I think I bought around 4 different kinds of denim jackets in the last 2 months! What is this addiction?
With 90s fashion coming back with a vengeance, the denim jacket is surely one of this season’s most important staples! My relationship with denim jackets go way back 7th grade, the same time elephant pants caught on (to my dismay). Good thing denim jackets were carefully tried and tested (with good reviews) through the years, and now they’re slowly creeping back into my closet after so long.
One of the best things about denim jackets is their ability to put a fun, street vibe to almost anything! Just G included a good (and affordable) denim jacket in one of their recent collections, so I put together two different looks to show how you can wear it with other Just G items!
Grungy denim and flirty florals always make a good combination because of the contrast between tough and sweet.
Here’s something a little inspired by K-pop (mostly the headband and the shoes). Denim jackets also work surprisingly well with different kinds of prints and patterns! Who would’ve thought?
1) Coffee and work date with my good friend Tracy at the Caffe Bene in Eastwood. We both cannot work at our own homes because we end up being super unproductive, so we schedule dates at our favorite coffee places to motivate each other to not slack off!
2) As I uploaded these pictures for this post, I realized that I took a lot of these mirror shots last month! Some of the outfits might seem familiar from Lookbook.
3) You’ll see this stripey H&M top twice in this post.
4) What I wore to my cousin’s garden wedding at Tagaytay. Found this long dress on sale at Mango. Borrowed the clutch from my mom who I went shopping with at Miss Selfridge last Christmas.
5) One of the most effective ways to keep yourself in check is to wirte in a gratitude journal. Got this particular one at kikki.K in Singapore last year. Even if I forget to write here sometimes, I make sure that I dedicate a few minutes every day to reflect on the things I should be grateful for on my own.
6) Sukiyaki night with le boyfriend! We love to eat out, and we both love to take photos of our food. Follow him on IG: @rgabunada
7) Wearing jeans! *gasp*
8) Sashimi platter! NOM
9) One of my MOFW Fukuoka posts. Black and white is such a huge trend right now, it seems. I feel like I’m having an extended Christmas because most of my closet has always been filled with these two colors and you can see them everywhere in the mall.
10) Obligatory Bayo dressing room post. Ended up getting the pink/cream version of this top for my Bayo outfit post last January. Now that I think about it, I should’ve gotten the mint one too!
11) Outfit for a meeting. EMODA top, Just G jacket.
12) Outfit for dinner with my family at High Street Central. Zara top, dazzlin skirt.
13) RG and I have been officially together for 2 years last January 23rd! He sent me flowers first thing in the morning. How sweet. <3
14) Had our anniversary lunch at Premio The Fort, where I had this amazing olive oil poached salmon. I finished the whole thing. NOM
15) Finally got an Instax Mini too, thanks to him. He couldn’t find plain border film so he ended up buying whatever was available - this interesting rainbow gradient film that apparently so many people on IG like! I’d still prefer plain ones though. :D
16) Hiroshima Oyster set at Yabu! Not as big as the real oysters in Hiroshima (which I was fortunate enough to try last December), but still super good! They stuffed a lot of small oysters inside. NOM
17) Dyed my hair lighter last month.
Though as of this writing, my hair is about 3 inches shorter. Had to let go of all the damaged parts after so long. I had to curl my hair every time I wanted to make it look decent. So tedious! To think my hair color is high maintenance enough.
Currently looking for a new Japanese or Korean salon to do my next hair color! I’ve been going to the same one for the past 5 years that I think its time to give other salons a chance.
18) Lastly, this outfit! Can’t wear red for a few weeks/months now because of some Chinese traditions I have to follow, so we’ll finally see less of this color for now…
Loungewear? Really? For a change (and quite a major one), it’s my first time to ever try wearing sweatpants out and incorporating them into an actual outfit. The result? To hell with its fundamental function. To wear something as comfortable as this is similar to the feeling of bliss. I’m two years late with this trend, but I think it’s a good way to spice things up once in a while, considering that my comfort zone usually includes dressy collars and button-downs that don’t really give off the same chill vibe as sweats. Normally I would reserve these things for home but now I suddenly have a strong urge to wear them out for a second time. This time, probably with a cute blazer and some booties!
Gray need not be such a dreary color. One way to make it look more playful is to pair it with girly pastels such as the light coral hue on the skirt that I’m wearing.
Stef, one of my friends in high school, introduced me to this combination a long, long time ago. Both computer geeks in our own right, we would change our layouts in our little blogs (hosted on Pitas, if I remember correctly) as fast as I would change my hair color nowadays. It was one of the most crucial moments of my life, in terms of 1) deciding that this thing that we were doing was roughly what I wanted to pursue in university 2) developing my eye for colors and color combinations.
What worked on our computer screens also worked when it came to fashion.
