Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Splurge VS Save Campaign: Bags Edition ♥

Hello from rainy Manila! I hope everyone is doing great, unlike me who is so fortunately on a week-long vacation but is gloomily stuck at home because of the typhoon. Anyway, that gives me ample time to post this long overdue challenge from the Credit Card Insider! On July first, I was contacted by Erin Ballard to participate in their Splurge VS Save Challenge, to which I readily said Yes! I love this kind of campaigns, especially that my current motto is "Frugality is the best policy", lol! If you would notice, probably 50% of all the outfits I've worn in this blog came from thrift stores. I love everything cheap, price-wise of course. With all the years I had been bargain hunting, I've already mastered the art of thrifting. So here are my picks for the challenge:

1. ) Nude Patent Bag
I had been scouting Nude patent bags for weeks and the only site I've been checking was www.shopstyle.com. I could only drool at the photos and sadly look into my purse and found none. lol! This Mango Quilted Patent Tote here caught my fancy,  I was so heartbroken that I couldn't afford it, not until we went to The Landmark Department Store and I was swimming in an ocean of locally made bags! Check this out:

Not only was the price so overwhelmingly cheap, I loved it! It was so pretty and roomy and I love its Nude shade better than the expensive one. Savings: Php 1,800.00 or $39.13.

2.) Red Quilted bag
Who doesn't love quilted bags? Quilts are too gorgeous and elegant to ignore, especially when you think of the classic Chanel bag. But I can never ever afford that even in my dreams so she's out of the picture. I thought I could settle for the "less expensive" Michael Kors Fulton Red Quilt Tote here. But still, NO. I was thinking of skipping breakfast, lunch and dinner to save money to get that tote (just kidding lol), and good thing I didn't because I spotted myself probably the best-est ever thrift find of my life. Check out below:

Could you believe that? I was randomly browsing clothes at a thrift store when my eyes suddenly went to this weird little red quilt underneath a pile of other bags. My feet brought me unconsciously onto that pile and the next thing I knew, I was at the counter already lol! Savings: Php 24,333.00 or $528.97!!!

So there you have it! I know the post is kind of short and I really wanted to share more. However, my camera broke down so I got to have it fixed first. With or without invites, I will definitely be including this segment from now on. Not only did I enjoy the challenge, it was a fun, learning experience for me as well, and I hope I inspired my dear readers to go thrifting too! Just look at all those savings, I can even get myself a new phone! Let me know what you think!

Love Lots,

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

[Outfit Post] : Fluid Lines ♥

This halter top and angled skirt Terno had been in my pile of yet-to-be-opened packages inside my closet for, say, a couple of months perhaps. I had been purchasing clothes after clothes and still I get bothered thinking: "I have nothing to wear for blah blah's wedding" so on and so forth. Nevertheless, when I had discovered that one of the corners of our living room has a potential to be my new "studio" for my succeeding photo-ops, this Terno was the first thing that came into mind. Our current living room curtains are Silk Lavender and hot Pink, which is perfect for the color scheme in this ensemble.  The outfit has finally found its way to the spotlight ♥

By way, here's our living room-turned-pseudo bedroom! Isn't it adorable?  ♥

As I have mentioned, I blend well with the background don't I? I have seen similar fluid designs a while back, especially in LookBook where most bloggers who are sponsored by shopping sites wear them almost all at the same time. I had seen it mostly on leggings though. Of course I had wanted to be a part of the trend but then, just seeing all the others wear them everywhere, I grew tired of it. Nonetheless, when one of my favorite online shops displayed this ensemble on sale, there was no more hesitation. And what's good was it came in a fabulous pair! A cropped halter top and a mini angled skirt. I placed the order immediately, in fear of losing it lol!

I am more into halter tops because it brings out the broadness of my shoulders. These are actually my second favorite part of my body next to my legs. My mom said my shoulders are sexy so I always tend to look for pieces that complement my built.

So what do you guys think? Let me know your thoughts :)

Halter Top and Skirt ; Ifassion HighFashion
Cardigan ; Random
Shoes ; Boccalo

Love Lots,

Thursday, June 26, 2014

[Outfit Post ]; Of Webs, Knits and Teddy Bears ♥

I was watching one of my favorite YouTube fashion and beauty gurus Meghan Rosette a few nights ago in her occasional TMI (Too Much Information?) Tag videos. One of the questions she answered was about her age and to which she answered "20, turning 21 on August" blah blah and added "I'm a grandma" *rolls eyes*. I paused the video for a brief moment as I just couldn't believe what I heard. 21 years old and she calls herself a grandma? lol. And here I am just another half a year before I turn 28 years old and still dressing up like a teeny bopper.

