Thursday, July 27, 2017

#FitnessFridays: When Sportswear Meets Streetwear

You know just how relevant athleisure is when designers try to incorporate huge fashion trends even in activewear. Take for example my Zaful sports picks below featuring the still going strong (and forever favorite if I may add) shoulder-baring trend and lace-up details.

Sure, comfort over style may not always be my motto in most aspect of my dressing (lol!) but it's different when I'm in the gym now that I'm a group exercise instructor. Shheesssh. So when the bestie was worried whether the top would hinder my activities it being an off-shoulder cut, there was only one way to answer. Last Sunday, I used the pair for an hour of dance workout on stage. I was actually more worried about the lace part of the capri since it might untie while dancing.

And of course once again, Zaful passed the test of making activewear that are durable but within a good budget. The straps on the top still holds the sleeves like a tee so you can raise your arms without being restricted while the ties of the capri stayed all throughout the session. And just so you know, I'm one of the most jumpy instructors on stage. HAHAHA!!! So, if you're on the lookout for some quality gym outfits but on a good budget, you may check out the links below. Use the code ZAFULSALES1 to get additional discount for every $50 purchase. Happy shopping :)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sheer Me Out

Excuse my ignorance but when the bestie was asking on the phone whether the hotel where staying at is the place called Army and Navy club, I said I don’t think so letting her drove past the stately white structure while I sit comfortably in our elegant room waiting for her. Lol.

Okay, so maybe the bellboy did orient me on the future grand plans of this boutique hotel but never once did he tell me about the rich history of the place. Shame. But nothing a little research won’t solve, right?

So, Rizal Park Hotel is the exact spot where The Manila Army and Navy Club (built between 1910 and 1911) once stood. It used to be a national historic landmark and a glamorous enclave for American military officers and their wives/ families during the colonial era. This national heritage was abandoned 30 years ago (see? there goes my excuse) and restoration only started four years ago to turn it into a 5-star hotel/ heritage building.

Phase 1 of restoration is completed as you can see in my previous post. But a quick tour around the ongoing construction for Phase 2 told me that there would be more than just the luxe interiors and copious use of arches in the lobby - an infinity pool overlooking the Manila Bay, a gym with lifetime membership, sky bar, fisherman’s wharf would be completed by the end of this year. How exciting knowing that the place is just about 5 km away from our place :D

So, pictures taken here using this Zaful cover-up are on the infinity pool to be (see that panoramic view of Manila Bay?) and the still ongoing alfresco coffee bar. Again, got a new swimwear and a sheer cover-up on a rainy season? No problem. The cover-up worn here was styled ala-Coachella vibes. After all, summer music festivals are still happening right about now in LA. :P

Sheer Cover Up

Sunnies: Here; Jacket/ Belt: Topshop; Shoes: Mango

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Summer Somewhere

Sure, it's hard to chance up on a dry day here from now on because of the rainy season but you know what, that shouldn't stop you from wearing a swimwear. ;) As pointed out in this post, bodysuits or one-pieces serve a lot of purposes. This most coveted piece from Zaful has finally landed into my hands. Aaaah, you should know that this swimmie is always out of stock. So even if it's a rainy weekend staycation, you'd be sure that I'd still wear it. I paired it with this maxi tutu skirt that I once featured here

The garterized waist clings on to your lower part for cinching purposes while the halter upper part is in mesh panel with some embroidery in it to uhmm cover your bits. But word of caution, you're still gonna need some tapes here. *wink* If you don't wanna miss out on this sexy piece that everybody is wearing (seriously!), do check it out in the link below. :)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

#TrioThursdays: Ruffled Skirt

Previously, you've seen a ruffled sleeve, a neckline and a pant hem here. But what about combining this summer's major style trends into a skirt? Yep, for today's hashtag, we'll feature a ruffled skirt in this season's It-print - gingham.*

Let's see what we've got here - a chic midi length, a key placement of frills at the hem that's flattering enough (and not making you look like a flamenco dancer, though I would love that too lol) and in a print that everyone is obsessing over this summer. Yep, Pinterest just confirmed it here.

