I just realized that I haven’t once written about any of Apartment 8’s stores, and I’ve already been consistently blogging about their clothes for more than a year now. Better late than never!
I’m so proud of this brand and how big it has become since it first launched last year. I can’t help but feel a little bit sentimental when I talk about them because I’ve seen them grow from the start and evolve so fast like a proud momma.
Their new Tiendesitas store marks yet another milestone for them, as is every time they open a physical store somewhere.
I visited the store on the same day as their opening. I live in the area and this store is now officially the nearest Apartment 8 from my house. Though I’m pretty sure that this still won’t stop me from always passing by their space in The Ramp Crossings in Shang…
Their iconic crop tops in different colors, as well as their newest printed leggings.
Items that may seem very familiar if you follow a lot of celebrities on Instagram! Their stylists always pull out clothes from Apartment 8, and you can’t really blame them because the brand really does offer a wide variety of modern styles to choose from. They also have clothes for both the conservative and daring, making them such a perfect brand for everybody.
I spot myself!
Best-selling printed bottoms mixed with some new arrivals. The tropical print ones are definitely a must-have this season and the next.
Sexy dresses for all occasions. The one in the middle is such an ideal beach cover-up!
I call this necklace “Caroline’s pearls”. (Caroline from 2 Broke Girls)
Basic tops to go with your printed bottoms.
Get these scalloped-hem shorts before they run out of stocks! It’s so hard to find really good quality scalloped hem shorts, and so far, Apartment 8 offers the most well-made ones!
An outfit that I styled using items from their Tiendesitas store. Pair with a black bowler hat and black boots for a cool holiday vibe, or wear with ballet flats and a cute headband for a more relaxed girly feel.
Photos from Apartment 8’s recent collection. Lots of plain tops paired with fancy bottoms!
And lots of prints in general. Here’s one from a best-selling bodycon dress.
Embossed fabric is such a subtle way to spice plain dresses up.
Achieve an instantly sexy look with an animal-print skirt or dress. I’ve seen this print from their older collections before and I’ve always loved how it’s not flat-out leopard-print all the way.
Black and white is always a good choice for bottoms. This was taken from one of their newest high-slit pencil skirts.
Obsessed with this flower print on the ceiling!
Naturally, Apartment 8 had the most customers in the whole building. If you still need to ask why, then you probably need some more convincing! You can check out their Official Website, Facebook and Instagram for more information and lots of pretty pictures of people wearing their pretty clothes.
I’m back from Japan, but in less than 10 days, I’ll be flying again. And this time, I’ll be in the US for 3 weeks, which is the longest “vacation” I’ll ever have in my life. I’m already excited about all the Instagram-ready pictures I have yet to take! Maybe you can bump into me at some tourist-y place or at some popular shopping destination if you happen to be in the same state!
Speaking of America, I visited the Steve Madden store at Shangri-la earlier to check out their newest collection. My first pair of Steve Madden shoes was given to me by my mom 9-10 years ago, as a gift from the US. Back then, sneakers were all the rage, but it was hard to find ones like 12-eye high tops. I got an olive green pair with a pink plaid pattern on the inside that you could show off if you folded the sneakers outwards. My first Steve Madden experience was wonderful because I didn’t know anyone in my circle who owned the exact same pair, and because those sneakers lasted me a good 8 years before they decided to die on me.
I couldn’t contain all my feels when I found out they opened in Manila. I often pass by their store in Eastwood simply because I live quite near, but I enjoy shopping at the Shang branch better because the store is so big!
The space makes you want to set up a tent in the middle of the store, and spend a whole night enjoying the silent sound of shoes (what). The things I think of for the love of footwear.
Major shoe lust. I already have a similar pair, but these ones are dying to be in my shoe rack. I can already see the styling possibilities…
Black and gold is always a classy combination.
