January 18: Back to Basics

Instead of buying new clothes, I’ve decided to focus on improving the overall effect of the outfit by sharpening small details. I’ve proudly repeated the outfit above more times than I can count–I actually have this v-neck shirt in two colors, and two of them are now so worn I can only wear them at home.

To polish the overall look, I chose fitted navy pants and went with gold and brown accent pieces. The tribal statement necklace from HnM really pulls the outfit together, and it also repeats the hints of brown and gold from the single star bangle and these tan platform heels.

To define and widen my eyes, I also lined it with simple black eyeliner–this makes a subtle but distinct change to the overall appearance.

Tip: When in doubt, go with something that will give you confidence. A pair of great shoes or a swipe of deep red lipstick always works for me. If you’re unsure about making major permanent changes, then go for smaller fixes like flat-ironing hair to get rid of frizz. This won’t make you look drastically different but will improve your look’s overall effect.

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Wasting time, I shall miss this thing when it all rolls by

My last few days of 2011 were spent running errands and doing things I normally wouldn’t be able to do on a weekday if I had to work. I love how our lives are a collection of somethings and nothings, and nothings add up to a great many somethings.  My top 3 favorite “nothings” to do on Christmas break:

  1. Leisurely grocery shopping
  2. Taking a walk outside. Even better if it’s just rained
  3. Cleaning and finding little reminders of a lot of things to be grateful for. Also, lots of things to crack up about

I should also add “wearing shorts” to the list, but it didn’t quite make the cut. On this no-occasion occasion I decided to pair my high-waisted navy shorts with a floaty white blouse. I like how preppy it looks with the shorts’ clean lines. For a small pop of color I added my favourite peacock earrings; the oyster-pink color sets off nicely with the matching headband. To keep the look polished, I pulled my hair back in a sleek ponytail. In a departure from my usual no-makeup look, just for the day I decided to add clean thick black eyeliner to widen my teensy eyes. Tan camel sandals and a navy crossbody bag complete the look.

Go-to Holiday Festive: Little Blue Dress

Most of my December entries have been about dressing for festive Christmas parties at work. Once out of office, rules are immediately relaxed, so one can break out cute party dresses, extra-large accessories, and so on. My favorite go-to dress for daytime events is this little blue dress, purchased for Php350 at a Greenhills tiangge. The sleeveless navy blue dress features tiny polka dots with a white floral trim, a full a-line skirt, and a cinched waist. There’s a lot going on with the dress, so I chose low-heeled camel sandals to balance out all the blue.

For a small pop of color, I like bright accessories, like this tiny London bus pendant on a short chain. Long, flowing wavy hair and deep wine-colored lips help to polish the look. To make it more casual for daytime, blend the edges of the lipstick after applying so the make-up doesn’t look too overly precise, as this will stiffen the overall effect.

Happy new year everyone! 

Tip: Easy to dress up or down, the little blue dress in any shade is a great alternative to black.

4 Different Ways to Wear Your White V-neck

The single most worn item in my closet is my white v-neck t-shirt from Giordano. Work, casual Friday, weekend, and vacation looks are all achievable with a plain white tee. The trick is to use the appropriate accessories to dress it up or down as needed: Keep Reading

Oldspiration: 3 things dressing for high school taught me about dressing for life

This morning, I realized that the outfit I was putting together uncannily resembled my high school uniform. I don’t think this is that surprising–in fact, upon further reflection, whatever I needed to learn about fashion/style, I learned in high school.

  1. Having a uniform isn’t so bad at all. In high school, I lived in my white blouse, navy skirt, and black flats. Five years later, I virtually still live in my white blouse, navy skirt, and black flats. No white socks, though.
  2. Simple is better. Our teachers used to tell us, “Simplicity is beauty! Simplicity is beauty!”. I think that’s a truthful statement if there ever was one. When choosing outfits, I try not to over-accessorize, and I usually go for clean lines, like the ones you can find in A-line skirts or wraparound dresses.
  3. Skirts should be a proper length. Thank goodness my skirts don’t need to be seven inches below the knee anymore! Still, I think that rule is a good reminder to keep skirt length (for day wear) at slightly above the knee.

It’s been a little more than five years since I graduated from High School, but so many fond memories remain as clear as water out of the school fountain. Keep Reading

Two Looks, One Outfit: Blazer of Glory

Today I specifically needed an outfit that would look polished at the office, and relaxed enough for dinner with a friend. For situations like these, I like to build the entire outfit around a single office-worthy garment that can be removed after work to blend in with a more casual environment. In this case, this no-nonsense navy jacket with a fitted, tailored silhouette and sleek lapels anchors an otherwise casual ensemble for a solid day at the office. After work, I simply took off the blazer and showed off a more grown-up take on a jeans-and-t-shirt combination; as is usually the case, accessories, hair and make-up are key. Because the blazer serves as a structured anchor to the overall look, it’s possible to have fun with the rest of the pieces, like this old white v-neck and soft, stretchy gray pants. Keep Reading

Rinse, Wear and Repeat With Pride: My Prized Navy A-Line Skirt

Given my obsession with skirts, it’s easy to guess that my closet is teeming with them. Actually, I only have a few key pieces in classic shapes that I rinse, wear and repeat with pride. One alternative to the beloved black pencil skirt is an A-line shape in a basic but more unexpected color, like navy.

I consider this deep blue skirt from Plains & Prints to be one of the most wearable, versatile and comfortable garments in my closet. The navy color is easy on the eyes and is less severe than black; at the same time, it’s just as easy to pair with virtually any color or texture, for either full-on corporate looks (look 1) or more casual ensembles (look 2, look 3, or look 4). Keep Reading

Awesome People I Work With: Gela

I did a double-take this morning when I saw Gela’s outfit because it was just too cute. I had to write this entry about her today.

Gela is wearing a flowy navy blouse featuring this natty Peter Pan collar and old-fashioned loose sleeves ties together nearing the elbow. The blue in her blouse actually matches  the tiny blue flowers on her vibrant Topshop skirt. The floral print against a bright red background is so striking and summery; I can imagine this as a print on a lovely kimono. To keep the focus on her blouse and skirt, Gela opted for nude peep-toes from Aldo and accessorized with a simple gold bracelet and chunky blue cocktail ring.

As always Gela’s bright smile is the icing on top of a really adorable cake. 🙂

August 2: I Like Dresses and I Like Navy

Having previously belonged to my sister, this beige dress with diagonal stripes composed of tiny blue and gray flowers was pretty much relegated to a spot at the back of the closet until I dusted it off more than a decade later. With its neat, old-fashioned silhouette and Peter Pan collar, it really is more of a summery weekend dress. With some tweaking, though, I find it’s easily wearable to work as well.

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