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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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Photos by Chad

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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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Cat Power

As you may already know, I’m a biiig cat lover. I think it’s my spirit animal. Cats are free thinkers, independent, and loving—three qualities that I value a lot.  I’ve been living independently from my family for two years now. I miss them a lot, but I feel more secure with myself when I don’t depend my life on anyone. None of my family supported my plan to leave Naga City, but I did it anyway and I never regretted my decision. I refused to live with my relatives in Manila, so I got an apartment with my friends instead. It’s difficult sometimes, you know, making ends meet, but the life I chose gives me more fulfillment, especially when I get to assist my family financially back home. I know in the end, things will become much better. Light at the end of the tunnel, remember?

Anyway, I got this kitty headband from a shop called Yhansy. I was a bit disappointed when the shop wasn’t giving me the tracking number of the shipment and that it took the courier 10 days to deliver it to my house. Nevertheless, all the bad vibes disappeared when I saw how adorable the headband was.

Paired it with my kitty shirt which I bought at a bazaar in Farmer’s Market, Cubao. I bought two colors actually (which I will show soon), but I opted for this one to match my skirt…

…which I also bought at Fashion de Lite ukay-ukay (thrift shop) in Cubao. It only cost me Php 50! Look at those distressed leather and velvet panels… lovely, aren’t they? 😀

And these pair of cute ballet flats were only bought for around Php 200. SM Department Store was on sale last week. I wasn’t supposed to buy anything fancy, but Chad and I passed by racks of pretty shoes with a sign saying ‘buy any two for 399.75’. WHO COULD RESIST THAT, REALLY? So I bought these heart-y flats along with a dark green pair. 😛

Yhansy kitty headband | Kitty shirt from bazaar | Thrifted distressed leather + velvet skirt | Solemate flats | Sling bag from Dushbag

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Here’s a a wonderful I Found a Reason cover by Cat Power. You might remember this song from V for Vendetta. I love that film.

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