Summer has been my favorite part of the year as this is the perfect time to enjoy the beach. But here in the Philippines, summer is “almost” an all year long season. You can visit the beach anytime (except when there is a tropical storm or low pressure area) to enjoy the sun and get some tan.
Smile, The Sun is Out
It is innate for those living in tropical countries to choose the summer season over the wet seasons. Honestly though, I am still wishfully thinking that our country has autumn and spring (and forego the winter season).
This outfit post way long overdue as this was taken during our trip in Cebu back in October 2016. I will be posting my travel diaries soon so please watch out.
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Gorgeous back drop was courtesy of Virgin Island in Sante Fe, Banatayan, Cebu. I highly recommend this island ad a visit when you are in Cebu. Bantayan has a lot to offer.
Sleeveless top is from Factorie. Shorts from H&M.
Mood for Some Blue
I have been wearing a lot of blues recently and is becoming one of my faves after black and gray. The H&M shorts are not actually under the swimwear line but they are so cute that I decided to bring them to the beach.
Nowadays, I opt to go for minimalist look compared to when I was younger I have tendency to go for maximalist. I don’t know if this is a sign of maturity (or ageing – whatever you call it. LOL).
Black Is One Of My Faves
When I cleaned my closet before Christmas, all I see is a sea of muted colors of black, whites and grays with sometimes hint of blues and very minimal to none for loud colors. I guess my affinity to muted colors is because of my ever changing hair colors. I promise to blog about my hair color adventures soon, so better stay tuned. Even my to-go-to colors for shoes are gearing toward grays and blacks. I really think that the streamlined Asian aesthetic influenced me to go for this style. I like how simple pieces make up interesting overall look (topped by the my light pink hair).
Long Line Black Top from Mint. Black Sneakers from New Balance.
Ever wonder where this wonderful place is? It is in The Alley At Karrivin in Makati City. The hidden place houses some furniture shops, flower shop, restaurant and very great coffee shop named “Writer’s Block”. I think I’ll also start blogging about my coffee adventures too?
Gray has been my to-go-to color and it has been a constant color on my OOTDs. I know I’ve said this before that whenever I go to a store my eyes gravitates first to grays and blacks. Another reason I love picking up grays for my OOTDs is because it is one of the colors that you can easily mix and match with almost everything. If you want monotony and minimalist, pair it with black. If you want to go all out kawaii, pair it with killer colors. You can never go wrong with grays, in my own opinion.
In The Midst Of All The Colors
What is really fascinating too is that it my gray wardrobe pieces can easily coordinate with my ever changing hair color. This is a proven fact – I’ve tried pink (light and dark), purple, lilac, violet and blonde, and all those hair colors really coordinated well with gray pieces.
Gray Oversized Top from Uniqlo. Black with Red Accent Sneakers from New Balance.
Since, I kind of said it this post that I almost tried all sort of colors, please stay tuned for my next entry to know more how I get those funky, kawaii and pastel hair colors. Details really soon (I promise!)
Stripes are something I can consider as staple in my closet. I have almost all manageable style of stripes you can think of and my most favorite one is the black and white thin style. As far as I remember, I have been wearing stripes all my life. I even saw a baby picture of myself wearing this style.
As you would have known by now, I love simple and clean aesthetic. I even reference my style as “minimalist kawaii”. Stripes are something that I can easily mix and match to my style. You can wear this style no matter the season is. You only need to know when to wear the best perfect stripes for the occasion or season.
Simple Yet Cute
I really find it amazing when I see a stripes style with an “attitude”. Something shouts “I am not a normcore stripes” but at the same time still a classic staple. I find this very amusing top from Uniqlo UT collection which features capsule collection for different themes. I personally love these shirts from Uniqlo that I always make sure to include Uniqlo on my shopping trip every time. Aside from that, Uniqlo has got me hooked because of their clean and classic aesthetic.
By the way, I am wearing a combination from Uniqlo. Both top and bottom are from Uniqlo. Top is from Uniqlo Dick Bruna UT Collection.
Ever since I moved to a light pink hair, my affinity to something light or nude has increased as well. It is not something new but amidst all my monotone gradients in my closet, I find myself buying more and more pastels (or light colors). I honestly think that some of the hair colors have sipped in my brain so that nudes and pastels will rule my buying impulse.
Basic, Clean and Sweet
For this look, I’m going for a sweet, basic look that compliments my light pink hair. Thanks to my light pink hair, I always get stopped at shops/ boutiques and get compliments for my hair. I think so far, this is the best hair color I had and planning to keep them until the end of the year.
Sweet Pose, All The Time
Boxy Stripped Top from Uniqlo. Dry Pleated Relaxed Pants from Uniqlo. White Leather Sandals from Milano.
Light Tones, ‘Erday
I’ll be making a blog post about my hair pink soon and all the products I used to inspire you to be not afraid to be more experimental with your hair. So watch this space.
Kawaii Selca (I wanna learn more about makeup application!)
