(Mango top, blazer and shorts) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, thanks to the cool Christmas breeze and all the amazing shopping deals which you can find left and right. There has been a conscious effort on my part to withhold any kind of shopping if there is no sale going on, lest I let my wallet weep.
I always have to offset the travel shopping I do by saving as much as I can whenever I come back home. It absolutely doesn’t help that I’ve been feeling an intense need to save up for my future. Is this what happens when you become a quarter of a century old? Somehow I am starting to get worried about my future lodging and transportation, water and electricity bills, tuition fees of my future children, funds to sustain the kind of lifestyle I want (tho I can totes survive on Starbucks Coffee and playing games on my 3DS if I can’t always go out), etc etc. i.e. things that I don’t even have to worry about because I’m not moving out of my parents’ house or getting married any time soon. I think I spend too much time alone thinking about the future when I should really be njoying the present.
I have different responsibilities now that I’m older but a little shopping once in a while would never hurt? Let me use the excuse of discounted items to justify how much I totally need to be at this weekend’s Mango End of Season sale. So much for living in the present, eh? I’ll still be able to save a lot because I won’t be buying items at full price, hahaha #excuses
Time to go crazy with all the holiday colors! I bet all the red will sell like pancakes, especially with Christmas being just around the corner. So unreal how this particular red blazer seems to be popping out of these photos because of how bright it is. Just like the future!
The End of Season Sale will start tomorrow, December 12, 2013 until January 31, 2014. 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.
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!
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.
It’s the perfect time of the year to bring out the hidden rockstar in you. ‘90s grunge and rocker styles are huge this F/W, and Mango’s current collection offers the most ideal items to help you rock the trend. Muscle tees, plaid shirts, ripped denim, gold chain necklaces and studded bags are just some of the things you can find in their stores right now.
I’m so glad I cut my hair short and dyed it red because it works so well with these kinds of outfits. Let’s bid farewell to my signature “kawaii” style for now, and welcome the new me with my interpretation of this rocker style. The red plaid shirt is at the forefront of the trend, and here are two different ways to wear it.
Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Major red color accent obsession. I tried to imagine myself as a rock band member and built an outfit around that idea. Did you know that I actually had rockstar dreams back in highschool? I took bass guitar lessons (because I generally love listening to bass lines) when I was 16, but concluded that my hands were too small and my fingers were too short to be able to play the instrument properly without struggling to reach certain notes. This was a super lame excuse, lol. I gave up on it quite easily when things were getting more difficult, so now I’m feeling a bit remorseful that I didn’t give it another chance! My older brother ended up learning bass in my stead. At least something good came out of my story.
I guess I’ll just stick to dressing up like a rockstar, and continue my dreams of looking the part.
You can’t skip the waist-tie trend this season if you’re going to rock it up. You can use any button-down shirt or sweater, but I’m pretty sure you guys already know how much I prefer sticking with classics.
What do you think of this look? I skipped the boots and went for girly pumps, thanks to my fixation on juxtapositions. I hope I did justice to David Bowie (a.k.a. one of the greatest rock icons of all time)!
Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Here’s a girlier and slightly more conventional approach to the red plaid shirt. Wearing it normally as you would an ordinary button-down shirt didn’t cut it for me the first time, so I added a pair of boyish suspenders to balance out the look.
Rock studs on a quilted sling bag. How can something be so cute and badass at the same time?
Something I would wear if I were a vocalist for a band. Too bad I can’t sing to save my life. At least there’s fashion to help me fulfill my delusions!
Thanks to Chase Gosingtian for taking my photos.
MANGO will be opening its flagship store in SM Mall of Asia on October 28. They will be debuting the Sports, Intimates, and Kids lines in their Rock it Up! Fashion Show at 6PM.
