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 enjoying 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.
Milking my red hair for all it’s worth by dressing up to make it stand out as much as possible. This means a lot of black, gray and white, and the occasional pop of color that, for me, is a no-fail way to make a seemingly simple outfit look more interesting than it actually is. Outerwear in black is also always classic.
My love for red includes all fifty shades (lol), but right now, I’m particularly loving the super bright kind of red that matches most of my lipstick, and the darker shades of oxblood that is a wee bit more understated than most reds we come across on a daily basis.
This morning, I stumbled upon some older photos of myself, way back when I had really long, light ash brown hair. I looked so different, and I could see why I used to only stick to dainty floral prints and cutesy clothes. It’s amazing how hair color can instantly change your overall look.
Another interesting story from this morning - the first thing I heard from our household helper was that my mom ordered me to eat some leaves. Half-awake me went all like, WHAAAT? And then I found out later on that my mom bought arugula (my fave, btw).
Totally reminded me of that time when I asked her to buy Lays and Ruffles potato chips, and got actual lace and ruffled ribbons instead. Classic!
There is never enough red for me nowadays! After braving the transition from blonde/brown to red/red-violet dye, I really feel certain that my sudden obsession with the color has a deeper morning to it, rather than it just being a shallow and fleeting fancy. 2013 is definitely my year of major change and adjustment, and changing hairstyles only marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I attended a much-needed recollection/retreat a day before my birthday, and it made me realize how silly I’ve been, stressing over issues that I can’t change and being paralyzed by the fear of not being able to get it all together once I reach a particular age.
I was asked to reflect upon two things - the first was my best 2013 moment, and the second was my most difficult challenge. And I had the same answer for both. It was the idea of growing up, which eventually turned into the acceptance of it. This most fulfilling moment was strangely also my most challenging moment, and it made all the sense in the world. Overcoming major hurdles, realizing things you’ve never had to think about before, and understanding your place in the world little by little, even when life gets hard, are all factors in making a moment truly great and wonderful. Well, at least for me. I don’t think I would’ve been able to say these things if I turned all weird and acted like a teenager forever.
Turning a quarter of a century old? I used to dread it but now I love it. I used to think that 20-21 is a good age to be stuck in forever, but… no. 25 is the age to be.
Anyhow, this is more or less the kind of story that Morellato is always on the lookout for. Every month, they have giveaways (from gift certificates to actual watches and products) that ask for inspiring stories. Last October, they asked for stories about special family bonding moments, and when and how you put a smile on someone’s face. This month, it was about how you are able to effectively manage your time. For December, it’s time to tell them about your wedding story! Click here to join! Deadline of entries is on December 6th!
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When your collar looks like this, who needs accessories? I’m quite the practical dresser, and I live for fashion hacks like this one. We definitely need more of these bejeweled collars in the world because they’re so instantly and effortlessly glam!
Posting this outfit while I’m freezing my ass off in the US is making me miss the warmer weather a little bit. The wind here in Chicago will be the death of me!
I’ve modeled the gold Casio vintage series before, but I also actually own some of the iconic silver versions! To be honest, I haven’t been using them as often as my gold watches, but I’ve been taking a liking to this particular silver model lately.
Before the trend caught on, one of my male friends already owned a silver vintage Casio. It was a lightbulb moment as I reflected on how these watches got so popular all of a sudden. Not only can girls wear them, but guys can also sport them too! The silver ones are more unisex than the gold ones, which is exactly why they look extra good with boyish outfits like this one.
And I don’t know if it’s just me, but the silver ones look a bit more old school than the gold ones! The black/silver face is so nostalgic! Reminds me so much of the gadgets we had way back in the 90s. I could definitely see why so many people have this watch.
Anyhow, if you haven’t found a copy of my book yet, Time Depot is giving away 5 books to 5 lucky Instagram users! All you have to do is
1) Pose like me with your Casio Sheen, Baby-G or vintage Casio watch. Put your picture and the reference picture side by side. Feel free to browse my blog and Lookbook.
2) Follow Time Depot on Instagram.
3) Tag them in the photo.
4) Use the hashtags #tricialovescasio AND #timedepot
Good luck! Deadline is on November 11, 2013. More details here.
Thanks to Chase Gosingtian for helping me with my photos.
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.
The current weather here in Manila is definitely not helping me become productive at this crucial time of the year, but at least it’s giving me a reason to bring out my cozy sweaters again. This might seem out of place considering everyone is still in major summer mode, but I can’t help but embrace the cold! This is definitely my element, and I just want time to fast forward a bit and get to the part where all the stores release their fall-winter collections.
Right now, everything seems to be in transit to something newer and potentially greater. Call it quarter life crisis but I feel like I’m right smack in the center of it all. I don’t really know what the world holds for me, but all I’m sure of is that my present choices can add up to that revealing moment in the future, wherever (status/job/etc) I find myself. It may be a vague period in my life, but I guess I have no other choice but to just my best!
If my bottoms can be called pleated peplum shorts or just plain pleated skorts, I have no idea. All I know is that I am absolutely smitten by it and its very fall/winter kind of red color. It’s a very in-between period right now when it comes to wearing seasons, especially with the gloomy weather we’ve been having here in Manila recently, but I’m slowly (and unconsciously) warming up to holiday colors.
It’s the first I’ve paired red with silver, and it’s amazing how it worked. I’ve always been a bigger fan of gold accents, but silver works in such mysterious ways. So mysterious that I always surprise myself when I bring them out of my closet so I could match them with existing outfits. Ones that don’t normally fall under the category of “things that conventionally look good with silver”.