(1 - EMODA top, Chicwish blazer, Esperanza boots, 2 - Sheinside top and sweater, Kate Spade bag, Coach heels, 3 - Zara top, Forever 21 blazer, Coach bag, Charlotte Russe heels, 4 - EMODA top, necklace and cardigan, FashionCookie ShoeAvenue heels, 5 - Hot Mess top)
We all know that denim never goes out of style, which is exactly why it was top of mind when I started listing down items for my book, 150 Style Essentials For Every Girl. I don’t think there’s any place in the world where nobody is wearing denim, and this is only testament to how important and versatile it is for everybody, fashion-conscious or not!
I started my interest in denim when I was in 6th grade, when I asked my mom, for the very first time, to buy me a pair of elephant pants because it was all the rage among my friends then. Thank God OOTDs weren’t invented yet because I was such a fashion victim, lol. I continued to wear them as I transitioned to high school, until I outgrew pants in general and instead turned to shorts and skirts.
But there was never a time when I had zero denim in my closet. I always had a pair or two until I was able to afford getting my own clothes and choose the styles that I liked. Eventually, I learned that skinny jeans suited my body type best, and got them in different denim washes, this classic, dark blue wash included. I have friends who prefer lighter washes, loose/baggy styles, or ones that come with a few rips here and there, but they’re denim all the same!
Speaking of denim…
In the spirit of Christmas, Wrangler Philippines decided to give away my #TriciaGosingtianStyleBook as gifts to 10 lucky winners everyday until the 23rd! It’s only the 5th day today, and so far, 50 people have already won their own free copies of my book. Super easy! It’s also my way of thanking you guys for all the continued support.
Anyhow, all the winners had to do was follow and tweet @WranglerPH a Tricia-inspired denim outfit photo! The 10 best ones for the day will be announced every 8PM. You can keep on joining everyday until the 23rd.
What’s even more awesome about it is that the denim contest is open to Asia! So to those from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, etc etc who were asking me how to get a copy of my book, this is your chance!
Maybe it’s the numerous years I’ve spent wearing uniforms in my lifetime that made me unconsciously bring the habit over to the present. I went to a school that required us to wear a white sailor top and a checkered black and white skirt to school everyday, and I never hated wearing it. I even thought we had one of the best, if not the best-looking uniform around (FYI, I proudly went to St. Paul Pasig from Kindergarten to High School). But then again, I’m always biased when it comes to clean and simple black and white.
White top plus black bottom combo has never failed me, and I’ll totally still continue wearing it until the end of time. It enables me to play with the color of my bag and shoes to create that color accent effect that I’m often very fond of. Red is my IT color of the season.
Also, I dyed my hair red again a few days ago, but this time a little lighter so that when it fades to brown/orange, it’ll still look like it’s on fire!
Day to night dressing is super fun and not at all challenging for me. Knowing that I can totally transform an outfit’s vibe with the help of styling thrills me and makes me want to invest on certain style essentials even more. I mean, let’s be honest - buying things that you can only use once isn’t very economical, and it occupies a lot of space too. I’ve actually been feeling bad for leaving a lot of my older stuff (especially shoes) unattended lately. Somewhere, in the world, a girl is wishing to have another pair of feet just so she can simultaneously wear more fabulous shoes. #shoeaholicproblems
Will update everyone if ever I decide to do a garage sale! My room is seriously a mess right now. Half my bed is occupied with things.
Counting down the days until I just totally give up on accessorizing. I’ve been stuck in a rut recently, though it’s proving to be a good exercise in terms of challenging myself to wear the least number of extra items (besides the essentials to cover my body parts, lol) without looking incomplete or underdressed.
Today marks the unofficial final day of stressing out for that secret project I’ve been talking about. Unofficial because I still might have to do some final touches. Only until then can I officially say that I’m free! Thankfully, my trip to Hong Kong with Crissey last August got rebooked to next week, because we were supposed to fly on that unfortunate day when the runway got flooded by Maring/Habagat. Anyhow, good thing we decided to put our safety first! I wouldn’t have been able to relax anyway, knowing that my project wasn’t finished yet.
Only a matter of days or weeks now before I can finally make an announcement. It’s on its way to completion but I don’t want to jinx it by pre-empting. Scared and excited!
If you’ve been following some Australian, Thai, Singaporean, Indonesian and Malaysian blogs, I’m pretty sure you’ve already encountered Reebonz in one way or another. It’s an online destination for 100% authentic designer brands sold at affordable prices, with sale events that change almost everyday. Before you know it, you’ve already added Reebonz in your must-visit-daily bookmark folder. Come back to this post and comment if you end up doing the same after signing up and/or making your first purchase!
(Zara top and heels, Yesstyle inset skirt leggings, Mango bracelet) Hype on Lookbook here.
Anyhow, I’m writing this as a collaboration of sorts, and luckily, they gave me some cash credits while I tried out the whole Reebonz experience. It’s not just me - they also often give a certain amount of cash credits regularly for members, encouraging you to buy and buy… until you die. They expire though, so it makes you want to buy ASAP. Way to pressure us shopaholics! They also send you emails notifying you about the expiration of your credits. Love/hate it.
Anyhow, recently, they gave out $40 as their “Welcome August!” treat! Since it’s the first of September now, maybe they’ll give out credits again. A lot of items, of course, cost more than $40, so they just deduct the credits from the total amount when you check out.