Steve Madden’s best sellers, which I knew were best sellers even before I asked the salesladies. Heels higher than 3-4 inches may seem intimidating at first, but I swear these babies make walking in style seem so much easier. The thick platform in front makes up for the dangerous heel height, making this style perfect for those who want a major height boost without skimping on comfort.
Studded nude satchel to go with your nude platform pumps.
No-platform heels are totally back! I’ve been warming up to this style recently, with my style maturing and all. Makes your feet look instantly sexy! I can already see that patterned t-strap pair with a black pencil skirt and a cream pullover.
Golden heels for the golden girl.
Flats with a simple twist!
Love these ones so much! I also tried them on and the platforms really make walking in heels so easy.
With all the gold details in the lastest collection, why not pair it with gold studded backpacks as well?
Glitters for the holidays.
Remnants of spring. These would look good with denim!
Not your ordinary sneaker wedges.
Mint and peach wedges. Yummy!
GUYS, THESE ARE 45% OFF
Gold and studs everywhere.
Bling it on.
Perfect everyday work shoes! The black ones with gold studs, omg
The studs reminds me of fish eyes. Now you cannot unsee.
Statement flats that you can blind you from a mile away.
More bling shoes for all the parties you have to attend this Christmas season.
Studs and spikes.
Close-up. I can’t imagine how much effort was put into making this shoe.
All I can see in this picture are eyebrows.
Tried some shoes out, and found this cool pair of wedge boots!
90s feels! Brings me back to my Spice Girls childhood.
Trying out their best-selling black pumps! I walked around the store in them and did not feel any discomfort! Thinking if I should get the nude-colored ones…
Last but not the least of my favorites. <3 It also comes in brown!
Blue-gray and brown chunky sneaker wedges.
Spikes on jelly sandals.
Dark florals for F/W, light florals for S/S. I can’t choose which I like better.
Hope you had fun “window shopping” at Steve Madden as much as I did! The salesladies were also very commendable because they gave me so much useful information about Steve Madden shoes. They offer half-sizes for most of their styles, which is perfect for those girls with feet that are not-quite one size, not-quite another. They are also holding a promo right now!
Here are the mechanics:
1. Print out banner ad found on my blog sidebar.
2. Get 20% off when you present this print out in any Steve Madden store.
3. Promo duration is from October 15 – November 15, 2013.
a. Get a limited edition Steve Madden USB if you post about your purchase at Steve Madden with 20% discount.
b. Post it on Instagram / Facebook / Twitter with the hashtag #SteveMaddenPH
c. The Steve Madden team will pick the Top 20 posts and award winners with the USB.
d. Winners may claim their USBs at the stores, they will advise the team where they prefer to pick-up their prize.
"A true “it” girl goes about town in head-turning style. Going from appointments to a night out, Miss Madden always has a hint of fabulous in what she wears."
Have fun shopping!
Aeropostale opened another store last weekend! They’re taking over so fast! I managed to visit the store on opening day, and it wasn’t hard to find at all, with the same eye-catching New York loft feel that people fell in love with when the New Glorietta and Robinsons Magnolia stores opened.
So many new arrivals for fall/winter! I loved the whole color blocking and tropical trend they did last season, but you guys all know how partial I am to more subtle colors. Before shopping, I took a ton of photos of some new items you might be interested in.
Leopard print backpack. You can get 2 for the price of 1!
Kids nowadays are lucky because they have quirkier, more stylish options for school bags now. I never had anything remotely close to this when I was younger!
For the love of dogs. They’re also selling this jacket in green camo print, and the bodycon skirt in a pink/beige hue.
Aero staples - floral prints, denim and basics.
I got this gradient top in blue!
I also bought these sneakers! Super cute because of the thick soles that are so trendy right now.
Red camo print bag for the boys!
Stars and stripes on sunglasses. The black and white stripey ones are sure to be best sellers.
Ripped denim. Also a huge trend right now.
The highlight of my short visit to this store. I didn’t know they sold these pretty watches until now! Comes in gold, rose gold and silver.
