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Bustier from bazaar, Soho Central mullet skirt from Zeros and Fives (buy here)

I recently opened my small online shop, Zeros and Fives on Multiply and Facebook. I’ve always been fascinated with clothes and I’m very much aware of styles that would suit me by just looking at certain photos. I fancy clothes that are wearable and comfortable, things that one could actually wear outside of the house without feeling too self-conscious and awkward.

These photos were taken at around 3 pm at a park in Alabang Hills. There were lots of people during that time, but I didn’t feel any shyness at all. Echosera lang haha. I  felt great wearing the clothes and they actually gave me some confidence. It’s amazing what good clothes can do to a person.

Photos taken by Anton Aguila

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How I Wear My Man’s Shirt

I’ve been wearing this shirt almost every week since I bought it last year.

One thing I love about oversized garments, in this case a shirt from Bench’s men’s department (yes, with glitters), is they are very easy to wear. I don’t have to worry about my tummy protruding whenever I overeat.

Men’s shirt from Bench| Connector ring from Stylebreak| Fabre necklace from Antler| Hair tie from Quirkyfinds

Despite this shirt being tailored for men, it does not mean one cannot make it suitable for ladies as well. This shirt could easily be mistaken for a woman’s though, perhaps due to the color and the glitters. But then again, the cut and proportions are meant for medium-built boys, so I often tuck this in or wear it with daisy dukes or skirts. Hello, Gadybee glasses and beanie!

Jeffrey Campbell Foxy-Inspired Platforms from Asianvogue

And of course, heels always make every look more ladylike.

My new job has literally changed my sleeping habits, I was up all night yesterday. Sad to say, I have noticed my eyes are looking duller. My ultimate solution for this problem, aside from eye creams and what not, is liquid eyeliner. For some reason, it always makes the eyes look livelier. I painted the upper contours of my eyes with thick black liner and voila!—no more dead eyes. I do not like putting pencil liners on my lower lids, it makes my eyes look droopy, which is obviously not gonna help with my situation at the moment.

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Patterns + Dots (and a Few Unrelated Stuff)

For the past couple of days, I’ve been watching documentaries about the horrific shooting rampage in Columbine High School and Virginia Tech University, both in the United States. I know they’re old news but it still bothers me why those young kids resorted to those crimes. I’ve learned from research and documentaries that these kids, namely Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (Columbine), and Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech) were most probably “bullied” and depressed children, who took revenge by killing their schoolmates. Cho, however, was a stuggling writer. He’s so passionate about the craft but never accepted that he still had a lot of things to improve on. He also had selective mutism, a disorder that prevents a person to speak in some situations but is normally capable of speech. He only had one friend throughout his college life, excluding his English mentor, Lucinda Roy, who painstakingly tutored him on his writing. It struck me when Roy noted how disturbing it is that Cho, a very anti-social person, is desperate to be noticed though his work. I guess that’s really how some people think. It’s just that, maybe, Cho’s psychological state worsened, the same thing holds true for Eric and Dylan. His anxiety disorder and depression mutated into something more dangerous that lead him to commit a gruesome act.

Depression is something that should not be ignored, bullying included. I’ve seen the effect of it on people a lot times, one was firsthand. I could be pretty depressed at times too, but it is always good to have a support system—friends, loved ones—who are willing to divert your attention to something else. I’m quite thankful actually that I’m always busy. I barely have the time to wallow in self-pity. I have my friends, the boyfriend, my blog, and many fun activities to focus on—e.g., outfit shooting! (HAHA. Segue!)

Okay, so I will stop bombarding you with my thoughts. Anyway, one thing I do before I wear a risky garment outside of the house is I take pictures. No kidding. I don’t trust my mirror, so I turn to the camera for a second opinion.

These trousers could be easily mistaken for a table cloth! Trololol. If not worn right.


I’ve always believed that trousers like these, a.k.a harem pants, are not meant for short people to wear. It makes people look a bit wider and shorter, and midget ones like me can’t afford to look like a dwarf. Please, all we want in life is grow a few inches more. Hahaha. But then again, I don’t want to be limited just because of my lack of height, so I turned to my nude heels to see if I could rock these pants.

