Travel Essentials

Just arrived here in Manila, Philippines a month ago and I still can't believed how hard it was to pack everything. So, I wanted to share a few of my travel essentials that every girl should have. Hopefully, you have better luck in fitting everything in your luggage than I did. 

2. Uniqlo Cardigan ($12.90) ON SALE!
3.Repetto Ballet Flats ($265)
4. Alexander Wang Shirt  ($88)
5. Topshop Moto Jeans ($80)
6. Tumi Neck Rest Pillow ($35)
7. Smythson Grosvenor Slim Travel Wallet ($670)
8. Chloe Baylee Leather Tote ($2250, only available in white) OUT OF STOCK


Stars and Stripes: Wear Something Red, White and Blue

It's the fourth of July weekend! Whether you're planning to go on a picnic, barbeque out in the backyard or watch the fireworks at the beach, here's something to inspire you to celebrate this holiday.

1. Oasis Straw Shoulder bag ($35)
2. Equipment Signature Sleeveless Blouse ($178)
3. Sprinkles Cupcakes
4. Sea Strip Print Shorts ($290)
5. Chloe Runway Sandals in Gold ($675)


One Hot Day

When I wore this outfit yesterday, I didn't expect the weather to be so hot. All I could think of as I was walking was why didn't I wear shorts today? Anyways, looking at the pictures now, I think I pulled it together and didn't show how much the weather was really affecting me. I was probably glad to have a few minutes under a tree.However, this also gave me an idea to remix this silk blouse, maybe in a future blog post, to wear it with a pair of shorts and some cute sandals.

Top: American Eagle
Alternative Tops: Equipment ($166.99)
Sunglasses: Free People
Shoes: CMG, Philippines
Jewelry: click here for the Facebook page or message me to inquire


Spring Pastels

I've said it before, but I'm saying it again, mint green is THE spring pastel color. I love how this silk blouse complements this geometric necklace perfectly. And, it wouldn't be complete without a few arm candy to match the whole look. Although I wasn't able to get a full shot, I did manage to get someone to get a shot of these new cool accessories. Hope you guys enjoy it and feel inspired!

Top: Mosaic Boutique, Philippines
Alternative Top: Band of Outsiders ($280)
Watch: Marc Jacobs
Jewelry: click here for the Facebook page or message me to inquire


Mixing Prints


I've always loved weekends, but this time I can't even enjoy it. I just have too much work to do. I did try to have fun with my look of the day, hoping that it would cheer me up. Though you might be skeptic since I was not smiling in this picture, I actually did have fun. The "no smile" face was more for the drama of the shot.

This spring season, I've been seeing a lot of people try to mix prints and I wanted to show my own version of this trend. I chose a printed dress (well half of it) and a printed pair of shoes. I think both prints absolutely work together just as polka dots and stripes would match each other.

The trick is finding the right balance between the two prints. You never want to have an overwhelming amount of print. This will only make you seem as if the fabric swallowed you whole. Try playing with it by putting things against each other. If you want to ease into it but still look chic, maybe try a floral printed skirt with a stripes top. Above all else, don't forget to have fun.

Dress: Forever 21
Dress Alts: Forever 21 ($27.80), Urban Outfitters ($39.99), Armani Exchange ($98)
Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target
Shoes Alts: Topshop ($116), Madison Harding ($231), Nine West ($39.49)
Accessories: click here for the Facebook page or you can message me


Urban Jungle

Another week has flown by and I didn't even notice it. Sometimes, I think I take it for granted that I would have another day to do the things that I need to do. I know I admit it, "I'm a procrastinator." I always plan ahead, but never them until the very last minute. I'm actually in the middle of doing something, but this "rut," I'm in also inspired me to create this outfit. 

I named this piece, "urban jungle," as a way to unleash all those doubts and fears. I am that animal who has to cope with the pressures of everyday life. Everyone has probably felt this way, one time or another, but I wanted to share with you my way of overcoming this. For me, it's about living a more creative life whether it's a hobby (e.g. painting or knitting) or expressing yourself through an outfit. In this look, I wore an animal printed button down shirt, paired it with a bright red lipstick and black gladiator sandals.

Top: Forever 21
Top Alternatives: Equipment ($110), Forever 21 ($22.80), Zara ($79.90)
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Boutique store from Hong Kong
Shoes Alternatives: Brian Atwood ($325), ASOS ($36.58), Tory Burch ($285)
Accessories: click here to inquire on the facebook page or you can send me a message here.


