Thursday, March 31, 2016

Military-Chic Combo for an End-Winter Casual Date with Hubby

I recently celebrated the arrival of spring, but guess what? It still is very much winter in my side of the world – cold, rainy and freezing windy – that I guess the slang “crappy weather” is becoming a daily part of my vocabulary. Yay!

However, just before winter officially ended, on our calendar at least, my husband affectionately asked me out for a Friday lunch date to celebrate the weekend. I even got to choose the place, and because preggy me loves yummy healthy foods, I picked the popular vegetarian restu in our city.

My husband works really long hours during the week but he get to go home early on Fridays, at two in the afternoon. That´s the reason why Friday afternoons are usually a date-time for us.

One of the things that I love to do is walking and I continue to do so while pregnant. For the Friday date meet-up, I walked from our place to the city which took me 45 minutes using the short-cut in the woods, while hubby drove straight from his work to the city. I feel good whenever I get to walk long.

As for my outfit, I wore the army green jacket my husband got for me at Zara during our Würtzburg escapade early this month. I love this jacket because it´s roomy and comfortable for my growing baby bump. Finally, my favorite black parka could rest for now, it´s a little tight already around the belly area.

I wore a gray hoodie and gray wool shorts under the jacket, very basic and comfy, teamed up with black tights, nude pashmina scarf, and brown suede knee-high boots. I carried a lemon yellow satchel too. While my outfit is more about comfort than style, putting a little thought on the color combination, which is pretty much military-chic with a hint of girly-ness, keeps the look still stylish albeit casual. Even my tortoise eyeglasses with yellow green accents on the side matched the color combo!

The delish vegetarian meal we enjoyed + the green and orange smoothies actually made me wished that I could be more creative with the vegetables I prepare at home. But if I cook as great as at the restu, then it diminishes the excitement of eating out, right?

Btw, the green smoothie was mine and it tasted much better than the orange.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

My Pregnancy Outfit: Yellow Print Body Con Lace Dress at Week 17

Hello, girls! I kept mum about my pregnancy until my baby turned 17 weeks. My husband and I just wanted to make sure that our baby is safe before we share the good news to our friends. Aside from my private Facebook account, the only place I´ll be sharing my baby bump outfits will be here on my personal blog.

I wore a yellow print body dress which is super stretchy. I got this dress eight years ago while still living in Bangkok and have shared an outfit look of it here on the blog sometime in 2009.

See the dress in 2009 here: It's not only what you wear, it's where you go

I added a gray cardigan to cover my shoulders.

My husband adores seeing me in this dress pre-pregnancy but when he saw me rocking it with an evident baby bump, he initially disapproved the idea of sharing these photos to friends. He finds it too sexy for a maternity dress. But I love wearing stretchy fitting dresses for my growing baby bump because my goal is to wear the bump as an accessory. I don´t want to hide it, I want to embrace it.

Eventually my husband gave me his blessings.

Anyway, this photoshoot in my living was done rather too quickly. I hope people didn´t notice, but if they looked closely, the lining of the dress towards the left hem wasn´t properly set. It looks like the dress has a diagonal lining beneath the lace.

As you can see, my bump sets a little high, and it extends under my chests. Some say I´m having a girl, but although I too feel it´s a girl, there´s really no certainty until the day we´ll find out for sure the baby´s gender through ultrasound.

I´ll be sharing my pregnancy outfits every now and then, so whatch out for it. I´m really glad that my baby is due in summer, which means mommy can play dress up with her spring and summer outfits. Expect maxi dresses; lose tops and shorts, and A-line dresses belted right just below the chest.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

My Outfit: Patterned Tights + Lace Up Ankle Boots

Last November we were in Würtzburg, Bayern. We didn´t have enough time to get around the city that time, so we went back. No, I´m kidding ;). My mother-in-law had actually yet another appointment with the specialist and my husband had to drive her. But unlike last time when hubby and I spent more than half of the day boringly waiting for her, this time around we simply dropped her at the hospital and we went straight to the city for some joyful exploration.

This white dresser embodies my personal taste.

First we went to Ikea. We explored everything that Ikea has to offer. And you know what? I became so fascinated with the children room designs. In particular, I was going ohhh and ahhh seeing some princess-y themes for a little girl´s room. There were pink and pastels in white background accented with some floral prints and even polka dots! It´s like I´m imagining my child already to be a girl, albeit we still don´t know its gender.

