Temporarily got my Japanese MODE fashion inspiration back with this look. Somehow a lot of fashion brands in Japan (or at least the ones I saw in Osaka and Kyoto) have been moving towards more Onee and mature styles, and I’m probably at that prime age where it’s all too appealing for me. So. Freaking. Appealing. You have no idea. That, or I’m simply getting old and looking for something to justify my current taste in fashion, lol.
Since it’s spring/summer, I’m making a conscious effort to stay away from dark colors while shopping. Japanese brand rienda is probably my #1 inspiration right now because it’s a perfect merge of this sophisticated style that I’m going for, and that all-floral, feminine vibe that I’ve always had. More rienda-inspired looks in the next couple of weeks, for sure. Right now they have a lot of beige, nude, pink and blue in their color palette and I’m so discouraged to stay away from all black because of them! Next biggest inspiration would be SLY because they still use a lot black, but pair them with slightly more colorful stuff, like what I did with this outfit!
In the meantime, here’s one of my no-brainer coordinates. I often just throw in a pair of floral pants every time I’m lazy to think of what to wear (Note: I’ll be the saddest person if the day comes when all floral-print bottoms decide to disappear), and put on a loose or structured top that’s easy to move around in.
The top I’m wearing here is one of my recent favorite acquisitions. It’s like it’s so confused if it wants to be a top or a dress, or it’s peplum or scalloped or what. Probably as confused as I am now as my head is all over the place, given the amount of work I have to cram before I leave the country again. More of these confused items in my closet, please, while I’m feeling a little bolder than usual!
Posted this on Lookbook quite some time ago but only getting to post it here now. Last weekend was a complete whirlwind of emotions for the whole Go/Gosingtian family, but I’m generally okay now. It has already been 3 days since then, though we had been preparing for it for what seemed like an eternity. Life for all of us left here must go on, when all is said and done.
I was originally planning to write a whole usually-shallow entry on recycling outfit concepts with completely different pieces, considering that it wasn’t long ago that I wore a similar outfit with more or less the same color scheme. But I’m only human, after all - I get lazy and I also have other things in life to worry about besides what I’ll be wearing for the day. I’ll get to that part later this week, after I find time to slow life down for a bit, organize my thoughts and prepare myself to immortalize one of the most major events that ever happened my life in this blog.
Title is from my cardigan’s carrot-like color. :D
While this looks like the new Love Bayo x Sylvia Park collection, it’s not. I just wish. </3 I was in the Love Bayo x SoFA Young Designer Competition, and I knew her collection would win as soon as her first design came out. I was an instant fan - one of her dresses reminded me so much of Alice in Wonderland, which was just absolutely perfect for the “Modern Fairytale” theme of the contest. I wasn’t surprised that she was the designer chosen to have her masterpieces sold in all of Bayo’s stores. There are Bayo stores in almost every mall, so her win was definitely a deal of epic proportions.
I haven’t had time to visit the nearest Bayo store to get my hands on any of her stuff yet, but based on the photos I’ve already seen online from the launch (which I wasn’t able to go to because I was in Indonesia)…
Just take all of my money. Just take all of it, okay? It’s all lovely, classic and dainty with my favorite lace and florals. Very Bayo-esque in every way possible. I’m so happy they gave a budding young designer an opportunity to showcase her work, because I’m all for fresh, underrated talent.
Anyhow, enough spazzing! Here’s my outfit today:
Vintage Casio watches are all the rage right now, and this small golden one would have to be my favorite. Reminds me a bit of C-3PO from Star Wars.
Don’t you just love my nails? Thanks to Beauty and Butter, I got this pale blue-violet shade with some shiny gem accents. Some of my nails are also only half-painted, something I’ve been seeing a lot on Japanese magazines.
My mom thinks they’re odd though, lol. I’ll just nod my head because she took my photos for today. XD
Not a skirt. Whoever invented skorts, I think, was a genius. The illusion of a skirt is there, but they are much more comfy to wear! This particular one also has pockets… which automatically makes everything more convenient.
Whoa, this necklace is huge. And wonderful in so many ways. Ever since I got it, I’ve been wearing it non-stop. It’s heavier than most, if not all my existing necklaces, but there’s something so elegant about it that it makes me want to buy some more exaggerated accessories. I’ve never had something like this before, and because of this particular statement necklace, I’m sure you guys will be seeing some more in the near future.
Hope you liked this outfit!
Channel your inner pin-up girl by donning a sailor romper.
Nautical fashion isn’t even a “trend” anymore, I think. It’s always gonna be around because it’s just too adorable to ever outgrow.
Match it with vintage-inspired sunnies for a more playful vibe.
I don’t know what these are, exactly, but for me they look like cute popcorn-cloud hybrids, thus the title. If you figure out what these really are, please enlighten me :)
Back to my spring roots. Fishtail braids, check! Doll shoes, check! Lace shorts, check!
