When in accessory-doubt, just wear clothes with embellishments. These two items from Chicwish are a match made in heaven because of this. The detailed collar makes for a good necklace alternative, while the little pearl studs on the skirt are on the same level as my hands, serving as alternatives to arm/finger candy.
The day that I’ve been dreading has finally come, so here’s a bright and golden outfit to celebrate the end of my My Own Fashion Week Fukuoka series. No oxblood/maroon or black for this one, I’m afraid.
Now that my hair is lighter, I can wear these kinds of light monochromatic outfits again without my old dark hair contrasting too much.
This cream sweater is something I got on sale at the OLIVE des OLIVE store in Canal City, the same store where I got a few of my cute button-downs and peter pan collar sweaters last 2011. One year has passed since my first visit to Fukuoka, and they still possess the same daintiness that drew me to them in the first place.
I heard daisy motifs will be huge this spring/summer in Japan, following the success of the Marc Jacobs Daisy branding. I’m not surprised the Japanese loved the white and gold flower design so much that it has somwehow transcended into their fashion as well. OLIVE des OLIVE had a very subtle take on it. From afar the sweater looks quite plain and ordinary, but it actually has flowers with small golden studs on each center. It’s these details that make me love Japanese fashion so much. Sometimes they’re not so in-your-face when it comes to trends so you can still wear their clothes regardless of what’s in or what’s not.
Ahh, I’m so sad that this is going to be the last MOFW for a while, since I don’t have any planned trips until April (possibly Europe, like Austria and Germany) and May (Hello USA!). Unless I get a spontaneous sponsored trip this February or March… which is my ultimate wish right now, lol. T_T
My blog needs rest from all the constant traveling too, I guess. :)
Stars on my neck and my legs, and I’m surprised I can still see straight. My metallic fever from the holidays clearly isn’t going away soon, and I even mixed metals *gasp!* for this particular look. I also deliberately put my top on backwards, for the love of… well, buttons. Maybe I’m still seeing stars after all.
Anyhow, I must say that I’ve completely healed from the recurrent pharyngitis and sinus headaches I got last week, thanks to much-needed rest. Thanks to all those who wished me better health in one of my previous posts!
Day 2 of MOFW Hong Kong and I’m wearing mostly Chicwish! You might have already noticed them all over Lookbook.nu before, since they sponsor quite a number of high karma gainers there. Did you know that they’re actually based in Hong Kong? I’ve done quite a number of sponsored entries wearing their clothes before, but I’ve always failed to mention that all my Chicwish packages come from Hong Kong. Since the items are sent from one Asian country to another, and they chose the most convenient shipping methods, I only have to pay a very minimal amount (if any) at the post office. Another reason for us to go crazy with online shopping this Christmas, yes?
This time, I picked items out from their recent collection, and created a coordinate with a “girly military” theme in mind. I made sure to balance out the toughness of the camo print jacket and boots with some softer elements like…
…this short khaki skater skirt and this button-down top with the most adorable buttons.
Earrings embellished with pearls! This pair from SM Accessories is slowly climbing up the charts as one of my ultimate faves. I love the unique design that I can easily match with everything in my closet. It is the combination of shapes that makes it so interesting to look at!
Badass arm(y) candy from olive + piper. :D
Instead of wearing cliche military boots, I opted for taupe-colored lace-ups with sky high platforms and chunky brown heels. They look like JCs but they’re not!
Stay tuned for my next MOFW HK entry! Also, so sorry I couldn’t post this yesterday! Got pretty caught up with birthday activities with my loved ones. But thank you for all the overwhelming greetings in my social networking sites. So happy. <3
Spring and summer are over, but it’s never too late to try neon out for a spin! I know it’s a bit out of character for me to wear something as extreme as neon, but I decided to just keep it subtle by wearing them as accents instead of as the main attraction.
I advise wearing your neon aceents with neutrals or pastels, if you’re like me who can never be bold enough to wear neon clothes even if my life depended on it. A huge deal of inspiration for this outfit actually came from my shoes which were able to tastefully combine nude and neon. Quite a pleasant compromise of conservative and daring, if I should say so myself!
