(SM Accessories earrings, necklace, ring and clutch, Forever 21 top, Clothes for the Goddess skirt, Indressme coat, FashionCookie ShoeAvenue wedges) Hype this look on Lookbook here. Thanks to RG for taking my photos.
Holiday dressing at its finest. I know well that it’s too hot to wear a coat out in Sunny Manila, but I couldn’t help but throw it in for the sake of these photos. Burgundy and camel always make for a classy combination, don’t you think?
I’m sure you’re all as excited as I am, that Christmas is just around the corner. It’s my favorite time of the year for a number of reasons! Firstly, everyone just seems to be friendlier and happier than usual! The effect of seeing giant parols in the streets and hearing Jose Mari Chan’s songs *cue Christmas in our Hearts* playing everywhere (and starting as early as September) is something I wish we could carry on for the rest of the year. People happily sip their peppermint coffee, red cups in hand, while they enjoy the cool evening breeze in mall parks with their loved ones by their side. Looks like a very warm and fuzzy picture, eh? It’s just like we were born for this occasion.
Secondly, the gimmicks, the events and all the parties! ‘Tis the season to be chubby~! If I didn’t have good metabolism, I think I would gain about 10-15 pounds every Christmas just by the sheer amount (and not to mention, quality) of food that I stuff myself with every time I have to attend a Christmas party. Seriously, where do all these food come from? But the bigger question here is how we are all still able to miraculously finish EVERYTHING from lechon to bibingka.
Thirdly, besides all the piggy moments, these parties are extra wonderful because we get to see all our relatives too. Not all families get together every chance that they get, so Christmas is definitely one of those important things that we don’t want to miss out on. <3
And lastly, HOLIDAY DRESSING! Call me shallow but I absolutely love all the sparkle and glitter that comes with Christmas. Brands suddenly bring out their Holiday collections, which usually consist of my favorite red, blue, green, black and white, as well as all the manifestations of gold and silver that you can ever think of.
Something that is uniquely *me* during this time of the year is wearing shiny bling and not feeling overdressed for it. For the rest of the year, I always try to keep it simple and minimal, but for the strangest reason, the celebratory atmosphere during the holidays transforms me into this completely new person who suddenly likes dressing like there’s a party everyday… even if there is none.
When I saw that SM Accessories was stepping up the game with the biggest and brightest fashion foursome, Georgina Wilson, Xian Lim, Richard Gutierrez, and Anne Curtis, I immediately thought… IT’S ABOUT TIME! Whenever I would go to SM Department Store, I would never fail to buy at least one little trinket from SM Accessories. At a very affordable price, you wouldn’t even think twice about purchasing their products. They have a wide array of designs, which are arranged by… *drum roll* COLOR, making it so convenient for all of us shopaholics. I often immediately go to the black, silver and gold sections to see if there are any nice necklaces or earrings I can add to my jewelry collection.
See how accessories can make a seemingly plain outfit look elegant and classy?
I am so obsessed with giant earrings, if you’ve noticed! They conveniently make your face look smaller (and I’ve always believed that my face looks huge compared to my body type/frame). I’m not so much into transforming my face permanently, but I’m all for creating illusions to fit my own standard of beauty.
Every girl should have a classic black clutch. Most of us have black heels as our wardrobe staples, but for the holidays, you can also invest in a matching clutch that can transform any outfit into a party-ready one.
This new favorite gypsy-esque necklace seems too busy and ornamented for my taste, but it’s a nice touch to add under collars. If I had to go out with only one accessory, my choice would be a tie between earrings (which I feel naked without) and a statement necklace such as this one.
When it comes to wearing accessories, I don’t mix metals! Some people can pull wearing both silver and gold off, but it’s one of my personal pet peeves. Sometimes my intense sensitivity to details helps when it comes to keeping an outfit from looking incoherent. Details as simple as the accent of my clutch and the corners of my diamond-shaped ring are things I never overlook. I even get worked up when the metal buckles of my bag don’t match the rest of my jewelry.
