Wednesday, October 21, 2009

shoe nursery

the anticipation and seemingly endless waiting. 
the restlessness as the days get nearer.
day finally comes and it's exactly how you pictured it!

i love the smell of a newly opened shoe box especially after waiting for it for more than 2 months! the slow unfolding of the paper tissue covering that lovely heeled pair. mmmm and the smell of leather (or faux for that matter). it's heavenly! 

my shoes finally arrived from chicago in a small balikbayan box! it practically hoarded more than a third of the space. 

look at my babies!

this sky high pewter pair is my favorite. wore them the next day to a press event (statement heels but tamed by the color, so found it to be the perfect thing to wear). i kinda teetered with it, a bit worried i might trip in front of the local news (haha! imagine) but i loved the height, i loved how everyone had to say something about it.

the second pair i wore were these camel cord cork wedges with black slim jeans, black velvet blazer and graphic tee, so it added just the right glamour. surprisingly it's quite comfortable.

this last pair i'm wearing tomorrow, with my plum pencil zippered skirt and white mock turtleneck top. i hope it doesn't rain (typhoon ramil go away). look is too summery, and style is too open to step on little puddles on the street!

so quite obviously, it was worth all the wait! now these little babies are in my (non-existent) shoe closet where they belong.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

the evolution

on the contrary, i wasn't "born in heels".  in my earlier working years, i would wear sensible shoes with only an inch. the styles would be safe, squarish toes. a pair in solid black, another in chocolate brown. needless to say i owned perhaps 3 pairs at most. 

like in most things, i'm a late bloomer, my shoe addiction evolving slowly but surely (and oh the emphasis on SURELY). later on i graduated to pointy shoes, bolder colors, and taller pairs.

i continue to surprise myself, with shoe choices not going lower than 4inches, opting for the wilder gladiator styles, or the one with the most striking color. 

and if i would come up with my own mantra, i would say "show me your shoes, and ill tell you who you have become".

sign seen in a shoe shop at HarbourSide mall, Sydney

there i've said it

shoe shop in HarbourSide Mall, Sydney Australia

Saturday, October 10, 2009

architecture on my mind

about the same time i scout for how our dream home will look like, i also fell in love with these architectural-looking dresses, with interesting lines and curves that are surprisingly flattering.

you like?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wish Lust (part six)

CUT OUT detailed pieces, when are you finding your way to my closet?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

jumpsuit crazy

the jumpsuit trend has been around for quite some time, but we've never seen this many versions until now! check out the printed silky piece, and the green-suit-turned-into-romper! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Wish Lust (part five)

I know I have a similar jacket tucked away somewhere, in a bag labelled "clothes for keeps, might trend in the near future". and true enough these sharp-shouldered jackets and tops are so trending right now! we've seen rihanna strut this recently, along with the very posh victoria beckham. i love love the tuxedo type, or the padded biker jacket. the dress aint bad either!

tragically, i cant seem to find this jacket i've oh-so-successfully hidden.

Monday, October 5, 2009

latest loot

I have 3 favorite thrift therapy destinations: SM department store, Landmark ladies' section, and ukay-ukay shops. 

SM Dept Store: the most popular and crowded malls in the Philippines, this is all over the country now with 32 branches. Its tagline "we've got it all for you" never failed to disappoint. Literally, they've got everything under one roof. I usually go here when the girls need to do their own shopping either for school or to update their wardrobe staples. A "side trip" to the ladies' department actually becomes the main event =) Discovered that the best shoe selection is at Megamall, while the newest dresses and tops are in Makati. 

Landmark: if I were given a forced choice among the three, I would have picked this. Not only do their items are all priced so deliciously, they actually have the latest styles! When the menswear vest came back in fashion some years back, I found mine here. When high-waisted skirts were all the rage, I bought mine in 3 colors, at Php500 each! My black ten-way dress was purchased for merely Php400+, and my batwing nautical blouses were also among my fantastic finds from this mall. Of course they do have the basics (it's my go-to when I need to update my knitwear and cardigans -- they have such a great selection! Imagine very soft-knit pullovers that can be had for less than Php1,000) but I am constantly amazed by how of-the-moment their items are. Once a month visits is a must as they replenish their stocks quite quickly - local magazines that feature shopped items from the Landmark are never available anymore by the time you read it!

ukay-ukay: a rummage pile, this is thrifting at its ultimate. you can find these shops all over the metro, but the best ones are in baguio city, at the northern part of the country (for a self-proclaimed thrifter, I have actually never been to baguio ukay!). my biker jacket for Php100, my ultimate favorite metallic pink oversized shirt for Php65, are just some of the best finds. will post more of these soon.

Latest loot from the Landmark: black halter harem jumpsuit for Php549, 2 striped shirt dresses for Php419 each, grey cotton jumpsuit for Php649, bright yellow beach dress for Php419, and basic long leggings for Php149

Sunday, October 4, 2009

a moment

The past week was unbearable and heartbreaking. My loved ones were among the thousands badly affected by the flash floods and I just wanted to take a moment and offer the photo above as it represents not just material possessions, but of priceless memories that now have floated away along with Ondoy's wrath.

My parents and brother are now safe and fully recharged and soon going back to our home (now clean but almost emptied). Let this be a reminder for us to respect our Earth, and thank God for all our blessings.