Thursday, August 31, 2017

#TrioThursday: Ugly Shoe Trend

You know it’s time to start talking about rainy footwear selection when you just had one of your favorite work go-to flats damaged from walking in the puddles. It happened one fateful night, I was already contemplating switching to my “ugly shoes” after teaching my Wednesday night class when for some reason (apparently it’s laziness to go back to the gym and change, 🤷) I decided against it. A heavy downpour occurred and bye bye flats. Lol! 👋

Did I just really say I’m gonna wear something ugly? Let’s discuss what the ugly trend is. While I would directly point to a croc shoe (sorry to their fans 🙊) as an ugly shoe, ugly fashion is actually more than that. Simply put based on this article, this genre is driven by influencers because of their desperate desire to be unique that they choose article of clothing that may not be the most flattering or aesthetically stunning in the moment. Think: deconstructed tops, sporty slides or chunky boots for example. Get it?

It’s no-brainer why my entry for this trend would have to be these Adidas alpha-bounce I got earlier this year. It’s simply because I purchased this from the men’s section. The color was never made available to the women’s and I reckon I wouldn’t have a size for it in that division either. It still piques my curiosity what other people think when they stare long at it whenever I’m wearing it, could it be that they find the style too manly for a woman or what. But I actually don’t care. This pair is actually one of my best decisions when it comes to gym footwear and I love the support it gives me while dancing. And since it’s in black, I wouldn’t mind getting it all wet or splashed in the puddle this monsoon season. 🙃 Although, I still have another entry for my list of rainy day looks in boots soon and I hope you wait for that. 😉

Jacket: Mango; Skirt: Zalora; Shoes: Adidas

Top: Unbranded; Dress: Mango; Bag/ Shoes: Adidas

Top: Mango; Skirt: Zalora; Shoes: Adidas

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Naked Dress Trend

There's a trend name for those see-through dresses you've been seeing on the red carpets lately from Beyonce to Rihanna to Kim K - it's the naked dress, an oxymoron first coined by Charlotte York in SATC.

Uhmm, there's probably no need to define what a barely there dress is lol but the style experts gave us 10 levels of nakedness here. Personally, I like how TMR gave its definition: a true naked dress is the rare garment that combines the two - hinting at the allusion of nakedness but doing so in a way that doesn't transcend the wearer's sense of personal style. 👍

Having said that, here's another way I tackled this polka dot (watch out for this print on fall) sheer dress from Zaful (check out the first look here). You may still check it out in the link below.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017


If you wanna know which fashion decade do I belong to, it's definitely the 50s - errrthing high-waisted and retro. Basically, everything Audrey Hepburn. <3 Some online quizzes identified me in the 20s too but mainly because there are other trends from the previous decades that I also love. Lol.

To be honest though, I also find it hard identifying trends from the past. It would've been fun to have lived through all those decades and be an expert about it. Lol. And after reading and watching Gone with the Wind (now one of my all time fave novel and movie!), I was suddenly in the mood for anything vintage and huge hats! Haha! This look I believe is a bit more of the 40s - a combination of Rita Hayworth and Audrey Hepburn's iconic looks. And if you ever find yourself needing some vintage dresses and accessories, you can always turn to Rosegal (Use RosegalChen for discounts) for it. See below links for the items I came up with in this editorial. :)

Artificial Pearl Necklace

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Sunday, August 20, 2017


Two months after the Filipino heritage month, I  for sure will take advantage of this occasion to talk about my last installment post of our Rizal Park Hotel staycation featuring another ‘fit of course. Lol. Bec write-up topics are hard to come by. Haha.

Anyway, I learned that the construction of this boutique hotel involved a lot of controversies but for whatever issues that are still yet to be resolved, I really appreciate the owner’s idea of bringing back the old glory of the Manila Army and Navy Club. It was said that the owner’s fascination with the history of the club led him to preserve this national heritage ( I did check some old pictures and did some comparison and I think they did a good job here). We seriously need to work on other heritage buildings we have left here in Manila.

Whenever foreign friends would ask me for reco in our country, I always tell them to go to the islands. Because seriously, what’s there in Manila to see? The current Rizal Monument is photobombed (*roll eyes*), the National Museum is open yeah but still under construction (future post, hopefully) and there’s a new interesting National Museum of National History but the opening date is yet unknown (¯\_(ツ)_/¯).

Granted, we have Intramuros and Fort Santiago in here but there are still a lot around. There are still many historic buildings in Manila (and around the country) that needs to be restored like the Manila Army and  Navy club (right now looking at Manila Metropolitan Theatre, who knew we had our very own Met?). Budget will always be a primary hindrance so we need all the support from the government and the general public on this. Anyway, as this is long already, here in photos I present to you once again the grand Rizal Park Hotel featuring other areas unseen from the previous post and its neo-classical architecture facade.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Vertical Stripes

Forget the issue whether vertical stripes adds height or not, the combination of three details of this dress is the reason why you'll find this dress from Sammydress - alluring. Yep, it's the exact word I wanna describe this. First, the tube top. Second, the knot in the mid-section and lastly, the front slit. 

Though all of them are not exactly in the trend right now but for some reason when added altogether they work to make you look sexy in this dress. I don't know but that's how I feel whenever I wear this. And my favorite part? It's black and white combo makes it versatile for any pairing. See how I wore it in two ways below. :)

Vest/ Bag: Mango; Shoes: H&M

Vest/ Bag: Mango; Shoes: Keds

Thursday, August 17, 2017

#TrioThursday: Ring My Bell

Thursdays are for three ways to wear and also for throwbacks. What about throwbacks you mean? From the focus on shoulders last year, the trend ended up on voluminous sleeves which is as you know a nod to the influence of the 70's. The look is still going strong as of late and one advantage of the bell sleeve trend from the off-shoulder is that you'll never have to wonder if this is work-appropriate. Lol! Here we take a look on how I wore this Mango top to different days at work. :)

Top: Mango; Skirt: Zara; Belt: Dorothy Perkins; Shoes: Zalora

Top: Mango; Skirt: Apartment8 Clothing; Shoes: Zalora

Top: Mango; Skirt: Zalora; Shoes: H&M

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Suit & Suites

A weekend staycation at Marco Polo Manila for the 'rents' anniversary treat means I get to enjoy the hotel's indoor swimming pool with the family. The pool is located at the 22nd floor where one could have a good view of the Ortigas cityscape. 

Took this opportunity to feature this sheer bodysuit from Sammydress and body chain from Zaful. Love that I was able to turn it into an albeit modest swimwear cover-up and my favorite part is the zipped neckline that made it possible to highlight my new favorite accessory. Hehe. :) You may check the items in the link below.