For the holidays, black/white and gold, I think is the more Christmas-y choice. This is why I particularly chose these four accessories - earrings, necklace, ring and clutch, to create a warm, festive vibe to my whole outfit.
Finished this whole outfit off with simple black wedges that give all my accessories the spotlight that they deserve. :D
Not convinced that accessories are this season’s must-haves? The new endorsers should be enough to make you want to head to the nearest SM Department Store. I’ve been following Anne and Georgina on Instagram - I love their faces so much and could only wish to look like them!
Sadly, I just arrived from Indonesia when they gathered the “it crowd” in Republiq to unveil “The Supreme Four”. It was graced by personalities from all over the industry; celebrities like Annabelle Rama, Eddie Gutierrez, Raymond Gutierrez, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Nancy Castiglione, Sarah Lahbati, Frencheska Farr, Kylie Padilla, Rocco Nacino, Enzo Pineda, PBB Teens housemates Ivan Dorschner, James Reid, Bret Jackson, and Devon Seron, One Mega’s Sari Yap, Preview’s Lyca Puno and Anna Canlas, and supermodel Danica Magpantay. Also spotted were Marie Lozano, IC Mendoza, Bianca Roque and Chino Lui Pio who were covering the launch. Guests danced to the beats of crowd favorite DJ Mars Miranda, and were treated to prizes such as SMART Bro Tablets and an iPhone, courtesy of SMART.
The biggest celebrities have already been spotted with SM Accessories! It’s your turn to get spotted, with the leader and the authority in fashion accessories! You can get more of what’s new and get a chance to win up to 100k by following them on Facebook (just click on their ad on my sidebar) and Twitter. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #FashionAuthority. :)
Good morning and hello from Melbourne! I know I was only in Singapore a few days ago, but I badly needed a proper vacation after all the work that I’ve done in the past few months. I’m here with my mom and 2 of my parents’ friends from work. I’m enjoying the refreshing change, especially since I’ve spent a lot of time alone in my last 2 trips. So far, I’ve accompanied them to outlet stores in Harbor Town so they can buy all their pasalubongs (or homecoming gifts) to their loved ones. One of them even brought paper cutouts of all her grandchildren’s feet. Oh, the nostalgia! As kids, my siblings and I used to do the same whenever my parents would go abroad. These cutouts would serve as references in purchasing the right size of footwear.
Today, I’m up extra early because I have to work in the middle of my vacation! But I missed the Internet too, so no complaints here. My hotel charges for wifi, so it was quite an adventure trying to look for a place here in Melbourne that isn’t too stingy about it. In the end, I just paid 5 dollars so I don’t have to walk all the way to the CBD with my laptop. We took a red eye flight from Manila to Melbourne, and immediately proceeded to touring around the city at 9 or so the morning after my flight. So the last time I had Internet was… a lifetime ago. LOL, something I definitely miss whenever I’m in Manila is my 3G/data plan. *cry*
Anyhow, I’ve received a lot of messages from people asking me about this constant traveler’s lifestyle that I have, and how I manage to take pictures and take note of everything while still managing to keep my hair properly-curled, makeup in perfect place, and outfit well in check. Personally, the key to traveling in style is to invest in classic pieces that do not compromise comfort. If you’re traveling and you’re not comfortable with what you’re wearing, I swear that your mind will be all over the place and you won’t be able to concentrate on what you really need to do as a tourist! Unless you are in another country to be spotted or discovered. Or unless you flew to another country only to find a foreigner boyfriend…
I don’t really dress up fancily when I take a vacation with my family. Most of the time, my outfits would just consist of pants (that I recycle and use more than once, if my holiday is long) and different button-down, cardigan and sweater combinations. I’m a little sensitive when it comes to dressing up in a foreign country, especially since there are times when you need to enter temples and churches and it would be too weird and insensitive to wear shorts and tight skirts. I would totally hate using “I didn’t know because I’m only a tourist” as an excuse if ever I get reprimanded.
