Saturday, February 24, 2018

Of Blacks and Weddings

As someone who considers herself a fashion rule breaker, I'm still a bit perplexed how I'm quite a traditionalist when it comes to this rule of no black at weddings for a guest. This occurred to me one time when I saw my most favorite fashion blogger (one that I really admire the most) choose this color (or lack thereof) for such an occasion. It took every ounce of strength not to comment how it felt wrong.

I looked back at some of the weddings I attended where I tried my best to coordinate to the motif of the wedding because I believe I read that etiquette sometime before (relative or not). Sure, there was this one time where I wore a black shiny vest and tutu skirt plus gladiator heels but that was because the theme was rock and roll. Even the bride was in black gown. Gasp!

I did some digging to this topic and a lot of reputable fashion websites (Vogue, included) do say that time's changed and black is now acceptable to weddings. The only rules that strictly stand are not to upstage the bride and avoid white. But of course! I'd say I still like the tradition of not wearing black for weddings but should a black tie theme come soon in the calendar, I might try to shake things up and wear this gorgeous Zaful bandage LBD that's versatile, chic and slimming. What's your take on this rule? :)

P.S. All styling are by yours truly. This post was made in collaboration with Zaful and Rosegal. You may use ZafulChen and RosegalChen to have additional 10%-20% off. :)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Dots and Hearts 😍

Everyday is a heart day. We don't need a special day for that. That's the official excuse of someone who didn't find the time to blog before the big hearts day! 🙄

Totally meant to do the shoot earlier but I was too bitter for V-day alas, life happened! I rarely go to this mall but it was fun discovering this mini theme park when we were doing our special Retropop classes for gym membership promotions a few weekends ago. The best thing about this SM By the Bay is, there's no entrance fee! I did see a love lock section somewhere here too so it's quite a place for lovers - if that's your thing. 😛

Anyway, not only do I have a date reco for you but also a cute date outfit in this Zaful number. The frills, the dots and hearts? It's just impossible not to 😍 in this set. This post may be a little late for V-Day but it's still the cutest summer matching set you'll ever have. Right? And if you fancy getting a pair, check it out in the link below.

P.S. All styling are by yours truly. This post was made in collaboration with Zaful. You may use ZafulChen to have additional 10%-20% off. :)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

TrioThursdays: Trail Blazer

One night when I entered the gym and the sight of my crush greeted me in one of those arm machines, I still remember how his eyes were fixated in one item of clothing that’s hanging in my gym bag – my glen plaid blazer at work. Is it just me (haha!) but it’s as if I can already read his thought bubble about me “Oh, she’s that power woman at work.”

Okay, so maybe I’m just willing for him to think that way because unfortunately he still hasn’t talked to me (but I’m positive he will VERY SOON, haha!) which means he has zero clue about what I do except for the fact that I teach a dance class in the gym. BUT, it’d be wrong for him not to think so especially for some big shot like him in the journalism world. :P  Because, inasmuch as you know you like me babbling about my crush, I’m gonna segue now to today’s topic – blazers and its power association.

As Vogue said, you don’t need a complete suit to channel power - just a good blazer. A good blazer can take you beyond the usual 9 to 5 of interviews and presentations to looking polished even in the happy hours. You could tell how I’m such a proponent in my earlier posts like here. And while you know that it’s not the first time I tackled this plaid blazer trend, I’m reiterating now how this is such a “buy now, wear forever” piece that should be in your closet specially that blazers will be a major trend this S/S 18. So for fresher ways to wear it, here are my three latest looks for today’s hashtag. Enjoy :)

Look#1: Plaid and Floral

Blazer: H&M; Top: Topshop; Shoes: Missguided
 Look #2: Plaid and Pinstripes

Blazer: H&M; Top/ Skirt: Unbranded; Bag: Mango
Look #3: Plaid and Plains

Blazer: H&M; Top/ Boots: Mango

Thursday, February 8, 2018

#TrioThursday: Polka Dot

Not really celebrating Chinese New Year but from where I am right now (blogging from Kuala Lumpur, you guys!) where the festivities have begun, you can just simply tell that this playful dress from Zaful is the best featured dress for today's hashtag. (Red and polka dot, right?)

