It’s the end of the week, and I’m afraid I’ll have to end My Own Fashion Week Hong Kong today. It has been so fun, being able to wear all my new purchases and feature brands from a specific country for 7 consecutive days. I started this whole concept for the heck of it, but somehow I feel so clingy every time I reach the last day of every series. I was planning on going straight to MOFW Fukuoka when I get back from my trip in Janaury, but it seems like it won’t be long until I hold another one of these things this month. :D
I’m spicing things up in my next MOFW, so please do watch out for that. If I had to give a clue about it, it will just be one word. BATIK!
Anyhow, I saved the best for last for this edition of MOFW Hong Kong. Giordano has always been one of the most trusted brands I’ve known when it comes to classics and basics. As a kid, I owned quite a number of plain v-neck and round collar tees and straight-cut denims from them. Although I somewhat eventually outgrew them as I decided to experiment more with fashion and integrate trends into my personal style, this Disney x Giordano collaboration made me think twice about my decision to let this brand go off my radar.
Houndstooth-print Mickey silhouette on a batwing hoodie with the most adorable Mickey ears attached to the hood? No one in their right mind will overlook this kind of perfection. Totes love Disney, but hats off to Giordano for this modern take on our favorite childhood character. Never thought I’d ever go the street/urban wear route, but I couldn’t help it. And you all know exactly why. <3
Too bad this collab won’t ever be released here in Manila! But this shouldn’t stop you guys from visiting the nearest Giordano. See you all again next time for another round of My Own Fashion Week! Expect the next one 2-3 weeks from now. :D
(:CHOCOOLATE top, Sheinside jacket, Soeurs shorts, FashionCookie ShoeAvenue wedges, Forever 21 bag, EMODA earrings) Hype this look on Lookbook here. Hair curled with a triple barrel curling iron that I got from my salon (Indigo Salon).
Cats are everywhere on this blog! They’re on my wedges, on my headband, on this shirt, on my favorite shirt (1, 2, 3), on my platform heels (1, 2), on my sweater, and on my skirt. And this still doesn’t include the things that I haven’t taken photos of.
Cats will always tickle my fancy, it seems! I think I would survive, if someone were to dare me to inject at least one feline element to my daily outfits. I don’t even know when my penchant for cats started. I’ve also never had a chance to own a cat before. There’s just something about them that draws me in. I just turn into a little ball of fluff when I see cats on the street or at friends’ houses. <3
My friends in high school used to tell me how I reminded them so much of cats. I guess I’ll have to admit that I may have odd cat-like behaviors at times. I’m a creature of the night, and I’m always lazy and sleepy during the day. I can be really silent when I move, and I am very obsessive-compulsive. Being alone doesn’t bother me either - it has never been an issue for me to go to shop or even eat alone in public places. If I’m busy, I prefer not being pestered into doing things I don’t like. I don’t normally have a lot of energy, but when presented with something I really like, my enthusiasm can shoot through the roof. Some may think I look snobbish, but I’m just really shy around strangers. And based on my nail pictures on IG, I obvs have a special relationship with my nails…
Changed my eye color for this entry to get light blue-gray cat-like eyes! Thanks to Japanese Candy for the COCORO GRAY lenses. :3
All the talk about cats in this entry was brought about by the cat print on my shirt! I have a similar one that I’ve posted a number of times before, but this one is not sleeveless and has “MEOW” spelled correctly. :CHOCOOLATE, where this shirt is from, is a brand that you can’t miss if you go to Hong Kong (or Macau). They have this lovely minimalist black and white store design that complements all the clothes that they sell. They have wonderful selections for BOTH boys and girls - my mom and my brothers would always find something they like in this store. :D They produce really good basics and classic patterns that will surely last a long time in your closet. Even their packaging and window displays look cool.
Boyish outfit for a change. A predictable me would’ve worn this with a girly skirt and platform heels, but I realized I should wear my shorts, boots, hoodies and leather jackets together more often. How do you like the change?
