Monday, August 28, 2017

The Look For Less: Series 2: Super Sale - Branded and Thrifted

I love clothing, but I love them more when they are very much affordable to the pocket.

My wardrobe consists of branded and unbranded clothing which are either bought on regular price or on sale.  And I also never miss appreciating the vintage / thrifted ones.  I often mix and match my non-thrifted (branded or unbranded) clothing with thrifted (branded or unbranded) fashion items and at times I can go head-to-toe thrifted.

I have previously created a series which I called: THE LOOK FOR LESS, see series 1 HERE.  It is obvious that the series talks about my personal styling which involves outfit/s that costs definitely inexpensive.  In this second series, I am sharing the fashion pieces that I bought from thrift store and from boutiques of known brands which were having super sale promotions and showing to you how I styled these pieces altogether.

How to achieve a look for less?

Series 2:


Never miss a super sale of known brands of clothing and accessories and try to buy and wear something thrifted too.

This is a color-coordinated outfit wherein my look camouflaged with my background curtain.  The two-tone long sleeve top with faux fur and faux leather edgings intentionally matched with my leggings.  

The (1) top was thrifted at uber low price at Php 10.00 and the (2) leggings was also purchased on super discount sale price from Terranova in SM City Cebu which I bought at Php 199.00. And another item on this look that was also bought on super sale is the pear-shaped hoop (3) accessory earrings from H&M at the Villagio Mall in Doha, imagine I bought it at 2 QAR = Php 28.00!

What I Wore:
silk long sleeve top - thrifted
leggings - Terranova (on sale)
oversized accessory earrings - H&M (on super sale)
sunglasses - G. Country Mall Department Store

Live in style, everyday!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Color Style Equation: Black + White = Pink

As we identify our personal style, we also realized that we have propensities to certain hues from the color wheel.  With my strong and consistent favoritism to the classic color combination of black and white and the color that best represent Barbie - pink, I segregated my #OOTD collection wearing Black & White + Pink and created a new blog.

The new blog that unfolded last year was dedicated for my overwhelming love for the color combination of black and white and the various shades and tints of pink.  These colors are definitely obvious mostly with my daily style and even with my choice of stuff for home use, school or office use.

The photos in this post are all past #OOTD's and you can see the detailed posts in the new blog with a name that likens to color equation:

My color style preference would either be in the following:

1. Hints of Black and White with Plain bold black or plain bold white
2. Head-to-Toe monochromatic in Black and White
3. Head-to-Toe in similar shades or tints of pink
4. Head-to-Toe mix of the shades and tints of pink
5. Melange of black and white with obvious hints of any shade or tint of pink

Which color palette do you love or see yourself regularly wearing?
Black and White?
Black and White + Pink?

Live in style, everyday!

Monday, July 3, 2017

What to Wear When Dress Code Says SEMI-FORMAL For a Graduation Ceremony

Due to ennui, the challenges of embracing an exacting adaptation and the sound need for human interaction, I resolved my issues through erudite means.

I engaged myself to self-improvement programs for a total of 52 hours with 3 different courses from 2 distinct training centers here in my current location.  Indeed a short period to acquire knowledge and to grasp all lessons taught, however it was worth the efforts.  

After every scheduled period of training, commencement exercises were always held to celebrate the success of the trainees and trainers.  I am not a diligent learner, but fortunately I ended the courses with flying colors, hence my presence was requisite.  With the two graduation ceremonies I attended, the dress code was favorably Semi-Formal.  With minimal options of clothing in my new wardrobe, I had to optimize what I see from my sparse closet.  

Rewinding January of this year, despite having no concrete plans to seek employment and be absorbed in social events in my recent locale,  I still packed with me some trusted and unconventional fashion pieces.  A sartorial blazer, a pair of straight-cut trousers and a sabrina-heeled pointed pumps are my trusted "basics" for a corporate ensemble.  My fondness for atypical clothing has deeply-rooted into my fashion personality and these pieces got a hard grip into my baggage.  And I am positively propitious to have taken them with me!

Sigh Style Tips:


Graduation Exercises from a Training Center 
(Non-Toga Ceremony)

Dress Code

Foremost, let me refresh you what is SEMI-FORMAL wear for women from varied sources:

(1) In Western clothing semi-formal is a grouping of dress codes indicating the sort of clothes worn to events with a level of protocol between informal (e.g., lounge suit) and formal. Both morning and evening semi-formal attire share design features in common with the informal lounge suit. In the modern era, semi-formal attire for women includes wearing a cocktail dress  - via wikipedia

(2) Women have a wide range of choices with semi-formal attire. This may include a pantsuit in a dressy fabric, such as silk, cashmere, or satin. A dress or dressy suit with a dressy top, with heels, strappy sandals, or dressy flats may also be worn. Sparkling gemstones, pearls, and dressy fashion jewelry are all appropriate. - via HERE
(3) Semi formal wear is a fairly vague term used to describe wardrobe etiquette that lies somewhere between formal and cocktail dress. Semi formal wear should be dressier and, in many cases, more conservative than cocktail attire, which tends to imply nighttime wear with some sex appeal. - via HERE

I am more appreciative with the third description of a semi-formal wear, as aforementioned - dressier but with modesty in tow.  Highly considering that the event is of scholastic matter, attendees must be garbed as appropriately as they should.  By appropriate, it would further indicate to be compliant to the dress code and attuned to the specific kind of occasion, hence, dress fashionably smart.

