Style&Fashion

My ZARA Wardrobe Upgrade | Style Scenes After the Sale

I think in recent years I have underestimated the power of dressing the part.  My best friend Alma told me personally that in our little group I’ve always been the medyo mas “fashion forward” or more different when it comes to clothes because of my artistic side…ever since high-school.  However, I think I’ve lagged a bit when it comes to the age-appropriate aspect of dressing myself because I hang with so many younger people, my cousins in particular.  An aunt of mine mentioned a couple of months back that I might begin to consider NOT wearing extremely casual or trendy clothes as often, even if they are comfortable.  She recommended retiring T-shirts with Mickey Mouse on them or loud pop-art for public viewing LOL. 

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 Even if I bring on the professional charm and have great makeup on this mug of mine there is still that doubt that tends to hang mid-air betweenme and clients sometimes.  Of course, I deliver the work and they are surprised and happy (and relieved) but their initial lack of trust because of how young I look is unsettling sometimes and can interfere with the work.   So I concluded that a change in personal presentation across my wardrobe just might help as people close to me suggested.

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Black Suede Boots, SALE PRICE: PHP995.00, OLD PRICE : about Php2950 or 2995, (sorry, the old tag went missing) MADE IN VIETNAM

I first chose the black suede boots because for Php995 they looked exceedingly more expensive and when I wore them they felt much more than they actually cost when on my feet.  Then I chose a handful of top clothing pieces I needed, which you will see in the full post.  Two weeks ago, Filipino stylist, Michael Salientes, a good friend and former fashion director with Details magazine NYC (he was in the Big Apple for over 10 years and witnessed the Conde Nast publishing takeover when it acquired Details ), began egging me excitedly about the post-summer Zara sale, he said I have to go because of the major markdown on so many good classic pieces.  He said he was going that day during our shoot.  I said I’d go with him twice in a span of 8 minutes, and twice in that span I changed my mind after praying to calm my  excitement.  Because of the odd weather, terrible traffic, and other errands I decided to skip accompanying him on that exact day (others would tell me that was painfully unwise, to not accompany Michael Salientes on a shopping spree), but I said to him sincerely that I would try not to miss it.  When I have no peace I just won’t jump on it because I know there’s a reason why.  Long story short, the Zara sale left my mind for a whole week after Michael Salientes had told me that it was already the last weekend of the sale.  I figured I must have missed it.  Thinking the sale ship had sailed I silently beat myself up for not accompanying Michael.  However, on a very random day a week later, I found myself in Rockwell, lo and behold, the ZARA sale was still on, and many of the sale items had been marked down from the previous sale price AGAIN, bringing the prices even lower.  All photos in this fashion feature are shot by me using a Canon 600D with the new 50mm 1.8 STM lens and made possible with a tiny, hand-held Canon RC6 remote control which triggers 10 seconds of beeping before actually firing.  Click through to the full post to see the complete fashion feature on the clothes I chose from the ZARA sale.


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The NARS FALL Collection 2015 |That Deep Retro Plume

Make way for the first official seasonal NARS collection feature ever to grace the blog (when I mean official I mean the brand had me to tea, and gave me the scoop) .  It’s an elegant collection and they spared me more than a few pieces to write about.  To be quick on it this is probably the NARS makeup collection that Jared Leto’s forthcoming Joker would go for.  While the collection will be available at Rustan’s the beauty source NARS have also just opened their first ever fully fitted out boutique at Central Square Mall, BGC Taguig.

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All together I have: NARS VIP Red lipstick Php1450, Velvet Shadow Stick in Sukothai (duochrome peacock) and Flibuste (black) Php1550, Dual Intensity eyeshadow in Pasiphae Php1550, and lipgloss in Chelsea Girls Php1450) In the complete collection there are 7 Velvet Shadow stick shades in total, two lipglosses, a blush (Tribulante), two single eyeshadow shades, and the red lipstick.

“The look begins with natural sculpting of the face. Eyes dramatize in smoky shimmering brown and golden ombré. Lips captivate in tones of iconic red.  Making its official launch is the Velvet Shadow Stick, a silky, velvety shadow in a range of sumptuous shades for layering under and over, blending and setting, creating looks that are modern, sophisticated and always tempting.”

