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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








July 20, 2014

THE PLEAT GOES ON

On and on, on the pleat goes on and on
While midi skirts are still on my favorite list, I'm trying to say hello and loosen up with pleats skirts. Except for the fact that I'm wearing polka dots, which remind you of the fifties and the eighties, I'm also trying to pull off a subtle Britney (Spears schoolgirl) moment here with the skirt.
Frankly, this box pleat skirt with elastic waistband in salmon color is versatile and effortless. It adds texture to a basic outfit. Worn with a pair of Birkenstocks or in my case, a pair of Nike Air Max Theas,  it's casual with a touch of feminity on point.
Pleated skirts, despite their longstanding association with school girl innocence, reappeared as a key essential for the fashion flock last summer. As I've said on my previous post, I'm trying to catch up with all my backlog posts so I apologize for being "so last summer". Going back, these skirts aren't your standard skirts that are only cute for high school girls. They are also potential essential must-have's for twenty something women like me. 
Keep in mind, too, that this look has modern written all over it. So let's talk about what you can pair this up with. A great look and will always be a favorite trend of everyone are crop tops and they look great with this kind of skirt. Anyone who wants to wear one should wear it with a cropped, boxy top or a menswear shirt or just a normal shirt - definitely not a blazer though.

Most important are the shoes: that's what will make the look contemporary and sophisticated. In my case, I want my outfit to look playful thus the sneakers. Sandal-style boots or strappy sandals are the best options if you're that type of girl who uses your Nike shoes exclusively for running.
I want the lightness of my top and skirt, but I don't want to get stuck in a rainstorm in a pleated skirt that's why my leather jacket (with detachable hoodie) is there to be my SOTD (Superman of the day).
Always believe in the pleat's power to flatter ⎯ when it's done right. That delicate flatness, however needs a grounded base. It needs something that makes it urban that's why I paired it with THAT kind of shoes. For pleat newbies, I suggest that you skip anything printed and just go monochromatic with a white pleated skirt, white T-shirt and metallic heels. You could obviously do all-black and just 
blame the weather for your gloomy outfit. 

These pleats are grown-up and elegant and are worn not only from desk to disco but for special occasions too. If the fashion-forward looks on Alexa Chung, Zoe Saldana, and Miley Cyrus are any indication. Just so you know, you would not commit a mortal sin if you wear one to the movies, to a date night, to a coffee run or to a stormy night. On my part, the slickness of the skirt pulls the girliness right back to me any day, any night.



WEARING:
Polka dot romper from Zara
Pleated skirt from Zara
Air Max Thea shoes from Nike
Leather jacket with detachable hood from Forever 21

Photos by:
Pemrik Alina



July 6, 2014

MOST VALUABLE BLOUSE (MVB)

Before anything else, I would like to tell everyone how sad I am that I don't get to blog as often as before. Right now, I'm trying my best to catch up on so many backlogs so paciencia, por fav:) Anyway, going back to my real blog post!

In line with the World Cup and the recent NBA Finals, there is one trend that has got me on lockdown. 
 My favorite button-up (obviously the blouse that earned the MVB trophy) has no longer have to be so, well, buttoned up. Thanks to this styling trick that I got somewhere from the vast world of the internet, my nine-to-five staple is enjoying the after-hours spotlight. 
I thought of pairing some "this-belongs-to-the-corporate-world" top with leather boxer shorts and canvas shoes to even out their own vibes. 
 As summer just started on the other side of the world, I would just like to reiterate the fact that S/S '14 always does it job of bringing out fun and fresh styles. Mind you, anyone has the ability to incorporate the trend into their own repertoire. Just work on your creative juices :) 
Likewise, there are fun and fresh reiterations of the basic button-down blouse too. I can always dress it up or down and still look completely put together (I'd like to think so). 
With this outfit, I'm taking cues from Alexander Wang spring runways, and wearing button-down shirts in a much more unique manner, by fastening only the top button.
Unexpected and perfect for morning to night or.. if you want it the other way around, night to morning, this look offers a cool new way to wear any polished shirt. 
 Wang's panama inspired shirt and boxer shorts is a whole new take on the "I woke up this way" look. The partially buttoned top exudes the effortlessly cool vibe (my favorite phrase on my blog) the designer does so well. It just shows just a sliver of skin and yet, it looks so adventurous!
Whether you're headed to work, date night, or drinks with the girls, a "woke up like this" top is the easiest way to get out the door in super chic style. 

WEARING:
Top from Stradivarious
Shorts from Zara
Shoes from Converse
Sunglasses from SUPER

Photos by:
Andie Javelosa

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