Month: September 2013

Fun & Flirty – a Date outfit

Notice that my hair looks different here, (a) it’s really long (b) it’s black © my bangs are gone. It’s because this is actually an old set of photos, taken last June. I almost forgot I had these, until I was looking something to post for my blog. I intended to publish a photolog of my recent Bangkok trip and two outfit posts, but no, my SD card had to play tricks on me and I can’t transfer photos to my laptop, or transfer the photos anywhere really. Until I find a techie friend who can help me figure out what’s wrong, I have 500++ photos currently in danger of not seeing the light of day again. AAAAACCCKKK.

Anyway, back to my look, I get a lot of questions regarding date outfits. I mean a lot. I go to a school where dressing up really is the least of a person’s priorities so a lot of my college friends would come to me for questions regarding wardrobe choices, including what to wear on a date. This look is a good example of what you can wear, since it can be worn with a pair of flats and a bucket bag for a casual date, then heels and a clutch for dinner. In my case I wore it to a fancy restaurant, which I will review sometime soon.

In fine dining restaurants, I make sure to actually look the part of a critical diner. I picked this pearl embellished peplum button down because it looks mature, polished and very lady-like. Plus, when on a date, always remember to flaunt your assets. I’m not skinny, but I am curvy, so I played with my proportions and the peplum did a great job of showing off my waist, giving me a sexy silhouette.

You guys know I love colors, especially bright ones, so I couldn’t resist pairing the blue top with this adorable floral pencil skirt I found in my mom’s old clothes. It’s high waisted, so it was perfect for hiding that extra bulge I usually get after eating. harhar. The peplum helped concealing my full tummy too.

The reason why I love this outfit so much is because it isn’t the usual date outfit. When you ask a myriad of people about a typical date outfit, the answer would be, a dress, be it cocktail, or a Sunday dress, still a dress. I disn’t want to go the usual route and wear a dress, so I opted for separates that were feminine, and fun.

For my hair, I decided to do curls, since it added flirty into the mix. Fun, feminine, and flirty, what more do you want from a date look?

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Pearl Embellished Peplum Button Down: Forever 21

Floral Pencil Skirt: Mom’s

Nude Box Wallet with Neon Piping: Cotton On

Slingback Pumps: Christian Siriano for Payless

Red Ribbon’s Macaroons: In Tune with Education

I am always up for a good cause. I’d help when I can, and with whatever I can help with, sometimes with financial resources, and sometimes with manpower. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that I support Red Ribbon’s newest campaign, the Macaroons for a Cause.

As part of the campaign’s promotion, Red Ribbon unveiled started a new dance craze, the Macaroon Dance (video at the last part of this entry) This new dance craze features Apl.de.Ap, member of the world-famous band The Black Eyed Peas.

Red Ribbon’s new pastry gives you not only coconut goodness in creamy perfection,but also helps increase the Filipino youth’s access to education. Each pack of 10 sells foronly PhP 50. For every purchase, P7 will go to the Apl.de.Ap Foundation’s cause of building a public high school. I got to try the macaroons for myself, and they are actually pretty good, considering it costs merely 50 pesos a pack. my mom, being a coconut anything fan, loved the macaroons. They were at the right sweetness, with the right moisture, not too oily, and had that tiny bit of crunch, which I liked.

“The Macaroons For A Cause has received an overwhelming response since we have launched the product 2 months ago. Every pack of macaroon sold brings us closer to achieving our goal to build a school in the hopes of molding globally-competitive youth in the Philippines,” Apl.de.Ap shares.

Apl.de.Ap or Allan Pineda has personally experienced the impact of having a goodeducation. He shares, “With an education, you can be anything. [Education] is the way out of poverty”.
 

Macaroons For A Cause was launched by Red Ribbon along with Apl.de.Ap Foundation and Franklin Baker Company of the Philippines to put up a public school that focuses on shaping the youth and enhancing their skills in music and technology. Red Ribbon aims to reach its 4.2 million target in 2 years.

Over 600 high school students will benefit from the first public school built by this partnership

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About Red Ribbon
Red Ribbon was established in 1979 as an all Filipino-owned small cakes and pastry shop in Timog Avenue, Quezon City. It is a proudly Filipino-owned business network committed to its mission of bringing the joy eating to everyone through its great-tasting food and superior quality. In 2005, Jollibee Foods Corporation fully acquired Red Ribbon, and has expanded to over 230 stores in the Philippines and more than 30 in the USA.

Stay Weird

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For some reason, on the day that I wore this look out, I was feeling edgy. Maybe it was because of the bipolar weather, or the craziness happening in school, I just don’t know. I just felt like doing a black beanie + red lips sort of thing. I wanted to go grunge, but my attitude was lacking, or maybe because I was just tired. You can even see it in my photos, the disconnect between my disposition and the vibe of the whole look. I mean, yeah, I really wanted to wear this look out, but I just couldn’t find my posing mojo. Too bad. I mean really, if you guys were there, you would most likely shout at me and say, “Come on, you can do better than that?! Where’s the anger?” or something like that, to coach me in the mini shoot. Alas, I had given up halfway, when I thought I was doing a fierce face, my face just looked distant, or even blank. So I just let it be.

