(On me: Mango top, shorts, jacket and heels; On Chase and Juju: H.E. by Mango shirts, jackets and tie)
I may not have sisters to share clothes, shoes and make-up with, but I’ve got brothers who are willing to do all sorts of shenanigans with me, including participating and dressing up for this blog entry! Good thing they’ve never been fashion and camera averse so it wasn’t hard for me to invite them.
My eldest twin brothers Chase (long hair) and Juju (short hair) have always had impeccable taste in fashion. If I were male, I’d probably want to dress just like them. Likewise, I’m proud to say that they trust my taste in fashion as well! They always wear the clothes I buy for them, and this says a lot because like me, they are quite picky with their clothes! They’ve always had very distinct personal styles.
After my boyfriend Rg posed for some photos with me last summer (see here) and after accidentally stumbling upon an article on the Kardashian’s annual Christmas cards (lol), I figured it would be cool to include my own siblings (save for our youngest, Calel, who is working in the US right now and won’t be able to join us for Christmas for the first time ever, huhu) in one of my holiday-themed shoots.
This time, however, the styling part was rather challenging because Chase and Juju are only a size bigger than me. Styling Rg last summer was a breeze because he is 5’10” and possesses a body type that fits Western brands perfectly (he literally fits size M in all brands, making it so easy to buy him clothes… only he is not interested in fashion, lol). My brothers, however, can give my legs (and most girls’) a run for their money.
Recently, I discovered that H.E. by Mango offers clothing in extra small sizes now! Don’t let the tall and buff mannequins discourage your skinny brothers and boyfriends from going into the store. The button-downs and jackets they are wearing here are size XXS and “Asian Fit”. Talk about awesome! It’s about time!
How do you like our family fashion? Can you tell that I was somewhat inspired by Gossip Girl?
All the items that I am wearing are part of latest F/W collection which are all on sale right now until the end of January. Get up to 50% discount on all items for all Mango concepts including MANGO, H.E. by MANGO, MANGO Touch and the newest concepts, MANGO Kids and MANGO Sport & Intimates.
I was greeted by a giant orange box of Coach goodies as soon as I got back in Manila, and I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to cap off my glorious trip to America than to wear an iconic brand that I’ve always been a fan of. I can’t remember how many times my mom and I muttered audible oohs and aahs whenever we passed by a Coach store in New York. Too much pretty. Karlie Kloss and Liu Wen make all their clothes, shoes and luxury bags look so covetable too.
My mom and I already share 3 existing Coach bags at the moment, and I think that it would never, ever hurt to add another one to the collection. As a practical dresser, I am especially grateful for this boxy black bag from their latest Holiday 2013 collection because it can fit everything! I tend to stuff a lot of random things in my bags so I always prefer functional designs.
On the other hand, I picked the sweater out simply for the lovely turtleneck, the skirt for the bright Christmas color that perfectly matched my red hair and our Christmas tree, and the shoes for the pointy toes and those fabulous, understated gold details on the heels. Less is more, especially when the quality is this good.
It’s finally Christmas! Share the love and happiness, but let’s not forget to celebrate the birth of Jesus amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Hope everyone’s having a wonderful time right now! Sending the warm and fuzzy Christmas wishes to all. <3
I’m back! Spending the holidays in Japan was a blast. Such a magical place with a much-enviable visual culture, as always! Easily my most favorite place in the world.
This time, my family and I went to Fukuoka instead of Tokyo or Osaka for a change. Surprisingly, there’s a direct flight from Manila to Fukuoka via Philippine Airlines. Glad to know that different parts of Japan are finally getting more and more accessible to us.
We arrived in Fukuoka just before dinner, so we headed straight to the subway from the airport. The hotel that we stayed in was just right across Hakata Station, making it so convenient for us to go around the city without having to allot so much on cab fare.
Since we were so hungry from the flight, we decided to grab a bite to eat at some random ramen place at Hakata Deitos…
…and a nice cup of iced coffee at Marbre Blanc Cafe where we also enjoyed some wonderful parfaits and not to mention, a group of good-looking waiters who looked as if they came straight out of an anime/manga.
After dinner, we roamed around the station some more. Managed to snap a photo of these two adorable kids who both seemed so grown-up, already shopping for stuff on their own!
Fluffy white dog outside Hankyu department store. The stroller has “I <3 HUG” all over it.
Yet another puppy in the department store. Adorbs!
Some very expensive but high-quality men’s shoes. ￥19,950 or approx. ₱11,200 for one pair!
Personally one of my most favorite Japanese brands of all time. I’d buy everything they’re selling if only they weren’t too pricey. Just look at those lovely fall colors!
Laguna Moon was selling some really nice coats with fur collars.
If I had to share a Japanese shoe brand, this would be it. Esperanza makes some of the best quality, trendiest shoes I’ve ever seen in my life. Luckily, I was able to get the boots I’ve always wanted (ViVi, the things you do to me…) in Canal City a few days after this shot was taken. At 50 freaking percent off! #freddiemercury.jpg
Cecil McBee! I still remember my first experience with them. I bought this skirt, and found myself surprised to be escorted out of the store before they handed me my paper bag! Talk about super special customer service.
Dolly Wink Otona Line! Got a blonde eyebrow pencil for myself and brown eyebrow powder for my BFF Crissey. On the left is Ayumi Hamasaki’s line of false eyelashes.
Someone bring all of these Japanese beauty products to Manila, please?
Apparently, in Japan, KFC = Christmas. How cute is Santa Sanders!?
Passed by some izakaya-style restaurants in the station. Drinks on Christmas day!
Favorite photo from this set. Remember this photo? The geeky photographer in me is a sucker for these kinds of photos that tell a story. <3
Christmas day ended early for us… only because we had to prepare for the next day. More photos from my Fukuoka trip soon.
Also, Happy New Year! 2011 has been a rollercoaster ride, but I’ve learned to just go with it instead of resist it. Good riddance. Thanks for the great year, Tumblr folks!
Wore this on Christmas Eve. Hope you guys are having a blast right now. Merry Christmas everyone! Thanks to all my 27,400 registered Tumblr followers - I can’t be more grateful for the support. <3