Friday, June 29, 2012

stomping the roses.

stomping the roses.

Chiffon dress
£18 -

One button jacket
$110 -

Casadei platform sandals
$524 -

Givenchy leather clutch
£599 -

Lisa Freede sparkle jewelry
$98 -

NARS Cosmetics blush
$28 -

Philosophy lip gloss
$6 -

Butter london nail polish
$14 -

college outfits.

Friday, June 22, 2012

there were stars, they burned my eyes.

Hey guys! So I know I haven't posted anything since college started. Things have been absolutely crazy. Emotionally and physically draining. Haha, but it is quite an experience! I'm in the midst of plate-making right now (I need to finish 12 plates plus a stupid wire sculpture this weekend ugh) but I'm taking a break to blog because I haven't in way too long.


C o l l e g e.

In most colleges, you have the freedom to wear whatever you want. In other colleges, they have uniforms. And in others, there are certain dress codes, like no sleeveless tops or shorts with a certain length. In UP, where I study, there is no dress code at all. You can where whatever you want at all. 
The thing is, it is more difficult than it seems. Especially being a fashion-lover, honestly. The perception is that because we are given the freedom to wear whatever we want, we can have an easier time dressing up and choosing our outfits every single day.

But there are actually more factors to it than you realize. In UP in particular, we always have to think of the h e a t. It is always incredibly hot, so we can't always wear pants, or long-sleeves. Then we have to think about w a l k i n g  o r  c o m m u t i n g from one college to another or from the campus back home. We need to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. We also need to think about s a f e t y. UP isn't exactly the safest campus around because of its openness to the public. So, we can't always wear shorts or certain tops and stuff.

It's really hard! So just because we can wear whatever we want, at the same time, we can't. 

I'm saying this because lately, I have been having so much trouble picking out my outfits every single day. Honestly, it is so taxing! On time and creativity. Seriously. I always thought it would be so easy, but noooo, it's more difficult than others think, honestly. Especially if you always want to look fashionable, but have to compromise because of everything else.

So I have decided that every weekend, I am going to plan out my outfits for the week. Haha. That way I don't have to panic every morning (and end up being late because I can't pick out a decent outfit), and so there is assurance that I will look fashionable (image is sort of that important to me okay sorry).

So I am going to post a few college outfits that I really like/probably going to wear sometime.

1. Outfit 1. This screams absolute c o m f o r t to me. Comfort and I don't give a. Haha. Simply because it's just a loose tee, some grey skinnies, and comfortable glads. Love it so much. Perfect for college, actually.

 2. Outfit 2. This one is actually a little more daring than the others because it's a s k i r t . It's really hard to wear a skirt in college, especially UP, because it's hard to walk and commute from one college to another, and also, it's dangerous, if you know what I mean. Haha. But on the days when I don't need to commute, it's safe to wear. Also because it's paired with a simple tee, which makes it more casual.

 3. Outfit 3. What I love about this one is that it's really simple. like, everything's black, and then the floral scarf adds detail and depth and more fashion into it. 

 4. Outfit 4. This one is more warm than the others because it's layered and there's a scarf. But I can tweak this outfit by wearing a simple loose top, and maybe dark denim shorts so I can still wear a scarf. If not, I can always use same colored jewelry or a bag.

5. Outfit 5. This one is really b o h o - c h i c to me. I can actually style my hair the same way, and bring along a pair of sunglasses too. Haha!

6. Outfit 6. This one is actually quite different than the other outfits. More v i n t a g e in a way because of the color scheme and the socks with the oxfords. But it's cool. Makes a statement.

7. Outfit 7. This is also very boho chic. I love the headband along with the glasses, because it makes it stand out more. And it's quite comfortable too, because of the shorts, boots, and the looseness of the top.

8. Outfit 8. I love this because I have a similar tank top! It's comfortable and chic.

9. Outfit 9. This one is girlier than most, and I love it because it's good to have a one girly outfit in a week, to change things up a bit. I love the color scheme here too, soft and chic.

