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I think one of the most difficult color to pull off is green. It’s a color that only suits some people. A dash of green here and there is easy, but an all-green ensemble is tricky. And you know me–my style is safe, plain, and minimalist. If I can avoid bold colors and styles, I would. But sometimes experimenting is good, how else were we able to identify the clothes that suit us if not for that little adventure at the mall or in our bedroom? So when Rosegal offered to send me a product for review, I chose the color which I’m not quite comfortable at wearing; after all I got nothing to lose.

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The package arrived about two weeks ago and this is what Rosegal.com said it would look:

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I chose the Zipper Sleeveless Simple Style Polyester Round Neck Women’s Dress because I thought it would be great for work. I’m not the pantsuit kind of girl; I like wearing dresses because they make one look very feminine. And this is how the product actually looks:

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The dress I received does not 100% look like the dress posted on the website, but nonetheless quality is excellent. The stitching was even, which is my primary concern when buying online, and has qualities that are similar to their claim, like the gold zipper at the back and the material:

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The only thing missing was the belt. It wasn’t mentioned on the website that the belt is not included so I assumed it is. Apparently not. Luckily, I have one that matches the dress perfectly.

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Rosegal dress | Vida sandals | Boutique de Reines bracelet | TMART ostrich bag | SM Department Store belt

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I might have chosen the wrong size as the waist part was quite loose. I think the dress would look more stunning if the skirt was more flared and the neck part more closed, like the one posted on the website. Other than those points though, the dress was pretty and very well made.

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Also I realized after seeing the photos, green is not that intimidating–it’s the contrary actually, very refreshing. Sometimes we do have to risk some things in life in order to find what’s best for us. Without doing so, we are preventing ourselves from seeing all the other possibilities and opportunities the world can offer us–fashion-wise and life-wise. 🙂

PRODUCT RATING: 3.5/5 and +++ points for awesome customer service

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There’s a giveaway ongoing here on Metamorphosis. You can join here.

Online Shopping Choices 2.0

Hey there! I’ve finally got myself together, so I’m back. I had personal issues to settle and goals to reach, that’s why I took a break from blogging. One thing I cannot get enough of is online shopping, though. It’s very helpful for lazy people like me—it’s convenient and hassle-free, plus the variations are endless (if you know where to shop).

I had my fair share of shopping horrors so I only buy from trusted online shops (see below). Last year I also made a feature on some local boutiques, which you can find here.

Subcult

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The brand name, Subcult, is a clipped word for ‘subculture’ which basically means a social group having distinct characteristics. From the name itself, you’d know that Subcult does not offer just any kind of clothing. Every piece is interestingly bizarre, kooky, and spunky (No wonder fashion editor/stylist Andre Chang loves the brand.). If you’re into muscle tees and clothing with graphic prints, Subcult is definitely the shop to go to. It is owned and managed by Unica Policarpio, a graduate of De La Salle University. You can find Subcult on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Boutique de Reines

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I’ve shown a lot of Boutique de Reines, which means Boutique for Queens in French, pieces on this blog through my outfit posts.  They have every apparel a woman needs—dresses, separates, bikinis, accessories, and even tickets to your favorite events. It’s like every-girl’s store, where the pieces are functional but at the same time not too expensive. Definitely budget-friendly! You can find Boutique de Reines on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

House of K

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House of K, formerly GF Shop, is owned by sisters Xylle, whose real name is Kristie Xyla, and Krissel. So you can pretty much guess why they renamed their brand to House of K. The shop initially sold adorable gadget cases and accessories, but after gaining some followers they decided to venture into the shoe business and then into bags subsequently. Their pieces are quirky and dainty—a perfect fit for girls who love color and all things pretty (like me hihi). You can find House of K on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 🙂

Personalized Accessories

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One thing I love about online shopping is that you rarely see someone wearing the same stuff you’re wearing. What we put on our bodies is like a representation of who we are. Our choice of clothing and accessories is a reflection of our personalities, which is probably why many of us want to stand out, be unique—and why Personalized Accessories has become such a hit to people. Personalized Accessories designs all their products and also accepts designs from clients. Their products range from necklaces to bag tags, which you can give as gifts if you’ve run out of creative juices. You can contact Personalized Accessories on Facebook and Twitter.