In my case, I also added a few dollars (you can pay through credit card or bank transfer) to get this bag, but it wasn’t bad at all because at the time of purchase, there was a 20% coupon code for US brands. So I had a 20% off and cash credits subtracted off the total amount! I felt like it was my birthday!
I first saw this bag on Kryz’s Reebonz post, and fell in love instantly! Lissa also posted about her Marc by Marc purchase here. It’s so me in a lot of ways, black and white and all, but my favorite part about it is that it’s big enough to fit a lot of stuff, but also small enough for my height and body type. Yes, you also have to consider these factors since designer brands are investments and should be thought of very carefully before purchasing (unless you are a billionaire heiress, or unless you are Napoles, lol). It’s easy to fall into the trap of buying one and ending up letting it wear you instead of the other way around!
During the time when Reebonz let me choose, I was surprised this style (Marc by Marc Jacobs Alley Katz Bunny) was still available! If you’re lucky, a certain style would have 2-3 stocks left, but most of the time there’s only one stock left for each item. This is why people go crazy over Reebonz sale events! When there are 40%-50% outlet sales, the good bags (especially Balenciagas) are usually gone within the first hour or so. It’s a battlefield out there, I tell you! I heard that in Singapore, some office ladies go straight to the website as soon as sale events go up at noon.
I ordered the bag, then they shipped it out 5 days later. It arrived on my doorstep in 4 days. So total of 9 days! My shipment apparently got stuck at FedEx for 2 days because of Maring/Habagat/typhoon. They sent it straight to my house as soon as the weather got better. You can track the location since FedEx emails details like a responsible boy scout. I dislike having to send messengers to the post office to get my packages since it’s such a hassle, and usually these packages also charge expensive fees too. Seriously takes the fun out of online stores.
But I didn’t have to pay anything for my Reebonz package which was A+. I think a lot of Filipinos are afraid of ordering from international stores because of the taxes, etc. but thankfully, for this website, you won’t have to feel the wrath of the Pasay post office a.k.a. the bane of my existence.
I’m actually waiting for another bag right now, and it’s been 9 days since I ordered. I haven’t received an email that it’s already on its way here, so let’s see if it arrives some time in the next few days (since it takes about 14 working days for delivery according to the invoice I got after I ordered). If it doesn’t, then… *cue tumbleweed and kroo kroo bird sounds*
(EDIT: It arrived exactly 14 days after ordering. I’m now a proud owner of a Medium Proenza Schouler PS1 in Paprika!)
Overall, this first experience was good. It arrived in this big black box with a big glittery bow! It was wrapped in thick plastic so the box won’t get damaged. Inside, there was a cloth pouch where the bag was carefully stored, and there was a thick, black paper wrapped around the pouch as well. Sealed with a cute Reebonz sticker. Class!
If you’re interested in checking Reebonz out, click here to join! Membership is free, and you can enjoy brands like Chanel, Givenchy, Prada, Balenciaga, Miu Miu, Chloe, Michael Kors, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, etc. You can also follow Reebonz Philippines’ FB Page here.
Rarely do I wear high-waist skinny pants on their own as I think they are generally unflattering, especially on no-butt, no-hips, rectangular, wide and short-waisted me. If I can’t wear a contrasting oversized/chunky jacket over my whole outfit to maintain the skinniness of my upper frame and legs, I’ll be totally fine wearing my own favorite high-waist a-line skirts over all the designer high-waist skinnies available in this world. Must keep the jacket on all the time.
I remember seeing a few Shibuya 109 girls rock them so well, but they were exceptionally tall (taller than most), had the best body proportions (long torso, super skinny waist and legs), and probably had the same weight as the average 15-year-old. Personally, while I don’t easily gain weight (FOR NOW) despite having no exercise or diet, I tend to easily bloat around the abdomen area. Luckily, it goes away in the morning, but after every meal, I feel like the food makes itself so comfortable in my stomach that it refuses disappear until the next day. Now, you can understand why my clothes are always so loose and bodycon makes me… well, very conscious.
Thank God for these magical pants though. First time in my life I can say that there is hope of high-waist pants. The peplum detail hides the most unflattering part of my body. The little skirt effect makes such a huge difference, and it only takes less than a yard of cloth to add it on. I swear anyone can look good if you just know what kind of clothes to flatter your body type! I’m not really sure if high-waist pants can suit pear and apple types as well as rectangle and hour glass types, but I figure (no pun intended) a lot will depend on what you style it with.
You can see I still wasn’t completely comfortable with it though, as I didn’t tuck my top in my pants. Maybe another day!
Yes sir, I’m one of a kind! Okay, not really.
But anyway, it’s quite admirable how good GD has been branding himself over the years (or should we chalk it up to YG?), with his logos being printed all over the place. Remember that time when everyone suddenly went crazy over his Giyonchy (Givenchy + Ji-yong wordplay) logo?
If you search “one of a kind shirt” on Google Images, you’ll find that GD practically owns the term now. I mean, where did the *literal* one of a kind shirts go? It must be a nightmare to have an actual one of a kind shirt business now since you’ll be buried under all the GD-related results on search engines, lol.
I might cut the sleeves off this shirt soon, to match the muscle shirt that he’s wearing in the video. What do you think? I can never pull off a full-on gangsta feel, being partial to girlier looks… but you can see I tried with the chain bling on my neck. I give myself a low C+ for effort, haha.
Recently, I’ve been really inspired to recreate some K-pop looks / airport fashion with existing stuff in my closet or items you can find in local stores. I wonder if anyone’s interested…
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!