Someone clearly had fun shopping from the b+ab x Angelababy collection! All the creamy, girly knitwear and pearl-embellished items seemed like they were meant for me. I know that was such a self-absorbed way to put it, lol. But seriously, I was so sad that some of the items in the collection were sold out already, by the time I flew to Hong Kong. This sweater would’ve looked perfect if I were able to get that adorable pink tulle skirt that this was supposedly paired with. Ahh, if it’s meant to be, it will be. Perhaps God was sending me a sign, that I already have something similar in my closet and that I don’t really need any more. It’s so hard to be me sometimes. I am willing to give in to consumerism so easily. T_T
If I had to endorse one Hong Kong super brand, it would definitely be G2000. They’ve been producing smart casual work wear for the past 20 years or so, and expanding to different countries (especially in Asia and the Middle East) all over the world since their big break into the fast fashion industry.
I own quite a number of G2000 coats, which have all proven to be some of the best ones that I have. Most of them are made of high quality wool and are super effective in giving me the right amount of warmth. I am absolutely in love with all their outerwear, I swear! They carry some pretty good knitwear and suit sets, as well as blazers and jackets of different styles and colors to cater to all sorts of body types and personal tastes.
While the brand can easily be mistaken as extremely conservative and old-fashioned, it really is up to you to judge if it suits your tastes or not! But personally, I think they’ve been doing a great job of supplying us with classic-but-updated pieces that adapt to trends without “selling out”.
Like this boxy jacket, for example! These are the kinds of clothes I would never mind paying a lot for. <3 It’s a timeless 50’s Chanel-esque design that would look wonderful with something just as timeless, like a circle skirt or any matching bottom made of the same exact fabric.
But where’s the fun in that? I always play safe when it comes to fashion, but once in a while, I get motivated to put a little twist to my basics for a change. :D For this particular look, I paired my jacket with one of the most bizarre items that I currently have in my closet.
Let me blind you with my unique “car sunshade” shorts. No fail head-turner. I feel like I can actually use them as a light reflector if I suddenly need one in a photoshoot, lol.
2% x miffy collection for day 3 of My Own Fashion Week Hong Kong! 2% is one of the uniquely “Hong Kong” brands that I never fail to visit - they have a wonderful selection of brands that cater to different tastes, but you can also mix and match all their items to create interesting coordinates that perfectly reflect 2%’s classic but playful personality.
2% has been getting Lena Fuji to model for them for quite a while now (I think the first time I saw her pictures in the store was about 2007 or 2008). Being such a huge fan of her, I wanted a 2% x miffy top of my own! The brand came out with a series of photos of her wearing giant miffy ears, and super adorable short shorts with a giant ball of fluff (resembling a bunny tail) attached to it. Who wouldn’t say no to that? Anything that Lena models is sure to be a huge hit, I’m sure. This 2% x miffy collaboration was no exception.
The search for the perfect 2% x miffy item was on. I scoured the racks for something that explicitly showed miffy, but also something that didn’t look too much like a normal graphic tee. And voila, this one popped right up once I set my mind on finding the safest choice - black and white… aka MY COMFORT ZONE. This particular piece of cuteness came in the form of a flattering loose-fit shoulder-slit top with a print that was just so me.
So I paired it with a classy pair of gold sequin shorts, one of my favorite purchases from my Kuala Lumpur trip last 2011. Thanks to Bobo for wearing the exact same design during our short (no pun intended) date back then - I was completely sold. She wore it with a sheer black top and a classic black blazer. Nothing like a little sparkle to put a little magic into an outfit, yeah? Paired the shorts with a gold satchel to keep the whole “casual with a glam twist” look on a roll.
My boyfriend and I instantly fell in love with the quality of the sun the time we took these pictures. MAGIC HOUR.
It’s been such a refreshing change to have him help me take my outfit photos recently, and to pretty much just have outdoor shots that I honestly prefer more than my normal self-taken studio shots. It feels quite nostalgic since I used to take a lot of outdoor outfit shots when I first started this blog. Wish I could have him around all the time so I can regularly post beautiful quality photos like these on my blog! You might want to visit his personal blog to see more of the stuff he likes, other than me TROLOLOLOLOL
Stay tuned for my next MOFW post tomorrow! Also, advanced happy 20th birthday to my baby brother Calel!
