Saturday, November 22, 2014

Color story: Blush hour

It was about a month ago when Ate Bullet told me that they were attending this event at The Marriott. It was an evening cocktail event, and she was expecting that everyone would be wearing an LBD. 

Not wanting to get lost in a sea of black, she asked me what else could she wear that says "cocktail."

So I told her, wear something blush. And she did.

This classic shift dress is made of neoprene, and has a very streamlined shape. There are no seams in the front and back of the dress, which gives it a very minimalist vibe. Plus, it has a high jewel collar which adds to the chic-ness of the dress.

To keep it from looking too boring, I added a statement necklace, also in blush.  It was perfect for the neckline and added a focal point to the look.

She eventually wore this ensemble and - as expected - she stood out with this look. People remarked how she was so "pretty in pink."

She should've said - "thanks, but it's pretty in blush pink."

Friday, November 21, 2014

FMM: Dennis no menace

Since I'm in the mood for something 90s this Friday, I'm brining out one of the most popular dance artists of that decade, Cathy Dennis!

How can you not feel good with a song like this?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fever pitch!

The rumors were floating around for so long, but today, it's finally confirmed.

There's a sequel to "Pitch Perfect"!

Being huge fans of the first movie, I'm sure Mark and I will watch this one as soon as it comes out.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


It was late last year when I first saw neoprene being used for everyday clothing. 

What used to be known as a material used for scuba suits was suddenly appearing as boxy tops, full skirts, shift dresses and coats.

I thought it would be a quick fad, but after a year, neoprene is still around. And now, they're printed, pin-tucked and prettier. Just check out these items from SM Department Store.

This dress looks like silk from afar, but once you come nearer, you see how the thick, neoprene holds the shape of the dress. The seaming is highlighted with black thread, which gives it a more contemporary look.

The pleating on the skirt also adds a point of interest. It's almost like a tulip skirt, albeit fuller and more feminine.

The same silhouette was available in another print, one that's quieter and more classic.

They look like Iris, and it gives the dress a very Van Gogh look and feel.

The effect on the skirt works very well with the print.

With dresses like these, it's really easy to preen in neoprene.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A real-life fairy tale

Disney is on a roll!

After the uber successful retelling of "Maleficent," they're coming up with another live action film based on a well-loved fairy tale.

I'm going to watch this for several reasons:

1. It's from Disney
2. It's directed by Kenneth Branagh
3. Helena Bonham Carter

Sold! Can't wait 'til March!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Make mine a Grande

For their last issue of the year, I was expecting InStyle to go with an old reliable who hasn't appeared this 2014. After all, I haven't seen Gwyneth Paltrow or Beyonce just yet.

Imagine the pleasant surprise when I saw this fresh face on the cover. 

Honestly, I never saw Ariana Grande coming. After all, she's still an upstart in the industry and isn't really known as a style icon.

But I've always thought surprises were good. So, well played, InStyle. Well played.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Don't Mock me

Just like the "Twilight" series a few years back, I'm eagerly waiting for the next installment - and the eventual conclusion - of the Young Adults series du jour, "The Hunger Games."

And with the first part of "Mockingjay" in cinemas in a week, I have to say that I'm thrilled!

Yup, I'm still a young adult in some ways.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Prints Perfect

As a huge fan of prints, it's virtually impossible for me to not stop and browse whenever I see an interesting one.

And when the print is really, super duper, uber guber pretty and interesting, that browsing usually turns to buying. Which was the case when I got my sisters these 3 dresses with perfectly pretty prints. (Aye, an alliteration!)

First up, this silk jersey dress with an oriental-inspired print.

It has this very chinois-inspired lotus print, set against a bold palette of black, green, red and coral. The simple silhouette balances out the complexity of the fabric design.

Second, a dress that's part-Mary Quant and part-Suzie Wong.

It's no secret that I'm a fan of blue and white, ming vase inspired prints. And this one is all that!

Third, and the most perfect one of yet, this photographic floral print that's very Mary Katrantzou!

The attention to detail is impressive. They made it a point to center the print, and seam the dress in a way that the pattern isn't disrupted.

 Yup, you can put it on print - these dresses are perfect.

Friday, November 14, 2014

FMM: Feel the energy!

Considering how the past few days went, this 80s classic from Evelyn Thomas can very well be my song.

Imagine, yesterday at 6:00am, we were flying out to Tagbilaran for a shoot. Now, it's Friday at 6:30am, and I'm in the hotel cafe waiting for our van to take us to the airport for our flight back to Manila.

It's the type of day when this type of energy comes in handy.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Has it been a week?

It's hard to believe that it's been a week since I came back from Tokyo. It feels like just yesterday when Mark and I were scouring the streets of Ginza, Shinjuku, Roppongi and Nakano. And now, I'm back scouring the streets of Ortigas, Makati and Cubao.

It's a week that just whizzed by so fast. And I'm glad to have photos like this - our birthday breakfast at Italian Tomato Cafe - to look back at and remember how great the trip was.

I wish there was a way for time to slow down. Seriously.