Mothers Day on Sunday. Already?! D:
If you’re like me and haven’t had time to buy your mom a gift, here’s an idea - personalized jewelry! Morellato, Italy’s largest watch and jewellery brand, is finally in Manila! The brand is distributed in more than 70 countries with exclusive stores in all the biggest cities including Milan, Rome, Shanghai, New York, Hongkong, Macau and Sydney.
I was able to drop by their SM The Block store last week, and it was perfect timing. Lightbulb moment. What could be a better gift than jewelry that you get to customize for your loved ones? Instead of buying a ready made gift, this will totes work to your advantage! Your mom will definitely appreciate the extra effort, and it’s not going to be one of those ordinary jewelry that don’t have any sentimental value. The wide variety of charms and “drops” (as they call it) available can be enough to encapsulate your experiences with your mom and feelings for her. If anything, even without putting too much thought in each drop, I think the fact that you customized it yourself will already say so much. :)
I was able to have a Morellato experience and customized my own necklace and bracelet. It was so much fun - you get to choose which color scheme you want, and if you want a symmetrical, matchy-matchy kind of effect, or totally different drops put together. It really puts your creativity to the test, and I don’t apologize for spending so much time in the store! It was like I was a little girl again. <3
Because blue is my favorite color, I made use of drops with blue accents. Other colors are also available. I also got two bracelets with red color accents. The pink and yellow ones are tempting~
The one with the little pearl is pre-made and is cheaper as you buy as a set. The customizable ones are charged per bracelet/necklace material, and per charm/drop, which I think is better as you really get to choose which ones you like! Plus the cost per drop (made of stainless steel, btw!) is cheaper than other stores that offer the similar concept. Only P995 per drop!
Here’s the necklace that I made! All my favorites in one. I made a minimalist design as my taste in jewelry is not so complicated, and I’m happy with simple things such as this one!
I can always go back to the store and add (or even remove) some more drops to this already-existing necklace, just to change it up.
The one at the bottom with the leather strap was also customized by me. Unlike my necklace, this one is made of totally different drops, including one with a blinged out letter T for my name. Shh, let’s pretend my real name doesn’t start with a P, okay? :D
There’s still time before Mothers Day and their SM North Edsa The Block store will be more than happy to help you customize one for your mom. <3 This is seriously addicting stuff, you guys!
Thanks to RG Gabunada for the photos.
If there needs to be any proof to how my style can be quite bipolar, I think these two looks would be the best ones to show. Both are trendy B&W. Both make use of the same earrings and shoes. Both feature patterns that we normally see anywhere.
Styling them to suit completely different moods only takes some slight adjustments, contrary to popular belief. It’s not too hard, if you know what kind of elements you have to inject in your look.
Sexy rocker chic with the IT patterns of the moment. The V-neck top and high-waisted origami skirt create a really interesting play with diagonal lines! But I made sure to balance it all out with a boxy vest. There’s nothing like a little leather to achieve that nobody-messes-with-me kind of look!
Sweet goody two shoes look with polkadots and ribbons! What else could be a sweeter combination? Ribbons, regardless of color, will ALWAYS make for a cute statement. I also have to mention that the top is super sheer and is absolutely perfect for the insanely hot weather that we’ve been having in Manila! I heard today was the hottest day of the week. T_T It also comes in mint green with white polkadots, though I hope they also come out with a vertical stripes version in the future!
Thanks to Tracy Monsod for taking my photos.
A few days ago I got myself yet another watch from Baby-G! It’s a limited edition design that’s available in 3 colors - red (modeled by Jessica), black (modeled by Sooyoung) and white (modeled by Yoona). Jessica is my ultimate bias but I let Sooyoung win this time, because I feel like I could wear the black one more often given the colors in my closet, and because she is my second favorite in the group anyway! Legs for daaays.
The limited edition design is only available until supplies last, so I’m encouraging all the soshis out there to grab this design ASAP! It comes in the cutest box that’s also different from the usual Baby-G x GG packaging. Too cute. <3
I wore it with a coordinate that’s inspired by the recent SLY summer campaign. Some lovely Japanese researchers and students from Hakuhodo in Tokyo came to my house for one lovely afternoon of chatting and bonding over both Japanese and Filipino culture. That was fun!