While drafting this post, I realize it doesn’t have to be that way in life. You have to keep on pushing, even when the going gets tough. If you can still go on, don’t give up. Seize the day. Do it. Whatever it is, it will make you stronger.

Anyway, now back to this look. I wore this out to visit some of my favorite shops at the Manila Sundance Bazaar. To show my support, I wore this muscle tee from my beloved Flattering Tops. To bring a little femininity into the look, I paired the tee with my new origami skorts from Greenlane Shop. I actually got the beanie, wedges, and clutch all at the bazaar and decided that they go well with what I had on, so I just went with it. I actually had on a different beanie, platform shoes, and a sling bag, but somehow, the new things made the look more legit. haha.

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The beanie’s embroidery is actually intentionally upside down, to give emphasis on the WEIRD. That was basically what compelled me to buy it.

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This clutch was given to me by Iglesias PH after I shopped at their booth, I was pretty excited with the bag so I just had to incorporate it in my look. Plus, isn’t it the most versatile clutch? The laser cut pattern is exquisite too.

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Lastly, I found these wedge boots at Laureen Uy’s booth there, I originally wanted to buy a different pair, but it was a half size too small, and this pair seemed to fit me just right, plus everybody kept exclaiming that it looked great with what I had on, so I gave in. Teehee

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Leopard Print Muscle Tee: Flattering Tops

Black Origami Skort: Greenlane Shop

Baroque Laser Cutout Envelope Clutch: Iglesias PH

Stay Weird Beanie: Two New Kids

Suede Wedges: Gold Dot

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I had a lot of fun browsing, and was really delighted when I saw that Paradise Treats was now selling these adorable bows! I swear they’re prettier in person.

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Another shop that’s good to note is Ingga Sandals, proudly Philippine made, the brand boasts of a simple shoe base, that you can mix different straps with. Check out the photo above, they had an expansive array of strap choices to suit every girl.

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This pair was on display, and showed one way of styling your Ingga pair.

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And then there’s the neon explosion at the Iglesias PH booth, I just love love their stuff, I already bought a lot of items from them before I finally got to meet the owner’s mom, who handles operations here while Berna the owner is overseas.

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Lastly, I got to reintroduce myself to Dani Barretto. I already met her before, but never really got the chance to chat. Thanks to Diane of Flattering Tops for this photo! Dani stayed at the booth to assist styling the customers, as well as give tips in the process.

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Overall, I had a lot of fun at the bazaar, I just wished the venue was near my place, Metrotent was just a bit of a hassle to go to for a Manila girl like me.

Too Cool for School

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A few weeks ago, Alyssa tagged me along to Too Cool for School’s branch opening at SM North Edsa. Since it was a Korean cosmetics brand, I thought of wearing my hair in true Asian fashion, up in a bun with full fringe, and with barely there makeup.

My wardrobe had nothing I could call legit Kpop or Asian fashion inspired, so I stuck with items that I thought would look good with my planned hairdo.

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I guess the look I was going for was somewhere along the lines of, sweet, and cute, since that seems to be all the rage in Korean cosmetics lines nowadays. I focused on this mint green blouson top from Paradise Treats that was easy on the eyes, then kept the look on the lighter side by pairing it with white shorts. To add a bit of edge, I decided to wear this classic pair of pointed flats.

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I didn’t know what bag to bring, so I just grabbed the first gold bag I could find, the same one I wore here. To give myself a more prominent waist, I cinched my shorts with this pastel pink floral belt. So there, I was ready to go.

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Pardon the lighting of my photos, we were almost out of sunlight, and the sky was threatening to pour down on us, so yeah, it wasn’t ideal.

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About these shoes, I got them for only 350 pesos in the last Supersale bazaar as it was already the last pair for the style, in gold. What a steal, yeah?

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I couldn’t resist posting this photo, my face just looks so awkward here, I just had to share it. Please don’t unfollow me for it. 🙂

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Now, on to a few photos from the event itself. Too Cool for School is a Korean makeup brand with a strong fanbase in New York and London. The brand boasts of unique packaging which captivated the youth of today. Personally, their products appealed to me because the packaging was just irresistible, the designs were a bit quirky, but not in an appalling way. In my eyes, they were cute. I tried on their matte lipstick, which is what I had on for the last photo of this post, mind you, the color on my lips lasted the whole night. I currently also use one of their blushes, and the colors are as vivid as expected.

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The store opened officially after a blessing was done by the pastor. After the blessing and a few messages from the owners and partners, the guests were asked to proceed to Mann Hann for cocktails.

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This taho was on the buffet spread in Mann Hann, pretty, yeah?

