This is one cliche that I will always approve of. White has always been a staple color for spring/summer fashion, but with the black-and-white color blocking trend still staying strong, it’s the perfect time to invest in all the white that you need in your closet!
A white top can match pretty much anything and everything! I love this particular one as it has this trendy mesh detail that adds a subtle hint of sexiness. Add a pop of neon for more fun!
White pants can be difficult to pull off for most people (and not to mention, can induce major stain paranoia) but the right cut and the right fit can give you a fresh and unique look.
A white jacket need not look like a doctor’s white coat. This particular one has sequins on them, making it a good day-to-night add-on to a seemingly casual outfit. I’m actually just wearing a simple chiffon top and plain denim shorts underneath!
Mothers Day on Sunday. Already?! D:
If you’re like me and haven’t had time to buy your mom a gift, here’s an idea - personalized jewelry! Morellato, Italy’s largest watch and jewellery brand, is finally in Manila! The brand is distributed in more than 70 countries with exclusive stores in all the biggest cities including Milan, Rome, Shanghai, New York, Hongkong, Macau and Sydney.
I was able to drop by their SM The Block store last week, and it was perfect timing. Lightbulb moment. What could be a better gift than jewelry that you get to customize for your loved ones? Instead of buying a ready made gift, this will totes work to your advantage! Your mom will definitely appreciate the extra effort, and it’s not going to be one of those ordinary jewelry that don’t have any sentimental value. The wide variety of charms and “drops” (as they call it) available can be enough to encapsulate your experiences with your mom and feelings for her. If anything, even without putting too much thought in each drop, I think the fact that you customized it yourself will already say so much. :)
I was able to have a Morellato experience and customized my own necklace and bracelet. It was so much fun - you get to choose which color scheme you want, and if you want a symmetrical, matchy-matchy kind of effect, or totally different drops put together. It really puts your creativity to the test, and I don’t apologize for spending so much time in the store! It was like I was a little girl again. <3
Because blue is my favorite color, I made use of drops with blue accents. Other colors are also available. I also got two bracelets with red color accents. The pink and yellow ones are tempting~
The one with the little pearl is pre-made and is cheaper as you buy as a set. The customizable ones are charged per bracelet/necklace material, and per charm/drop, which I think is better as you really get to choose which ones you like! Plus the cost per drop (made of stainless steel, btw!) is cheaper than other stores that offer the similar concept. Only P995 per drop!
Here’s the necklace that I made! All my favorites in one. I made a minimalist design as my taste in jewelry is not so complicated, and I’m happy with simple things such as this one!
I can always go back to the store and add (or even remove) some more drops to this already-existing necklace, just to change it up.
The one at the bottom with the leather strap was also customized by me. Unlike my necklace, this one is made of totally different drops, including one with a blinged out letter T for my name. Shh, let’s pretend my real name doesn’t start with a P, okay? :D
There’s still time before Mothers Day and their SM North Edsa The Block store will be more than happy to help you customize one for your mom. <3 This is seriously addicting stuff, you guys!
Thanks to RG Gabunada for the photos.
Went quite mod one day, when I just felt like throwing on a simple dress out of sheer laziness. If only summer would end soon, then I’d probably have more energy and drive to dress up as if I put even the slightest bit of effort. Summer has never been my element, sadly.
Thanks to the blue detail on this little shift dress, I am reminded of the ocean’s waves. I’m not going to the beach any time soon, but I could use a whole day of playing in the water to put my mind off the heat. T_T
(Dizzy Little Dotty “I’ll Fight You For It” tee, Tory Burch Priscilla Top Handle Crossbody in Stawberry, Katie&Lee flower headband, Zara pants, Michael Antonio heels, DigitalismPH watch) Hype this look on Lookbook here. Thanks to Rg Gabunada for taking my photos!
I resisted the urge to wear this with a cutesy blouse and a floral skirt as I already think that this can’t be any more cliche for spring. Instead, I took on a challenge that some people have requested from me in the past - wearing a tee + pants combination.
