I’ve wanted to try out the galaxy and/or cape trend for awhile but I couldn’t find a decent piece for each so I wore them together… DOUBLE WHAMMY!
Pat gave me the top and skirt for Christmas, he has a very good sense of taste, doesn’t he? I loved it so much that I decided to save it for a special occasion, our 3rd year anniversary! You can read about how the date went here.
I’m so in-love with my top. I’m so surprised about how I was able to snag this from the department store. SM is really stepping up their game! I’m even more excited about shopping there especially after I saw the racks at SM GTW. That’ll have to wait, though, because I imposed a shopping ban on myself until March 30.
Oh and by the way, yes, I have gained weight and I am so happy about it! Everybody around me kept saying that I looked much better and healthier with a little bit of meat on myself and I concur. I was browsing through photos of me last year and I looked like I aged 10 years when I was so skinny! NEVER.AGAIN!
Well, that’s about it.
Oh no, wait! I have one more thing to add.
Entreintes et Bisous,
Photo courtesy of redwhiteandsociallyawkward.blogspot.com
I’m going to take a short break from style blogging to address a recurring trend that I’ve been witnessing everywhere: haters. Not just mine, but everyone else’s, be it bullies or backstabbers.
The fact that I’m talking about this issue, I can’t say that I don’t care because I do, obviously. To be blatantly honest, I’m not new to having bashers; in fact, I’ve been exposed to a myriad of them for quite some time now that they don’t really hurt anymore. I can even genuinely say that these people who seem to have not benevolence in their lives have even made me stronger. I am not without fault, however, since I was a hater once, too. I know that I’ve hurt a lot of people in my life, as well, that caused a number of people to not like me even more back when I was younger, but that was in the past. People change and I’ve made a conscious effort to make sure that my bad ways are broken. I’m not perfect, but who in this world is? I NOW try (operative words) to be kind to everyone I meet. You may say that I’m a hypocrite but I’m not. I NOW don’t hate people, I just don’t condone some actions that other people do and that’s different.
Suffice to say, I am writing this not just for me, but mostly for some of the people who have fragile emotions or those who cannot stand up for themselves and speak up. I have been through that phase before and every glare I get, every livid-for-no-reason person I encounter, every eye-roll I see whenever I speak, and every gossip I hear about me (whether true or not) used to crush the living spirit in me. But not anymore.
To the haters, this I ask you: what do you get out of hating someone? Does it improve your life? Does it make you sleep better at night? Does it make your food taste better? Does it make you any taller? Does it help you reach your life goals? NO. If anything, it only brings more negativity into your life and heaviness to your heart. I know because, like I said, I was once in your position and at some point, I started to abhor the feeling. If you do, however, then go about your antagonistic life but rest assured that I’m not gonna stick around and watch you go down the drain.
And to the recipients of all the hate, I want to share with you this quote that’s been going around lately, “Haters don’t hate you, they hate themselves because you’re a reflection of what they wish to be. Poor, confused people” (Unknown). Even if they seem to have attained more success in terms of profession or whatever they’re proud of in life does not ensure that they live a happy life. The fact that they’re stooping so low just to break your spirits just means that they are not contented with their own lives so they poke their noses into yours. Don’t mind them, but do remember the feeling that the experience had brought you so that you will not do it to others. Listen to constructive criticism but learn how to discern them from hatred. DO NOT BLAME YOURSELF FULLY. You may be partly to blame, but it doesn’t mean that you deserve all the hurt, remember that people who truly have your back will tell you your liabilities for you to change them, but they will not turn their backs and hate on you secretly. So long as you are not doing anything that hurt anyone then move forward, don’t mind the people who pick on every little thing you do.
I want to end this with another reminder: haters will not pull you down lest you are ahead of them.
Truth be told, I actually wore this outfit out last week while hunting for Arianne’s prom dress. I got a LOT of weird stares from random people, even my parents. It’s not like I’m one to care, though. Whenever I see someone (or a group of people) glaring with their left/right eyebrow up to their hairline, I lift my chin up even higher and walk forward on a straight line with my right foot crossing the left one (yes, like a model on a runway during NYFW). It sounds conceited (trust me, I know), but what’s the point of wearing something if you’re not going to own it, right?
