Sunday, March 3, 2019

Loving My Halter Bikini: UKSwimwear Product Review

When this Gottex Rosetta Halter Bikini arrived for review a while back (sometime in spring), I was ecstatic! I love its print – abstract art and modern sculpture – which is actually the first reason I chose this product to review. But to my dismay, the bikini was quite big on me. Despite its gorgeous look, it wasn´t flattering my figure. At the time I was a size 0, and this bikini, which is a size UK8 (size 2), was the smallest available.

So the bikini slept in my drawer for months.

But then the past three months I got very, very busy. And if I´m to be honest, I also got very, very lazy to exercise. Lo and behold I put on 3.5 kilos. When I tried the bikini again, it fitted perfectly! This august we experienced the peek of summer. Off to the swimming pools we went, but mostly to baby swimming pools so my toddler son could have a blast! Rocking the Gottext Rosetta made me a hot momma. Wearing it made me feel sexy, indeed. Haha!

When it comes to choosing a swimwear, I look for pieces that shows off my wide hips and enhances my flat chest. I need cups that give me an illusion of a bigger chest. A halter style with foam lined cups usually allows me to achieve this. A hipster brief always shows off my hips and my rounded bottom.

Because the bikini top has self tie straps, it can be adjusted according to my size. So even if I´ll gain more weight in the future, or if my size fluctuates, it will adjust accordingly. And since the bikini bottom is stretchy, it will go with my body changes as well.

If you´re not sure how to pick your swimwear, read my 12 Tips to Help You Choose Your Perfect Swimwear. Or if you just need inspiration, How to Look Fabulous in Swimsuit with Color and Details.

This Gottex Rosetta Halter Bikini is made in Morocco. It´s 72% Polyamid and 28% Elastane. Priced at £104.95, off from £144.95, this designer piece is a stunning investment. It´s currently available only in Uk size 10. Size 8 must be sold out. However, UKSwimwear has the biggest designer swimwear collection. From swimsuits to bikinis and beachwear, including the many trendy pieces, they offer a wide array of options.

If you need to update your go-to swimwear, go ahead and check out UKSwimwear. For example, you may love their stunning collection of animal print swimsuits. I`m a huge lover of animal print so I`m obsessed with their collection. In fact, the first swimsuit I chose to review was an animal print but it was only available in bigger sizes. If you´re into sporty look, they have a category for that as well. And of course, if you´re into the high-neck trend, especially if you have the runway-coveted broad shoulders, you will surely be amazed with their beautiful pieces.

Disclaimer: I get to keep the product after reviewing it. I didn´t receive monetary compensation to write this review. All thoughts and opinion are mine.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Beautiful Tifanny Lamps for Interior Decor Enthusiasts

We recently moved to our newly purchased condo and I`m still in the process of decorating. One of the things I invest on for our condo are beautiful lamps. In fact, it took us long to buy the lamp that I wanted to have for our living room, we needed to save up for it.

There are three things that I look for when I choose for lamps – aesthetic, functionality and practicality. A lamp must first and foremost look good. Then it must satisfy my need for lightning depending on which room I will put it or for which purpose I will need it.

Then of course it has to be practical. Why would I splurge on an investment lamp if I won´t be able to use it as often because it`s not energy saving?

That said, I have been looking online for lamps that will complete our master bedroom. The theme for our bedroom is vintage mixed with rustic, and with hints of modern. I`m mixing antique furnitures with modern ones. I`m decorating with classic Gustav Klimt paintings blending them with my self-made portrait sketches - of me and my husband - in modern frames. What´s currently missing in the room are a pair of gorgeous lamps.

I found that Tiffany lamps satisfy my desire for artistic décor lamps with rustic elements. There are many options available on the website but these three - Tulip Pattern 2-Light Stained Glass, Rustic Balloon Shaped Glass Shade, and Stained Glass Shade Antique - are what speak my décor style.

These lamps will standout in my condo because the main motiff in my space is white. The walls and many other things are white. This is strategic. As you know, you can play well with art if your background is white.

What do you think of these lamps?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

My Outfit - Back and Ready to Conquer in Baby Blue, Cozy Sweater

It´s been a long while since I published My Outfit posts on this blog. In fact, it´s been a long while since I did an outfit photo shoot. I had stopped doing photo shoots since I became pregnant with my son, but now that my baby is already a toddler and I´m starting to relax, I´m planning to go back to doing photo shoots.

This outfit I´m wearing in the photo above was taken at our church one Sabbath afternoon. Here you can see me taking a quick rest from chasing my super active toddler before I went back to chasing some more.