Obviously, someone’s obsessed with wearing matching tops and bottoms. I have about 3 more I have yet to shoot as I hoarded more of these sets than I originally planned. Blame it on my perpetual laziness when it comes to dressing up, but matching tops and bottoms really do make life easier. You can wear them together for an instant trendy look, or wear them separately with all the other items in your closet.
Apartment 8 recently came out with crop top + full circle skirt sets (totally their signature look right now, imo), and I got first dibs again. Personally love the fabric of the first floral set, and the racerfront cut of the top from the second embossed fabric set.
Debuting my shorter haircut and edgier color with new Just G items! Going inside Just G recently has filled me with so much glee, seeing how they’re slowly transitioning from their super bright and colorful S/S collection to a more neutral but still distinctly girly F/W collection.
For a change, I veered away from all the blue and cutesy floral prints this time, and instead wore light colors and neutrals. How can I not? I still haven’t gotten over my hair transformation, and color clashing would be the last thing I want. As one friend said, “It’s like you had one of those major makeovers on ANTM!” NGL, those makeover episodes are my guilty pleasures.
I spotted two army-ish jackets on the racks, got possessed by the Just G spirit, and wore them with contrasting girly elements. If you were expecting me to wear them the cliche way with badass accessories and combat boots, you probably haven’t hung out here long enough to know how I roll.
I think I live for juxtapositions.
This white eyelet tube dress is something that people would normally pair with sandals and flower crowns, but I decided to go for a more modern luxe appeal by pairing it with gold accessories and pointy ankle-strap wedges.
Camo-print and shiny sequins together makes for a perfect day-to-night look.
This jacket is everything! The fact that you can tighten/adjust the waist part to how you want it to look like (i.e. tight style would emphasize the female silhouette while loose style would look great with a pair of black skinny jeans for a more androgynous feel) makes it all the more deserving for a place in every girl’s closet.
While the pencil silhouette is one of the oldest silhouettes that we know, it’s definitely not the most outdated. Pencil skirts have recently crossed over from the confines of the workplace to a more mainstream fashion context, much to the delight of girls all over the world who prefer longer hems. It was all over S/S 13 runways, but it seems like it’s not going away any time soon! Saw photos of the latest Burberry S/S 14 show on their Instagram, and pencil skirts were all the rage!
I’m not one to often wear bodycon or anything tight-fitting, but these skirts are an exception because they are so sophisticated and great for day-to-night dressing. You can style it in your own way, according to your body type (I once saw a photo of Liz Uy wearing a pencil skirt with a fitted tank top that emphasized her fit/curvy body). Fortunately, my body type permits me to wear them with oversized tops to balance out the tight bottom.
Tall girls can get away with wearing flats with pencil skirts without looking frumpy, but for us normal girls, nothing is more ideal than pairing them with sky high heels to elongate the body.
The pencil skirt has been around for as long as we can remember, but this season, its comeback will leave you wanting more. Next on my list - printed ones that would look great with my casual tees!
MOOTTA is actually offering an inside discount for bloggers and their readers for the next month by shopping in the “Our Picks” section. This section is a special section that constitutes 20% off with code BLMT20FW.
Temporarily brought the long hair back for this outfit! I’ve been missing my hair a lot recently, and it’s comforting to know that there will always be a quick fix to my hair woes - wigs! This particular one I love for the pink-brown shade and pink highlights. Trimming about 3-4 inches off this wig just made me realize how there could only be one reason why I surprisingly didn’t do a shabby job! I mean, considering that this was my first time cutting hair, I think I did pretty well! I must’ve been a hairstylist or haircutter in my past life.
Found yet another perfect spring/summer dress - off shoulder, breezy silhouette, with tasteful blue + blush floral prints. I really think that there will never be enough off shoulder/cut-out shoulder details and loose dresses that can ever satisfy my fashion lust. The only thing I’m looking forward to now is a fall/winter-appropriate version of this dress to add more confusion to my already confused wardrobe. Maybe in a classy plaid or houndstooth print that I can already imagine would look great with a pair of black knee-high boots.