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Elements of Style – My Way.

I am at an age where I am expected to dress less like a Millennial on a soul-searching trip, and more like the #girlboss that I aspire to be.  You know the drill: the #TimelessStyle –  a solid and dependable little black dress, trusty black pumps, complementing blazer and a string of pearls around my neck.

Something along this line:


And while I am in love with this ensemble — floral-patterned wrap dress that flatters the figure and hides the bumps, solid black pumps with good heels and layered pearl necklace — it also does not represent who I am or how uncomfortable I was. My feet were hurting the whole day  from wearing my trusty heels. That while I love this dress, it just doesn’t work for me every single time since working in PR meant being on the go most of the time.  That in as much as I loved how mature I looked and how on-point was my style – it just wasn’t me.

Style icon Audrey Hepburn once said:


In the day and age of fashion influencers, of #OOTDs and power dressing — who makes the rules anyway on what is really trendy and fashionable? After all, the trends that everyone used to eschew back in the day is currently doing heavy rotation on the pages of fashion magazines: they say the 80s, 90s and heaven forbid, the 70s are back. As the seasons change along with the wants and obsessions of the people, who really has the last say?

At the end of the day, is it all about the timeless pieces or about the fashion statements? Do you opt to get the clothes where you can get the most mileage over the years through good old mix and match? Or would you rather have the stand out pieces that can turn heads and give you “feed goals?”

In my case – I tend to always choose the classic route; alternating between the laid back and the comfortable. Yes, I am the kind of woman who lived for comfortable jeans,  and comfy tops and long sleeves; who loves her brogues and oxfords over heels; who considers a well-made hat as a a fashion investment and whose love for a classic black satchel remains true.

In my case, I’ve subscribed faithfully to a few “timeless buys” as published at Who What Wear:

  • I tend to stick to dark colors which allowed me to mix and match my clothes; and style them no matter how I like – corporate with a bit of edge, laid back or comfy for quick trips and night outs. As you can see from the photo, most of my clothes are black; with a smattering of navy blue and gray. I’d like to invest more on white clothes but the care and maintenance is keeping me on the edge.
  • If you can, opt for quality pieces that lasts – I used to get a kick out of buying dirt cheap clothes, but learned my lesson when it gets frayed (or worse, torn due to wear and tear) in just a year. Case in point: I have this bootleg denim which I bought on sale at Mark’s & Spencer about four years ago. It’s still my go-to piece when I want to wear jeans but does not want to look “too laid back.” I always pair it out with my trusty ankle boots and my black knit sweater and I’m all set for corporate Fridays.
  • Even if you’re a “jeans and sneakers kind-a girl” (like me), invest in a good black dress. Karl Lagerfeld once said, “One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a little black dress” — but if I may boldly paraphrase Lola Karl, maybe don’t stop with that little black dress: buy a full-length cocktail number or a mid-length one. Own it. In my case, I have three black dresses which I can always count on for times when I need to dress up.
killllllin’ it.
  • They say that the first thing that people notice about you is your shoes. So make sure you’re wearing something nice. It can be your 4-inch stilleto, kick-ass pumps, or the classic white and green Stan Smith. The bottom line is it should be clean and complimentary to what you wear
  • And lastly – and if I may so, always be yourself. Do not be afraid to dress comfortably and revel on who you are. If you are comfortable with the sweat pants and your beanie; or heck, even the pokemon lounge wear – wear it. Timeless dressing means being who you are – beyond trends, beyond brand names and beyond rules.

Investing in clothes also meant that you should be able to take care of them. Why? So that they will last longer and that you will get to wear and enjoy these key pieces for a few years.

