing fate brought Cheryl (of Beauty Box, in charge of K-Palette, Fuwarie and Fairydrops in the Philippines) and I together some time ago, and we instantly clicked with our mutual love for Japanese beauty products! Really owe her a lot for being one of the first people to bring in new Japanese beauty brands to the Filipino market.
With CANMAKE coming in this year, I really hope there’ll be more Japanese brands coming to Manila in the next few years.
The event was called D. Eye. Y! There were lots of DIY activities for us to do before the event proper started.
Of course, Trissey had to have an obligatory camwhoring shot first.
Then it was Furoshiki time! Furoshiki is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth.
Left one is Crissey’s, right one is mine. We did the large object wrap because we got too amused with the handle concept and the cute ribbon in front!
You can try it yourself too! No need for pins and needles.
Then we also had an option to paint cherry blossoms using the bottom of a bottle.
Crissey didn’t follow instructions but produced the best painting. Obviously, she had the most awesome artistic skills. Nothing new!
Mr. Kinoshita, founder of K-Palette, thanked us for supporting the brand. Did you know that K-Palette doesn’t have a proper marketing team here in the Philippines? It was all thanks to bloggers that the word about this brand got out so fast!
I wanted to talk to him and have a photo with him but I was too shy. Nothing new!
Chief make-up artist Rina Ogata demonstrated how to use their new product - Real Lasting Mega Cute Double eyelid glue. No need for double eyelid surgery! You can just do it yourself (D. Eye. Y. GET IT?)
Basically all you have to do is apply the glue on your preferred crease, wait for the glue to become clear, then shape accordingly with the help of the eyelid stick thing that comes with the glue. So easy!
Voila! Instant crease on the model’s monolids. You can see the huge difference here as one eye was kept make-up and eyelid glue-free.
Mizuho Hakoyama, the eye model for the packaging of Real Lasting Mega Cute Double eyelid glue! She reminded me so much of my friend Keena from college.
Anyhow, I took a photo of her trendy eye make! I saw some girls in Shibuya last spring sporting the same eyeliner trick (and even spazzed about it with Camille). I tried it and it doesn’t suit my current look! Maybe if I cut my hair shorter or go for and edgier haircut and style.
She was also sporting the high blush trend! You can tell she was very Harajuku-inspired. Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo of her super adorable outfit.
Group photo! Everyone looked perfect while my bangs decided to be ugly for this photo.
After the event. One-eyed me, and cute-as-always Crissey. So many people complimented her for her blazer! So SNSD Genie with the sailor theme!
I immediately tried using the products when I got home. I already have double eyelids, but I still use eyelid tape sometimes if I want my eyes to look deeper and more dramatic. I think these products will work better for monolids. I felt like my natural crease was fighting with the glue, so in the end, I got not-so-drastic results. Or maybe I just had high expectations, seeing how easily I can manipulate the size of my eyelids with normal eyelid tape.
The only thing eyelid tapes don’t have that these K-Palette eyelid glues have? You can’t tell if someone’s wearing this eyelid glue or not since it dries transparently. And you can also use the pink/glue type as eyelash glue and the orange/tape type as eyelid primer. Double purpose!
K-Palette Real Lasting Mega Cute Double Eyelid products are available at Beauty Bar stores for P695.
Been really itching to post this, but first had to get a go signal before I could properly share this in public. The first photo may already be familiar if you’ve been following me on Twitter, as I once used it as my Twitter profile pic. Oops! Talk about being impatient!
Some time ago, I did a shoot with Time Depot and Casio as an endorser of sorts, particularly for their retro/vintage watches. The sudden craze for these watches started last year, but it is definitely not going to disappear any time soon. I keep on repeating in my posts that fashion people are on a ’90s fashion comeback high, and this watch series definitely fits the bill if you want a stylish watch to go with this season’s trends.
And where’s a better place to buy these watches than from Time Depot, the official distributor of Casio in the Philippines? Their watches are priced lower than online sellers, are 100% legit and brand new, and most importantly, have warranties!
I can wear my vintage Casio watches with literally almost EVERYTHING. They are versatile enough to suit different styles such as edgy-street, flirty/girly-fun, and even simple-classic. There are silver ones and other colors but the gold ones are most recommended. Personally, it’s because they’re incredibly easy to match with gold jewelry and all sorts of arm candy.
…or more accurately, yellow-green. I’m so in love with this dress as the color is not quite yellow, not quite green, and you guys all know how much I love things that are in-between. Okay, I’ll stop with the lame rhymes now.
As this dress came all the way from Korea, I decided to just keep it simple with gold accents, slicked back hair and red lipstick. I haven’t been lightening my eyebrows with blonde eyebrow mascara recently, thanks to a new obsession on simple and straight Korean eyebrows. I can’t say that I’ve crossed over to the ulzzang aesthetic completely, as I’m still applying Japanese-style eye make-up. But it wouldn’t hurt to find a compromise between the two, I guess? (Though I haven’t really heard of anyone who has actually dared combining these two styles together.)
