My trips to the supermarket have tripled over the past couple weeks. The blogger’s resolve was to take outfit shots.
Christmas may be over but I refuse to put a stop on certain festivities. Everybody seems to be in a good mood (especially those with long breaks, I’ve noticed) that it’s nice to end the year surrounding yourself with cheery loved ones and cap off 2014 on a sparkling note.
But with a line up of festivities – including those I’ve initiated on some level – comes an itinerary packed with errands and last minute party hauls. I think my trips to the supermarket have tripled over the past 2 weeks but I’m not necessarily complaining. Any opportunity to impulse buy snacks will always be met with open arms. And an agreeable attitude equates to even more impulse buys ’til my cart is an avalanche of edibles not in line with my 2015 resolution to eat healthy.
I wore a 90s reminiscent outfit to a grocery run yesterday to quickly take me from supermarket chic to a casual gathering. Jelly shoes are so annoyingly childlike yet annoyingly irresistible. A glitter-bombed one even more so. I figured I’d wear the hell out of them before I turn another year older lest I get the stink eye from those who know my real age. Or carded by sales clerks who don’t. I’m not quite sure until when I can pull off junior garments. Although my mom did reveal to me earlier that she wore crop tops ’til a certain questionable mark. Makes me think outfit regression is in my genes and that I am not an anomaly after all.
Still, taken out of the jelly pairing, the dress is actually such an easy, no-brainer dress that I’ve been throwing on relatively often. You know, even more than my grocery trips. But that should come as no surprise to you as outfits and pieces are often repeated in this corner of the blog-o-sphere. Cost-per-wear logic & an addictive personality are a killer (not to mention practical) combo in closet pairing.
But I expect nothing less from an Oxygen piece. Repeatability and favorite-ability (can this be a word?) are the brand’s transcending traits after all.
Dress, OXYGEN | Jelly Shoes, RUBI (shoutout to Jordyn who rekindled my love for jelly shoes)
I never quite understood declarations of love for cities and places. Now I think I do.
I never quite understood how people fall in love with places so declarations of love for cities like New York and Paris were always met with cynicism.
Never having been to Paris (and, well, the Big Apple), tales of the Eiffel, the Mona Lisa and even pretentiously lugging around baguettes were interesting yet annoyingly hyperbolic. Even books on how to dress like a Parisian, though rampant, were severely misunderstood and easily dismissed.
A five day trip to Paris last April changed all that. Unfortunately, I went during Easter weekend which meant hordes of tourists that I did not expect. Everyone on break seemed to have flocked to the city that every spot had at least a hundred people taking photos. Imagine, just at the love lock bridge you had to fight for your photo space lest random lovers photobomb. Needless to say, the lines were unforgiving – at the Louvre, the Eiffel, Notre Dame, etc. All the lines seemed endless and hopeless.
So, no, I didn’t get to see the Mona Lisa nor get to count the glass squares at the Louvre a la Dan Brown and come up with my own conspiracy theory. I didn’t get to see the view from the Arc De Triumph nor the restaurant at the Eiffel. I didn’t even bother going to the Trocadero. What I did do though was hang out in Champs-Élysées and eat. And shop. For some reason I think the food in Paris is amazing (my mom swears it’s the cream) and the shopping divine. Even the line at Ladurée was intense but I didn’t pass up the chance to try world-famous French macarons.
Walking along Avenue Montaigne and just seeing the ateliers of Valentino, Dior, Chanel and other Parisienne designers was a hair-raising and exciting experience. (So was my pretentious banter with sales people about the latest collections of so and so designer. “Raf Simmons is amazing, no?“)
I did take the hop-on hop-off bus for two days so I got to at least see the sites and walk around the great palaces while listening to a recap of history lessons I should’ve paid attention to way back when. Full disclosure: my mom and I both fell asleep on the bus while going around. Even the gorgeous city couldn’t provide enough adrenaline to sustain two weary tourists.