I decided to wear the dual intensity eyeshadow Pasiphae over Sukothai velvet shadow stick for the eyes.  I am also wearing NARS Pro Prime eyelid primer underneath both.  Instead of the VIP Red lipstick I thought the Chelsea Girls lipgloss they sent me was a better match for dark eyes.

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I decided to try shooting at night to capture the glamour of the collection which evokes the richly colored nightlife of the seventies era, and also to try and capture murky teal shadows in the dark.  I think however I might find the other shade of dual intensity eyeshadow, Telesto, much more wearable than Pasiphae.  I do not own Telesto. I like that these dual intensity eyeshadows, while still powder, were created to be used wet or dry.  Despite shimmer you don’t get a ton of heavy fallout, there is a bit of dust, but not at a level that’s a pain to deal with.  The velvet shadow sticks are awesome in pay-off, but kind of so-so when it comes to the finish after blending or some playtime.  Still, at least once used as a base they grab onto powder eyeshadow and make them stay and obey, great for all night partying.

 

*This is not a paid advertorial, all NARS products were provided as official press samples free of charge for proper review.  The author has abided by the strictly provided embargo date by Rustan’s the Beauty Source together with NARS Philippines for this feature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gabriel Valenciano Weds Tricia Centenera | Another Cousin’s WeddingS and What I Wore

March whizzed by like a freight train, I had tapings, shoots and another cousin’s wedding for which I was invited as a family guest…so technically I could have relaxed more, and could have taken more photos (I planned to, I even brought my DSLR).  However it turned out to be one of those moments wherein when I got there I didn’t want to experience my cousin’s wedding through a lens the entire time and wanted to mingle more not fuss about what I could possibly feature.

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That shot is from the Boracay ceremony, but I’m including reposted photos from both.  I wanted to actually behold the moments happening right before me and just be happy for them.  I have a few shots though from when before we left to show you and will include a couple of (pun unintended) grabbed shots from Gab and Tricia Valenciano’s Instagram accounts because I wasn’t able to fly in for their second beach ceremony in Boracay.  First thing’s first, though, this shot of what I wore by Dad for the Tagaytay Ceremony.

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Paul Smith sapphire trench, Rajo Laurel gown, Nine West clutch, photo credit: Dad

We were warned by the groom’s father that the weather in Tagaytay might be nippy because Tricia’s Australian guests were feeling the chill the evening before the big day, so I brought my trench which was the envy of many who opted for shawls…I was also surprised by how cold it got that day just before sunset.  Click through to see the full post and what products I used for my makeup look, also just a few more photos from both their ceremonies.… To full post & COMMENTS...

The Imaginary Vday Wishlist | If Price or Place Were No Object

Where we are can kind of suck sometimes when it comes to stuff at the frontier of modern beauty.  While I’m glad more brands have joined the global ones already present in the market, the ranges are far from updated and nowhere near as complete, hello, Clarins doesn’t even have their makeup here, we only have the skincare.  Where is is this rambling headed?  Towards an imaginary Vday wishlist…life of course goes on without any of these things but I thought I’d put this selection out there for you to see as an imaginary edit…what I’d like if price or place where no object.

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Top to Bottom: Paloma Picasso for Tiffany’s Handwritten Love ring (Mom has her petite “X” earrings in yellow gold), Whistles Mini Verity backpack black leather, Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil, Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in “Amazing Grace”Clarins Instant ConcealerReturn to Tiffany Rubedo heart earrings, Clarins Instant Light Lip comfort oil (seen here in the Original and ever elusively sold out Raspberry formula)

I was also thinking about Tiffany & Co. the 5th Avenue jewelry hotspot I wasn’t able to hit while in NYC.  I don’t mean I wish there was one here, I wasn’t able to go in the US.  I didn’t have any plans to purchase anything from there, the visit was supposed to be like a tour in honor of a memory.  I wanted to have a peep inside and then have a foodtruck breakfast outside and take a selfie, there’s always a next time.  I know, it would have been such a touristy thing to do but here’s why.  It was the one place there which would supposedly remind me of my paternal grandmother the most.  She would tell me stories of how she loved the place while we watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s together.  Lola said when she was there it was not always to buy, but she loved the staff, the service, and appreciating the precious beautifully feminine pieces they had there.  She also sang Moon River along with me passionately, it was the only song I’d ever heard her sing like that…once in awhile she would also hum Claire de Lune or Nat King Cole songs.  Her eyes used to light up like gems before at the mention of Tiffany’s.  Also did you know, I heard from someone married to a Tiffany executive that Tiffany’s only offer a major half price discount once, on a person’s first engagement ring purchase, it’s a discount that will not be offered again in the same lifetime precisely because they like to honor that value. I’ll go through my other faves in quick random, no-order, this-is-my-blog style today, coz I’m just not in the mood to be like super structured right now, have work later and tomorrow and haven’t eaten breakfast.

