Freezing on board the ferry to Nami Island. We squeezed in the rest of our South Korea itinerary on our last full day, starting with this trip to beautiful Naminara.
It’s been a while since our last blog post! A lot of changes have been afoot. Change, we often hear, is the only thing that’s ever constant. The only thing that follows a pattern. At first, resistance; and fear of tipping the balance. Of rearranging anything.
And then, enough courage to embrace the reality that what has been comfortable, what’s easy, isn’t always what’s right.
Enough courage is mustered to face whatever must happen head on, with a sound mind and a willful heart.
Before we know it, the inevitable arrives: we learn to bend with the wind. We learn to swim with the current.
And we come to realize that just because things can’t stay the same, doesn’t mean that they were good enough before; doesn’t mean that they can’t get any better. Because they can. And they will. We just have to have faith in fate. ♥
A belated Cebu diary. We all know the title is Italian for “the sweet life,” and we couldn’t think of a better way to describe this particular day.
Really digging this turban from Bonne! Not only for the fact that it’s pretty, but also because each piece from this brand is handmade by designer Bonsai Fojas. It’s like wearing art on your hair while protecting it from the sun. As for the huge shades, well, they double as concealer for an un-made-up face.
Shorts are a staple in the wardrobe of any girl living in a country with a tropical climate, but shorts that stand out should be a staple in any girl’s closet, no matter the weather. Look how pretty this Style Hub piece is! Paired my shorts with equally interesting accessories, like this pair of handmade bracelets from Hobby Loft and that cute candy-striped travel clutch from Fab Manila.
One of my current feet faves because it’s the perfect combination of comfort and height. I don’t know how many times I’ve blogged an outfit post wearing my Parisian flatforms, but this won’t be the last time for sure.
Photos by Lea Ann. I’m not a beach or summer person, but I gotta admit sunny days are the perfect excuse to wear something super short and chill!Thanks to Lea Ann for the photos! We shot these at one of Cebu City’s trendiest hangout places nowadays, Dolcé.
See that car at the back? (Try not to be distracted by the Benz, haha!) The yellow one, that’s Travis, the car of our friend Lea in which we drove around Cebu. That’s where we took our outfit shots. This nice geometric building is Dolcé.
So, what is Dolcé and why does it look so nice?
It is a café slash restaurant slash dessert place…
…that also houses an architectural interior design studio.
Dolcé started out as a design showroom run by three sisters, one of them an architect. It used to be that they only offered food to guests who were dropping by to check out the place or meet with the designers. But soon, more and more people came by and started requesting for more.
What started out as a casual design showroom with coffee and a few snack items has now evolved into a full-fledged and hip hangout complete with baked sweets…
Rice meal bentos…
And the sisters’ own concoctions of healthy and yummy shakes.
Of course, it won’t be called Dolcé if it didn’t have signature sweets! These are actually from the owners’ family recipes, of the desserts they loved to eat growing up.
On the other end of the café is the design studio, aka the office that started it all.
Outside, there’s a separate private area for barbecues and small functions, plus an area where you can have a breathtaking view of the city.
We truly had a sweet and awesome time here, and we can’t wait to go back!
Gray and white embellishments reminiscent of Cirrus nimbus clouds (or so we say, hehe). Kashieca top, CPS Chaps skirt, Call It Spring sandals and clutch, SM Accessories headband, glasses and bangle. Hype this on Lookbook here.
I seldom wear sandals because they’re either too flat (having a tall boyfriend has its inconveniences) or too strappy (I’m a brisk walker and straps end up hurting my feet or snapping after a while). But these aren’t just sturdy enough; they also have cute kitten heels! Perfect shade of brown for the summer too.
What about you? What mundane things do you find breathtaking? If you haven’t stopped and smelled the proverbial roses in a long while, this season would be the best time to. Beauty can be found in the simplest of things—all we have to do is look. :)
We were advised to dress comfortably on the second day of HKFW.
This was the day we got to cover the Hong Kong Fashion Extravaganza, the most anticipated fashion show in all of Hong Kong Fashion Week attended by local celebrities and covered by national media. We had to be literally on our toes for the flurry of activity that happened that day: designer interviews, press conference, lots of picture-taking, and other fun reporter stuff that didn’t really allow for painfully dressy shoes. Stay tuned for this story!
Guess who just dyed their own hair ombré?
The term is a French word which means “gradiation” or “shade.” Instead of one color throughout, you’ve got a darker shade on top that gradually goes lighter down the tips, usually ending in blonde. We didn’t find any salons that offered this, so we thought we’d do it ourselves. We’re glad we did; not only were we able to save money, we were also able to pick up a few self-reminders from the experience.
Lesson 1: Stand on your own two feet. We’re firm believers that nobody is self-made; whatever form of success we currently enjoy, people along the way helped us get to where we are. However, being dependent on others is a different story. If you always need people to do certain things for you, what happens when they leave, turn their back on you, or worse, demand repayment and rub in your face all the good they’ve done when things go sour? Do things yourself. If it works, you’ll have leveled up and won’t have to drown in debts of gratitude. If it doesn’t, you’ll still have learned and have no one to blame.
Lesson 2: Dare to be different. Just because everybody’s doing this or wearing that or getting hooked with this app or going to that hip-happening place doesn’t make it imperative that you should, too. Au contraire. Dare to be a starter, not a follower—and dare to stand by your own choices and preferences.
Lesson 3: Experiment. Take risks. Whenever hesitation or fear strikes, ask yourself what’s the worst that can happen. What have you got to lose? Will it matter in the greater scheme of things? Will it matter three, five, ten years from now? And even if the answers to these are bleak, well, sometimes the best way we can truly learn and grow is through our mistakes and failures.
Lesson 4: Be yourself, always. In this day and age more than ever, this seems to be one of the simplest yet most challenging things to practice. With everyone so inevitably connected and perennially updated, it seems to have become so important to be who we are expected to be: edited, curated, censor-approved versions of ourselves, rather than who we are happy to be: just ourselves! How can we be true to other people if the person we see everyday in the mirror is fake?
…All this from three tubs of hair color. Who knew? Haha. Tutorial, anyone? Tell us what you think—use that Reply button on your Tumblr dashboard or leave a Disqus comment :) Hope y’all had a good start for the new year!
On Seph: Shirt, Bench. Jeans and socks, Mossimo. Handkerchief, SM Accessories. Porsche shoes, Adidas. Biker jacket and bag, from Bangkok. Hype this on Lookbook.
On Shai: Trapeze dress, thrifted. Knee-high socks, Mossimo. Scarf, SM Accessories. Studded platforms, from Bangkok. Studded bag, Susto. Hype this on Lookbook.
Photos: Janine Cham
His blue/green and hers metallic silver @SperryTopSider shoes. So many outfits to pair these with! (Taken with Pixlromatic)
Shoes on a shoestring budget:
With classes in full swing, your trusty sneakers are back on active duty. No doubt the nicer pairs have moved to the higher rungs of your shoe rack, reserved for weekend parties and special occasions. But who says the only options for school are either comfy-frumpy or tasteful-painful? Your worn and torn generic slip-ons can finally take a breather—we scoured the stores in search of cheap and chic shoes you’d love to walk around campus in.
We produced this story a few months back with Tricia who did the photography and her Candy cutie brother Calel (yehess haha) who helped out with the styling and fed us yummy snacks. Fun shoot as always!