I can see myself wearing this dress 10-15 years down the line. But I’m actually risking it by posting this here because I’m pretty sure that my mom will steal it! This is totally like, her style and my style combined.
Temporarily brought the long hair back for this outfit! I’ve been missing my hair a lot recently, and it’s comforting to know that there will always be a quick fix to my hair woes - wigs! This particular one I love for the pink-brown shade and pink highlights. Trimming about 3-4 inches off this wig just made me realize how there could only be one reason why I surprisingly didn’t do a shabby job! I mean, considering that this was my first time cutting hair, I think I did pretty well! I must’ve been a hairstylist or haircutter in my past life.
Found yet another perfect spring/summer dress - off shoulder, breezy silhouette, with tasteful blue + blush floral prints. I really think that there will never be enough off shoulder/cut-out shoulder details and loose dresses that can ever satisfy my fashion lust. The only thing I’m looking forward to now is a fall/winter-appropriate version of this dress to add more confusion to my already confused wardrobe. Maybe in a classy plaid or houndstooth print that I can already imagine would look great with a pair of black knee-high boots.
First part of my Kyoto trip is here! I really love Kyoto from the bottom of my heart, and wanted to save these posts for last, but I apologize if it took longer than expected! Originally planned for the two parts to go up last month, but couldn’t as I was suddenly swamped with work (for the secret project I keep mentioning). Now that it’s almost over, I can finally concentrate on this without my mind going blank in the middle of typing! I’m also bound for Hong Kong in a few days, so might as well bump this off my list of pending posts.
First things first. Japanese-style burger thing! With egg and mushrooms, two out of three of my food faves. The third one is cheese, of course!
The ultimate breakfast for me is an omelette with loads of cheese and mushrooms. This is why my cholesterol is high.
Coffee time! I love how they sell “honey latte” everywhere in Japan! I wonder if there’s any cafe here in Manila that offers the same-ish taste, because I really miss it a lot! Or maybe I should just try making my own?
I am really convinced that luck is never on my side while traveling. It ALWAYS rains. Even if I check the weather the week before and the forecast turns out good, it still ends up raining.
Looks like two pictures I cut in half and put together, but this is an actual wall. The shuriken or origami-ish print is glorious and wish we had remotely similar minimalist MMDA art along EDSA.
First stop was Heian Shrine. I’ve been to Kyoto before but somehow missed this place. Better late than never!
Jidai Matsuri, one of Kyoto’s three main festivals, ends in Heian Shrine.
Garden than takes up about half the whole land area of the the shrine. Still beautiful even if it was raining so hard. I actually think it even contributed to this ethereal and unreal photo effect.
Can you imagine having a garden like this? Looks straight out of a movie! Kyoto is so photogenic, anyone can print their photos out and pass them off as legit postcards.
The lake at Heian Shrine.
Obviously, I made all the green in this post more like yellow-green through post-processing! Sorry I’m not sorry!
Doesn’t matter if my shoes got ruined trekking through all the mud and rain puddles. These pictures made it so worth it.
Bunch of school boys feeding the fish.
I did not ask them to arrange themselves by height.
Me and my denim + floral print spring outfit. Tights weren’t originally part of the plan, but the rain made the temperature lower than expected. They protected my legs from all the cold rain, sand and mud! It helps to always pack a pair of black tights in your luggage for emergencies like this one.
Giggled with my brothers because our geekiness kicked in all at the same time at the first sight of PORTAL. It must be a portal to another dimension! 8D
Next stop was Sanjusangendo Hall! First time to visit this place too, and I can’t believe I missed it the first time I went to Kyoto. In a nutshell, it is a wooden hall housing all of 1,001 statues of Kannon, Bodhisattva. YOU HAVE TO VISIT THIS PLACE!
It was such a shame it was forbidden to take pictures inside the hall. From what I’ve observed so far, places where you need to take your shoes off are places too sacred to take pictures of.
Kiyomizu Temple for the second time! Spot my brother Juju wearing bright yellow pants that pretty much photo-bombed all of my pictures, rendering them almost useless! So out of place, lol.
They say that if you can lift this metal rod, you are strong and worthy enough to protect the temple.
Omikuji or paper fortunes. You tie it up like this if you get a bad one so the fortune won’t follow you. You can keep it in your bag or wallet if you get a good one!
One of my favorite pictures! Thank God it was raining that day or this wouldn’t have looked as dramatic.
My dream is to be able to visit this place in fall! I can only imagine how magical this would look like with all the red/orange foliage.
Not a single nail was used for this structure.
"To jump off the stage at Kiyomizu" is a popular saying that means "to take the plunge", and people used to believe that literally jumping 13 meters down and surviving can grant you a wish! Of course, this has long been prohibited! Too freaky!