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To end this post, I’m leaving you guys with photos that Alyssa found all to adorable, she even posted one of them in her blogpost. Now that I think of it, I do look cute in the photo, just didn’t expect the response to be like that. harhar

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The cat ears headband was actually what the salesladies in Too Cool for Cool were wearing. Alyssa found one ignored on a table, and decided it would look good on me, so I wore it the whole night. haha

Mint Top: Paradise Treats

Shorts: Kamiseta

Pointed Flats: Tonic>

Sequined Bag: SM Parisian – Glam

Belt: YRYS

photos by Alyssa Yu

Thank you Too Cool for School for having me! I had a lot of fun, cheers!

Adidas Updates (NEO & Originals)

Adidas, despite being around for quite a while now, still manages to come up with lines and campaigns to spice up its already trusted image. One such campaign is with brand ambassador Selena Gomez, who has teamed up with Adidas to create a 53-piece collection for Adidas NEO label.

On the other hand, for Adidas Originals FW 2013 campaign, classic styles make a refreshing comeback, as accompanied by a commercial made in collaboration with Run DMC and DJ A-Trak.

Read on to find out more about both campaigns. 🙂

Global style icon Selena Gomez launched her first ever fashion collection for adidas NEO Label in Berlin. Selena, who is already a hugely successful recording artist and actress can now add NEO guest designer to her ever-growing list of talents. She has been working closely with the Adidas NEO team to finish the 53 piece collection, which is a twist on classic rock style with an effortless edge.

Designs have been inspired by Selena’s love of music and feature iconic styling from the world of rock and roll. Selena’s favourite pieces include the black, studded super wedge shoes with hidden height, and the tough but feminine denim vest with an embellished collar, perfect for a lunch date with friends.

Selena Gomez commented: “I love playing around with fashion and like clothes that are fun, easy to wear and comfortable. My collection has a ‘rock chic’ theme and it’s confident, rebellious and fun. It’s also a little bit darker and I think it encourages girls to put their own stamp on their individuality and show confidence in what they are wearing.”
Selena’s collection is definitely, undeniably all about teenagers, which is the market of the NEO label. Adidas definitely picked the right personality to collaborate with.

Now here’s the video from the interactive lookbook, if you haven’t checked that out yet.
To view Selena’s interactive look book, visit www.adidas.com/selenagomez

To stay up to date on all things NEO, including the brand’s fresh new looks, visit www.adidas.com/neo.

The adidas NEO Label Selena Gomez Collection will be available in August in selected SM Department Stores, Robinsons Department Stores, Toby’s, Planet Sports and other sports stores nationwide.

On to another campaign,

Just last August, two music icons went head to head in the ultimate culture clash when hip-hop legends Run DMC collided with superstar DJ A-Trak in the FW13 adidas Originals campaign.

Sparks flew as the true masters of collision Run DMC take on the prince of clubs A-Trak in the studio to create a new contemporary anthem that will unite all originals. Right from the start, Run DMC have constantly collided with cultures, inspiring others at every turn. The rap pioneers were the first to unite hip-hop with rock and fashion with music. Now they’re at it again in a new-school tussle with the hottest mixmaster on the planet.

And in the greatest collision of all, fans across the world can unite with Run DMC in an interactive film that brings the legends to life.

adidas Originals collides these two originals to produce a zeitgeist moment for 2013.

In line with this campaign, the new range of adidas Originals footwear coming out in the Philippines features classic silhouettes like:

Clockwise from top left:

  • The ZX, which was the most famous running footwear in the 80’s and was at the top of its class in cushion in that decade.
  • The all-original, ever-iconic adidas SL 72 – first launched at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
  • The LA Trainer, which was one of the first cross-trainers of the adidas Brand featuring an outsole fit for both indoor and outdoor.
  • And the adiStar Racer, a sleek, lightweight and low to the ground model that brings a speedy, retro running shoe look.

I now leave you with the Adidas Originals FW2013 promo video.

Optical Illusion

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Can you tell that this dress is one size bigger on me? I had hoped that the belt can hide that fact. My mom found this dress on sale at Dorothy Perkins during the Big Rockwell Sale, when I put it on, it was a bit loose, by my mom thought the print was too nice to let go. So then and there she decided we were going to get it anyway.

Since the print was a bit busy, I decided to pair it with this great pair of pointed ankle strap heels from Parisian. I thought the green added a bit of character as well as elegance, plus, the cut in front really lengthens the legs! I decided to bring this cute bag in the last minute, instead of a boring black one, because hey, I just wanted to be more blue.

This dress can go more casual when paired with cork wedges, and perhaps a tote bag. For a more corporate look, pair it with black pumps, and layer with a blazer or a cardigan.

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This photo was actually the test shot, I found it so adorable I had to post it. My face was somewhere between duckface and clueless. harhar

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Graphic Printed Dress: Dorothy Perkins

Bag: Greenhills

Pointed Toe Ankle Strap Heels: Parisian