We ended up buying some items for our kitchen. And then we went to have some food at the third floor of the Ikea building. Surprisingly, their menus were delicious really cheap. We understood that they made their food so affordable so their customers would stay longer and shop better. Preggy me ended up eating all that I could. I was so stuffed but if I´d just let my appetite decide, I could eat even more. (Hint: for my third trip to the food counter, I went for an overflowing bowl of fresh fruits salads. They even had last three slices of water melon for me, something I´ve always been craving since the first trimester but have to wait until summer before I could buy some at grocery stores. How lucky!)

From Ikea we went to the city´s shopping street and did some shopping at Zara. My husband got a printed bomber jacket for himself and an army green jacket for me. As for me, I got two beautiful printed dresses in silhouettes that are comfortable for a growing belly.

The outfit I wore for Würtzburg escapade is a layering of dark colors and prints. I wore a dark green sweater with a black ruffled skirt, layered with a pair of printed tights in colors that actually matched my lace-up ankle boots. My black parka hid my growing baby bump which is already at 16 weeks. All in all, although it was cold, I had a really great day.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Stylish Sportswear Pieces That You Can Wear To The Office and How

Editor´s Note: The following is a guest post by Jae Rustia.

One of the things office workers commonly complain about is that sometimes we wish we can work wearing our pajamas, or at least something as comfortable as that. But being a part of the corporate world where everyone is expected to look professional, dependable and elegant every single day, wearing comfy clothes seems like a dream when heels and skirts are always front and center.

Another struggle you probably encounter especially for those who goes to the gym before or after work is bringing all your gym stuff around; unless you have a car or a locker where you can keep them the entire day.

But did you know that there are a couple of ways you can cheat around, especially now that sportswear for men and women are more on the stylish side. Below are a few examples on how you can rock your active wear on the office without getting caught.

Wearing a Crop Top or a Tank Top: 

Ladies, I'm sure most of you have tried this before, wearing a tank top or a crop top into the office. But did you know that you can wear your favorite sportswear top into the office without being caught and still look stylish?

Turn that comfy top into an office style by wearing your crop top underneath a good jacket or pairing a tank top with a nicely tailored coat. Add some accessories and voila you'll be the next fashion icon (maybe).

Wearing Yoga Pants: 

Have you heard about yoga pants being worn in the office, no? We'll, now you do, maybe you'll be the first one in your workplace. Yoga pants if you didn't know yet are now available in different colors and aside from the normal tones of black and gray, there are printed leggings that can pass as a great option for slacks or skinny jeans. Pair it with elaborately woven knit, preferably something that is chunky and loose to contrast the tight yoga pants, an elegant pair of pumps or ankle boots and you are good to go.

Wearing Hoodies: 

You're probably thinking of ways on how you can wear this inside a corporate environment during cold seasons, we'll it's actually very easy. First, you've gotta choose one without too much accessories or prints and plain toned ones like black, gray, red (a darker, on the way to maroon shade is my favorite), your choice of colour.

Second, if you pair it with a skirt, you've gotta choose a nicely printed one or no print at all to make-up with the “low key look” of your top paired with a good heeled shoes, (ankle boots anyone). If you wear it with pants you can pair it with a nice black heeled shoes or pumps. Jackets, leggings or any other accessories are also a nice fashion statement.

Wearing Sports Shoes: 

You would usually see men pairing their tennis shoes with slacks and I don't see any point why not? It's stylish, it gives a sporty business appeal and it makes them somewhat more approachable.

As for women, this is an easy and stylish way to be looking chic during a casual Friday, not to mention the current trend where you pair your dresses and skirts with sports shoes. Take your time in finding the right clothes to pair your shoes, or better yet, choose a nice pair of sports shoes that can go every way with your casual/office wear.

Wearing Sports Accessories: 

There are an array of sports accessories to choose from especially for women, but how can you wear it or use it in the office?

A good example is a sports bag, there are plain prints and printed one's you can choose depending on your mood or the tasks you have for the whole day, the best choice is probably the plain toned one's as it can go a long way. Fitness bands can be worn with your bracelets or watch, or you can choose an accessory that is sports inspired to grant your inner sporty soul.

With the given options, did you find one that suits you? Did I forget to add something? Feel free to comment, so I'll know what you think.

