Saturday, April 29, 2017

Style Crush: Geraldine Saglio

(collages by me)

If I had more jeans/denims, the first collage is likely how I'd style them. It's one of the reasons why I have such a style crush on Vogue Paris' Geraldine Saglio. Second is of course how she wears everything mini and midi. I always did like someone so put together in terms of clothing/styling clothes she wears apart from the slightly disheveled that I often prefer. Also, I love the color palette on here. A lot of dark colors (mostly black! Yay~) but white, lighter shades done right. *insert heart googly eyed emoji here...* 

And what not-so-surprise on my end, she does exude a tad bit of Emmanuelle Alt on the way she dresses...thanks to her being Alt's stylist according to this 2011 fashionista article here...hmn...k.

Friday, April 28, 2017

breaking out from the monotony of black and white and denim

dress, mixed berry in dumaguete city. denim vest, old navy. boots, vintage.

These were taken minutes before it rained and while there was no power/electricity in the area. I was in the middle of watching some episodes I missed of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid when the power died...yep. Anyway, back to this outfit, I think a lighter wash of the denim vest fits this dress more but I don't have any and it works fine with the dark wash variety so...well...whatever works, works. And yep, I wore these white gathering kamote tops (green leafy vegetable) for the green smoothie I was concocting today that I'd be drinking tomorrow...lunch time or dinner. I'm pretty much back to the green smoothie drinking spree these days which is a good thing. I've been meaning to get back into it since before.

Did I really forget to update on the World Team Trophy in Japan this year? The outcome? Team Japan got the gold!!! Yay! My favorite male figure skater, Uno Shoma, of course retains his number status as a splendid figure skater in Japan and worldwide. Now I'm looking forward to the new grand prix season. Kind of sad that Murakami Kanako has announced her retirement at the World Team Trophy gala as well. A lot of the older, really good skaters seem to be retiring one by one. Last time, it was Takahashi Daisuke then recently, and before Kanako, Asada Mao and now, Kanako. Team Japan still seems as strong as ever, nevertheless so I'm at peace with everything going on in Japan's and the world's figure skating scene, I think. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

skirt on repeat

tank, bench ph. skirt, ebayed laundry by shelli segal. boots, rubi by cotton on via zalora. clutch, gifted by aunt.

It's long been established I'm a repeat offender. A chronic repeat offender to be exact. At least when it comes to pieces of clothing I get obsessed with or too attached to at some point. This skirt has been on rotation since what...? Last week? I'll retire it sometime this week somehow. Went with this for something simple today while working on the previous post and some other things...

There's not much up today but the final game between Far Eastern University and National University on tv for the UAAP Men's volleyball event. The team that wins this now-5-set game faces off my favorite team of the event. Ateneo de Manila University blue spikers (or eagles? ....whichever works, I guess...) on Saturday for the first game of the finals. And I am highly thrilled for this one. I'm definitely clearing my saturday schedule for this game, gotta cheer for my boys somehow. Their 14-0 sweep of the two elimination rounds of this season shouldn't be all for naught...at all, after all.

 

summer 2017 wishlist


A few things to note:
1. Pumpkin spice is probably a fall color but I guess it can work for the summer too. I included it in this wishlist because of the easy surf style and I may have been thinking about May 1's beach day with some friends when I looked into this on the RVCA site. 
2.  The boots (I still can't come to terms to calling ankle boots 'booties' somehow...for some reason...) may not be summer appropriate but they would work with dresses, shorts and skirts so I just had to include them in here. Sky high heels on the nine west pair, bandage-y beauty on the baske california pair...yum.
3. The backpack is likely also an idea culled from the impending beach trip on May 1, that's labor day here.  
Would I rock these to the beach? Most likely. 

Anyway, a few more things are up on kgsurdilla1987 on ebay.ph. Auctions are ending pretty soon. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

ribbed coziness

top, forever21. cutoffs, secondhand rue21. boots, rubi by cotton on via zalora. belt, vintage. choker, verano ph via zalora.

This was meant to be yesterday, Saturday's post until I slept on posting it at all last night... Then it became a sunday really early morning post. Yesterday happened to be a bit of a busy blur for reasons so I wasn't able to make any post.