Of course, me being me, I found a way around it, as I was not so much in the mood to wear dark, non-easter egg colors. I don’t suppose this graphic TEE (from an Australian label which I immediately fell in love with as soon as they sent me a request to wear their stuff. Wearable art is ALWAYS a good thing!) and floral PANTS pairing can constitute as cheating? This is what you get for not stating any guidelines… Ho ho ho!
Now here’s something that every Potterhead should have, I think. It doesn’t really state Hogwarts anywhere and I know the school is in Scotland but it reminds me so much of Harry Potter all the same. <3
Obsessed with this unconventional silhouette! <3 I call this my “polar bear” top because the shape and color reminds me of one, and well, I just like giving strange names to my clothes (i.e. “eat-all-you-can”, “cheesecake”, ”McDonalds”).
Jokes aside, it’s always fun to play with different shapes when it comes to fashion. Having legs that look like weirdly-shaped twigs (Need. More. Thighs.) make it so much easier for me to highlight them with tops that are bulky and loose. Plus I’ve always had a penchant for clothes that are so comfortable, they make you want to go right back to sleep.
1) Coffee and work date with my good friend Tracy at the Caffe Bene in Eastwood. We both cannot work at our own homes because we end up being super unproductive, so we schedule dates at our favorite coffee places to motivate each other to not slack off!
2) As I uploaded these pictures for this post, I realized that I took a lot of these mirror shots last month! Some of the outfits might seem familiar from Lookbook.
3) You’ll see this stripey H&M top twice in this post.
4) What I wore to my cousin’s garden wedding at Tagaytay. Found this long dress on sale at Mango. Borrowed the clutch from my mom who I went shopping with at Miss Selfridge last Christmas.
5) One of the most effective ways to keep yourself in check is to wirte in a gratitude journal. Got this particular one at kikki.K in Singapore last year. Even if I forget to write here sometimes, I make sure that I dedicate a few minutes every day to reflect on the things I should be grateful for on my own.
6) Sukiyaki night with le boyfriend! We love to eat out, and we both love to take photos of our food. Follow him on IG: @rgabunada
7) Wearing jeans! *gasp*
8) Sashimi platter! NOM
9) One of my MOFW Fukuoka posts. Black and white is such a huge trend right now, it seems. I feel like I’m having an extended Christmas because most of my closet has always been filled with these two colors and you can see them everywhere in the mall.
10) Obligatory Bayo dressing room post. Ended up getting the pink/cream version of this top for my Bayo outfit post last January. Now that I think about it, I should’ve gotten the mint one too!
11) Outfit for a meeting. EMODA top, Just G jacket.
12) Outfit for dinner with my family at High Street Central. Zara top, dazzlin skirt.
13) RG and I have been officially together for 2 years last January 23rd! He sent me flowers first thing in the morning. How sweet. <3
14) Had our anniversary lunch at Premio The Fort, where I had this amazing olive oil poached salmon. I finished the whole thing. NOM
15) Finally got an Instax Mini too, thanks to him. He couldn’t find plain border film so he ended up buying whatever was available - this interesting rainbow gradient film that apparently so many people on IG like! I’d still prefer plain ones though. :D
16) Hiroshima Oyster set at Yabu! Not as big as the real oysters in Hiroshima (which I was fortunate enough to try last December), but still super good! They stuffed a lot of small oysters inside. NOM
17) Dyed my hair lighter last month.
Though as of this writing, my hair is about 3 inches shorter. Had to let go of all the damaged parts after so long. I had to curl my hair every time I wanted to make it look decent. So tedious! To think my hair color is high maintenance enough.
Currently looking for a new Japanese or Korean salon to do my next hair color! I’ve been going to the same one for the past 5 years that I think its time to give other salons a chance.