In my case, I tend to be OC when it comes to taking care of my clothes:

  • I organize and store my clothes based on colors – the blacks have their own pile, along with the grays, blues and the few colored clothes I have.
  • Invest in quality hangers – I recommend buying wooden hangers with a sloped/curved ends, instead of the usual plastic ones with sharp ends. I learned this the hard way after I left one of my remaining white polo shirt on a plastic hanger.
  • Only keep in the closet the items you wear on a day-to-day basis. For seasonal clothes like sweaters, jackets and even swim wear, put them in plastic boxes and keep them in storage. This will lessen the number of items in your closet and will allow your pieces to breathe. Less stuff in the closet means there’s less stuff crammed inside; clothes do not get wrinkled or misshapen.
  • Store leather items (like belts, shoes and bags) inside cloth bags or dust bags to protect them from the elements.
  • Lastly and more importantly, keep them clean. Timeless pieces like a good cotton polo shirt, that little black dress or a nice pair of trousers served as good investments. While laundry shops are a dime-a-dozen nowadays, it’s still good measure to wash your own clothes.

Obviously, our busy, fast-paced lives meant doing the laundry should be easy, painless and effective as much as possible. Investing in timeless pieces also meant investing on how you care for the very items you wear.

As Rajo Laurel, one of the Philippines’ most prolific designers succinctly puts it:


Now, I know not all of us are a fan of washing clothes and ironing clothes (in my case, I’d rather spend the whole day  in the laundry than iron my clothes). Maybe, it helps if you are using a really good washing machine that can assure you that it will do the job efficiently and with the least possible hassle?

In my case, I am currently curious to try out (and maybe invest — *Christmas bonus goals*) on a good washing machine. Right now, I am really partial to Electrolux’ wide range of washing machines currently up for grabs with their ongoing Electrolux Amazing Holideals, with up to 25% in discounts and freebies.



To learn more about #ElectroluxFashionCare Campaign, visit the Electrolux website at www.electrolux.com.ph or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/electroluxphilippines/


Some of the amazing deals up for grabs with Electrolux’ Amazing Holideals

Electrolux also has an ongoing #ElectroluxFashionCare campaign, which promotes taking care of your timeless pieces, while also getting to know some of the nifty machines that can get this done. To know more, visit the Electrolux website at www.electrolux.com.ph or at https://www.facebook.com/electroluxphilippines/


Hassle-free OOTDs made possible by Shopee Fashion Week

Fashionistas are In for a treat, as Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, teams up with leading local fashion brands like Bench, Silverworks, CLN, Watch Republic, Banana Peel, Avel Designs, and Unisilver to kick off Shopee Fashion Week, happening 19 to 25 September 2018.

Score one of a kind apparel, shoes, and accessories at wallet-friendly prices, with as much as 95% off on choice merchandise.

To cater to the diverse fashion tastes of all Filipino shoppers, Shopee Fashion Week will contain six themed collections namely Fresh Finds, Sneakerfest, Aegyo! Korean Fashion, Denim + Leather, Holiday Glam, and Accessorize. Featuring unbelievable deals starting from ₱1.00, shoppers can save even more when purchasing their fashion essentials on Shopee. Shoppers can also look forward to the Everything Must Go flash sale on September 25, where the most in-demand fashion items will be available at unbeatable prices.

To officially mark Shopee Fashion Week, the eComm giant officially welcomed Bench, the Philippines’ top fashion brand to the Shopee Mall family.

Bench models Marco Gumabao and Max Collins with Bench general manager Jude Ong and Shopee Philippines director Jane Lim

To celebrate the opening, Bench will be offering 20% off storewide for fashion hunters to fill their wardrobes. Bench Apparel and Bench Body will also offer exclusive bundles for as low as ₱259.00 on a limited time only, so fans of the brand can usher in the festive year-end shopping period with Bench on Shopee. Lastly, the first 100 Bench shoppers will win a free cosmetics set and limited-edition postcards signed by celebrities Max Collins and Marco Gumabao.

Jane Lim, Director of Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee is dedicated to bringing a customised shopping experience that caters to the unique tastes of our users. With dozens of the most beloved local fashion brands on board, Shopee Fashion Week aims to give users first-hand access to exclusive deals on a wide variety of clothes, shoes, and other fashion accessories. Together with themed collections and various other attractive promotions, we are confident shoppers can save even more on their favourite fashion products at Shopee Fashion Week.”

