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!
This is the second out of three outfits I created for Gap’s global Styld.by campaign! I went into the Gap store at BHS to check the latest collection out, and I must say that this jacket spoke to me so strongly that my day was pretty much made by the mere sight of it. I can’t think of any other place that sells something remotely similar. I knew I had to have it as soon as I laid my eyes on it, and when I did, I needed to make it the highlight of my outfit instead of just an add-on. So much love.
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.
After watching the Gin no Saji anime, I found myself more fascinated towards animals I would often just overlook. I never thought pigs were cute until I saw Hachiken’s pet Butadon. Aki’s fascination for horses was also quite contagious, and I could see why with how they depicted horses in the series. (Aki’s great grandma was the cutest in the whole series though!)
As a tribute of sorts, I wore a horse print top and a horse print skirt! These are separate items that coincidentally complemented each other, and with matching top and bottom craze going on, I guess this just proves that “sets” don’t have to be the exact same print. If anything, the same theme (horses) and color scheme (pastels) can do.
Also, with every wash, my hair seems to change color! Red really does wash out easily! Definitely have to go for a whole head retouch next month before I leave the country again!
Rarely do I wear high-waist skinny pants on their own as I think they are generally unflattering, especially on no-butt, no-hips, rectangular, wide and short-waisted me. If I can’t wear a contrasting oversized/chunky jacket over my whole outfit to maintain the skinniness of my upper frame and legs, I’ll be totally fine wearing my own favorite high-waist a-line skirts over all the designer high-waist skinnies available in this world. Must keep the jacket on all the time.
I remember seeing a few Shibuya 109 girls rock them so well, but they were exceptionally tall (taller than most), had the best body proportions (long torso, super skinny waist and legs), and probably had the same weight as the average 15-year-old. Personally, while I don’t easily gain weight (FOR NOW) despite having no exercise or diet, I tend to easily bloat around the abdomen area. Luckily, it goes away in the morning, but after every meal, I feel like the food makes itself so comfortable in my stomach that it refuses disappear until the next day. Now, you can understand why my clothes are always so loose and bodycon makes me… well, very conscious.
Thank God for these magical pants though. First time in my life I can say that there is hope of high-waist pants. The peplum detail hides the most unflattering part of my body. The little skirt effect makes such a huge difference, and it only takes less than a yard of cloth to add it on. I swear anyone can look good if you just know what kind of clothes to flatter your body type! I’m not really sure if high-waist pants can suit pear and apple types as well as rectangle and hour glass types, but I figure (no pun intended) a lot will depend on what you style it with.
You can see I still wasn’t completely comfortable with it though, as I didn’t tuck my top in my pants. Maybe another day!
Following the latest ’90s fashion craze is the return of shirts tied around the waist! I remember being scolded by teachers way back in 3rd grade because my classmates and I would often tie jackets on our waists as a sort of uniform accessory, and it was greatly discouraged. Not surprisingly though, since we couldn’t even wear colored hair ties or pluck our eyebrows. Ah, but I digress.
Anyhow, wrapping flannel shirts and leather jackets around the waist used to be part of a whole grunge look (think ripped denim, Chuck Taylors and Doc Martens) , but an updated version of the trend has sprung out of recent F/W collections. Kanye West sported it with a tailored jacket, while Rita Ora wore it with black peeptoe heels. What a lovely juxtaposition of dressy and casual.
While doing research on this trend, I saw a photo of a girl wearing a white button-down, a white skirt, a statement necklace and classy high heels. My favorite part? She tied a light-washed denim jacket on her waist as a cool contrast to her classy outfit. I’m so inspired to try something similar soon!
Let the nostalgic feels begin. What do you think of this comeback?
(Forever 21 top, Topshop pants, Massimo Dutti shirt, Guess heels, Romwe necklace) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
P.S. Owning the most overrated blogger title, since I can’t remember the number of times I’ve been called overrated in this lifetime. :P
Not quite spring, not quite fall, this is pretty much all my current feels manifested into one single outfit. Add the poker face into the picture and you’ll get one very confused combination. How do people all around the world cope with fashion? It’s currently summer in most places, but brands have already started releasing their fall collections in tiny fragments.
Yellow is such a huge color trend this season, and I’m more than happy about it as I’ve always sported yellow color accents throughout the years. However, because it’s already the second half of the year, I can’t help but be a little compelled to set aside all the bright colors and pastels, and opt for darker elements instead. So here’s an idea - why not create a spring/summer to fall/winter gradation where it becomes heavier as your eyes go down? In Miley’s words, the best of both worlds!
I don’t know if my parents and siblings had anything to do with my favorite color, but I’ve loved blue for as long as I can remember. Give me 50 shades of blue, and I can assure you that all of them can be pulled off easily by almost anybody. In my opinion, blue is a little understated, but classic in its own little way. A cool cobalt blue can actually deliver just as well as flaming hot red! Sky blue is also a versatile color that can be used for all seasons. Usually, we associate this light kind of blue with spring/summer, but contrary to popular belief, they can also work well for fall/winter. Here are two examples that demonstrate the power of this super cool shade! It has largely to do with what you style your items with. In this case, pairing light blue with black, white and metallic silver is a good idea.