All in all, it was such a beautiful experience. I think the city makes you feel certain emotions strong enough to make me want to buy The Hunchback of Notre Dame and read Victor Hugo’s tale of the place (or hey, maybe that’s because of the gypsies.) Honestly though, the city is amazing and every corner is photogenic and opulent. The structures, the buildings, the mood, the locals riding their bikes, the street art, quaint hotels and apartments, the French accent, the smell of pastries wafting through patisseries – all of them were experiences I wanted to take in and remember forever. Even the snobby Parisians and the smelly train station added to the charm of the place. (Though, really, the metro stinks.) I really do want to go back to Paris and explore this time around. I’d have my fill of eclairs, fashion and give myself ample time to fall in love with the city.
One day I’ll be head over heels in love with it. Kidding, I already am.
TIPS ON WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO GO IN PARIS:
Again, I didn’t get to go inside the sites but even if you don’t queue, visiting each one is an experience in itself so here’s a roundup of some of my suggested tourist and fashion spots.
If you’re headed to Paris, I suggest you don’t go on big international holidays lest you not see sites. The big deals were Le Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais (where Chanel holds its Paris Fashion Week shows), the Les Invalides (a museum where Napoleon Bonaparte is buried), the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera Garnier, the palace Trocadero and walking along Champs Elysees. Most, if not all of these, can be seen and reached by taking a hop on hop off bus. The bus company I tried was Les Cars Rouges. If you want to take photos or lock your love and declare impenetrable love to the world, you can head to Pont des Arts, a bridge brimming with padlocks. Take a bus to Versailles too, I heard it’s beautiful.
In terms of fashion (here comes the fun part), here’s where you need to go. Champs-Élysées for high street shopping. Avenue Montaigne, Rue Saint Honore and Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, Saint Germain des Pres (for the likes of Paco Rabanne and Sonia Rykiel), and Galeries Lafayette which is a huge upscale department store. For Chanel addicts, try to have tea at the Ritz Hotel where Coco Chanel lived and visit the original Chanel atelier at 31 Rue Cambon. You can also check out the fashion museum, Musée Galliera, for a look at Parisian costumes and a gallery of some of the best Parisian designers.
A gray dress to match silver decor. Sounds about right.
I’m happy inside, I swear. My insides just aren’t reflected by my preferred color palette. (Or my face.) So despite the festive season I couldn’t resist snagging this Oxygen dress and wearing it over and over (and over) again. I seem to be collecting go-to throw-on dresses and this is now part of that roster. It’s tighter than I usually prefer but it veers away from party snug with the choice of sleeves. Been wearing this dress both to attend parties and run errands. I especially like the surprise slit care of the asymmetrical ruching.
What I really want to talk about though is Christmas, how I felt, back stories and other random musings but my thoughts are slightly all over the place and I need time to think and type. So what I will end with is how my decor’s color scheme is silver – matte, glittery, reflective. You name the sheen, I probably have it.
So I guess, if I really push it, my dress is in theme after all. Now I’ve just got to work on my face. Believe me though when I say I’m fully feeling the Christmas spirit and I really do wish Christmas was longer (especially Christmas break.)
Taking a stroll down memory lane to my first time in Europe, starting with this entry on Potsdam, Germany
I flew to Europe for the first time last April and have treasured each one of my 15 days there. Unfortunately, beautiful memories didn’t translate to fast reporting via this blog so I figured before the year ends I have to blog at least a few of the places I visited. It’s kind of hard lugging around a heavy camera that only has a 50MM lens (my bad, that part) so the photos are a combination of phone, slr and point and shoot takes.
I started my trip rather chilly all the way up in Germany. I stayed in Hamburg for 2 days but took the train to see the city and palaces of Potsdam. The train ride to Berlin was around 2-3 hours each way, and the train to Potsdam from there was about 20 minutes. I probably should brush up on German history before continuing but referencing Wiki would have to do as of the moment. We went straight to Sanssoucci Park which is the largest world heritage site in Germany. It houses the beautiful Sanssoucci Palace, which is supposedly modest but ornate still in my eyes. There’s a huge garden that leads down to the fountain and I don’t know how to properly describe it. There were Roman Baths around the area as well. If we walked around some more we probably would’ve seen the Chinese Palace and other intricate corners of the park, but we still tried to head to Berlin. My advise, spend a full day in Potsdam and another in Berlin. And if you’re with selfie-taking folks add an additional hour to your budget. Trust me, I learned the hard way.