For more information about Shopee’s Fashion Week, visit: https://shopee.ph/m/fashion-week

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Aboitiz brings fashion and the environment together with ECOUTURE: Green Fashion Revolution

Four schools go head-to-head on January 30
The world of fashion exists in its own bubble where glitz and glamor are the norm. However in the Philippines, one organization is pushing for the youth to celebrate their creative pursuits while showing their concern for the environment. 

 Aboitiz Group is bringing its annual Green Fashion Revolution Green Fashion Revolution to Manila as it goes national for the first time. 

Bannering the theme “ECOUTURE: Greener Design for a BetterWorld”, this year’s cycle will showcase eco-friendly designs by young Filipino talents from the Asia Pacific College, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, University of the Philippines-Diliman, and the University of Santo Tomas. As part of the event, a series of creative and learning activities were sponsored by the Aboitiz Group, culminating in the announcement of the contest winner at the grand runway show on January 30, Saturday, at the SMX Convention Center Aura, Taguig City.
Aboitiz Foundation Chairman Erramon I. Aboitiz shares that the program has been successful in providing a platform for the youth to celebrate their creative talent while pushing for a timely environmental mindset.

“Aboitiz Green Fashion Revolution is an initiative under our Wealth on Waste Program that promotes creative recycling of waste materials after their useful life. This is part of how we in the Aboitiz Group live out our sustainability mindset: that we can do well by doing good, always making the right long-term decisions that balance the interests of people, planet, and profit,” Aboitiz said.

True to its purpose of bringing environmental issues to light, designers have repurposed an estimated 200 kilograms of waste material from various Aboitiz business units for their various collections. This year’s participants will battle for Best Clothing Design, Best Accessories Design, Best Bag Design, and Best Footwear Design. On top of the grand prize, winners will get to implement a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project for their chosen beneficiary.

  Aboitiz Green Fashion Revolution was the brainchild of a group of Aboitiz scholars during the Aboitiz Scholars’ CSR Summit in December 2011 and was first staged in 2012 through the auspices of the Aboitiz Foundation. Since then, it has been challenging students to create clothing, footwear, and accessories that make use of recycled materials and highlight the importance of the 3Rs—Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

How Do I Look Asia: When Fashion fixes not only what’s on the outside but also what’s on the inside

One of my earliest struggles when I was still in my teens and early 20s is finding who I want to be.

When I was younger, I pretty much tried every 90s trend there is: the platform shoes, the plaid skirts, the fisherman’s hat and even rode on the grunge (flannel shirt-tied-around-my-waist) trend. I figured myself as stylish while still in university but I always, always cringe whenever I see old photos of myself from back in the day.

Then I started working and moved on to my next fashion fascination: a cross between a Harajuku reject and a Gothic Lolita. All my clothes are black, I tried wearing thick Gothic boots (with skull imprints) to work and subsisted on black tights and nail polish. Again, what was I thinking?

When I reached my 30s, I began to settle on a look that I am most comfortable and a look that I definitely wanted. Right now, I associate more on clothes offered by Harlan + Holden and would have purchased directly to the store if only the clothes wasn’t priced beyond what I can afford. Consider the simplicity and beauty of these pieces:

(all photos are from the Harlan + Holden site)

Nice dress shirt
Nice dress shirt
Drawstring Cigarette Pants
Drawstring Cigarette Pants

Like the right pair of shoes, a well put-together outfit brings out the best in its wearer. I ,for one, becomes more confident when I know that I am wearing a really kick-ass outfit for the day. It’s like, nothing can go wrong.

That is why  it’s pleasant to learn that “How Do I Look?” one of the US-based reality shows I always make it a point to watch in cable is now in Asia.

(from the press material) 

How Do I Look? Asia  hosted by Sazzy Falak is a testament to DIVA’s position as the leading women’s entertainment channel in Asia. We are confident that this ground-breaking local production, like its original franchise, will strongly resonate with our core female audiences across the region,” said Christine Fellowes, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, NBCUniversal International Networks. “Using the insights from various in-depth research initiatives on Asian women that NBCUniversal has conducted and developed over the recent years, How Do I Look? Asia features many of the elements that we found women loved: fabulous and fun makeovers, the hottest fashion trends tailored to Asian sensibilities, inspiring and heart-warming personal stories, and a positive underlying message that encourages every woman to be her best self.” 

