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Maroon Valley

Christmas is just a few days away so I decided to wear a color I never wore for an outfit post before. I don’t know exactly why I had not tried it because I actually like maroon a lot. There’s something about it that gives me warm fuzzies, reminds me so much of love and celebration during Christmas time.

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It’s also my school color—kinda weird hearing myself saying “my” school though. About 10 years ago, I only dreamed of becoming an Isko, the term used to call people who study at the University of the Philippines. Now here I am living just outside its gates and literally attending classes. They say dreams don’t wait. Maybe some, but I’ve always believed that we can achieve anything, at any age, as long as we persevere.

IMG_3560I haven’t achieved all of my goals yet, but I can sense that I’m getting there. Sometimes I would even feel very restless when I don’t have anything productive scheduled in a day, especially during my break from work. It always feels like I wasted an opportunity to do something worthwhile. So being in graduate school helps lessen that feeling of restlessness.

IMG_3568Otherwise, you would find me in the mall or in front of my computer looking at clothes. And that’s exactly what happened to me last week. I wasn’t supposed to buy anything before next week but I couldn’t help it when I saw this bag at Dorothy Perkins. I’ve been searching for a good black bag, so when I saw this I knew I had to get it. Same goes for these Bershka maroon pants that I got from Branded for Less and bowler hat.

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Every day it’s becoming increasingly cold here in the Philippines so I took out my fantastic furry sweater which I bought for a very low price from an online tiangge. These pretty shoes, on the other hand, are from World Balance. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of sportswear because I’m not a very sporty person. But I was so surprised when I found out that World Balance actually has a line of shoes fit for girly women like me. As many of you would expect, I chose the pair with pink on it. I just thought these would be perfect when I finally sign up to a yoga class. They’re very comfortable, and the insoles feel incredibly soft. And it meshed well with the whole outfit, too. World Balance has just released their Sports Active and Street Casual Collection and I’m pretty sure there’s a pair there you’d be interested in. You can check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

IMG_3572World Balance GIA shoes | Dorothy Perkins shoulder bag | Bershka pants | Liz Claiborne watch | SM Department Store bowler hat | Pre-loved furry sweater

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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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Goofy

When Jong and Chad taught me how to surf last year, we found out I was goofy-footed, meaning I use my right foot in front of the left when riding a board. Quite ironic, I thought, as the word is a complete opposite of my personality, according to many.

People think of me as a very serious person, even Chad before we dated. And I guess to a certain point, I am, but I can be really goofy when I’m really comfortable with the people I’m with.

I’m not afraid to look ugly as well. Hello, gummy face! Hahaha. A friend of mine calls me gummybears because I’d smile so wide my gums would always show. LOL. I like smiling, what can I do? I think it’s pointless to smile and act happy if you’re not genuinely happy.

And speaking of happiness, I was so excited when I saw these distressed studded high-waisted shorts and spike bracelet from Boutique De Reines in the mail last week. I knew they’d be perfect for my Baler beach trip with Chad. Of course, you’ll get the first dibs—I will be posting more photos of our trip here soon. 🙂

I love high-waisted shorts because they help emphasize the curves of my body. I gained a lot of weight recently, which went straight to my derriere  and thighs. My waist remained relatively small, so I knew these shorts are perfect for my body type. 🙂

Wore the spike bracelet with it for some added zest.

Forever 21 hat | Anti-Fashion Manila floral corset | Boutique de Reines studded shorts and spike bracelet | Solemate flats | Liz Claiborne watch

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Block Party

I’ve always admitted that I’m not the adventurous kind of fashion blogger. I always stick to clothes I am comfortable in—after all it’s my number one priority. Sometimes, however, when I feel more bold, I do a toned down version of color blocking. Toned down because I stay away from over-accessorizing and using very striking colors. I still want to maintain that ‘me’ touch—comfortable fashion that is.

Some people who have done a lot of color blocking find it really easy to create an outfit using different hues and shades. But for noobs like me, it’s quite difficult so I use certain pointers from articles and magazines that I have read. One of which is basing the colors to be used on an accessory.

In my case, I worked my outfit around my collar necklace, which contain green, pink, brown, and white gems. So what I did is I took out my pink tie-front top and green flats and paired them with my high-waisted purple shorts. You can’t see purple in the necklace but it worked well together with pink and green. One tip I got from this article is to stick to the same saturation, meaning “to pair a bright with a bright, not a jewel tone with a pastel”. Otherwise, you might look like an 80s reject, which you should avoid.

Runway Dreams tie-front top | High-waisted shorts from Styleling | FORME collar necklace | Liz Claiborne watch | Solemate flats

I hope those pointers helped. I will definitely do color-blocking more often. I’m leaving you with a good song from Bloc Party. Enjoy!

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Phantogram

I don’t normally wear leather, or leatherettes, unless I’m late for work. Just kidding. But I was so knocked out I woke up late and I didn’t have time to think of what to wear for work. What I did was I grabbed the first top and bottom I saw in my closet (because apparently most of my stuff were in the laundry heh. Oh the cons of living away from your parents.) and zoomed out of my apartment. So don’t bother asking why my hair looks uncombed. Lol. I’m a busy woman, what can I do? 😛

Thankfully, some  elements in my outfit matched. I don’t accessorize a lot because it’s too uncomfortable especially when you’re taking public transportation. So I wore my trusty Liz Claiborne watch (it’s a gift from the boyfriend so I wear it all the time) and necklace which has hints of pink.

Chad and I were trying to test a project–phantogram-ish photos in which a pair of 2D pictures are made to look like 3D such as the ones below. We hope to complete it really soon. Of course, my blog readers will get the first dibs. 😉

Stylebreak skirt| Antler necklace| Decree trench coat| Asianvogue heels| Thrifted top

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