Went to the Old Town, Brandenburger Straße,for a quick taste of CurryWurst which is essentially sausage with curry ketchup drizzled with curry powder. I liked it. I think it’s basically street food in Germany and is available in seemingly very corner. We also saw the Brandenburg Gate which symbolizes the victory of Frederick the Great in the Seven Years’ War, not to be confused with the other Brandenburg Gate in Berlin that doesn’t strike any resemblance.
Ended the afternoon hopping on a train back to Berlin, a very quick peek at its historic sites (excluding the Berlin Wall) then another 3 hour train ride back to Hamburg. Not bad for my first European foray, huh? The next set of German photos and experiences to follow.
A quick trip down Guam’s memory lane because it’s December and I’m rekindling memories of the beach.
To be honest, I don’t know why I haven’t been blogging my travels. I don’t know if it’s the overwhelming number of photos to edit or if it’s because I feel there aren’t enough nice photos to begin with.
Either way, I’m stomping my foot (on myself) and sitting my ass down and forcing myself to relive (and remember) the wheres, the whats and the hows. Let’s start with Guam.
I found myself in the beautiful island of Guam last July for a 6-day stay. Hosted by my friend, we drove around the whole island (it’s pretty small) and went to the hot places and the must sees.
All in all, it was an interesting trip with a lot of firsts and even more realizations. Guam is such a beautiful place where the beaches are literally viewable from almost any apartment location and about a 5 minute drive from any point. The food is amazing (the serving’s big) and the people the epitome of islanders and living the island life. They’re so chill but not in the annoying surfer dude kind of way. Not lazy either. Just calm and collected and seemingly peaceful.
It turned out to be a lot more American than I thought and a lot more expensive than I imagined. There were so many Filipinos (40% of the population to be more accurate), millions of Japanese tourists and Chamorros (locals from Guam.) There are military bases there so depending where you stand on being close to officers that’s either a good thing or a not-so-good thing.
If you enjoy the beach, parties by the beach, drinking by the beach and anything and everything you can do at the beach, then Guam is for you. I’m such a water-girl at heart that my most serene moments were spent just lying down on the sand. I was able to roam alone most of the time, shop alone and discover alone. Too alone sometimes that I even went to the UnderwaterWorld by myself. It wasn’t necessarily terrible to be alone but it’s just that no one can take your photos (selfies aren’t my cup of tea) and no one can hold your hand in sudden panic attacks that the aquarium would cave in. Sharks, guys.
Here are some recommendations:
1. Dine at Proa. Then dine at Jamaican Grill. They’re both famous for the barbeque and it’s kind of been a major debate of which is better so I encourage you to take the challenge and test it out yourself.
2. Visit DFS (Duty Free Store). The shops in Guam are tax-free, so if you’re a shopaholic, that means no tax on designer labels such as Chanel, Prada, Gucci and more. Research though as some items are more expensive because everything is imported. Don’t forget it’s a small island in the middle of nowhere.
3. For parties, hit up Beach Bar for that chill night with drinks by the beach and live music. If you want more of a sports bar, hit up Horse and Cow. There are billiards tables, beer pong tables and a mechanical bull. I tested two out of three (which two I won’t tell.)
4. Dine at Mosa’s. This burger joint wins an award almost every year for their burgers and trust me they deserve the hype. Try their lamb burgers and four cheese burgers. So. Good.
5. Visit the Chamorro Village. It’s basically a pop-up market every week with stalls from apparel, to Chamorro novelties (such as decorated coconuts), and food stalls. They also have firedancers and hula dancers (more Beyonce than your typical Hawaiian stereotype, mind you.)
6. If you’re into locking your love with actual locks a la Paree, visit Two Lover’s Point for a different take on the love locks. It’s been said two lovers fell in the cliff and passed and that the name was dedicated in their memory. If you go to the very top you’ll see the best view of Guam.
7. Enjoy the beach. The best beach I visited was right behind the shops. But it’s beach after beach after beach and you will have your fill. Forget your troubles, drink mojitos and just meander. Nothing is more relaxing.
You don’t need 6 days to see the whole of Guam. 2 might actually be enough but, if you enjoy the island life, the longer the better.
