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.
I clearly had an EMODA hangover when I wore this a few days after I got back from Tokyo. I know I kind of retired this kind of MODE style for a while, but my trip to Japan made it all come back to me. Japan, just take all my money.
Now that I’ve been in the US for more than a week now, I’ve come to realize that I’m such a good girl here when it comes to shopping. 9 days and I’ve not bought a single item of clothing. My MOFW project has been on hiatus ever since I started working on my book, and the timing could not any better. It seems like my “ultimate vacation” mode includes taking a break from clothes shopping as well. The only thing I bought in New York was a new lens for my camera. Talk about my geeky priorities.
In other news, I’m on my way to Boston in a few hours to visit my aunt who’s been living there since the ’80s. She comes home to Manila every few years but it’s my turn to pay her a visit. I’m so excited because I can get to chill for a change (Chicago and New York were a bit stressful with all the touristy stuff we did), but also so scared because it was freezing in New York today and Boston’s weather is going to be so much colder!
Thanks to Access Travel and Tours for making this trip possible! I had so much fun that I had to split this travel diary into 2 parts, which is a pretty crazy thing because Crissey and I were just in Hong Kong for 3 days. We flew in first thing in the morning on our 1st day, and took the last flight out to Manila on our 3rd day. One of the nicest short vacations I’ve had in a long time!
Because Hong Kong’s McCafe was so fancy, we just had to try it. Crissey and I both love strawberry shortcake so we shared a slice (#TrisseyForevs) and enjoyed iced coffee before heading off to the mall for some major shopping.
Eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-ehhh Tsuen Wan. You better ring the alarm. LOL
Freaky poster at Jordan Station. We had to pass by it everyday. LIFE, WHY YOU DO THIS
Splurged at our favorite Sasa in Tsim Sha Tsui. The smaller Sasa stores get super cramped, but this one is an exception. SO MUCH SPACE
I already blogged about The One mall in my last Hong Kong post, but I can’t not drop by this place. I need to check out my favorite Japanese brands!
Spotted SNSD x Baby-G!
Miffy chocolates! Too cute to eat!
earth music&ecology finally opened in The One mall!
Usually the highlight of my trips to Hong Kong is EMODA. They had pink and white coordinates on display, which made me think that whoever dressed this mannequin up probably already knew about the S/S 14 collection beforehand!
The EMODA and MURUA stores are connected, making it so much harder to resist shopping. Crissey and I got matching MURUA tops. We dropped by MURUA twice because the current collection was too pretty.
Houndstooth love at Royal Party!
Pageboy had the cutest suspender skirts/shorts!
The most adorable onesies! Wish we had these back in Manila!
Lowry’s Farm, Jeanasis, etc. at Collect Point in Miramall, that place in between The One Mall and Miramar Shopping Center. Had the time of my life choosing cute pencil skirts for F/W!
You may have already seen me wearing this top on my Instagram before. I knew I had to get it as soon as I laid my eyes on it. Positive vibes + the year of my birth (1988)
SLY, moussy, snidel, Liz Lisa, etc. are all in Miramar Shopping Center.
snidel, why do you always have to be so perfect!
When Crissey and I shop together, it gets very dangerous.
EXO first thing in the morning!
Went to Harbour City early and took outfit shots. Wore an Aland top, Jeanasis skirt, Yesstyle sneakers, and a Proenza Schouler bag. This was also my airport outfit as we were flying back to Manila that evening.
Would wear this in a heartbeat.
Saint Laurent, I love you.
That moment when I found out Style Nanda was opening in i.t. Silvercord and I was 2 weeks too early. Talk about wrong timing!
Because Costume National is always relevant.
When in Harbour City, eat Laduree macarons! I’m so happy there’s Laduree everywhere now so you don’t have to fly all the way to Paris anymore just to get a Laduree fix.
The Laduree charms Crissey and I contemplated on buying, but they were sooo expensive we figured we might as well buy other stuff with the amount.
