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SM Makati: A Date with Jeffrey

Posted on Wednesday, 1 October 2014

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(SM Woman skirt, SM Accessories necklace, earrings, and clutch, Jeffrey Campbell shoes all from SM Makati) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

A date with my new Jeffrey Campbell shoes, I mean. For about 3 years now, the brand has been available exclusively at SM Fashion Forum, at the 3rd floor of SM Makati. Whenever I tell my friends that they don’t have to fly out of the country just to buy JC shoes, they don’t believe me! Classic case of “pics or it didn’t happen”, so I hope this post is enough proof. 

Back in 2010, I went through all the hassle of ordering from a international site just to get my first pair of Jeffrey Campbells. I found out about the brand through fashion bloggers who featured the JC Foxy Heel Platforms on their blogs. I ended up getting a pair for myself because of the chunky heels and edgy design! 4 years have passed, and while my taste in footwear may have drastically changed since then (don’t know if I can still pull off wearing JC Litas given my current style), I still feel strongly about Jeffrey Campbell designs. They keep up with trends, but also offer classic designs here and there.

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Visiting SM Makati regularly has its perks, and one of them is finding out about special weekly deals. Jeffrey Campbell had a 15% off discount on all regular items last week. Of course, I didn’t miss the opportunity to get a pair for myself! 

There were so many pairs to choose from, but I ultimately decided on this particular one, for a lot of reasons. It’s definitely different from the simple and safe designs that I usually pick, but I love how it’s still wearable and versatile enough for everyday use.

I dared myself to style it for a casual dinner date, and with some effort, it surprisingly worked! My boyfriend (my real date slash photographer who was starting to wonder who Jeffrey was) even told me that these shoes look more comfortable than the ones that I always wear. He would know - I always express my discomfort to him whenever I wear sky-high pointy toe shoes (lol @ the things I do for beauty).

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Finally got to wear my SM Woman pleated midi skirt too! I’ve had this in my closet for about a month now, and I’m glad I saved these perfect pleats for this perfect date.

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Black and white with gold accents is a combination that I will never, ever get tired of. True enough, it didn’t fail me when I tried to style a date outfit with my edgy JC shoes!

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Have fun shopping at the Jeffrey Campbell section in SM Makati! Maybe I’ll see you there this weekend?

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SM Makati Styling Event - September 15, 2014

Posted on Friday, 26 September 2014

I’ve always enjoyed doing makeovers, and I’m so happy SM Makati gave me an opportunity to give back, and help my readers with whatever styling concern that they had. Thanks SM Makati for hosting this small event! <3

We chose 4 winners via a quick Twitter contest, and met Kim, Aniqa, Mika and Yen at The SM Store on a relaxed Monday afternoon. We all clicked within minutes of meeting each other! They were also quick to open up to me about their styling concerns:

1) Kawaii-loving Kim has always been conscious about her height and arms, and wanted to try wearing something other than her usual dress + cardigan ensemble. She also had no idea how to wear prints and pants, given her height and body type. 

2) Art student Aniqa wanted to look youthful and fun yet professional for her upcoming internship. While color-blocking, and mixing and matching may not be a problem for her in terms of her craft, it definitely is when it comes to fashion! She is also just cut her hair really short so she wanted to inject more feminine pieces into her wardrobe.

3) Mika wanted to get away from just wearing pants and loose tops all the time. She’s a huge follower of the local fashion scene, and is very much inspired by model off-duty looks. 

4) Yen is a new mom (her 3-month-old baby Parker is the cuuutest!) who wanted to graduate from cutesy dolly looks, and dabble into sexier, more grown-up styles after giving birth.  

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While Kim and Aniqa were having their make-up done at the Covergirl and Maybelline booths…

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Mika, Yen and I bonded over shopping and fashion! 

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They were free to choose whatever they wanted, and whenever they didn’t know what to pair with the items they chose, I gave my own recommendations. I also dared them to go out of their comfort zones and choose items that they’ve never tried before.

