After watching the Gin no Saji anime, I found myself more fascinated towards animals I would often just overlook. I never thought pigs were cute until I saw Hachiken’s pet Butadon. Aki’s fascination for horses was also quite contagious, and I could see why with how they depicted horses in the series. (Aki’s great grandma was the cutest in the whole series though!)
As a tribute of sorts, I wore a horse print top and a horse print skirt! These are separate items that coincidentally complemented each other, and with matching top and bottom craze going on, I guess this just proves that “sets” don’t have to be the exact same print. If anything, the same theme (horses) and color scheme (pastels) can do.
Also, with every wash, my hair seems to change color! Red really does wash out easily! Definitely have to go for a whole head retouch next month before I leave the country again!
While the pencil silhouette is one of the oldest silhouettes that we know, it’s definitely not the most outdated. Pencil skirts have recently crossed over from the confines of the workplace to a more mainstream fashion context, much to the delight of girls all over the world who prefer longer hems. It was all over S/S 13 runways, but it seems like it’s not going away any time soon! Saw photos of the latest Burberry S/S 14 show on their Instagram, and pencil skirts were all the rage!
I’m not one to often wear bodycon or anything tight-fitting, but these skirts are an exception because they are so sophisticated and great for day-to-night dressing. You can style it in your own way, according to your body type (I once saw a photo of Liz Uy wearing a pencil skirt with a fitted tank top that emphasized her fit/curvy body). Fortunately, my body type permits me to wear them with oversized tops to balance out the tight bottom.
Tall girls can get away with wearing flats with pencil skirts without looking frumpy, but for us normal girls, nothing is more ideal than pairing them with sky high heels to elongate the body.
The pencil skirt has been around for as long as we can remember, but this season, its comeback will leave you wanting more. Next on my list - printed ones that would look great with my casual tees!
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Crop tops and high-waist midi skirts are a match made in heaven in so many ways, I feel like I missed out a lot by refusing to wear them until now. And all because of issues I have with my body. Yes, I have a ton of them, and my wardrobe pretty much revolves around the concept of hiding these flaws and highlighting the parts I’m most proud of. Or more accurately, mixing and matching clothes to create the best, most flattering shape for my body type. While it’s easy to say that I can just go to the gym to sculpt my figure… I have absolutely zero interest in it. And you can count on me to fail at all kinds of sports, so that’s definitely out of the picture as well. I think I am allergic to physical activities.
Ever since crop tops became a trend last spring/summer, I’ve been rather apprehensive about wearing them myself, even if I found the concept refreshing and cute. I’ve explained a number of times already how my body type manages to maintain my overall figure without diet or exercise but somehow misses the lower stomach / abdominal area right after I eat.
And the point of crop tops is to show exactly this area. My chest-waist-hips ratio is far from spectacular (if there is that popular S-curve among Koreans, mine is an I-line). Heck, even my narrow shoulders were once an issue because I thought they made my head look bigger than it actually is and my body smaller than my head. Bobble head much.
I wasn’t so critical about it while growing up (circa my dark ages when personal style wasn’t a priority at all) and only started to notice these issues as I started modeling and looking at how different kinds of clothes fit me and how differently I felt wearing each one. You just know it when something feels totally off, and when something feels so right. And I couldn’t quite put why I felt uncomfortable wearing certain kinds of clothes.
I admire girls who could pull off bodycon-anything without any apprehensions, regardless of side fat bulges, bloated abdomens, or the lack thereof. I have a deeper admiration for those who can wear anything and not be conscious at all. How I dreamed to also have that “free” way of thinking.
But alas, I can’t help it - I can be *very* critical of myself. Sometimes I spend so much time thinking of myself that I don’t have time to think of other people anymore. I’m on a constant, life-long quest to improve on things that is/can be personally problematic. This doesn’t just apply to wearing clothes, but also life in general. For my own sake and for my own sanity, I am always trying to be better by pushing myself outside the box that I often hide in. This is mostly achieved by changing perspectives (that I am actually blessed in a lot of ways and that I should spend my time being thankful instead of worrying about unnecessary stuff) and by acceptance (looking at the endless possibilities I can do with what I currently have instead of sulking about things I don’t have).
And boy, did I make a huge leap bringing myself to change my perspective on something that has bothered me for a long time. It *is* completely possible for me to wear a crop top! All I had to do was find the perfect bottom for it that I will feel comfortable and confident wearing.
