I was thisclose to making Peachy Green as the title as wordplay for peachy keen and the colors of my outfit, but good thing I googled it first before publishing, as I found it to be a brand of cloth diapers. Well, cute ones, but still.
Anyhow, I’ve been bringing out all the spring/summer stuff I haven’t worn yet before everyone starts shifting to fall/winter this September. Highlight of this outfit is definitely this trendy off-shoulder/cold shoulder cut that I’ve done a number of times but have a hard time letting go. Once you find a trend that suits your body type, it’d be unthinkable to completely forget about it after the hype is over. It doesn’t seem like it’s going away any time soon though, and I’m pretty sure there will always be a market (case in point: me included) for shoulder-baring anything now that people have had a taste of it this summer.
Went all-out pastel and girly with this one, as I am clearly milking the last few weeks before I shift to my favorite fall/winter fashion. Somehow, without me realizing it, my spring/summer style has immensely matured throughout the years (I mean, compared to this from ‘11). Well, admittedly, I’ve been a little lazy, turning towards simpler, more practical stuff that don’t really require that much fuss. Dresses are a no-brainer as you don’t have to think too much about styling separates. Aging, whyyoudothis
Aeropostale officially launched in Manila with a giant music and fashion party called Aero Jam where local bands like Never the Strangers, She’s Only Sixteen, and Up Dharma Down played as people enjoyed Aeropostale’s new summer collection.
It was a big event held in the middle of Glorietta’s New Activity Center, and it was super fun as there were booths for popcorn, ice cream, etc. that were very reminiscent of the high school fairs I used to always look forward to, some 10 years ago, lol.
The models were all having so much fun on stage - such a delight to see the clothes moving along with them as they twirled around and danced like there was no tomorrow. They also got some student ambassadors from different high schools and universities to walk the runway. Cool! One of them turned out to be my mom’s friend’s daughter too!
Snapped a ton of photos so you can see all the pretty denim pieces, neons and floral prints that’s sure to find their way into every student’s wardrobe.
The host (also my girl crush) Joyce Pring wearing Aeropostale as well! I always love her hair.
One of the biggest bands in the country, Up Dharma Down.
Same course! Ateneo BFA Information Design kids! Deej on the left is still studying while Jonty and Edric (now working for Esquire) are a batch lower than me. It’s always nice to bump into familiar faces in events!
All wearing Aeropostale tees!
Also bumped into Ericka and James after such a long time.
And then Krissy, Alexander and Alexa joined in! I can’t with their ages! I feel so old!
Highlight of the night was bumping into fellow bloggers David and Lissa! Also bumped into Vern!
Photo of our coincidentally-matchy colorful outfits. My top and pants are both Aeropostale! I loved them so much I got the same style top in black and white, and the pants in pink and gray.
The first Aeropostale store in Manila opened Glorietta 2 last June 15th. Follow Aeropostale’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #AeropostaleMNL if you’re tweeting about them! Spread the Aero love.
ParkerBarker by Lime Ricki Swimwear is an exclusive, limited edition line by New York designer Hayley Parker Barker. I met Hayley at New York Fashion Week 2011, and we’ve managed to somehow keep in touch through Facebook throughout the years!
She, along with her husband, created boys’ clothing line Culdesac (Check out the link! It gives me so much hope and inspiration for my future children!). This time, Hayley used her fabulous taste and FIT knowledge in design to collaborate with Lime Ricki for a few 60s-inspired vintage swimsuits!
Here I am wearing my favorite from the collection. This Birkin one-piece is super classy with the halter neck and trendy tropical print, but what I love most about it is knowing that 10% of proceeds from this suit go to bringing clean water to developing countries. What a wonderful way to make fashion go beyond its fundamental function.
I’m a little too petite for the fit to look exactly like how the model made it look like in the website, but I love it all the same!
Semi-summer dressing. Can you see the effort? I’ve always mentioned that summer is my least favorite season and that it is really not my element to spend all my time at the beach, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing bright and colorful, strictly no-black outfits such as this one! Couldn’t help but throw in a powder blue blazer though, as I can never, ever get over any form of outerwear, especially if it’s in my favorite color.
It’s raining as I type this, and I’m overjoyed that summer is officially over. It’s time to bring out all my knits again!
These exotic floral prints from Mango say “Aloha!” And so does my boyfriend, RG, who debuts in a proper blog post for the first time (and maybe the last). He’s not one to be in front of the camera - in fact, he is the one who helps me take most of my outdoor outfit photos when he has time off work. Being the behind-the-scenes person that he usually is, I’m quite happy that I succeeded into dragging him to do this with me after 2+ years of being together (with a little force, of course)
(on me: top, dress and heels from Mango; on RG: shirt and shorts from H.E. by Mango)
He puts my feet on the ground (me being the overly idealistic one between the two of us) and often gives me a reality check about life, especially if I seem too caught up with myself and the small world I move around in. I’ve much to thank him for, really. Most are intangible lessons that have helped me become a better person throughout the years.