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Mika and Yen loved the SM Woman section for all the sophisticated pieces that can be worn from day-to-night.

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Spent forever just ogling at SM Shoes and Bags!

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Mika got these instant leg-elongating, leg-slimming shoes!

SM Parisian’s got a wonderful selection at the moment. Almost everyone got these pointy-toe wedges! I would’ve gotten these for myself too if only it were available in my size (Boo, I have small feet!).

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Gray or black?

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Grabby hands! SM’s bags are ideal for everyday use. You can totally fit your life in them!

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SM Accessories has some wonderful evening clutches! Most of them have an extra strap inside, just in case you want to turn them into crossbody bags. Nifty!

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Bonding time with Kim and Aniqa while Yen and Mika had their make-up done. Check out their happy shopping pile! :D

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So many options at SM Accessories! You’ll be surprised to be find the latest jewelry trends there at such affordable prices.

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Kim’s personal pick! If you love all things cute and dainty, GTW by SM is the perfect place to go shopping! 

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My personal picks from SM Parisian. Flats are my savior nowadays, especially when traveling. I don’t know how I was able to survive my early 20s just wearing heels all the time!

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Classy colors. Need all 3 in my life. These would look good with anything!

At this point, we all went to the nearest dressing room for the final transformation! Given the items they picked, I styled the girls accordingly. I felt like I was able to put my styling skills to a test! So fun!

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Kim almost never wears pants because she thinks they just make her look shorter and frumpier. Sticking to one color family, and wearing pants with a crop top and pointy heels help in elongating one’s silhouette.

I asked her how she felt with her outfit, and she said she felt “powerful”. LOVE IT! Fashion is really transfomative.

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Aniqa chose a top and bottom set, but I showed her that it can be worn separately if she wanted to. Pleated midi skirts are all the rage this season, but we kept it light, fun and age-appropriate with a colorful top.

The second look is all about matching colors. My no-fail rule in choosing what solid color to go with a print is to choose a color FROM the print. This way, your outfit will look more coherent (instead of just totally random). The skort had a hint of yellow in it, so we chose a yellow top. 

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Mika wanted to build an outfit around this plaid sweater. Worked with her body type, and balanced the print out with a slim, origami-type skirt that showed off her pretty legs (Me to Mika: Your legs are perfect. *shock* How dare you always cover them with pants? LOL). 

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The baby is now a lady! Yen’s transformation into a super stylish mom got me all nostalgic about my own blonde phase in the past, and how I slowly transitioned into more mature looks.

Yen prefers flat shoes for everyday use, now that she’s a mom. Every once in a while she still wears heels, but we decided to go for outfits that will still look chic even with flats. 

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Mika’s final outfit. Check out that confident expression!

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Kim’s final outfit. She’s a kawaii girl at heart, so we ended up with this outfit that she felt best represented her personality. Only this time, we skipped the tutu, ribbons and pastels for a change.

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Artist-ception! I hope they make this shirt in a “blogger” print too!

We kept her individual street style and penchant for monochromatic pieces, but injected the final look with feminine elements, as she wished. Graphic tee + lace skirt = who would’ve thought it could work?

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No need to give up your dolly roots once you’ve entered motherhood! Love this sweet, sophisticated Sunday look for Yen. 

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Writing this entry just gave me separation anxiety. I spent a whole afternoon with these girls, and I had such a blast getting to know each one of them.

The reason why I didn’t force my own personal style on them by pre-choosing the items is because I wanted them to realize that there is an infinite amount of styling potential already in them. This event was enough proof, I think. :”)

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Charriol: Cherie Amour Jewelry Line

Posted on Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Charriol is an international luxury brand that specializes in fine Swiss timepieces, jewelry and accessories. I’ve worn my Charriol watch a couple of times, but now it’s time to focus on their jewelry line!