 I`m wearing a baby blue sweater with fluffy sleeves – I´m really loving big fluffy sleeves this year – which I mixed with a leather maxi skirt in dark floral print. This look received lots of compliments from friends and I wasn´t surprised. I knew it´s a gorgeous outfit, I felt beautiful in it.

Monday, January 2, 2017

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

My Third Trimester Stylish Maternity Outfits

I just got back from my OB and with the looks of it, I can have my baby anytime now. Although I´m currently still in the middle of my 37th week, the baby´s head has already dropped really low in my pelvic that it´s so ready to say “hi” to the world.

So I´ll never know if I can still take photos for my 38th - 40th week maternity outfits, my OB is quite certain my baby will come early than my due date. Thus I decided to write this post today profiling the “stylish” maternity outfits I wore for the third trimester (just in case I won´t be able to do it in the weeks to come and who knows how much energy I´ll have left to blog once baby´s here). Note that most of these outfit shoots were taken mostly on a Friday, around the end of my pregnancy weeks.

See: My Second Trimester Pregnancy Outfits

36 weeks 

Leopard Print Ruffled Maxi Dress in Silk

We had a really warm Friday last week and my goal in dressing up was to stay fresh. I opted for this silk ruffled maxi dress which is really comfy and also chic. Because it has a ruffled top, I went bra-less (I have difficulty breathing when wearing a bra). I partnered it with white jelly slippers with wide straps, but because I perspired furiously including my feet, I wished I went for flip flops.

35 weeks 

Chiffon Midi Dress in Peach 

This peach midi dress from H&M is sleeveless, but it was a little cold that Friday so I layered it with a nude knitted cardigan. I topped the look with gray ballet flats with floral applique that matched the vibe of my dress.

34 weeks 

Paisley Print Maxi Dress 

The good thing about showing well in summer is you can wear maxi dresses and lots of it. This blue paisley print dress is one of my favorites, and boy how I love its comfort for my bump. Partnered with white thong sandals, the result if simply chic.

33 weeks 

Floral Print Mini Dress

Rocking the leggy look, I went for this layered mini dress from H&M in summery floral print.

32 weeks 

White Ruffled Maxi Dress

At the end of my 32nd week I had my maternity photoshoot which was pretty much a DIY. My hubby served as my photographer. See more photos at my Pro fashion blog, A White Maxi Dress for My Maternity Photoshoot. I got this magical dress from Zara.

Print on Print Layering

One of the things I enjoy doing is exploring German flea markets. I love seeing those beautiful original porcelains that are so affordable. Unfortunately, my kitchen is full and my house is littered with porcelain jars of varied sizes so I mostly just feed my eyes. Too much of good things isn´t good.

For one of my flea markt escapades with a friend, I wore this print on print layering – a blue paisley print bolero cardigan on a spaghetti strapped floral print mini dress. The cowboy hat is strategic more than a fashion statement, it´s meant to protect me from the sun. (Preggos aren´t supposed to walk under the sun.)

Diamond Print Empire Waist Blouse 

You know what they say? That you and your partner should make the most of the remaining days before your baby arrives? We do it. We go out quite often and we go to the movies every other week too.

Because it was warm that week, we went for laidback summer outfits. I rocked this diamond print empire waist tunic (with blue shorts) and white flat sandals.

31 weeks 

Sweater + Polka dot Shorts + Knee-High Calvin Klein Flat Boots 

Although I was able to have these photos with the sun appearing warm, it was actually a quite gloomy and stormy week we had. Right after my husband snapped these photos, the rain poured like crazy the rest of the day.

Quite frankly, I love how I look in this outfit. I felt good wearing it. I do have a thing for shorts worn with high boots.

Lemon Print Dress

The cold, gloomy weather continued, as you can see in the background, that my bright lemon print dress from Zara stood out in contrast. The dress is sleeveless so I layered it with a black, short-sleeved knitted bolero and I polished the look with yellow strappy wedges.

At 31 weeks wearing high heels is not a good idea. But I was sitting mostly during the event so I was able to getaway with it. Also, I packed with me some flats and changed into them right after I had these photos. I know, I know! ;)

30 weeks 

Peasant Top + Shirred Mini Skirt 

Mixing a peasant top with shirred printed skirt from Zara is cute and fresh for a warm summer afternoon. Oh, and I see those white jelly slippers again! You know what? These slippers were gifted to me three years back and I never wore them … until I got pregnant. I just realized I´ve been wearing these jellies often during this pregnancy.

