Intro to Normcore

Mandals, plain tees, boyfriend jeans, chokers, 90s fashion, these are the things all over my fashion newsfeed lately. After browsing through my favorite sites, I learned that the term for this mundane, or simply boring type of dressing is normcore.

So how do you do normcore? Before, fashion was everything about being different, expressing you individuality. Normcore works opposite that by encouraging you to blend in, to be anonymous. Think of unremarkable pieces put together, and that’s normcore.

It’s also reminiscent of early 90s fashion, that sort of cool slacker skater -ish looks comprising of Birkenstocks, denim cutoffs, pain T-shirts, and the occasional plaid button down. As far as normcore is concerned, the plainer the look, the better.

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Beauty Scents: A Fragrance and Cosmetics Outlet Store

"Happy girls are the prettiest" - Audrey Hepburn

I have always admired Audrey Hepburn, not as the Hollywood icon that she is, but in the way that she carries herself. She is always impeccably dressed, and well made up. For me, she is the epitome of elegance and subtle glamour.

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Anyway, I found one of these quotes on a wall at the newly opened Beauty Scents outlet store in Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Beautyscents is the Philippines’ first and biggest fragrance and make up outlet store for luxury brands.

The interiors are very minimalist and inspired by New York Downtown SoHo, which is good to keep the focus on the colorful packaging of the makeup brands and fragrances sold there. They carry a lot of brands, from Christian Dior, Guerlain, Bulgari, Jean Paul Gaultier, to celebrity perfumes from Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey and Britney Spears, to Japanese brands like Majolica Majorca and ZA cosmetics, they have it all.

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The principal display is this mini movie set, complete with director’s chair and a spotlight. Since majority of their stocks are actually scents, they feature a brand for a month. For this month, they featured different scents from Bulgari. I love this set up, so simple, and yet has so much character.

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Fine China

"Trust, like fine china, once broken can be repaired, but it is never quite the same" - Unknown

I really love the color blue. If you look at my wardrobe, I have more blues than any other color. I have teal, turquoise, powder blue, royal blue, cyan, you name a blue hue, I probably have it. Blue is one of those colors that can flatter all skin colors, as well as the color green.

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Aside from blue being a really flattering color on any complexion, I also love how a dark blue instantly brightens. It was one of the reasons why I got this dress from Dorothy Perkins. I love how the print resembled designs on fine china too. The blue and white really reminded me of those antique porcelain teapot sets, so I was incredibly drawn to it.

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Aside from having a really flattering silhouette, I liked that the length was just right. Not too long for my short physique, and the fabric was very comfortable to move in. I loved that it has this sheer panel just near the hem of the skirt, which adds a romantic flair to the dress.

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Bensimon DIY: An Afternoon of Creativity with Bensimon

I love DIY projects. I’m not a DIY maven, but I adore projects by P.S. - I made this.., and try to replicate clothing and jewelry projects best as I can. remember how I used to make a lot of beaded jewelry when I was younger? Or the tutorial I posted for this flower crown? You can tell i have a little artsy fartsy in me. Again, just a little.

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When I got the invite for #BensimonDIY, I was excited. I haven’t done anything crafty in months! I thought this was a great opportunity to wake up my artistic sensibilities. Fast forward to the day itself, I actually had no idea what to do. I went to Common Thread Powerplant Mall without any inspiration or research, my head was completely blank.

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Uneven Lines

“Love like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy. But sometimes under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots keeping itself alive.”
― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

It was a rainy day when we took this set of photos. I prefer taking photos outdoors, but the weather gave us no choice, good thing the Korean cafe Noriter was just nearby.

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I’ve been to cafe Noriter a few times, even blogged about it here, and it’s a picturesque place. Every corner just screams cuteness, just begging for a photo to be taken. The lighting inside isn’t very ideal though, so most of our photos turned out really yellow. Post processing saved the day, although I feel like I look a bit pale. What do you think?

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Doll Glam: SM Beauty shows us how it’s done

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The SM Store Beauty Section proves once again that it is always on trend with its current campaign, Doll Glam. With ambassadors Tricia Gosingtian and Alodia Gosiengfiao, they showed everyone how to rock Doll Glam at a beauty fair held at the SM North The Block Atrium. Doll Glam is based on the gyaru fashion subculture originating from Japanese streetstyle and currently making waves throughout the world.

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Little White Dress

"True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart." -Honore de Balzac

The color white means a lot of things to different people. For some it symbolizes growing old with the changes in color of one’s hair, or the stark corridors of medical institutions. For me it symbolizes the happier things, of being complete and whole, clarity, and vibrant energy. White daisies usually signify loyal love, young innocent love even.

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For me though, white is my color for success. The hard earned, went-through-so-many-things-but-worked-out sort. For our college recognition, we were required to be in either white, cream, or anything in between, like ecru, eggshell, and whatnot, my batchmates joked.

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I already knew about this for a long time, since I have been assisting in the ceremonies of the previous three batches of graduates. There were also restrictions like: it should be at least knee length, with sleeves, and modest. With this knowledge, and the motivation to graduate, I actually bought my dress 5 months early.

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Bag O’ Shrimps: Fresh Catch in a Cozy Space

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Bag O’ Shrimps is perfect for everyone longing to go to Dampa for fresh catch but don’t want themselves to get dirty with the wet market. Bag O’ Shrimps serves fresh seafood daily, and you can actually tell how good the quality of each ingredient is, especially the heart of their menu, seafood. The simple menu gives each customer a peek at how everything runs in  the place. Simple, no nonsense, just good ole’ seafood dishes with special homemade secret recipes, and whole lot of love.

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I’m giving this place a lot of praises because I really had a lot of fun there. It’s the type of restaurant where a crowd, either friends or family, or even couples can have a really great time. The food is really good, especially the crab, and I’ll expound on that later.

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Inspiration

You have to make a decision: will you serve the people, or will you burden them? - Cardinal Tagle

Growing up in a strict Catholic Chinese highschool, I got used to hearing sermons and speeches from men of the cloth. When I learned that His Eminence Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle was going to be the guest of honor and speaker for our commencement exercises, I expected the usual sermon. In reality, I was pleasantly surprised. The cardinal delivered his speech in flawless Filipino but imparted wise words with wit and humor. If you looked at the whole crowd inside the PICC Plenary Hall, you could see everyone was truly listening to every word.

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When people learn that I graduated from UP (University of the Philippines), I get the same response, “Ay galing mo naman, diba mahirap dun?” or “Talino mo naman”, and many other phrases with the same message, that I am intelligent, and lucky to have graduated from the country’s premier national university.

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The Zen Institute celebrates true beauty with Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 candidates

Just last week, The Zen Institute (QC branch) opened its doors to the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 candidates. This is a steadfast partnership of two of the country’s frontrunners in Beauty Tourism.

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30 candidates are vying for this year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas. This year, the winners of the Mutya ng Pilipinas Pageant are sent to international pageant events, such as Miss Tourism International, Miss Tourism Queen of the Year, and Miss Intercontinental, and the Miss Asia Pacific International.

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