As mentioned in my other post, the ruffles already act as a statement on their own so with this skirt you can tone down your shoes with flats, sneakers or blocked heels as seen in the three looks below. Which one is your favorite? Btw, since this skirt is so versatile, I might do a second round of #triothursdays post soon. Yay! :D

Top: Topshop; Skirt: Mango; Shoes: Keds
Top: Zara; Skirt: Mango; Shoes: Zalora
Blazer/ Skirt: Mango; Shoes: H&M

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Rosegal/ Sammydress Wishlist: 1950s Fashion

As you may have noticed, I’m into classics now. After Gone with the Wind, my next movie projects are guess what? Audrey Hepburn films. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to do an Audrey-inspired shoot soon. Something better than this one perhaps? I’m glad Rosegal is here to help me. Here are my wishlist from their website to help me achieve my favourite icon’s looks.

Bowknot Cambric Oversize Brim 40s

Let's stay in 1950s shall we? Gone with the Wind inspired me to wear as much hats as I can. These are my picks from Sammydress and an elegant dress to match it with. What do you think?

P.S. Use coupon SammydressChen and RosegalChen for additional discounts upon purchase :)

Monday, July 17, 2017

GWTW Hats: Beret

So, after three long months of rooting for Scarlett and Rhett's love story (lol!), I was finally able to finish Gone with the Wind last week. Can I just say, what a masterpiece! True, it is a rich, complicated book of star-crossed lovers during the Civil War but I love that this book also teaches us about fashion. Riiigghhht. Haha. The first time I encountered GWTW was when I was doing my post about LBDs and how they were used for mourning (see here).

So you see, I have this thing for finding out the history of an article of clothing, accessory and hats included. It was a night in Batanes, reading Chapter 32 of the book when I thought I first learned when berets was introduced into the fashion world when Scarlett met Emmie Slattery after the war...

“Scarlett saw in a glance that the dress was bright in color to the point of vulgarity but nevertheless her eyes went over the outfit hungrily. It has been long since she had even seen stylish new clothes... And what a cunning hat! Bonnets must be out of style, for this hat was only an absurd flat red velvet affair, perched on the top of the woman’s head like a stiffened pancake.”

All along I was thinking Margaret Mitchell was talking about beret but to my surprise, a different kind of hat was used when I finally saw the 4-hr long movie last Saturday night. Hmmm. Far be it from me to question the costume designer’s interpretation of Emmie’s hat, but I really think it should look more like a beret or probably a fascinator ** but let's focus on berets as it is the highlight of this post's looks. Haha. 

Hat: Here; Coat: Here; Belt: Mango

Hat: Here; Top/ Skirt: H&M; Vest: Mango; Bag: Here

**Berets became a thing during the 1940s when the film was shown (see here)but the timeline of the event in the novel is around 1866 according to this timeline. You can choose here which hat accurately represents that of Emmie Slattery's :)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wishlist: All About that Flare Sleeves

Aside from looking on trend, a few of the things that billowy sleeves can give you? Hmm.. Think dramatic hailing of taxis, talking with a lot of hand gestures or even more swings when carrying your shopping bags. Lol. If you're into flare sleeves, here's a few of my picks from Zaful, all under $30. *wink*

1. Flare Sleeve Side Slit Shift Dress Minimalist rejoice in this LWD that's just perfect for summer.

2. Slit Belted Prom Dress. Flattering color and silhouette.

3. Bell Sleeves Off the Shoulder Checked Dress The most dramatic sleeves in this year's It-print!

4. Floral print flare sleeve crop blouse Because, millennial pink!

5. Leaf Print Flare Sleeve Off Shoulder Dress Bell sleeves and off the shoulder neckline = jackpot.

6. Flare Sleeve Lace Mini Dress Flare sleeves and lace equals a romantic combination.