And now the question is, How to Be Fashionably Smart?

My 10 Fashion Advices:

In spite of having discerned and secured your own personal style, it is still essential to be deferential to dress codes and to be sensitive to the event/s that you are partaking.  In this particular gathering, dressing smart and fashionable is my style input. 

a. Being successful warrants a triumphant appearance as well. Hence,  envision and array an outfit befitting to the event, the dress code and to your success.  
b. Buy new clothes, new shoes, new accessories when necessary.
c. Wear your selected shrewd clothing with an exceptional attitude.  Your clothes alone will scream "I am smart" on your behalf but with the right composure, your look is utterly amplified.
d. Opt for darker, neutral colors and minimalist prints, e.g pinstripes. 
e. Be conscious of the fit and length. Not too loose nor not too tight. Better strut a midi, not the mini and those with trains is a no-no.
f. Augment your look with a decent amount of drama through your choices of accessories and  facets of your clothing.
g. Moderately inject your personal style. So the entire look will still be oh-so-you but being the witty-classy version.
h. Sashay your way with impressive sophistication.
i. Remember to dab on some color to your face, glamorize your crowning glory and spray on ethereal scent.
j. But if you still have irresolute choices, email me ( for fashion and style counseling.  It's free! 

My two ensembles have displayed both my fashion advocacy and my fashion personality (see further below).  If you have been reading this blog, you may have known by now that I have established my own fashion advocacy which I call: C.L.E.A.N. Fashion.

The C, which stands for Color Coherence is distinctly manifested in both of my outfits.  I opted to create a more solid visual impression with my fashion choices.  

Look 1, see photo above - Tints and shades of blue plus black was the color theme for the first graduation ceremony I graced, ranging from baby blue (shoes) to dark and navy blue (clothes).

Look 2, see photo below - Black, accentuated with gold hardware was the core hue of the ensemble and that contrasting shade of pumps was to illume the melancholic yet sophisticated fusion.  If I could have another set of footwear on hand, I will pair-up this look with gold or black pointed pumps for head-to-toe color coordination.

Let's talk about the make-up and hairstyle next.  I have no hands of a skilled HMUA nor overwhelming enthusiasm for these kinds of artistry.  However, it is equally important to have rudimentary knowledge on what and how to prettify one's face and on how to bridge that gap between make-up and clothing. Because without make-up, on a regular basis or on special events such as graduation, the look that you are trying to pull off would surface half-done and definitely, fashionably discreditable.

Since the focal point of my style is on the elaboration of my wardrobe rather than the vanity of my facial mien, hence, there is minimal flamboyance on that particular anatomical structure.  I went for a clean low ponytail hairstyle with fixed hair line. Matchy blue eye shadow for my blue themed attire.  I opted for muted shades to match the dim motif of the second look and a bright red lipstick to seal the deal of both outifts.

My fashion personality: CLASSICALLY EXPRESSIVE

I have finally delineated my fashion personality from a book that discussed on finding personal style.  According to the book, "fashion personality changes as you change, and it's fair to say that it can change many times in a lifetime." And from my reading, I have concluded that I am classically expressive.  It is actually a combination of two personalities.  But the fact is, I am more of the expressive type with ample hints of being classic.

Describing Classic and Expressive Fashion Personalities according to M. S. Warren:

Classic: You desire structure in your wardrobe and you appreciate timeless accessories, a slightly man-tailored  appearance and attention to details.

Expressive: You have panache and see fashion as an art form!

With the two graduation ceremonies that I have participated, I have materially communicated my fashion personality and remained docile to the dress code.

I am decoding my sagacious ensemble in relation to my fashion personality:

The classic side was shown by the decision to complete the outfit with an outer garment in the form of well-fitted lapel blazers.  And the choice of darker shades for an evening event.

The expressive personality was manifested through the conspicuous traces of ostentation e.g. built-in accessories (chains on my dress worn as top), two-toned elements (leather and cotton fabric in one dress), frills and textures (appliqués and pleats on my skirt) and askew details (soft tulle edging on semi-spandex long blouse).