When you’re a shopaholic, you wouldn’t really mind wearing the simplest things if it would mean more space in your luggage for all your new finds. And simple doesn’t have to be boring either. One of my most favorite go-to places for traveling-in-fashion essentials is MUJI! I first encountered the store when I went to Japan a few years ago, and right then and there, I wanted my future house to look like MUJI — white with wood and green. Think earth music & ecology campaigns with Aoi Miyazaki.
I was really happy that they decided to finally become available for us back n Manila! They don’t have the complete selection (I remember the one in Canal City in Fukuoka was HUGE, like a department store) but they have all the best things. I’m a fan of their 4-wheeled shoe racks - I have about 12 of those in my room, and they are incredibly convenient since you can move them around easily if you need to clean/sweep the floor. They don’t look bad at all for shoe racks too! It’s about both form and function, yeah?
So here are some of my favorite MUJI items coordinated to create versatile travel outfits. I played around with some key pieces that I recommend every traveler should have!
This is a default spring/fall outfit. I absolutely love slouchy sweaters! Most of the time I would purposely get them in larger sizes to not only create a cozier effect, but so I can also wear more than 1 layer underneath in case the temperature drops. I also like styling my stoles/scarfs like this because it makes sense to cover up your neck twice in a cold environment.
Special thanks to Cocorose London for the immensely comfy foldable travel-friendly flats!
Long flights need the most comfortable clothes. When I know I’m going to be on a plane for more than 10 hours, I usually dress very functionally! I feel totally uncomfortable wearing shorts/skirts inside the plane too, because I have a strange pet peeve about my skin being in contact with my plane seat. You’ll never know when the last time they properly cleaned the seat was. You’ll never know how many minuscule grains of food accidentally dropped from your tray to your seat. You’ll never know if someone put their bare feet on the seat. Call it paranoia but I’ve seen all of this happen already *cringe* :(
Scarves such as this one are quite convenient too, especially if you’re in a low-budget carrier and you’re not given any blankets. It can serve as a blanket/shawl to give you the warmth that you need!
I get cold easily so I always bring a cardigan with me in my hand carry luggage, in case my scarf isn’t providing enough warmth. Here’s the most popular way of wearing a scarf too! Or maybe I just watch/read too much Harry Potter.
Anyway, if you’re wondering why this whole post lacks accessories, it’s because there are some forms of jewelry that beep when you pass through the scanner. It would be such a hassle to go back only to find out that it would only be a necklace causing all that ruckus. Better to just wear all your arm/neck bling when you get to your hotel, just before you head out for your tourist activities! Unless you want to take outfit shots in the airport. Or inside the airplane. That would be the ultimate challenge.
Hope this entry helped! I got all these items from MUJI in SM Mall of Asia, which will be having their anticipated BIG! BIG! SALE this weekend (September 14-16, 2012) already. Up to 70% off, and they’ll be open until midnight. Awesome news for workaholics like me who only really get to go out and enjoy life outside the Internet past a certain time. :)) Follow them on Twitter @TheMallofAsia and follow their hashtag #BigMOASale for specific details and promos!
So much time has passed since I last created a make-up tutorial! I’m really set on doing more of these beauty posts in the next following months since the feedback on my old entries have been quite good! I’m happy there are people who have learned to love make-up because of my entries - there is nothing like the feeling of knowing that you influenced a part of someone’s life, even if it’s just as shallow as make-up.
As you all know, how I do my make-up transforms my look completely! Recently, I came out in a magazine cover (more on that in my next post), and I got a few “You don’t look like yourself!” comments from my friends, which were totally non-offensive and understandable because I thought so too! Everything they put on my face was totally opposite of what I normally wear - white sparkly eyeshadow instead of my usual brown/gray preference, zero eyeliner instead of my usual downwards wing, barely there falsies instead of my usual heavy Japanese ones, and thick and defined eyebrows instead of my usual thin and natural ones. It wasn’t a bad thing though! It was all actually super fun and interesting, since I seldom present myself in that somewhat default showbiz cover girl make-up since I’m no natural beauty like Anne Curtis! I wish I could look as good as her with zero make-up on. *sigh* I look so crappy on an off-day, haha.
