how to make fishtail braids

Designer Summer

A few days ago, I discovered this website, Harrods.com, that sells designer products. I’ve heard about Harrods a long time ago but I didn’t know it’s actually an online shopping site, which is a million times better. I can oggle at gorgeous designer stuff without feeling intimated, and more importantly, I can freely do some window shopping!

When I shop, I like creating outfits in my head first before purchasing, that way I know if I can really wear it. Many girls tend to buy things just because they’re pretty, without considering if they’re really wearable. Below are the summer-ready outfits I created using the items I liked from Harrods.

Office Girl

I’ve been part of the labor force for almost four years now, and my usual dilemma is my everyday outfit. Although I can wear whatever I please, I also have to consider that I am working in a professional environment, therefore I should always look put-together and polished. The following items are perfect for corporate offices.

Office Girl

1. Etro Paisley Print Shirt 2. Mawi Crystal and Pearl Necklace 3. Chloe Leather Belt 4. Alexander McQueen De Manta Mini Tote 5. Ralph Lauren Black Label Kasey Suede Skirt 6. Alexander McQueen Roll Leather Flats

Who says office attires can’t look stylish? Even though collared long sleeve shirts and pencil skirts are the ‘normal’ outfit for work, one can still be stylish by injecting prints, colors, and accessories in the outfit. I chose this really nice paisley shirt because the prints are on trend plus the print color can be used as base for the whole look. You can see that there are hints of green so this Ralph Lauren green pencil skirt is a good match. Tuck the shirt in and wrap the paradise pink leather belt from Chloe around the waist, et voila a refreshing day-in-the-office look for summer! And of course, you should not forget to accessorize after making a clean ponytail. Although heels are more advisable for work, I like wearing flats after. They help me move faster plus they’re much more comfortable to walk in especially if you’re planning to do some mall strolling after work. These Alexander McQueen flats are perfect for us working ladies, pair them with this AMQ mini tote bag and we’re good to go.

Walk in the Park

My boyfriend and I like doing things when we’re together—we take pictures using film, we travel, we have fun. Even when we’re just visiting a nice restaurant or taking a walk I like wearing my best. This gorgeous silk dress is perfect for such activities. It isn’t too limiting, plus the colors are very in season and pleasing to the eyes. You may also opt to pair the dress with a nice bowler hat to protect yourself from the sun.

Walk in the Park

1. Christy’s Bowler Hat 2. Matthew Williamson Silk Pixel Dress 3. Alexander McQueen Heroine Satchel 4. Alexander McQueen Button Suede Slipper 5. Bex Rox Alabama Cuff 6. Mawi Citrine Spike Drop Earrings

Simple activities do not require a lot of accessories. Personally I like accessories that do not hinder me from enjoying the moment, so I usually wear simple earrings (sometimes I don’t) and a matching bracelet or cuff. Of course, a nice bag where I can put small things is a must for me, and Alexander McQueen’s pink satchel can definitely accommodate my phone, wallet, and lipstick. I’d recommend these amazing flats from Alexander McQueen as well to prevent your precious feet from aching.

Casual Weekends

The best thing about weekends is you can catch up with friends and family. During this time, no one expects us to look extravagant. They’re our loved ones after all and they love us for what we are, regardless of what we’re wearing. However, it doesn’t mean that we can’t look stylish on such days. A simple, comfy shirt can still look fabulous by pairing it with the right shorts or skirt. Accentuate your legs more by wearing heeled ankle boots that match your clutch or purse.

Casual Weekends

1. Juicy Couture Pavé Heart Friendship Bracelet 2. Junk Food I Live for Weekends Tee 3. Saint Laurent Paris Ankle Boots 4. House of Holland Tie-Dye Denim Shorts 5. Alexander McQueen Crystal Britannia Skull Box Clutch

You know me and my love for anything British, and this Alexander McQueen clutch is a personal must-have. Plus, it’s a great match with the laid-back outfit I was going for. Tuck the front of the shirt in and let the back part hang loose, do some braids with your hair, and slip on one of those friendship bracelets your friend got you, and you’re surely on your way to a wonderful bonding  time with loved ones.

These are just some of the summer outfit ideas I had after checking Harrods.com. So guys, check out the site and I’m pretty sure you’ll find something there that will suit your taste.

What are your summer must-haves?

Fotografia

Forever 21 shoes

Click sheer top and ring from Zeros and Fives (buy here), Jean Nicole shorts from Ling Dacudao

1721 hair clip

Chad gave me this really cute camera early this year. He takes great pictures and we agreed that he’d teach me photography when he comes back to the country this summer, and we’ll start with this Diana Mini. I’m quite excited of the new things I’ll learn and do this year. And you’ll definitely be the first ones to know what they are. I’ve just begun drawing again—it used to be my pastime when I was younger, but, well, I had to prioritize other things later on. It feels great actually, doing the things I used to love as a child. You know what, I might actually start buying canvases again and do a bit of—er—painting. I’m not good though, but I’ve always believed that there’s no craft that can’t be learned.

If you like my OOTD, hype this look on lookbook and chictopia 🙂

Photos by Antonio Aguila and Unica Policarpio. Thanks, guys! I had so much fun shooting with you! 🙂

After Noon

Asianvogue shoes

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 To: Fishtail Braids

Today I’m going to show you how to make fishtail braids–without the help of other people! First, all you need is a toothed comb, a ponytail tie (or an elastic band will do), and something to accessorize your hair when you’re done.

I apologize in advance if some of the photos are too bright for your eyes, I needed to add more exposure so you could actually see what happens to the hair as I show you the process.

STEP 1: I wanted to do a side braid so I placed everything at the right, away from the direction of my fringe to create balance. You are free to place your hair wherever you want. Same procedure still applies to non-side braids.

STEP 2: Cut hair into two sections, by cut I mean separate. You now have a left and right section (if that makes any sense).

 STEP 3: From the left section of your hair, take a small part from the back.

 STEP 4: Place it on top of the remaining left section of your hair, BUT do not combine them.

STEP 5: Instead, combine it with the opposite (right) section of your hair.

STEP 6: Pull both sections on opposite directions to ensure that there are no stray hairs. This isn’t necessary though, but I do this all the time. Hee~

STEP 7: Just like STEP 3, gather a few strands from the back of the right section of your hair.

 STEP 8: Place them on top of the right section, then combine with the left.

STEP 9: Repeat STEPs 3 to 8.

 Continue this process until you reach the tips, or the point where you can still gather your hair together.

In the photos below, I stopped braiding at about three-quarters of my hair’s length as there were a few strands already sticking out. Fishtail braids are fun to do when you have really long hair. Hmm, if that’s the case then I shouldn’t have my mane trimmed for at least two months more. :s

STEP 10:  Hold the braids together by using a ponytail tie or an elastic band. You are free to use whatever accessories after to add more character.

Since I’m sucker for bows and florals, I attached my bow+floral hair clip to the hair tie I used. I curled the short strands at the other sides to make the look much prettier and less messy.

Then, wore a beanie to tone down the preppiness.

Below is a quick recap of what I’ve done in .GIF format. I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial!

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