It’s been a while since our last blog post! Along with the coming of the new year (and the Chinese new year lol), 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.
Hi guys! Hope you all had lovely Valentine celebrations yesterday. Just because February 14th is over, though, doesn’t mean the love season is!
Our Forever21 Valentine’s Lookbook contest is still on-going!
The contest is open to all fashionable couples who want to show off their unique sense of paired-up style in Forever21 outfits.
We’ve posted a few samples already to help get you inspired. The winning couple gets to win a P10,000 shopping spree.
A sample entry for the Forever21 Valentine’s Lookbook contest:
denim, leather and studded boots.
Much as we’d love to, it’s ridiculous to wear fall’s layers outdoors on this side of the planet. So instead, we took the season’s staple somberness and combined it with the bright prints and more wearable pieces of often-summery Manila.
Simply Felice sequined top, printed skirt and necklace; Ferretti peep-toe wedges, Promod fingerless lace gloves, SM Accessories headband. hype this on Lookbook here.
Dansen button-down shirt; Giordano shorts; Sperry Topsiders; SM Accessories shades, watch and wristlets. Hype this on Lookbook here.
You know how much we love the Korean aesthetic of effortless adorability—be it fashion, beauty or interiors, it’s simple and charming and gets the job done in a way that makes you go, “That’s basic yet functional and pretty… why haven’t I tried that before?”
Neither of us have ever been to Seoul (at least physically)—but in the meantime, we’ve been on the lookout for little pockets of Korea wherever we are.
According to the owners, it’s called Sunday 2PM because it’s that time of the week when things are most relaxed and chill for most people. They gave the café this name to evoke that cozy feeling of being at home.
We just had to film the cutest stuff in Sunday 2PM for another video diary!
Another day in Cebu! The best thing about this city is everything’s within walking distance. On this day, we went for a walk to Ayala Center and dropped by the Cebu branches two of our favorite stores here in Manila: Complex and Skechers.
Click the poster to watch our latest video, “Ligaw.” Filipino title means “courtship” while the Korean title means “love at first sight,” giving you an idea what the video is all about. And now, we’re giving you a chance to take home something from “Ligaw,” aside fromkiligand happy feelings! Prizes in store:
Metallurgy “Puzzle Love” necklace. Photo by Tricia Gosingtian. Made of hypoallergenic surgical steel (won’t irritate acidic skin, won’t rust or get scratched easily). We didn’t get to show this in the final cut of the video anymore, but these are what’s inside the boxes in the ending.
Love-a-lot couple outfits. Photo by Richard Romero. While other shops carry his-and-hers couple shirts, only Me&U offers couple outfits that are actually stylish enough to be worn individually, like this shirt and dress.
Love-a-lot “Love’s Coming” iPhone cases. This is a new collection in the Me&U stores, and the winning couple will be one of the first ones to have it! Here’s how to join:
His: Chemistry top, Hang Ten shorts, Milanos shoes, Quirkypedia glasses, SM Accessories
Hers: The Catwalk dress and vest, Chemistry belt, Parisian flatforms, SM Accessories bag, Quirkypedia glasses, Hobby Loft bracelet. Photo: Lea Ann
"His and hers" doesn’t have to be taken literally. Here’s how we do matchy when we’re not channeling Korean-couple street style.
Love isn’t a walk in the park. Make sure who you’re walking with is worth it.
Shai: Simply Felice outfit, Ferretti peep-toes, SM Accessories sunnies. Seph: Chemistry button-down, Hang Ten shorts, Ferretti slip-ons, SM Accessories. Photo: Jeru Czar.
Chemistry outfits, SM Accessories wristband and hairband, Digitalism iPhone cases. Photos by Shai’s mom. The three of us spent the rainy-sunny afternoon at our favorite Moon Leaf branch, drinking in conversations along with Hakka and Jasmine milk teas and playing games on our phones. Gotta love our matching cases! That they come in blue and pink and form a heart together just sealed the deal. ♥ We hope your weekend was just as wonderful!
As promised, two readers will win their favorite look from our “12x12” feature! Here’s how.
- This giveaway is open to all Love Chic readers in the Philippines who are following us on Twitter and Facebook. Follow Bench on Twitter and Facebook too since they’re one of the brands who will sponsor the winners. We’ll be double-checking on these! :)
- If you’re a guy, click here to see the 12 looks by Seph. If you’re a girl, click here to see the 12 looks by Shai. Choose your favorite one and grab the photo.
- Post the photo on the wall of our Facebook Page. In the caption, tag @Bench then write down why you chose that outfit and how you’d wear it if you win.
Sample caption: "@Bench/ lifestyle + clothing My favorite is Look 11 because it has all my favorite colors and styles! I would wear it to a special date with the girl I’m courting."
- Ask your family and friends to Like your entry. It won’t be the sole basis for winning but it would help to show the amount of support you get :)
- Tweet this: "@sephshai I joined your giveaway! http://bit.ly/xQ2kuf #lovechic”
Deadline for entries is Friday, Feb 3 at 11:59 PM. We’ll choose the most creative captions: one (1) from the guys and one (1) from the girls. Just like that, they’ll win all the items from their chosen look! In case the item isn’t available in the winner’s size or is out of stock, it’ll be replaced with something in a similar style.
Winners will be announced via Twitter on Saturday, Feb 4. Best of luck, everyone!
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
A small sidebar feature on Look, a popular fashion magazine all the way in London. This is photo they used, credit for which is due our friend Tricia Gosingtian.
We couldn’t find a proper scan of the article itself and just edited the one above from Louder Than Silence, a London-based couple blog that was the main focus of the article. We cropped the scan and edited it to include the header and subhead.
"Fashion bloggers Seph and Shai share their style tips. Philippines: Love Chic is one of the world’s first his-and-hers fashion blogs, created by Seph Cham and Shai Lagarde, who dub themselves ‘a stylish couple in love.’ Full of stunning photos and useful style inspiration—”
Whoa there Nelly, can we rewind to that last sentence? Hmm, lest we be mistaken for a smug, self-absorbed couple aiming to nauseate the general public with our lovey-dovey perfection, allow us to mention how the phrase came up. They asked why we called this blog Love Chic. We replied that it’s like when you say “geek chic” to describe a fellow who looks nice in nerdy glasses and an argyle vest, or “shabby chic” to describe a lady who otherwise looks frumpy, but somehow manages to carry herself with style.
Love Chic is pulling off matchy his-and-hers outfits in a non-overdone way (him wearing a “Soul” shirt and her wearing a “Mate” shirt, things like that). Sharing your life together as two people in love without pissing people off by how sickeningly sweet you are. Expressing your passions, interests and beliefs without shoving them down people’s throats. That’s what this blog has always been and will always be about. :)