Sunday, April 27, 2014

Outfit Recap: Spring Theme (April 23 - 27, 2014 + New Posting Format!)

Ookay, so this is going to be a long post, longer than usual, because I have decided to cram all my photographed outfits of the week in one blog entry. The editing process was a tad more tedious than I expected, mainly because I had a hard time picking which photos will make it to the final entry. Lol. It sounds ominous. I finally made it to 20 edited photos. I hope all of them are loading properly and did not cause your browsers to die. hehe~

I'm going to do some sort of outfit journal, hoping to regale you with stories about how I got the clothes and where I got the inspiration from. This way, I'll have more time for separate entries for other things like, random photography that does not have anything to do with fashion, stuff I make in the kitchen, weekend escapades, or my current kdrama/jdrama/anime obsessions.

Alright, here goes nothing:

This Week's Theme: Spring

I styled this week's outfits with one theme in mind: spring. We don't have spring here but if we do, the pieces I used here will definitely be some of my staples - pastel shirt dresses, floral shiftdresses, high-waisted shorts, sheer tops and midi skirts.

April 23, 2014 Outfit: Floral on floral ensemble
Wearing: Floral shift dress I already wore before, floral shirt dress (worn as an outerwear): both thrifted
Yellow oxford shoes: local store | headband: local store | bag: borrowed from my sister

I had this urge to experiment on floral patterns. My style of dressing is very safe, what with the conservative and rather judgmental society I live in, so outfits like this are not exactly a crowd-pleaser. But I liked the effect of the pastel flower outerwear with the more earthy tone of the inner floral shift dress. Added with the pink twist headband, I looked far fresher than I really felt that day.

April 25, 2014 Outfit: Pale pink dress
Wearing: Pink shirtdress and inner collared button down: thrifted
Yellow tasseled shoes: | bag: still borrowing the bag!

This dress used to be two sizes too large for me. It was originally a vintage piece with puffed and padded sleeves and a hem length that sits on one's shins (if you are short of stature like me). I bought it thinking I'd have it tailored. The tailoring process was...a process. I spent more on the altering of the dress than the cost of the actual dress so I regretted the purchase for a while. On the other hand, regrets don't sit well with me so I had to make the most out of it. I had the collars cut off and the sleeves removed the second time I had it altered (the first altering wasn't working for me) and then gave it a school girl panache with my trusty white collared button down. 

April 26, 2014 Outfit: Muscle tee and plaid midi skirt
Wearing: Except for the headband (and my undergarments, of course, lol!), everything was thrifted

In my previous posts, I shared to you some of my favorite S/S 2014 outfits from Stylenanda. I've been siphoning inspiration from their styling and it's probably evident in this outfit (the shoes, the bag, the headband). This is my favorite outfit of this week! I'm usually in my element in midi skirts so it's not surprising I felt very comfortable in it. 

April 27, 2014 Outfit: Embroidered blouse, high-waisted shorts
Wearing: All thrifted

I hated this outfit with a passion. I don't even know why I went for it. I think it was because I was in a hurry to pack up (I was planning to spend the weekend at Myk's) and I grabbed the first interesting thing I saw. The blouse, which was really cute with its interesting collar and pretty embroidery, just did nothing to flatter my already-unflattering figure. The ruching in front made me look like I gained three layers of fat, especially when I sit down. Heol. Never again! Hehe.

So there, dear readers! Which outfit is your favorite? I think this is going to be my outfit post format from now on. It allows me to talk more about what I'm wearing and save the other, more personal topics for another blog entry. Also, this actually challenges me to start working with my wardrobe and using stuff I already own. Most of the time, I wear my thrifted clothes only once. I thrift at least once a week so the new ones hold my attention more. I think I did a good job re-wearing clothes and giving them a different flair this week. 

I don't go out everyday, since my work is home-based. But I'll try to snap photos of what I'm wearing when I do go out.

This ends my lengthy blog post. I hope you made it this far. Ehehe~ Thank you so much for reading and I hope your week has been stupendous!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Just Before The Sun Sets

We shot these photos last January. I didn't like how the photos turned out though so I didn't put them up. But because I've been terribly lax in taking outfit shots these days, I decided to just go ahead and share these two pics.

I liked this outfit though. I've been on the hunt for a pair of gingham-printed cropped pants for the longest time. I would have preferred it to be of the loose, tapered variety but these were a nice alternative.

As soon as the Holy Week's over, I'll have more outfit pics put up. I feel like I've been wasting my summer away (half of April's already over) but there's just no escaping this infernal heat.

I'll be fit for conversation again in a few days' time so please don't forget this space just yet. *o*

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Hard Day's Night

Remember this shirt? I wore it summer of last year. The sleeves were long but I had it cut shorter. It's really not the best shirt to wear when it's scorching hot outside but I was desperate for something 60s-inspired.

Myk and I celebrated our 8th anniversary today. I actually lost count so I had to backtrack. To be honest, I'm not so big on monthsaries and anniversaries. It's not that I take them for granted, it's just that everyday is a special day for Myk and I. No, really. Fluff and cheesy lines aside, both of us are big believers of the power of now.

Also, I don't really like grand gestures. The mere thought makes me cringe. I find them romantic on others, but I'm just not that comfortable with the idea of being the recipient of such attention - unless you take me to a theme park and do your grand gesture there, then we'll talk. hehe~ Do I sound cold?

I love these carnations though. Carnation is my birth flower. Thanks namja chinggu! I know you're reading this. He's an avid reader of this blog and my number one fan. If not for Myk, this blog would be toast. There are days when I feel like deleting this space but Myk often tells me not to.

Well, that's it for now. I hope you are all having a great week so far! <3

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Inspiration: Style Nanda Spring/Summer

My personal project requires me to spend a lot of time stalking Korean online clothing stores. The general aesthetic of Korean fashion is so right up my alley - vintage-inspired clothes with quirky modern styling. I love the occasional nod to the 60s with their pin-up styling (especially during the spring and summer seasons), I love the ahjumma vibes made youthful by sandals worn with socks. Best of all, I love the photography. 

My online hunts often lead me to online places like Bread and Butter, Plastic Island, Thursday Island, SJSJ, Rougevan, Fashion to Any and Lucky Chouette. But at the top of my favorites is Style Nanda. I'm sure you've all heard of this super popular Korean brand already.

I'm getting a lot of inspiration from their Spring/Summer 2014 campaign. They shot some of them in Japan, during the height of the Hanami. These photos are my favorites from their recent uploads. Kang Ji Won used to be my favorite Style Nanda model but she's no longer with them (she models from Rougevan now). She was replaced by this super cute model.

You'll most likely see me in Style Nanda-inspired outfits in the next few weeks, that is if I can muster enough energy to dress up and take photos. This summer heat is sucking the life out of me. Every time I dress up, I find myself changing into a nondescript outfit because I can't take the humid La Union weather. Ugh. T__T. But I'll definitely post soon! Meanwhile, hope you like these photos (if you haven't seen them yet, that is).

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