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!
I just realized that I haven’t once written about any of Apartment 8’s stores, and I’ve already been consistently blogging about their clothes for more than a year now. Better late than never!
I’m so proud of this brand and how big it has become since it first launched last year. I can’t help but feel a little bit sentimental when I talk about them because I’ve seen them grow from the start and evolve so fast like a proud momma.
Their new Tiendesitas store marks yet another milestone for them, as is every time they open a physical store somewhere.
I visited the store on the same day as their opening. I live in the area and this store is now officially the nearest Apartment 8 from my house. Though I’m pretty sure that this still won’t stop me from always passing by their space in The Ramp Crossings in Shang…
Their iconic crop tops in different colors, as well as their newest printed leggings.
Items that may seem very familiar if you follow a lot of celebrities on Instagram! Their stylists always pull out clothes from Apartment 8, and you can’t really blame them because the brand really does offer a wide variety of modern styles to choose from. They also have clothes for both the conservative and daring, making them such a perfect brand for everybody.
I spot myself!
Best-selling printed bottoms mixed with some new arrivals. The tropical print ones are definitely a must-have this season and the next.
Sexy dresses for all occasions. The one in the middle is such an ideal beach cover-up!
I call this necklace “Caroline’s pearls”. (Caroline from 2 Broke Girls)
Basic tops to go with your printed bottoms.
Get these scalloped-hem shorts before they run out of stocks! It’s so hard to find really good quality scalloped hem shorts, and so far, Apartment 8 offers the most well-made ones!
An outfit that I styled using items from their Tiendesitas store. Pair with a black bowler hat and black boots for a cool holiday vibe, or wear with ballet flats and a cute headband for a more relaxed girly feel.
Photos from Apartment 8’s recent collection. Lots of plain tops paired with fancy bottoms!
And lots of prints in general. Here’s one from a best-selling bodycon dress.
Embossed fabric is such a subtle way to spice plain dresses up.
Achieve an instantly sexy look with an animal-print skirt or dress. I’ve seen this print from their older collections before and I’ve always loved how it’s not flat-out leopard-print all the way.
Black and white is always a good choice for bottoms. This was taken from one of their newest high-slit pencil skirts.
Obsessed with this flower print on the ceiling!
Naturally, Apartment 8 had the most customers in the whole building. If you still need to ask why, then you probably need some more convincing! You can check out their Official Website, Facebook and Instagram for more information and lots of pretty pictures of people wearing their pretty clothes.
Obviously, someone’s obsessed with wearing matching tops and bottoms. I have about 3 more I have yet to shoot as I hoarded more of these sets than I originally planned. Blame it on my perpetual laziness when it comes to dressing up, but matching tops and bottoms really do make life easier. You can wear them together for an instant trendy look, or wear them separately with all the other items in your closet.
Apartment 8 recently came out with crop top + full circle skirt sets (totally their signature look right now, imo), and I got first dibs again. Personally love the fabric of the first floral set, and the racerfront cut of the top from the second embossed fabric set.
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!
If there’s any kind of jewelry that deserves to be on the spotlight this spring/summer, it’s rose gold. While it’s not as classic as gold or silver, the pinkish hue makes for a unique, stylish statement and a good conversation piece. I think it’s generally more popular in Europe than any other place in the world, but thanks to the team that brought Italian brand Morellato to the Philippines, we can now enjoy European jewelry trends without having to fly all the way there!
Rose gold is considered to be one of the most flattering jewelry colors, able to match fair to dark skin tones and even help the skin look more glowing. Recently, rose gold engagement rings have also been trending among couples! I can see why some girls would prefer rose gold rings - they are non-traditional yet ultra-feminine, and certain stones apparently look better paired with rose gold. The awareness for it just isn’t very high, so I’m blogging about it to hopefully encourage a bit of metal variety in everyone’s jewelry boxes. (Though I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of rose gold hardware if you’re an avid bag collector.)
Morellato recently came out with a series of rose gold jewelry that I just needed to have! Sometimes wearing too many intricate and chunky accessories all at the same time makes me feel uncomfortable and overdressed, but these fit right in my basic standards!
And don’t you think the butterfly theme is absolutely darling? There is no better theme to pair with girly, floral print summer dresses.
And this watch. How can you not love this watch? This is my second or third rose gold+white watch, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving the combination. It manages to look clean and elegant without that screaming LOOK AT ME factor that some watches have. Both casual and dressy, it can actually be a worthy investment.
Follow Morellato Philippines on Facebook and Twitter. Morellato can be found at SM North EDSA The Block, but will soon be opening in Shangri-la East Wing too. Excited because all my faves have been opening in this mall lately!
Thanks to RG Gabunada for the photos.
Crop tops and high-waist midi skirts are a match made in heaven in so many ways, I feel like I missed out a lot by refusing to wear them until now. And all because of issues I have with my body. Yes, I have a ton of them, and my wardrobe pretty much revolves around the concept of hiding these flaws and highlighting the parts I’m most proud of. Or more accurately, mixing and matching clothes to create the best, most flattering shape for my body type. While it’s easy to say that I can just go to the gym to sculpt my figure… I have absolutely zero interest in it. And you can count on me to fail at all kinds of sports, so that’s definitely out of the picture as well. I think I am allergic to physical activities.
Ever since crop tops became a trend last spring/summer, I’ve been rather apprehensive about wearing them myself, even if I found the concept refreshing and cute. I’ve explained a number of times already how my body type manages to maintain my overall figure without diet or exercise but somehow misses the lower stomach / abdominal area right after I eat.