10. Outfit 10. I have a similar UK top, which I absolutely love. Although I don't have high-waisted shorts. And I don't have Jeffrey Cambell's either (cry), so I can change the outfit by wearing regular denim shorts and maybe my brown glads. And also because this outfit screams g e e k  c h i c with the glasses, I can wear my pair as well.

11. Outfit 11. I really wish I had the top and the skinnies. But I don't. If I purchase something in the near future, I an wear something like this. But I love it because it's sort of different, and also comfortable. Although a little warm because the top is long-sleeved.

12. Outfit 12. This is safer to wear if I'm inside one college for the entire day. But it's really really casual and cute. I love it. I will wear this as soon as I get my white Converse!! <3

 13. Outfit 13. I really wish I had a brown cardigan like that. Huhu. I love this outfit so much. I love how adding browns can really make an outfit stand out.

14. Outfit 14.  Love this so much omg. It's really really really cute huhuhu. Although I'll probably change the boots to glads because I don't have boots at all. 

15. Outfit 15. This is similar to other outfits, but the thing with this is the headband. One accessory can add so much more detail to an outfit.

16. Outfit 16. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. I love how the bright bag adds a pop of color to a greyscaled-outfit. But I'll probably wear a grey T-shirt so it's not longsleeved. And maybe I'll wear black skinnies or leggings or even black shorts. Also, this bag, it's not "red." No, it's a certain shade of red, that has a little purple/blue to it, which makes it more appealing to look at than just bloody red that screams at you.

17. Outfit 17. I like how the bottoms really soften the entire outfit. Who says you can't pair dark colors with pastel?

18. Outfit 18. A really different approach with the bunned hair and the knotted top, but it works so well, especially for college. Although I probably wouldn't knot my top that high on my waist. Haha.

19. Outfit 19. This is another outfit that just screams " p e r f e c t - f o r - c o l l e g e " for me. I should really start buying scarves. They really make outfits more interesting.

20. Outfit 20. Lol another outfit that requires my long-awaited white Converse. But I love how simple this is yet so perfect already.
21. Outfit 21. this is another really simple outfit. A colored top, some light wash distressed shorts, and different colored Converse. I've always wanted to e x p e r i m e n t   p a i r i n g  d i f f e r e n t  c o l o r s  t o g e t h e r in one outfit. Most people initially have doubts, that oh, yellow and purple won't work together, or bright pink, and turquoise will never work. But it's really in the way of bringing them together and working the outfit as you wear it for it to really stand out.

 22. Outfit 22. Another outfit that's really simple. And again, p l a y i n g  w i t h  v a r i o u s  c o l o r s . 

23. Outfit 23. Again, playing with colors! This is the same person as in the two previous photos, hence the similar style and the same Converse, but it really works. Like, who knew light red-orange would go with turquoise?
24. Outfit 24. What I absolutely love about this picture is that you can have outfits already for the entire week! You know, by just changing the designs on a shirt and wearing different colored bottoms (yet with the same style for each piece), it can already have different looks all together. Lovelovelove. I've been meaning to buy different colored bottoms so I don't always have to wear regular drab skinnies or light-wash distressed denims all the time.

25. Outfit 25.  Absolutely love the s i m p l i c i t y in this and how the colors work so well together! Gosh. Lovelovelove.

26. Outfit 26. Yes, in need of white Converse again. But this is really boho-chic and simple, so yay.

27. Outfit 27. This is different because of the colors and the denim vest and the bag. I absolutely love the bag. Hihi.

28. Outfit 28. Another skirt-outfit. More casual outfit, though, which is good because there are really ways to wear skirts more casually.
29. Outfit 29. One of my favorite outfits because it's really comfortable and simple. And I just really like brown, I don't know why. Haha.