The transformations featured on the series transcend fashion and style. Viewers will also get to witness the complex and emotional backstories of the victims, whose glamorous new looks, and freshly developed sense of style, act as a catalyst for them to adopt a more positive and confident outlook on life.

How do I look Asia

The second episode features blogger and digital marketing specialist Apple Allison, a 26 year old whose addiction to onesies is hindering her ability to be taken seriously at work. But her fashion sense stems from her inner struggles and pains – a result of being bullied for her size in schoolHow Do I Look? Asia will teach her that the “packaging” is just as important as the package.

Fashion in five words according to Apple: Fun, colourful, flexible, over-accessorized and crazy

Let’s all tune in to “How Do I Look Asia” and see Apple after her transformation. DIVA TV Asia is on SKY CABLE channel 37, Digital Destiny Cable Channel 40, Cignal Digital TV Channel 65  and  Cablelink Channel 32. 

And so, Friday was declared a “dress down day” (Day 26/ Project 365)

looking for inspiration

Just when I thought the grindhouse is the epitome of “boring” and “without any emotion” at all — a great cheer exploded on the busy and paper-filled floor of my penthouse office.

The reason: human resources has declared that Fridays will be–starting tomorrow and every Friday thereafter– will be known as dress down Fridays. With the cheers and the excited chatter that filled up the whole office floor, you would thought that the Queen of England has sent us all letters saying we are now official UK citizens.

For a good 15 minutes, I heard my good ol’ (adorable) office mates excitedly discussing what they can wear, if it’s acceptable to wear a slightly frayed jeans (it’s not — frayed, torn, mangled jeans are not allowed, if flat women’s sandals will be acceptable and so on and so forth you would think we are attending New York effin’ Fashion Week.

Anyway, I was smiling earlier — listening to the inane chatter, feigning coolness. Fast forward a few hours later and yes, I have all my CanCam, Vivi and Nonno magazines scattered on the bed while I scout for ideas.

Yes, this is the highlight of the day. When you lead a predictable 8 to 5 life, don’t even think you have access to excitement and too much action.

Wrapped around my finger (Day 19/ Project 365)

"hey there!" my owl ring says "hi!"

Sometimes, it’s the littlest things that make the impact.
Wore my “owl” and ribbon connector ring to work today. These two always get the desired reaction and always at the right time.

Bought the Owl ring (which also looks like a cat) at a local clothing shop called today for PHP150 (roughly $3) as a last-minute impulse buy after splurging on new shoes (brogues, what else?). The connector ring is also a last minute impulse buy, also for PHP150 ($3) on another clothing shop “YRYS”. Thing is, I walked into YRYS just as I was hurrying to go back to work following a long and heavy lunch at the nearby mall. But just as I was near the door, I saw this cute satchel on the YRYS display window that I had to go back (much to the annoyance and inconvenience of my office mates), picked up the satchel literally from the display and hand it over to the cashier to pay for it. The connector ring was on display on the cashier area and I just had to buy it too.

So, that’s how I buy stuff, people. I am not the type to think it through. If I like something, I will definitely buy it on the spot (granted that it’s affordable and not ridiculously expensive). But if I don’t like it, no amount of coaxing, trying it on and even sweet talking will make me purchase it. I managed to go on shopping dates with a few girl friends where I ended up not buying anything simply I didn’t like any of what the stores are offering.

These two rings are currently my “pick-me-upper” and the added dash of sass for dreary days at the office when yours truly couldn’t care less.

When the going gets tough….the tough gets going

This is what I want to say to all sources of stress and unnecessary worries: EFF YOU!

I am too fly to be defeated by stress!

26 Oct 2011

What I am wearing:
Pink Polka Dot dress from Sophie – PHP1,100.00
Black Sheer Tights from the Landmark – PHP85.00
Heeled brogues (catalogue bought) – about PHP900.00
Fancy jewelry from the Landmark – about PHP100.00