To keep the outfit coherent and interesting, I strategically placed the same neon yellow/green on both my neck with my necklace and my shoulder with my bag. This way, if you divide yourself horizontally into 3, there will be a hint of neon in each division! Yeah, I put quite a lot of thinking into this outfit since I never really tried this kind of combination out before! Like the change?
Like the new look? Bold lippies can complement outfits, especially simple ensembles that still need an extra kick of color. MAC Morange is a bright orange/coral that I honestly only purchased because I saw Ena Matsumoto wearing it in one of my 2011 Japanese magazine issues. Anything that she wears instantly becomes super chic and sophisticated! I’m always fangirling about her in my blog because she is one of my fashion icons!
Morange gives me a pretty good tan, yes? So ideal for dressy, summer outfits, and for girls who aren’t used to wearing striking colored lipstick but want to add more drama to their look.
It’s always out of stock here in Manila, but I got my hands on it when I went to DFS Galleria in Singapore, a place that I always go to because you can get a GST refund if you purchase a minimum of S$100! I’m such a sucker for these things. It really saves you a lot of money as a tourist. I use the refund to buy more stuff at the airport. *evil laugh*
I had a semi-awkward moment while wearing this! I go into a restaurant for dinner, and a girl sits on the table beside mine… wearing the mint version of the same top.
Well, what can I say? The girl has good taste, lol. *optimism*
Matching yellow bag and shoes! It’s already second nature to me to resort to similarly colored bags and shoes, especially when I’m running out of time to think about what to wear. It’s one of those no brainer things that always seem to work!
Watch out for my Versailles post soon. I’m really trying to schedule at least one travel post per weekend! Something to look forward to after a stressful week at work or school!
Shiny leggings and jacket! If you’re on a budget and you can’t afford to buy all the pretty leather goods in the world, there is always artificial leather.
I’m wearing yummy dessert colors because I miss Laduree, Pierre Herme and Angelina macarons already! I swear you can never have too many macarons when you’re in Paris.
Still, there’s nothing quite like a collared button down to instantly make you look more polished than usual. This particular one I love because it came in my most favorite shade of lavender. Plus the sleeves are so interesting, but not too overwhelmingly loud for my taste.
And envelope clutches! Oh, where do I start with these? Sometimes they can really pass off as the kind that you bring to school and such, but I guess that’s exactly the charm?
P.S. I’m in London now. Queued some posts while I was still in Manila. :)
And another pair of floral pants appears on my blog! They’re my favorites now, especially since I can pair them with the most neutral tops and almost no accessories because the busy prints are enough to make the whole outfit.
Cropped pants look great with heels! These ones remind me of very otona/mode-style shoes I’ve been seeing on Momoko Ogihara and Ena Matsumoto.
Yesterday was somewhat torture, yes? The afternoon heat made my body feel so sick that I wanted to turn the airconditioning on the whole day so I could temporarily turn the world upside down and make everything better. So much for electric bills though. And water bills too, since there are days when I take showers every few hours (How very Filipino of me!).
I posted a photo of this outfit on Instagram yesterday. Was a bit whiny about the crazy heat we’ve been having recently. Someone from another country replied, “I’ll trade the snow here for the heat there!” Ahh, people always want what they can’t have!
Winter and summer are extremes though, and honestly, if I had to choose between the two, I’d prefer the latter over the former, after having so many bad experiences with -15C weather. I *always* end up getting sick. I mean, who wouldn’t? One minute you’re outside a building and it’s snowing like there’s no tomorrow, and the next minute you’re right in front of a really warm fireplace or an establishment with a heater set on 30C.
Spring and fall are the most ideal seasons, imho. Not too cold, not too warm. It’s the best time to travel too. I’ll be going for a brief trip to London and Paris next week, which I’m really grateful for because I can’t wait for sweater weather. Time for my light knits again!