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August 10, 2014

COLD RUSH

Outtakes:

It’s my dream Sunday. Sleeping in and taking off to walk around the city with the perfect outfit and sunnies. Clearly, this outfit is still rooted in the 90s. The definition of “normcore” is still a blur to me and yet I find myself wearing clothes that have an ironic take on ‘normal’. The re-emergence of this normcore trend is very timely for where I am now at life. Wearing corporate clothes five times a week is exhausting most of the time and with norm core’s love of the generic, I find it easy to dress as myself during the weekend.  

I’m not quite sure where crochet falls.. probably under bohemian/coachella but when paired with a skirt with clean lines, I’m confident that it falls under normcore. One of my favorite things about crochet is its artistic detailing, which has the power to be classy or edgy. I opted for the crochet bralette to have a fresh weekend look. Furthermore, I paired it with a gray pleated skirt for a more refined look. (Does it make sense?) This of-the-moment knit is a great way to create that unique aspect your ensemble may be missing. What was formally the byproduct of our home economics project in high school and our grandmother’s free time has now become a major fashion player. As we move closer to AW 14, it’s not so much of a problem to incorporate crochet into your wardrobe. The Philippines has such a bipolar weather so if it’s hot, you can wear it without a cover-up. If the weather gets gloomy, you can always throw a cardigan or a jacket over it.

Crochet is slowly shedding its homespun image and becoming chic. For the record, the crochet bralette is my favorite haul from the Zara's sale corner. No less warm-weather appropriate, but with a completely different spin on normal lace. It can be a choice cloth for all occasions too - for an evening event or a luncheon with friends. Being the confident and playful me, I feel so sophisticated and chic and at the same time cool and casual. Putting my own spin on everything shows my uninhibited natural energy and I can’t avoid the possibility that this might just become my favorite, casual everyday uniform in the following weeks. 

WEARING:
Top from Zara
Skrit from Zara
Shoes from Charles and Keith
Sunnies from Eyeknowright Sunnies
(Instagram: @eyeknowrightsunnies)

Photos by:
Andie Javelosa





August 4, 2014

SILBRRR LINING



Dull/shapeless outerwear, frizzy hair, and runny make-up can ruin one’s entire style in whatever monsoon the country is experiencing. So how does one actually make himself or herself look calm and highly unpretentious while prancing his or her way through the rain? 

Sometimes, the steamy hot pavements of Manila turn into rainy streets of London (oops my imagination exaggerated a bit) and to be honest, dressing up for a rainy day isn’t quite as simple and motivating as throwing in some crop top and high-waist shorts during warm summer days. 

However, one can avoid becoming a natural disaster by simply looking for waterproof clothing that would not make one look like a wet chick (that's not a good thing - I meant baby chicken as in basing sisiw in Filipino).

Furthermore, aside from the obvious fact that you have to keep yourself dry, you can at least keep yourself dry in a sartorial  elegance with a very fantastic umbrella. Haha! It livens up the dreariness outdoors. I chose a transparent one because it suits my personality. It is just the right amount of uniqueness.

When the weather is fray and cloudy, you need to find some silver lining, am I right? An obvious solution would be to literally wear silver. If you can't find it, then wear it. Adding something shining shimmering and splendid to your outfit is a good way to keep your spirits high when the temperature gets low. Hahaha! Silver usually represents second place but not this rainy season! Silver is sure to be a winner for me in the coming months. For some reason, anything with silver hardware has becoming more and more attractive to me. Maybe because I've been wearing gold jewellery all my life and I just wanted some sleek change on my metallic essentials. 

With few simple changes, I can just turn this outfit from a rainy day to a night out with friends. I just need to leave my slip-ons at home and change to dressier shoes. There is no need to sacrifice style for function. These plimsolls that I love so much look like normal shoes but are actually water-resistant. Haha!

Sure, staying in during a thunderstorm, cuddling, or reading a good book is ideal but for most of us, it's not an option, especially during the work week. I relish spending the day in a comfortable, yet twenty something y/o-appropriate, look with this rain-friendly outfit idea. It's just nice to take the  opportunity of the rain to create something instead of doing nothing. 

Just don’t forget to swap your normal mascara for a waterproof one, if you don’t want to look like emo kid circa 2005.

WEARING:
Top from Zara
Shorts from Zara
Shoes from Forever 21
Umbrella from Forever 21
Accessories from Aldo 
Watch from Aeropostale

Photos by:
Andie Javelosa




July 27, 2014

TOP OF THE CROPS



A selection of crop tops has always been a real incentive to get down the gym for most people but in my case, it really is just my usual thing to wear (gym or no gym involved).
Wearing one does not come much of a surprise. I’ve always been sporting crop tops rain or shine. Last year’s infatuation with the crop top is back for another round even if the weather has been literally raining on my parade. I know it sounds too obvious that I’m still on the level of denial that summer is over.. but if you take a look around, midriffs are (STILL!) having a skin-is-in moment! The clincher is that it need not expose your whole stomach. The feminine schoolgirl look has been mellowed for a more mature and comfortable style, just like this cream of the crop (top) that ranks #1 in my closet. 
This reversible python/beige crop top has a touch of sophistication, a look that is more pretty than provocative. Moreover, I believe the top was created with flattering cuts that did not cling to body. My logical reason for wearing it is that a sliver of skin never killed anyone. 
With it, I was more inclined to pair it with denim pants for a more laidback approach to the trend. Yes, I know that our country’s having a typhoon moment and one might think, “What is she thinking?” While the crop top is often a fashion trend that spells SUMMER out right, it can still be this season’s choice just with a whole tricky style statement. 
Pulling off the crop top in this rainy season does not have to be so intimidating because for one thing, a crop top does not automatically mean a bared stomach .The trick right there my friend is to play with proportions. Strike a balance. This has been and will always be my advise. The shorter the top, the higher the bottom. If you want to be conservative about it, pair it with a pencil skirt, the epitome of sleek and sophisticated style. 
I know it’s not shown in the photos because we shot the outfit indoors but I actually paired my top with a cover up.. because obviously, there could be no other logical way to keep this look weather appropriate for our typhoon months in the Philippines. 

I am very much a blogger who believes in sincerity over quantity so I don’t post when I don’t have a good outfit or something I think might be useful to say. To counter the gloomy weather, I decided to post this outfit to keep a fun, casual vibe all-year round. From exhausting weekdays to relaxing weekends, this is just the perfect slouchy, easy transitional look to wear. 

WEARING:
Crop top from Shop Carisse by Carmen Araneta
Ripped denim jeans from Zara

Photos by:
Lee Caces








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MANILA, PHILIPPINES
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