Loungewear? Really? For a change (and quite a major one), it’s my first time to ever try wearing sweatpants out and incorporating them into an actual outfit. The result? To hell with its fundamental function. To wear something as comfortable as this is similar to the feeling of bliss. I’m two years late with this trend, but I think it’s a good way to spice things up once in a while, considering that my comfort zone usually includes dressy collars and button-downs that don’t really give off the same chill vibe as sweats. Normally I would reserve these things for home but now I suddenly have a strong urge to wear them out for a second time. This time, probably with a cute blazer and some booties!
Seems like I was wrong for preempting the Christmas breeze by mentioning it on my blog once. I can’t believe the temperature rose up to 33.9C a few days ago. And it’s the middle of December! Darn you, climate change. It has been unusually warm in the afternoon, and I was suddenly forced to dress up comfortably with this light and breezy summer ensemble. On a brighter side, it *did* give me chance to finally use my Sylvia Park for Love, Bayo top, which I finally got my hands on! Sylvia Park is an 18-year-old Korean girl who won in the first ever SoFa Young Designers competition.
Some of the pieces that I wanted from the collection were sold out by the time I visited the store, but I’m happy I managed to get my #1 pick. This lace top with shoulder cut-outs is perfect on so many levels. Adorable but with a little edge. The cut-out detail makes for a subtle sexy twist to the common conservative lace top.
Went for a all gold ensemble on 12/12/12 and the first day of My Own Fashion Week Indonesia! I got this shiny mosaic top from a lovely store called Minimal in Solo Paragon. No regrets with this purchase, as it is now my ultimate go-to top whenever I feel lazy to dress up. There’s nothing like a little shimmer to get you through everything. Even my watch is super shiny! :D
Zigzags are such interesting prints! They never occur to me as something as classic as, say, polkadots or stripes, but I love them all the same. Was never good at geometry, but geometric zigzag patterns in the fashion context give me hope. They actually look a bit like electrocuted stripes in my eyes, LOL!
To balance out the sharp angles on my skirt and belt, I made sure to wear rounded elements. This bright blue top is one of my favorites nowadays because it’s such a tease - the short-sleeved shirt style is classic and conservative, but the cut-outs show just the right amount of skin.
More rounded elements. This is the Baby G x SNSD Jessica (my bias!) watch that I was talking about in my earlier posts! Don’t you just love how the face is super chic and modern compared to the casual, chunky strap? Seems very fitting for the ice princess!
The world is ending. I’m wearing something totally out of character, and I am blogging on time now (not at like, 3 in the morning).
Well, I’ve always admired girls who can dress this way and get away with it so effortlessly (ehem my favorite redhead Tracy)! I mean, I seriously think that I’m bordering trying too hard to dress up like a stereotypical band geek and not wholeheartedly going for the complete Jane Lane from Daria look. With these bouncy, contrived curls? Really now? Who am I kidding?
Staying truthful to my personal style, I did black and white with color accent again! This time is quite different from the usual since I almost never do bright red. The conservative person in me tends to lean towards wine red and burgundy more for their not being too conspicuous and attention-grabbing. I don’t even do intense highlighter neons and print-on-print-on-print-on-print (yeah, I really had to mention it 4 times) so anything that seems loud and bold…? Definitely out of my comfort zone. This kind of red, and tattoo stockings included.
So what made me want to dress up like this for a day? I should say I built an outfit around a watch, instead of adding the watch as a mere accessory. It’s the red watch design that Sunny from SNSD wore in the Tough, Cute, Cool Baby G campaign! Being a fan of SNSD, I knew I had to get my hands on these new watches somehow.
This watch that I wore in the past turned out to be the same design that Yoona modeled. Coincidentally, without prior knowledge about who modeled which, I also got the white and silver Sica design. One of the reasons why Sica is my bias is because I personally love her style and her taste in fashion (dem airport outfits). I was so happy to find out that we have the same watch… *shallow* TT
Anyhow, this particular one that I’m wearing here is my first ever red watch! The red star was too adorable to resist. All my watches are white, for some reason, but this one inspires me to try other colors out.
Time for all us Filipino SONEs to rejoice! Thanks to Time Depot for bringing all the SNSD watches in. <3
It’s all in the details. Red watch and red shorts, and matching card suit prints on my stockings and iPhone case. If you guys are wondering how I got my hands on MURUA all of a sudden, I had my boyfriend get it for me at The One mall when he had some free time in his recent Hong Kong trip. I originally wanted the Hello Kitty one but it was sold out! ;_;
If you follow me on Instagram, you’d know that I have enough cases to last me a lifetime, but I have a soft spot for MURUA iPhone cases because they are très chic AND incredibly durable at the same time. Totally worth all your munnies!