Every day that passes is a day closer to me wanting to revamp my whole closet to make room for sportswear. I dropped by some outlet stores in New Hampshire yesterday and was thisclose to buying a ton of sweatpants and running shoes that I don’t even need… since, well, I’m too lazy to exercise, let alone run.
There are other ways to sport (yes, I went there) the look, and luckily, there have been a lot of fashion-friendly sportswear-inspired stuff coming out lately.
I wore this set on a day when I didn’t want to think of what to wear. I was so burnt out from work that I just wanted to wear something simple and fuss-free! Thank God this set and pair of shoes came in the mail.
The camo kicks are everything.
Here’s a little more dressy but still inspired by sportswear. This is not your ordinary varsity jacket. Houndstooth prints are huge at the moment, and I love how this particular one comes in bright blue, and not the usual black and white. In usual Tricia fashion, blue is always appreciated.
It’s the perfect time of the year to bring out the hidden rockstar in you. ‘90s grunge and rocker styles are huge this F/W, and Mango’s current collection offers the most ideal items to help you rock the trend. Muscle tees, plaid shirts, ripped denim, gold chain necklaces and studded bags are just some of the things you can find in their stores right now.
I’m so glad I cut my hair short and dyed it red because it works so well with these kinds of outfits. Let’s bid farewell to my signature “kawaii” style for now, and welcome the new me with my interpretation of this rocker style. The red plaid shirt is at the forefront of the trend, and here are two different ways to wear it.
Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Major red color accent obsession. I tried to imagine myself as a rock band member and built an outfit around that idea. Did you know that I actually had rockstar dreams back in highschool? I took bass guitar lessons (because I generally love listening to bass lines) when I was 16, but concluded that my hands were too small and my fingers were too short to be able to play the instrument properly without struggling to reach certain notes. This was a super lame excuse, lol. I gave up on it quite easily when things were getting more difficult, so now I’m feeling a bit remorseful that I didn’t give it another chance! My older brother ended up learning bass in my stead. At least something good came out of my story.
I guess I’ll just stick to dressing up like a rockstar, and continue my dreams of looking the part.
You can’t skip the waist-tie trend this season if you’re going to rock it up. You can use any button-down shirt or sweater, but I’m pretty sure you guys already know how much I prefer sticking with classics.
What do you think of this look? I skipped the boots and went for girly pumps, thanks to my fixation on juxtapositions. I hope I did justice to David Bowie (a.k.a. one of the greatest rock icons of all time)!
Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Here’s a girlier and slightly more conventional approach to the red plaid shirt. Wearing it normally as you would an ordinary button-down shirt didn’t cut it for me the first time, so I added a pair of boyish suspenders to balance out the look.
Rock studs on a quilted sling bag. How can something be so cute and badass at the same time?
Something I would wear if I were a vocalist for a band. Too bad I can’t sing to save my life. At least there’s fashion to help me fulfill my delusions!
Thanks to Chase Gosingtian for taking my photos.
MANGO will be opening its flagship store in SM Mall of Asia on October 28. They will be debuting the Sports, Intimates, and Kids lines in their Rock it Up! Fashion Show at 6PM.
If you’ve been following some Australian, Thai, Singaporean, Indonesian and Malaysian blogs, I’m pretty sure you’ve already encountered Reebonz in one way or another. It’s an online destination for 100% authentic designer brands sold at affordable prices, with sale events that change almost everyday. Before you know it, you’ve already added Reebonz in your must-visit-daily bookmark folder. Come back to this post and comment if you end up doing the same after signing up and/or making your first purchase!
(Zara top and heels, Yesstyle inset skirt leggings, Mango bracelet) Hype on Lookbook here.
Anyhow, I’m writing this as a collaboration of sorts, and luckily, they gave me some cash credits while I tried out the whole Reebonz experience. It’s not just me - they also often give a certain amount of cash credits regularly for members, encouraging you to buy and buy… until you die. They expire though, so it makes you want to buy ASAP. Way to pressure us shopaholics! They also send you emails notifying you about the expiration of your credits. Love/hate it.
Anyhow, recently, they gave out $40 as their “Welcome August!” treat! Since it’s the first of September now, maybe they’ll give out credits again. A lot of items, of course, cost more than $40, so they just deduct the credits from the total amount when you check out.
In my case, I also added a few dollars (you can pay through credit card or bank transfer) to get this bag, but it wasn’t bad at all because at the time of purchase, there was a 20% coupon code for US brands. So I had a 20% off and cash credits subtracted off the total amount! I felt like it was my birthday!
I first saw this bag on Kryz’s Reebonz post, and fell in love instantly! Lissa also posted about her Marc by Marc purchase here. It’s so me in a lot of ways, black and white and all, but my favorite part about it is that it’s big enough to fit a lot of stuff, but also small enough for my height and body type. Yes, you also have to consider these factors since designer brands are investments and should be thought of very carefully before purchasing (unless you are a billionaire heiress, or unless you are Napoles, lol). It’s easy to fall into the trap of buying one and ending up letting it wear you instead of the other way around!
During the time when Reebonz let me choose, I was surprised this style (Marc by Marc Jacobs Alley Katz Bunny) was still available! If you’re lucky, a certain style would have 2-3 stocks left, but most of the time there’s only one stock left for each item. This is why people go crazy over Reebonz sale events! When there are 40%-50% outlet sales, the good bags (especially Balenciagas) are usually gone within the first hour or so. It’s a battlefield out there, I tell you! I heard that in Singapore, some office ladies go straight to the website as soon as sale events go up at noon.
