Apr 23, 2014

Spice Up Your Wardrobe with Non-Staple Pieces

There's a multitude of articles out there that helps women decide what clothes or accessories to stock their closets with and one of the most common are the ones that advise us to invest in staple pieces that I'm pretty sure are already ingrained in practically every woman's mind – and closets. Crisp white blouse? Check. Basic white tee? Check. Blazer? Check. Black heels, boot-cut jeans, and of course the little black dress? Check, check, and of course, check! Staple pieces? Chances are we already own them all. So why don't we try to be a bit more daring by straying from the norm and incorporate a smattering of non-staple wardrobe pieces to spice things up? 

Boyfriend Jeans

Love or hate them, it looks like boyfriend jeans are here to stay and why not? It's comfortable and low-maintenance which makes them the jeans most women go for (take that, you unforgiving skinny jeans!). You can just easily throw on your basic tee and a pair of cute pumps and you're good to go.
boyfriend jeans


Metallics

Metallics are definitely non-staple wardrobe pieces as they are too flashy to be regarded as basic. Although one can't deny that they are a recurring trend that are definite head turners what with all that shiny, flashy goodness. From makeup to shoes, metallics are just the thing to brighten up an otherwise drab look. Just don't ever wear them from head to toe lest you blind someone.
metallic


70s Style Jeans

Retro fashion has been making a comeback and they show no signs of going out of style – yet. One of the most popular trend is the flared and wide-leg jeans. It's almost as roomy as the boyfriend jeans, but a little more glam especially with sky-high heels. Think boho chic or Rachel Zoe. The best way to wear these types of jeans is with your shirt tucked in. 

Leopard Print

Tricky as it is to wear, this perennial trend exudes an air of fierceness and if done right, elegance that will no doubt demand people's attention. And since it's a perennial trend, your leopard print clothes or accessories is in no danger of gathering dust in your wardrobe. For those who want to venture into the wild side, but are a little hesitant, try going minimal because one leopard print accessory as small as a belt or a scarf can already make a huge statement.


Full Midi Skirts

Reminiscent of Dior's New Look, this piece can make practically anything look classy and should definitely change from a non-staple wardrobe piece to an actual closet staple. Also, the fuller the skirt, the better. Tuck a basic tee in your full midi skirt and see the transformation from casual to, well, fabulous! You can even try it with a sweater for colder weather and pair the ensemble with pointed toe heels.

Mar 14, 2014

Gold Digger

No, not that kind.


gold digger
Fossil Cecile watch, Charlotte Russe bracelet set, Chanel Vintage embroidered jacket, Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, Charlotte Olympia Gummi Bear clutch

I have never really been a fan of gold-toned accessories. I used to think that it looked gaudy therefore I tried to avoid wearing gold jewelry or, God forbid, gold-toned clothing; and for some reason, I find the trend a bit too 80s for my taste.

Until recently. Suddenly, I'm so into gold accessories and clothing and not just because there were quite a number of gold pieces that recently made an appearance on the runway. My falling in love with the trend happened way before that. I just never got around to actually acquiring some accessories (you know, the faux gold ones), but maybe this time I'll put it high up on my never-ending list of things to have. Especially the long gold chain necklace I saw from Aldo (I'm still kicking myself for not snapping that one up when I had the chance. And no, it's not on the site either which is a bummer).

But just because I developed a sudden love (or obsession?) with gold, does not mean I'm going to go crazy and bedeck myself with all the gold I lay eyes on, like a christmas tree. Of course not. I still find it quite a tricky trend to pull off, but I guess in moderation, it's possible to look classy rather than trashy.

