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Taking Chances

As the year draws to a close, I cannot help but feel a mixture of regret and sadness sometimes.  I don’t feel I made good use of my time. I know that may be an exaggeration–pretty sure I’ve had achievements in the past months, but I can’t identify one that I can consider as the highlight of my year. I can’t remember an event that I can truly be proud of and say, “Hey, I did this!” or “I’ve overcome this.” All the issues that I’d been struggling with earlier this year are still here, which is odd since I’ve always had crisis periods but they would go away after a few weeks or months. Is it because I’m getting old?

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I don’t think so. I don’t mind getting old at all. I honestly can’t wait to be married to Chad, my fiance, and make memories with him. What I don’t like is wasting time, and I admit that I’m very guilty of this. I question myself too much, which causes me to doubt my capabilities. What annoys me more is that I’m aware I’m doing this to myself but I’m not doing anything to reverse the situation. I used to be a very driven young lady; I knew what I wanted and did everything to get it. But 2015 came and BAM! I became a completely different person.

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Holiday Dressing: Bleu à la Mode

Putting together an outfit is not that easy. Girls like me need a loooot of time to prepare, especially if it’s for a grand occasion. The holidays are upon us and that only means more family gatherings and social events. According to Pantone, this season’s most coveted colors by designers are earthy neutrals with a dash of bold hues that represent hope, fantasy, and all things natural.

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Most of the colors are different variations of blue, which also happens to be a Christmas color. So why not choose outfits that have blue in them? There are already many stores online carrying holiday-themed dresses. If you are looking for well-made yet affordable finds, go local. ZALORA’s collection of blue dresses is absolutely gorgeous! There you will find different styles from various local retailers. Inspired by the above sketches, I’ve compiled four outfit suggestions below using items from different brands. If you want to see more of my sets, follow my boards on Polyvore!

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Classic Elegance

If you are the conservative type, this is great for you. The slits of the dress are not too high, and the floral details on the sides are strategically placed to accentuate your curves. Since this is long-sleeved, you don’t need bracelets and other trinkets on your wrists–just a dainty necklace and matching earrings. Accessorize your hands with a gorgeous ring and clutch to store your phone and other abubots. Then, finish it off with these pointy pair of heels.

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Comfy Elegance

During holiday events, you meet a lot of people so you need to be comfortable in your outfit. If you are not used to body-hugging outfits, why not try a wrap-around or empire-cut dress? This won’t restrict your legs, allowing you to move around freely. Match it with ankle-strap heels for more support and an elegant white clutch.

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Sensual Elegance

On the other hand, if you are the adventurous type with to-die-for collar bones, this set is perfect for you. This dress shows off just the right amount of skin and hugs the body in the right places. Accentuate your outfit with a gold-tone onyx and lapis drop earrings and watch. Then pair it with ankle-strap black pointy heels for a more sophisticated look.

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Simple Elegance

Honestly, if I were to choose from all the sets in this post, I would go for this one. If you are a floral dress type of girl (like me), this pretty dress is right for you. It’s made from neoprene so it stretches to fit any body type. You don’t have to worry about eating too much as it can tuck away the bulge. Pair it with a chunky heels and black shoulder bag so you can move freely. Match it with a blue watch and earrings to complete the ensemble.

So, what are you wearing for the holidays? Share your outfit below!

Casual Fridays: Blanc et Noir

Friday is probably the most anticipated day of the week. Many equate it to parties, road trips, dates, or movie nights. But to me it means comfort. Every Friday, I would almost always dress in jeans and shirt. It’s the last day of work so I guess I’m allowed to feel relaxed and unrestricted. For some working women though, office or client meetings often fall on a Friday. When that happens you don’t always have to stick to the usual corporate attire. Below are two laid-back outfit suggestions I have created just for you:

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Casual Days

 

Gone are days when the only allowed outfits for formal meetings are pencil skirts and blouses. Today, companies are no longer as stringent as before when it comes to dress code. As a result, many women have been experimenting with their looks and are more adventurous. One of this season’s hottest trends is the jumpsuit. It’s surprisingly comfortable to wear as it allows you to move freely without showing much skin. Pair it with a nice pair of black pointy shoes or strappy sandals with matching accessories and you’re now ready to close that business deal. Gold always complements black so I suggest wearing accessories with a hint of gold. ZALORA has a great collection of gold-colored jewelry that you can choose from.

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White Balance

 

Like black, white never goes out of fashion. It immediately gives off that clean, cool vibe that’s why people love wearing this color during the summer. Lace cutouts are all the rage this season so you can try out this dress with lace detail. IMO white is a statement in itself so you don’t need to wear a lot of accessories. Gold jewelry with small, dainty pendants and designs are perfect. Complete your look with white or black pointy heels and you’re good to go. If you’re bold enough, you can also go for gladiator heels!

So which are you? Are you the jumpsuit or the dressy type? Spring-Summer 2015 has brought back some of our most beloved trends and styles. Feel free to check some of them here.

