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September 14, 2014

WHITE-COLLAR JOB


Let me first acknowledge the fact that the all-white fashion trend is seasonless—always in style. Although almost always impractical, global warming is now prolonging the warmer seasons and we could not help but end up investing in pieces that don't make us feel like we're infinitely stuck in one big oven. 
Recently, I've become infatuated with the obvious sense of minimal that white embraces. I know that it is a much known fact that black has always been a woman's best friend for centuries but I think it's time to break-up with it and meet its match. 
Some might say that white is such a risky color especially for a clumsy woman like me who always spills something over her clothes. It is easy to ruin and completely visible to the eye, but what is life without risks? I mean, what is fashion without risks? You only live once (lol) so I say take that risk and put on that amazing white button down. It will totally be worth it. I Promise.
So why wear white? Because it is such a universal color. I mean if celebrities, diplomats and fashion houses are fond of the white trend then it must be something worth investing on, right?
This color might just the answer to all your prayers. No more spending hours deciding from the color block. You can now acquire that extra 5 minutes of sleep in the morning because 5 minutes makes a big difference (seriously). The decision can be as simple as putting on a white dress and go out. Now that's a fashion weapon worth keeping. 
The question is, how does one stay stay clean in life in an outfit that's a magnet for dirt? Aside from the obvious tip of avoiding newly-painted walls and anything that can easily be knocked over, choose cream and ivory coloured pieces, since they're less jarring. Also, always opt for white, cream, and ivory-colorer items in fall fabrics. 
Minimalist pieces make me feel like a legitimately grown-up woman for Autumn/Winter 2014. They go well with bright classic red lips (my fave on-the-go look). The funny thing about them is that they that are not attention-grabbing and yet that's where their beauty lies. Just the perfect combination of simplicity and lux to make an elegant effect. 


WEARING:
Button down/dress from Bershka
Shoes from Zara

Photos by:
Jana Baduel
(Instagram: yjanas //Blog: http://yjanas.com) 



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




CURRENT LOCATION:
MANILA, PHILIPPINES
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