Crop Sweater

I love weekends because I can wear whatever makes me comfortable--a crop sweater is a must.
However, I still like dress up my look by wearing some cool funky accessories. I usually layer my necklaces like the one I'm wearing here. Isn't this sunglasses necklace pretty cool?! And you've probably seen this triangle necklace in my other posts that I wear it a lot. It was such a good buy at H & M: a three piece set that only cost $15 and you can wear them separately. Finally, an arm candy to finish the whole look.

Crop Sweater: Boutique store from Hong Kong
Crop Sweater Alternatives: Organic by John Patrick (La Garconne), Topshop, Nastygal
Top: Gap
Triangle necklace: H & M
Other Accessories: Please click here to visit the facebook page


Mint Green Tee

It was such a nice day outside to enjoy a cup of coffee and just do nothing. This is why I love wearing tees because you can always dress it down or up depending on your mood. I love this mint green version especially for spring season. However, a lot of people actually don't like this color. or are hesitant to try it. My sister is actually one those people who tells me she absolutely hates because it reminds her the color of "medicine." I, for one, don't see this nor have I seen any recent medicines that resemble this color.

 Mint green is the new nude for pastels. It's such a cool color that anyone can pull it off. Trying wearing a crazy printed pants or even a colored pair of shoes to dress it up. You can even wear a simple black flats or a beige oxfords to keep cool and simple.

Top: Gap
Jeans: Topshop
Necklace: H & M
Shoes: Zara
Watch: Nixon


Printed Pants

I went to the South Coast Plaza Mall yesterday and I couldn't help but take a picture with the balloons that I always see when I pass by there. I just love all the colors; all the blues, reds, and pinks mixed together. I wish I could see them fly up like how the old man from the movie, "Up" did it.

Wishful thinking aside, I pulled this classic white polo look and made it more modern by pairing it with a printed pants. Though I was ambivalent on trying this trend, I'm happy with how this outfit turned out. Also, I could definitely see this pants as a part of wardrobe staple for this spring. If you are like me who doesn't want her thighs to look like a big tree trunk or look like someone from a circus act, try wearing a subtle print like the ones I'm wearing or a watercolor print. Opting for a smaller print instead of a bold or large printed pants would de-emphasize all the things that you want to hide--big hips and thighs.

Top: St. John's Bay
Pants: Gap
Pants Alternatives: ASOS, Club Monaco, Gap
Bag: H & M
Watch: Marc Jacobs
Shoes: Yosi Samra


Camo Style...

...is not so subtle after all.

This weekend was all about catching up with friends and making new ones along the way. We all met up at the Grove and had a blast shopping and finally deciding to try Umami Burger, which I thought was really good; I died and gone to burger heaven when I tasted their "Truffle Burger." I would definitely recommend it for any burger lovers.

In spirit of good fun, I pulled this outfit together. Instead of being in disguise, I knew I would stand out with this sweater. I had the phrase, "urban jungle" in my head when I pulled this piece together. I layered a light pink button down shirt with the sweater, added a few necklaces and finished it off with a pair of chunky black pumps to juxtapose a kind of edgy-feminine look.

Sweater: boutique from Hong Kong
Alternatives: Forever 21, Matches (Alexander McQueen), ASOS (Equipment)
Button Down Shirt: J-Crew
Jeans: Topshop
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Necklace: H & M
Bracelets: Click here to inquire on Facebook page


White Tee

Today was one of those rare moments where I was lucky enough to enjoy a perfect sunny day. Though most would say the sun always shines in California, this is not true. For the past few days, it has been pretty gloomy in the mornings. In the next few days, we're also expecting some strong winds. So, I grabbed this chance to wear what I want and wore my favorite white tee.

Most would say a simple T-shirt is a fashion staple. However, most don't wear plain old T-shirts because they don't know the right fit for them. I've seen a lot of people who wear smaller sized shirts because they think it accentuates their body when it's actually emphasizing their "love handles." On the other hand, wearing a big shirt may cover all the things that you don't want to show, but it also hides all your assets.

Pick the right one for you and you won't ever regret buying a shirt like I did when I found this perfect white tee. It's not only budget friendly, a white tee goes with everything. I wanted to show it off, so I pulled this outfit together. Besides this tee, I think I fell in love with this necklace. I already know it goes well with my tee, but I could definitely imagine it with a dress or even a silky blouse.

top: Gap
leggings: Angl
shoes: Target
accessories: click here to inquire on the Facebook page.