February 15, 2017


I got the love i've always wanted, now I occasionally want people to know how it's literally like living in a Jason Mraz song

This Valentine's Day, try celebrating the people in your life who are honest, loving, caring and kind − the people who show you their souls. 

For my part, I know that there will be books, bare feet, pancakes and too many late nights being happy being nowhere else  and this was exactly what my trip to Bali felt like. I have not been very active on my blog for a very long time because of my job and other #parasabayan things to do, but I had a sudden urge to share this not so well-documented but nothing short of amazing trip to everyone. The video is not Sam Kølder-quality (working on it lol) so I am kindly asking everyone to lower their expectations. Haha! I just compiled most of my Instagram and Snapchat videos and included Alex Cruz's Sweet Child (ft. Gabbi Lieve) and Phantogram's Don't Move as background music. For those of you asking what app I used to edit my videos, I used iMovie. It may sound intimidating but noobs like me can really easily learn the ropes. Shout out to my computer class in secondary school for teaching me the basics. Lol. Hope you will enjoy the video, guys! :) 

September 25, 2015


Don't you wonder why some girls just have a certain je ne sais quoi or could it just be their strategic use of certain hues in their wardrobe? 

Whenever you go to New York, would you not want to paint the town red? The allusion of painting the town red refers to the kind of riotous behavior that results in red blood being spilled. As Lorde-y as it sounds, just know that you have more control than you think on how to paint any town red. I'm not referring to going home to your apartment in Brooklyn  at 3am or riding the metro and getting lost with your intoxicated friends.. although that can still be acceptable if you're the type. Haha! But what I'm talking about is your control over your freedom of expression via your personal style. As you probably already know, the key is to leave a little (or even a lot) to the imagination, so keeping it classy is key.

I've never been one to wear a red dress. I'm sure there's some profound psychological reason for it. More so, my main problem with red is that it makes such an impression. It gives such a vibrant effect to the inner eye that it becomes a tough act to follow considering my predominantly neutral wardrobe. Admittingly, red was in the plan all along but it had to be just the right one.. The one which makes you feel like a million dollars.. The one which makes one feel as though one could rule the world..

Red is obviously alluring, but this dress has so much more going for it than just color. As per Rumi Neely, red dresses are "camera friendly af."

Silk dress from Urban Outfitters
Shoes from Topshop

Photos by:
Kurt Dee 
Check out his dope instagram account @ kurtdee
(IG: @kurtdee)

Also, S/O to my loved ones Vira and Venice Sanchez for making this amazing photo series possible <3

September 13, 2015


Eleventh of October's slip dress is basically the only socially acceptable lingerie for me.
The slip dress has quickly become just about the only thing I've dreamed of wearing all year round. However, due to adulthood, I cannot materialize that dream. Like ever.  
Although you have to believe me when I say that it’s an evergreen silhouette: body-conscious without being bandaged, suggestive of one's physical form without being revealing. It can skew romantic or sexy or simple: a curve-skimming little slip of a nothing dress to be worn alone (I'm looking at you, Rihanna). While that’s all well and good for the hashtag blessed people, for us mere mortals, the insubstantial dress begs further inquiry. Specifically: how do you wear a slip dress without looking like you just stepped out of your boudoir? Easy. Just tone down the provocative.
My secret to styling is to always feel out its vibe and then balance it with styling pieces that have an opposing feel. For this look, I tempered the revealing slip with a cream coatigan (coat + cardigan). This way, the end result is socially acceptable to most people. If you feel slightly exposed in spaghetti straps, feel free to add layers on top of the slip dress. Also, say yes to sophistication. Although a slip dress is quintessentially ‘90s, you don’t have to count Kate Moss/Courtney Love as your style icons to get the look. You can add accessories for an elegant spin. They keep the lingerie-looking dress from entering hussy territory.

Amongst all slip dresses I have seen and have had, I hate to play favorites, but the 'Phoenix' slip in peach is the clear frontrunner. 

'Phoenix' slip dress from Eleventh of October
(IG: @eleventhofoctober)
Coatigan from River Island
Sandals from Topshop
Accessories from Topshop

Photos by:
John Crawford
(IG: @jhncrwfrd)
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