Matchsticks on my top! And I’m literally little because without my heels, I’m only 5’3”. I always get “I thought you were model height!” kind of comments when I meet people in person for the first time. Thanks to proper posing and angles for this false-but-popular belief! And I guess I also have to credit my odd proportions and body type.
Last week, Crissey and I discovered (after 8 years of friendship, lol) that we are about the same height when sitting down, even if she is barely 5 feet tall. I only noticed it when we took some photos together recently. The best Trissey selfies happen when we’re sitting down. When we’re standing, the height difference is a lot more obvious! Discovery of the century!
Anyhow, life hacks to make it seem like you have legs for days? They exist, and they can help you even if you’re not wearing sky-high heels.
One way is to tiptoe instead of just standing flatly on the ground. Lots of personal style bloggers do this to look more graceful and to avoid looking stumpy. Another way is to plant your foot in front of the other. This is the most effective height-boosting pose for me! It also gives you the illusion of hips if you don’t have any (like me).
Try these out and let me know if these techniques work for you!
Relaxed weekend outfit. I haven’t worn dresses like this in a long time! Now that it’s officially summer in Manila, simple, one-piece items are slowly becoming my uniforms. I refuse to think anymore when the temperature is this high.
What’s worse is that whenever I go inside air-conditioned places, I still get cold enough to need to wear a jacket. Someone teleport me to a place that is 10 degrees Celsius right now. Maybe back to sakura-filled Japan because I’m obviously still not over it.
Back from Tokyo! I had the busiest time but I’m not complaining. I originally planned this trip as some sort of vacation, but so many work opportunities came up and I just suddenly found myself having no free time at all!
One of my agendas while I was in Tokyo was to take up RANDA’s offer to visit any of their stores. I always pass by the one in Shinjuku every time I’m in Tokyo, so I chose this particular store as I was most familiar with it.
I blogged about them last summer, and I remember mentioning how much I swear by Japanese shoe brands. You can never doubt the quality of their shoes because Japanese girls walk around A LOT, and I don’t think they can survive walking (and sometimes, running) around the whole day in poorly-made shoes.
Maho-san from RANDA gave me two pairs as presents (YAY) but I bought two additional pairs because I couldn’t resist all the pretty shoes. I also never owned a pair of white/off-white boots so I finally got one that I can comfortably walk around in.
I also took the opportunity to take photos of their latest S/S14 collection. So many girly designs that you can easily pair with your floral skirts and light denim bottoms.
Perfect beach shoes!
Tropical print is still popular for most S/S collections in Japan. These shoes are sure to be a hit!
Bejeweled flats for lazy days! No need to excessorize anymore.
The most popular silhouette for flats right now. RANDA offers them in unique designs that you can’t find anywhere else.
RANDA collaborated with famous blogger Zina from Fashionvibe to create these shoes. So chic! I can already imagine them paired with tattered boyfriend jeans (another popular S/S trend).
Not your ordinary booties.
Summer sandals! RANDA always has the most interesting wedge designs. Makes your feet look like a million bucks.
A whole wall of RANDA shoes. Can I live here?
One of my favorites from their latest collection. Kawaii yet classy!
Got the black version of these flats for everyday use. I love the subtle bejeweled heels.
RANDA x Hello Kitty collaboration! So many girls in the store fit the beige Hello Kitty loafers.
Wore my RANDA boots immediately! They are insanely comfy, and the heels are just the right height for walking. I traveled around Shinjuku and Shimokitazawa that day and my feet didn’t hurt at all.
Thanks to the RANDA Shinjuku shop staff for the hospitality! I wish my Nihongo were better but I tried my best, lol.
She is wearing a pair from the latest S/S collection. Two-tone also seems like a huge trend this season.
A better view of my outfit (thanks to Asian Impressions for taking this picture). Can’t wait to show you my new shoes in the next couple of weeks!
Fortunately for us who can’t go to Japan all the time, RANDA opened its global webstore that can ship to over 120 countries. YES, the Philippines is included. You just need to have PayPal!
(Just G romper and bracelet, Lowrys Farm jacket, Randa wedges) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
(Just G top, skirt and bracelet, Persunmall heels)
(Just G top and skirt, Kate Spade clutch, Topshop sneakers) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Perks of living in a tropical country - summer clothes all year round! Just G has always been that one brand I like that doesn’t strictly follow all the seasons, so it’s always a breath of fresh air to go into their store in December and not find heavy outerwear or dark colors. Their latest collection features a lot of coral hues and cool blues which are perfect for casual day dressing.
I don’t always go out wearing fancy clothes the whole day. I usually wear simple and comfortable outfits like these whenever I have to go on a quick coffee run or do errands at the bank, grocery shopping, store pull-outs, etc. I do try to put in a little bit of effort every time though, like how I paired my romper with a jacket and my printed tee with a floral skirt in the first two looks to avoid looking too sloppy or lazy, and how I played with different patterns in the last one because I felt like I need to do something with my outfit if I didn’t want to wear fancy shoes and accessories!
Fighting off the gloomy weather by posting a bright, summer outfit that I wore a few weeks back to a weekend road trip with my closest friends. Couldn’t pass up the chance to shoot an outdoor outfit post because I rarely go out of the city! You may have also noticed how I have managed to successfully settle within the confines of my little studio and plain white wall nowadays. It’s too convenient. /cry
Anyhow, I just had to wear my new wedges out because I couldn’t find anything more perfect to match with my whole outfit. Who says summer sandals can only be flat? I got these RANDA babies from my recent trip to Tokyo, and I couldn’t be happier with this purchase. I’ve always adored RANDA shoes, and Japanese shoe brands in general because they are really some of the most comfortable (if not the most comfortable) shoes in the world. If you go around Japan, you’ll be amazed at how some girls can survive to walk for hours in 4+ inch high heels and not die at the end of the day. A lot of it has to do with the quality of shoes that they wear!
Another spring/summer outfit wearing the same wedges!
Fortunately for us who can’t go to Japan all the time (though thankfully we can now have multiply-entry visa, lol thank you PM Shinzo Abe) just to buy quality kawaii shoes, RANDA has recently opened its global webstore that can ship to over 120 countries. YES, the Philippines is included. You just need to have PayPal.
Hopefully more Japanese brands can go global in the next few months/years!
Their S/S 2013 collection called CHIC & PURITY is every spring lover’s dream! I couldn’t resist getting a pair of Metallic-line Ankle strap Wedge Sandals in Beige for myself when I visited their Shinjuku store. It was only a few steps away from JR Shinjuku Station!
I spent about 30 minutes deliberating on which pair I should get. Everything was so pretty, but as a normal traveler I couldn’t buy too many shoes or my luggage could go overweight (and back then, I already bought too much EMODA for the touchMe show). T_T
I settled for classic nude wedges with gold accents in the end. In all honesty, my feet can withstand hours of walking around in these high heels. What is this sorcery?!
Two-tone open-toe shoes for their main poster. I love how RANDA offers cute and trendy but classy designs that can cater to different ages and styles. The model on the left has a more mature, chic style while the model on the right has a more sweet, innocent style.
HOHOHO I’m on a roll! I come bearing more good news! RANDA is officially on sale starting today! It’s CRAZY - I found a pair of $60 flats that went down to $20.
Here are my faves from the global webstore. Enjoy shopping!