We had a gray + any-color-you-can-think-of phase. Every week we would change our layout themes just to suit not only our fickle-mindedness, but also to satisfy this inexplicable obsession with pairing everything with gray. In fact, I think I’m slowly picking this obsession up again. If you haven’t noticed, I changed a lot of the colors of my blog to gray recently.
We were so into it that we even convinced our batchmates to add a bit of gray to our batch shirt and banners during our pink (2nd) year.
One of my most favorite blog themes during my geeky high school days had a gray and pastel pink or pale mint color combination. It worked - the contrast between something that we usually associate as masculine and a completely different thing that we usually think of as feminine. Who would’ve thought that gray could actually look girly and that light coral could look mature?
And with that story, I’d like to impart the idea that if you’re not so much into looking at other people’s outfits for color inspiration, you can always look around you and still pick up a few things here and there.
For example, I love looking at furniture and room pictures on my dashboard during my free time. When I see a room with a color combination that I like, I try to mimic the same feel and effect using similarly-colored items in my closet.
Be inspired by everything, and you’ll realize the beauty that lies in even the most mundane things in the world.
Sundays always call for dainty dresses in bright, happy colors! This particular dress came in my favorite color, but I wish it came in other colors because of its classic design and fit. I wear it with a preppy cardigan and ballet flats for church (How very Jamie of A Walk To Remember of me, huh?) but for this particular look, I opted for pearls and sky-high wedges to create a more retro-girly vibe.
Major love for these kinds of versatile Sunday dresses! Besides the dress + cardigan + flats combo, it is so classic that you could pair it with anything and it would still work. I imagine this dress would totally look amazing with a slouchy knit sweater, a hat and some ankle boots! Pair it with a blazer and some pointy pumps and it could even be appropriate for the office.
When in doubt, use the same color bag and shoes. I’ve mentioned it so many times in the past, but it really is already second nature to me because it never ever fails. I guess you can somehow compare it to when guys wear the same color belt and shoes? In this case, it worked because it made the whole ensemble coherent without compromising the bold blue color of my dress.
Note: Did you notice how I did not curl my hair for once? Don’t forget to rest your hair from too much hairstyling if you’re just as hooked as me when it comes to curls.
These wedges that provide so much height are surprisingly comfy! Ahh, thanks to good ‘ol Asianvogue to make sure that we can remain stylish and still have our feet in the best condition possible.
This new Charriol St. Tropez design with the rubber strap is too lovable. I keep wearing it because the rubber is casual enough for everyday use but the face and the iconic Charriol cable are dressy enough to match all my evening attires. A genius way of marrying two separate worlds!
Oddly I am warming up so much to watches! Don’t you think they are the perfect accessory? They come in all styles and colors, so there’s definitely an ideal one for each person. Sounds a lot like love.
Fresh summer look in the middle of the rainy season! Let’s give all my black clothes and red lipstick a break for a while, shall we? I just got back from my Melbourne trip, where it was pretty much only the start of spring after a long winter. I went to Zara, and found all the nice spring/summer clothes from last season all on display, and I fell in love with pastels and light colors again! I missed this!
And what better place to look for all things cute and dainty than my favorite Just G? Coincidentally, they were selling a ton of mint and coral stuff the last time I dropped by their store.
Pairing mint and coral is always a wise idea! It’s not the first time that I’ve sported this combo. Mint is a cool color and coral is a warm color, so the combination makes for a bright and cheerful contrast.
Because I am so OC about details, I painted my nails a cute lavender shade to complement the mint and coral. Make-up wise, I decided to keep it as light and simple as my outfit - very minimal eye make-up, green contacts and a peachy-pink lip color for a change. After wearing this out for a day, I think I warmed up to this kind of cutesy look again!
One of my most favorite no-brainer outfits is this loose top and short shorts combination. There is no harm in getting basic button-downs in all the possible colors, since they will never go out of the style! Plus, they are appropriate for most occasions too. Instant “smart” effect! On a casual day, I’d tuck the shirt inside my shorts and wear ballet flats. On a more dressy day, I’d wear this with a blazer, and a classic pair of heels. I can also imagine pairing this with flip flops and a straw hat to the beach.
What we usually consider “plain” can actually work to your advantage! I personally love wearing casual basics because not only are they comfortable, but they’re the kind of clothes that go with ANYTHING. These bags and shoes are so bold and striking, that only a basic outfit can bring out their fullest potential.
I can never stress enough how important it is to have basics in your closet. One can dress up or dress down just by adding complementing accessories. This particular shorts and button-down look is, I think, one of the most ideal templates for all those who have a lot of bags and shoes, but not a lot of tops and bottoms in their own personal collection.
This is something I’d wear… in an alternate universe. Risked looking like some sort of walking rainbow vomit one day, just because I felt like not dressing up like myself.
I wonder if you guys ever feel the same way. Sometimes I even think about creating a tribute entry to some of the local bloggers I follow by doing my own interpretation of their personal styles. Or doing a blogger challenge where we dress up as one another just for the heck of it. Doesn’t that sound really fun?