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In a few days I will be celebrating my 25th birthday, and as a treat, I and the above-mentioned brands will be giving away some lovely items on the 29th. So make sure to come back! 🙂

Tumblr Fair 2 VIP Tickets Giveaway!

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Want to meet your favorite Tumblr bloggers and shops on May 11? Then you have come to the right place! I’m giving away two (2) tickets to four (4) winners courtesy of the ever generous Boutique de Reines. Here’s what you gotta do:

1. Like my page, Boutique de Reines, and Tumblr Fair‘s Facebook page.
2. Post this on Facebook, tag Boutique de Reines and Tumblr fair, AND three friends:

I want to win VIP passes to the Tumblr Fair courtesy of Boutique De Reines. Join here: http://daphneverzosa.com/tumblr-fair-2-vip-tickets-giveaway/ (tag 3 friends)

3. Follow ME, Boutique de Reines, and Tumblr Fair on Twitter.
4. Post this on Twitter AND tag three friends:

I want to win VIP passes to the @TumblrFair courtesy of @Boutique De Reines. Join here: http://daphneverzosa.com/tumblr-fair-2-vip-tickets-giveaway/ (tag 3 friends)

REMEMBER: Be sure that all posts are vieawable by the public so we can check.

5. Fill out this form:

And that’s it! Deadline of entries is on May 3, 12 MN. Winners will be drawn via random.org and will be announced here and on Twitter. Good luck!

Juxtapose

I love recycling clothes. I don’t like pretending I have tons of clothes because I actually don’t. Chad and I just finished shooting for a couple of magazines when we took these photos. We still had a few shots left and decided to take outfit photos instead, utilizing the clothes we used for the earlier shoot, which I also happened to have worn in many of my previous blog entries.

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The top is actually a dress which I have worn here and here, while the high-waisted shorts have been used here and here as well. The belt is actually from a dress that Persunmall sent me last month. Although I am quite aware this is just a plain look, I am happy that I’ve liberated myself from too much consumerism. I used to succumb to shopping a lot when I’m depressed, and the habit didn’t do me (and savings account) any good.

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Chad said that consumerism kills creativity, and he’s right. When we have limited resources, we tend to remake and modify things. But if we are always provided of what we need, then it leaves no room for creativity—after all, why would we bother if everything’s handed on a platter? This realization made me miss some of the old fashion blogs. People were much more original then, although there are still a few blogs today that are driven by passion and not by consumerism. I hope they stay that way.

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H&M skater dress used as top | Boutique de Reines cross bracelet | Liz Claiborne watch | Thrifted shorts and bag | Solemate flats

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Lust for Life

I’ve had a rough week. Actually, it’s been going on for months now and that’s mainly because I’ve made choices that demand everything I have. I feel good about it though—that only means I’m much braver and more aggressive now in pursuing my dreams. As Richard Nixon once said,

If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories.

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That applies to fashion as well. I’ve read a lot of times online that long skirts are not advisable for petite women like me. They say it makes us look smaller. Heck no, although I did subscribe to that rule in the past. I avoided anything that fell below my knees. And then one day I just got tired of wearing shorter skirts and decided to try on longer ones in 2011.

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My first ever long skirt is this black maxi from Forever 21, which I bought online. Black gives a slimmed down illusion so it helps petite girls look less wide. I used to pair it with oversized shirts, which apparently didn’t work.

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I always try to make my outfits look balanced. And since a maxi skirt covers the whole lower extremity of the body, why not show a little bit of skin up there. (*wink*) A tank top or bustier looks great with maxis, IMO.

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See, if I didn’t take that risk, I would have not known that small girls like me can wear maxi skirts. I don’t even think I look shorter. What about you?

Bustier from Eastwood bazaar | Forever 21 maxi skirt and vest | Thrifted sequined flats and bag

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Boutique de Reines Giveaway 2.0 is still ongoing! I will be at the Ateneo de Naga University on February 28 for the Alternative Class Program. See you there? 🙂

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