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!

Shop Gorgeous Poncho

Shop Fringed + Cowboy Boots

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.

Friday, September 11, 2015

My Outfit: Brown Leather Jacket for Fall

Fall is the season when I do most of my outfits pictorials. I love the colors of the trees—the red, and orange, and yellow, mixed with brown and gray of leaves and branches—is pure art to me.

Right now, my surroundings is still green. The low and distant rays of the sun + the chilly wind, even if it´s still relatively sunny, are hinting that the beautiful vivid colors that I am always fascinated with will soon be here.

This photo is from last fall, just in front of my house and just a week before I had my ceramic dental braces on. So this is one of those last photos of me with my original crook-y but happy smile.

I got the brown leather jacket from Zara in Berlin. It´s soft, with elevated shoulders, and has a nice fit. It´s a little pricey compared to my synthetic leather jackets and that´s probably because it´s real leather.

I realized that real leather is truly an investment, but they´re also sensitive to the rain. I don´t wear this jacket when it´s raining outside.

Anyway, I like how dramatic this photo turned out. It was just a quick pose I did after hubby and I went to pick up groceries, taken through my smart phone.

7 Types of Wedding Dresses – A Shopping Guide for Brides

It´s almost five years now since my wedding but I still very much remember the joy of shopping for a wedding dress. A colleague and close friend of mine had her wedding on the same month as mine, only a week advance, so we shared that joy of hunting for our wedding dress. We giggled together; we shared our plans for our wedding, and our dream wedding dress!

I think this is one of those pure gifts to a bride.

Yet, after she consumes the icing of the cake, come the serious issues—how much is the budget, what season is the scheduled wedding, and what´s the location. To many brides, they are not able to wear their dream wedding dress because they prefer to go practical. I totally support that. I, too, ended up wearing a practical wedding dress.

And yet to some, those girls who didn´t spend most of their single days dreaming for a wedding, they´re not sure what they want. Unless they hire a wedding planner, they have to deal with the confusions and worry. Thankfully, there are many free guides online on choosing a wedding dress.

As someone who once went through this ordeal, I am now able to identify the seven common types of wedding dresses. I found these gorgeous wedding dresses at Rosa Novias AU, an online wedding boutique which sells anything wedding related, from wedding dresses to bridesmaid dresses and everything in between.

See which wedding dress type resonates more to your style and taste, and don´t be afraid to follow your instinct.

1. Classic Glamourous 

Simple Straps Ball Gown

This is the wedding dress that classic glamor girls would wear. It´s simple, clean, elegant, and boosts a timeless silhouette. You´ll know you found the one if it transports you to the past and reminds you of retro style.

2. The Whimsy 

Honorable Tulle A-line Beading Bateau

Laces and lots of it. Beads. Appliques + handmade flowers. And crystal detailing. This is one of my favorite wedding dress styles. It reminds me of my role, Titania, on a “A Midst Summer Night´s Dream” stage play we did in the university. I love anything whimsy!

3. Conservative Chic 

Exquisite Floral Lace Embroidered Bateau Neck Ball Gown

Being a conservative bride doesn´t mean you´ll have to go frumpy on your big day. Try dresses with lace long sleeves. Or better yet, dresses that are conservative in front but scream sexy in the back. You´ll live this day only once, anyway.

4. The Royal 

Exquisite Tulle Short Sleeve Bateau Lace Beading A-line

This looks like a dress that Princess Charlene of Monacco would wear to her wedding. Look for A-line shapes with soft, slim flares, empire silhouettes, and boat neck + crop overlays.

5. The red carpet

Sexy Spaghetti Straps Sweep/brush Train Beading Trumpet

Imagine you´re a celebrity and the aisle you´ll walk is a red carpet. All eyes are on you. These dresses are bold, exaggerated, sometimes revealing but always elegant.

6. The cartoon character princess 

Charming Lace Beading Strapless Organza Sweep/brush Train A-line

It´s not for everyone but this is your wedding, so no one should stop you if you want to wear the wedding dress that Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty would wear to their wedding. Live your dream!

7. Modern and Trendy 

Sexy Lace Sweep/brush Train Trumpet

You´re the bride who walks off the runway to attend her wedding. Others wonder if you walked straight from a fashion magazine. You´re wearing the most coveted shape of the season, the trumpet silhouette, and you´re not afraid strutting your slim figure and toned derriere.

So let me know, girls, which style of wedding dress are you?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

My New Bike, A Feminine White + Baby Blue Mountain Bike, Is a Gift from Hubby

I can´t believe it´s been years since I rode a bike. To be exact, the last time I was on a bike was seven years ago, before I met my husband online. It was during one of our school´s out-of-the-city-camps in Thailand.