So yeah. That's 29 outfits. I didn't reach 30, simply because. I am going to try to recreate some of the outfits right now. Hope you all have an amazing weekend! 
And also, I am really going to try to blog more, but if I can't, like I haven't been able to recently, I'll post like really long posts to make up for the lack of posts. Hihi. 

See ya'll! :) x

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

If I change the world for you, I bet you wouldn't have a clue.

Hey guys. I just got back from my Singapore trip! And yes, I haven't posted in a while because I've been saving everything for this post. I knew I'd be buying some stuff, and I actually got more than I thought I would/could! Haha.

T h i s  w a s  t h e  f i r s t  t h i n g  I  g o t  i n  S G. We were in Bugis Street one night. We weren't there to shop initially, but we stopped by this small souvenir shop, and we always get something for everyone back at home. We always get shirts and magnets and all those little trinkets. Of course, I got my shirt. The problem was everything looked the same. And it wasn't just in Singapore; those souvenir shirts always look the same, wherever you go. So my ultimate goal was to get something that looked at least a little different. Luckily, I saw this. It was about $10 (note: 1 Singaporean dollar = around 34 Philippine pesos), unlike the set that my mom chose from which was 3 shirts for $10, but mine had a better design, so. Haha. T h e  S t a r b u c k s  t y p e. So yay. <3

We were walking through the city, and we passed by Raffles City mall, and wow. Wow wow wow wow. I've known P u l l & B e a r for a while, but I never really paid much attention to it because of all the focus on Forever21 and Topshop and stuff. And wow. I have a brand new love for Pull&Bear. I walked into that store alone and literally wanted to grab everything. The style was absolutely amazing; it was a unique style--very f a s h i o n  f o r w a r d ,  v e r y  h i p s t e r ,  v e r y  b o h e m i a n. I love their style so much.

I can't wait `till Pull&Bear comes here to the Philippines, I believe that will be in November or something like that. <3 So excited. One of my new favorite brands, definitely. 

This is another brand that I fell in love with. Now this brand, I've never really heard of before.  This is the first time I'm actually hearing it, B e r s h k a. And it is an amazing brand. In a lot of ways, their style is very similar to Pull&Bear. All the pieces are absolutely amazing. I swear. They all scream stylish and comfort. Another store I wanted to rob, seriously hahaha. They also have a cool bohemian style, which I absaolutely love, especially during the summer.

This is the tank I tried on, and one of the pieces I really liked. It was a k n i t  l a c e  t a n k  t o p  w i t h  a  z i p p e r  o n   t h e   f r o n t. There were a whole bunch of other amazing pieces as well, like light wash denim jackets, knit lace dresses and shirts, loose tank tops, aztec-print skirts, a lot of basics, acid wash jeans, cardigans...

Here's what it looks like. (Forgive me for my horribleness in this picture.) It was a really good fit, and I looked really really really bohemian with my own floral skirt and dream catcher necklace HAHAHA. I seriously didn't plan that to happen, but it did anyway lol.

Whilst in Singapore, we were with my cousin, Ate Issa, who (begged) to come with us because her parents couldn't go with her. Haha. So we spent the entire trip with her, and it was fun. Since she was with us, she introduced us to her Auntie and cousin who lived there. And after lunch, they brought us to the huuuuuuuuuuge H & M  store, the first H&M store I have ever been to (they don't have one in the Philippines yet). 

I swear, it was huuuuuge inside. Omg.

(Excuse the horribleness of my legs here as well.) This was one of the things I tried on in H&M. I haven't had a p a i r  o f  r e g u l a r  b l u e  j e a n s in...years, seriously. I have the dark pair that I always wear, so I really wanted to get a lighter pair this time. And when I saw this it was perfect. It was $20 (on sale)!! That's actually pretty cheap for H&M in Singapore. Haha. Unfortunately, my mother kept on bashing me about how it looked and that it was for "skinny legs" and all that bull. I lost all my shopping energy after that, so I didn't take pictures of anything else that I tried on because I was really depressed lol. 