And the point of crop tops is to show exactly this area. My chest-waist-hips ratio is far from spectacular (if there is that popular S-curve among Koreans, mine is an I-line). Heck, even my narrow shoulders were once an issue because I thought they made my head look bigger than it actually is and my body smaller than my head. Bobble head much.
I wasn’t so critical about it while growing up (circa my dark ages when personal style wasn’t a priority at all) and only started to notice these issues as I started modeling and looking at how different kinds of clothes fit me and how differently I felt wearing each one. You just know it when something feels totally off, and when something feels so right. And I couldn’t quite put why I felt uncomfortable wearing certain kinds of clothes.
I admire girls who could pull off bodycon-anything without any apprehensions, regardless of side fat bulges, bloated abdomens, or the lack thereof. I have a deeper admiration for those who can wear anything and not be conscious at all. How I dreamed to also have that “free” way of thinking.
But alas, I can’t help it - I can be *very* critical of myself. Sometimes I spend so much time thinking of myself that I don’t have time to think of other people anymore. I’m on a constant, life-long quest to improve on things that is/can be personally problematic. This doesn’t just apply to wearing clothes, but also life in general. For my own sake and for my own sanity, I am always trying to be better by pushing myself outside the box that I often hide in. This is mostly achieved by changing perspectives (that I am actually blessed in a lot of ways and that I should spend my time being thankful instead of worrying about unnecessary stuff) and by acceptance (looking at the endless possibilities I can do with what I currently have instead of sulking about things I don’t have).
And boy, did I make a huge leap bringing myself to change my perspective on something that has bothered me for a long time. It *is* completely possible for me to wear a crop top! All I had to do was find the perfect bottom for it that I will feel comfortable and confident wearing.
Pencil and bodycon skirts with tight crops were out of the question, as I actually tried it for laughs and only made me look like a little girl trying to look mature. I tried wearing it with high-waist pants and shorts too, but it only emphasized the fact that my torso is a box.
(On a related note, if anyone is interested, some K-pop fans have called out both SNSD Tiffany and SISTAR Bora a few times for having boxy torsos. But with proper styling, look at how Tiffany managed to create a more feminine silhouette!)
Then suddenly, as if my prayers have been answered, Apartment 8 came out with a series of full, circle, a-line midi skirts in different colors!
Lightbulb moment. This is just the longer version of the skirt silhouette that I’m always wearing! The trusty high-waist can just cover my problem areas as it always has, and the conservative length can balance out the bold, skin-baring crop. Why did I just discover this formula now?
I am a firm believer of striking a balance when it comes to wearing separates, and this combination has my seal of approval.
Play with strengths despite weaknesses. This is how everything in life should go! I can’t believe I’ve been crippled only because I was so hung-up on being imperfect and looking at myself as someone with a lot of flaws. I can’t believe I’ve even allowed myself to think of the most unfortunate excuses, like how I may have developed a bad case of social anxiety disorder after all the trauma and cray I had to deal with the past few years (though I am still afraid of answering calls, and still cannot do small talk without feeling awkward), or how my life has become such a routine that a different future seems absolutely unthinkable. Revelations kept on coming after every year, and it became convenient for me to believe that I can’t trust human beings, no matter how pure your intentions are, if I don’t want to be hurt or backstabbed.
But ultimately, I was only being too hard on myself, trying so hard to avoid being judged by people I have yet to meet! I don’t know how I was able to shut myself out from the world just because I was afraid of facing people (save for family/relatives/close friends). I was getting invited to so many opportunities yet I let my fear become my weakness. Everything is suddenly funny and trivial after letting it out. Now, it’s time to give life a chance.
Sponsored post. With my little yearly drama.
(Drafted this at 3AM in the morning, when I am usually the most expressive. Talking when the sun is out stresses me out D:)
It’s time to rejoice! Apartment 8 will be releasing these feminine fit and flare dresses soon, and I can’t be any happier because this is pretty much my favorite dress silhouette of all time.
This style has been popular since the 50s, and fortunately, it never really completely disappeared through the years. This spring/summer, however, it seems like people have fallen in love with it all over again. You can’t blame anyone - fit and flare dresses are classic, versatile, and immensely flattering.
If there’s one dress style that can do no wrong, this is it. Pair with heels, flats, and even sneakers! <3
The little white dress. Looks super innocent… until you see the back!
Obsessed with all of Apartment 8’s new embossed fabric!
Such a wonderful contrast! The dainty bow and the surprising backless detail together? The perfect mix of cute and sexy.
If there’s one print or pattern that you have to have this season, black and white stripes are your best bet. Don’t you think it’s such a breath of fresh air to see high contrast monochromes for spring-summer? I sure do!
Black and white stripes this season come in so many different styles, widths (thin, thick) and orientations (vertical, horizontal, diagonal), but my favorite kind would have to be these bold statement stripes that fall right in line (pun intended) with my personal style.
I love how this trend was able to encompass not just casual wear but also dressier items, as seen on celebrities who even wore them to certain red carpet events!
This mixed stripes dress is absolute perfection! It’s not out on Apartment 8 yet but I can see it being the next big item!
If you’re not a fan of one pieces, there are also black and white striped bottoms available for you to pair with other items in your closet. For this one, I decided to play it safe with a simple white top, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can pair it with another black and white print ala Marc by Marc Jacobs!