This is the last but definitely not the least Gap outfit I created for their global Styld.by campaign. I’m pretty sure I’ve worn something similar in the past with the striped sweater and high-waist skirt combination as it is quite typical Tricia, but I mixed this pink and blue plaid shirt in for that fun element that my everyday outfits seem to lack (I openly admit to being a very practical, no-fuss dresser!).
There is never enough red for me nowadays! After braving the transition from blonde/brown to red/red-violet dye, I really feel certain that my sudden obsession with the color has a deeper morning to it, rather than it just being a shallow and fleeting fancy. 2013 is definitely my year of major change and adjustment, and changing hairstyles only marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I attended a much-needed recollection/retreat a day before my birthday, and it made me realize how silly I’ve been, stressing over issues that I can’t change and being paralyzed by the fear of not being able to get it all together once I reach a particular age.
I was asked to reflect upon two things - the first was my best 2013 moment, and the second was my most difficult challenge. And I had the same answer for both. It was the idea of growing up, which eventually turned into the acceptance of it. This most fulfilling moment was strangely also my most challenging moment, and it made all the sense in the world. Overcoming major hurdles, realizing things you’ve never had to think about before, and understanding your place in the world little by little, even when life gets hard, are all factors in making a moment truly great and wonderful. Well, at least for me. I don’t think I would’ve been able to say these things if I turned all weird and acted like a teenager forever.
Turning a quarter of a century old? I used to dread it but now I love it. I used to think that 20-21 is a good age to be stuck in forever, but… no. 25 is the age to be.
Anyhow, this is more or less the kind of story that Morellato is always on the lookout for. Every month, they have giveaways (from gift certificates to actual watches and products) that ask for inspiring stories. Last October, they asked for stories about special family bonding moments, and when and how you put a smile on someone’s face. This month, it was about how you are able to effectively manage your time. For December, it’s time to tell them about your wedding story! Click here to join! Deadline of entries is on December 6th!
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Mango’s recent lookbook features forest prints, but it is far from your ordinary nature-inspired collection. Let’s leave the dainty florals and pastel hues for spring/summer, and celebrate Mango’s darker themes for fall/winter…
…along with Catching Fire. I’ve never read the books but watching the movie has strongly encouraged me to do so. I must say I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much if it weren’t for Johanna and Finnick!
I feel like I’ve never been more drawn to forest fashion until I saw the recent Hunger Games movie and these two printed tops from Mango’s latest collection.
Doesn’t this print on this top remind you of the lightning tree in the movie?
I’m all for wearing art on my clothes, and I love how this looks liks an elegant painting. The orange bits make it look like the forest is on fire too!
It hasn’t been long since I got back from my 3 week vacation in the US, and I’m already itching to fly out again. There are still so many things I want to see in this world, and I feel like *now*, especially with my 25th birthday coming up this weekend, is the perfect time to satisfy my intense wanderlust.
My recent trip, however, was quite a challenge. My long haul packing skills have turned rusty over the years! It’s so easy to fly in and out of Asia nowadays, and with all these affordable, short haul flights, you can wear different outfits without having to re-use a single item, especially if your trip is only about 3-5 days.
It all becomes complicated when you need to pack 3 weeks worth of clothes for varying degrees of cold weather (lowest was -3 C, highest was about 23 C), and still have enough space in your luggage for any additional purchases along the way. And don’t forget - flights from Manila to the US can take so long. I recently saw someone change to pajamas inside the plane. Can’t blame him. I’d do it too, in an ideal world where I’m even less self-conscious than I already am.
I managed to do some laundry halfway through the trip, and had to pat myself on the back when I realized I packed the right stuff! Mixing and matching is key, but it’s what kind of items you bring with you that makes all the difference in the world.
Mango is one of those no-fail brands that always offers chic closet staples. You can style these items for both warm Manila weather (as in the outfits below) and real autumn and winter abroad (just throw in black boots, tights and a coat)!
Button-downs are a must. It’s not even optional! You can still wear them on their own while the temperature is tolerable, but they are the best first layers when it comes to cold weather layering.
Dark pants are non-negotiable too. I made the mistake of wearing pastel blue, almost white pants once. Random coffee shop guy spilled his coffee and I got some of it on my pants. Besides the exasperating lack of apology on his end, I had to put up with the stains (which took me about 30 minutes in the bathroom trying to get them as light as possible) the whole day! Never again.
I am partial to skinny pants, but for long haul flights, I prefer more loose-fitting clothes! If you’re going to be stuck in a plane for 16+ hours, comfortable clothes are everything.