Anyhow, thanks to Barney Stinson for this quote on my shirt and for influencing everyone with his awesomeness. I knew I had to get this statement shirt even if I rarely wear these kinds of things. I still want this Toxic Toy x Luisaviaroma one though!
I am my hair. Every time I change my hair color, I change parts of my life. These parts aren’t exactly what we usually consider major, but they’re significant enough to influence how I presented myself in general, or how I managed to look at life. Or so I thought.
I’ve never really properly talked about my new-old hair color until now. I call it new-old because I had the same hair dye used on me 3 years ago, except it produced a totally different result since I had my hair bleached before this. Being blonde for 8 months while I was in the process of growing my hair out - wow. I didn’t think I’d last that long (pun not intended).
It was a very sudden decision. Actually, too sudden, I think! I welcome spontaneity now. When I set my mind on something, I have to do it as soon as possible too. I wasn’t always like this, however. It took me a long time to be able to loosen up and be a little less prissy. It might seem shallow to say that I owe it all to my previous hair color, so let me tell you the whole story. (Warning: “Drama” inside!)
(Self-portraits; Just G button-down top, printed tee and skirt, Keds sneakers, 1721 hair extensions - love the extra volume and length that distracts people from my dark roots) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
One of the rare times I am seen wearing sneakers. I got the privilege of getting my free pair of Keds some time ago, so I got these really cute pointy ones in a sea of classic round toe sneakers. Apparently, this pointy Keds silhouette last came out in the 1960s, and they only decided to bring it back recently! I always knew I had an affinity with retro styles! This pair was available in another color, but I liked how the blue kinda reminded me of some of my light-colored denim clothes and a lot of the blues and greens in my closet.
Here’s another one of my cool-colored summer ensembles that is quite reminiscent of the kind of fashion I sported back in university. Plaid button-downs were my occasional alternative for cardigans, while printed tees layered underneath my button-downs were my quirky alternative to my collection of plain, loose tops in all the colors you can imagine.
Oh, did you notice that my nails match my outfit too?
I can’t believe I’ve been blogging about Just G for a year now. <3
When I run out of ideas on what to wear, I try to look back and browse through my older Lookbook entries. I don’t exactly do this to easily replicate what I’ve worn before, but I do this because mixing different outfits that I’ve worn in the past can somehow produce interesting results.
So in love with these shoes! I’ve always been on the lookout for the perfect pastel pink heels, and these ones were pretty much a gift from heaven. I wish these also came in other pastel colors like powder blue or a light lavender shade. <3
Finished my outfit with an eye-catching mustard bag that matches some of the yellows on my skirt.
Pastels and bright colors can actually go well together! This was an experiment that I did recently, and I’m so glad it didn’t turn out super weird. I balanced my pastel shoes off with a pastel pink headband, while keeping the other items rather bright and high-contrast.
Mixed floral and denim for a cute, spring look. Somehow I was in a semi-Coachella mood last weekend. Saw a lot of Instagram photos of girls wearing denim shorts, crop tops and floral accents so I decided to combine everything and inject my own style to it.
And again, my infamous boots that I wear pretty much everywhere with pretty much everything. Someone fly me back to Japan, please!
Suddenly, a photo of a pastel pink bag after just posting some kickass black booties. I have too much fun with pairing contrasting things together.
These little, previous details make all the difference in the world. I’m so happy I got this crop top that can also double as a vest! Everybody knows how Forever 21 stocks run out so fast!
Speaking of Forever 21, the SM North Edsa branch is launching tomorrow! I’ll be there with the other brand ambassadors Lissa, David, Patricia, Danah and Stacy.
Too many people have mistaken my iPhone 4s for a legit camera. Thanks to a lot of generous online stores, I have enough iPhone cases for the next years to come. This particular one would be my favorite gift of the bunch, of course. For obvious reasons. <3
High heels, high hopes. I know it takes a lot more than wearing high heels to become confident that things will go well, but it definitely helps. For me, at least.
When I feel down but have to go out of the house for work or errands, I make sure I dress up properly. I’d feel so much crappier if I didn’t think I looked the slightest bit presentable. It doesn’t have anything to do with other people and what they may think of me, but it definitely has everything to do with trying to make a little effort to keep myself on track. And by that I mean not succumbing to taking my clothes for granted. I always try to remind myself that I should be grateful for all the lovely gifts I get from brands and online stores, since other people brave the streets and storms with nothing to wear.
“If you’re not happy enough, you’re not thankful enough.” (Thanks Rev!) :)
Braids, ribbons, and flowers again. It’s that time of the year. Have you started stocking up on pastels? I sure have!
Nothing like pastel colors and florals to make the day brighter. And of course, there is no other place better than Just G if you’re looking for some of the most tasteful prints that you can wear.
P.S. I tweaked my layout a bit! Check it out!