I cannot be anymore thankful for these Leg Love tights. It was so warm during the morning but at night, the cool Baguio breeze just kept blowing. My bare legs would not have been able to take it!
I snagged this necklace during the bazaar in Christmas Village at Baguio Country Club. It’s so cool! It’s got a magnet below the serpent head so I can place it anywhere I want on the body. I can even use it as a belt.
I may have cheated a little bit, however, because I wore this with flats that isn’t part of my 30 for 30 challenge. I mean, what do you expect?? I can’t possibly walk around Baguio wearing 5.5-inch heeled booties! And even when I was wearing flats, my feet hurt at the end of the day.
I have no Idea, though, what the penalty is for using a piece of clothing that isn’t part of the list. Can I just say sorry and swear that I’ll never do it again?
Etreintes et bisous,
I noticed that I haven’t been posting random thoughts in my blog lately. It wasn’t my intention to make my blog purely about style. It’s just that I’ve had so many things to do for work that I don’t have a lot of time to write or make a decent post. I guess this is what adults have been telling me when I was younger, that as I grow a year older, life will have its way of sneaking up on you. If that makes sense.
Although I must say, I have a lot of things pent up for me this year blog-wise and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to keep up with my goals. But that’s another story. Let’s get to the point of this post, shall we?
I was blog surfing one day and I saw this one article from Ivon Domingo about the pleasures in life. Given that “All blogs post the same stuff” (Unknown, 2012), might as well jump into the bandwagon and write my own list of the little things that I love/am thankful for. The contents of my Pleasure list.
A visit from my boyfriend from Monday ‘till Friday at 7am
Discovering a new song that not many has heard yet (how hipster of me)
The sheer excitement of finding and downloading an eBook (a free one at that. Yo-ho!)
The feel of an overcast day.
Smelling the breeze of the valley on the way to Baguio, but not on the City itself.
The sound of my facebook chatbox popping up
Finishing the eBook I downloaded. Plus points if it was a good one.
Monthly anniversaries (Yep. We still celebrate them despite 3 years of being together…we are the Cheesy kind)
Unearthing a new English word and actually using it on a daily basis.
My niece saying (clearly and profoundly), “You’re the best, Tita”
My nephew’s shrill laughter.
My brother and his wife coming home for the weekend.
Waking up to seven text messages from Patrick.
A fully charged phone
Payday (Whut, whut!).
Hearing the LBC man call my name.
Tearing up the LBC package.
Finding out that there are shoes/clothes/accessories inside the LBC package.
October TV Show premieres
My sister calling me “Gel.”
Proofreading someone’s write-up.
When one of my bestfriends come home from Manila.
When my other bestfriend tells me that she wants to come over.
People asking me for style advice. It’s rare but it happens.
Being able to dish out a tongue-in-cheek remark (and people laughing at it)
Friends telling me their relationship problems and asking for advice (this makes me feel as if Patrick and I are doing some things right!)
Getting new followers on Tumblr/Twitter/Instagram/Lookbook/Bloglovin
Prancing around the house in high heels.
Procuring well-meaning comments on my blog.
Finishing a movie/tv show download.
End of work day.
Watching back-to-back youtube videos.
The cold sensation and taste of Vanilla Ice Cream in my mouth.
Seeing my parents cuddle.
Memorizing a new song that keeps playing over and over my head.
The scent of freshly cut grass or rained-upon concrete.
Full junk mail (I know it’s weird but that’s where all my social media alerts are directed)
When someone notices that I have really brown eyes.
Tight hugs that last for more than 10 minutes.
Surprise tight hugs from behind.
Birthday greetings, genuine or reminded by Facebook.
When people touch my hair despite its roughness. It’s amazingly calming.
The feeling after taking a bath.
They boyfriend sneaking up to caress my face even though he knows I’m only pretend sleeping on the couch.
Finishing 50 sit-ups.
Driving lessons with my boyfriend.
(I’m going to quote some things on Ivon’s list as I can relate to them, as well)
The sight of the waiter with the food you ordered.
30-second movie trailers.
Being able to whip up a witty response IMMEDIATELY.
Finding money in your pocket or bag.
Hearing “job well done” remarks from your boss.
Seeing a groom tear-up as he sees his bride in her wedding gown.