A close-up of one of my favorites from my lace shorts collection! I’ll definitely take a photo of all of them one day, but in the meantime, here’s something that’s just available at your nearest local mall. Lots of online stores are selling these now, but if you’d rather see them first before purchasing, this Bayo pair is perfect! <3
Don’t you just love floral pants? They’re a nice, quirky alternative to the usual floral skirts or shorts we usually see for spring and summer, and they look really good even when paired with the simplest tops. These ones I have are super high-waisted and have a very loose, relaxed cut - perfect for lazy days and colder weather! I actually wore these pants again today for Holy Thursday mass, but with a black long-sleeved cropped top and gold sequin ballet flats. I hope I can get my hands on more floral pants in the next couple of weeks. Call me obsessed! <3
Sweater weather will end soon, and fashion boutiques have started selling summer essentials as early as now. It’s never too early to prepare for the next season, especially if the clothes I see in stores now look like this.
As usual, special thanks Japanese Candy for my circle lenses and false bottom lashes. One of these days I think I’ll blog about all the gunk I use on my face.
Collar necklace I’ve been abusing lately. Instantly makes you feel like a little princess.
What’s more cliche than wearing stripes for summer? Dare to try colors other than the usual nautical blue, red and white.
The most adorable socks from Cotton On! I regret not buying all the colors, but I heard Cotton On is coming to Manila soon so I hope these socks will still be available by then. They totally remind me of the socks I used to wear when I was a kid!
Bright blue belt that comes with the skirt. Matches the blue of my top completely!
I bought the same exact shirt and skirt in blue and green. Again I am guilty of buying the same styles in different colors - oops!
Sometimes I think it’s good that we’re living in a tropical country where it’s warm most of the time. School might end in March in time for summer, but it can be pretty much summer all year round if you want to make it so. Happy, colorful clothes from January to December!
Fresh and comfy outfit on a chill afternoon. Simplicity will never be out of style, thanks to Bayo.
Bayo is certainly one of the popular local brands I grew up with. It’s been around for as long as I can remember, and I don’t think there are any girls out there who have absolutely no idea about the existence of this brand.
Not too long ago, I was lucky enough to be the model for Heima for Bayo (for their line of furniture), which I thought was already the closest I could get to collaborating with a brand that’s been part of the fashion consciousness of many Filipinas, both young and old. This being said, finally being part of their first effort to get a personal style blogger to collaborate with them is a privilege.
Anyhow, for this particular entry, I was able to mix and match some of my favorite picks from their current collection! Decided to play with everyone’s favorite fall colors, black and brown. How do you like my blazer? The subtle shoulder detail is such a sweet surprise.
The sun was so cooperative when this was shot. I wish we could shoot fall foliage here too… says the geeky photographer in me. Just imagine all the red and yellow leaves instead of the usual green ones that we have here. <3
On a related note, Bayo is now accepting online orders in their website. Girls from all over the world can enjoy wearing Bayo without having to travel all the way here. This is also ideal for those who enjoy the convenience of online shopping instead of going to malls every so often.
Online window shopping + one bored blogger = this nautical-inspired collage to give you an idea what sort of stuff they’re offering right now. Isabela cardigan, Devin top, Luz shorts, bag, Jasmine bikini. Who says it’s still too early to be shopping for summer?
I’m on a roll with all the green I’ve been wearing recently!
Peter pan collar, check. Pearls, check. Polkadots, check. Heart detail in the middle, check. Ribbon bracelet, check. Doll wedges, check. This is definitely one of my “Maybe I should put all these sweet, dolly elements together!” looks again. I know this is getting rather repetitive, but my obsession with these colors isn’t going away any time soon! In fact, I’m in love with pastels now more than ever. Next colors on my must-haves for next spring and summer list are pastel pink, yellow and lavender. <3
Back to taking my own pictures in my favorite room and to wearing retro-girly last Saturday. I really love these kinds of dresses with that nostalgic vintage flair. Guess I just found this sort of style so relatable because I’m generally prim and proper and definitely not the wild child type. I’m the type to deliberately wear Sunday dresses on days other than Sunday.
I don’t know if it’s just me but whenever I’d see photos from the 50s and 60s, I’d always try to imagine myself in all the dainty dresses they wore during that time. Seems like such a dream!
What could be fiercer than mixing leopard-print with black platform boots? It’s my friend Marj who’s known to be the leopard-print addict, but I finally gave in when I saw these skorts. Allow me to congratulate myself for getting my closet its first leopard-print item - maybe this is the start of something new!
Kept it less casual and more glamorous slash party-appropriate by pairing leopard-print with a nice dressy top and by playing with black, white and gold as accent colors.
