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.
This is the last but definitely not the least Gap outfit I created for their global Styld.by campaign. I’m pretty sure I’ve worn something similar in the past with the striped sweater and high-waist skirt combination as it is quite typical Tricia, but I mixed this pink and blue plaid shirt in for that fun element that my everyday outfits seem to lack (I openly admit to being a very practical, no-fuss dresser!).
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.
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!
Want my accessories? Visit Morellato at SM North The BLOCK, Shangri-la Mall New Wing, SM City Clark, Abreeza Mall Davao, Ayala Center Cebu, Landmark Trinoma, Veranza KCC Mall Gensan and soon SM Mega Mall Building D.
Mango’s recent lookbook features forest prints, but it is far from your ordinary nature-inspired collection. Let’s leave the dainty florals and pastel hues for spring/summer, and celebrate Mango’s darker themes for fall/winter…
…along with Catching Fire. I’ve never read the books but watching the movie has strongly encouraged me to do so. I must say I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much if it weren’t for Johanna and Finnick!
I feel like I’ve never been more drawn to forest fashion until I saw the recent Hunger Games movie and these two printed tops from Mango’s latest collection.
Doesn’t this print on this top remind you of the lightning tree in the movie?
I’m all for wearing art on my clothes, and I love how this looks liks an elegant painting. The orange bits make it look like the forest is on fire too!
Constantly wearing simple and modern outfits made me miss my old retro-girly style a little, so here’s a quirky twist to that classic vintage look we love, all thanks to my new gray polkadot sweater from Gap. I wore it with a midi skirt for an all-out ’50s feel. God knows when I last wore polkadots, and we all know that it’s been a very long time. I think I’m starting to grow fond of them again!
This is only the first out of three outfits I created for Gap’s global Styld.by campaign. Can’t wait to show you the remaining two!
Sharing the newest F/W collection of Le Bunny Bleu because it is absolute shoe porn! As I often mention, I’m generally biased towards F/W collections, and this one is not an exception. The amount of holiday colors in this collection is making my fangirl heart beat so fast!
Everything is classy and perfect for everyday use, and you can even own a limited edition Winter Notebook with Crissey's work on the cover if you buy a pair any time soon. Her signature cutesy illustrations are also all over the stores so it makes shopping in Le Bunny Bleu even more enjoyable. Proud BFF moment! I'm Crissey's #1 fan… but you guys all know that already! <3
You can choose which cover to get if you buy a pair from the latest collection. My (obvious) favorite would have to be the girl with roses on her hair! Which Le Bunny Bleu girl is your favorite?
Oxfords that would look great with skater skirts!
I got these spiked zebra ones for myself!
They also recently came out with a new Le Bunny Bleu kids line! I’d totally want to wear matching shoes with my future daughter!
Perfect flats to go with your favorite skinny pants.
High boots for when the weather gets cooler in January/February!
Want the left one so bad!!! The shade of red looks delicious.
For all you pointy toe lovers!
The quintessential Trissey design. I don’t know if we can ever get over sparkly, girly bows!
Wanted to get these too but I have too many oxfords, I think D:
Hope you guys enjoyed that little tour around the Le Bunny Bleu flagship store in Shangri-la East Wing! If you haven’t seen my first post about them yet, you can check it out here. I mentioned that a lot of K-pop stars wear Le Bunny Bleu so you should definitely check the brand out if you’re a fan of K-everything! Crissey is also giving away some notebooks here.
They are having a special ONE DAY SALE tomorrow, November 23. PERFECT TIME TO SHOP FOR YOUR VERY OWN LE BUNNY BLEU SHOES! Enjoy!
Surprisingly, I haven’t been too fickle about recent hair color, and have actually been strangely persistent about it compared to my previous ones. I’m definitely thinking of going growing my hair out and going back to my light ash brown next year, but red is really something. The change was something I totally needed at this point in my life.
I paid a visit to the salon upon coming back from the US. I couldn’t really bring any of my hair color-preserving products in my luggage, so it was only natural for my hair to fade to red-brown again with regular shampoo and conditioner. It wasn’t a bad color, though I wanted to prepare for Christmas as early as now. Crossing my fingers it’d turn ginger by December!
Enjoying a week or two of red-violet hair wouldn’t hurt, even if I know the violet will disappear eventually. The fading process is actually a fun thing for me (as it a hassle for most people) because I get a different kind of red with every wash!
Status Salon will be sponsoring my hair vanity for the next couple of months! It used to be Benefits Style Salon but they’ve now changed all the Benefits purple to bright Status green.
I went to the Eastwood branch as it was the nearest to my house. Status Salon’s creative director Nikki Bacay is based in their Greenhills branch, so I’m thinking of heading there next time!
He was kind enough to drive all the way to Eastwood for me though! What a guy!
He asked me what kind of red I wanted, and I told him about my red hair story. I know it’s inevitable for my red hair to fade to brown as I refuse to bleach my hair again circa 2011 but I wanted to try a brighter red shade with more violet in it.
Time to dye! At first I was shocked that it was going to be this bright (I’d hate to sport McDonalds kind of red hair!) but Nikki assured me that my worst nightmare won’t be happening that day.
They dyed the layers framing my face half a shade darker. Apparently this technique can make your face look slimmer!
Talk about hairception. I chanced upon this hair article with a photo of myself while I was having my hair dyed and documented for a different kind of article (this entry).
Thanks to my friend Reggie for the feature!
After they dyed my hair, they checked the condition of my scalp with some sort of epic camera that I probably wouldn’t want to personally own. I can already see myself becoming obsessed and checking my scalp condition everyday. The photos on the left are photos of other people’s scalps. I was thisclose to asking if I could check them out, lol.
Anyhow, this was pretty cool because most salons don’t care about scalps. There are a ton of treatments out there that make hair shiny and smooth, but scalp treatment aren’t as common. If your scalp is bad, your roots won’t grow as healthy as they should be. Or they won’t even grow at all if they’re clogged by excess sebum.
I had my head scanned like this 2 years ago (before I went blonde) and my scalp was in a pretty decent condition. Now, after going blonde-brown-red, I knew I wasn’t going to get the same results!
They gave me a 4-step scalp treatment to totally clean and treat my scalp. This was my favorite part because it felt so good!
The process is a bit tedious (had to get up from my chair thrice to wash my scalp) but if you really want to take care of your hair in the long run, you should try this out.
Yay, my scalp is squeaky clean!
Blow-drying time! I wasn’t going anywhere that night so I didn’t ask for a fancy hairstyle.
Plus you can see the final status (sorry, I had to) of my hair better when it’s straight! Loved the result!
Thanks to Status Salon for taking care of my hair I might go back before Christmas for cellophane treatment as Nikki suggested.
Spotted some Schwarzkopf products on my way out. I bought Color Freeze shampoo and conditioner last month at PCX Greenbelt but now I know there’s somewhere near my house that sells them! Sulfate-free is the way to go!
Check this out as they’re giving away a P500 GC and a makeover to a lucky winner! Contest ends November 23rd!