About the Author: Jae Rustia is a fashion junkie by day and a reader by night. She's usually on Youtube watching makeup video tutorials and yoga for beginners or browsing The Upside Shop for the latest sport wear trend. Find her on Twitter @JaeRustia

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

An Early Winter Outfit for a Visit in Würzburg, Bayern - Brown Leather Jacket + Leopard Pants

Late in November 2015, my husband and I visited Würzburg, a city in Germany in the state of Bayern. It was early winter around that time, so as you can guess, I could still brave the cold with a leather jacket. In middle winter, however, I can only survive the outdoor with a parka or a thick fur coat.

We went there to accompany my mother-in-law for her eye checkup where an eye surgery was scheduled. The eye surgeon experts are located in that city. Well, it turned out, she didn´t have to do the surgery. So after a half day of waiting, we went to explore the city.

The problem in winter is the early sunset, around half past four the sun already disappears. That´s the reason why most of these photos are dark.

I wasn´t able to see much of the city but enough for me to have the impression that it´s another gorgeous city. I love their totally huge capital building which looks like a palace. And I love their parks too. Eventually, we ended up in their shopping street where we did some shopping of high street brands.

For that one-day-escapade, I wore a dark olive sweater underneath a brown leather jacket from Zara, paired with leopard pants (see how I wore the leopard pants in summer), some sneakers, and a printed scarf from Mango. For my bag, it´s a satchel from 3.1 Phillip Lim.

I hope to be able to explore the city yet once again in summer.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Happy Valentine´s Date With My Love

It was a cold, freezing Valentine´s Day for us and it happened to be on a Sunday. Here in our side of the world the entire city shuts down on Sunday, except the restaurants and bars. This is our fifth Valentine´s together as a married couple, and to mark the celebration, my husband initiated a lunch date at a Thai restaurant.

You see, even if we´re both Filipinos who live in Germany, our love story happened in Bangkok, Thailand, where I lived and worked as a teacher for six years.

As we enjoyed some of our favorite Thai delicacies, we reminisced over our cute, worthy-of-a-book-deal love story. It felt like it happened just yesterday, but if we´re to be real, the love affair started over seven years ago.

Now to our outfits … I went for a pink bell sleeved flared sweater top, white lace skirt, black tights, black tall boots, a red handbag, pulled together with a dark brown fur coat.

I love how my sweater and the fur coat hid my already evident baby bump at 14 weeks. Styling my outfits now comes down to comfort on my belly and safety for my baby.

My ever gorgeous husband went for a show-dropping casual smart look with faded blue Hilfiger slim jeans, blue striped button down matched with a blue printed necktie, and topped with a black vest, brown leather dress shoes, and a long coat.

Tom Yum Gai

Phat Thai

Spicy curry.

Steamed sticky rice with banana wrapped in banana leaves.

After a heavy meal, we attempted to walk around, inspired by the many love birds who strolled the city, but in less than 15 minutes we opted to go home as the temperature turned freezing.

So that´s how I spent my Valentine´s Day 2016, how about you, darling?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ich bin Fasziniert mit Ein-Schulter Kleid

Die Feiertage sind nah! Erntedankfest, Weihnachten und Neujahr wird bald hier sein. Der Gedanke auf die Feiertage und die Teilnahme an Partys macht mich schon sehr aufgeregt. Ich beschloss zu Beginn der Planung für meine Abendkleider früh.

Ich bin nicht sicher wann es begann aber ich immer mit ein-Schulter langen Kleidern fasziniert. Sie machen mich der Römer, die Griechen oder die Mazedonier denken.

Ich erinnere mich an die Kleider, die Angelina Jolie trug für ihre Rolle als Mutter des Königs von Mazedonien. Sie war zu sehen, tragen mehrere herrliche Ein-Schulter Kleider, während porträtiert Mutter Olympias zum König Alexander.

Ich verliebte mich mit dieser Schönheit, die Geschichte zeigt. Und ich mag bei einem Kleid wenn es nicht alles offen zeigt. Es spielt, aber es gibt nicht alles weg.

Ich habe ein wenig Schaufensterbummel online und ich fand drei Abendkleider aus die ich sehe mich selbst tragen.

1. Ein-Schulter Chiffon A-Linie Bodenlanges Abendkleid 


1-Schulter Chiffon A-Linie Bodenlanges Abendkleid

Es ist ein einfaches Kleid in Silber. Lange, sauber und elegant. Die einzige Ärmel verfügt über Spitze, während das Oberteil ist von überlappenden Bandagen gemacht. Schlank Fesselriemen High Heels sind perfekt, um mit ihm zu gehen.