For style I’m sure like half the female planet is already making the Whistles Mini Verity backpack that Zoella “showed and told” online a major sellout, who won’t like its simple, small but just rightly sized real leather design?  I believe there’s a silver version which might be an ASOS exclusive if I saw it right.  Regarding the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L camera lens it’s Canon’s priciest 50mm with their widest opening, meaning it’s awesome for close-up shots with beautifully boke’d backgrounds and great for low light…in other words a beauty blogger’s dream lens.  As you can see in this sample photo:

vdafave_canonBy the way, I like that Charlotte Tilbury lipstick not just because of the name, if you click on the CT link you will see the color “Amazing Grace” is just gorgeous, a more modern, more neutral coral with less of a yellow undertone.  Sunday Riley does modern skincare and they do the science battle with botanical weapons of mass reconstruction.  Juno is one of their more gentle facial oils which they say consists of extracts from Broccoli, Carrot, Chardonnay Grape, Black Cumin, Cranberry Seed and a berry seed blend of blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry.  Yea, I’ll take my face to-go please.  On the Clarins stuff, if you haven’t heard Guardian beauty guru Sali Hughes say “I can’t rave about this concealer enough” about Clarins’ Instant Concealer in that wonderful Brit accent of hers then you should on her SaliHughesBeauty channel,that was ’bout before Christmas last year.  Then Caroline Hirons, skincare madame, flashed that new Lip comfort oil  of theirs at her camera in her recent New Stuff video and the dim part of the world (like over here) without Clarins’ newest releases semi went gaga.

Do you have an imaginary Vday wishlist?  Or one probably that hangs around all year in the fluffy cloud above your head?  Mention one or two things you wish for in the comments whether it’s because you can’t get it here or can’t afford it at the moment.  I can’t make your wish come true but I do know that sharing wishes with other people is a happy sort of release.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Glam at 2015’s Golden Globes | My Top 5 in Beauty and Some Style Faves

I was only able to catch a portion of the live telecast of the 2015 Golden Globes earlier and it wasn’t the red carpet part which is what mattered where the blog was concerned.  I didn’t plan in advance to do a feature but when I saw certain faces I couldn’t help but decide to share with you who ranked as my top 5 in beauty (hair and makeup or just makeup).  We begin with number one who tops the list, simply because she’s the first face I saw during the ongoing program which convinced me to do this post.  In the past she was also featured as my favorite made-up face during the Academy Awards.  Photo sources will be placed at the end, but many of those official sites actually retrieve the same stuff from Getty images or other sites.  The ones whose outfits I also liked will have full-length photos.

1) JESSICA CHASTAIN

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Actor Jessica Chastain is gorgeous with or without makeup.  A lot of us have seen this disarmingly beautiful and talented redhead with the barely there look in movies like Tree of Life, Zero Dark Thirty, and more recently Interstellar.  I like how her hair and makeup looks are often so well balanced.  The base looks like skin and the eyes are intense but softly lined and her blush picks up on camera.  Plus that flowing red hair is unrivaled.  I wasn’t too keen on her dress but it was pretty still…because of her.  UK makeup artist Mary Greenwell (THE one Lisa Eldridge and Charlotte Tilbury apprenticed for) has done her makeup in the past, I’m not sure if she did Jessica’s makeup this time.  Easy on the eyes Jessica is, Yoda would say.  Click to see the rest.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Paul Smith and Pyjamas

I received a lovely hand-me-down recently that is still nearly new.  I was escorted out of bed this morning and into the light by this deep sapphire Paul Smith trench coat.  Who said a trench couldn’t be a robe when it felt like it?  Sapphire in my book would be midway between the brightness of royal blue and the depth of navy blue.  It’s vivid enough so you recognize the hue but deep enough to go with these darker December days.  Blimey, but I feel extra British, today!  In case you wonder, my photographer today was my brother.