Most of the time, I tease him about my biggest contribution to his life - fashion tips and how to properly style himself. He would turn all cheesy and tell me that I too have taught him a lot of intangible lessons, but I would jokingly bring the conversation back to how his appearance has improved ever since he met me, lol
To be fair, he has always had a subtle style of his own - classic and clean, and often times hovering over safe and conservative with not-so-bold earthy colors in styles that do not ever go out of style.
Last week, we dropped by the Mango and H.E. by Mango stores and became absolutely smitten by all the “adventurer chic” items from their newest collection! Browns, greens and blues are totally his element, while mine are floral prints (this time, exotic ones) and printed bottoms.
Given the weather we’ve been having, we opted for items that let our legs breathe. I layered a tropical print ruffled dress over a chiffon shirt in the cutest coral color, and paired them with blush-toned strappy heels. RG wore a classic checkered button-down and brown shorts in a color that could make Indiana Jones proud.
We normally don’t go all-out matchy matchy (especially since on a normal day, RG would never put as much priority on fashion than I would), but we do like subtle similarities now and then as it really is quite fun. We played with the same reds and greens to get that appearance of coherence even if we chose totally different patterns.
Couple fashion doesn’t necessarily be the cliche type that requires two people wearing the same exact item of clothing. You can play with colors and patterns and still get that “couple” effect.
(on me: top, blazer, pants and heels from Mango; on RG: button-down, pants and jacket from H.E. by Mango)
European-style adventurer chic for indoors when light jackets are totally acceptable. The key items here are colored pants for men and printed bottoms for women - they can make such wonderful summer statements without going too over the top.
RG’s green pants? I honestly wish it came in my size too. I love how it’s not the usual blue, black or brown, and how it’s definitely a friendly, subdued color for guys who’d never dare to wear bright red, apple green or electric blue trousers in their lifetime. I talked him into trying it out, and he was quite surprised how it all worked out in the end, with the right kind of styling, given his skin tone and comfort zone!
The ones that I am wearing are loose pants that are so comfortable, I can probably sleep in them! <3
Paired the pants with a denim shirt that is all sorts of adorable, and a black and white blazer that I can use with other black and white stuff as it’s also a trend this spring/summer.
It’s going to take a lot of effort for me to drag my boyfriend into doing this regularly with me, but I still commend him being so open to trying out a day in my life. In the meantime, while he says he can never get used to this, he takes wonderful pictures and writes interesting stories here.
Thanks to Tracy Monsod for taking our photos.
There’s no denying that summer always gives me mixed feelings. I am always torn between 1) going out and enjoying the sun while it’s at its hottest, or 2) staying in and blasting the air con on maximum while enjoying a frozen fruit shake or a whole pint of ice cream (I recently stocked on some Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough! HUZZAH!).
As much as I love fall and spring weather (not so much winter as I’d just freeze to death, already having experienced negative 15 to negative 20 degree C weather in the past), I also appreciate the functionality of not wearing bulky sweaters and layering. Not too fussy, and not too complicated. I admit the hot temperature gets to me sometimes, and makes me overly lazy to think of what to wear, but summer only comes once a year, and it’s the most no-brainer time to wear cute one-pieces, sleeveless tops, short shorts and skirts, sheer clothes that let your skin breathe, and hot summer hues that can keep you looking cool.
Speaking of summer hues, Mango’s current S/S collection showcases a ton of sweet, dainty pieces in both warm and cool colors. While it’s always an option to find a compromise or strike a balance between the two, it’s also quite refreshing to set your mind to only one, and work around it.
This time, I styled 3 outfits in cool mint and green, and 2 outfits in warm coral and red. Happy and bright easter egg colors too!
(romper and heels from Mango) Hype on Lookbook here.
There’s no staple quite like the romper, and this one comes in a super trendy V-neck style! However, what makes this romper so incredibly me is the scalloped hem! It’s that adorable little detail that makes this seemingly sexy romper so fresh and youthful.
(top, pants, sunglasses and heels from Mango)
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you should stay away from wearing pants! This pair has a loose, breezy fit that you can also wear to the beach since skinny pants might look too weird, and not to mention, uncomfortable in the sand.
(top, shorts and heels from Mango) Hype on Lookbook here.
This would have to be my favorite look from this post since it would definitely make for an appropriate day-to-night summer outfit. Tuck it out and wear it with flats during the day, and tuck it in and wear it with a statement necklace and chic pointy heels at night.
(top, skirt and heels from Mango) Hype on Lookbook here.
Another key neckline trend this summer, apart from the deep v-neck is the halter… which I think is a wonderful alternative to those who are more open to baring their shoulders than their chests. I love this one so much that I wish it came in other colors too as I’d buy every single one in a heartbeat. <3
(blazer, top, shorts and heels from Mango)
For those like me who get cold easily especially at night or in malls and other establishments, here’s a perfect spring/summer blazer in the most striking red you can ever imagine. For this look, I wore it with a sleeveless, sheer button-down, and these short, high-waist printed shorts (that were made just for the Asian market, fyi!) to properly balance out the covered arms.
Thanks to RG Gabunada for the photos.