18) Lastly, this outfit! Can’t wear red for a few weeks/months now because of some Chinese traditions I have to follow, so we’ll finally see less of this color for now…
Say hello to what I call my ultimate dyslexia top! Some of the letters are flipped, making it almost impossible to understand at first glance. It would take you a good few seconds (given you have perfect eyesight) to take it all in and realize what the message is. If you don’t want to go through the effort, I’ll just type it out. It says, “Don’t you think now is the time to be adventurous while we’re still young?” While I think we can be adventurous at any age, I do feel that I’m in the prime of my youth and that it’s the perfect time to try out new things and have fun, without all the serious stuff (like health problems and physical limitations for example) that goes with growing old.
I don’t have a lot of graphic tops but I just felt drawn to this particular one as soon as I saw it on a mannequin in the MURUA store at Parco (same place where I bought my EMODA dress from my previous entry). I guess I thought it would be a good reminder to my ever-so-introverted and conservative self, to dare to go out more and not be so anti-social like I always am. Note to self: Be more adventurous, meet new people, be open to more opportunities, have fun, etc.
Anyhow, it’s not the first time I’ve mentioned MURUA here before. As with EMODA, it’s one of the most popular MODE brands out there, if not one of the pioneers of the movement. Recently, they got Kate Lanphear to style their fashion show, as well as to collaborate on some exclusive designs for the brand. How cool is that? MODE is really going global these days. I’m still waiting for the day when MURUA decides to open a global webstore just like EMODA. T_T
On another note, my bag is also from Japanese brand moussy. Got it from their Canal City store. Their recent campaign features Charlotte Free (and her fabulous pink hair), and I remember them also getting Agyness Deyn a few years back. I absolutely love visiting them specifically for the bags and shoes. This one that I have here is such a gem with its classic design with a hint of edginess, studs and all. It can also fit so many things inside, including my camera - my primary requirement for everyday bags.
P.S. Thanks to SNSD I Got A Boy, I am OBSESSED with flat brim caps! I need more!
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.
2% x miffy collection for day 3 of My Own Fashion Week Hong Kong! 2% is one of the uniquely “Hong Kong” brands that I never fail to visit - they have a wonderful selection of brands that cater to different tastes, but you can also mix and match all their items to create interesting coordinates that perfectly reflect 2%’s classic but playful personality.
2% has been getting Lena Fuji to model for them for quite a while now (I think the first time I saw her pictures in the store was about 2007 or 2008). Being such a huge fan of her, I wanted a 2% x miffy top of my own! The brand came out with a series of photos of her wearing giant miffy ears, and super adorable short shorts with a giant ball of fluff (resembling a bunny tail) attached to it. Who wouldn’t say no to that? Anything that Lena models is sure to be a huge hit, I’m sure. This 2% x miffy collaboration was no exception.
The search for the perfect 2% x miffy item was on. I scoured the racks for something that explicitly showed miffy, but also something that didn’t look too much like a normal graphic tee. And voila, this one popped right up once I set my mind on finding the safest choice - black and white… aka MY COMFORT ZONE. This particular piece of cuteness came in the form of a flattering loose-fit shoulder-slit top with a print that was just so me.
So I paired it with a classy pair of gold sequin shorts, one of my favorite purchases from my Kuala Lumpur trip last 2011. Thanks to Bobo for wearing the exact same design during our short (no pun intended) date back then - I was completely sold. She wore it with a sheer black top and a classic black blazer. Nothing like a little sparkle to put a little magic into an outfit, yeah? Paired the shorts with a gold satchel to keep the whole “casual with a glam twist” look on a roll.
My boyfriend and I instantly fell in love with the quality of the sun the time we took these pictures. MAGIC HOUR.
It’s been such a refreshing change to have him help me take my outfit photos recently, and to pretty much just have outdoor shots that I honestly prefer more than my normal self-taken studio shots. It feels quite nostalgic since I used to take a lot of outdoor outfit shots when I first started this blog. Wish I could have him around all the time so I can regularly post beautiful quality photos like these on my blog! You might want to visit his personal blog to see more of the stuff he likes, other than me TROLOLOLOLOL
Stay tuned for my next MOFW post tomorrow! Also, advanced happy 20th birthday to my baby brother Calel!