2. Ein-Schulter Chiffon Etuikleid Bodenlanges Abendkleid 

1-Schulter Chiffon Etuikleid Bodenlanges Abendkleid
Seine Farbe ist so feminin. Aber die Rüschen auf dem Kleid und die drapieren auf der Schulter sind mächtig. Die Perlen sind nicht nur attraktiv; sondern sie die Wrap-around Stil des Kleides heben auch. Ich kann mir vorstellen, dass das Tragen es wird mich wie eine Königin fühlen.

3. Ein-Schulter Chiffon Etuikleid Bodenlanges Abendkleid

1-Schulter Chiffon Etuikleid Bodenlanges Abendkleid, Schwarz
Schwarz ist klassisch. Ein schwarzes langes Kleid ist für Frauen eine wichtigste essentiell. Das sagte ... Ich werde mir in der einen Schulter Stil holen, mit drei Viertel Ärmel, die immer elegant, und mit einem Hauch von Spitze.

Nun sagen Sie mir, was halten Sie von ein-Schulter Kleider denken?

Simple and Clean in White and Cream

Last Saturday night I attended a birthday party with over two hundred guests. I wasn´t directly invited, but you know, when your husband´s family is invited and you´re told … you´re invited too … that kind of scenario.

I had no idea as to the dress code. But I was invited to a birthday party early this year and was told to wear my best, which, thankfully I didn´t but instead went for an elegant short dress, only to see that even the person who invited me (and who told me to wear my best dress) wasn´t wearing a dress! So I thought, maybe it would be the same story.

That´s why for that Saturday night´s party, I went for a simple and clean white sequined top paired with white skinny jeans, a nude clutch and a pair of white-cream pointed-toe pumps. I rolled up the cuffs of my jeans a little to give way to the pumps.

I added a black and white print slim scarf to warm my neck because it was a cold night.

Although I didn´t wear jewelry (because I don´t wear jewelry), I wore a white pearl wrist watch accented with yellow gold.

We had to leave the coats at the entrance. Too bad because my coat was the main statement-maker. It´s an original fur coat in gray. Very high fashion.

The party, as it turned out, was a costume party for a crowd of Filipino women. I haven´t seen as many Filipinos since I arrived in Germany four years ago. The birthday celebrant was a Filipina who turned 50. Her guests were mostly Filipinos. I saw a few aunts at the party whom I knew through my MIL.

One of them asked me why I didn´t dress up. I simply shook my shoulder instead of blurting out, “I don´t think this party is worth dressing up.” Besides, although I was wearing pants, I looked elegant. But actually, that aunt is just used to seeing me dressing up, so she kind of expected me to also do a showdown.

And a showdown they did.

I took a backseat and as I sat at the table assigned to me and my husband, I observed all the dresses and the outfits that paraded in front of me. Unfortunately, none of the outfits I saw that night impressed me. Although there was a couple of looks I liked, they´re the less-is-more approach to style. One was a little black dress worn with black tights and high heels; the other was a black pencil skirt with peplum jacket.

The rest of the looks? If it wasn´t too much, then the shoes didn´t match the dress. Or … it simply fell short from my taste.

Although I quickly figured there were too many people for the buffet that was served, I enjoyed the pumpkin soup appetizer, it was delicious! Plus there was also a program which consisted of Filipinos presenting songs and dances. I haven´t seen one for a while.

All in all, it was a good night.

Monday, October 12, 2015

My Outfit: Biker Look with Black Leather Jacket, Denim Shorts, High-Top Sneakers + Hat

Last weekend we celebrated hubby´s birthday by dining out at a Chinese restaurant. But during the day, we biked around our city to see places. For our biking escapade, I wore a biker look.

The black moto jacket is from Zara. The plaid print scarf is from Mango. The navy blue sports cardigan layered under the jacket is a cardi for kids (boys) which I got from a local thrift store.

The high top sneakers are some branded shoes I got from one of my fave shoe stores here in our city. It´s one of my latest purchases together with the Mango scarf.

I´m not sure if the plaid scarf is trending once again this season, but I did notice many plaid cashmere scarves in our malls. Of course, quickly I´ve seen many plaid copycat synthetic scarves being sold at Pakistani stores.

Anyway, I really loved the comfort of this biker look; it made biking easy but also chic-looking. The shoes are comfortable and light. As we biked around, I noticed many eyes on me.