The perfect watch for those who love to stack arm candy!
Trendy mirrored sunglasses can also be found here.
How cute are the pastel ones on the left?!
Aero couple headphones and caps.
Was thisclose to buying this A cap. Very Atenean of me!
Remember these pants? They printed the pattern on nail stickers!
Aeropostale student ambassadors!
Perfect grunge jeans for the ’90s style revival going on recently.
Mad for plaid.
The new collection includes boots, and these maroon ones are definitely must-haves. Grab a pair before they run out of stocks!
Layering for the cold weather.
Studded sandals for everyday use.
Layered arm candy!
Loungewear and sporty fashion! The pink sweater looks super comfy!
The cutest printed ankle socks.
Lots of denim, red, blue and gray for the men’s collection. Suddenly miss my brother who’s in the US now because this reminds me his style.
Philippine All Stars! They were having a pretty cool dance battle outside the store. Dancing is one of my biggest frustrations as I can’t dance to save my life. I love watching other people dance though!
Me and my giant paper bag of Aeropostale goodies. Watch out for my outfit post soon.
Took some time off last weekend to visit Le Bunny Bleu with Crissey. I actually already wore this brand last February 2012, when LeBunny Bleu New York contacted me to wear their shoes! Of course, being easily enticed by all things cute, I agreed without a doubt!
This time, now that they just opened in Manila, I just want to help spread the news about them as I really love the brand from the bottom of my blogger heart. It’s not hard to love them, really! Even K-pop girl groups love their shoes!
SNSD Seohyun and Sica wearing the same gold shoes during IGAB perfs, Taeyeon wearing the most adorable tiffany blue accent oxfords, 4minute Hyuna and SISTAR Dasom wearing the same oxfords in different colors, and Wonder Girls Sohee wearing yellow cap toe oxfords. (Effort lang with the collage! The things I do to prove a point.)
SNSD Sooyoung, Yoona, Sunny, KARA Gyuri, 4minute Jihyun, KARA Jiyoung, After School UEE, Kahi, Wonder Girls Yoobin, Jewelry Yewon, S.E.S. Eugene, have all worn LeBunnies too!
Because I’m a silent fan of K-pop (though you might have already seen occasional gushing on my Twitter), I also decided to get a pair of oxfords for myself and managed to convince Crissey to try oxfords for the first time. Here goes Trissey again with their matchy matchy couple items!
The flagship store opened in Shangri-la East Wing, which is so ideal for me because it’s my favorite mall/hangout. The second branch will open in Glorietta 5 soon so watch out for that if Shang is too further north.
Pretty interiors! Reminds me of the quirky cafes I was able to briefly visit in Korea years ago!
Wish they’d open a cafe inside the store!
Pink, ribbons and bunnies. You can’t get any girlier than this.
Trissey’s initial pick! Until reality hit us and made us realize that we might be too old for this, lol.
My favorite oxfords, OMG. But my size was already sold-out. UGH. Those neon soles are perfect.
Crissey’s dream shoes! Looks similar from the one I wore last year, but these ones are pastel for spring/summer.
Obligatory mirror shot of Trissey! My top coincidentally matched the interiors!
Oxford love. I was drawn to the one in the middle at first (blue being my favorite color), but opted for a bolder, more unique design in the end!
Got this mug along with my purchase! <3
They also have dainty sneakers (there is such a thing, lol)
Just because Crissey is cute and is a self-proclaimed bunny.
Met the pretty owner Zerline who was wearing statement pink + gray oxfords. Crissey and I got the brown + white version of this exact design, and we already plan to bring our Le Bunnies with us when we go to Hong Kong later this month!
Last Saturday (June 15) was a happy day for a lot of Filipino teenagers! Aeropostale finally opened its doors for the first time in Manila, with their flagship store located at the ground floor of Glorietta.
If this store already existed back when I was in college, I would’ve bought all my everyday basics from here! All of Aero’s prices are incredibly affordable, making it a very friendly and reachable brand for the student market!