You may have observed the following:
1. I wore the same pair of shoes (since I have no other heeled shoes in hand now and with no intentions of purchasing new pairs).
2. I carried same piece of purse but worn two ways: (a) purse and (b) chain sling bag.
3. I accessorized same set of stud earrings (since I prefer to appear partially minimalist) but worn in two ways: (a) standard - with the big round part as the earring stopper / back and (b) reversed - with the stopper worn as the stud earring.

More Fashion Advice:

Simple reminder when your closet is limited, be a leader:

Learn to maximize what is currently at hand.
Exploit the art of mixing and matching.
* Activate your creative self. 
* Do not buy new pieces. But you can do so when desprerately necessary.
* Explore your  fashion personality and personal style.
* Remove hesitancy of re-wearing and refashioning.

When you heed my advice, you certainly can generate whole new chic outfits that are yielding with the dress code and that can still best represent your style and your personality without incurring trifling expenses.


Outfit 1:
Blazer - MAGS / dressy top - The Mint / Trousers - Uniqlo / Shoes - Payless / purse - dupe Votez Coco / sunglasses (worn for photo purposes only) - Aldo / necklace - Coach / rose gold stud earrings - gifted by my mom / watch - Esprit

Outfir 2:
Blazer - Forever 21 / LBD with faux gold chains worn as top - unbranded / pleated black skirt with appliqués - Zxteremez at Centerpoint / Shoes - Payless / chain sling bag - dupe Votez Coco / sunglasses (worn for photo purposes only) - G. Country Mall Department Store / rose gold stud earrings - gifted by my mom

Live in style, everyday!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Top 3 Parts of the Body that Needs REHYDRATION, Now!

When you hear the word REHYDRATION, what single word comes into your mind?
Probably, top on the list is WATER!

Rehydration comes from the root word: Rehydrate and the dictionary defines it as:
  1. absorb or cause to absorb moisture after dehydration.
    "the slides were rehydrated in water"

    You may question and wonder, why I am talking about REHYDRATION now?
     What's the fuss?

    What needs to be REHYDRATED And Why, again?

Primarily the word Rehydrate is associated with moisture, which is almost equivalent to WATER, as being delineated by the dictionary.  

Rehydration can be both applicable to living creatures and inanimate objects.  In application to our human race, the answer to your initial wringer, on what needs to be rehydrated, is the HUMAN BODY!

With the unpredictable climate shifts, stressors of daily life and the struggle for survival in our world, people need to REHYDRATE.  When? NOW! 

A thoughtful reminder: We were gifted by our Creator with only one body.  The body that allows us to be human, to live, to love and to endure the chaos and calmness of life.  And as caretakers of that body, we are obliged to take utmost pampering and provide due respect for it.  But how?  There are many ways that can be done but the simplest and the immediate resolution is REHYDRATION!

There are 3 essential parts of the body that needs to be hydrated with three counterpart attainable activities that one can delve into to address rehydration of those body parts.  Rehydration everyday must be a self-mandatory activity.

1.) Body Part = WHOLE BODY   /  Activity =  QUENCH WITH WATER
2.) Body Part = SKIN /  Activity = APPLY SKIN MOISTURIZERS 
3.) Body Part = BRAIN / Activity = READ, READ, READ

1.) Body Part = WHOLE BODY   

WATER is life, probably no one would disagree with me to this fact.  

To refresh you with elementary knowledge, WATER is the main constituent of the cells, tissues and organs of the human body.   Babies have the most, being born at about 78%. By one year of age, that amount drops to about 65%. A normal adult has an average of 60% water content and as we age, this percentage decreases to 50%.

Why REHYDRATE? when we already have a lot of water in our body.  

Water serves a number of essential functions to keep us all going:
  • A vital nutrient to the life of every cell, acts first as a building material.
  • It regulates our internal body temperature by sweating and respiration
  • The carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food are metabolized and transported by water in the bloodstream; 
  • It assists in flushing waste mainly through urination
  • acts as a shock absorber for brain, spinal cord, and fetus
  • forms saliva
  • lubricates joints
The word Moderation may not be applicable when it comes to water consumption for the body.  Each day, the human body is required to consume a certain amount of water for survival purposes.  An extra glass of that requirement won't hurt, right?  Drink up, rehydrate with water!  Skip those carbonated sodas and flavored juices.  Water, as plain as it is, or you prefer those sparkling effect that tingles the oral cavity, or you can opt for the fortified ones: with vitamins and minerals on every gulp of H2O.