What do you think?

Added a few more edginess to the look by wearing this winged skull connector ring and animal print bangles.

Adorned the whole looked with humongous nerd glasses and bow headband for some quirky touch.

I don’t know how to make that sexy bed hair. Would anyone like to teach me?

Bow headband from Ling Dacudao | Winged skull connector ring from Stylebreak | bangles from Tomato | Black tank top from SM | Harem pants from TriNoma | Nude heels from Mario d’ Boro

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Styling Your Basic Tee

One of the rules fashionphiles live by is to have the basics–that is, a basic v-neck tee, an LBD, a pair of heels, among others. When you got them, the only things you will need next are creativity and boldness. I used to be the t-shirt-and-jeans kind of girl; I was too scared of trying out new things and experimenting because the last thing I wanted was to solicit stares from people. But I eventually got over it, prolly because I want to be different.  With my petite figure, it’s very difficult to stand out from a crowd, so the only way to be noticed (papansin lang. haha!) is to be slightly deviant. However, I still make sure that I don’t go overboard. That’s when a mixing of the basics and a few statement pieces come into play. With this post, my basic apparel is a basic tee and I’m gonna show you the stuff I styled it with to make it less basic but, at the same time, look effortless.

Was going out to get my Philippine Fashion Week invites in Makati when Dodon and I thought of shooting outfit photos

Basic v-neck shirt from Folded and Hung | Printed skirt from NY Square at SM Department Store

STEP 1: Decide which basic piece to use. In my case, since I was commuting I decided to wear something I can easily move in, like this basic blue tee from Folded and Hung. F&H has the most comfortable but stylish shirts, I must say.

STEP 2: Pair it with a skirt (or your favorite jeans). You can go plain or be more adventurous by choosing printed ones. In this photo, since I’m already wearing a plain-colored top, I decided to break the monotony by going for an animal print skirt. Unfortunately, I’m not anymore a big fan of jeans as I have not found yet the perfect ones. Would you believe I only own a couple of pairs? *crickets crickets*

OPTIONAL: Add a little twist by using a floral printed belt. Print on print!

Fringe necklace from Antler | Bracelets from Landmark

STEP 3: Pile on statement pieces, such as the fringe necklace, to add more edge to your simple look. What are statement pieces? For me, these are accessories that a person never wears on a daily basis. Oftentimes, they come in funky shapes and from odd materials.

Connector ring from Stylebreak | Winged heart and purple bell ring from Zeros and Fives | Feather earrings from St. Francis Square

STEP 4: Last but not the least, wear heels. Heeled shoes or slip-ons always make a look less casual (well, that is if you’re going for a more feminine look). Since I am short, heels always help me look taller, longer, and more sophisticated. Not that I’m saying short girls aren’t sophisticated! I mean, short girls, and even boys, are often labeled as ‘cute.’ No one would like to be stuck in that category! 🙂

Heels from Tiffany (these are obviously my favorite!)

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So there you go, you can always look fabulous even if you’re just wearing a t-shirt. All you need is some accessories to spice up your look. The same thing also applies when you’re wearing old or thrifted clothes from bargain shops and ukay-ukay. Styling can make any clothing look expensive if you know what to do or if you are willing to take a risk.

A few years back connector rings or fringe necklaces were nowhere to be found. The first time I saw them I thought they were weird-looking, but eventually when you develop an eye for things unconventional, you’ll find yourself treating these statement pieces like diamonds. They are not only eye-catchers, but also additives. 🙂

Rewind to January, I told myself in a post that I should be able to score invites for the Philippine Fashion Week. And I did! Hurray!  Thanks to Connect Agencie for these fab invites!

The Lady From Your Chick Lit Book

I never imagined rompers would suit me. I thought it only looks good on tall people. But lo and behold, it looked okay on me! Yay for another discovery! 🙂

Since stripes and prints are in season this year. I thought of “piling” on lots of stripes, hence the romper, bow necklace, and the bracelet. 🙂

This photo was taken by Albert Tagle in an abandoned place somewhere in Tagaytay. Make up was done by Dhanica Bagasina.

 

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Thank you to Cocco for the lovely romper and to Quirky Finds for the accessories!

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