But these are still haunting us until now. Maybe we should’ve gotten them after all! The pink/blue and mint/lavender ones were perfect for Crissey, while I took a liking to these two darker color schemes.
Ended up spending our money on real macarons. Trissey stomachs are bottomless pits, I tell you.
One of my favorite quotes.
SLY in Harbour City!
Lucky for us, the Mari Kim exhibit was still going on! We originally planned on going to Hong Kong in August, but had to move our flight to September. We were scheduled to fly the day the airport runways got flooded by habagat. Yikes.
I wanted to go so badly to this exhibit and feared mid-September would already be too late, but thanks to the K-pop gods, it was still up when we got there!
Mari Kim’s art would be familiar if you’re a fan of 2NE1 and if you have Peripera cosmetics.
Donguri Republic! Something you shouldn’t miss if you’re into Studio Ghibli films.
Spirited Away bath house!
My Neighbor Totoro mugs.
Suddenly, Lacoste L!VE in Hong Kong! Love the snakeskin collars on the iconic Lacoste polo shirt design.
Kids section of Harbour City = every little fashionista’s dream. Here you can find Baby Dior, Burberry Kids, etc.
Hong Kong Harbour View on a gloomy day that still felt all sunshine and rainbows because I was with Crissey! (Yeees!)
I’m typing this entry out from Chicago, and even if I’m enjoying myself here, I suddenly miss Crissey and this trip we had together! We must make #TrisseyTravels2014 happen, yes?
I’ve modeled the gold Casio vintage series before, but I also actually own some of the iconic silver versions! To be honest, I haven’t been using them as often as my gold watches, but I’ve been taking a liking to this particular silver model lately.
Before the trend caught on, one of my male friends already owned a silver vintage Casio. It was a lightbulb moment as I reflected on how these watches got so popular all of a sudden. Not only can girls wear them, but guys can also sport them too! The silver ones are more unisex than the gold ones, which is exactly why they look extra good with boyish outfits like this one.
And I don’t know if it’s just me, but the silver ones look a bit more old school than the gold ones! The black/silver face is so nostalgic! Reminds me so much of the gadgets we had way back in the 90s. I could definitely see why so many people have this watch.
Anyhow, if you haven’t found a copy of my book yet, Time Depot is giving away 5 books to 5 lucky Instagram users! All you have to do is
1) Pose like me with your Casio Sheen, Baby-G or vintage Casio watch. Put your picture and the reference picture side by side. Feel free to browse my blog and Lookbook.
2) Follow Time Depot on Instagram.
3) Tag them in the photo.
4) Use the hashtags #tricialovescasio AND #timedepot
Good luck! Deadline is on November 11, 2013. More details here.
Thanks to Chase Gosingtian for helping me with my photos.
This was the reason why I went to Tokyo last weekend! So incredibly honored to be invited by EMODA again to cover the S/S 14 show alongside Cheesie whom I haven’t seen in 2 years. We shot some photos against the iconic touchMe collection background, and this one turned out best:
Coincidentally matchy matchy poses despite the contrasting fall and spring styles. We’re both wearing EMODA F/W 2013 everything (except for my bag)!
On my way to Shibuya to meet up with Kumiko, Alicia (Kumiko’s intern) and Cheesie, someone on my Instagram feed posted a backstage photo of one of the models from the EMODA show. I was so shocked to see something entirely different from their present “BUDDY CLOSET” collection! This didn’t spoil me one bit, and if anything, I was even more excited to see the whole show.
“PINUP LADY” is probably EMODA’s most refreshing collection to date, since they deviated from the usual aesthetic they’re known for and introduced new themes that, when put together, are still amazingly, distinctly EMODA. All the individual pieces are classic, but when styled together become very trendy. The vintage-inspired hair and make-up add so much to the concept as well!
Without further ado, here are some shots I took from the show:
Pearl earrings and pearl necklace set is totally my style! Time to bring them out again for next season.
