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.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

#TrioThursday: Pearl Party

Though my need for accessorizing has definitely toned down from the past years, sometimes I still can’t resist the power of a statement necklace. So when Fashion Mia invited me to style up this pearl bauble necklace, I didn’t pass up on the chance. I think it’s just the classy update that the three outfits below need. And it doesn’t hurt that it matches equally well with pearl-accessorized pointy flats below.

Thank you Fashion Mia for partnering in this post. :)

Top: Here; Jumpsuit: Bugis in SG; Shoes: Zara; Bag: Mango

Top: Mango; Dress: Apartment 8 Clothing; Shoes: Zara; Bag: Mango
Jumpsuit: Sammydress; Shoes: Zara; Bag: Mango

Monday, August 7, 2017

Millennial Pink

In 2016, a light shade of pink named Rose Quartz was named one of the two colours of the year by Pantone. This year, it was declared to be Greenery. So whatever happened to Greens and what is this millennial pink that’s taking over IG feeds, fashion lines and restaurant decors recently? Lol.

While we do know that us girls will always be partial to pink but this type is not saccharine like Barbie pink but rather one in a soft muted shade ranging from beige to blush. It’s hard to tell how it slowly crept into our lives but many sources say Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel might have been one influence.

Experts believe that this hue is currently in vogue because it represents androgyny and rejects the feminine/ girly girl associations of the color of the past. Add to it the fact that this is generally flattering to everyone and easy on the eye. I don’t know about this though because I’ve known men from way way back some guy friends who purposely dress up in soft pinks (to you know, score pogi points to girls, lol!).

As for the movie influence, what of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and my fashion icon Audrey’s Funny Face? Perhaps what I’m saying is, this color isn’t really something new and has been around for a while. It’s just having its moment today (and being monetized at that). As this article points out, “once it’s named. The trend is over.” So how long will this last? That one we have to wait and see. Not that I’m in favor of it dying real soon. Lol.

And as much as I wish that there exists a hotel like that of Grand Budapest’s, for now I’d be happy to achieve #millennialpink and #feedgoals in this not so new cafĂ© with #interiorgoals.

Dress: Zaful; Skirt: Mango; Hat: H&M; Shoes: Zalora

Friday, August 4, 2017

Red Gingham

I love following trends. But as what was pointed out here, I really agree that it is important that you still stick to your personal style and not just buy something because everyone is having it. Of course when it comes to polarizing trends such as this (sheer dress, anyone?), I love the part where I challenge myself and make a certain look my own. And I am grateful to have partners that allow me to tackle on trends without shelling out a single centavo. Still, when it comes to choosing items to feature from their lineup, I rather prefer tried and trusted trends – something like gingham.

When combined with on-trend ruffles for summer, this gingham skirt makes for a truly versatile piece. And when paired with chic summer accessories like this ark bag that FINALLY has landed on my hands (I will discuss in my next post), it’s once again another perfect summer combo. :) This ruffled skirt is from Zaful by the way.

Top: Here; Hat: H&M; Shoes: Miss Selfridge

Thursday, August 3, 2017

#FitnessFriday: Gym Dress Codes

If you’re someone like me who’s in the gym almost everyday (trust me, a 5-min walk or 15-min walk to the gym is a very good motivator *wink*), then chances are you get tired of your usual outfits. It’s not that I don’t recommend a “uniform” or a standard outfit formula (after all, sometimes we’re already stressed out on what to wear at work so why still bother for the gymwear?) but then again it feels good to switch things up a bit from time to time.

And who better to turn to for motivational gym outfits than one of the queens of athleisure Kendall J herself? Supported by other Adidas endorsers like Rita Ora, tracksuits are back but not the velour type of the 90s (one that I once dreamt of wearing, in pink. Haha!) but in different iterations. I’m talking about this black hooded one-piece from Sammydress that I didn’t realize is one hella sexy playsuit in the gym. Lol. Seriously, I felt like I was in a catwoman suit in this piece because of the fit. For someone like me who knows the discomforts of a jumpsuit, I can recommend this piece to wear for those times where you just wanna feel sexy while doing light gym workouts. :)

If you're joining group exercise classes in the gym though, one part of the fun particularly in the program that I teach (lol!) is the dress code. It's not something that happens every week for a class and sometimes the dress codes aren't that comfortable (lol!) but what the heck, it's just fun when everybody turns up in their own versions and interpretations of the theme. From animal prints to military to movie-inspired themes like Grease, the options are endless. I intend to bring the same culture to the new gym where I'm currently teaching (since most of them being K-Pop fanatics, lol!) and here's probably a good matching set from Zaful to wear. P.S. Actual gym wear for planned K-Pop night may vary. Haha!

P.S. No, we don't use balance balls in the program I'm teaching. Hahaha!