This is one of my favorite maxis of the moment. Here are the three ways I've accessorized it so far. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

HK/ Macau 2018

Once again, apologies for the lack of posts. Just got back from a winter trip to the Fragrant Harbour and posting this quick update. This time, we skipped the usual itinerary and explored Hong Kong's hidden gems. Because as they say, the best things in HK are free. Well, almost. Hehe. Here are all the looks from my recent escapade with the family. <3

Coat/ Shoes/ Sunnies: Mango; Top: Zaful; Pants: H&M

Coat: Zara; Top/ Skirt/ Shoes: H&M; Bag: Mango

Vest: Terranova; Skirt/ Shoes/ Top: H&M

Top/ Pants: H&M; Coat/ Sunnies/ Shoes: Mango

Coat/ Bag/ Sunnies/ Shoes: Mango; Dress: H&M; Top: M&S

Coat: Zara; Pants/ Bag: Mango

Scarf: Terranova; Belt: Topshop; Pants: H&M; Shoes: Mango

Thursday, January 25, 2018

#TrioThursday: Navy Blue and White

Warning: This post is a poor attempt to update this blog from an addled brain caused by a crazy traveling schedule that has just started today. Currently, blogging from my hotel room here in Jakarta for a business trip where I desperately tried to make the post in time for the hashtag's day but failed to do so. 

Some of the looks below are way back from 2016 but the point of this set is simple: this highlights how your navy and white items (breton striped top, a blazer or a ruched printed gingham top) can be accented with touch/es of red - even if it comes in the slightest form such as a lipstick shade. 💋

Will still try to come up with content in the coming week while being on another vacation (this time with family) but just in case it won't happen, you can always find me active in my social media. 😉

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Siargao: The Sponsored Looks

Summer is approaching fast enough and you can just simply tell coz I still remember the cold spell this time last year. Oh well, climate change and such.

As for me, I like getting ahead of things so before all the people come flocking to the place because of the self-titled movie (which I must admit I haven't seen yet), I saw a window of opportunity to visit Siargao with a few friends on a budget. Since this is quite a sudden trip (it was booked 2 weeks before), I had to rely on reused items and quick delivery from my partners Rosegal/ Sammydress and Zaful and here's a preview of the with all the items linked.

We made the journey via a stopover at Cebu where my friend Roy is staying. Didn't hurt seeing the place again and getting cheaper fares from the queen city of the south. His place for work isn't bad either with this pool view. Do you still remember this white swimwear from last year? Linked.

taken at Be Resort in Mactan Cebu (see more of the product in this post)

Prior to this trip though, I was able to secure these accessories from Rosegal. They're the perfect beach companions to ensure you look chic by the shore.

Taken at Magpupongko Rock Formation

I didn't have time to shop for rashguards for this trip (or maybe because I was still thinking if it's practical to get one). But luckily, some of the sponsored gym clothing from Zaful and Sammydress are dual purpose. They served me well during surfing.
Taken at Talisay Beach (see more of this product in this post)

Of course, a beach trip wouldn't be complete without the dresses. Here's what I brought from Zaful.

Seems like 2.5 days wasn't enough in the island. Our flight back to Cebu was cancelled and luckily still got some extra 'fit to shoot. Like this swimwear that matched my sponsored skirt from Zaful. ;)

Taken at Cloud 9 Siargao (see more of this skirt here)

Lastly, remember this swimwear from last summer. I didn't get the chance to use for beachin' so yay! 

Taken at Naked Island. See more of this swimwear here

This nautical stripes bag from Sammydress also held all my important stuff for my airport looks. 

P.S. All styling are by yours truly. This post was made in collaboration with Rosegal, Sammydress and Zaful. You may use RosegalChenSammydressChen and ZafulChen to have additional 10%-20% off. :)