Look at that big, wide grin. It says it all. ;)

Recently, my husband fixed his mountain bike which was unused for about four years. When it was ready, I tried riding it around the neighborhood and even if it´s too big and tall for my height, I had so much fun. It brought back my good old love for biking.

Unbeknownst to me, hubby was secretly hunting for a woman`s bike. He wanted to get me a bike so we could do biking together. He says it´s boring to bike alone, he wanted a biking partner.

Then yesterday a long, wide box was delivered at my door. And it´s a bike!

Hubby came home early from work, assembled the bike, and I used it right away. He and his jogging partner jogged 8 km in the evening, and for the first time I went with them. Only I was biking.

Our place is quite hilly and mountainous, so there are many parts where it´s a real workout to bike (much more to jog). When you´re biking up a really elevated slope-y hill, there´s no stopping until you get to the top. Oh, how exhausting! But stopping and giving up aren´t options, or I would have to push the bike to the top.

I remember the fashion bikes I blogged at the pro blog many years back, they´re city bikes and even if they look really gorgeous, they won´t work in where I live.

But I do plan to buy my bike a basket and mimic the look of fashion cruiser bikes, and then use it for my upcoming pictorial for a product review. Yes, another product to review, and this time it´s sunglasses. So stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

My Outfit: Black and White Striped Sweater Dress

It´s officially fall over here; the weather has abruptly switched to chilly + gloomy. Although I love fall, it used to send me a signal of fear, that winter is coming. I used to dread (read: hate) winter. My first winter sent me to depression.

But no more!

I sent this photo to my mom via Facebook message and she wasn´t able to identify me. I´m at the center wearing a black and white sweater dress and a wide grin. Smiling with me are my sisters in faith.

The last couple of fall and winter were smooth for me. Probably, that´s because I´ve adjusted already and I´m quite settled with my work, which is blogging. And of course, there is hubby who does everything to make me happy. I really have no reason to get depressed in winter, other than that the freezing temperature forces me to stay indoor most of the time. Think about it, it´s going to be my fifth winter already.

When it´s chilly outdoor, out are the pieces for layering. This is actually the fun part of fall, the layering!

So you can see me here, in the groupie above, wearing my new black and white stripe sweater dress from Mango. I call it “new” because it´s the first time it´s saying “hi” to the world, especially to my blog audience, but I actually got it last fall although I did not have the opportunity to wear it.

I layered it with black tights, complete with black pointed toe pumps. I like how the black on black makes me look like wearing thigh-high boots. Yay! I also added a slim pink designer belt, which I got from the now defunct my-wardrobe online boutique, to add a hint of color.

I like sweater dresses because they´re easy to wear and they offer many possibilities for layering.

When the temperature drops further, I add a cozy black jacket and swap the pumps for black knee-high heeled boots. Sometimes I wrap a black wool scarf on my neck, sometimes a pink.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

My Outfit: Comfy Leopard Print Pants

If there´s one thing that would describe my style as a fashion blogger, that would be, “The fashion blogger whose expertise is animal print.”

Google took me seriously because of my detailed articles on giving tips on how to wear animal print. My most popular post was first published here on my personal blog, which I moved to the big blog when I decided to go pro.

You see, I am very passionate when it comes to this exotic print, and it hurts me that the Kardashians seem to abuse this print and make it look cheap. Animal print + the Kardashians = negative chemical reaction.

I mean, I´m no Kardashian fan, definitely, I never read any news or articles about them, that I winced when I accidentally heard one of them on TV claiming that they are very much animal print patronizers. Well? But yeah, this is a free world.

Anyhoo, even if I adore animal print—leopard and snake print in particular—I don’t abuse it. The reason simply is, when you overdo it, you´ll look matronly, and certainly CHEAP.

Take a look at this comfy + casual outfit I wore for a stroll around the neighborhood with my hubby. It´s a nice cotton trouser which is perfect for a warm summer day. It´s nice that it has side pockets and that it´s a slim fit towards the cuffs.

I wore it with a white top featuring black floral necklace detailing. When I posed with this big trunk of tree, the result is dramatic.

I definitely love it!

Shop Gorgeous + Casual Leopard Print Pants

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

My Outfit: Blue Polka Dot Dress

This blue and white polka dot dress is my most favorite dress in my closet. I rarely wear it because I don´t want to wear-it-out, I want to preserve it, but I do rock it to special events when wearing a short dress is okay and I wanna feel pretty.

There are dresses and shoes that simply make you feel pretty when you slip into them. For me, it´s this little frock.

I found this dress in one of the high-end boutiques in Bangkok which I frequented when I was still living there, and I still very much remember the day when I first saw it.