I definitely don't want to look like I'm a trying hard, aging, has-been but I honestly feel bubbly and confident when I dress up younger than my age. Who says you can't wear chiffon skirts or socks in heels when you're nearing 30? You can't deny aging but you can't deny yourself as well with the outfits you want to wear just because of judging eyes. :p Anyway, onto this outfit I'm wearing:

I had been scouting Instagram for this so-called Kim Chiu Web top for weeks! A little trivia for those who have no idea, this web/caged top is actually inspired by the one one Kim Chiu, a Philippine actress, wore in the movie Bride for Rent (an image of the original piece in this link). As soon as the movie was released, so did this Web Top in the local online market. It is not "too webbed nor caged" compared to this one, since this was my idea of a caged top. But still, the design may be simple but it looks sexy when worn. Thanks to my newly discovered IG shop Frugalista Shop, I found the perfect Kim Top in the color I am obsessed with: Powder Blue is love ♥.

Did any of you notice that I'm wearing the same color scheme as in this post? Lavender, Pink and Blue is a perfect mix of sweet and dainty! Only the colors here are more subtle, since I am so into pastels right now. I am also loving this pretty Lavender cardigan that I got on sale for only 5 Dollars! The color and the length, plus it's knitted which is what today's weather calls for! Cuddle Weather, so to speak.

What do you think guys? Did you like this too? I hope you did! Have a nice day or night ahead! :) Ciao~

Kim Caged Cropped Top ; Frugalista Shop
Chiffon Skorts ; AI Fashion
Accessories ; AI Fashion
Cardigan ; The Landmark

Love Lots,

Thursday, June 19, 2014

[Outfit Post] ; For The Love Of Lace III (Mint and Mocha) ♥

Good morning from rainy Manila! Hope you're all doing great! I got here at the office one hour earlier than my shift so aside from playing Clash of Clans, might as well post the last installment of "For the Love of Lace" series lol. So of course, I saved the Mint Green for last since it's my favorite among the three. I just go weak at the sight of anything Mint, especially if it's sheer or lacey. I love all of them though ΓΌ So anyhow, onto my outfit.

I am literally obsessing right now with kimono blazers, especially the ones in floral and pastel plus Fedora hats. I'm sure it would look better and more Bohemian with floppy hats. Sad to say, I have yet to get one for myself. Surely my mom would raise both eyebrows and shriek, as she always does upon seeing my outfits lol! Anyway, what do you think of this kimono? Isn't this so pretty? The powder blue and mint abstract prints on it are such a beautiful combo and it made the color of my top more Minty!

What do you dolls think of these ribbon shorts? If you remember, I've worn this once in this post, which was sooo last year! I still love it dearly, the ribbon and semi scalopped hem is so girly and dainty! Plus nude bottoms create a good equilibrium against my colorful top and kimono as well.

So let me know what you think of this outfit! I would love to hear from you ♥♥♥ Ciao ~

Shorts ; AI Fashion
Kimono ; Zipora Clothing
Accessories ; AI Fashion
Shoes ; Chelsea

Saturday, June 14, 2014

[Outfit Post] ; For the love of Lace II (Candy Rush) ♥

The rain was pouring hard and the wind was blowing like crazy as I was writing this post. I was in the shuttle service on the way to the office and we were slowly treading along a gutter-deep flood. Obviously, the Rain Season is already here. Yet here I am, posting a Summer appropriate outfit! Lol! Funny how I had been ranting everyday about how hot it was and how my hair feels sticky with sweat every Summer and now, all I can pray for is for the Sun to come out! I feel so gloomy in this weather, it has been raining for the last 2 weeks and I don't like it! Anyway, don't judge me as I will be posting more Summery outfits in the following weeks. So here goes the second part of "For the Love of Lace". ♥

This Pomelo Pink lace top is the sister of the nude lace top in my last post. I actually have another one in Mint green, which by the way, I am most obsessed with. That will be due next post.  So going back, I originally ordered this top in Peach but this was what I got. I loved the shade anyway because it complemented the color of my skorts. I absolutely love shades like this one.I believe it looks good with my complexion. I'm not too fair nor dark skinned, the shade of this is just right for me.