Day 2 of MOFW Hong Kong and I’m wearing mostly Chicwish! You might have already noticed them all over Lookbook.nu before, since they sponsor quite a number of high karma gainers there. Did you know that they’re actually based in Hong Kong? I’ve done quite a number of sponsored entries wearing their clothes before, but I’ve always failed to mention that all my Chicwish packages come from Hong Kong. Since the items are sent from one Asian country to another, and they chose the most convenient shipping methods, I only have to pay a very minimal amount (if any) at the post office. Another reason for us to go crazy with online shopping this Christmas, yes?
This time, I picked items out from their recent collection, and created a coordinate with a “girly military” theme in mind. I made sure to balance out the toughness of the camo print jacket and boots with some softer elements like…
…this short khaki skater skirt and this button-down top with the most adorable buttons.
Earrings embellished with pearls! This pair from SM Accessories is slowly climbing up the charts as one of my ultimate faves. I love the unique design that I can easily match with everything in my closet. It is the combination of shapes that makes it so interesting to look at!
Badass arm(y) candy from olive + piper. :D
Instead of wearing cliche military boots, I opted for taupe-colored lace-ups with sky high platforms and chunky brown heels. They look like JCs but they’re not!
Stay tuned for my next MOFW HK entry! Also, so sorry I couldn’t post this yesterday! Got pretty caught up with birthday activities with my loved ones. But thank you for all the overwhelming greetings in my social networking sites. So happy. <3
(b+ab x Angelababy top, b+ab x Hello Kitty iPhone case Forever 21 skirt and hat, SM Accessories bag, ring and earrings, Naughty Monkey heels) Hype this look on Lookbook here. Thanks to RG for taking my photos!
Pearls, not diamonds, are a girl’s best friend. My love affair with pearls goes a long way, for me to able to say this. As a kid, my mother would often mention that wearing pearls is the best way to make yourself look elegant without looking too overdone. Just look at Audrey Hepburn! She was able to pull off a super sophisticated look by just wearing pearl accessories with her little black dress.
I have pearl earrings in all shapes, styles and sizes, but I can’t seem to get enough of them, it seems. When I saw this b+ab x Angelababy top, I went on major delusional mode, and got it from the rack without even bothering to look at the price. It turned out reasonable (THANK GOD) when it was time for me to pay, making it probably my most favorite purchase from my recent Hong Kong trip.
Tiny pearls shaped to create this lovely pattern? SOLD. The fact that it’s also part of the Angelababy collection made it even more special. I can’t stress my love for her enough, but so can’t the rest of the world. I bought her Japanese magazine covers when she was doing a lot of modeling work in Japan, and even kept a copy of the b+ab FW12 catalog with her on the cover after buying this top. I follow her religiously online, and I am so happy that she’s been going places and making a name for herself outside Asia as well.
I sound like such a creeper, but I solemnly swear that the mere sight of her pretty face and perfect features make me so happy and inspired! Girlcrush alert. She seems like a sweetheart too. <3
Toughened up a little by wearing a hat and a black pleather skirt, but still kept it feminine by wearing…
…the most adorable polkadot heels, which I now aptly call my official New Year heels. I’m a month too early, but these will be perfect for that Chinese (and Filipino) tradition of wearing round shapes that we can associate with money and prosperity. The more round shapes, the better, so polkadots are the easily the best choice!
This iPhone case was part of b+ab’s old Hello Kitty collaboration, which I was still lucky to stumble upon last month in Hong Kong. It came in different colors, but this black and gray one looked like it was made just for me! It was the safest choice, and you know how I always wear the safest choices, which is also the reason why I have such a boring and predictable style, lol. Anyhow, it features the b+ab bunny mascot hiding behind the iconic Hello Kitty bows. Too adorable for words!
Thanks to Beauty & Butter for my nails! I must mention that they have an unlimited manicure promo happening right now. For only P499 you can get full month of hand pampering. You can get your nails prettified as often as you want within 30 days by simply presenting your Unli Mani Card at any Beauty & Butter branch. I go to the one in Megamall - maybe I’ll see you there soon? :)
Bag and ring from SM Accessories.
Stay tuned for my My Own Fashion Week post tomorrow! And advanced happy birthday to me in a few hours. I’ll be turning 17…