It was on a mannequin, and I gasped when I spotted it. I didn´t let it go.

In this picture, I wore it with my pair of tan, peep-toe cut-out boots which rise until mid-calf, and a neutral brown leather tote bag.

I captioned this photo with, “With my mother-in-law in the middle of nowhere”, of which a friend commented, "it must be a very beautiful no-where".

Yeah, look at those vivid green in the background, which makes my MIL´s red dress really pop up. This is the most liked and most commented photo I got in my Facebook private account. I guess it must be really gorgeous.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

I´m Falling In Love to This: Carvela Gillow Lace Up Knee High Gladiator Sandals

You know that moment when you see a product and you´re like—oh, this is so me!? It just happened to me, about two minutes ago, when I saw this gladiator sandal. It. Is. So. Me.

I like dramatic shoes, the kind of shoes I´d wear with my little dresses, mini skirts and shorts. When I wear them, it´s no longer about my legs, or my outfit, it´s almost always about them.

My outfits are usually one statement-a-time. If I wear this lace-up stilettos, and it´s the only statement in my look, it´s enough. Picture me styling it with a plain white quarter-sleeve top, black high-waist dress shorts, and a red satchel bag.

Coveted, right?

My Outfit: Girly Bolero Cardigan + Pink Jaguar Animal Print Dress

One of my favorite key pieces for layering is roomy bolero cardigans. Basically, they are boleros in terms of the style of their sleeves, although unlike the typical bolero cardigan which sleeves are fitted, they have that wide roomy opening on the sleeves, which makes them like a cross between bolero and poncho cardigans.

I don´t know if that makes sense, but I know what I want once I see it. The cardigans I have with this style right now are the ones I got from Thailand. I´ve tried finding something similar here in Europe but to-date, I still haven´t found one.

I love using these bolero-poncho-cardi-something for late spring or early fall, on top of a spaghetti strap dress, just to create that comfy blousy look on top.

You can see me here wearing one of my fave cardis, in gray, layered on a pink/black jaguar print empire waist dress.

You can also see me smiling ear to ear while posing with baby Angelina, who has such cute pair of cheeks that I want to pinch. She´s so cute with her really chubby cheeks and wide brown eyes. She´s a German-Filipina baby.

I like posing with babies every time I have an opportunity because hopefully, it will make me have my own too. Lol.

Shop Gorgeous Boleros

My Favorite Exercise Haven is Nature

Hi girls! You know, there are a lot of things that I want to share to you, but with my too busy schedule (thanks to my biting on foods more than I could chew), I´m usually exhausted at the end of the day. Even if I really like to sit with you and chat like the good old times—forget journalism, SEO and choosing the right title to catch attention and gets picked-up by google (hey! Did I check on all those?)—I just shake my head, close my laptop and choose to prioritize sleep.

Anyhoo, I´d like to share to you one thing that I do which keeps me sharp focus and motivated in what I do. Working from home exposes me to a lot of challenges but the biggest is that I don´t have a boss. The irony of it is, I love working from home because I don´t have a boss, but I also hate it that I don´t have a boss. I can easily slack around (and get burned wasting time in Facebook) if I don´t feel like working, and I can easily forget the tasks for the day once I start folding the laundry.

But what I do instead is I take a walk, and I usually do that in the morning. Walking in nature gives me that much needed space to think, and to focus on the bigger picture of my career. Now, I´m lucky to live in a tiny city with beautiful sceneries. We have a nearby forest park, and we have three options of path to take if we go for a jog or a walk. I like walking in the morning because it makes me sharp-focus throughout the day. But yesterday, before the warm weekend ended, hubby and I went biking in the sunset.

It looks like hubby is biking towards the sky. Do you see that white opening close to his head?

I realized that going out to nature in the sunset is just as fun as doing it early in the morning.

Embracing nature, whenever + wherever possible, is a great way to bond with your special someone, or with yourself. Nature is also the best place to do exercise and have fun without necessarily shedding a dime.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

I´m Falling in Love to This: Polka Dot Travel Tote Bag

Black and white monochrome continues to be an unbeatable versatile trend that transitions between seasons. But when it comes to monochrome prints and patterns, polka dot remains my best pick-me-up. I don´t care if all the vogue stylists, writers and socialites out there would claim that one shouldn´t wear polka dots unless she´s in grade 3 or under. Polka dot is a powerful and most-chic print you can ever have if you know how to rock it well.