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ZALORA Marketplace Is Now Open!

A wave of local fashion talent hits Asia as boutiques come onboard with ZALORA Marketplace.

ZALORA, Asia’s leading online fashion destination, has brought an exciting array of new Filipino fashion talent to online shoppers through the recently launched ZALORA Marketplace. With ZALORA’s combined 15 million visits per month to its sites across the region, Marketplace gives independent fashion designers and boutiques the opportunity to instantly expand their business and reach new customers online.

To celebrate the launch of Marketplace, ZALORA has gathered the hottest up-and-coming boutiques, fashion media and bloggers in one special event at 12 Monkeys in Century Mall. The ZALORA Marketplace team raffled off over P50,000 worth of prizes from select boutiques.

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Jessica de Mesa, Head of Sales & Marketing for Marketplace said, “We connected with the most amazing local fashion entrepreneurs in the process of building Marketplace. As we continue to grow ZALORA Marketplace and seek out new talent, one thing we remain certain of is that Southeast Asia’s fashion industry is alive and flourishing.”

“What we are aiming to create is the biggest online fashion community in the Philippines by connecting designers and sellers with their customers via ZALORA Marketplace,” said Arianne Kader, Head of Operations for Marketplace. “It’s also an opportunity for our team to support boutiques by sharing strategies that will help them become stronger online fashion entrepreneurs.”

The Philippines’ Rising Fashion Stars on Marketplace

ESTELA, a collaborative business venture that started in May 2013, is especially designed for the modern and empowered Filipina. Their debut collection “SWITCH” offers a fresh take on reversible, fashion-forward yet affordable clothing, tailor-fit for all types of women.

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WIPCAPS is a street wear company that produces high quality products for enthusiasts all over the country. Starting off as a specialized headwear design company, WIPCAPS has now diversified into a full street wear line. Their designs are creative and uniquely influenced by diverse cultural backgrounds of the times, showcasing the excellence of the Filipino.

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MANILA SOLE came together to explore the shoe business with the goal of helping the environment by using recycled material in the production of their shoes. MANILA SOLE not only provides fashionable and comfortable footwear, but also helps each person become a hero in his or her own little way – by helping the environment and the local industry one pair at a time.

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Coming Soon to Marketplace: High End Vintage

TheOutlet.PH is an online designer boutique reinvented with a purpose to give back to the local community. The team carefully curates gently used items from brands like Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, and Kate Spade. The best part is that all stakeholders work together to contribute a portion of sales to a partner charity. TheOutlet.PH’s passion for charity and finding a great sale define everything they do.

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Shop ZALORA Marketplace here: http://marketplace.zalora.com.ph

ABOUT ZALORA Group
ZALORA Group is Asia Pacific’s leading group of online fashion destinations. Founded in late 2011, the company has a presence in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia & Brunei, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Australia and New Zealand and operates as ZALORA in Southeast Asia/ Hong Kong and as THE ICONIC in Australia and New Zealand. ZALORA Group’s localized sites offer an extensive collection of top international and local brands and products across apparel, shoes, accessories, and beauty categories for men and women. Offering up to 30-day free returns, speedy deliveries as fast as 24 hours, free delivery over a certain spend, and multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, ZALORA Group is the online shopping destination with endless fashion possibilities.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Edryan Lorenzo
ZALORA Philippines PR Manager
+639175003426
edryan(dot)lorenzo(at)zalora(dot)com(dot)ph

Finish Line

I’m back in Naga City to witness my brother’s graduation at Ateneo de Naga University. Everyone who knew us intimately knows why this is such a momentous occasion for our family. Despite his shortcomings (because honestly, who doesn’t have one?), my brother is the most selfless person I know; he sacrificed a lot for our family to survive–and I respect him for that. I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for his sacrifices.

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I could not recall how many times I felt depressed when things don’t go according to plan. I have this 10-year plan I drafted after finishing college–a list of things I should accomplish before I turn 30. 5 years have passed and I’ve only done about 20% of that list. Before I would often feel disappointed at myself for not being able to follow ‘the plan’, and it didn’t do me any good.

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Slowly I began to accept that life is too uncertain, it’s impossible for us to control everything. One person told me I should be thankful that at least I know what I want in life and that I’ve done something worthwhile with it. After hearing those words, I began to relax and take things less seriously and welcome spontaneity.

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If my brother was able to face life despite the fate he experienced, why should a simple mishap like derailed plans stop me from living?

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EZRA dress from Zalora | MANGO quilted bag | TWINKY heels |  SM Department Store sunnies

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These photos were taken at Ateneo, my alma mater. I remember how happy I was when I marched through the four pillars and received my hard-earned diploma. Unlike many others, I wasn’t afraid of what lay ahead. I was eager to start working on my future. There was no ounce of fear, just hope.

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My mom taught us not to feel bitter towards life during difficult times, instead be grateful for they teach us how to be brave and strong. Of course, mothers know best. 🙂

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