I bumped into most fabulous sets of sisters at Apartment 8 when I paid the newly renovated atelier a visit! This was all very unplanned. I guess it was everyone’s off day that day!
Obligatory group photo. Spot the not! One of these girls does not have a sister! I just realized that most of my blogger friends have sisters! I’m probably the only one that grew up in a mostly-male household.
And I’m also like 4-5 years older than these girls. HUU WHY
New accessories! I wanted to take everything home.
Twins Danah and Stacy of The Plump Pinay.
Verniece and Vern! Not twins but they definitely look like it!
Haute Lifestyle gowns! These might look familiar, especially if you follow local celebrities’ Instagrams.
Last year, I had a dress made for me because I have a serious lack of formal clothes in my closet. Check it out here! If you still don’t have any ideas for a prom dress, feel free to have a similar dress made by Haute Lifestyle!
Bea, hard at work.
Pat (Welcome back to Apartment 8!) and Ernest looking more than happy with their new office desks!
In the showroom, there’s this wonderful walk-in closet of sorts where you can view all of their latest designs and some of their most iconic pieces. Can I live here forever?
You can find them at 33B Scout Borromeo, South Triangle, Quezon City! Near Il Terazzo.
These were taken on the same day as this entry. Just felt like sharing what the recent collection looks like because all the feels. I’ve done quite a few shoots here in the past couple of years, and it’s always such a treat to come back to a completely different but nostalgic scene every single time.
I also can’t believe it has already been 4 years since Heima x Bayo came out!
Happened to have my camera with me when I visited Just G SM Megamall a few weeks ago, so here are some yummy photos of their latest collection. Particularly highlighting their new wall of accessories for those who like all things cute and dainty. A lot of the necklaces are very beach-appropriate too, if you’re into that kind of lifestyle (obviously I’m not). Enjoy!
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.
If you’ve been following my Instagram for a while now, you’ve probably heard of this place a couple of times. It’s the only place I go to for my nails.
Prices are very affordable, and the location is convenient for me as I live near Eastwood Mall in Quezon City. So near that I am always tempted to change my nails every week even when they’re not even chipped yet! What a problem to have, eh?
Anyhow, I dropped by last week to have my nails done because I haven’t had time to do my own nails, Christmas rush, Taiwan and all.
Since the festive season started, they’ve been promoting their nail charms! Been so obsessed that it’s already my third time to have charms put on my nails.
They also do caviar manicure which looks super interesting but just not my personal style.
I’ve watched a ton of movies on this screen, lol. They usually show movies like Legally Blonde, Mean Girls and Pitch Perfect to keep you from getting bored.
One of the reasons why I keep coming back to I Do Nails is their massive collection of nail polish brands and colors. And an updated collection at that. They have about 4 more giant trays worth of nail polish in the store so you’re bound to come back and try everything.
They also have a copy of my book in the store so you can browse it there if you don’t have your own copy yet!
Gel nails! My go-to polish when I’m traveling!
On some days, you can find the gorgeous owner, Monica Maceda, in the store. We actually came from the same high school but we never got to meet until after college! We also happen to be neighbors so I always joke about how fate really wanted us to meet no matter what, haha.
I Do Nails started out as her thesis in school before she decided to turn it into a full-blown business.
Check out her party nails! They totally match her shoes!
My time for a manicure! I can never be as bold enough as Monica to pull off bright, fancy colors. As expected, I went for something clean and feminine.
I’m slowly going back to my ultra-girly style since I dyed my hair back to brown. I swear my whole lifestyle seems to change depending on hair color. Same with nail polish - I tend to match my clothes and make-up with my current nail color. If I go for black polish, expect me to wear edgier-looking clothes until I decide to remove it!
Here’s the final look - SpaRitual Idyllic with Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow. Kawaii spring style nails! I don’t know any Japanese nailists here in Manila so this is the closest I can get.
If you want the same nails, just show the I Do Nails girls this photo so they can easily replicate it. Sometimes I show them photos of the kind of effect that I like so they can recommend the best nail colors to help me achieve it!
#justgotcharmed at I Do Nails! Rings not necessary when your nails are blinged out enough. You just have to pay something like P5 each for the small round charms, but the special charms (like the bows) can go up to a much higher price. About P150. The bows stayed on my nails for a week before they came off - I forgot about them and combed my tangled hair with my fingers. Whoops.
The bows are still with me and I can have the nail salon reattach them whenever I want!
Much thanks to Monica and I Do Nails for always taking care of my nails! Love you girls so much! Please don’t ever leave Eastwood because I don’t know what I’ll do without you!
Awesome news this Christmas season - a new Lacoste and Lacoste L!ve store just opened last December 14 at the new East Wing of Shang! You can’t miss it as it’s right by TWG and that spacious area in the 2nd floor.
I dropped by yesterday only to check it out and take pictures of all the pretty, but ended up awed at how people were going in and out of the store buying so many things for themselves and their families! It was so cute every time a family would go in - all the younger ones would go straight to the Lacoste L!ve racks!
Lacoste and Lacoste L!ve share one giant space in the new Shang wing.
Featuring the latest F/W collection. Look at all that rich red hues and striped patterns.
Don’t know if I prefer the outfit on the left or on the right! The button-down on the right is something I’d totally wear if it only came in my size!
Interesting pattern on these sneakers!
Classic striped nautical dress with the iconic crocodile in white, not green!
Yup, I’m definitely part of it.
Giant croc on one of the men’s jackets.
I blogged about the Tezuka collaboration before, and good news - there are still stocks available! Best to check it out soon before it’s totally gone!
The Osamu Tezuka x Lacoste L!ve items also come in special limited edition plastic packaging.
It was one of those moments when I wished I were a boy, lol.
Patterns everywhere in the latest collection. Here’s a gray snake pattern that you can pair with any bottom! I’d wear this with a bright red skirt or some high-waisted denim pants.
Red and green plaid. You can’t get any more Christmas-y than this.
Bleach on denim effect.
My favorite part of the Lacoste L!ve space was the shoe section! These are all my kind of colors.
Mustard version of the maroon platform sneakers I wore in a previous Lacoste L!ve post. It also comes in navy!
Orange and red details.
I know these would just get dirty but I’m in love with this kind of blue! Too cute.
Cartoon version of the Lacoste crocodile in gold glitter.
Red and gold. I should get myself (and probably 3 more for each of my brothers) one of these to wear to casual birthday lunch parties with my Chinese relatives.
Denim polo + red crocodile.
The Lacoste L!ve space from afar. My closet is also arranged by color but why doesn’t it look this neat, lol
Branded Lacoste L!ve hangers and contrast color collars. Thinking if I should get the dark red or dark green one for my boyfriend after Christmas. I’ll have to wait until after Christmas because clothes are like my default gifts to him and he probably thinks that I’ll give him clothes again this coming 25th, hahaha
I always blatantly talk about him here in my blog because he doesn’t have time to read it with the kind of work that he does, and could probably care less about fashion. Which for me is funny and charming yiiiii
Not only does Lacoste L!ve specialize in patterned shirts, but they also pay extra attention to collar details! Remember that shirt in my last post with the little hearts? Yup, there are more quirky collars in their latest collection.
Like this one! So classy yet so fun! I’d totally wear this polo shirt with a black leather skirt and a pair of pointy white pumps.
Don’t forget to check it out if you’re in the area! I’m really happy that Lacoste L!ve is so visible now because they really have good-quality stylish but classic clothes and I wish more people would wear them.
In the Philippines, Lacoste L!VE is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) and is located at New Glorietta & Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza Mall.
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.