Black Layered Printed Mini Dress 

This H&M little printed number is a twin to that floral print mini I wore at 33 weeks. I got these dresses at half price, end-season sale. I was really lucky I found one last piece of my size for each color. XS here usually fly off like hotcakes. This is an outfit I wore to yet another movie date with my love. Although it doesn´t show in the photo, my ankle strapped sandals are high heels.

So that´s about my “stylish” maternity outfits for the third trimester. I mean, not that they´re really stylish but I just used this long tail keyword for SEO purposes. Lol. :)

I may or may not be able to add two or more outfits to this list, that remains to be seen. I´m bracing myself for the big day. Yay! So help God.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A Surprise Baby Shower for Our Bundle of Joy

Last Saturday I had one of the biggest surprises in my life … a surprise baby shower!

Hubby and I were supposed to spend our afternoon strolling in the city because it was nice weather when we received a call from my mother-in-law to go to her place for something important. When we arrived, ta-daaaa … my MIL´s friends were waiting for us with their gifts.

I was really touched by their thoughtfulness, I never expected a shower party for my baby. I`m not used to people remembering me and giving me gifts. I didn´t get a bachelorette party for my wedding, didn´t receive wedding gifts from my colleagues, friends and family, not even a “congratulation” from aunts and relatives, na-da. Not that it was a biggie (definitely NOT if you aren´t expecting anything in the first place), but receiving lots of monetary wedding gifts from my husband´s side – his German friends, German colleagues and former colleagues, and Filipina aunts – made me compare.

Note: During the time when we got married I was living and working in Bangkok, Thailand, while my husband was already living in Germany where he grew up. We had the wedding in the Philippines. I only got to meet the people from my husband´s side who gave us gifts half a year after the wedding.

I´m a kind of person who, for most of my life, was used to giving but not to receiving. I gave and gave but very rarely take.

The chiffon cake + hopia (with unions) are some of my usual cravings during this pregnancy.

The only person who made me feel special and spoiled me with gifts is my husband. Since our dating days and until/after getting married, he´s showered me with flowers + chocolates, gifts, love and care, and of course, lots of attention. And then there´s also my mother-in-law who´s generous in giving me gifts on my birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and randomly in-between.

But to have some friends, who aren´t even very close to me, organize a baby shower for my soon-to-be-here baby was a foreign experience for me. I couldn´t hide my happiness. I was full of gratitude.

The gifts they got for me were mostly basic but crucial things for a newborn and a new mom right after giving birth. Many of the things they gave me I didn´t even know about, so they also oriented me on how to use them or what they´re for.

Nope, Joseph the cat wasn´t one of the gifts. :)
And we´re having a boy. Like daddy like baby socks.
Our cat Orange also joined the party.
Ate Pinky, a mother of two + the organizer for the suprise baby shower, giving me some briefing.

They also baked my favorite cake, the chiffon, and the hopia with union fillings known as “Hopia Baboy” in the Philippines. Certainly lots of thoughtfulness they had for me. What a beautiful day I got.

Monday, May 30, 2016

How to Style Up a Leopard Print Tiered Skirt

How do you style a leopard print skirt? I´ve been asked this question many times in the past and I´ve answered it in many ways and forms too.

I was at 28 weeks but my friends said I didn´t look pregnant in this outfit.

In one of my latest shopping in flea markets, I got this leopard tiered mini skirt. Now I´m a big fan of animal print and I like adding a hint of wildness to my look every now and then, so it´s a no brainer to buy the skirt. In fact, this skirt is one size bigger my normal size.

But as you know I´m currently preggy and now on my third trimester, one size bigger my normal size is the way to go. I also like the stretchy nature of the skirt´s belt band to accommodate my belly.

I wore the skirt to a one-day holiday escape hubby and I did in Frankfurt. We left our city early in the morning and came back late in the evening. It was a little cold and rainy in our city that day, and we expected a similar weather in Frankfurt. So for our outfits, we went for spring lightweight layering. Turned out it was warmer in Frankfurt that day. Jackets were taken off for the rest of the day.

I wore a white graphic tee with my leopard print tiered skirt, black stockings, black oxford flat shoes, and pulled everything together with a brown leather jacket. I also added a nude satchel bag. This outfit is pretty much tonal, it´s more about toning toning the print down. But the result is quite elegant while casual chic.

While waiting for our order.

We pretty much spent the day shopping. I got some maxi dresses and stretchable skirts from Zara, my husband got some summer pants and jeans, and we also bought some newborn clothes for our baby.

On a train to Frankfurt.

We had lunch at a Japanese restaurant, and we finished the day with some ice-cream.