Third day into My Own Fashion Week and I decided to wear a peach sweater from Sportsgirl, another one of Australia’s great retail brands. The thing I love most about this sweater, apart from the cute color, is the extra long sleeve design. If I don’t wear this sweater properly, the sleeves can go longer than the whole length of my arm. I don’t think it’s too sloppy since I feel like the length can become handy in the long run. I dislike wearing gloves during winter (I can’t function, and not to mention, text properly!), so I’d rather just cover my whole hands with oversized sweaters and jackets.
Following the whole opposite seasons in Australia thing, I decided to not wear any black today! Good news! I bet you guys are already sick and tired of me always wearing black and white with a single color accent.
This whole look is loosely inspired by Lana del Rey (LOVE HER) and her gorgeous H&M photos with her wearing a fluffy peach sweater. She also graced the cover of Vogue Australia this month of October. It’s all very timely since I’m dedicating a whole week of my blog to Australia.
Watch out for Day 4 of My Own Fashion Week Australia tomorrow!
“My Own Fashion Week” continues on its second day with a classic little black dress from My Spring Fling. The embellishments on the shoulders are a good alternative to neck jewelry, if you feel like only wearing arm candies for a cocktail event or a hot date!
It’s so easy to go over-the-top given the formal nature of the dress, but the length (thankfully not too short!) makes it casual enough to try pair with more relaxed elements. Pair this little black dress with clean eye make-up (recently I’ve only been wearing a thin winged liner and mascara) , wavy hair, trusty fits-with-everything black pumps and a simple silver clutch for an understated elegance.
Hope you guys are enjoying the concept so far! Maybe after the second MOFW, everyone (including myself) can get used to this. Looking forward to tomorrow’s post!
Finally posting these after so long! I went to Singapore twice recently - once during the last week of July for a leadership conference for Operation Smile (where I am an ambassador) and once during the first week of September to attend a seminar of sorts. Of course, as always, I managed to find time to do other things in between my fixed schedules. As for what those “other things” were… well, I’ll let the pictures do the talking!
Anyhow, I’m going to take this opportunity to announce the addition of a new concept for my blog. You all know that I love traveling and taking pictures of my outfits, right? So why not do a project where I combine a little bit of both? I’m calling it MOFW, which stands for “My Own Fashion Week”. Basically, it involves me posting outfit photos for a week, featuring brands or online stores from the most recent travel entry. Expect some “MOFW: Singapore” entries starting tomorrow! I coincidentally accumulated gifts from some Singaporean blogshops recently, so what’s a better way to showcase them than to actually dedicate a week for them? I still don’t know what I’ll come up with, but it’s definitely going to be a fun challenge.
Now, on to the photos! I’m combining both my trips into one entry since some of my activities (i.e. shopping, lol) overlapped anyway.
The most convenient way to get to the city from the airport! I love that they have a train connected to one of the terminals, because it saves you so much taxi money!
ONE°15 Marina Club at Sentosa, where I stayed for a night or two. The owner of this place is an active supporter of Operation Smile Singapore, and it was so nice of him to let us stay in this wonderful place.
The Youth Park in Somerset. We had a whole day carnival activity of sorts here, to raise awareness for Operation Smile. We even gave out flyers to people along Orchard.
One of my functional travel outfits. I usually wear super simple outfits and just make myself more bongga by doing my hair and make-up properly!
I took a hop on hop off bus tour! So convenient because you get to see the whole city, and hear trivia about certain places as well.
The driver of the bus stopped the vehicle and started spazzing about these one-day orchids! Lucky I got to see them during my trip!
With the other Operation Smile delegates from Indonesia. They were adorbs and I loved their fashion as well!
This was somewhere in Clarke Quay.
Clarke Quay by night!
