Another set of self-portraits. Wore this to St. Paul College Pasig’s Alternative Class Program earlier, where I almost teared up. It feels amazing to go back and to give back to the school which served as your second home during your formative years. Thanks 3-2!
I don’t know if the students noticed but I actually paired black and white together in commemoration of our school uniform. Wore gold accents paired with green contacts because green and gold are SPCP’s school colors too. Hee.
I often get questions like, “Do you ever recycle your clothes? You always wear different items on Lookbook!” Like any other person, of course I do! :)
If you look closely enough at my outfit entries, there are bunch of stuff that appears in not just one outfit entry. On more normal days, I usually work with what I already have instead of going out of the way and buying new clothes just so I won’t be caught wearing the same thing by other people. I’d rather save up for camera lenses, to be honest!
A few examples:
It might not be obvious until now, but that’s completely the point. You can re-work a single item just by wearing it in different ways, and by mixing and matching them with other existing clothes in your closet. Talk about economical!
In this entry, I decided to work with just one key item (in this case, a printed button down top) to create 3 casual looks for various occasions.
Outfit 1: Print Play
Floral print meets some sort of beehive pattern meets cat print.
This is the most “me” in terms of styling, and I would totes be able to wear this on a casual brunch out with my lovely girl friends. This skirt is also a gift from heaven because while it’s not the usual A-line style that I always sport, it gives the illusion of wider hips… which I don’t have, unfortunately! *stuck in a teenage body forever* :(
While it’s tempting to wear printed socks with the track of thought that we’re going with, I kept it minimal by just pairing my cat-print doll shoes with ruffle socks.
And I only wore one piece of accessory to complement the print of my top and the color of my hair.
Outfit 2: Summer Sunbathing
Flowers and flats on a warm afternoon.
By unbuttoning the first few and last few buttons of your top, and by tying the bottom ends together, you can recreate this laid-back beach look. A collared top is commonly mistaken as something you could only wear for more formal and dressy days, but here’s one way to spice it up and make it more versatile.
To finish it off, I decided to be OC by finding flat shoes to match the purple buttons on my shorts. If you want a challenge, try working with these little details that are normally overlooked. These small details can surprisingly make an outfit look effortlessly put-together. :)
Outfit 3: Collar Switch
Hide the existing collar inside your shirt and wear a detachable one with a different pattern.
Blue and white in (late) celebration of Ateneo’s 4-peat feat!
What could scream “preppy” more than a satchel? This particular one from Gold Dot I love for its mustard color (here I am obsessing again with anything that slightly matches my hair), so I was overjoyed when I got these just-as-yellow flats from Posh Pocket Shoes in the mail a few weeks ago. Played matchy matchy with my outfit’s colors again, and voila, here is the result - an outfit I’d go to school in… if shorts were allowed! Dress codes in consideration, a nice pair of high-waisted trousers in tan or dark blue would also work well with this theme.
That’s it for now. I’ll try to challenge myself more next time with more relate-able concepts and a more limited number of items. I hope this entry can also challenge you to think of more innovative ways to work with the stuff in your closet. Now you can never use “I don’t have enough clothes!” as an excuse all the time anymore!
(Mango skirt, Topshop top, Romwe blazer, Zara bag, CMG heels, Le Papillon accessories) Hype my entry to the Mango loves Lookbook.nu contest if you like it - thank you! Pushing my luck even if I’m far from standing a chance, but it wouldn’t really hurt to try, eh?
Something sweet I wore for a casual meeting over coffee. This skirt is one of my favorite acquisitions recently - It was majorly discounted at Mango a few weeks ago so I only had to pay a little less than a thousand for this, if I remember correctly. I considered that day one of my luckier shopping days because I absolutely couldn’t see how this wouldn’t sell out as fast as the other sale items. How can you instantly not fall in love with this beautiful color?
On a semi-related note, I got bored earlier today and finally decided to create a Polyvore account. Before this, someone brought to my attention that there are actually a lot of Tricia Gosingtian-inspired sets in this website and I should go check them out. I did, and I’m so incredibly flattered!
I made a collage of outfits inspired by the colors that I used for this entry. The outfit on the left is an edgy version that makes use of tan mixed with old rose, dark red and cream. The outfit on the right is a little more faithful to what I’m wearing - sweet lace, bow bag, and dainty heeled loafers. Hopefully I can do more of these in the future because it’s just so fun and easy to do. I also hope this inspires people to try this color scheme out!
While it may seem like the white flowy train is coming from my top, it’s actually from these lovely skorts (which have sold out, sadly) I got from Romwe. I’m always wearing these nowadays because they instantly glamify (Sue me - I keep on making words up again) simple outfits.
This is my first outfit entry ever since I went strawberry blonde! Such a challenge to wear stuff that won’t clash so much with my hair color now. I tried a red top on last weekend and I thought I ended up looking like McDonalds. I guess this is goodbye to bright red tops for me. Going blonde is a life changer, I tell you.
On a semi-related note, black and white look great with blonde so thankfully I can still use 95% of my closet.
Reasons why these shoes are perfect:
1) They’re satin platform mary janes 2) They have cats all over 3) They’re more affordable versions of the original Miu Miu’s 4) Did I already mention they have CATS all over them? (My friend Feanne would love this!)
All Forever 21 accessories in time for the Forever 21 Mastercard Launch Party at Prive Luxury Club at the Fort Strip tomorrow, October 12, 2011 Wednesday at 8:30 pm. See you there with the rest of the Forever 21 brand ambassadors!