And I haven't had enough of lace that I decided to wear a lacey vest with the ensemble. This vest also has buttons and can actually be worn as a dress alone. I'll make an outfit post wearing this next time.

I think the combination of pink and tan looks pretty and yummy. It kind of reminds me of Monami strawberry cream candy. ♥ Anyways, I really intended to look bohemian again in this look but it didn't look like it, I know! *rolls eyes* I am now REALLY REALLY convinced to get gladiator sandals in neutral hues, the soonest!

By the way, if you're all wondering how come my hair looks like this, these are only extensions which I used to wear a lot during my cosplaying days. Well they do look fake right? I don't know, I just thought all of a sudden that "Hey! Boho looks good with curly hair" kind of idea. Or not? I just love seeing myself in curly pony tails, it makes me feel look young ♥ lol. Anyways, what do you think of this outfit? Let me know your thoughts! Ciao~

Skorts ; AI Fashion
Lace Vest ; thrifted
Accessories ; AI Fashion
Hair Extensions ; The Landmark

Love Lots,

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

[Outfit Post] : For the Love of Lace (Summer Is Not Over)

Hello dear fabulous people! After a lifetime, I am finally back to blogging. I can't believe I had been gone for such a long time. What's worse was I missed my blog's second anniversary! How can a style blogger even miss her own blog's birthday OMFG! Okay, that really hurt, but as much as I wish to squish in a post or two, other stuff would come up, stuff that couldn't be disregarded. Oh well, I guess it's too late to cry over spilled milk. But I promise, I am definitely going to make up for all the lost time from here on. 

So for my comeback post, I'd be sharing my current style obsession: Bohemian! It is somewhat ironic that a couple of posts back, I was telling you all how I can never ever be a Boho Chic just because I don't think it suits me or I could pull it off. Now I take everything back alright! Instagram is just far too influential when it introduced me to a whole new realm of IG Boho fashionistas. What with all those lace, crochets, boots and kimonos? How can a weak sh*t like me not succumb to that power? With that said, I just made a haul, a super massive haul of kimono jackets and laced tops and shorts. (Did I hear my purse cry?). Anyhoo, this ensemble I have here is a post-Coachella-ish inspired outfit. Too bad that I haven't experienced such, and that is quite far from reality to be honest but then, if ever I do get to attend a Coachella event, *cross fingers* I would definitely be wearing this!

I was thinking of pairing the outfit with a knee high gladiator flats in Brown or Gold. The thing is, I don't have a friggin' pair of Gladiators!! *Notes down on to-buy list* lol! So what do you guys think? Let me know your thoughts! Ciao!~

Aztec Kimono ; RTW on Sale
Accessories ; AI Fashion
Sneaker Wedge ; S&H Fashion
Hat and Shorts ; Random

Love Lots,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

[Outfit Post] ; I Found Myself in Wonderland

As I am writing this post, I can feel the heat of the Sun drilling its way into the pores of our roof. My eyebrows are curled into the middle of my forehead and sweat is trickling down my cheeks. It is extremely hot, and if it is not that horrible enough, my temper is likewise rising. I am pissed and I will be honest in this blog post. The past week has been stressful, to the extent that I couldn't find the words to define it. Much less this week, I had encountered yet another series of aggravating circumstances. These events are beginning to affect my mood, and it is not pleasant, to say the least. I feel down and spinning around so I was wondering as well if this particular outfit post would be able to justify my present predicament, given that I was exploding in colors in this ensemble. Paradoxical is it?

Then again, as I am intently reviewing every detail of my outfit, I am realizing that there is actually no Paradox at all. This will always be who I am. Somebody who is always happy, loud and bright, no matter how dark the clouds are, I will always be wearing something dazzling because I am a person who lives to smile and make people smile. I'm starting to feel better now lol

For a fact, you just cannot please everyone. In the end, there will always be people and events who will try to tear you up. But I can only be torn up if I let them. So why would I? I have my family, an amazing boyfriend, and a crazy bunch of friends who are here to stay. Most especially, I am doing the things I am most passionate about. So I guess I will just stay happy and let them turn green with envy for all they want. Haters gonna hate *wink* 

Ciao gals! :)

Sunnies ; thrifted
Top and Skirt ; Ifassion Highfashion
Wedges ; Vivienne Westwood
Accessories ; AI Fashion

Love Lots,