Deliberately matched my outfit with this luggage that I got as a gift recently. My usual carry-on luggage (I bring my laptop with me everywhere, or else I die) is slightly bigger than this one but not as cute! Yes to a cuter one please!
Sweaters are essential when traveling. I brought sweaters in varying thickness, and they all did a great job at keeping me warm. I always layer a button-down shirt under, which makes using the sweaters more than once a little less gross, lol.
This particular one is great because it’s not too thick for our weather. I matched it with a sexy pencil skirt (that slit!) for a more Manila-appropriate look.
I also bring at least one blazer with me when I travel because not only does it do a good job at keeping me warm, it can automatically make an outfit look dressier than it actually is. Even the plainest tees can look super chic with a classic blazer.
They also usually come with pockets. And you can never have enough pockets when you’re traveling.
Just when I thought I was over the sporty style trend, Just G comes out with a new, not-so-cookie-cutter collection that is cuter than your ordinary athletic wear.
At this time last year, they came out with super stylish sweatpants that sold out instantly. How can they not? Nowadays, we all know that multipurpose is the way to go.
Who says you can’t mix in girly details on your favorite gray sweatshirt?
These patterned shorts are so comfortable I’m torn whether I should use them to motivate myself to exercise, or use them as loungewear.
Guess which option I am more inclined to.
And the highlight of this post comes in the form of this skirt that is such a genius idea. There are so many dark gray gym shorts and sweatpants with neon trims - why not make a skirt version?
Casual enough for lazy, everyday dressing, but also awesome enough to be dressed up with bright coral lips, accessories and heels. Pretty much my formula for wearing the trend.
P.S. My new hair color is by Status Salon!
The preppy style (or should I say lifestyle?) is anything but boring. I grew up being a huge fan of the Gilmore Girls series (Jess x Rory was my ultimate OTP), and even wished, at one point, to have the same preppy uniform as Rory Gilmore. Outside school, Rory would often be seen wearing collared button-downs, sweaters and pretty much anything that screamed classic, even on her most casual days. I loved her character so much and could not have wished for a better role model when I was younger!
(Hype on Lookbook here)
Of course, also being a faithful follower of a few anime series set in high school contributed a lot to my perpetual “uniforms are cool” thinking. It’s been 7 years since I last wore my high school uniform, but no one can ever stop me from wearing this preppy style even in my mid-twenties (my 25th birthday is already next Sunday huhu). I actually think this style is quite timeless and could never be considered “too young”.
Lacoste L!VE, however, offers the signature Lacoste style with a younger twist made for those who prefer a more fun approach to prep style dressing. I’m wearing the recent F/W collection (except for the bag which was part of their previous S/S collection) and I can’t get enough of it!
How beautiful are these colors?
Mad for plaid.
And my most favorite part of this outfit - the platform sneakers!
(Hype on Lookbook here)
Lacoste L!VE is selling these sneakers in maroon, mustard yellow and dark blue, fyi. I’m a bit biased towards red nowadays, so it was an easy choice for me.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you might have also seen me wearing these white platform sneakers in my earlier US trip outfits. Nothing is better than comfortable shoes that give you a little boost in height. I’m still looking for the perfect black pair out there.
My schoolgirl inspired look wearing mostly Lacoste Live. Wearing a collared shirt under a sweater instantly makes an outfit look preppier. Collared button-down + sweater combo = my instant go-to autumn/winter travel uniform.
Don’t forget to whip out a pleated skirt to complete this look.
Hearts all over. Literally. The sweater pattern looks like polkadots from afar but they’re actually these tiny hearts that I just had to match with my heart-embellished collar. Couldn’t express my love for this style more explicitly than this.
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.
SSI recently came out with a new app called SSI Life, which you might want to check out here. It gives customers a whole new approach to their retail experience. Smartphone users will be able to browse and get app-exclusive offers from more than 600 store locations of the more than 80 different brands of SSI such as Bally, Calvin Klein, Debenhams, Boss, Lacoste, M&S, Tommy Hilfiger, Zara and a lot more.
White on white with a hint of rose gold always makes for a clean, classic look. I haven’t been wearing these kinds of outfits recently but all the pretty S/S 2014 collections made me temporarily drop my favorite dark hues.
I’ve had this dress in my closet for a while now but never really got to properly wear it out until now because I felt like it was too plain to wear on its own without any accessories.
If I wanted some contrast, I would’ve worn the black version of this Morellato jewelry watch set (it exists), but I wanted to do something high key for a change. What do you think?
I personally love the pop of white accessories against the white dress, especially since I’m not too fond of wearing anything too loud. I’ll just let my hair color and plum lipstick do all the talking!
Morellato’s got some really nice watches to complement their accessories. Obsessed with the subtle crescent moon on this one!
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.