Pencil and bodycon skirts with tight crops were out of the question, as I actually tried it for laughs and only made me look like a little girl trying to look mature. I tried wearing it with high-waist pants and shorts too, but it only emphasized the fact that my torso is a box.
(On a related note, if anyone is interested, some K-pop fans have called out both SNSD Tiffany and SISTAR Bora a few times for having boxy torsos. But with proper styling, look at how Tiffany managed to create a more feminine silhouette!)
Then suddenly, as if my prayers have been answered, Apartment 8 came out with a series of full, circle, a-line midi skirts in different colors!
Lightbulb moment. This is just the longer version of the skirt silhouette that I’m always wearing! The trusty high-waist can just cover my problem areas as it always has, and the conservative length can balance out the bold, skin-baring crop. Why did I just discover this formula now?
I am a firm believer of striking a balance when it comes to wearing separates, and this combination has my seal of approval.
Play with strengths despite weaknesses. This is how everything in life should go! I can’t believe I’ve been crippled only because I was so hung-up on being imperfect and looking at myself as someone with a lot of flaws. I can’t believe I’ve even allowed myself to think of the most unfortunate excuses, like how I may have developed a bad case of social anxiety disorder after all the trauma and cray I had to deal with the past few years (though I am still afraid of answering calls, and still cannot do small talk without feeling awkward), or how my life has become such a routine that a different future seems absolutely unthinkable. Revelations kept on coming after every year, and it became convenient for me to believe that I can’t trust human beings, no matter how pure your intentions are, if I don’t want to be hurt or backstabbed.
But ultimately, I was only being too hard on myself, trying so hard to avoid being judged by people I have yet to meet! I don’t know how I was able to shut myself out from the world just because I was afraid of facing people (save for family/relatives/close friends). I was getting invited to so many opportunities yet I let my fear become my weakness. Everything is suddenly funny and trivial after letting it out. Now, it’s time to give life a chance.
Sponsored post. With my little yearly drama.
(Drafted this at 3AM in the morning, when I am usually the most expressive. Talking when the sun is out stresses me out D:)
Not quite spring, not quite fall, this is pretty much all my current feels manifested into one single outfit. Add the poker face into the picture and you’ll get one very confused combination. How do people all around the world cope with fashion? It’s currently summer in most places, but brands have already started releasing their fall collections in tiny fragments.
Yellow is such a huge color trend this season, and I’m more than happy about it as I’ve always sported yellow color accents throughout the years. However, because it’s already the second half of the year, I can’t help but be a little compelled to set aside all the bright colors and pastels, and opt for darker elements instead. So here’s an idea - why not create a spring/summer to fall/winter gradation where it becomes heavier as your eyes go down? In Miley’s words, the best of both worlds!
Finally getting to post about this after weeks of desperate battles with myself - it was so hard to keep quiet about something as exciting as this! It has actually been months since Romwe contacted me to do a design collaboration with them, and it was a real honor to be chosen. The previous blogger they worked with was Lua P. of Le Happy, who has a *huge* following compared to poor little me! Her collection really reflected her edgy, rocker style, and honestly, it made me a bit pressured to come up with pieces that perfectly described my own sense of style. I’ve often mentioned in my 2013 entries how I’ve been undergoing a transition with my style, and how my taste in fashion now isn’t entirely the same as when I first started documenting my outfits some 3-4 years ago.
The design process was quite tedious as I had to turn in some sketches and ideas while I was in Japan, but for the most part, I think my being there played a huge role in figuring out the concept of my collaboration items.
At this point, I can finally say with confidence that my fundamental goal for fashion has always been “to dress up in order to blend in”, contrary to popular belief that I’m doing it to stand out. In Japan, I’m definitely not the most stylish person (I mean, I’m far from it), but their fashion and culture has influenced me so much to the point that being able to blend in the streets of Tokyo (while wearing my personal style) became my ultimate wish early on in my life. Now, wearing the same outfits in a totally different context (case in point, here in Manila) might warrant me some awkward glances in this lifetime (and I don’t even have outrageous style), though I’m too caught up living my life as a citizen of the world to even bother.
Speaking of Japanese fashion, if you’ve noticed, I’ve long graduated from teeny bopper Popteen/Seventeen fashion and have been leaning towards more onee styles that are more girly, classic and minimalist. For this collaboration, I was inspired to modify simple designs in the style I’ve been adapting recently - clean, chic and sophisticated, but still youthful with a hint of cute!