Pushing the limits and matching everything – top, outerwear, bottom and headband. Surprisingly, it works!
High neck trend from this fall/winter will still trickle down to next spring/summer.
Off-shoulder is also far from being dead.
This pink jacket is everything! EMODA usually has these oversized jackets every season, but having them in pastel pink is definitely going to convert non-believers to this brand.
Gingham and tropical print-on-print.
Who would’ve thought the combination would work so well?
My #1 most favorite outfit from the whole collection. I’d wear this in a heartbeat. I need this gingham jacket and bottom set in my life.
More Prada gingham on matching top and bottom sets. Too cute!
Suspenders trend from this season will still be relevant next season. Instead of pairing them with sweaters, leather skirts and beanies, pair them with crop tops, floral prints and cutesy headbands!
Trends like tropical prints and matching top and bottom sets from last spring/summer will still be around for EMODA S/S.
Can’t get over overalls? Here’s a top version that you can easily layer over printed bras and bikini tops! What a genius idea for a cover-up!
EMODA’s way of mixing prints.
Probably my second favorite from the whole collection. It is so refreshing to see EMODA mix different prints together!
This set looks so comfy. I want to buy it already.
Barbie doll feels. Blue gingham is also super cute!
Another outfit I’d totally wear.
Matching top and bottom set in dark blue denim.
Do not know if this top is naughty or nice.
With all the fitted tops and bottoms in this collection, you ought to wear an oversized jacket to balance it all out.
Tattoo stockings were all the range last year, and they’re bringing back the same idea to socks now! This one reads, “Pinup Lady”, as in the concept.
Bringing sexy back, as well as these nostalgic mid-length shorts back! I swear fashion is just one endless cycle.
Definitely the one outfit that stood out the most in the whole collection.
Peekaboo. I see you. Way to be a tease, huh?
The classic pin-up look with a cutesy twist.
The kind of EMODA style we’re all used to seeing, but with PINUP LADY concept hair! Makes such a huge difference.
I can already sense that this will be my new favorite jacket.
EMODA S/S 2014 was such a wonderful celebration of the female figure. Instead of the usual oversized silhouettes we often see from them, there were a lot of waist-baring, waist-emphasizing, hip-hugging, butt-showing items from this collection.
After the show, I dropped by the after party at SHOTO GALLERY for a bit. It was held at a huge 3-story events place which eventually got packed with die-hard fans of the brand.
There were also so many girls taking selfies against the wall in the first floor! They were all doing kawaii purikura poses which makes me wonder if acting kawaii comes naturally to every girl in Japan because it really does seem like it!
The second floor was absolute heaven! There were props in the middle of the room that you can use to accessorize with 4 different EMODA backdrops. I already thought the selfie-taking would end at the first floor, but the EMODA fangirling became even more intense on the second.
Ashlee chose cat-eye glasses, and of course, I chose these super kawaii cat-ears headband. There were other props as well and I wish we could’ve taken more pictures…
…but we got too distracted by all the (bottomless) sweets that were being served! This pictures taken before the room was opened to the public, but these were literally gone in a matter of minutes once the doors were opened. If this isn’t heaven, then I don’t know what is.
You know something’s going to be up when EMODA’s invite doesn’t have any black in it. :)
Thank you touchMe, Mark Styler and EMODA for flying me to Tokyo again! I had a fantastic time, and the show was nothing short of amazing. I’m actually quite inspired to dress for spring/summer as early as now!
P.S. If you’re wondering where Ena was all this time, she was on maternity leave! I heard her baby was supposed to be due on the same night as the EMODA touchMe show. Anyhow, congratulations to her as she finally gave birth to a healthy baby very recently!