I represented Operation Smile Philippines with Louise, who you may all find familiar! She was on Junior Masterchef! We were roommates for a few days, and it was so fun because it was like having a sister!
But uhh, she is already an inch taller than me even if we’re 10 years apart. FML.
Far East Plaza, along Scotts Rd. This is one of my favorite places to shop in Singapore. Here you can find a lot of dainty stores and popular blogshops that sell their own designs, as well as other stuff that are imported from places like Thailand, China and Korea.
MAC Morange and Ruby Woo, two shades of lipsticks that seem to always be out of stock here in Manila!
I rode the MRT alone to Marina Bay Sands. One of the best things about Singapore is their transportation system! So tourist-friendly!
TWG, where I have my afternoon tea and macarons almost everyday. Wish we had the actual tea salon here in Manila!
I had lunch at KRAZE BURGER while watching some kids ice skate.
The shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Here you can find a lot of high-end brands, as well as celebrity restaurants.
On a hot afternoon, silly me decided to pay a visit to the newest attraction in Singapore…
Gardens by the Bay! Looks straight out of a movie or a video game, yes? It looks more surreal at night.
You could check out the two cooled conservatories for a fee. The first dome I went to was the Cloud Forest. I actually didn’t plan on checking these places out until I went to Singapore again with my family, but silly me decided to come here when the sun was at its hottest. I immediately looked for an air-conditioned place, but eventually found myself dedicating a few hours just relaxing and enjoying the conservatories. Totally worth the adventure!
The world’s tallest indoor waterfall.
The Cloud Forest replicates the conditions found in tropical mountain regions between 1,000 metres and 3,000 metres above sea level.
You can check the different conditions out as you go up the “mountain”. They made it feel so real!
View from above.
Inside the “mountain”, there are also some sights to see.
One of my favorite things in this conservatory was this presentation of what will happen to the planet if global warming worsens, at the rate that it’s going. The end of the world can just be around the corner, if we don’t do anything to save it.
And then after you leave the projector room, you’re presented with this beauty. SAVE THE PLANET!
After the Cloud Forest, I went to the Flower Dome…
…where I took my time taking pictures of the prettiest flowers!
One of the good things about going here during the day is being able to take good, naturally-lit and non-grainy photos!
My desktop wallpaper.
Highlight of the Flower Dome: this area with all these pink, red and purple flowers! Also, in this area, there’s a restaurant or an events space which I think would be so ideal for weddings!
Next option for my desktop wallpaper.
I wish I had someone to take my pictures when I was here! I was wearing floral, and it wasn’t even on purpose!
The Singapore Flyer to the left.
Airport and shopping outfit! I can spend hours just walking, taking pictures and shopping here, so flats are a must!
Totally squealed when I saw this at ION. Baby G x SNSD = most perfect combination ever.
Lucky for us, these watches are already available in Time Depot! I already have the Yoona, Jessica and Sunny ones!
Man reading newspaper in front of Forever 21.
CHANEL, I LOVE YOU!
Those boots, I covet.
LV shoes. I’m quite drawn to pointy shoes nowadays!
Valentino. Super cute and pink! Very reminiscent of Legally Blonde.
The most badass sweater that I’ve ever own. This one from Zara was such a steal! I love how it’s already so ornate that you could pair it with the simplest clothes and it would still make you look fabulous.
Glittery Aldo flats that matched the grainy floor. I’m weird for noticing these things.
H&M COME TO MANILA SOON PLEASE! Ugh, I spend so much here every single time. But I’m also so happy that they provide tourist refund! <3
My favorite Topshop in Singapore. Even if they have Topshops in other malls, I still prefer to shop here! I think it’s the most complete one!
On my free night, I had dinner with *the* Zhang Jingna, a.k.a. zemotion of deviantART. We had the nicest foie gras steak and the yummiest green tea cakes!
And then there was Haji Lane, which I call like the Cubao X of Singapore. It’s every eclectic fashionista’s paradise.
Arm candy and Campbell’s.