This tutorial is inspired by the Japanese Mori Girl subculture. Mori in Japanese means forest, and this style is characterized by organic, flowy, layered fabric, as well as earthy tones reminiscent of the trees, flowers, fruits and animals that we see in fairytales. Most Mori girls usually don’t wear a lot of make-up, and everyone knows my style is more retro-girly gyaru, so this look is just my personal non-expert take on the trend. Hope this helps as much as my previous tutorial!
Step 1: Apply gold shimmer on your eyelids. You can use a shimmery brown eyeshadow too, if you want to add more depth to your eyes. I like to keep it simple by just using a barely-there color. Here I’m using the second darkest shade in Majolica Majorca’s GD886 Jeweling Eyes palette.
Step 2: Highlight your brow bone. I’m using the second lightest shadow in Majolica Majorca’s GD886 Jeweling Eyes palette. Sometimes I skip this step if I’m feeling lazy but this really helps in creating a more polished make-up look.
Step 3: Instead of using black eyeliner, try other colors like dark purple or olive green for a fun, refreshing change. You can wing your eyeliner in any direction you want but I like it a little bit downwards to create a more dolly effect. Green would be perfect for mori girls because it’s the most dominant color of the forest!
Step 4: This step is my most favorite part of this look. Since Mori girls wear a lot of light colors, a pop of wine red on your lower lashline wouldn’t hurt.
The inspiration for this? The apple in Snow White, of course!
Step 5: Majolica Majorca’s Lash Enamel Glamour Neo mascara is my new favorite! It’s not so intense compared to other mascaras but it does the whole lengthening trick perfectly.
Step 6: Apply mascara on your bottom lashes.
Step 7: Finish the whole look by applying false eyelashes. You don’t want the plastic-y ones gyarus use, so opt for natural looking ones like these for this particular mori girl look.
Products used: Majolica Majorca Lash Enamel Glamour Neo mascara, Puff de Cheek blush in Strawberry Macaroon, GD802 Perfect Automatic liquid eyeliner, RD505 Jeweling Eyes pencil eyeliner, GD886 Jeweling Eyes palette (I used the lower left gold shimmer for my eyelids and the upper right shimmer for highlighting my browbones), Rouge Majex BE210 lipgloss, MAC Playing Koi lipstick, Candy doll face powder from Crissey’s Online Shop, Luminous Change eyelashes from Japanese Candy
It’s also my first time to show you photos of myself without enlarging contacts. These are Freshlook Colorblends Amethyst. They’re the same size as my normal eyes, and they look very natural under normal lighting conditions. If you’re iffy about contact lenses, Freshlook is a trusted BFAD/DOH-approved brand that you can easily purchase in optical stores around the Metro.
Also, I’m totes on a roll! Finally got to update my YouTube channel after a year. Here’s my Perfect Donut Hair Bun Tutorial that’s been widely requested since forever:
If you have any questions and tutorial requests, feel free to comment on this entry. I can’t really do complicated ones with lots of colors and blending, but I’m all for ulzzang and gyaru-inspired ones. If anyone gets inspired by this, take a picture and let me see! Hope this tutorial helps. :)
Detachable collars are so my thing right now. I had this one particularly made for me because it’s so hard to find good quality crisp ones that aren’t too loose on my neck, but I have two other favorite peter pan collar ones from online stores that I wear with pretty much everything too. My recent “ultimate preppification” technique.
A few days ago, a friend of mine asked me, “What’s up with the collars I’ve been seeing on Twitter?” and I replied, “They instantly preppify your outfit!”. Somehow they make all my blouses look sophisticated without me having to layer a collared top underneath.
(Top from Cutie Little Fun in HK, shorts from HK, Jeffrey Campbell Lita-inspired boots from Asian Vogue, wig from The Mane Attraction for Catwalk, bag from Liz Lisa, H&M and Aldo accessories) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Cho Liz Lisa/gyaru style. I wore this (sans the blonde wig, of course) almost the whole day yesterday, and it was a miracle that my boots never hurt my feet at all considering it was my first time to wear them. A lot of these affordable Lita-inspired shoes are being sold on the Internet right now (I’d love to own the ones with lace!), and I’m so glad I can share pictures as early as now, seeing how so many have been asking for actual, non-stock photos from the online shoe stores that sell them. Thanks to my ever-so-generous shoe fairy for sending me my new favorite pair of booties!
Two nights ago, I had an odd dream about not being permitted to join an organization because my hair wasn’t blonde enough. To prove my hair vanity, going out with bad hair is more a nightmare for me than going out with a bare face. Talk about hair issues! Good thing I got this wig from my good friend and favorite make-up artist Marj, who sells plenty of high-quality imported ones. And so I wore this blonde wig to make myself feel better after that horrible, horrible dream. :)
Wanted to shoot this outfit outdoors two days ago but it rained so hard I had no choice but to give up. Hope the weather clears up soon! I miss the shooting under the sun!