Counting down the days until I just totally give up on accessorizing. I’ve been stuck in a rut recently, though it’s proving to be a good exercise in terms of challenging myself to wear the least number of extra items (besides the essentials to cover my body parts, lol) without looking incomplete or underdressed.
Today marks the unofficial final day of stressing out for that secret project I’ve been talking about. Unofficial because I still might have to do some final touches. Only until then can I officially say that I’m free! Thankfully, my trip to Hong Kong with Crissey last August got rebooked to next week, because we were supposed to fly on that unfortunate day when the runway got flooded by Maring/Habagat. Anyhow, good thing we decided to put our safety first! I wouldn’t have been able to relax anyway, knowing that my project wasn’t finished yet.
Only a matter of days or weeks now before I can finally make an announcement. It’s on its way to completion but I don’t want to jinx it by pre-empting. Scared and excited!
It’s about time I got a black watch! I’ve always had a penchant for white and gold ones that I never get to pay any attention to other colors. And besides, I think my style mantra already says so much about my color choices in general - stick to whatever’s safe, classic and will never, ever go out of style. True enough, I think this one’s for keeps. I’m a little crazy about Casio’s Sheen line nowadays, especially since I chanced upon a few advertisements of Mika Nakashima and Girls Generation endorsing them while I was in Japan. Flawless choice of endorsers, okay? <3 I’m so glad we have access to all the shiny watches here in Manila too!
Took these pictures while waiting for boarding at Kansai Airport. As with all my previous trips to Japan, this particular trip to Osaka and Kyoto felt a little too short. I could’ve used an extra day or two to travel to Kobe or something, but I guess I’ll have to wait until next time. Nonetheless, Japan was still awesome. Nothing new!
With all the traveling that I do, I’m pretty sure some of you guys are curious if I’ve ever had any airport nightmares. Luckily, I’ve never had any weird transfers or unexpected delays, or worse, missed flights. Knock on wood that these will never happen! I guess you can call me paranoid for always arriving at the airport way earlier than the preferred time. You’ll never know! Usually, the check-in counters for my flight are still closed when I get to the airport, lol.
Most people (myself included) nowadays just look at the time on their phones. But when traveling, I always make sure to have two sources. Obsessive-compulsive me is always on schedule (though if the need arises, I can always adjust and be flexible) and looking at the time on my wrist is waaay faster than having to bring out my phone from my bag or pocket.
This particular Casio Sheen watch that I brought to Japan has a face that is entirely covered with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. You’ll never need a lot of jewelry with this on your wrist.
You can get it here.
Kept the rest of my airport outfit simple and comfy because I had to wake up at 4 in the morning to get ready.
This necklace style, where the ends aren’t connected, are all over stores in Japan! On one hand, it just looks like the necklace is broken. On the other hand, it’s like the jewelry version of a scarf. Unique design!
Stay tuned for my Osaka and Kyoto travel diaries! I’m already bound for Tokyo mid-May so I might just do a single MOFW (My Own Fashion Week) for all. Can’t wait to show you guys what I bought! So many cutesy floral stuff for a change. <3 The exchange rate is wonderful right now so I was able to get a lot of clothes for cheap. AND ALL THE GOLDEN WEEK DISCOUNTS. I die!
My new default lazy dress c/o none other than EMODA. I already splurged a bit when I went to their store in The One HK, so I decided to behave like a good girl, and choose only 1-2 items to get from them this time. The EMODA in Fukuoka can be found in Parco, which is near the Tenjin Core and Solaria Stage area, so it was quite easy to go to, and very convenient as well since it was located beside other MODE brands like MURUA, if you’re into that kind of style. I’ve always supported EMODA thanks to the constant features in ViVi, but my love for it is mostly because their style is a perfect blend of everything that I consider my fashion influences. Just the right marriage of Japanese fashion and Western high street. Not so cutesy (like Liz Lisa) but still youthful and timeless.
After racking my brains out in the store, because everything was just absolutely wonderful, it all boiled down to this dress and this necklace. The dress was a sure winner - my mom even asked me if it came in other colors because she would totally get one for herself too. The original black, gray and white pattern is classic, and the boxy cut is also sophisticated and chic. On the other hand, the necklace is just something that is so me, yes? Based on years of posting outfit photos, you guys might have already noticed that my taste in accessories is very simple and understated. You won’t even notice the necklace against the busy pattern of the dress, but that is exactly the way I like it.
Silver everywhere! The holidays make it so acceptable to go all-out with everything shiny, and it looks like I won’t be getting over it any time soon. Metallics make seemingly-plain outfits look fancier than they actually are, which is always good for those like me with closets full of mostly casual basics.
The highlights of this outfit? My silver Sheen watch and tassel heels. Sheen watches never fail to give off a very classy vibe, and I’m so happy they recently got SNSD to endorse their watches. Check out the new Sheen ad with Yoona and Seohyun on my sidebar! SO PRETTY!
And these heels! Oh, where do I even start? If Santa’s little elves went into a major fashion revolution, they’d probably wear shoes that look like these.
When I was a kid, I used to be obsessed with watches. I don’t quite remember why, but I always asked for watches whenever my parents would offer to give me something. Not clothes, not toys, not food. Now that I think about it, I was a strange kid with a strange obsession!
My favorite watch was this green and blue Little Mermaid one I wore back in 3rd grade. Ariel was the highlight of the watch’s face, while Sebastian, Flounder, and other characters like Prince Eric and Ursula were on the watch’s strap. I’d always wear it to school, with my black and white uniform and the required black and white hair accessories. Suddenly, among the sea of blacks and whites, there was a colorful watch on someone’s wrist.
I also remember wearing my Baby G watches to death back in 5th grade. I had a pink and white one that had a cool blue-ish backlight that was so popular among my friends back then. Somehow, when you’re a kid, anything that lights up is automatically considered cool! Like those rubber shoes with red blinking lights that until now I still see on the coolest kids I know.
In high school, I also had a number of watches that I used. Most of them were thin-ish ones that had cute patterns and designs like polkadots and flowers! I guess the school rule on “no jewelry and colored hair accessories” made me feel like the only kind of fun I could inject in my black and white uniform was a watch, because my school didn’t have any guidelines about it.
I’d watch the time incessantly during class. “5 more minutes before this class ends!” or ”Only 10 minutes left before the next class begins!” And you know how looking at the time so often makes it so much slower?
"Cellphones can also tell the time, so why wear a watch?", I thought to myself. I also felt like it was so hard to match my existing watches with the rest of my wardrobe all of a sudden. No more Catholic school uniforms after spending a decade or so wearing them? I needed a style intervention… badly. So I ditched wearing watches during my whole stay in Ateneo because I didn’t want to be bothered with what to wear while I was busy studying (haha)
Last month, I found myself falling in love all over again. Almost 6 years of not wearing watches, and then suddenly, this shining beauty! Of course, I found my taste had changed through the years too since I never owned any similar watches before. I think, more than wearing watches to tell the time, I consider them more as an added fashion accessory now.
Sheen is a line by Casio targeted to young sophisticated ladies who are into these kinds of sparkly and girly designs. Nakashima Mika endorses these watches, so just imagine how enthusiastic I was when I found out I could get my hands (wrists?) on my own Sheen watch. And you all know how much of a sucker I am when it comes to Japanese brands, lol.
If you’re interested in getting your own Sheen watch, drop by any Time Depot branch since they’re the authorized distributors of Casio here in the Philippines. I got mine in Rockwell, and they volunteered to fix the metal links for me so the watch can fit my wrist perfectly. Awesome service! <3 Here's the link to the watch that I own, btw!