This year, Lacoste L!ve and Tezuka Productions collaborated to create an exclusive capsule collection of polos, shirts and shoes inspired by Osamu Tezuka’s fabled comic series characters.
(Osamu Tezuka x Lacoste L!VE top, Lacoste L!VE jacket, Woakao skort, H&M boots, Bellevior necklace, Casio watch, GYDA bracelet) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Osamu Tezuka (1928 – 1989) was a Japanese cartoonist, manga artist, animator, producer, activist and medical doctor who never practiced medicine. He is the genius behind some of our childhood favorites like Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor Leo (Kimba the White Lion) and Black Jack. He is often called the ‘God of Manga’, and is even considered to be the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney!
These kinds of collaborations give me life, as I’m a fan of both anime/manga/games and fashion. What a stylish way to immortalize a legend!
This shirt I’m wearing is actually for men, but I prefer wearing oversized tops anyway! Sadly there aren’t any pieces in the collection that are specifically made for women, though I hope this doesn’t stop anyone from buying a piece from this limited collection. If it’s any help, you can share it with your brothers like I always do with mine!
The shirt has the iconic green crocodile on it too. A must for Lacoste fans!
Other designs from the collection include:
Looking for the perfect gift for your geeky boyfriend? These would definitely make him happy!
In the Philippines, Lacoste L!VE is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) and is located at New Glorietta & Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Do drop by as soon as you can as their recent FW13 collection is to die for! I’ll definitely be blogging about it soon. :)
Houndstooth and stripes are patterns that I love as they are always classic, and they often come in black and white a.k.a. my uniform colors. There are, of course, other variations (i.e. breton stripes are often blue or red), but the black and white versions of these patterns are often top of mind.
I’ve been wearing simpler and simpler stuff the past few weeks, but it works when I have so many things to do. I’ve been reducing my use of accessories to only earrings (which I feel naked without) and my favorite vintage Casio watches from Time Depot. The patterns, however, help a lot in making these outfits look more complex than they really are!
I just arrived in Tokyo after surviving on 2 hours of sleep and hours spent on the plane and the train. I am too tired to go out and shop, but I already locked onto some fall/winter B&W patterned goodness. So many striped, houndstooth, and plaid prints right now - I can’t deal! I don’t know how it will fare with my wallet and my savings.
Now with my hair short and red, my laziness when it comes to accessorizing has reached an all-time high. My hair has transformed into a strong enough statement as it is, and this is just about the most convenient thing to happen to me at this point in time. Will let my hair do the talking for now, while I live up to my being basic and having ordinary fashion sense. Right now, my ultimate dream is far from being a relevant person or a style icon in society. It is actually to sleep for a whole month if it were only possible, lol. This is clearly the stress talking!
With my book launching /signing already on October 10th (Everyone is invited! 2pm at National Bookstore Glorietta 1!), I’ve been stressing myself out wondering if book will be appreciated (or conversely, petitioned to be burned). All this, until I came across this quote from Jason Mraz — “You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do everyday.” Well played, Mr. Mraz. This was just what I needed. Since when did I start caring about selling? (Also, some people think quotes are super cliche, but I think otherwise. Somewhere, in the world, there will be always be people who can get a boost of confidence or a moment of self-realization thanks to a random quote from the Internet.)
Anyhow, tomorrow’s the announcement of the Virtual Style Awards winners and even if I don’t expect to win at all, I’ll take this opportunity to thank all those who voted for me anyway. I do well know that while I may be one of the firsts to be in this personal style blogging thing, newer bloggers have caught up in terms of number of followers. I’m feeling extra sentimental right now - here’s a *virtual hug* for all those who are still here.
Metallic snakeskin sneaker wedges and a leather snapback cap to contrast a formal button-down and a houndstooth-print skirt. What did I tell you? I really live for juxtapositions.
I’m currently on my last stretch with my secret project, and I’ve got the draft/proof on my hands right now. Lots of stuff to fix, but the fact that it’s a tangible thing already is telling me that it’s finally time to announce it! I didn’t want to jinx it so I just kept quiet all these months. Sound familiar? I did the same when I came out on the cover of Preview last September 2012. I didn’t want to announce it until it actually came out because I feared there could still be a possibility they’ll leave me out of the cover story, lol.
But anyhow, I’m coming out with… A BOOK! Thanks to Summit Publishing! It’s a very simple style book (Sorry I’m not sorry it’s not going to be the next Twilight) with lots of photos of me (what’s new) wearing different style essentials for every girl, with descriptions of the items, how to wear them and what to pair them with. I guess you can say it’s like a printed version of my blog, but with a more articulate me talking! Content mostly by me! No assistants involved. This is why I’ve been looking extra haggard these past few months. Anyhow, pictures will all be the brunette version of me because I feared that no one will buy my book if I had an un-relatable hairstyle (case in point, my current hairstyle). SO MANY FEELS (AND FEARS).
The book will be available in 2-3 weeks if everything goes smoothly. AHH, I get goosebumps every time I think about it because I’ve been doubting myself for a while now and my biggest fear is for no one to buy it. It’s going to be sold at a very reasonable price (other magazines are even more expensive) so I hope at least one person buys it. I’ll be a happy author! <3 WIll have to ask them again how to go about making the book available in other countries like the US, but we’re definitely going to try our best to make it happen.
That moment when red hair makes things look a lot edgier than they actually are. I’m loving every bit of this change. Yes, and that includes the redhead club welcoming ritual where you suddenly bleed red dye and your towels look all weird and bloody after a good shampoo.
And to think that a few weeks ago, I remember tweeting about how red toothpaste makes it look like your gums are bleeding. Little did I know then that I was going to experience the same thing with my hair…
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.
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!
Today’s outfit is “Today’s Outfit”. Sorry, I couldn’t help it! One of the reasons why I got this top was because I wanted to be able to say today’s outfit is today’s outfit is today’s outfit is today’s outfit. Today’s outfitception. I never want it to end. I have Kryz to thank for this! She wants everyone to know that WAGW MAN’s gonna have a big sale (up to 70% off) starting June 1 which is just a few days away!
You might have also noticed that I have pink and purple streaks on my hair. I recently bought 2 pieces of hair chalk during my trip to Japan at 630yen each (ouch) but @glameffect on Instagram sent me a whole box a few days ago. Don’t know if soft pastels or hair chalk (or if they’re the same anyway), but I like how they make it so fast to add colored streaks to hair now. People really do find ways to achieve things easier. Dried my hair out so bad though, so I just might stick to just Photoshopping fake streaks and ombres in the long run.