Really upped a notch on the personal, pretty innate weirdness last night...well, basically, I walked in these boots to the nearest 7-11. Catcallers need to die somehow then again, I don't really pay them any mind or something to that extent at all... Experiment done and done, apparently the boots are ok for walking fast and a tad bit long, or rather far. The morning before that...I answered the door to a second package from the grandmum in California in this. Ribbed stuff apparently are pretty cozy I'm beginning to get so used to them, I might end up too dependent on them considering the moment I spotted this in a rack in Fashion Island's Forever21 way, way back later of 2016 (two years ago, basically), I then and there decided to get this in its two colors: white (here) and black. Well, I can now say it was a good decision to. I suppose some things are just meant to be bought in multiples and in every color. This is one, the other is the Bench tank I have in both white and grey...

I'm thinking of getting into the fitted sometimes cropped bandwagon. Loose, slightly oversized and drapey is more my thing most days, however.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

max laziest

slip, vintage. clutch, gifted by aunt. boots, zalora. long necklace, forever21. arm bangles, dumaguete city souvenir shop and vintage.

In my max laziest outfit, as in the one type of dress I'd pull on when spending a day at home or coming home from school or work... It's also something I would go out in just with the added blazer like the one in here:
I think it's safe to say that slipdresses can make appropriate roaming-around-outside-during-the-day or -night dresses when done right. The bit of slipdresses I own are getting more use as of late---doesn't matter if it's just for staying home or going out to get stuff at the convenience store close by or some other...

And music for the day...something pretty relaxing and empowering (-ish) in the most introspective way at the same time---somehow I have this song on repeat on my windows media player on some pretty lull, chill days:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

white t and ripped jeans

shirt, h&m. jeans, secondhand. heels, zalora. 

I was this close to getting ice cream by the closest 7-11 in this get-up this afternoon. Thankfully, there's avocado in the fridge... I should probably attempt the former next time.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

white tinkerbell-like

vintage slip as cami top. skirt, secondhand. belt, vintage chanel. boots, rubi by cotton on via zalora. clutch, gifted bag by aunt turned clutch.

Most summer days, it's therapeutic to dress like Tinkerbell in a slidress turned cami (it's too short on me now so wearing it on its own is pretty iffy...good thing there's that black one from UO to replace this vintage number with...) and dreamy secondhand/vintage skirt and of course, the ankle boots. Who can't forget the last one? It's pretty criminal to...

Monday, April 17, 2017

that old white dress from multiply days

dress, from multiply (I think...I don't remember anymore, haha). boots, rubi by cotton on via zalora. leaf necklace, forever21.

Other times, a dreamy white dress and a pair of ankle boots would suffice. It's an alright look as long as there's a pop of rosegold somewhere, say on a wrist, and silverware around the neck as well.
It's so, so humid today but otherwise, still a lovely day all around. I enjoy heat like this, thank you very much.

Today's mood music? SOLIDEMO's Happiness because one has got to feel happy no matter what, I think.
So my favorite Jpop band, Da-iCE, is close to releasing a new single now. The World Team Trophy for figure skating (I'm likely only watching the individual/singles men division, as usual...both SP and FS/LP) is in about three days...so much things to look forward to so far. I am ecstatic over everything! I think I've actually forgotten I was following a police procedural kdrama on TVN every Monday or Friday. I have other things to do other than that however so I guess that can wait. I haven't even caught up to new episodes of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid. I already have them, I just haven't really sat down to watch them...yet. I'll do that...maybe later this week. I'm not sure yet. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

4-14

thermal/long-sleeved top, secondhand. skirt, ebayed laundry by shelli segal. heels, zalora. 

Long-sleeved tops and dresses are doable for the humid summer (and perpetually humid days in the tropics 365 days a year) as long as it's balanced with a mini skirt or denim shorts/cut-offs and actually pretty thinly cozy. Nothing thick for days like these, really. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

bathing in morning light

dress, button-up (worn as jacket/overcoat) and laced-up ankle boots are all vintage.

I did say this summer was going to go all light in terms of dressing up.This is probably the most consistent I'll be almost all summer long. We'll see in the coming few weeks if I'll stick to this color palette...most likely, I will, one way or another. 

This is probably the third time I've worn this dress and posted of it on this blog. The other two times in the past I did, I'd covered it with a loose t (the Zara 'I'm from LA' graphic/text one) and the other, with a dreamy Emoda top, two of which I own from seasons ago, shipped from Japan thanks to FromJapan. There're really no direct shipping around Asia for things from other countries so proxy shopping sites are the way to go when one wants to get stuff from other Asian countries. I guess it's alright, though. Proxy shopping sites aren't that bad until you end up with sky-high bills due to shipping and handling fees among others. I guess the way around something like this would be to shop wisely. Something I've been doing for the a couple of years or so now.