All in all, hubby´s birthday was low-key but fun. It´s the way we celebrate or birthdays—low key, quiet, personal, yet meaningful and fun.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

My Outfit: Short Knitted Poncho + Fringed Cowboy Boots

There is something naturally sophisticated with ponchos, something I can´t clearly explain other than that … they transform a simple outfit into kind of glam.

I love pulling out my ponchos from the back of my closet in early fall, and occasionally, in late spring. I wear them with skinny denim jeans or denim shorts with tall boots.

Last weekend was probably the last sunny weekend we could have after summer. It was chilly but not too cold. And it was bright.

So I opted for a black pullover, light washed denim shorts, a tan knitted short poncho and a pair of matching, tan knee high boots that features a hint of fringe and a silhouette of cowboy.

It does not clearly show in the pictures, but this is a fringe on fringe look. Hint: Fringe is back as a big trend for fall.

There are outfits that make me feel sexy … and this look is one of them.

Every Friday afternoon hubby and I go out for a date. Sometimes he takes me to a late lunch in a restu, sometimes for a shopping treat, sometimes to show me some parts of our city that I haven´t seen yet, but mostly just to stroll around the heart of the city.

Since I work from home, I´m in isolation the entire week. I can use some time going out and seeing people. 

I liked what hubby was wearing that Friday—some casual joggers and shoes from Zara Man—a totally relaxed get-go. He´s always behind the camera, the guy responsible for my awesome photos, and thankfully, for a couple of shots he allowed me to take over the camera.

In fact, we were just using my smartphone for these pics.

I´m a little depleted now after a long week of research and writing articles for my pro blogs. And there´s still a magazine layout design for my quarterly Christian magazine which deadline is looming. I worked and worked, and yet I feel that I didn´t even accomplished half of the goals I aimed for this week.

I always have to remind myself to only do what I can do for today. Somehow, it helps me not to feel upset when I fall short of my self-imposed short-term goals, which is most of the time. Yay!

Weekend is here to be enjoyed. I wish you a fabulous weekend, darlings!

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Product Review: Aire Tortoise Sundried Sunglasses

Do you have enough black sunglasses already? It´s probably now the time to hunt for some tortoise sunnies, your stylish alternative to black.

Tortoise sunglasses are neutrals. They can easily blend with any color or print combinations. Not to mention, they are more stylish. So when I was approached by Sundried, a brand born and based in Peru, to review their soon-to-launch sunglasses collection, I went for the tortoise. I`ve been hunting for this shape since I recently discovered it suits my oval face the most.

How lucky I am for when the sunglasses arrived, they look perfect on me!

I find these sunnies to be of superb quality. I believe in its potential to compete with the already-established high street brands. Right now though, since the glasses are still in production, the company is not ready to identity the prices of the sunglasses to be featured in their first collection.

But with the look of it, I assume it to fall in the price range of $100 - $250.

It´s really comfortable to wear, light yet robust. Usually, when I have a new pair of sunnies, I have problems with the fit because I´ve a really tiny nose. But with the Aire Tortoise, it´s literally put on and wear.

It gives my face an illusion of pointed nose, which is a plus to some Asian ladies who are not too gifted in this area as I am.

Its glass frames are similar to the classic Ray Ban, only a little more oversized. One feature that I like the most about these glasses is its arms. They´re positioned a bit lower than the bridge which makes the glasses sit exactly to cover your eyes.

Unlike other similar shaped glasses with arms levelled on the top bar, which often leads the glasses to slide lower than your eye-level, this Aire Tortoise sit exactly where it should.

So when it comes to the style, quality, elegance and overall look of these glasses, I will give it a five on all these criteria. Although I can´t do so for its price because it´s currently still unidentified, and on its packaging and case because they´re still a work in progress.

Let´s learn a little more about the Sundried brand, shall we?

It all started with its founder´s sun-drying experience, a lone surfer, after he rose from the water to reminisce about the mornings glorious 6 foot swell. With the sea water dripping and the sun drying him, the SUNDRIED brand was born.

Basically, Sundried is about providing apparel and accessories for those who share the team´s love for the outdoors. They produce t-shirts, shorts and various other items for both men and women, and now they´re expanding to fashionable sunglasses. You can find Sundried in its birthplace Peru, the UK, New Zealand and the USA.

I´m excited to see where this brand is heading.

Disclosure: This review is not a paid advertisement, but I get to keep the sunglasses in exchange for my review. I do my best to provide an honest review and my opinion on the product and brand is not influenced by the compensation.