Monday, October 28, 2013

Just Before The Sun Sets











Skirt, floral top and outerwear: all thrifted | shoes: local shop | bag: gifted

I felt rather overly dressed this day especially after visiting the Surfing Break and seeing all the scantily clad ladies at the beach. I just threw in this coat thing and was surprised to see how nicely it blended with the daisy pattern of my top and the pleated skirt. Green and yellow. It's my thing these days. 

So anyway, I just popped in real quick to post these photos. I really have a lot of catching up to do in my blog readings but I will hopefully get back on track soon. Have a great week everyone! :)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

For A Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic












dress and collared shirt: thrifted | shoes: local store | bag: Zeca (gift from mom)

Fell in love with this dress at the thrift store. It is plaid in my second favorite color combination (my first being red, black and white)! It has this cute embroidery detail that I find so quirky. As if those aren't enough, it also has pockets! Yes to dresses with pockets! My awkward hands have somewhere to go to.

I spent the weekend making copious amount of kimbap and being super spoiled and pampered by the boyfriend. It is simple moments like these that really make me treasure life. Heck, life is great if you have a boyfriend who you can sweet talk into massaging your aching feet! We may not have a lot and we may be living a simple and unsophisticated life but we have each other.

I live by these words these days:

If you are depressed, you are living in the past
If you are anxious, you are living in the future
If you are at peace, you are living in the moment

Choose to be at peace and get rid of the baggage. Of course it is something I have to remind myself everyday. But that's okay. Motivation is like taking a bath. It has to be done everyday. :)

Well I hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend. I know this sounds like a lame and cliche closing but at least it's sincere! :)


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Blush











Top and skirt: Thrifted | Hair bow: gift from my sister (she got it from Accessorize, i think?) |  Bag: gift from my mom | Shoes: local store

Myk told me one time that he hasn't seen me wear my clothes twice.This outfit will prove him wrong. hehe. This is a skirt I like to wear over and over again just because it makes me feel feminine - at least more feminine than your usual skirt. It's in the boxy pleats, I suppose, which is a skirt silhouette and design that is both current and romantically dated.

Contrary to popular belief, I don't spend so much on clothes. Not in comparison to how other people spend anyway. Other people probably shell out a thousand pesos for a high street brand of clothing but that amount of money could already earn me a sack of thrifted or vintage clothing that will give me brand new ensembles for about a month (because I work from home and I go out two or three times a week only).

Recently, I stocked up on knitted tops of various colors so I now have a flexible wardrobe where I can mix and match to no end. The trick there is knowing what your style is and what works for you. I'm not really much of a trend-follower fashion-wise and I generally stick to my aesthetic (which is usually 50s or 60s vintage and preppy). I regularly curate my wardrobe so stuff that I don't see myself wearing in the future goes to my relatives. So that myth that I'm an incurable shopaholic? Not true at all. I just know where to shop and what to shop. And I have no qualms acquiring second hand items. I grew up being the recipient of hand-me-downs.

The most I spend on is shoes. One needs a nice, sturdy pair although I wouldn't mind taking home a pair of vintage Ferragamo like I did one time. But because I don't often go out, I am trying to curtail my shoe shopping habits. 

So bottom line is, this blog caters to people who are looking for fashion or style inspiration but doesn't have the money to buy things incessantly. It's really nice to shop for new stuff but if you don't have the money for it, don't put yourself in a financial rut just to look like your favorite blogger. Everyone has a different lifestyle. Inspiration is key.

PS: I DIY-ed that tablet case from a worn out floral leather handbag. I got the bow from an old berriboned belt. Is it cute? I really like how it turned out.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A Piece Of My Mind






The Beatles Shirt: thrifted | Shoes: local store |  Bag: lovelyshoes.net

Being a personal style blogger isn't always rainbows and butterflies. Sometimes, it's like attaching a magnet to yourself. You attract all sorts of things - positive and negative. It's inevitable that you'll occasionally get upsetting comments like "you're too old to be doing the fashion thing" or "shouldn't you be doing something more productive just like your colleagues?" or "why is your world so shallow?". Not in those same words but pretty much the same context. 

There are days when it hurts because here you are, doing something that excites you and makes you happy and someone comes along and bursts your bubble. There are days when one mean comment overrides all 10 positive ones. There are days when I feel like filtering all my posts so they only show to people who have similar interest. Platforms like Facebook are riddled with judgy people (a.k.a. people you know and who knows you in real life).

But I'm proud to be a personal style blogger. I might be putting myself in the line of criticism and people might voice out their distaste for my apparent self-absorption and obsession for clothes and photos but at least I'm doing what I love and I'm not letting other people dictate how I'm going to live my life. I don't know what will happen to this blog, 5, 10 years from now or if this passion will eventually waver but I'm content where it is at the moment. 

So I'm embracing it all - the good, the bad and the ugly. If you hate what I do, it's okay, I'm over it. If you like what you see, that's great, thank you. As long as I'm not hurting anyone, I'm going to carry on.

And the salt in my wounds isn't burning any more than it used to
It's not that I don't feel the pain
It's just I'm not afraid of hurting anymore
- Last Hope, Paramore

Friday, October 18, 2013

What Difference Does It Make













Dress: Vintage | Shoes: Fashion 71 | Bag: Lovelyshoes.net | Headwrap: flea market in Baguio
 
As you can see, I am unabashedly cramming 10+ photos of myself in one post, as repetitive as they might look. It's just that I love this dress and at the risk of sounding overly vain and self-absorbed, I love it on me.

It's a vintage piece I saw in the thrift store on an unplanned and unintentional thrifting spree. The owners placed it on a rack together with dresses for kids. How could anyone not see the beauty in its print? In its 50s silhouette? In its bib collar? But in hindsight, I'm glad nobody thought it was that beautiful because it landed on my too eager hands and I am now the ecstatic owner of it. 

We shot these photos at Macho Temple, a local tourist spot that I only got to visit now. It was mercifully deserted so we took these photos in relative peace. I dislike it when people stare at you while you preen in front of the camera as if you're a rare creature they are seeing for the first time.

So, are you guys excited for the weekend? I know I am. :D Now I'm off to watch The Heirs (Lee Min Ho fan here) and finish reading The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. 


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I Have You, You Have Me. It's More Than Enough.









top, skirt, button down: all thrifted | Shoes: fashion 71 | Bag: vintage | Glasses: SM

There are days when you ignore the number of new dresses you have prettily hanging on your wall and you rummage through your closet for something that aptly fits your mood. This is one of those days. I left a pile of discarded clothing (this after painstakingly cleaning and arranging my closet the other day) on top of my bed after waging an internal war with myself on the subject of ootd. 

I just had to wear another preppy outfit. I just HAD to! There's just something about me and pretending to be a school girl (which I always get away with. Don't ask. Small girl problems) that lifts up my mood and makes me feel like a styling pro. 

And please excuse the repetitive poses. I just don't know what to do with my hands so I ended up clutching my pearl-embellished glasses in nearly all of the photos we took. There's no helping it.

In retrospect, this seems to be a realization of an Alice + Olivia SS14 look I once saw on instagram. But only in black and white. You can't go wrong with black and white.

So anyway, just a quick post. Hope you are having a great week so far. If not, go read Leila Chatti from Confection's post about beauty. It's too inspiring and eloquent a post to go unnoticed.

 

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