The dress is perfect for hot sunny days of working from home, a couple of hours or so before leaving to do life stuff...oh and for lounging around when you get home. I feel as cozy in it as I did yesterday's get-up. This just proves when you're in a crazy hot country, less, really light clothing works wonders around the insane high heat temperatures. As for the latter, it's never really reached dessert in the middle east hot but it's come close. Hopefully the heat doesn't get any higher.

Anyway, wearing all vintage shouldn't be a crime, right? Right. Although mixing brands with vintage frequently is more preferable to the fashion- or style-conscious, something so religiously sworn by many fashionistas/fashion experts.  


So apparently, I have a new-old clutch. This bag was never really meant to contain heavy items inside it but I stuff my rose water spray/face refresher on it a lot along with other things including lipbalm, tissues and pens and carry it around when I go out... Well, the end result of heavy items being in the bag numerous times? One strap of it broke. I could've easily got to a shop that repairs bags to fix the damage but I thought it would be faster to use the scissors and snipe off the other end of the long strap so the bag could still be useful as a clutch. I do have very few spacey clutch bags for...well...stuff. I wouldn't mind getting a new-old one like this I could continue to stuff heavy and light things on inside them. Plus, I don't have to actually go out looking for a spacey, larger than usual (oversized) clutch this way. The bag isn't that oversized to begin with, unlike a couple of those messenger ones I own. It's just...I guess, perfect for random errand running here and there.

Here, below is how the bag looked like with one strap off, right before I used the scissors (also captured in said photo) to snipe off its other end
I haven't actually decided what the strap can be used for... I'll think about it...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

summer heat cozy

cami, secondhand ralph lauren (similar here in black). skirt, ebayed laundry by shelli segal. boots, zalora. choker, smashbox. cross necklace, aizilim.

Something cozy for the hot day out today. This is likely the second time I've worn this cream cami on here. The first was the garden shot which ended up being too bright for this thing to be captured in photos better.
Anyway, today's music mood because the heat makes me want to feel a bit cutesy? I don't know either...really. More like this is a new release by one of the favorite music groups from Japan so...
Finally, it's something high school academe related. I was counting on them to one day do something like this and they delivered. I actually like the other a-side of the single, Boyfriend better musically but this is a-ok, too, I guess. I like the video for this more than Boyfriend's for some reason.

Ah...skater Asada Mao has just retired from competitive skating. She'd posted details of her retirement on her blog. This, just in time when the Japanese women were given just two slots in the incoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympics (the men won three slots during the recently concluded World Championships in Helsinki). Commence collective sad sounds coming from Japanese team ice skating fans (including me). I'll always remember Mao as someone who was instrumental in bringing in my favorite male skater, Uno Shoma, into the sport (in addition to Takahashi Daisuke, that is). Photos/snaps and video clips of her carrying little Shoma around the ice, playing with him, will always be a fond memory for me to treasure this day on. Let's just say, although I'm not too familiar with Mao's work in the women's figure skating field, I have too much love to give to the Japanese skating team. It doesn't matter to me which part of the figure skating events they compete in.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

no drama

button-up shirt, vintage. diy partly bleached denim cutoffs,  gap. boots, zalora. headband/wrap and long leaf necklace, f21 (unsure where it's from however, faulty long-term memory to blame, haha). 

Really dramatic real life, no drama clothes. If only they can be one and the same then the world would probably be a better place somehow...
Regarding this pair of bleached cutoffs...I just had to, like, DIY my own pair way, way back when half-bleached denim shorts were a thing. I think Zara had something similar a few seasons back. Definitely, you can be trendy or in fashion without having to spend much...and that's what I like about being into it.
Lighting is too bright in this area apparently. The photo here and in the previous outfit post are evidence enough I probably need to find another place to take outfit blog photos from. Ironically, I shot this near-sundown, basically golden hour. And I'm going back to the favorite by the gate photos next week.

summer 2017


What it's looking like for this really sunny summer season's (and quite possibly this whole year's?!) wardrobe. A whole lot of whites, creams, spots of dusty rose/pink and of course, I don't think I can ever leave out black...I just can't bring myself to...oh and denim. Speaking of the sizeable denim cut-offs and shorts I've managed to amass all these years...I could technically devote one rack for those all the while building up an equally sizeable often times silk button-ups (I have two or three but I'll think about adding a few more on random trips to thrift stores I do so sparsely these days...). This season is looking a tad bit dreamy-ish for me thanks to white dresses/pieces anonymous as well. Dreamy stuff I've in stock from Emoda from a couple or so years ago might also be brought in sometime soon so... I do want to have a sizeable edgy stash to alternate that dreamy look/s with however. One day soon, I think.