Torii of Jishu-jinja, a matchmaking shrine. If you don’t have a girlfriend or boyfriend yet, you can try the love stone challenge! Basically, there are two stones that are 6 feet apart, and you have to get from one side to the other with your eyes closed. If you succeed, true love will find you!
Her bright pink outfit stood out so much. Loved it so I used my ninja photo-taking skills again.
See any familiar bands?
Shopping area for souvenirs at the end of the tour.
Back at Kyoto Station, I chanced upon this girl who seemed to be waiting for me to take a picture of her. Or not. Only in my dreams.
I loved her pastel leopard print scarf and bright red phone case! Stalking skills level 99 has been demonstrated once more~
OMG OUR DINNER WAS MADE OF HUMAN FLESH
They meant “fresh”, lol
Kyoto Tower at night. I wasn’t able to go up the tower but hopefully I can visit Kyoto again soon!
Upon arriving at this station for the first time 4 years ago, my jaw dropped. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I couldn’t believe how it’s even possible for a station to be this pretty.
Now you know why they always have the nicest backgrounds and architectural designs in anime, manga and video games. Because they also have the nicest places IRL!
I’ve often wondered how it would be like to be a kid in Japan. You just kind of get used to a certain standard of beauty, I guess? Art is everywhere. And beautiful art at that. Once you are born, you are exposed to all sorts of pretty.
Don’t get me started on how their packaging is always FLAWLESS.
Steps somewhere in the station. There was some sort of light show happening when I took this picture, and I had to wait at this angle to be able to view it properly. Simple but nifty! Won’t spoil it for you guys, so you can check it out for yourselves if you go to Kyoto.
If you go all the way up, you can find yourself at a really dark area where there are a lot of couples hanging out / cuddling / I don’t know, lolololol
Part two coming soon!
If anyone is interested, I booked this Kyoto Afternoon Tour. It was okay. Just a bit rushed. Couldn’t really pick up a lot of info because there were like 40 other people in the tour (and I’m used to touring around on my own / with my family), but the Sanjusangendo bit made it worthwhile. I don’t think you’ll be able to enjoy it as much if you go on your own without someone explaining the whole story behind the 1,001 statues. I don’t remember any English guides in the place.
Quadrilaterals are always, always welcome in my closet. When wearing patterns and silhouettes, you’ll notice that I like sharp angles instead of round, curvy lines. Boxy shift dresses »> bodycon dresses. Even my taste in bags is quite boxy! I don’t know why I’m so fixated with squares. I’d be the best person to base the main character on if there were ever a square version of Junji Ito’s Uzumaki (spiral).
Lucky for me, this year is a year of checkers, with the originally spring/summer trend even trickling down to autumn/winter. I was browsing through the RUNWAY channel webstore the other week when I noticed how there were so many checkers and all sorts of square-ish patterns, plaid and tartan prints, and boxy shapes in the recent collections of Japanese fashion brands! Even Zara has a ton of them right now, and I hate it because I’m so tempted to buy everything. In Crissey’s words, “Kamukha mo yung buong recent Zara." (You look like the whole recent Zara.)
Anyhow, I underwent a pattern obsession recently, and managed to find 3 different items that fit the bill.
First one is this dress that is boxy in every way possible, just the way I like it. Wore it with my new favorite oxfords, and a tiny cross-body bag… which is also square. Sue me. Maybe next time my hair will become triangular just so I can have more right angles.
Second one is this cute fit-and-flare dress. This is an outfit that’s very reminiscent of my 2011 retro-girly phase, except I tried not wearing a satchel with it to avoid looking too cliche. Still, I ended up pairing it with an even more retro-looking bag because I couldn’t help the cuteness that is JumpFromPaper.
2D cartoon-like bags are starting to become more popular nowadays, and it’s all thanks to JumpFromPaper. Katy Perry sported one before and people just immediately fell in love with the quirky concept. I think it’s quite ingenious too!
Of course, I can’t leave this entry without putting on some printed pants which I paired with a printed top. Print-on-print is something I rarely do, but grid patterns that remind me of my old Math notebooks work surprisingly well with other geometric elements. Like lines. And more boxy bags. Don’t misunderstand though - I can be a little geeky, but I definitely do not enjoy math!
Counting down the days until I just totally give up on accessorizing. I’ve been stuck in a rut recently, though it’s proving to be a good exercise in terms of challenging myself to wear the least number of extra items (besides the essentials to cover my body parts, lol) without looking incomplete or underdressed.
Today marks the unofficial final day of stressing out for that secret project I’ve been talking about. Unofficial because I still might have to do some final touches. Only until then can I officially say that I’m free! Thankfully, my trip to Hong Kong with Crissey last August got rebooked to next week, because we were supposed to fly on that unfortunate day when the runway got flooded by Maring/Habagat. Anyhow, good thing we decided to put our safety first! I wouldn’t have been able to relax anyway, knowing that my project wasn’t finished yet.
Only a matter of days or weeks now before I can finally make an announcement. It’s on its way to completion but I don’t want to jinx it by pre-empting. Scared and excited!