The day I bought this slip dress I was considering buying a very trendy pair of shoes instead. Two of the friends I was with kept insisting to get the shoes but I guess if you fall in love with a piece, even if you have to defend it to people (or sneak behind their backs all the way to the cashier), you have to listen to instinct. This slip dress from Zara is pretty basic but I knew from the moment I saw it that it’d be something I’d throw on for absolutely everything. In the few weeks that its been in my closet I’ve already taken it to a plane ride, to run errands and get take out and to frolic beautiful spaces in.
I don’t think my love affair with it will end anytime soon. Not bad for a first purchase at the newly renovated Zara flagship in Powerplant, Rockwell. It was redesigned and relaunched a couple weeks back (photos below) and I’m so lucky to be one of the first few to have seen it. There were folks from the press, group tours of the two new floors and fashion sections and ample time to shop and be indecisive. I think I took more than 4 rounds and a lot of mirror-time before finally deciding. There’s another pair of shoes that I’m currently thinking of getting but I’ll think about it a little more. All I know is that this dress was a good choice but with Zara there’s a long list of those. I know I’ll keep coming back.
Checked out Neon Island’s Holiday Collection, Dark Paradise, that had a fresh rendition of summery prints -palms, ferns and florals in luxe, dark hues. I got a couple pieces even if they weren’t in the same color family insisting, rather stubbornly, that they match. The designers, Chi and Aira, had to repeatedly explain one was blue and one was black. The prints were similar so I rebutted. After a while I conceded but still bought both.
Headed on over to a sprightly place to detract from how somber the outfit was. Even my nail polish (shoutout to Girl Stuff) matched the mood. I’ve realized that I’m drawn to tops that showcase backs, so halters are always going to be a favorite. I especially like the cut of this piece, so reminiscent of the 90s and any reference to the decade I grew up in is a plus in my book.
I’m keeping this short- I’m completely distracted by the House of DVF currently on TV. Now, that’s a whirlwind paradise I want to be a part of. Let’s hope it won’t be as dark. Flowery blooms and cotton candy hues in life, please. The somber, haunted florals I’ll reserve for my closet.
Top, NEON ISLAND | Skirt, KLARRA | Pumps, LORD & TAYLOR | Nail Polish, GIRL STUFF in Marilyn
New phones and new promos just in time for Christmas. I’m telling you, treat yo’ self.
I’ve been really lucky and blessed to be able to get amazing gadgets immediately upon release. I’ve been an Apple user for as long as I can remember and am 100% partial to the brand so when I heard about the imminent launch of the new iPhones – 6 and 6 Plus – I was really excited. I didn’t think that I would be getting the product literally as soon as it was launched but magic happened and I did. There was a launch countdown at Salon de Ning a couple weeks back and after midnight we all got our new Smart phones. It’s my own Cinderella story except that she got a pumpkin by midnight and I got a new gadget. My fairy godmother totally trumps hers.
Anyway, I’ve been thoroughly abusing my new phone taking an unprecendented amount of photos and making my way up the social ladder in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. Mostly those. Kidding! Seriously though, the colors are so vivid so games really pop. (Of course my review mentions games.) The camera quality is such a big step up from the iPhone5 too. Ever since I’ve gotten this phone I’ve been substituting it for my DSLR and snapping blog photos using my phone instead.
I am honestly so in love with it. Its look, its weight, its feel, its size. Everything about it is amazing. I got the Space Grey iPhone 6, if you were wondering, because the Plus might not fit my tiny hands.
Enough about the phone and more about what I use it for, aside from Instagram and Kim K. I’ve recently been using a new Smart promo, the Unli Call and Text 50 which is basically a 3-day unlimited promo of unlimited calls and texts to 3 networks (Smart, Sun and TNT) plus 50MB surfing. I’m such a sucker for promos and good deals and this is my favorite so far. I have a few friends that are using Sun so knowing I can call them without the extra charge is good. I’m increasingly social now. To register, you just have to dial *121# or text UCT50 to 4545. Try it out and let your presence be felt, even for just 3 days. I’m pretty certain you’d end up subscribing again. And again. Check out the TVC for this too because it’s honestly one of the cutest commercials I’ve seen. If you’re a fan of lovey-dovey short stories, you will love this (watch here.) It’s not annoyingly cheesy, I promise.