The almost half a century (I'm probably exaggerating, I don't know either...), ankle zipped jeans from Target is graying and becoming more and more well-worn. I don't plan on re-dyeing it black as I actually am liking the fading color. I think I like it when jeans actually age on their own. I feel the same for denim cutoffs/shorts. The more vintage-looking they are despite still looking as timeless due to classic design/cuts, the better. Basically like aged wine/alcohol for anyone with prime tastes on those---I wouldn't know, I think it was over a couple months ago or so I actually had something alcoholic (wine) and if you notice the mudshake vodka bottle---it was from last year's Christmas get together with two bestest?/closest gal pals---in some of the photos...the content is just water, I'm using the bottle as a water container/bottle, I probably should do something about cleaning it off of its label/s but it's the least of my priorities as of the moment.  

A package came from the US from the grandmum yesterday and as expected, I received a few things...notably one denim shortalls I'm currently puzzling over how to style but might manage with the lot of tanks I have. Summer appropriate styling, yes. Yeah, it's because this is often a scenario here and even when I'm out and about that I have deemed shopping to recently be a chore. What literally is the point when I get stuff from family anyway? Hah. Nah...I'm really thankful they do send me stuff although most of those don't really seem to fit in with my current style/personal preferences. Instances like these keep me from having to go shopping more frequently to fill in what I feel to be gaps in the current wardrobe. I don't detest shopping (I've been a sober shopaholic/retail therapy-addict since a couple or so years ago now) but I'd always say/think: fashion >>>>>>>>> shopping, anytime. Seriously though, I've never been the trendy-fashionista my aunts, lady cousins are for some reason. 

In other news...mostly sports because I was just paying about 1/4th attention to the UAAP season 79 men's volleyball game between UST (the University of Sto. Tomas) and FEU (Far Eastern University), I feel ripped off how the first game which was what I was really looking forward to the most to watch first thing this glorious Saturday morning (weekend, figures...I'd be couch potato-ing in front of the tv then...) was never aired in lieu of the second game by the local sports channel. It was the decider ADMU-NU game that determined the step-ladder format this season's semis is on for the volleyball men's sporting event of UAAP season 79. Bum-mer. /guh...huff. Still, yes to my boys making it to the finals! And they're going to wait for about 3-4 weeks to find out who they're against with in the finals. This season for volleyball men in the UAAP (collegiate games in Luzon/NCR specifically) is looking pretty bright/good. I think my twitter timeline on the fangirling account, the one I'm frequently on, has now become a sports-related account. Heh. I'll get back to talking entertainment, mostly jpop in 3...2...hopefully soon.  

Also, according to my fixation to figure skating, men's: Shoma Uno's Legends SP performance for the Eric Bompard trophy is still the best of what I've seen of this SP. It's also his best Short Program I've seen to date since debuting in the senior level for figure skating. His skating is just entrancing...enthralling---echoing the sentiments of the commentators for B. ESP on this event: 'I could watch him skate all day..." Yes, yes, yes, YES! I could! (On that note, I probably should check out other young skaters like Jin Boyang but...I don't know either. I kind of am scared or I don't know what to expect from other skaters after becoming an Uno Shoma fan where this sporting event is concerned...you know...that feeling... only on and off or casual figure skating/sports/sporting fans would probably understand this, haha.) 

Friday, April 7, 2017

so it's definitely summer now

tank, secondhand Ralph Lauren. denim cutoffs, levis. boots, zalora. tri-strand ribbon choker, verano via zalora. belt, vintage. sunglasses, dad's. 
 fedora, jessica simpson (w/o belt)

This might be the real start of the summer, dry season. Finally. No rain in sight the whole day, just pure sun and tolerable heat in the most appropriate summer day outfit. I've actually worn this cream-colored, pretty flimsy excuse for a sunny, summer's day appropriate top under a vintage cream silk button-up shirt. It was on the recent Camiguin trip post. I found it a bit too tiresome to list down what I wore on the post so I never mentioned this thing being worn at all there until this one. So, due to how cozy this is and how it allowed me not to even put on the fan for cooler air...I actually lounged in this today, watching the kdrama Signal on TVN/Channel M without english subs which was pretty much torture. I mean, watching Signal not having any english subs the one that was pure torture. The South Korean language is pretty alien to me being someone who's more of a Japanophile than a South Korea-nophile like a high fraction of my compatriots and fellow...err...south east asians. But anyway, back to this ensemble...yes, it's pretty easy and fun to accessorize which was why, when I saw it hung on a thrift shop in Dumaguete City a couple or so years ago, I just had to get it. Also, it was pretty affordable so why couldn't I not have snatched it up then?

