Month: August 2013

Black & White Plus Darkened Skies

The rain has been non-stop for the last couple of days but the good news is that we have some sunshine today. I wasn’t able to go to work for three consecutive days and for that downtime, I had the chance to reorganize my closet, sort them all and find some old treasures. The good thing for doing this is that I was able to find classic basic pieces. What I love about classic pieces is they never get out of style, you just have to rework it everytime you wear it or style it differently. For short, it is about “mixing & matching” and having fun getting dressed-up. I am so glad that all those years of shopping, I was able to keeps some classic staples like blacks, whites and cardigans ~ you name it.

For this ensemble (last Thursday’s, ahem), the black overall-slash-cardigan from Maldita is one of the finds I was able to dig from my downtime. I wasn’t able to wear for a long long time. To be honest, I even forgot that I have that overalls. Just beneath it I wore a white button down shirt from local retail shop Folded & Hung. I paired it with cropped Topshop black skinnies. Cropped trousers are kind of big now in Asian fashion from Korea, Japan and even here in Manila. I wonder if you can specifically buy cropped trousers hut anyways what I always do is to buy a pair of skinnies and have them cut by my “mananahi” (or tailor). Alternative option is you can simply fold the ends of the skinnies instead of having them cut but sometimes it will not create the desired effect you planned for your ensemble.

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So I hope on your next downtime, you will be able to rediscover some treasures and incorporate it with your “this season’s wardrobe”.

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Hype this look at Lookbook and heart it on Styleshare

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PS. One of my co-workers said that I look like a Japanese school kid with this ensemble/look. Do you agree?

Subspace Coffeehouse

I really wanted to go to some artsy coffee shops for quite some time now but they are not here in Manila nor in my country. I know, I am an east asian junkie (but hey, Philippines can be sometime be considered East Asia ~ am I right?), and whenever I watch those Japanese or Korean lifestyle travel shows from Arirang and NHK, I want to try those very quaint, not crowded, very authentic and artsy coffee shops and viola one opened in my favorite district in Metro Manila, Ortigas Centre.

My fascination with Japanese/ Korean culture and coffee is a perfect marriage that can be seen in “Subspace Coffeehouse”. This coffee house concept in Manila is relatively new because we Filipinos tend to go to  commercialized Starbucks, Caffe Bene or CBTL for our coffee indulgence. When you enter Subspace you will be awed with the interior. It is not that spacey and the clutter of random design/ furniture is thrown all around. Just enough room for walking area and it is not really designed to queue just like in Starbucks. If it is less crowded meaning you can enjoy more chika time with your friends which what we did yesterday. Even the playlist is very K-Pop because I happened to hear some Big Bang songs though no 2NE1’s “Falling In Love” in their playlist.

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And here’s what I ordered:

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That’s the Purple Potato Latte. In Tagalog, is it “kamote” or is it “ube”? Anyways it is heaven although I should have said to had it in extra hot because I want my coffee extra hot. Look at the artwork they added, it was fantastic. I even noticed that the artwork for each order is different. Ain’t that really nice? I had some light snack as well, and I ordered the very sumptous lemon bars. My friend ordered the Peanut Butter Latte, which is ok for me but I prefer what I ordered.

Here are some more pics to enjoy:

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The view of Ortigas Road from the inside of the shop:

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And of course I asked my friend to take a picture of me with this ala K-Drama. He said that it is like a “waiting in vain” scene from a K-Drama.

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And finally this is so cute that I have to squeeze this picture in. I noticed this on the way out:

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Enjoy your coffee!

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