What a wander wonderful store signage!
Cute mailbox, and the nicest cyan paint background.
Ugh, every place in Haji Store is calling out to me! So ideal for photoshoots.
Daintiest store in Haji Lane. I wish to live here.
I saw this cat sleeping in the store and thought it was fake. A few minutes after it started jumping around everywhere! Sorry for taking your photo, Estee. From that look in your eyes, I know you are quite mad…
Took the MRT to Bugis+ after Haji Lane because I haven’t been here before.
OMG, Lowry’s Farm has a giant store in Bugis+! Well, I know they’re also available in the Collect Points in Isetan but this one is huuuuge! A must for those who love Japanese brands and Japanese fashion!
Dinner alone at Novena, where I stayed for a few days. I spent 10-15 minutes walking to Ibis Hotel to the Novena station everyday! It was a refreshing sight because the area was filled with high-end condo buildings and hospitals.
But it’s really nice to have spend time in a foreign country alone, without any set schedule, without any one to bother you with work. This is my idea of a holiday!
I cheat with red lips. It means not having to spend too much time on eye make-up. This is my no-fail way to make myself instantly presentable!
I CRY. IPPUDO IS IN SINGAPORE. Yes, you heard that right! I was able to experience Hakata ramen straight from the source in Fukuoka, so I was overjoyed to find out that they had a restaurant in Mandarin Gallery! The experience and the ambience were different from the Ippudo I tried in Fukuoka, but still good enough because I really missed being able to choose the noodles’ firmness! Never encountered a ramen restaurant here in Manila that offers barikata, etc.
Ojii-chan, you’re making a really creepy face…
Post-sunset view somewhere in the Marina Bay Sands area.
The Louis Vuitton Island Maison.
National Day was on August 9, but they were rehearsing fireworks a week or two too early. Managed to enjoy the whole show while on a bus to my hotel. Lucky!
Night version of my shot of the Singapore Flyer and the Gardens by the Bay. Only thing missing here would be Avatars…
I’ve been to this country a number of times with my family (Universal Studios with them was so fun), but I don’t mind coming back here every so often because it’s so ideal for someone like me who loves cities (and shopping).
Love how everything is in English and everyone knows how to speak the language! I can’t speak Mandarin to save my life (My dad, my angkong, and ama speak Hokkien fluently, but my mom is Filipino so I didn’t go to a Chinese high school)… if I ever need saving in Singapore. It’s one place I’m sure that I’ll be 100% safe. Wish I could fly there every quarter or something. Someone give me blogging work in Singapore!
But seriously, I hope you guys liked how I presented your country through my eyes and my camera’s lens! Can’t wait for my next visit!
Seems like printed bottoms aren’t going away any time soon. So obsessed. This particular one feels so comfortable, kind of like all the loose pajama-ish pants that I keep on wearing in the past. The print is quite original and eye-catching that when I went to a store in Melbourne and saw a skirt with the same fabric, I totally shrieked “OMG FAIRGROUND!”.
The colors are gorgeous as well. You can never go wrong with black, white and pink. Such a girly combination that’s sure to make any outfit look quirkier and more playful compared to any other color accent.
I paired my new pants with a gradient blazer, which coincidentally matched the pink of my pants! Usually we see suit sets with the same fabric or print, but who would’ve thought that this technique could also work?
Ombre/dip dyed hair was such a huge hit last season, but I think I prefer this trend on my clothes better than on my hair. Though it was fun photoshopping my hair in different colors back when I was blonde, I think I’ll keep it classy by keeping my hair just one color for now. I dyed it a shade darker a few days after I shot these pictures, but I’m sure you all would just be like my boyfriend who never notices these subtle changes until I point them out. Hee.
While I’m still not into piling on accessories, I believe this coordinate makes a huge statement! Just look at Elle Woods in Legally Blonde for some pinkspiration if you’re into corporate-ish items such as blazers and high-waist trousers but want to put a fun and feminine twist to them.