....and finally, I think I can start posting more summer, islander-denizen friendly, Californian-French minimal chic outfits on this blog from this day on. Thank you, dearly beloved, highly revered summer sun! There are already a few things I have in mind for these dry season's posts that, I think, I can afford to actually stay the repeat offender that I am in some of them. This season makes me want to actually do my own version of the 10x10 wardrobe challenge that's about to start at unfancy and others. It seems really fun! But I don't have instagram so I can't participate on this one there. I'm too lazy to attempt it on here either, for some reason so I think I'll just dedicate a post for pictures of this season's key pieces one day next week or so instead. Anyway, yes, it's officially summer! 

In other news, if Big Little Lies is going to be marathon-ed on HBO Asia one day after this week's 7th episode conclusion of its first season, I'm so on board on this. I enjoyed what I've glimpsed of its 7th episode yesterday.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

not the manly pinstripes i hoped for but close

bench tank, secondhand trousers, primadonna wedges

Two thrifting around trips with the shopaholic aunt resulted to the acquisition of this pair of trousers that could be as close to the pinstriped manly trousers I'm forever on the lookout for but still not quite. I figured the latter would be perfect with pretty, loosely draped tanks. Sadly, even this Bench tank isn't the right draped one of my dreams. I'm still mentally beating myself up for not getting a large or an extra-large (if the latter existed) variant of this thing. Suffice it to say, I'm pretty...not so into this outfit combo I have on today. 
As for the Primadonna wedges...a quick, random story: I've come to the conclusion they're not the most comfortable for long walks when I used them to tromp around the Ayala mall area of Cebu City with family and friend/s last year. Never. Again. The wedges are just too thin so the stable support just isn't there. I wasn't able to last minute-ly pack a pair of flats on a bag (I think I only had a clutch back then) used to dress up fancily for a graduation ceremony of a family friend/foster older brother that was followed later, post-graduation ceremony, by cavorting around Cebu's massive Ayala mall...
Ah, I promised myself, mostly that I would be sticking to a light and airy mostly white and pastel----dusty rose/pink, blush or the lightest of pinks and maybe some peach is mostly my limit where that color palette is concerned but I'd bring in a few orange, yellow and icy blue from time to time---but the really moody weather hasn't been permitting me to do so. We've been dealing with some rain and mostly cloudy days since two weeks ago around here and mid- to late- March, all of April and even May are supposed to be sunny, really dry and humid summer months. I'll...work on that when the weather permits, but for now, I'll still be wearing some blacks and charcoal from time to time.
....and I finally have something I can alternate with an age-old pair of trouser-like-leggings from SM Department Store's GTW line. GTW does really functionally good pieces that are pocket-friendly for the fashion forward/fashion conscious frequently. It's a local line I can easily count on. I'm sure my local country(wo)men would pretty much say the same. I'm really more of a trousers/leggings/skirts person than a jeans one, evidence being that I have very little of the latter in the wardrobe. I blame the local climate and recently very moody weather.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

dinner date get-ups and a little catch-up on some things figure skating

1. secondhand Nike jacket, kohl's (? I don't remember anymore though...) t-dress, CLN wedges, gifted (by aunt) bag; 2. vintage dress; 3. vintage suede jacket, tally weijl dress.

The bag and wedges were on repeat the whole of last week...well...for a total of 3 times at least, all with different dresses to go with because I couldn't bring myself to wear anything that wasn't a skirt or a pair of shorts thanks to the recently acquired knee injury while tromping around the city center with the aunt one day the week before. In flats, as I wore flats that fated day, I seem to be accident prone...not so much on the heels so I might as well start reacquainting myself with everything heels. It might help me minimize the pavement accidents I'm so prone to.

This week, thanks to the figure skating post on ohnotheydidnt, I went on a youtube-watching spree on everything male figure skating from the recently concluded World Championships (held in Helsinki) to others I've missed years and years ago. Well, not five to then years ago at least. The last time I was into figure skating, it was thanks to the ladies: Tara Lapinski and Michelle Kwan were my favorites. Now, I'm into male figure skating events/competitions thanks to Uno Shoma and sometimes, Hanyu Yuzuru. I'm not much of a Yuzu-fan---his fandom turns me off mostly---but I like Shoma...a lot. There's just something about him that is different from the other skaters...ah...I'm not sure either. I'm not even very good at figure skating specs/technicalities. Well...yeah.