That said, I´m sharing this polka dot tote bag that I found from Tommy Hilfiger. Tote bag is one of my favorite companions when travelling … actually I usually bring with me three bags when I´m traveling—a satchel, a tote, and a small cross body bag. Lately, the tote bag that I´ve been using mostly for my adventures is an orange/nude one and I think it would be happy to rest for say, two summers, and be taken over by this black and white polka dot.

Oh, I just can´t resist it!

For Girls Who Love Baby Blue

1. Jushee Women's MRdlgeip Stiletto High Heels Closed Pointed Toe Patent Spring Summer Autumn Party Pumps 

2. Baby Blue Solid Color Shawl Pashmina Scarf Wrap Shawls Pashminas NEW 

3. Classic Tall Large TOSCA Hobo Shoulder Handbag Silver Buckles Italy (Light Blue) 

4. OSA Women Fashion Cool Short Sleeve Wrap Cotton Tunic Shirt Lace Tops 

5. John Lennon Vintage Style Round Silver Hippie Party Shades Sunglasses BLUE LENS

6. FASH Gold Padlock Shopper Zipper Hobo Shoulder Handbag,Light Blue,One Size

Since I´ve grown older my favorite colors have evolved a lot. In fact, the colors I wore often when I was in my teens, early twenties, late twenties, and now in my early thirties, differed. But that´s only normal, right? Our style evolves with age, and that includes the colors we prefer. But there´s one color that I always liked and it never changed—the light blue or baby blue.

I love the soft hue of light blue, it´s like the peaceful summer sky, it´s so gentle, soft and comfortable. I didn´t actually realize that light blue remains my most favored color, until today when while browsing for products for this week´s fashion blog posts for Creative Fashion main, I came across this pair of light blue pumps (#1) with stunning red sole and cigarette heels. I´m mesmerized. And it urged me to make this post here on my personal blog.

 Let me know what you think of light blue. Is it your fave color too?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I Look Like Victoria Beckham + Post-Birthday Outfits

Me, with friends Minda and Ana. May 2015

I look like Victoria Beckham … Not!

Okay, here´s the truth, I´d like to think that in this photo, I kind of emulate VB´s style. That´s because I like Victoria so much and I wished I can be like her—stylish and successful.

I admire how she evolved into an elegant woman. She´s ambitious with strong work ethics. I also like the fact that she´ve never said anything ill against others. Even if someone criticizes her, she does not respond with negativity, she only focuses on her work and in building her brand. I like that.

Back to my look, this black empire waist dress that I wore with a gray bolero is a post birthday outfit. Since moving to Germany and attending a small Seventh Day Adventist church here in our city in 2011, I´ve been sharing my birthday with Ana (right), and we celebrate it together the following Sabbath after our birthday.

Our birthday is May 13, which makes us both Taurus. But Ana is such a soft spoken, laidback and absolutely nice lady whose personality is so opposite to my bull nature. But at least I´m learning to tame my stubborn personality as I get older.

Ana and I. May 2014
Here´s the post-birthday outfit I wore last year. It´s a white lace skirt worn with a pink knitted top and a brown bolero. It´s not obvious that I love boleros, no?

As you can see, it´s in the same tiny potluck room!

Below is our post-birthday outfits in May 2013.

Ana and I in May 2013.

HaH! Writing this post actually made me realize that in such a short span of time, I´ve grown three years older. Oh my! I still feel like I´m 25. Can you guess my age now?

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Family Friend´s Birthday Party

Last Saturday night hubby and I attended a family friend´s 60th birthday party. It was a big one, with eighty attendees. It´s nice to get invited to parties at times and do dress up given that social life has been terribly on the down side for me since I moved to Germany in 2011. For once, after four years of living here, I got to dress up for a "wear a formal attire" party. Yay!

The birthday boy is Hermann, he´s the smiling handsome guy in the background, center. He has a very jolly personality, someone who´s always happy. You can guess, he really enjoyed his party, towards the end, he ruled the dance floor.

Because most of the people in our table are my first-time acquaintance, with an elder German guy on my left who, although nice and polite was mostly quiet, I ended up laughing all night to my husband´s jokes. It´s at times like this when I realize how much I adore his funny side; he could literally entertain me whole night.

I wore a really cute get-up, a dirty white tube mini dress with 3D floral appliques and black bow belt, topped with a black blazer and polished up with nude opaque tights and nude/metallic pointed toe pumps.

Unfortunately, I did not have a full-body shot of my look so I could not share it to you in this post. Hubby and I got a standing pose by a party´s photographer, but I haven´t got a copy of the shot yet.

Anyways, it´s nice to chat with you once again, darlings … it´s had been a while. I got lots of personal chi-chat to share with you, and I couldn´t wait, but finding the time is the problem. I hope to blog more often here on my personal blog once again … ´till next time.

Have a blessed weekend.