I went to the store opening and found that this new concept store is divided into unique zones that gives off that cool New York loft feel—
1) Entry and Fashion rooms, where customers can view the latest fashion collection
2) Swing room for different selection of jeans and denim pieces
3) Heritage room for the logo classic and graphic tees and hoodies
4) Girls room for a great selection of underwear, yoga and dorm items
Here are some pictures that I hope can do the clothes and interiors justice!
Mars Miranda was spinning!
Motivational words on mini chalkboards. Suddenly, I want this kind of theme for my own room too.
It’s more fun in the Philippines now that you can go shopping at Aeropostale!
Tropical-print coin purses and sunglasses for those hot, summer days.
Straw hat with the cutest rainbow colors!
The mannequins by the entrance. Perfect outfits for school, yes?
Floral pants overload! There were so many different kinds being sold in the store, but this print was my most favorite. Ended up getting myself one of these, hohoho
Adorable lace denim shorts!
Tropical print caps!
More tropical print! And you guys know how much I love tropical print. <3
They were also selling nail polish and other beauty products like lip gloss.
Limited edition Aeropostale x Manila tees! They gave this out for free, to the first 87 (since the store first opened 1987) customers. AHH, too bad I wasn’t able to get one! There was already a long queue to go inside when I arrived.
Colorful flip-flops for lazy days!
Accessories at the Girls room by the fitting rooms.
Cute undies and perfume.
I wish they sold this in women’s sizes because I am absolutely in love with the print! Maybe I’ll get one for my boyfriend or brothers instead!
Because shorts are a staple for all teenage boys in Manila, here are some super bright-colored ones that can spice up even the plainest tees.
Found a wood-ish pair of sunnies which I’m pretty sure will be sold-out in no time! Too cute!
Swing room where you can find a wide selection of jeans in different cuts and washes.
And then I bumped into some style ambassadors who were mostly high school and college students. Notice that the guy is wearing the short-sleeved polo that I really like, lol.
It was so cool that they were wearing head-to-toe Aeropostale and were mingling with the people who were in line to buy stuff. They pulled it all off so well that it made you want to get what they wearing!
Neon pink crochet? Now that’s new!
The long line at the cashier. Aeropostale was having a Buy 1 Take 1 promo for a lot of graphic tees and tank tops so people were going crazy hoarding everythiiing! Couldn’t blame them because everything was so affordable that the only logical choice was to buy!
I braved the line to get some stuff for myself too. As of this writing, I am on my way to the Aeropostale grand launch called Aero Jam at the New Glorietta Activity Center. I wanted to attend the event wearing the brand so here’s what I came up with:
(Aeropostale top and pants, EMODA bag, DAS wedges) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
Fighting off the gloomy rain with a rainbow-colored outfit! Paired stripes and florals for a trendy, pattern-on-pattern look.
Last week, I was fortunate enough to be invited by Mexx Philippines to a short bloggers outing with fellow bloggers Laureen, David and Lissa. It was all the way in Alabang Town Center, a place I almost never go to, so the outing also served as a good opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone (which is mostly Libis, Ortigas and The Fort only) for a change! Plus I can’t say no to a day of bonding with long-time blogger friends!
Lissa and I met up in Glorietta where we were chauffeured in a pretty Mercedes Benz! The car ride was super smooth, and this means a lot considering that I always have motion sickness whenever I ride cars.
After a few introductions with the whole Cinderella and Mexx team, we proceeded to California Pizza Kitchen for lunch! The yummiest Italian food were served to us in giant portions, and I helped myself to some epic-tasting pizza and pasta, of course (LOL).
Was seated right across pretty Laureen and her very summery outfit!
Not for those on strict workouts, diets or fitness regimens (ehem Lissa), but ideal for those who don’t have any care in the world about them (ehem me).
S’mores pizza for dessert!
After lunch, we were finally taken to the Mexx store!