After the cover shoot, I realized I didn’t look so bad (allow me to be vain, please?) without the usual black eye make-up, so I decided to find a compromise between the make-up from the cover shoot and the make-up that I usually do. Then I discovered brown eyeliner. The one that I’m using is the K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner, but you can use anything from brown gel liner (for something darker) to brown eyeshadow (for a subtle smokey look) as well. Brown eyeliner leans toward a more natural look that is most suitable for daytime. It doesn’t create a dark, harsh line, preventing you from looking too made-up.
I recently got a Shu Uemura orange and pistachio palette from the Chocolat Donna Autumn Winter 2012, which I think is a fun alternative to dark smokey eyes! Besides the usual brown and beige, the palette includes a hint of spicy orange glitter, nutty pistachio, hazelnut and crystalized ginger peel with gold accents that you can play around with. From the same collection, I’m lusting over the raspberry and mocha palette and the framboisier powder blush too! Ugh, too much perfection, Shu Uemura! You make me want to spend all my money on you. </3
Now, on to the tutorial…
I know that I used to do tutorials step-by-step with separate pictures, but for this one I decided to compile everything in one photo in case you want to save it on your phone or computer for reference. Thanks to Shop Dainty for the circle lenses!
Step 1: Use a brown shimmer eyeshadow all over your lids. Here I’m using MAC Casino. You can also try looking for Shu Uemura P dark brown 861 and Laneige Snow Radiant Eyes 03 for different shades of shimmery brown. Or if you’re not a fan of shimmer, try MAC Cork (which you can also use for contouring, btw!)
Step 2: Using a brown pencil, gel or liquid eyeliner, line your eyelids. Extend it upwards to create a classic wing.
Step 3: Highlight your brow bone! Here I’m using the 3rd color from Shu Uemura’s orange and pistachio palette which is a satin light peach shade that is slightly lighter than my normal skin tone.
Step 4 and 5: Apply mascara on your top and bottom lashes. Here I’m using Laneige Perfect Lash Mascara. It’s one of new discoveries! It’s quite good for lengthening, so on a normal day, I pair it with a volume mascara so I can get the best of both worlds. Don’t know if this actually works but it makes sense to combine, right?
Step 6: Get some brown falsies and stick them as close to your lashline as possible. These ones are just some random ones I found in Singapore. Call me obsessed - they are ideal for that “my lashes but better” effect, or that “I know I’m blooming and I know you can never tell what I added to my face to achieve this *evil laugh*” effect. :)
Optional: Eyelid tape. I like using eyelid tape because I think false lashes look better with parallel double eyelids instead of tapered double eyelids!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Feel free to comment on my DISQUS if you have any questions or any suggestions for future tutorials.
Since I’m already on the topic of make-up and beauty, I might as well share to you my favorite skincare products! I think it has only been about 8 or so months since I was suddenly enlightened to take care of my skin. I’ve never been the pimply blemish-y type, so I thought I could do away with putting so much gunk on my face. #HUMBLEBRAG! However, I read somewhere that it’s never too late to start taking care of your skin! Better to start early so you can prevent panicking with anti-aging products when you’re in your 40s or 50s. I’m trying to prevent that moment in the future when I finally see signs of wrinkles but regret that I took my skin for granted when I was younger. I also have generally dry skin, so there’s a possibility that in the future, I might look older than I really am if I don’t moisturize properly.
Here are a list of products that I use:
1) Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil - 1 bottle is sold every 15 seconds. This is something that I swear by! This might sound exaggerated, but I don’t feel comfortable removing my make-up with anything else but this. I’ve been using the Advanced Formula since college, but I decided to switch to the new Ultim8 complex because I got sold on their claim of “8 outstanding skincare benefits after 4 weeks of use, skin feels 88% revitalized, 98% refined, 90% more translucent, 94% smoother, 90% more radiant, 94% suppler, 90% nourished and 92% moisturized”. True enough my skin has never been better since I switched to this.