A       Y    W   A   Y

Ate Issa's aunt, Auntie Agnes gave me this H & M  m a g a z i n e, which cheered my spirits up a little bit. It holds a whole lot of secrets in fashion, and basically the reality of the fashion world. I love it.

U n i q l o was going to open up soon. Unfortunately, I wouldn't be in SG anymore to see it. 

That same day, I forced myself to get into a shopping mood because this was the only day we were going to have free for ultimate shopping. My frustration had simmered down by this time, and we went to M a n g o. I found this really cute t a n k  w i t h  a  w o l f  o n  i t  w i t h  a  w a t e r c o l o r  d e s i g n . It was so adorable. 

Here's a closer look on the tank. If you can see, there's actually some sort of cheetah print all over it. Haha. I really love it. It was a little more expensive, because it was from Mango after all, at $29. But this is my first Mango piece, so yay! We don't buy from Mango back in the Philippines because personally I think a whole bunch of things are overpriced. Haha. 

This is another thing I tried on in Mango. It's a l o o s e  t e e, which is a little short. It's not a crop top, it's jut really shorter in length. It had a nice w a t e r c o l o r  f l o w e r  d e s i g n on it which was cute, and it was cheaper, at $20. But I thought the wolf one looked more unique, so I got that instead.

That night, my Mom and I went to Bugis street for some lower-priced stuff. Haha. Not that it was cheap, I mean, everything there was absolutely quality! Just not the mall atmosphere and the high-end feel. 
What I hated was that y o u   c a n ' t  t r y  o n  a n y t h i n g. Yup. 80% of the things being sold were clothes, and you aren't allowed to try on anything. I don't understand why. How do people expect to earn if people who want to buy clothes can't even try them on? So strange.

Fortunately, this emerged from all the frustration and chaos. I'm really happy this was gifted to me because I have been wanting a B r i t i s h - f l a g  t o p for sooooo long. It has been on my shopping list and wasting away there for way too long. Haha. And I like the style of this top because it isn't a regular blouse. It has this l o o s e,  w i n g  s t y l e in the sleeves area, which makes it really comfortable. I love it so much, it's unique and stylish and augh. Love. And, it was only $10!

Now this was a really random buy. Haha. We stopped by a small souvenir shop along one of the streets near our hotel, and I spotted these really cute p a t t e r n e d  s o c k s. Now I know it's really random, but I have actually been wanting to purchase patterned socks for so long. I never owned any, honestly. I only have one pair that ate Issa gave to me as a gift from Forever21.
But these were only $1.50 each and they had cute designs. I actually only wanted to get one, but when I asked my mom which to get, she insisted on just getting both. 

We were in Suntec mall the next day, and they were having a whooooole bunch of sales. We were just really chill that day because it was our last day in Singapore. We noticed that H a n g  T e n was having a sale. And we took the opportunity to look through their stuff. I found these two cute tees, which had a promo of $7.50, minimum of two pieces. I was happy because they both fit perfectly, and I finally got myself a c i t y  d e s i g n  t e e and a b l a c k  g o o d - f i t t i n g  t o p. 
This was an amaaaaaaaaaazing bargain, I swear guys, you won't even BELIEVE the actual prices on these simple shirts. I don't even know how to say it. Omg.

A closer look on the two Hang Ten tees I got. I love them so much. Hooray for casuality!

So yeah, that's pretty much everything. Also, can I just say that people in Singapore actually have amazing style. Like, I heard people saying that they don't because of the heat, that they can't wear what they waant because of the heat. It's like that in the Philippine too. There are times when it's hard to be fashionable and where the things you want to because of the heat, which forces you to wear different, lighter things. What people don't understand sometimes is that there are a whole lot of things you can wear in the heat and look good! I mean, hello, it's summer! Summer is one of the greatest times to be fashionable with florals, bright colors, shorts, sheer tops, graphic tanks, crop tops, sunglasses, gladiator sandals...

I am loving the fashion world more and more.