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.
This is the second out of three outfits I created for Gap’s global Styld.by campaign! I went into the Gap store at BHS to check the latest collection out, and I must say that this jacket spoke to me so strongly that my day was pretty much made by the mere sight of it. I can’t think of any other place that sells something remotely similar. I knew I had to have it as soon as I laid my eyes on it, and when I did, I needed to make it the highlight of my outfit instead of just an add-on. So much love.
Mango’s recent lookbook features forest prints, but it is far from your ordinary nature-inspired collection. Let’s leave the dainty florals and pastel hues for spring/summer, and celebrate Mango’s darker themes for fall/winter…
…along with Catching Fire. I’ve never read the books but watching the movie has strongly encouraged me to do so. I must say I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much if it weren’t for Johanna and Finnick!
I feel like I’ve never been more drawn to forest fashion until I saw the recent Hunger Games movie and these two printed tops from Mango’s latest collection.
Doesn’t this print on this top remind you of the lightning tree in the movie?
I’m all for wearing art on my clothes, and I love how this looks liks an elegant painting. The orange bits make it look like the forest is on fire too!
Constantly wearing simple and modern outfits made me miss my old retro-girly style a little, so here’s a quirky twist to that classic vintage look we love, all thanks to my new gray polkadot sweater from Gap. I wore it with a midi skirt for an all-out ’50s feel. God knows when I last wore polkadots, and we all know that it’s been a very long time. I think I’m starting to grow fond of them again!
This is only the first out of three outfits I created for Gap’s global Styld.by campaign. Can’t wait to show you the remaining two!
It hasn’t been long since I got back from my 3 week vacation in the US, and I’m already itching to fly out again. There are still so many things I want to see in this world, and I feel like *now*, especially with my 25th birthday coming up this weekend, is the perfect time to satisfy my intense wanderlust.
My recent trip, however, was quite a challenge. My long haul packing skills have turned rusty over the years! It’s so easy to fly in and out of Asia nowadays, and with all these affordable, short haul flights, you can wear different outfits without having to re-use a single item, especially if your trip is only about 3-5 days.
It all becomes complicated when you need to pack 3 weeks worth of clothes for varying degrees of cold weather (lowest was -3 C, highest was about 23 C), and still have enough space in your luggage for any additional purchases along the way. And don’t forget - flights from Manila to the US can take so long. I recently saw someone change to pajamas inside the plane. Can’t blame him. I’d do it too, in an ideal world where I’m even less self-conscious than I already am.
I managed to do some laundry halfway through the trip, and had to pat myself on the back when I realized I packed the right stuff! Mixing and matching is key, but it’s what kind of items you bring with you that makes all the difference in the world.
Mango is one of those no-fail brands that always offers chic closet staples. You can style these items for both warm Manila weather (as in the outfits below) and real autumn and winter abroad (just throw in black boots, tights and a coat)!
Button-downs are a must. It’s not even optional! You can still wear them on their own while the temperature is tolerable, but they are the best first layers when it comes to cold weather layering.
Dark pants are non-negotiable too. I made the mistake of wearing pastel blue, almost white pants once. Random coffee shop guy spilled his coffee and I got some of it on my pants. Besides the exasperating lack of apology on his end, I had to put up with the stains (which took me about 30 minutes in the bathroom trying to get them as light as possible) the whole day! Never again.
I am partial to skinny pants, but for long haul flights, I prefer more loose-fitting clothes! If you’re going to be stuck in a plane for 16+ hours, comfortable clothes are everything.
Deliberately matched my outfit with this luggage that I got as a gift recently. My usual carry-on luggage (I bring my laptop with me everywhere, or else I die) is slightly bigger than this one but not as cute! Yes to a cuter one please!
Sweaters are essential when traveling. I brought sweaters in varying thickness, and they all did a great job at keeping me warm. I always layer a button-down shirt under, which makes using the sweaters more than once a little less gross, lol.
This particular one is great because it’s not too thick for our weather. I matched it with a sexy pencil skirt (that slit!) for a more Manila-appropriate look.
I also bring at least one blazer with me when I travel because not only does it do a good job at keeping me warm, it can automatically make an outfit look dressier than it actually is. Even the plainest tees can look super chic with a classic blazer.
They also usually come with pockets. And you can never have enough pockets when you’re traveling.
Just when I thought I was over the sporty style trend, Just G comes out with a new, not-so-cookie-cutter collection that is cuter than your ordinary athletic wear.
At this time last year, they came out with super stylish sweatpants that sold out instantly. How can they not? Nowadays, we all know that multipurpose is the way to go.
Who says you can’t mix in girly details on your favorite gray sweatshirt?
These patterned shorts are so comfortable I’m torn whether I should use them to motivate myself to exercise, or use them as loungewear.
Guess which option I am more inclined to.
And the highlight of this post comes in the form of this skirt that is such a genius idea. There are so many dark gray gym shorts and sweatpants with neon trims - why not make a skirt version?
Casual enough for lazy, everyday dressing, but also awesome enough to be dressed up with bright coral lips, accessories and heels. Pretty much my formula for wearing the trend.
P.S. My new hair color is by Status Salon!
The preppy style (or should I say lifestyle?) is anything but boring. I grew up being a huge fan of the Gilmore Girls series (Jess x Rory was my ultimate OTP), and even wished, at one point, to have the same preppy uniform as Rory Gilmore. Outside school, Rory would often be seen wearing collared button-downs, sweaters and pretty much anything that screamed classic, even on her most casual days. I loved her character so much and could not have wished for a better role model when I was younger!
(Hype on Lookbook here)
Of course, also being a faithful follower of a few anime series set in high school contributed a lot to my perpetual “uniforms are cool” thinking. It’s been 7 years since I last wore my high school uniform, but no one can ever stop me from wearing this preppy style even in my mid-twenties (my 25th birthday is already next Sunday huhu). I actually think this style is quite timeless and could never be considered “too young”.
Lacoste L!VE, however, offers the signature Lacoste style with a younger twist made for those who prefer a more fun approach to prep style dressing. I’m wearing the recent F/W collection (except for the bag which was part of their previous S/S collection) and I can’t get enough of it!
How beautiful are these colors?
Mad for plaid.
And my most favorite part of this outfit - the platform sneakers!
(Hype on Lookbook here)
Lacoste L!VE is selling these sneakers in maroon, mustard yellow and dark blue, fyi. I’m a bit biased towards red nowadays, so it was an easy choice for me.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you might have also seen me wearing these white platform sneakers in my earlier US trip outfits. Nothing is better than comfortable shoes that give you a little boost in height. I’m still looking for the perfect black pair out there.
My schoolgirl inspired look wearing mostly Lacoste Live. Wearing a collared shirt under a sweater instantly makes an outfit look preppier. Collared button-down + sweater combo = my instant go-to autumn/winter travel uniform.
Don’t forget to whip out a pleated skirt to complete this look.
Hearts all over. Literally. The sweater pattern looks like polkadots from afar but they’re actually these tiny hearts that I just had to match with my heart-embellished collar. Couldn’t express my love for this style more explicitly than this.
In the Philippines, Lacoste L!VE is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) and is located at New Glorietta & Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza Mall.
SSI recently came out with a new app called SSI Life, which you might want to check out here. It gives customers a whole new approach to their retail experience. Smartphone users will be able to browse and get app-exclusive offers from more than 600 store locations of the more than 80 different brands of SSI such as Bally, Calvin Klein, Debenhams, Boss, Lacoste, M&S, Tommy Hilfiger, Zara and a lot more.
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.