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Dressing up on the beach is really tricky but at the same time a challenge I enjoy doing. Why do I say that? Mainly because when you buy your outfit pre-vacation: your skin is lighter, hair is the perfect color (for me blonde) and you tried to get ready for your vacation by being a little too watchful of what you eat. Then when you beach vacation starts: you eat (a lot!), stay in the sun longer (because you have so much fun and it’s always picture perfect under the sun) and your hair becomes more brassy (in case for my blonde hair – thanks to the sea).
Cue Beyonce’s “Deja Vu”
For this summer, I tried (planned?) to be as colorful and bold on my coordinates but whenever I see monotones, my mind always says, “that’s perfect for you!”. So what better thing to do? Pack all the most colorful pieces you have and bring some blacks and gray. It’s just a matter of mixing and finding the balance for your coordinates.
Geometric Print Sleeveless Top from Uniqlo. Swim Shorts from Robinson’s. Cover-up from H&M. Shades from Sunnies Studios.
Fashion has no rules. Style is what makes you an individual. Experiment with your coordinates. Have fun under the sun and get a tan. And most importantly, be confident.
I made a mental note to myself that whenever I travel, I will always incorporate of what and who am I on all my ensembles. Traveling tends to go a little hectic and most of the the time, the last thing on your mind is “What should I wear?”. Good for me is that I have this Obsessive- Compulsive trait which definitely has its share of pros and cons, I always choose and plan ahead of time what would I wear for the entire duration of the vacation taking into consideration what places we will visit for that day, etc.
My must haves for a city vacation: light, breezy materials. Singapore is known to be way humid than the Philippines and the last thing I want to look like is that you look like “a hot mess” (like humid sweaty kind of hot) on your vacation photos. I packed a lot of lightweight materials for this Singapore trip. Another thing I can never let go is my forever love affair with anything that is black.
For this first style post in Singapore, I used layering to make it more dimensional and complex without sacrificing comfort. Remember that black compliments any color so this is the time that you can have eccentric prints and graphics to mix with your black ensemble. I also loving the length of the cardigan as it is quite a popular trend all over the world. Straw hats are very unconventional but who says that they are only made for the beach? As much as possible, very minimal accessories to give you more comfort when moving or walking while enjoying the sceneries.
Long length cardigan from H&M. Printed tank top used as inner wear from Uniqlo. Light leggings from Cotton On. White sneaker from Moonstar. Hat from Forever21.
Last thing you will see me are on baggy oversized pants while on vacation. Not just me. ☺️
Do blondes really have more fun? That is one question almost everyone is trying to answer. Some beg to disagree especially the brunettes, while blondes definitely agree on that statement. I’m back to being a blonde, specifically an Asian blonde, for almost 10 months of being a brunette. Nowadays, more and more Asians are being more experimental with changing their hair color as influenced by a lot of factors like emerging cultures, entertainment industry, etc.
Day Out In A Black Ensemble
Blonde In A Garden
This style post is my first post after going blonde again. For a day out in a museum tour, I opted to wear something breathy and light, in terms of materials used or fabrics. It is still summer here in Manila and that means temperature on 30s mark during broad daylight. Despite that it is still summer, I decided to wear an all black ensemble for a day out. The trick for using black ensemble, again, is to choose light fabrics. Black may not be a summer color but this classic hue can work it in any season.
Drop tail top for Factorie. Opaque light leggings from H&M. Wide rimmed hat from H&M. White sneakers from Moonstar.
It has been a long time since I properly had an OOTD post. An OOTD post in the city to be specific. The last few OOTD posts were summer wear. This time around, I am back with some street wear post.
Street wear has been my staple aesthetic whether for some cay out with friends or for the weekends. Due to the tropical location of the Philippines, it’s kind of hard to do layered fashion, maybe only for the exemption for the months of November, December and January. For the rest of the year, you have to stick to single layered fashion or you can still have layered look but you need to be meticulous on choosing the type of garment used.
This look is for a day out with a friend in a food destination in Quezon City.
Jersey top is from Factorie. Hard wooled leggings from H&M. Sneakers from Nike,
Ending this post with some selca with my brown hair. Already transitioned to blonde after 9 months of being a brunnette.
“There’s this saying: in an all blue world, colour doesn’t exist. If something seems strange, you question it; but if the outside world is too distant to use as a comparison then nothing seems strange” ~ Alex Garland, The Beach
Pop of Color in Sea of Blue and Green
I Have Soft Spot For Rocks
For my second style post in El Nido, I decided to wear something colorful. Though blacks, whites, grays and neutrals are considered my home in the color wheel, once in a while I want to wear pop of colors. Summer would be and always be the perfect time of the year to wear brights. This OOTD screams bold and carefree. Be bold to choose striking colors and don’t be afraid to standout. Be carefree like a summer sun, always shining and smiling.
Enjoying The Sands In Helicopter Island
Red pink tank top is from Forever 21. Bright board shorts from Robinson’s Department Store.
More Summer Diaries posts coming soon, stay tuned! ☀️