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February 19, 2015

FROM DESK TILL DAWN


Take note, our mantra for all working women out there is to dress so they notice you and work so they'll remember you. However, five days out of the week, every woman asks herself, “What should I wear to work?” If the tired question sounds familiar, you’re not alone.
 
Unless you’re a bonafide superwoman, you’ve probably experienced your fair share of what we call the morning scramble. You know, those days when no matter what you do, you can’t seem to pull it together and get ready in an even remotely reasonable amount of time. After all, it’s not easy putting together outfits that are subtle enough for a professional environment, yet stylish enough to stand out and make a positive impression - even after working hours.
For days like these, I always opt for the throw-on-and-go dress. All this one-hit-wonder needs is a pair of shoes and a necklace, and you're out the door quicker than Speedy Gonzales. You might even have time to down that bowl of cereal and make that glorious coffee pitstop before clocking in.
 
Moreover, dressing the part for work is a topic I am quite familiar with and thank God for dresses from Pink Manila that cover the basics for all kinds of work attire (from casual to business casual to professional).
 
But before going to the deets, we have to ensure that we will never be again late for work on account of wardrobe indecision. How to do this?  Pick out your entire outfit the night before. There’s a reason why our moms taught us this trick when we were younger—it’s only logical and it saves a ton of time. Before you go to bed, choose your entire outfit for the next day, right down to your shoes, bag, and other accessories. If you wake up feeling like you don’t really want to wear what you picked out, you can edit from there—but that’s still a preferable option to trying to create a look from scratch by frantically rifling through your entire closet.
 
 In editing your office outfit of the day (OOOTD),  I believe every working girl should know to invest in a good pair of shoes. Your shoes may not be the first thing your co-workers will notice, but if you’re crossing your legs in a meeting or making a presentation, I guarantee that scuffed soles will stand out…and not in a good way. Invest in two or three classic pairs of heels that are comfortable enough to give an entire standing presentation in. Do the same with flats.

If you feel like your outfit needs to step up a notch or two, just don't over-accessorize.We’re all familiar with that famous Coco Chanel quote: always remove one accessory before you leave the house. But I think I even have a better tactic: don’t put on too many to begin with! Haha! When it comes to accessories, simpler really IS better. Unless you’re trying to make a statement with an attention-grabbing necklace or pair of earrings, stick to minimal pieces that won’t weigh down your outfit—or slow down your morning.

Looking put-together and work-appropriate by 8 am is SO MUCH easier said than done. If you've ever found yourself dashing from work to meetings to after-work drinks (case in point: my life), you'll know how hard it is just getting there on time. It's another challenge altogether making a workday look work for after-hours.  If you're willing to invest in a few versatile pieces, you might just be able to make your look last right through to happy hour. Whatever your profession, whatever your position, it won't hurt to balance a feminine dress with a pair of lace-up heels. Just like what I preferred to do. Instant sophistication right there. Aside from the fact that it's a perennnially classic outfit combo, it's effortless. You'll simply take your work-day style up a notch in formality when downing that amaretto sour or frozen margarita.
 
WEARING:
Dress from Pink Manila
Shoes from Janeo
Bag from Zara
Necklace from H&M
 
Photos by:
Raniel Hernandez
Instagram: @rayniyel

January 22, 2015

STYLE DETOX

 


Black / White / Grey / Nude // REPEAT.
It's a vicious cycle.
In retrospect, the last semester of 2014 was a big bang-like explosion of blacks and whites in my sartorial life. All because my wardrobe screamed for a detox and I could not help but give in to it. Here's what my post-recovery from holiday excess (applying the less-is-more approach) looks like.

WEARING:
Top from River Island
Shorts from Zara
Pants from Topshop
White shoes from Zara
Boots from Zara
Accesories:
Ice Cream Phone Case from Moschino
Sunglasses from Sunnies Studios 

Photos by:
Pemrik Alina

January 15, 2015

SAINTS + SNEAKERS


2014 came and conquered. Now, it's 2015's turn and we all couldn't wait for it to impress us. However, we need to do our homework to impress it back. We should be prepared. This is 2015, people. This is not a drill. 

When life (read:work) happens, one can easily get side tracked so I apologize for that very long hiatus even if honestly I have spent months and months making excuses for why I haven’t been updating my blog regularly. I’m so good at it by now that I’m able to squash my outfit post ideas with a simple, “my real work has gotten into my skin".. then maybe add the fact that The Lazy Monster in me had fully taken over. Sometime over the week though, I shook my head out of the fog and snapped back to reality.  Personally, I can’t forget for even a minute why I’m working on my blog and what I want to get done. I remind myself constantly that even though this is a fun side project in my life and an outlet for my creativity, I also have a responsibility to my network and my readers. I have to (and want to) keep up with it and make it good. Rather than wallowing my guilt of not being able to provide you with content for the past months, I would like all of you to join in my excitement as this year unfolds.

 The New Year is about starting fresh and what better way to do so than by updating your wardrobe.
 If you follow me on Instagram, white is the most constant color in my wardrobe at the moment. It is fresh and crisp and when the hue is worn from head to toe, it results in an exceptionally stylish, high-impact look. 

Plus, the fact that the 90's inspired sport trend continues (but with a more minimalistic touch this time) and Alexander Wang being the team captain (as always), I'm so thankful that an international brand like Klarra sent me pretty much amazing clothes. Just for everyone's information, I now have the coolest set of white co-ords. Haha!

 Although it might seem like yesterday when sportswear was all about throwing on a pair of loose pants, a slouchy t-shirt and a cool cap, years have since gone by. Now, the lines got blurred. The athletic influences are no longer that obvious, and when they are, something about them screams pure luxury. It could be the sexier feel, the unexpected styling or the luxe fabrics used to balance out the relaxed silhouettes, but what’s certain is that sporty-clothing makes for an effortlessly elegant look these days. Just a detail here and there then the look is auto-fresh.

If you’re tired of having to create an outfit with a multitude of layers and details all the time just to achieve that chic and stylish look that you are going after, I think you’ll really find the minimalist trend refreshing ⎯ just like moi. One other thing that I’m pretty sure you’ll love about the minimalist trend is that because it’s so simple, it’s sure to never go out of style. The key to successfully pulling off the minimalist trend is to keep it simple. Choose pieces that have a clean silhouette and try to avoid clothes or accessories that are too complex, detailed and/or frilly. The general rule to keep in mind when trying to pull off the minimalist trend is that less is more and that going over the top with your clothes and accessories is a definite no-no. Keeping it simple is the easiest yet most effective way to successfully capture the essence of the minimalist trend. More importantly, my most favorite aspect of this trend is creating structure. Just because you’re going with the minimalist trend, it doesn’t mean it always has to be t-shirt and jeans. Boxy pieces, for example, are great for adding shape and structure to your look.

However, there is a caveat. Minimalism is somehow synonymous to vulnerability, Vulnerability to stains! It means that you may need to continue being careful while eating or drinking anything when wearing minimalistic clothes. Haha! 

WEARING:
Top from Klarra
Skirt from Klarra
Air Max Thea from Nike

Photos by:
Jc Gellidon
(Instagram: @jcgellidon)

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES
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