It’s the only Mexx open so far, but do watch out for the Shangri-La, SM Aura, and Glorietta stores this year! I, for one, am excited for the one in Shang because I live quite near and it’s one of my favorite malls since I was little.
Sweaters and cardigans everywhere! Most of the items in Mexx are very reminiscent of European Metropolitan lifestyle. They offer modern pieces that are appropriate for city people with a knack for functional fashion.
Bags and scarves that are super easy to pair with anything!
Camwhoring in the mirror because we couldn’t get a proper group shot. :D
Here’s another one! I swear it would’ve been so awkward if someone walked into the store and saw a bunch of people (including 3 girls wearing sky high heels) taking pictures of everything we could find in the store. Ahh, blogger duties!
My favorites from the men’s collection. Reminds me so much of my trip to the UK last spring. One Direction style!
From the women’s collection. A lot of their fall/winter items were still on the racks, and these included a lot of tweed jackets and office-appropriate blazers that exuded a certain kind of sophisticated European elegance.
Mexx has actually been around for a long time now, but it’s never too late to let people enjoy good fashion. Thanks to the official distributor, Cinderella, for bringing it here to Manila!
Love the current collection that’s made up of mostly charcoal gray, brown, old rose, beige and red.
Apart from the quick tour of the store, we were also asked by the Cinderella team to help style them using Mexx clothes! It was a challenge for me to style someone with a completely different body type as me, but it proved to be quite an experience in the end. For Mexx Marketing Assistant Renee, I picked a blush-colored drape neck top and paired it with a similar-colored bag, and some bright red skinny pants. Just something mature and simple yet still appropriate for both daytime at the office and nighttime out with your closest girl friends. Pair with nude pumps!
Lissa made MEXX Assistant Buyer Tin wear something that matched her own outfit! It’s the same top from the previous picture, only in black. She paired it with a muted aztec print skirt and a bright cardigan for that extra touch of edginess that is so very Lissa!
Laureen styled Cinderella Marketing Manager Lana with a sexy-corporate-chic outfit. Black skinnies are my personal favorite staples in my closet, and Mexx had a lot of good ones that you can pair with anything. Laureen’s interpretation included a low-cut sheer floral-print button-down, and a dark gray blazer to balance out the sexiness of the blouse.
It was David’s first time to style a girl - how cute! <3 I loved the result - a masculine look in general but the belt made all the difference in the world since it highlighted the waist and gave the outfit a feminine silhouette. I’d totes wear this look! ESPRIT assistant buyer Anjelica looked pleased with her new look :)
Sadly, the trip had to come to an end, and it was time to say goodbye! It was such a fun trip though, and I’m happy I managed to convince myself to participate in blogger activities for once. Promised myself to be less anti-social this year, so I hope this is only the first of many events I can go to this year. *crosses fingers*
Thanks Mexx, Cinderella, Mercedes Benz, Mary Kay and CPK for taking care of us! Can’t wait to go on a shopping spree when the Shang store opens next month!
Tenjin is the downtown area of Fukuoka where all the shopping centers are. Because the previous day was very hectic, we decided to relax, do some shopping, and take a break from doing all sorts tourist-y things this time.
I did most of my shopping in a mall called Tenjin Core, which also houses some very familiar brands if you avidly follow Japanese fashion magazines. Practiced my ninja skills and quickly took a few pictures of the stores and the mannequins when I was done shopping and had no money left, hahaha.
Deep red and old rose (or smoky pink, as they call it) were two of the most prevalent color trends consistent in every store I went to! Sooo pretty!
Accessories heaven. They’re all into giant bows, shiny hair ties and bolo ties/necklaces at the moment.
One of my all-time favorite brands, Liz Lisa
Only a part of the complete assortment of false eyelashes that you will ever need in your entire life.
A blonde Yamamoto Yusuke appears!
After shopping for winter clothes that we can probably wear in a tropical place such as Manila, we walked around the city to look for a place to eat.