If you have noticed (if you’re even able to reach the end of this blog), these are things that money can’t buy. By now you may be wondering what the point of is. But to be frank, as I was writing this, I felt a sense of calm, of contentment. It is true that if we count the little things in life that make us happy, then there will be more to be thankful for.
Etreintes et bisous,
An all black outfit for today. My style comfort zone.
Top: F&H | Leather Shrots: Anxiety Clothing | Shoes and Hat: SM Department Store | Sunnies: Charlie Apparel (Via Zalora) | Plated Necklace: Trendphile Manila | Snake Multi-way Necklace: Christmas Bazaar | Spike Cuff and 4-finger Connector Ring: Sponge and Bob Accessories
To everybody who keeps prodding about how thin I am, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: MY CURVES!
I don’t know if anybody’s noticed but most of the time, I only wear skirts or flared shorts to hide how wide my hips and how huge my thighs are. Those are some of the insecurities that I have but I’m thankful that I have ways to hide it through clothes. On one day out with Patrick and his sisters, though, I’ve decided to embrace what my momma gave me!
I love this necklace that I got from a Christmas Bazaar, I think it’s unique. It has a magnet at the snake head so I can adjust it to my desired length, I can also use it as an accent belt!
Hi, babe! I seeeee youuuu! 😀
Patrick tells me that I shouldn’t be embarrassed about my hips. He tells me that most men prefer curvy women than skinny ones because they have more cheeks to pinch. LOL! To be honest, though, it makes me feel so much better about myself. I guess that at some point, we have to look at things at a different perspective to appreciate what we were given.
I didn’t want to flaunt too much, however, so I went ahead and wore a black on black outfit, otherwise known as the universally flattering color. Every time I couldn’t think of a decent outfit, I just throw on all my black clothes and go with it, kinda like my comfort zone.
Nope! Still not giving up on my 30 for 30 challenge! Oh, and happy Monday, you guys!
Pat actually bought this pair of pants for me in Forever 21 last November because he likes it when I wear pants. To be honest, though, when I tried it on, I thought it was a normal shade of pink, I only found out that it was neon when I read the tag at home. I didn’t mind, though. At least people will find me easier at night.
The top was also Pat’s gift last Christmas. It looked so elegant on the rack, probably because of the material, lace detail, and the fact that it’s pure white. I realized in the fitting room, however, that this top is all business and elegance in the front…
…but party and fun at the back! I soooo love the back detail of this dress! It’s so sexy but it maintains all class, in my opinion.
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect nude mary janes for a while and I’m so happy that I was able to get my hands on this pair from Asian Vogue. It may not be the most comfortable shoes in the world but it’s definitely sexy! This was actually Pat’s gift, as well. I should’ve called this post “Pretty Peplum and Pink Pants (and Pointy Shoes) from Pat.” I know that my boyfriend is reading this so, THANKS BABE! You always spoil me 🙂
“Arm Party is a party in your arms”– Wise words from The Man Repeller.
That’s actually it for today, you guys. I just wanted to share what I wore during one of my trips with my family to Baguio. I don’t have any random thoughts for today because I’m really hungry. LOL! So right now, I’m gonna indulge in the juicy burger that Pat just bought for me a few minutes ago.
Guys! Hi daw sabi ng kili-kili ko!
The fact that I have not posted anything in a while may have made you think that I gave up on my 30 for 30 challenge already but nooooo! Guys, I’m just on look two and I’m not going to back down anytime soon. I’ve just been really busy last week that I didn’t have any time to shoot.
Whenever I post a look, it’s either I’ve worn it out OR I don’t have the guts to actually wear it out, and this outfit is part of the latter. I am not confident enough to wear a corset top by itself in public, I’ll just feel really self-conscious.
I really love this gold skirt from TNC. My only issue when I received it was that it’s too short. It was a good thing that it was hemmed twice so I was able to adjustthe length to my liking.
I have this affinity for hats (and sunnies) and I’m ever so thankful that Pat supports these little quirks that I have. He gave me this hat as a pasalubongone random day. I really think it’s cute!
Well, it’s actually a quick post for today as I have to get ready for work tonight. Sometimes I wonder why Monday is so far from Friday yet Friday is so close to Monday. *Sigh*
P.S. This outfit post is part of my 30 for 30 challenge. To know more about it, please read about it here. 🙂
Photos by Patrick Julaton 🙂