2.) Body Part = SKIN 

Fast Fact about our SKIN:
The integument or skin is the largest organ of the body, making up 16% of body weight, with a surface area of 1.8 m2.   It has several functions, the most important being to form a physical barrier to the environment, allowing and limiting the inward and outward passage of water, electrolytes and various substances while providing protection against micro-organisms, ultraviolet radiation, toxic agents and mechanical insults. source: HERE

The skin contains 64% water.  With the insurmountable aggressors including the harshness of the polluted environment and the keeping-up with daily life's pressures will result to an inevitable degradation of our skin. As caretakers of our body, it is but our responsibility to keep also our skin not just functioning but more importantly healthy.  But how? REHYDRATION is the simple key! Maintaining the suppleness and youthfullness of the skin is achieved through constant Rehydration, not just by drinking Water but equally important also is the topical application of skin moisturizers.

The Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) defines cosmetics as "articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body...for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance."Jun 7, 2016

Cosmetic as it is categorized, a SKIN MOISTURIZER is formulated to provide paramount benefits to our skin including: (1) keeps skin hydrated, (2) counters flaking and dullness, (3) serves as a protective layer to arrest moisture loss,  (4) provides barrier from outside deleterious environment, and (5) indulges nourishment through the auspicious blend of active ingredients and multifunctional excipients that the skin can luxuriate in.

A skin moisturizer can come in different platforms: Lotion, Creams and Oil Blends.  Do you have either one of these kinds of moisturizer at hand? If none, better grab one to rehydrate, now!

3.) Body Part = BRAIN    
Activity = READ, READ, READ

According to the varied sources from the world wide web: 
The human brain is comprised of 77 to 78 percent water. 

But why Rehydate again as its anatomical structure is almost filled up with water?

According to Dr. Corinne Allen, founder of the Advanced Learning and Development Institute, brain cells need two times more energy than other cells in the body. Water provides this energy more effectively than any other substance. When your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water, you will be able to think faster, be more focused, and experience greater clarity and creativity. source: HERE

For optimal functioning, we are obliged to REHYDRATE our brains in a constant manner.  Drinking water is the number one to-do to keep our brain healthy and devoid of disorders.  Correspondingly critical to our brain's daily maintenance is to exercise it simply by Reading. If studying appeals cumbersome, let us just settle for the verb READ.  

A number of articles has been written regarding the amplitude benefits when one takes time to read on a daily basis. To mention a few: (1) stimulates our brain, mentally (2) provides a heft of knowledge (3) augments our vocabulary (4) pacifies our fatigued consciousness  (5) sharpens our concentration, and a lot more. 

We can make reading a habit by reading one page at a time each day.  Buy your favorite novel or a book of your preferred genre; or for a start, borrow one, from a family member or a friend.  In my case, I love reading general topics to widen my horizon and to improve what needs to be enhanced.  Self-help reads at times and inspirational and religious books also are in my mini library.

Rehydration is absolutely essential in today's world and lifetime. So much so that it is never too arduous nor too late to begin it, today!

The three activities must be done simultaneously for maximum attainment of the advantages Rehydration can offer.

Color-wise, you see BLUE is associated with water, further so for rehydration.  The color blue is considered to be beneficial to the mind and body.  It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Life, Lately. Still in Pink

The shades and tints of pink always attracts my sense of sight, be it in fashion items - clothing / shoes / bags / accessories - or house wares and home decorations.  This post is an actual update of my life now.  Something has changed, and it is quite enormous according to my judgment.  I have even opened a new blog for this change.  Well anyway,  despite the changes I am facing, what remains fixed is my unwavering magnetism to the PINK hue. Here's some of my photos for the past three months and the kawaii home decorations, with touches of pinks, that I have arranged in our new humble abode.

My outfits in this post were reflections of the winter season as it was actually winter time when we arrived at our new location.

Magenta glass jar - HOME CENTRE
Cookie canisters - HOME CENTRE
 Chocolate chip cookies - IKEA
Pink Plastic Calla Lily Flowers with Pink Pot - LULU HYPERMARKET
Glass goblets -IKEA
Two-face (bronze color / black&white combo) glass coaster - H&M HOME
Crispo Pralines - ANSAR GALLERY

Wooden / Metallic Kitchen Utensils and Ceramic Mortar & Pestle - HOME CENTRE
Plastic rosettes - LULU CENTER

What I Wore:
coat - Snidel / pants - Zara / pink long sleeve knit top - Only / black long sleeve - unbranded / crossbody bag - Desigual / pink shoes - Kappa / sunglasses - Aldo / earrings - Parfois

Cat -Shaped Moss Decor - HOME CENTRE
Scented Pink (light and dark) Plastic Rosettes - LULU CENTER
Pink Plastic Calla Lily with Pink Pot - LULU HYPERMARKET

I have another personal style blog dedicated for my love for black and white color combination and of the shades and tints of pink.  Check out

What I Wore:
magenta knit cardigan, cat print button-down long blouse, black leggings - unbranded / scarf - Burberry / sneakers - K-Swiss / sunglasses - SM Kids Fashion

Live in style, everyday!