Nothing like burger omurice to give that much-needed boost for a busy shop-til-you-drop afternoon.
Why can’t we have these glorious Starbucks marshmallow dark chocolate and white chocolate macadamia cookies here?
Somehow, we all managed to consume our frozen drinks even if it was freezing outside. Some things in life are just strange that way. Like bare legs in winter.
While my brothers were checking out the Tower Records in Solaria Stage, I practiced my ninja skills again to take some street snaps of people in the area.
Reminds me of my friend Cheesie, mermaid hair, tan skin and all!
His coat - I covet! Easily the most perfect shade of green/teal I’ve ever seen.
Went back to Hakata Station for dinner. Tried their KFC out, and it was so good (see what I did there) I finally understood why the Japanese are all KFC-crazy.
After a long day, in our hotel room, it was good to be greeted back by Matsujun and Hyde on Music Station.
Christmas shopping is something I look forward to every year. I don’t mind the insane traffic jams, and the massive amount of competitive people in shopping malls trying their very best to get the most affordable deals. I like shopping during this time of the year for a number of absolutely cheesy reasons. For one, holiday collections are usually full of super shiny shimmer and colors that never fail to remind me of warm and fuzzy Christmas feelings. Also, at the end of the year, after all the hard work you’ve done, it feels good to be able to purchase things both for yourself and for others. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!
A few days ago, I was able to find some time to visit Bayo’s Eastwood branch to check some new stocks out and buy some gifts for friends and loved ones. Last Christmas, way before I started collaborating with Bayo, I remember getting my mom gift certificates and necklaces from this store. It’s so near my house, and I love how all the Bayo branches I have been to somehow smells like baby powder, which is my preferred scent when it comes to pretty much everything like linen spray and perfume. Good, happy Bayo vibes never fail to make me want to enter their store every now and then.
They allowed me to take pictures in the store so feel free to do some online window shopping with what I’ll be showing here if you haven’t finished shopping for Christmas yet. Click on the Bayo picture on my sidebar if you’re interested in something but don’t have time to go to the nearest branch.
I bumped into my BFF Crissey and her officemates while she was taking a break from work! Her officemates were trying clothes out in the other dressing room so… in usual Trissey fashion, we giggled a lot and fooled around in the dressing room I was in and even took the dorkiest photos in the world. Will save your eyes from that, but in the meantime, I can’t wait for the end of season sale in January so I could get all these jewel tones, monochromatic outerwear and soft colors and fabric. Definitely going to shop ‘til I drop in January after receiving Christmas money from my relatives. Hee.
Since we’re talking about shopping anyway, here’s my most favorite shopping buddy at the moment. It doesn’t need to eat or sleep and it doesn’t get sick! This was launched just recently and I found the idea quite genius so I got myself a BPI My ePrepaid MasterCard. It’s a reloadable prepaid MasterCard that you can use for *drum roll* online shopping, besides purchasing from your favorite shops and restaurants. It’s a gift from God to those who aren’t allowed by their parents to own credit cards yet but have already saved so much from their allowance to be able to already buy stuff like iPhone/iPad apps, Paypal-only things, and Ticketworld concert tickets online. You won’t get billed for your purchases like a credit card and you won’t have to link your card to an existing savings account like a debit card.
I asked around regarding what the minimum age for this card is. I was told that if you’re older than 10, you can already apply for one. 10-years-old. If online shopping was as easy as applying for a card, loading it, using it to pay, reloading it and using it over and over again… then I wish I already had this card since highschool!
Plus points for color choices too! I chose the pink/indigo one (same color as the cardigan in the last picture!), naturally, but it’s also available in blue/azure. Interested? Click on the banner on my sidebar for more information and for application. Don’t be surprised if they give you free vouchers for Serenitea, Happy Lemon and Chatime after you apply.
If you’ve got time, money and extra things to spare this Christmas, please check this out for a comprehensive list on how you can help the victims of Typhoon Sendong.