Show “amour” to the chéri in your life with Charriol’s Cherie Amour collection! If I were only a married man, I’d give my special ladies one item each from the collection - the necklace to my mom, the bracelet to my sister, the ring to my wife, and the earrings to my daughter. I just might propose this idea to my boyfriend, just in case he wants to surprise me 15-20+ years from now.

What I love about this collection most is the juxtaposition of the dainty, sparkly hearts, and Charriol’s iconic sterling silver twisted cables. These feminine pieces will definitely speak to every girl’s heart! 

In the Philippines, Charriol is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) - a member of The SSI Group - and is located at Greenbelt 4, Power Plant Mall, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Tower, Gateway Mall, SM Mall of Asia, 158 Designers’ Boulevard Alabang Town Center, TriNoma, Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Midtown, Newport Resorts World, The Podium, Rustan’s Ayala Cebu, Abreeza Davao and Limketkai Cagayan de Oro.

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SM Makati: Shifting Workwear

Posted on Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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A lot of people think that my wardrobe is bottomless, but I actually repeat clothes a lot. I’ve always found it practical to invest in classic pieces that work for my body type. If they fit perfectly, I’m definitely wearing them again. If I find a certain style that is versatile enough to go from day to night, I’m definitely buying it.

This is why I have a ton of shift dresses in my closet! Move over, bodycon dresses, because shift dresses are much more comfortable and sophisticated. They’re great for work too! I usually wear shift dresses to my meetings because they automatically make me look decent and professional. (The last thing you want to do in a professional setting is distract people with unnecessary skin exposure!)

But what *can* you do to modify a knee-length shift dress? I love wearing shift dresses as is, but different occasions call for different styling. These kinds of work dresses need not always be boring, since there are various ways to make them more exciting:

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1) A) Use a belt to shorten your dress to your desired length.

This is a technique that I often use for all my good but awkward length dresses. I’m just average height (I’m only 5’3” without heels!) with a short torso-longer legs proportion, so I always play with proportions, and try to elongate my figure by showing off my legs. (This explains all my leg-baring OOTDs!)

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B) Use a belt to define your waist.

This creates the illusion of a curvier figure, and also acts like an additional accessory to the whole outfit. I chose a skinny black belt with a gold buckle to match my favorite gold jewelry.

Choosing the best belt for your body type is important, unless looking frumpy doesn’t bother you at all. If you’re petite or pear-shaped, go for skinny belts that won’t overwhelm your frame. If you’ve got an hourglass figure, make sure your belt emphasizes the tiniest part of your waist (don’t go for the ones that rest at the hip). If you have a long torso, you can get away with wide belts.

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2) Wear a blazer over your belted dress, and match it with boots/booties.

Perfect way to make your work dress go from day-to-night. Choose a non-black blazer to make your outfit pop, and skip the office pumps for edgier shoes!

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3) Wear a knit top/sweater over your dress, and accessorize with a statement necklace.

It was only recently that I appreciated layering over dresses! I love how my skirt collection seems like it has somewhat doubled, now that I can make my dresses look like skirts too! Best to go for cropped sweaters and knits to balance out the length of the shift dress.

Also, statement necklaces are always your best friend. 

The bag (SM Parisian) and dress (from SM Woman) are available at The SM Store in SM Makati. You might also want to check out the sleeveless version of this dress, as well as the rack of SM Accessories where I got the statement necklace in my last photo.

Have fun shopping!

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Just G: Pink and Purple Pastels

Posted on Sunday, 14 September 2014

(Just G dress and bracelets, Le Bunny Bleu flats, Status Salon hair extensions, The SM Store SM Accessories earrings) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Suddenly, something that looks straight out of my summer wardrobe! The weather has been horrible recently, so I decided to go for pink and purple pastels as an attempt to make things a little bit less gloomy. And Just G just happened to have the perfect dress for the job. 

