Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hello, Uniqlo!

Finally, I had the chance to visit Uniqlo several weeks after the pandemonium has died down. MOA is not really my scene because it's so far and crowded but I do like that it has the shops that I want to check out and this Japanese brand has been added to that list.

Before it came to the Philippines, the first and last time I got to visit a Uniqlo store was in Hong Kong. I was excited because the brand was ubiquitous in street style blogs but walking around the aisles, I remember being disappointed. Piles and piles of ruffled clothing filled the shelves and even spilled to the floor but walked away empty-handed.

I don't know if it's my newfound appreciation for basics but yesterday, I saw Uniqlo in a different light. The simple items suddenly seemed so appealing and oozing with potential. You have to hand it to the Japanese, they really have mastered pambahay chic.

I especially love the denim pants selection.

And I like that they even offer alteration services.

But some items come with a warning.

 These shorts are not so bad either at around P590.

I actually got try on the pants and they fit really well--and since it's Uniqlo, the price point is not bad either.

Monday, September 24, 2012

A Bright Future

The future is bright and not in a Ke$ha-goes-wild-in-Forever-21 kind of way. Vibrant hues are having a moment outside of street style territory. I'm particularly drawn towards chartreuse and lemon, or even neon, yellow. Based on these pictures from Milan fashion week and the 2012 Primetime Emmys, I'm not alone.

From the Gucci Spring/Summer 2012 show.
Julianne Moore stuns in an unexpected Christian Dior number.
Julie Bowen in Monique Lhuillier.
Hugh Dancy! So hot! I mean, Claire Danes, so haute! Lanvin! And she's pregnant! 
I sure hope the rather risque shade continues to pop out more in the future. It's one good way to brighten up a dreary day or even a boring red carpet.

Photos: The Cut

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cotton On in Manila

The last time I was in Hong Kong, I saw these striped, drawstring shorts that I imagined to fall mid-thigh--perfect for the beach! But alas, I was on a tight budget so I got something else instead. Big mistake. I regret not getting at least one pair up to this day.

DJ Callum David at the Megamall Cotton On store today.

When I heard Cotton On has arrived in Manila, I was excited. The same shorts may no longer be available but judging from my visit at the newly opened Megamall store earlier, I have to come back (preferably when there's less people). I'm not so crazy about the other items but the pants and the shorts look good and inexpensive. I hope they would steam the clothes though. The space already looks messy as it is. The store isn't that big either which explains why there was a long line for the fitting room. But I think Filipinos are getting used to these brands setting up shop here. I wonder if H&M will ever follow suit.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What It's Been Like To Be Me

I know I've bitched and moaned several times already about how busy I am but this circus is about to get more insane as school starts. Tomorrow is the first day of the new term but I'm not even officially enrolled yet. Last term was deceivingly hectic, the last part being excruciatingly taxing. This time, I don't know. I'm hoping it's going to be a kinder time. Before things get even crazier though, let me share some moments from the last three weeks or so. Blame my old Blackberry for the poor resolution.

This is from the last week of August when Pops arrived from the US.
My sister also came home last month. I tagged along with her and her boyfriend the afternoon my father and I flew in. Can you believe this is just 20-30 minutes from our house? It was my first time there and I want to go back the next time I come home.
The school project I painstakingly finished in a little over 3 days to make time for work.
How I spent my birthday.
That night when we sat on a reclining coconut tree by the beach.
Last weekend in Borough when Erin and I finally got to catch up.
Yesterday I finally got to try Melona (Love!)  when my colleagues and I got locked out of the office. My treat because I was supposed to bring the key.

That's it for now. Wish me luck. Good night!

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Tenacious Twists

Hello, I'm still alive.

So much has happened and believe me when I say I barely get to take a break. Even when I tried to celebrate my birthday in Boracay last weekend, I wasn't completely free to forget and be frivolous. It was a fun out-of-town trip nonetheless. I was supposed to spend two extra days at home but due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to buy a new ticket and came back to Manila on the 4th.

See, I recently got a new job... as a writer. It's pretty unbelievable, especially how everything happened but yeah, it has been draining me mentally and physically. I was also neck-deep in school work for a time and then there's that time when my father came home from the US. Crazy. I've been too busy I actually kept forgetting about my own birthday. Loved ones and friends didn't though which was touching.

More details and I'll catching up on real life soon.

Sunday, September 02, 2012


Greetings from Boracay!

It's my birthday yesterday and I'm here with friends. This trip has been booked since May but because of the many unforeseen circumstances almost, it almost didn't push through for me. I'm spending my special day here for the second consecutive year. Honestly, after all this time, I don't find the place as exciting as I did before. It almost feels like going home; not much surprises but still pleasant. Maybe it's me getting old.

The hotel gifted me two bottles of wine! Sweet.

I've been so busy lately I haven't really had the time to reflect or contemplate on the past year. The future, more than ever, is just so bright at the moment. I actually plan on working while on the island but good luck with that.

By the way, this is supposed to be what I dub as my 'twentysexy' celebration but since I've had no time to go to the gym or even do a quick run, my body does not justify the term right now.

That's it for now. Viva!