The yellow, blue and white color scheme was inspired by spring/summer themes such as the bright blue sky, as well as white and yellow daisies. I really wanted to create items that I’d personally wear and that wouldn’t be difficult for ordinary people to pair with their existing wardrobe. Nothing is complicated here, just the way I like my clothes. These aren’t anything special but I hope you guys like the whole collection!
This dress is my favorite of the bunch! It’s simple but it works, and the loose, shift silhouette makes it so comfy. It’s an “eat-all-you-can” dress which doesn’t require you to be immensely conscious of your body while you’re wearing it.
The main point of this dress is the scalloped hem. I am obsessed with anything that is scalloped right now, and this couldn’t have arrived at a better time. The quest for the perfect scalloped dress is now ever, because I finally got to design myself one!
This design is a combination of both the cut-out trend and the bold ruffle trend this spring/summer. It’s in white so it can be easily paired with any bottom.
Main point of this top is the big ruffle details on the sleeves. Reminds me a bit of angel wings!
More cut-outs! This was meant to show off sexy collarbones while keeping it conservative with the long sleeves and high neck. Also in classic white so it’s easy to pair with anything!
And again, the quest for the perfect scalloped lapel blazer is over because I got to design one for myself. Super love the unique scalloped lapel which is quite difficult to find anywhere else. It’s also cut in a boyfriend blazer kind of way so it’s very comfortable. So comfortable I don’t want to take it off at the end of the day.
And lastly, the perfect summer dress! I wish I could make more variations of this in the future, but this will do for now. It’s in my favorite blue color, and I made sure this was going to have vertical stripes for a slimming, elongating effect. It’s also empire-cut so it flatters body types like mine with no curves.
Main point is the off-shoulder design that is ideal for hot and humid Manila weather. It could even be a good one-piece to bring to the beach!
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Because collaborations are always a good thing, here’s a Trissey exclusive brought to you by my talented BFF Crissey. She made illustrations of cute girls wearing variations of the Tricia x Romwe collaboration items. I couldn’t be happier with the results!
It’s about time I got a black watch! I’ve always had a penchant for white and gold ones that I never get to pay any attention to other colors. And besides, I think my style mantra already says so much about my color choices in general - stick to whatever’s safe, classic and will never, ever go out of style. True enough, I think this one’s for keeps. I’m a little crazy about Casio’s Sheen line nowadays, especially since I chanced upon a few advertisements of Mika Nakashima and Girls Generation endorsing them while I was in Japan. Flawless choice of endorsers, okay? <3 I’m so glad we have access to all the shiny watches here in Manila too!
Simple black and yellow outfit from no other than Bayo. I’m sure you can find similar stuff in your own closets, but that’s exactly the magic in this brand. There is beauty in simplicity, and Bayo definitely offers all things simple yet beautiful.
Often times in the past, I would feel conflicted about wearing clothes that looked normal versus ones that were able to steal attention from surrounding passersby. Somehow, back then, it was easy to fall into the trap of losing yourself in a world you thought was full of glitz and glamour. Some years ago, one of the worst things anyone could tell me was that I looked too basic and that my clothes were just as basic as the quality of my craft.
It took me more years of life experiences to realize that going back to the basics has always been my strong point, and that my very first encounter with the world I chose to be in will always come more natural to me than the second or third. I chalk this up to those awkward, immensely uncomfortable, too-overdressed, who-am-I-anyway moments when I simply tried too hard to fit in. Well, all I have to say to that I like wearing stuff that normal people wear. If I can’t be couture, then there shouldn’t be any problem.
I have interests beyond what most of you can see from what I share here. And those interests may or may not be about me. But at the end of the day, I always make a conscious effort to remind myself that the world is so much bigger than me and that I need to get over myself and what others think. Such a cathartic feeling afterwards.
I may not be attending glamorous formal balls or partying the night away, rubbing elbows with the hottest people in town, but that doesn’t make me less of a fangirl of life. :D
What’s the story behind purple and yellow always being used as the color scheme for dessert places? I always found it so fascinating to see these two colors often being paired together, and it’s not like yellow is the first thing I think of when you tell me what color is best to pair with purple (and vice versa).
Here’s a relatively simple and relaxed outfit I wore to a casual dinner with my boyfriend a few days ago. The weather has been absolutely lovely recently! I’ve been raving about it to everyone I run into because I’m in love with cold sweater weather so much (Well, except negative Celsius!) that I don’t really mind sounding like a broken record, lol.