Here’s something to add to your growing Just G dress collection! <3

Just G’s new campaign is out, and I’m loving the change! Usually, they go for the typical dolly look, but this time, they went for a much edgier style! I’m so excited to see what they have in store for us Just G lovers in the next couple of months! Crossing my fingers they’ll add more black, haha!

Just G boutique stores can be found in SM Megamall, Market Market, Sta. Lucia, SM Southmall, Eastwood City, SM North Edsa, SM Manila and SM Cebu. Just G and Gingersnaps share spaces at Shangri-la, Rockwell, Robinsons Metroeast, SM Baguio and SM Pampanga. They also have department store corners at SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, Landmark Trinoma, SM Makati, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Festival Mall, SM North Edsa, SM Cubao, SM Pampanga, SM Southmall and Robinsons Ermita. 

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SM Makati: Different Ways To Style A White Button-Down Shirt

Posted on Monday, 8 September 2014

If you’ve been following my outfits for a while, you’ve probably already noticed the abundance of white tops in my wardrobe. I’ve always believed that the classic white shirt is the most essential style staple. It’s a perfect blank canvas that can suit different styles and different occasions.

While there are different kinds of white tops, I’m very partial to the white button-down shirt. Once you realize how powerful it is, you’ll find yourself looking for various versions of it, or you’ll want to always challenge yourself on how uniquely you can style it. Take a cue from the sophisticated Carolina Herrera - she wears her white button-down to all opportune moments, including formal events!

Recently, I found a good white button-down shirt while shopping at The SM Store in SM Makati. I wore it in 3 different ways to prove my point. Actually, I could go on and on for a week wearing the same shirt… if only it weren’t gross, haha! 

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French school girl look! I wore my SM Woman white button-down with an SM GTW plaid high-waist skirt and a pair of loafers from SM Parisian.

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Style tip: Don’t be afraid to play with prints and colors. 

Red and green isn’t just for Christmas, and you can actually mix to different kinds and sizes of plaids together! 

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Hype this look on Lookbook here.

SM Woman top + GTW by SM skirt + SM Accessories earrings + shoes = only P2000! I swear I can’t even get a top for this amount in other stores.

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Pastel party look. Less is more! Ambassador of modesty speaking - No need to reveal too much skin or wear too-tight bodycon dresses to impress your date. There’s nothing sexier than a slightly unbuttoned white shirt!

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Style tip: Have you ever been to an event where literally EVERBODY is wearing black? Stand out in a crowd by looking pretty in pink like Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods! While I’m often guilty of wearing black all the time, pink and pastels always make for a unique and refreshing look.

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Hype this look on Lookbook here.

SM Woman top + GTW by SM shorts + SM Accessories bracelet + earrings = only P1600! What a steal!

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Casual, conservative chic! Here’s one look that is so versatile that you can wear it to events, to work, to church, or… to EVERYWHERE! 

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Style tip: Throw in a metallic clutch and pointy heels to dress up your casual denims!

Avoid looking too bulky or too covered up by bunching up your sleeves a little. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again and again = Showing off your legs? Wear a conservative top. Showing off your chest? Cover your legs. Balance is key!

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SM Woman top + SM Woman Jeans jeggings + SM Accessories necklace + earrings + clutch = 5 items for only 2,500! 

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Another awesome thing about white button-downs is that they look wonderful with just about any accessories. 

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The SM Accessories section is quite the treasure trove lately! I usually go straight to where all the gold and black accessories are. Here, I layered two necklaces (one thin and one thick) together, and finished the whole look off with these unique-looking earrings.

This is only the first of my many The SM Store Makati posts to come! I’ll be blogging about them every week, and you can also find my posters when you go to SM Makati. In the posters, you can find some of my current discounted picks! At the moment, Badgley Mischka shoes have a 30% discount, while S&H shoes and United Colors of Benetton bags have a 15% discount from September 5-14.

Have fun shopping!

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