2) Shu Uemura TSUYA Skin - DON’T GET ME STARTED ON THIS. I’ve been using this for a week now, and it’s like magic. I’m not only saying this because I’m Japan-biased, lol. Before this, I used to put 2 thin layers of liquid foundation on my face. Now, I can do with just 1 thin layer.
I love it so much that at the end of the day, I just want to remove my make-up ASAP just so I can put this stuff on my skin. It’s true that with this product, you can achieve porcelain-fine, petal-soft, translucent glowing skin in 7 days. I saw a major difference and it makes me want to cry buckets of joy every time I see my no make-up face in the mirror. *sparkly eyes*
3) Laneige Water Bank Essence, Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX and Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist - Wanted to look like Song Hye Gyo so I got these, LOL. She swears by the Water Bank Essence, by the way. Laneige is one of my favorite Korean brands for skincare! They’re a bit pricey than other Korean brands like Etude House or Tony Moly, but Laneige is totally worth every peso. Don’t you find it so depressing when you touch your face and it doesn’t feel bouncy? I think mine is caused by bad sleeping and eating habits, so I use the essence and sleeping pack once a week so all the work stress and unhealthy food will never ever show. Prevention is always better than cure.
Anyhow, the mist is something I just like spraying on my face when I need a good perk-me-up on a hot and humid day! I guess you can compare it to MAC Charged Water of Evian mist.
4) Hada Labo Superhyaluronic Hydrating Lotion (toner), Hydrating Milk (moisturizer) and Moist Eye Cream - I get these products every time I go to Sasa in Hong Kong or Singapore! Would you believe that 1 is sold every 4 seconds in Japan? Must be really effective, since I personally think Japanese girls have the best skin in the world. These are my default skincare products because they simply work - no frills, no scents, no anything complicated. I’m still hoping for the day Sasa comes to Manila so these products can also be enjoyed by Filipinos…
Shu Uemura and Laneige can both be found in SM Mall of Asia, which will have another 3-day sale soon! Up to 70% off on select items from participating stores. September 14-16 is *the* time to Enjoy the “Good Life” at a discount! See you at their Big! Big! Sale! Follow them on Twitter for fun giveaways and mall announcements.
…to shopping in the middle of the year! The gloomy weather and the rainy season can never compete with the craze that comes with the thousands of people who flock to their favorite malls just to find the best shopping deals. We go wild at the sound of “shopping”. And we go wilder at the sound of “sale”. There are no such things as signal #1 or 2 if it means being able to get things at 70% off, yes?
(Dorothy Perkins top, Mango pants, Terranova blazer and headband, VNC heels, Fino Leatherware bag - all from SM Mall of Asia) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Thanks to my boyfriend for taking my pictures. It’s been a while since I last had time to have my photos taken outdoors.
Recently, I was able to experience shopping at SM Mall of Asia, where I am now officially a “Style Icon”. Boy, was I in a surprise! Admittedly, I always thought it’d tire me out too much if I decided to go shopping there because… well, it’s the largest mall in the whole Philippines, and not to mention, it’s the third largest in the world. It was the contrary, actually. The layout of the mall is just so convenient that you can go to all your favorite brands without subjecting your feet to torture. You can always opt to go to the newly opened Jamba Juice if you’re feeling thirsty from all the shopping!
In other news, I’m sure most of you have already visited Uniqlo already, especially if you’re a big fan of Japanese brands! It’s the first one in the country (it’s also just less than a month old), and you can only find it in SM Mall of Asia for now.
My top 3 high street brands, Zara, Mango and Topshop are all found here too. Huge stores with the best, most complete stocks.
And just across Uniqlo, you can find a huge Forever 21 being constructed - it is scheduled to open later this month. Say goodbye to all your money, people from Manila/the south! :)
And beside Forever 21, there will be a legit MAC store for all you make-up lovers out there. I’m using MAC Vagabondage nail polish, btw! Can’t wait to splurge on new make-up.