If you adore EMODA as much as Cheesie and me and want to do the same things that we do for the brand, you might want to apply to be an official EMODA ambassador because they are searching for one! You can check out the details here. This is a huge deal, you guys! <3
Here is the complete video of the show:
Quadrilaterals are always, always welcome in my closet. When wearing patterns and silhouettes, you’ll notice that I like sharp angles instead of round, curvy lines. Boxy shift dresses »> bodycon dresses. Even my taste in bags is quite boxy! I don’t know why I’m so fixated with squares. I’d be the best person to base the main character on if there were ever a square version of Junji Ito’s Uzumaki (spiral).
Lucky for me, this year is a year of checkers, with the originally spring/summer trend even trickling down to autumn/winter. I was browsing through the RUNWAY channel webstore the other week when I noticed how there were so many checkers and all sorts of square-ish patterns, plaid and tartan prints, and boxy shapes in the recent collections of Japanese fashion brands! Even Zara has a ton of them right now, and I hate it because I’m so tempted to buy everything. In Crissey’s words, “Kamukha mo yung buong recent Zara." (You look like the whole recent Zara.)
Anyhow, I underwent a pattern obsession recently, and managed to find 3 different items that fit the bill.
First one is this dress that is boxy in every way possible, just the way I like it. Wore it with my new favorite oxfords, and a tiny cross-body bag… which is also square. Sue me. Maybe next time my hair will become triangular just so I can have more right angles.
Second one is this cute fit-and-flare dress. This is an outfit that’s very reminiscent of my 2011 retro-girly phase, except I tried not wearing a satchel with it to avoid looking too cliche. Still, I ended up pairing it with an even more retro-looking bag because I couldn’t help the cuteness that is JumpFromPaper.
2D cartoon-like bags are starting to become more popular nowadays, and it’s all thanks to JumpFromPaper. Katy Perry sported one before and people just immediately fell in love with the quirky concept. I think it’s quite ingenious too!
Of course, I can’t leave this entry without putting on some printed pants which I paired with a printed top. Print-on-print is something I rarely do, but grid patterns that remind me of my old Math notebooks work surprisingly well with other geometric elements. Like lines. And more boxy bags. Don’t misunderstand though - I can be a little geeky, but I definitely do not enjoy math!
Counting down the days until I just totally give up on accessorizing. I’ve been stuck in a rut recently, though it’s proving to be a good exercise in terms of challenging myself to wear the least number of extra items (besides the essentials to cover my body parts, lol) without looking incomplete or underdressed.
Today marks the unofficial final day of stressing out for that secret project I’ve been talking about. Unofficial because I still might have to do some final touches. Only until then can I officially say that I’m free! Thankfully, my trip to Hong Kong with Crissey last August got rebooked to next week, because we were supposed to fly on that unfortunate day when the runway got flooded by Maring/Habagat. Anyhow, good thing we decided to put our safety first! I wouldn’t have been able to relax anyway, knowing that my project wasn’t finished yet.
Only a matter of days or weeks now before I can finally make an announcement. It’s on its way to completion but I don’t want to jinx it by pre-empting. Scared and excited!
I am officially possessed by an unknown spirit. I’ve been wearing sneakers so often nowadays, it’s like I’m not me anymore. Once, I was thisclose to wearing my bright pink Nike running shoes (only used once for actual running, lol) out, until I realized I should prolly first invest in a good neutral-colored pair that’s easier to match with outfits. But the idea of wearing rubber shoes and sneakers is so appealing to me right now, I always look forward to going out just so I can wear them. What is this sorcery? How do you get cured from this?
I guess my the first symptom appeared when I started collecting flat-brimmed caps circa SNSD I Got A Boy era. These caps paired with sneakers = match made in heaven, really. Instant coherent sporty-vibe outfit with just 2 items. So effortless, you can’t help but turn it into some sort of daily uniform.
Now, all I have to do is stop being a poser and legit use my running shoes for exercise. I just came from a 10-15 minute walk outside, and I need to be congratulated for it because it was my first major physical activity in 2-3 weeks. #skinnyfatproblems