I ordered the bag, then they shipped it out 5 days later. It arrived on my doorstep in 4 days. So total of 9 days! My shipment apparently got stuck at FedEx for 2 days because of Maring/Habagat/typhoon. They sent it straight to my house as soon as the weather got better. You can track the location since FedEx emails details like a responsible boy scout. I dislike having to send messengers to the post office to get my packages since it’s such a hassle, and usually these packages also charge expensive fees too. Seriously takes the fun out of online stores.
But I didn’t have to pay anything for my Reebonz package which was A+. I think a lot of Filipinos are afraid of ordering from international stores because of the taxes, etc. but thankfully, for this website, you won’t have to feel the wrath of the Pasay post office a.k.a. the bane of my existence.
I’m actually waiting for another bag right now, and it’s been 9 days since I ordered. I haven’t received an email that it’s already on its way here, so let’s see if it arrives some time in the next few days (since it takes about 14 working days for delivery according to the invoice I got after I ordered). If it doesn’t, then… *cue tumbleweed and kroo kroo bird sounds*
(EDIT: It arrived exactly 14 days after ordering. I’m now a proud owner of a Medium Proenza Schouler PS1 in Paprika!)
Overall, this first experience was good. It arrived in this big black box with a big glittery bow! It was wrapped in thick plastic so the box won’t get damaged. Inside, there was a cloth pouch where the bag was carefully stored, and there was a thick, black paper wrapped around the pouch as well. Sealed with a cute Reebonz sticker. Class!
If you’re interested in checking Reebonz out, click here to join! Membership is free, and you can enjoy brands like Chanel, Givenchy, Prada, Balenciaga, Miu Miu, Chloe, Michael Kors, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, etc. You can also follow Reebonz Philippines’ FB Page here.
An older look which I only got to posting here today. A lot of people were fooled into thinking this was a dress, when in fact I was actually wearing two separate pieces. Sometimes you’ve just got to improvise. In this case, I didn’t have any dresses with this kind of silhouette, as you all know how much I absolutely love wearing loose shift dresses. So I made my own version of the off-shoulder top and peplum skirt dress, and put it all together with my trusty shiny belt.
I know I could’ve put some sort of color contrast with the shoes, but I couldn’t help breaking fashion rules for this particular pair of wedges!
Quick post! I’m here in Kyoto, relaxing after a long (but good) tour day. I hope everything’s been just as good back in Manila! Though I’m pretty sure it’s even better, since I just found out a few minutes ago that all my friends and my boyfriend are going out tonight without me! Ahh, if only teleportation existed!
Anyhow, before flying out to Japan, I was swamped with a lot of work and errands and couldn’t really prioritize my personal style as much as I wanted to! Took a break from heels and opted for statement flats from last season’s Tory Burch. Recently, I’ve been trying my best to revive all the unused flats because I’ve been giving my heels way too much attention in comparison. By the time I get back from Japan though, my flats will probably appeal to me more as I’ll need to rest my feet from all the walking! It has only been 3 days and I feel as if my legs can fall off any minute now…
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.
Seasons and trends will come and go, but neutral colors in classic shapes, and sleek straight lines will never go out of style. I’ve always been a firm believer of investing in timeless pieces that you can use 5 to 10 years down the line, and lucky for us, there are brands that cater to just these!
One of them is ESPRIT, which I have often adored for their simple yet city-ready advertisements featuring top models like Gisele Bundchen, Erin Wasson, and now Dree Hemingway and Liu Wen. On a geeky perspective, the minimalist and fuss-free way that their pictures are usually shot comes very close to home! On a style perspective, everything that ESPRIT offers has a certain kind of modern yet laidback elegance to them that is so easy to style. So easy that you don’t need a lot of accessories to achieve that perfect, modern city girl look that is appropriate for all ages.
Here are four outfits that I styled using some items from their recent collection. Arranged from lightest to heaviest for all kinds of weather conditions.
(ESPRIT top, pants and bag) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Print pretty. Oh, I know — this look is typical Tricia. Plain button downs with printed bottoms make for a fun and chic look that can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the items you style them with. Wearing this outfit with flats would scream Parisian chic.
(ESPRIT top, cardigan and bag) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Sweet sophisticate. One of the reasons why I deliberately chose these colors to play with is because they are no-brainers when it comes to dressing from day to night. This look is quite appropriate for a lunch out with friends or even an after-work girls’ night out over drinks.
(ESPRIT top, blazer and bag) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Too cool for school! Two tone everything is all the rage, and this blazer trumps everything else in my closet right now. Pair with short shorts to balance the weight out.
(ESPRIT top, jacket, skirt and bag)
Fashion front row. Here’s something for cooler days! Who needs a lot of bling when you can layer these fabulous pieces on top of each other and still be able to create something that’s fashion-editor-worthy? For this one I was inspired by Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Rag & Bone, and Thom Browne which are only among the few that utilized houndstooth for their recent collections.
Photos by Rg Gabunada
This Giyongchy print is all the rage right now among K-pop fans, it seems. Tons of online stores have been printing G-DRAGON’s wordplay on Givenchy on pretty much everything they can think of! The fact that GD still has this as his IG profile picture makes it all the more relevant. Being a trendsetter, as always. I was pretty lucky to score this cropped tee at Romwe when it was made available a month ago because it was sold out in an instant. K-pop fans are too fast! CRAY(ON)!