Now we all know where to go if you’re looking for something in particular that you can’t find in any of their smaller branches. Oh, the perks of having massive floor space! If only it were possible to expand my room every time I go shopping. I swear my room looks like a bazaar so much that I think can hold Bloggers United 4 in my room.
And silly me just had to add a lot more to the clutter. It’s a good kind of clutter though. The first things I see in the morning are my shoe racks and my clothes cabinets.
Both of the outfits in the post are inspired by the rainy weather that we’ve been having. It’s the perfect time to bring out all the blazers and cardigans that you can layer over sleeveless tops any time it gets chilly.
(Dorothy Perkins cardigan and top, Mango pants, Forever 21 belt, Fino Leatherware bag, Terranova headband - all from SM Mall of Asia) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
This next outfit plays with the same color scheme and girly theme. Cardigans from Dorothy Perkins are thin enough to be worn without looking silly when it’s not raining, but thick enough to give you extra warmth. I remember investing in a lot of these back when I was in college. Definitely one of the most stylish kinds of cover-ups that everyone should have in their closets.
And don’t you also love this giant blue bag from Fino? I suddenly remember all my mom’s similar bags which can fit pretty much everything that you can ever need. It’s also made of the highest-quality material, so it’s definitely worth having for a long, long time.
I think it’s the first time I’ve ever worn maxi pants in my blog. I am smitten. I need more of these! Mango has them in different colors. “Alam na.”
Anyhow, I hope you guys can go to the end of season sale soon! It’s from July 6-15, 10AM to 10PM. You can follow their Twitter and Facebook for more updates. Here’s my ad (with my troll signature, lol):
Here are some teasers for everyone, so you’ll know what to expect:
Uniqlo ads everywhere! I was able to drop by for a short time last week, and I loved the Orla Kiely x Uniqlo collaboration the most. Stocks are running out fast, so I hope I can still get my hands on at least one item from this collab.
Topshop is always a must-visit when it comes to end of season sales! Be there when they sell all the stuff that you wanted at half the original price (or even more)!
The Mango sale has been going on for some time now, but it’s never too late to join in the fun.
ALL THESE PRETTY SHOES ARE DISCOUNTED! The pink ones are my favorites because they’re sexy and sweet at the same time. Too bad they didn’t have it in my size anymore. Cry.
Girbaud! I was able to spot a really good and unique-looking pair of pants that reminded of me the lace-up pair that SHINEE wore in their Lucifer promotions. Not sure if you can see it clearly, but it’s there in the middle of the photo.
Floral-print sneakers from Terranova. These would totally look great with short shorts!
Mossimo pants at P580. It’s deals like these that make it so easy for you to regret all your recent original price purchases.
A girl can never have too many shoes. And VNC has a lot of shoes just waiting for you to try them out.
Awesome belts from Dorothy Perkins. I managed to get my hands on that black one with the gold plate! Black and gold is always a classy combination.
Shopping has never felt this special! SM Mall of Asia allows any shopper to direct all purchases to a single area for later pick-up. If you’re the shop-til-you-drop kind and you’ve always had a hard time figuring out how to carry all your bags by yourself, this special service saves you all the hassle!
Golf carts and shuttles are also readily available for those who want to go around the mall with ease. This also means that the mall is handicapped and elderly-friendly. Good job, MOA!
Well, that was a long entry! Lastly, here’s a photo of me with friend and fellow SM MOA Style Icon, Camille (and our matching bags) at the Fino Leatherware store.
Good news! Forever 21 is finally in SM Makati. The launch two weeks ago included a short introduction by the people responsible for this event, a fashion show, and us being presented as the brand ambassadors, among other things. Lots of important people were invited to the event to witness the opening of the second Forever 21 branch in the Philippines.
Special thanks to the sponsors of Forever 21 for these awesome gifts: Majolica Majorca goodies and the brand new Samsung Corby II.
Sorry for the extremely late post. I was out of the country for an expo (blogging about that soon before I leave the country again) the week right after the launch. Hope everyone’s having a splendid Holy Week!