Photography and styling by Tricia Gosingtian; Styling by Sheila Dy-Tiu and Stephanie Dy; Make-up by Bea Almeda for CANMAKE Philippines; Hair by Hyatt Laurel; Special thanks to Gold Dot for some of the shoes; Model: Ericka Villongco
One of my most favorite yet simplest shoots to date! K-pop has been taking over my life, and you can evidently see how I pretty much transformed Ericka to look a bit Korean here. I swear, it’s all in the (photoshopped) brows. It also helps that she is a real singer with a perfect S-line body enough to give Goo Hara’s proportions a run for their money!
Got these pants as a present from Pinkaholic some time ago, but only got to wear them now! I took a break from wearing printed bottoms lately as it was starting to become a uniform, but I’m slowly warming up to all these fun patterns again!
This time I dared to wear black and white with brown - something that I’ve never really done before! It weirded me out at first, until I realized that the shoes (which I got at 50% off, btw!) would fit the outfit only if I had a matching brown bag!
On the third day of MOFW, I decided to wear two things that I love - the color blue and outerwear. I’m one of those weird people who gravitate towards any kind of outerwear when in the midst of clothing. The temperature in this part of the world never becomes cold enough for coats to be acceptable and appropriate, but there’s never enough cardigans and blazers to combat the intense airconditioning we have in malls and establishments.
I tend to stock up on outerwear often because I like to balance my outfits out, skin exposure-wise. I love short shorts that show off my legs, so I usually cover my arms up as an attempt to save my conservative image (lol)
Super in love with this blazer that fits me perfectly! The silhouette is so me - not too shapeless, but not too boxy either. Just the right amount of chic.
I’m sure everyone is already sick and tired of hearing me always rave about my favorite Japanese fashion icons and magazines, but I seriously can’t help but take so much inspiration from them! Flip through the pages of ViVi, and you’ll find models with the prettiest hair and the nicest, and not to mention, *wearable* clothes styled in the most adorable ways.
Top Japanese model Fuji Lena has been gracing the pages of ViVi for the longest time now! If I were asked who the poster girl for ViVi is, among all the models, I would answer Lena. Growing up, I’ve always wanted to look like her, but after a while, I realized that the only way I could ever look like her is to magically inject myself with American genes for that perfect ViVi Eurasian look, lol.
In general, Japanese models always give me hope when it comes to height. Masuwaka Tsubasa is only 150cm! *shock*
Lena’s trademark moles and natural duck lips/face are definitely her most unique points. Lena wouldn’t be Lena without these things! And ViVi always makes sure to highlight these parts.
One day, I wore this top and bottom combination that loosely reminded me of Lena’s modeling photos for the brand Rosebullet. Out of boredom, I tried to complete the whole Lena look by doing this very popular retro-girly hairstyle, as well as imitating her expressions in most of her photos. I know I’ll never be as pretty as her (she is like, a perfect being from another dimension), but this was just so fun to do that I am now totally game to do Japanese model-inspired hair/make/coordinate posts from now on!
Something different from the usual “blogger look”! I also somehow copied how she usually does her make-up. Perhaps I’ll do a Fuji Lena-inspired make-up tutorial one of these days.
I am obsessed with printed bottoms! Where have they been hiding all my life? I would’ve worn these all throughout college if I only got my hands (or legs) on them back then.
What’s wonderful about printed bottoms is that they debunk the whole notion of anything that covers the legs being conservative and boring. Finally, gone are the days when one would automatically resist anything that has to do with anti-shorts/skirts dress codes (usually in churches and universities) since that would mean being limited to jeans. So what if you’re limited to covering your legs? Leggings and pants have now become statements on their own, and not just that “plain and neutral” thing that you pair with your favorite blouse, shoes or designer bag.
Here are some of my recent looks featuring printed bottoms! At first I was intimidated by the thought of covering my legs with all these busy prints, but I figured that as long as you focus on one key element in your outfit, these are godsend.
For this look, I wore black and silver to make the pink and purple color of my pants stand out. In general, neutrals are the safest to pair with printed bottoms since they’re a sure way to avoid looking too overwhelming. All eyes will automatically be directed to your pants!
For this look, I took into consideration the colors of the flowers on my leggings to decide what color top I should wear. This is my foolproof way of making an outfit look coherent. This look would’ve also worked if I wore yellow or plum.
For this look, I paired my black and white pants with another black and white top so the colors of the shoes and bag will stand out. You know how the color accent option in cameras work? They focus on one or two colors, and make the rest of the picture black, gray and white.
Yes, I just did a photography reference on a personal style/fashion post. This is how geeky I can get.
CMYK-inspired colors! I didn’t get cyan quite right, but I think I got everything else spot on. Color blocking is something I’ve never totally gotten a hang of, to be honest. If I do decide to combine so many colors in one outfit, something geeky like this usually happens.