It’s time to rejoice! Apartment 8 will be releasing these feminine fit and flare dresses soon, and I can’t be any happier because this is pretty much my favorite dress silhouette of all time.
This style has been popular since the 50s, and fortunately, it never really completely disappeared through the years. This spring/summer, however, it seems like people have fallen in love with it all over again. You can’t blame anyone - fit and flare dresses are classic, versatile, and immensely flattering.
If there’s one dress style that can do no wrong, this is it. Pair with heels, flats, and even sneakers! <3
The little white dress. Looks super innocent… until you see the back!
Obsessed with all of Apartment 8’s new embossed fabric!
Such a wonderful contrast! The dainty bow and the surprising backless detail together? The perfect mix of cute and sexy.
I can’t even start talking about this top. I have to have it in all colors possible! For girls with small shoulders like me, this is seriously the best style to show them off. The high neckline and the cuffed sleeves make it all the more perfect. Striking a balance between sweet and sexy is difficult, and this top pulls it off so well by providing peekaboo cutouts in the right places.
Somehow, before I knew it, I found myself going back to this sweet style again. I blame it on the major life changes that has been happening recently. Let’s just say that it involves a lot of ties being cut off, both in physical and emotional aspects. Because I can’t go on sulking forever, I’ve just learned to accept these things that I can’t change and have no control over. Praying about them every night keeps me sane.
Anyhow, speaking of going back to sweet style, I’m quite proud that this has zero black or white in it. Huzzah! I missed this so much. Apartment 8’s Blair is back with a new look, and no, it’s not about this wig that people think is my real hair, or my newly revamped pre-summer layout. XOXO
Here’s something fairly simple and light, in anticipation of spring and summer. It recently turned February and it’s only a matter of time before stores here in Manila pull out all their dark, rich colors and replace them cutesy pastels and florals.
I’m a little particular about the kinds of pinks that I get for myself, since I don’t find all pinks suitable for my taste and personality. This pink, however, is so incredibly perfect that I just had to temporarily ditch my ongoing black-and-white (with oxblood) streak. Let’s see if I can continue wearing lighter colors after this!
Recently I also splurged on some spring make-up from MAC and Etude House (OMG, non-Japanese brand make-up for a change!) Hopefully I can blog about my purchases tomorrow or Wednesday. Super happy with all of them so far. <3
Wearing yummy, creamy colors for a change, since I’ve been too obsessed with black recently. I am quite guilty for overlooking all the pinks, nudes, browns and whites in my closet since Christmas season started, so I’m wearing them all at the same time to make amends. How do you like it? Monochromatic dressing or wearing an outfit primarily composed of one color is something that has always appealed to me because the effect is always so classy and sophisticated, never passing off as too overdone. And I’m definitely not one to dress up loud and flashy so these classic items from Bayo are perfect!
And with this post, my fourth and last My Own Fashion Week (MOFW) will come to a close. I made sure to keep this particular series faithful to the purpose of my trip, which is to help promote batik. I hope I did it justice!
Anyhow, here is the third design collaboration that I did with Cat, using some fabric that I bought in Yogyakarta. I am not going to take much credit for this, because it’s all her work. I gave her an idea of what I wanted the dress to look like and told her that she was free to inject her own interpretation of it. In true Catherine Jannelle fashion, it turned out to be a masterpiece. The multiple layers of batik fabric caused a little shortage problem (my bad), but she added pinya cloth and that wonderful red part on the collar to salvage it… making it a thousand times better than what I expected it to be. It looks like it can pass off as a Filipino-inspired dress as well.
Day 6 features this girly outfit that makes use of gray and black. Gray top and leatherette skirt? Sounds very badass and rocker to me! Girly doesn’t always have to be pink and creamy all the time in my book. Sometimes the combination of certain unusual items can create a more interesting look than what we usually see.
Pair these items with a blue cardigan, a gold ribbon bag, and some cute yellow pumps and you’ll be surprised how much these dark-colored items can transform.
The black socks and yellow shoes combination was actually inspired by Minnie Mouse! I’ll be flying to Hong Kong for a holiday this October, and I can’t wait to go to Disneyland with one of my good friends. Maybe I’ll do an all-out Minnie-inspired outfit then!
Here’s a variation with an added pearl necklace, because it automatically adds a certain kind of elegance to a seemingly casual outfit. Recently I’ve been so tempted to bling all my clothes with pearl collars (ala my EMODA chiffon tops). Can’t seem to get enough of them!
Anyhow, I think this will be the last of my MOFW Singapore posts! Why I won’t do a Day 7 has something to do with limited resources - I don’t have any more new Singapore blogshop/brand items to feature, honestly. T_T Not bad for a first time though? Please do watch out for my next MOFW next month, where I’ll be doing a few days of Australian fashion posts after I post my travel diary to Melbourne!
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!
CMYK-inspired colors! I didn’t get cyan quite right, but I think I got everything else spot on. Color blocking is something I’ve never totally gotten a hang of, to be honest. If I do decide to combine so many colors in one outfit, something geeky like this usually happens.