So if I’m extra active online, calling non-stop and replying real fast, I guess you can conclude that I’m probably on my 3-day #SmartUCT50. Let me be. New phone, new promo. I have 2 solid excuses.
I know I just got a new phone (and you should too) but I’ve also been eyeing the new iPads, the iPad Mini 3 and the iPad Air 2. Told you, #AppleFreak. You can register as early as now from Smart and I’ll be letting you know the release date once it’s announced.
Beautiful clothes to match beautiful backgrounds. New MO.
I shot this outfit a couple weeks back but planned on wearing it at Bloggers United (which happened yesterday) so I kept the photos hidden for a while. I have no qualms about repeating outfits but I guess a lead time longer than 2 weeks is best especially with your eye for fashion. You guys are especially keen and observant.
Headed over to Pinto Art Museum which wasn’t what I expected at all. While museums are nourishing for the mind, highly cultural, historic and evoke emotions (whether that be a sense of nationalism or sudden grief in those that document death and disasters), Pinto was so refreshing. The pieces of art weren’t just on display, it coursed through the whole area with the beautifully designed spaces and gardens to the installations throughout. I felt transported, really. I do wish I could understand the psyche of the artists and their mindsets as they created the pieces on display but I guess that’s not how art is supposed to be digested. It’s a cool place, I highly recommend seeing it.
Wore my new favorite Klarra two-piece set – a beautiful look to match the beautiful background. Klarra is an online shopping destination from Singapore and their items are cool and well-tailored. I especially love the embellishments in these pieces and can’t wait to wear them separately too. Abusable pieces are my weakness. I got another outfit from them and I can’t wait to do the pieces justice and shoot them in another highly photographable place.
‘Til then, here’s me over-indulging my site with photos. My usual 3-4 photo sets got blown a bit out of proportion but I loved this shoot so you’ll see, by endlessly scrolling, just how much.
Beach fringe and a ticket giveaway to this December’s Bloggers United. Fun times!
I always find, most often too late, that the contents of my luggage mimic that of my day-to-day closet no matter where I go. Regardless of whether there’s sand or snow, there’s bound to be a crop top somewhere and other location and weather-inappropriate pieces. At least I’m consistent, no? This skirt is a favorite in Manila for throwing on when I’ve got nothing to wear and when I don’t want to spend precious minutes just staring blankly in the mirror. Mirror-staring should be reserved for applying cat-eye liner. That’s so much more reasonable.
This is a look I wore in Boracay. I think the fringe skirt was imagined in a cabana or by a beach bar so it was pretty justified. Although I did step out of my room with a crop top over the bikini so it really honestly seemed like I was just in Manila.
Speaking of outfits, Bloggers United 8 is just around the corner. Literally, it’s on Sunday already. I’m selling A LOT of things. Honestly, I’ve never packed this much for BU. The pieces I’m selling are favorites, some even took rounds of internal debates to convince myself to let go. I’m selling shoes, bags, accessories and a whole lot of clothes. I don’t plan on bringing my stuff back home so the items will be pretty cheap. Accessories will mostly be around 50-100, shoes will be priced no higher than 500 and clothes average 300.
I’m giving away 20 tickets and because I’ve realized over the years of doing ticket giveaways that Bloggers United isn’t just a partner event, it’s a family affair, a barkada affair and more, I’ll change the rules a bit. You can now tell me HOW MANY tickets you want. 2, 3, 4, even 5. Just let me know.
The mechanics are pretty simple:
1. Regram any outfit photo of mine either from Instagram or from this blog. (Feel free to crop my face, I don’t mind.) It can be an outfit you want me to sell or you just saying that you can’t wait to shop my closet. You can also regram some of the teasers I posted of items I’ll be selling. Up to you.
2. In the caption, tell me how many tickets you want (e.g., “I need 4 tickets so my whole family can shop!”) and tag the people you’ll be giving tickets to.
3. You and your plus one/s must follow me on Instagram (@alyssalapid).
4. Don’t forget to tag me (@alyssalapid), @bloggersunitedph and use the hashtag #BU8xOLX.
ALSO, my winners (and their plus ones/twos/threes and fours) get a 20% discount from my booth.