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Unboxing Christmas at Pottery Barn PH

There’s just something about I hadn’t planned a visit to Pottery Barn in Central Square, BGC. I just happened to be walking around and was suddenly and ever so positively quite taken by what I saw from the store entrance. A Pottery Barn sort of Christmas had just arrived along with the company’s VM.  I had arrived on the actual day Pottery Barn PH was unboxing Christmas!

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Mini Christmas houses sold for charity. If you place a flameless flickering light inside it comes alive with warmth through the windows.  Most if not all are over Php1000.00

 

I made two purchases, one is their Jingle decorative throw pillow with bells on it and “jingle” inscribed in red gothic lettering and when you shake it you really can imagine Santa Claus and his sleigh arriving, it isn’t super affordable at Php1900+ but it was just too unique for me to pass up on for the house.  This is the one Pottery Barn’s VM from the US, Dean told me was “really cute” while he was arranging pieces in different areas of their Central Square store in BGC.

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The minimal festive look outside our master’s bedroom

 

The other, the “All is Calm, All is Bright” Silent Night themed throw pillow (Php1600+)  is my utmost favorite and they sell the pillowcase separate from their Php595.00 pillows.  It just jumped out at me when I saw it in store (although, to be honest it is very easily DIY-able …with a canvas case and some acrylic paint perhaps) and I liked how it was so tastefully designed.

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So I got two “Silent Night” pillow cases for the house, one for our living room and one for my bedroom.  This is how the pillow looks in our living room at the moment.

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I transferred my warm white LED Fairy lights from my vanity dresser last year to my bedside, stringing it up across my clear beaded curtain and laying the excess along the sill of my main window which is alongside my bed.  So this is what my bedroom (or at least the side with the bed) looks like now.

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With my main ceiling light switched off the less tiresome but bright enough glow of the fairy lights is just enough for reading or great calmer ambience for when having a massage or watching movies on my laptop.  I get excited before each sunset now for the chance to switch on my lights.  I still want to be able to shoot a pre-evening sunset shot with the lights on…I think that might look particularly marvelous.  The staff told me that day when I was about to leave that what I saw wasn’t even half of the stuff they needed to unbox and more shipments were coming in.  I think now might be a good time to sneak a peep at Pottery Barn in Central Square BGC and see what new Christmas items have arrived!… To full post & COMMENTS...

Hello H&M! Now in Manila| Stuff I Got, Stuff I Wear

Globally acclaimed Swedish clothing line H&M has landed, Manila!  Their grand public opening at SM Megamall was today (did you seriously camp out to get in??).  I got a special opportunity to attend their advanced launch the other night and I availed of their 20% off everything discount for the evening.  Okay, nosebleed-while-posing aside I think this short style feature turned out quite alright.  I like clothes, I don’t buy clothes often, probably do about 3-4 small sprees a year shoes included because I am very particular.  Blogging about fashion while fun is out of my comfort zone, plan to practice more though.  A couple of friends and bloggers encouraged me to ‘coz some said they love the way I “throw it on” or “dress like that”.  No, I didn’t bother to put on makeup, but the bare minimum was I did have some mascara on, lol.  There won’t be lots of talk about the clothes, but a comment or two about why I got them and how much they were should be in order.

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H&M Athletic top RRP Php1,190.00, I like how this makes someone as petite as me look like I have wider shoulders.  It’s also got built in non-underwire support.

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Since I didn’t manage to get any NYC souvenir for myself while I was there (check this, the only NY-grammed stuff I got were my Dad & bro’s caps at the airport) better late than never!  Thanks to H&M I now at least have a faux NY souvenir, LOL and it’s a lovely laid back navy hue. By the way these boots…they don’t just look good, they’re super comfy.

H&M L.O.G.G. lined NY pullover RRP Php1,190.00, ankle boots Php1690.00

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I was checking the light in the LCD of my camera, was holding the remote and shot one lol!  Couldn’t resist this fuzzy plum pullover and I like that it has a wide neckline. Plum pullover RRP Php1190.00 (H&M earrings from SG)

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Brown lace-up boots Php1690.00

The pricing of H&M is extremely good for the value they put out, and the on-trend pieces and collections are constantly fashion forward.  I have a Tita who lived in Germany for 14 years and when she moved back her with her husband she hoped and hoped that H&M would come in because of the affordable yet awesome clothes they have to offer.  Well, they’re here now!  The biggest store has just opened today at SM Megamall and watch out for another huge H&M opening in SM Makati by November or early December.

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