Before anything else, I apologize for all the mirror shots!
Last photo I took of myself before I went blonde.
Finally gave in to bleaching my hair after years of contemplation. I’m sure, at one point in time, if you’ve seen me in person or have spent a lot of time with me outside the Internet, we’ve already had some sort of “Gosh, your hair is so light!” + “Oh yeah? Thanks, but it’s not light enough for me!” conversation.
I have a collection of blonde wigs in different lengths to temporarily satisfy my frustrations, but nothing beats having actual blonde hair!
I was luckily born with naturally straight, fine, thick-ish Asian-black hair (My mom has fine, straight hair while my dad has the typical thick, straight Chinese hair). I managed to put up with it until highschool, but I totes had a dyeing spree once I reached college. I gradually lightened my hair through the years without bleaching, mostly because I was so afraid of the damage bleaching entailed. I’ve always had a fascination with light hair ever since I could remember, really. My chronic bitch face paired with my natural black hair never meshed well together (had that “snob appeal” formula down pat), and I found it way more interesting to experiment with make-up and different hairstyles with lighter hair.
Throughout college I almost never took care of my then-super-long hair properly - I would only use random brands to wash and condition my hair, and I would curl and style it without heat-protecting products. This went on until early this year… until I decided to cut 5 inches off my hair all at once. The ends of my hair looked so damaged that I couldn’t go out without having to curl them (thus, damaging my hair even more) or putting my hair up in a bun to hide the ends.
I guess hair care was something I took for granted, because when I still had virgin hair, I never had to comb or condition so often because my hair was so naturally healthy and dead-straight. Sadly, it took a toll on my hair in the long run. :(
After cutting my hair last May, I became keen on starting anew. I took care of my hair obsessively by using the right products and having regular hair treatments. Even if my hair dye was relatively lighter than my college color, my hair has never been healthier in years.
Perfect time to go blonde, I thought. And so I finally went for it!
Can’t believe I subjected my hair to this purple gunk you see right here. :) Funny that the bleach didn’t sting my scalp at all! And to think I was deathly afraid moments before they applied it to my hair. They were saying that it was good that I had years of dye experience before subjecting myself to bleach because during the whole process, I didn’t seem too surprised with the smell and the sensation of it all.
What a sight! Five people were working on my hair simultaneously to get an even color. They advised against bleaching your own hair, because they said it would be immensely risky (harsh chemicals and all) and some parts of your hair might end up lighter than the others depending on the time of application. But then again, sometimes that’s just what some people exactly want.
After washing the bleach off, I ended up with this:
Even if I know a lot of people settle for this kind of blonde, I found it so awkward on me. Nice color for Halloween though. I think I could go as Sailor Moon with this yellow.
BRB, off to find a sailor outfit.
And so they proceeded with applying tone-on-tone coloration to kill the intense yellow. I didn’t want to subject my hair to so many things at once so I’ll probably have to go to the salon again for a permanent hair dye once the toner washes off.
My hair looked a little green for a while, but I’m happy I ended up with something a little less intense:
Me with the lovely people at Indigo Salon which you can find along Temple Drive, near White Plains and Corinthian Hills. Jun Sollano (second from left) has been cutting and dyeing my hair since 2009.
Going blonde is such a life changer, especially now that I can’t apply make-up the same way as before. I could seriously go out with no make-up at all with darker hair, but I don’t know if I could still do that now without looking freakishly washed out. It’s fun in other ways though, like blue and gray contact lenses and baby pink make-up suit me better now!
To give you an idea, the box on the left is the toner that they used to make my hair shinier and less yellow. The green bottles are my new purchases to maintain my current color. Pureology is pretty much a miracle for people with dyed hair. <3
Inspirations for going blonde: Japanese gals Tsubasa Masuwaka, Chinatsu Wakatsuki, Nanase Kubo and K-pop idols CL from 2NE1, Nana from After School and GorJessica from SNSD. <3 (Not in collage: Hyuna from 4minute, Sunny and Hyoyeon from SNSD, Gyuri from Kara, Hyosung and Zinger from Secret, Nana Suzuki, Kana Nishino, Koda Kumi)
Sweet, classic, conservative librarian look, still with that brown and cream combination I’ve been using in my recent looks. This is currently one of my favorite dresses because it has these adorable peach floral embroidery details and they look like things that you would see in your grandmother’s old pictures. Plus points for the peter pan-ish collar, which I guess everyone knows by now is my absolute weakness when it comes to blouses and dresses.
Pairing this dress with an oversized blazer and a quirky brown satchel, this could easily become one of those uber comfy movie date or Sunday church outfits that I wouldn’t mind wearing over and over again.
(Romwe blazer, Forever 21 lace top and flower hairclip, from Hong Kong tutu, Payless ribbon-printed socks, Michael Antonio heels, Greenhills tiangge necklace, Yhansy ribbon ring) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
I got my roots retouched today so I kind of look extra-blonde here. Was contemplating whether or not I should dye it a different color but I think I’ll stick to this for a while, for the sake of my hair’s health.
If I had to show someone what “sophisticute” (what I call my personal style) looks like, this would probably be one of the best examples I can get from my Lookbook - pastel pink blazer meets tutu skirt, ribbon-print socks meet sky-high gray heels, power shoulders meet pink and lace.
Cutest blazer ever! It looks rather different from the picture in the website but I’m actually glad it turned out lighter and more pastel-y in person. Loving the power shoulders too. They add a little more character. <3