Thursday, April 17, 2014

At Play

Hat, Bag, & Necklace: c/o Oasap   Cardigan: Sears   Jeans: AE   Sneakers: Wet Seal

In case you haven't heard, one big spring trend for 2014 are statement necklaces. When I spotted this blue bedazzler on the Oasap website, I knew immediately it had to go in my shopping cart. I'm pleased to say that despite it's cheap price tag, it fits the look of those fancy necklaces that go upwards of $20. I'll take this bib necklace at $7.90 quite happily, thank you.

Oh, and that little anchor tattoo?
Sorry to disappoint, it's actually a temporary one. Haha, there were a few at the Rue 21 beauty section, and my friend Kirsten gave me a devilish look before saying, "We should get them!"
Well, who was I to say no? I've actually seriously considered getting one, and have even sketched out exactly what I want. It's something that references my Filipino heritage, combining the nation's stars in the flag with our family's personal, Igorot tribe symbol.

These photos were taken at my old middle school's playground, and it felt incredibly bizarre to be there again. When I got dressed for the day, I knew I wanted to get a playful theme for the blog photos.
I need to find a swing set!

It seriously felt like an acid trip or something with the flashbacks that came to me. Twirling on the swings, I could picture the annoying little girls that used to tail my friends and I around, constantly hanging around just to be near the "cool, older girls." Sitting on the slide, I turned around expecting the boys to be up at the top, sending bee corpses sliding down towards me in the impish hopes of seeing a girl shriek. Across the field, the old junkyard still remained, and I was disappointed to see the pickup we'd accidently batted a baseball into was gone.

Ahhh, memories.

Anyway, what do you guys think of this outfit? Lately I've felt more drawn to simple outfits that are just well put together. While I usually like to spice things up with an over the top piece styled into a comprehensive outfit, for today, it was all about classic staples. A good pair of jeans, a cardigan, some sneakers, and a few stylish  touches with the hat and necklace made for the perfect outfit.

"A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again."
W. E. B. Du Bois
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

3 Ways to Wear a Cut Out Bodycon Dress for Day

When approached by Dressale to do a cooperation with them, I saw an opportunity to expand the type of posts I made on my blog and exercise my creativity. Plus, it fits into my blog's style perfectly. My "homework" is to create a post based around this dress:
It's a seductive little number, with a bodycon fit and some strategically placed cut outs and mesh panels. It's not for the self conscious, that's for sure! It's easy to picture wearing this for a night out on the town. So for today's post, I'm challenging myself to create three different ways you could wear this dress for day! 

Look 1: Bohemian
I've been rather inspired by the Coachella photos I've spotted, and since I'm naturally drawn towards a bohemian look anyway, this was the first style I thought of. A fringe kimono is on my wish list, preferably a pretty floral print one. Finish with some gladiator sandals, cool sunnies, and a practical cross body bag for a day of music festivity. Complete it with a pretty side braid, and you're good to go.

Look 2: Sporty
Here's another way to tone down this overtly sexy dress - try giving it a sporty makeover! Nothing like a varsity jacket and some cool Converse to do the trick. Try it with a high ponytail and some Raybans, and you'll be looking perfectly cool yet casual.

Look 3: Preppy
To add a polished vibe to a night time dress, try giving it a preppy touch with a cozy cardigan and some pointy toed flats. These colorblocked ones are a perfect neutral, and when combined with a thin belt and a simple bun, you'll look infinitely more put together.

What do you think? Even if you don't get this specific bodycon dress, I hope I've inspired you to break out a dress hiding in your closet that could use a little day wear! Don't forget  to check out Dressale for more options and look at their shoe selection!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Music Monday: Kina Grannis

Kina Grannis is an artist I discovered through Youtube a while ago, and when I heard she was releasing a new album, I had to check out her new tracks.
Obviously, I'm impressed. I've been humming The Fire all day long.
And it won't. get. out. of. my. head.

PS: If you didn't see it yesterday, I'm entering the Company Style Blog Awards 2014, and would greatly appreciate it if you nominated me for Best Fashion Blog! Click here for the link!
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Am I Missguided?

Well, here I am, shamelessly plugging away for myself. Has anyone else heard of the Company Style Blogger Awards? When I came across another blog talking about it, I was intrigued. 
I've never participated in anything like this, but I figured what the hell, you know?

When I first started blogging, it was on a tentative whim to discover my style. The only thing I knew about fashion was what I read out of Seventeen magazines. I had no sense for what worked for me or what I even preferred. Over the years, I've been able to discover my personal style along with a sense of confidence. No longer do I get dressed while subconsciously seeking the approval of others. Being a fashion blogger has introduced me to some amazing people, opened doors I never even knew were there, and overall has been such a positive experience. I'm proud of my blog and how far it's come.

So I nominated myself (aha, I'm off to a good start) and would be so incredibly grateful if you helped me out by nominating me as well! I'd be honored to be considered for the Best Fashion Blog category (it'll be the second to the last option in the drop-down bar). Even more motivation to nominate? Missguided is the sponsor for this competition, and every person who votes gets the chance to win £250 (um, about $400) worth of vouchers!

Also, if you're intrigued, why not enter it yourself? 
That's part of the most wonderful thing about fashion blogging - the amazing support!

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