If like me, you also want to incorporate gold in your outfit, but don't want to overdo it, you can try the subtle approach by adding touches of gold-toned accessories with neutral colors (which is the safest way). Of course sometimes it's also good to throw caution to the wind and just have fun with it.

gold styling
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Feb 6, 2014

Beauty Break: Nature Republic Botanical Pore BB Cream

Nature Republic Botanical Pore BB Cream

One of the best things about having a gay brother? It's that you can go shopping for makeup together and have fun doing so... well, except when you disagree on a product (though not with this one). Actually, he only likes shopping for BB creams, moisturizers, face masks, etc., but not for lipsticks, mascaras, face powder... you know, the works since he doesn't use those.

Anyway, it seems like we haven't found a BB cream we want to stay loyal to so expect more reviews on different BB creams out there or CC creams. Heck, maybe even DD creams (is there such thing now?). As you can see, we went back to Nature Republic to restock on BB creams, but this time we figured we wanted to try out the Botanical Pore one.


Unlike the Botanical Pure BB Cream, the Botanical Pore cream is a lot easier to blend on the face and doesn't feel dry. You will also want to pump out a pea-size amount on your hand and not more because that amount will already go a long way. If it doesn't, you can always add a bit more, but let me warn you: it's quite impossible putting back the extra amount you squeeze out (not to mention unhygienic).

So here's my before and after photo (which I almost didn't post because of that planet-sized zit):

now if only i can find an awesome lip balm that will cure/prevent cracked lips... 

In conclusion, I definitely prefer the Botanical Pore BB cream from Nature Republic over the Botanical Pure one. By the way, I've been using this product for about 7 months now (on our 2nd bottle) and for around 300Php plus, it's very affordable and worth it for the price.

But like I said, my brother and I will most likely try another product. I wonder which BB cream we should try next...

Jan 31, 2014

Nail Files: How to Remove Nail Polish in a Flash

I've never been much of a nail polish girl, but with all the pretty shades available today, who can resist? 

Every week I change nail polish colors just to make things more fun (and anyway, most nail polish lasts a maximum of a week, right?), but there are times when my planner is brimming with things to do that my nails become the least of my priorities and when I do have a window of opportunity to do it, the thought of removing my current polish is enough to make me feel lazy and skip it for another day. 

Until I learned a trick that will make nail polish removal quick and easy peasy. And since I like to share (...sometimes), I'll show you how I do it: 


You will need, of course, nail polish remover and a cotton ball (or two) which you will strip into 10 tiny pieces (just make sure your cotton strips are enough to cover your nails).  

Next, add a drop or two of nail polish remover on the cotton strips and stick them to each nails like so: 

How to Quickly Remove Nail Polish
I got cotton happy or something hehe 
Let it sit for a minute or 2 and then remove by pushing/sliding the cotton (outward) from your nail. If the cotton gets stuck to your nails, just add a drop of nail polish remover on the stuck cotton and it will be easy to slide off. 

et voila! 
If you find that there are some bits of nail polish left on your nails, just wipe them off with whatever's left of the cotton strips. 

No more reason for me to not change nail color! 

Except maybe the waiting for my nails to dry part. But I guess that one's for another post. 



Jan 5, 2014

Tonic Shoe Haul

I LOVE shoes. I absolutely go crazy over them, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way about shoes. I think I went a bit crazy last week though because I bought 3 pairs. Despite my love for shoes, I make it a point not to lose my head and make an impulsive purchase because honestly, I literally can't afford to be an impulsive buyer. Then again, there was a sale. Cha Ching! Thus I present to you the lovely additions to my growing collection of shoes: 

Tonic Sandals

Tonic Penny Shoes

Tonic Autumn Boots

All of these were bought from Tonic (PopCulture in Alabang Town Center) and the sandals and high heels are from a buy one, take one promo. I'm just really lucky they still have this in my size (5). However, the knee-high boots are regular priced and I had to dip into my savings just so I can buy them immediately (I'm still working on my patience and all that delayed gratification thing). 

I am so happy with what I bought and Tonic is now one of my favorite go-to for shoes and maybe even bags. I might even make another purchase before the month ends; I'm looking at you, Tatum boots. 
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