This was my Universal Studios Osaka outfit that didn’t push through, lol. Typhoon Mario arrived on the day of our departure, so our airline had to postpone our flight to the next day. Good thing they sponsored us accommodations! Once things got calmer, Crissey shot our matchy-matchy gingham outfits so we can at least blog about them!
I was really looking forward to wearing this outfit from JRunway - you guys know how obsessed I am with Japanese style! I noticed that Japan’s gingham game is still going strong, only they switched their pastel pinks and baby blues with more F/W colors now. And I don’t know what’s more F/W than black and white.
Thanks to JRunway for sending me this perfect summer-to-fall transition outfit! I’m pretty sure they’re the closest that we’ll ever get to an international online store that sells the trendiest Japanese fashion. It’s really the best time to fall in love with Japanese culture because they’re starting to open up to the idea of becoming global brands.
Me in the JRunway store in Plaza Singapura, as snapped by my brothers who went to Singapore last month. The photo above was part of this photoshoot that I did in Tokyo last March. Crossing fingers something similar can open in Manila! We could definitely use more Japanese fashion here!
In the meantime, ordering online is the top option if you don’t have immediate opportunities to fly to Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, etc. JRunway used to just ship to Singapore, but good news - They now have overseas delivery to different countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, and Thailand.
Tired of seeing brands like ESPERANZA, GAL STAR, SPIRALGIRL, ROYAL PARTY, 3rd by VANQUISH, X-Girl, muse muse, etc. in Japanese magazines only, and frustrated that you can’t go to Japan and buy all these Japanese goodies?
JRunway can now ship to these countries! The Philippines is included - HALLELUJAH
If you order now until the 21st, you can get some free Biore samples too! A lot of Japanese women swear by Biore, so now’s your chance to try it out.
Here’s a short video about JRunway! If it’s any help, JRunway is the first ever Japanese multi-brand store in Southeast Asia, and it showcases more than 15 hottest fashion brands from Japan. Currently, these brands are available at 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, #01-54, Singapore 238839, but they recently opened an online store to accommodate fans of Japanese fashion from all over the world.
First of all, I’m not going to pretend that I already know how to bike, but I do intend to learn soon! I never got to try biking without training wheels (my older brother got into a serious bike accident when we were little, and that somewhat discouraged me from trying the real thing out), but everything changed since I discovered Yowamushi Pedal. I didn’t know what to do with my life after the first season ended, lol. So happy it’s back!
Last March, Japanese news reported that there was a major increase of female cyclists because of YowaPeda. Apparently, since the show premiered last year, the number of young, female customers checking out bike shops have doubled in Japan. I’m not alone!
My mom knows me too well - she got me a second-hand (from my uncle) Japanese brand bike! WOOT! Way to go, mom! It’s not a road racer like in the anime/manga, but I totally need that basket, lol #priorities. Wish me luck! Hopefully I can find time to learn before Christmas/New Year!
Sooo this is my make-believe fashionable bike outfit. Just G’s current collection features some wonderful non-denim outerwear for fall/winter. This jacket is no exception! The quality is A+, and for such an affordable amount too. Just G, I still can’t believe you’re real.
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.
(Images from Google)
I got a new burgundy pants from SM Woman recently, so I took cues from some of Hollywood’s favorite street style stars on how to wear the trend.
Here are Taylor Swift, Olivia Palermo (one of my ultimate style inspirations!), and Selena Gomez rocking it! This is one item that you can’t not have this season. These pants are the perfect alternative to classic blue/black/gray jeans, because you can dress them up or down depending on the items that your pair them with. They can be both fun and sophisticated, so you’ll definitely want to have this in your closet.
(SM Woman pants)
Here’s my Taylor Swift-inspired outfit! Paired my burgundy pants with different black items for that casual “New York” look.
(If you’re wondering why I didn’t go for stripes - Taylor loves polka dots, I think, more than stripes, haha)
Olivia Palermo never fails to make everything look classy! I look up to her so much that I decided to grow my bangs out as an attempt to look like her (in my dreams, lol). I also part my hair in the middle all the time because of her. <3
If you think burgundy pants are hard to match with other items, think again! Olivia’s outfit only shows that you can wear it with other autumn colors, and still end up looking put-together.
Selena’s style is quite different from mine, but here’s my own interpretation of her outfit!
I love that she mixed her burgundy pants with sporty elements! Good thing I found a vest that looks like a varsity jacket, only with the sleeves cut off.
Had so much fun creating this entry! I’m really set on making this a regular thing - cross your fingers I don’t get lazy, haha.
See you guys at SM Makati one of these days! I can’t wait to check out the newest stocks.
My previous black-red-violet hair color faded after a month, so I paid a visit to my favorite hair salon for a quick retouch!
Chose a same-ish color as last time because my hair extensions are freshly-dyed, and I don’t all the effort they put into putting subtle pink and purple streaks on them to go to waste!
From black-red-violet, my hair color turned into dark brown. Not bad at all, but I just miss the subtle red and violet shine whenever I’m under the sun.
A lot of people think it’s hard to pull off red and violet, but it can actually be quite classy if you choose the right shade, and stay away from anything too cartoon-y (unless your personal style is just as bold).
Shampoo time a.k.a. nap time.
I don’t miss my light hair at all. Seems like I’ll keep the dark hair color for a while!
If you want a bright red-violet, make sure you pre-lighten your hair first so the color would show better. I just wanted something dark and subtle this time, so there was no need for any pre-lightening process versus that time when I went from dark red-violet to ash brown. That took ages!
You could see here that my roots have faded to brown already.
Waiting for the dye to seep in!
The most exciting part - the big reveal after washing off the dye. They used a special keratin shampoo on me because I didn’t have time to get a proper treatment, and the Status Salon staff are so protective of my hair, haha.
Yay! My hair is a little more red again! It looks quite bright in this backlit shot, but it’s definitely more natural under normal lighting. It’s been a few days since this dye job, and even if I already shampooed a number of times, the red tinge is still there! So happy!
Look for Jon at Status Hair Premier Salon Acropolis/C5 if you want the same color!
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.
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).
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.
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!
Have fun shopping at the Jeffrey Campbell section in SM Makati! Maybe I’ll see you there this weekend?
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.
While Kim and Aniqa were having their make-up done at the Covergirl and Maybelline booths…
Mika, Yen and I bonded over shopping and fashion!
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.
Mika and Yen loved the SM Woman section for all the sophisticated pieces that can be worn from day-to-night.
Spent forever just ogling at SM Shoes and Bags!
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!).
Gray or black?
Grabby hands! SM’s bags are ideal for everyday use. You can totally fit your life in them!
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!
Bonding time with Kim and Aniqa while Yen and Mika had their make-up done. Check out their happy shopping pile! :D
So many options at SM Accessories! You’ll be surprised to be find the latest jewelry trends there at such affordable prices.
Kim’s personal pick! If you love all things cute and dainty, GTW by SM is the perfect place to go shopping!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
Mika’s final outfit. Check out that confident expression!
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.
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?
No need to give up your dolly roots once you’ve entered motherhood! Love this sweet, sophisticated Sunday look for Yen.
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. :”)