DRESSED IN DREAMS
Je is a 20 year old girl from the Philippines and an A.B. Multimedia Arts senior at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.
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My 2013 Moonleaf Planner (+ Giveaway - CLOSED!)
minimalist and typographic cover design
Would you believe me if I told you this is my first time to use a planner? I initially thought planners are restrictive and only uptight people use them. I also thought that the best way to spend the day is for it to be as unexpected as possible.
discount coupons and stickers
Of course I still think the latter is true but lately, I’ve been finding myself listing down things to do for the week on the back pages of my notebook and even here on my Tumblr drafts. So I’m finally taking back my biased opinion of planners since it’s evidently convenient to own one if you have a busy schedule. I decided to buy a planner the following year (which is now).
photos and details about Moonleaf
After having this planner epiphany thingamajigger, I started scouting for planners and was surprised with how pricey the good ones are. But as luck would have it Jean of Moonleaf texted me out of the blue that she’ll give me their 2013 planner as a gift plus, another one to giveaway for you guys! :)
If you can’t wait for the contest to end, you can buy yours at any Moonleaf Tea Shop branches. The black one costs 295php and the limited edition (only 1500 pcs produced) green costs 395php.
HOW TO JOIN:
hype Wallflower on Lookbook.nu
floral bustier and shoes bought online
I might as well post this now; better late than never. This outfit is what I wore to Cotton On’s VIP launch last September at SM Mall of Asia. The bustier’s right side bone sticks out awkwardly at times (case in point: photo #4) but I love the floral print too much to give it away.
The rest of my months passed in a blur, I’m not posting as much as before even in my other accounts. But since it’s Christmas break I’m gonna try to get my blog back on track. I generally feel elated during these -ber months, not just because it’s the holiday season but because of several occasions such as my boyfriend’s twentieth birthday last September, mine on December 23 and our anniversary (fifth! hee) last November 14.
I still can’t believe I’m a few days shy of turning twenty. I’m certainly not one of the most mature and responsible people in my age group but I’ll try to be one. Gotta include that in my New Year’s resolutions along with a new hair color.
My heart goes out to the Connecticut school shooting and typhoon Pablo victims and their families.
(CLOSED) Rio Mints Backyard Party
Hi guys! :) I know I haven’t been updating much but here’s a fun news. I got invited to Rio Mints Backyard Party with bloggers this October 20, Saturday, 3:30 to 7:00pm at The W Tower Party Deck (North Bonifacio Triangle, Bonifacio Global City). And the invite says that I can bring ONE reader who will be my partner in all the activities they have prepared.
For this event, Rio Mints will be launching their fifth and most exciting flavour, Sweet Mango. Rio Mints is a brand of sugar-free mints that comes in four exciting flavors - Burgundy Grape, Pink Grapefruit, Honey Melon and Green Tea & Peppermint. They’re low in calories and contain active nutritional ingredients (i.e. Beta Carotene, Vitamin C). They come in chic containers that can fit whatever style or mood you’re in! Not to mention, they also contain Xylitol so they’re tooth friendly too!
So if you want to come with me to this party, you just have to answer one question… choco na batok or batok na choco?
Once in a Blue Moon
hype Once in a Blue Moon on Lookbook.nu
Necklace sponsored by Ministry of Retail
Three weeks of absence! I only blog once in a blue moon… I tried not to (last month), but pre-finals schoolwork is enough to get my schedule all haywire because I suck at time management and I bask in the everyday moments of mindless munching and clicking.
This outfit is what I wore to a photo shoot for Nestle Crunch Ice Cream last August 5. The bloggers they chose for the online campaign were required to wear blue since it’s the brand’s color. I wasn’t too happy when I read that part (although, I was generally happy and thrilled. Hello? It’s for Nestle; a big brand + I get free ice cream! What ice cream/Crunch chocolate loving girl wouldn’t like that?) since blue is a color that I rarely wear and personally don’t favor in clothing (denim material, shoes and bags are excluded).
Mint scallop top, no brand, Floral blazer, thrift store, Bangles, gift from a reader (Camille Q.)
I look ugly in blue specifically, royal blue. It makes my complexion appear dull and the color wears me (is this term even applicable to colors? haha) and not the other way around. Navy blue and mint blue are the only shades of blue that I like and unfortunately it’s not the shade of Nestle. But being the badass that I am (insert meme here) I overlooked that fact and convinced myself, while picking out what to wear the night before, that they didn’t exactly say which shade of blue anyway.
I don’t have copies of my photos yet since I wasn’t able to attend the launch but they’ll post it on Facebook soon. Honestly, I was surprised fashion bloggers were part of the campaign since it’s for a food brand; food bloggers are expected. Perhaps they kept variety in mind… anyhow, it was a fun experience.
peplum shorts, sunglasses, and shoes, bought online
Speaking of food bloggers, I remember this one time when a food blogger I met during an event asked me, out of curiosity, if being a fashion or personal style blogger puts a strain on the budget. She had the impression that style bloggers shop for new clothes for each new post. I told her it’s the opposite, we blog because we shop, not the other way around. I think it’s ridiculous to buy something (whether it be clothes, make-up, gadgets or food) mainly for the purpose of blogging about it. Sadly, I know a handful of bloggers who do this. Maybe I’m just nitpicking but I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who thinks it’s silly. Thoughts? :)
Lack of new posts yet again. I purposely didn’t blog the past few days. It seemed quite insensitive to talk about outfits and other shallow things at a time like that. I’m not saying this because I’ve done something significant (I wish! haha). I just didn’t feel like it because doing so would certainly make me feel even more cut off from the world (or at least, the Philippines). I feel too privileged compared to victims of the recent calamity that struck our country.
And I bet you’re sharing the same sentiments as me since you’re online instead of spending the night in a crowded evacuation center. I know you’re itching to help and contribute something instead of just waiting to see what happens next on Twitter.
I’ll just be a burden if I ever joined any volunteer groups (I’ve confirmed this last Monday. I’ll blog about my flood disaster experience soon; it was insane haha). So the suitable option for me would be to donate goods and if you want to do the same, read on. :)
For list of evacuation and relief operations, visit these websites:
What do donate? Canned goods, drinking water, toiletries, clothes, mats and blankets
If you want to donate but don’t have the time to:
• Donate in cash (via Philippine Red Cross). Text RED
• You can give me your donations (we can meet-up at a reasonable location) and I’ll forward them to my school’s (DLS-CSB) relief goods drop-off. Just leave me a message.
The Secret Garden
hype The Secret Garden on Lookbook.nu
I received the invitation to Benchingko Films premiere night two days before the event and the dress code was “red carpet ready” very intimidating. I was quite unprepared; I had no time to shop due to my classes and errands for the week.
Fortunately while I was rummaging through my closet, I spotted this lovely dress sent to me by Ministry of Retail. I put my hair up and paired the dress with conservative pieces: black heels, black purse and accessories in the same color. I figured that the back detail, which I fell in love with, is enough to do the talking since it appears so striking in such a prim and proper looking attire.
I decided to name this look “The Secret Garden” because of the braided circle appliqués (that resemble roses) lining the neckline all the way to the back (which is where the “secret” begins… chos!).
Dress sponsored by Ministry of Retail
Actually, this is the third time that I named a look in my Lookbook after a book (tongue twister! haha). I read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett when I was younger. I didn’t like it as much as I liked the author’s other novel, A Little Princess (commonly known as “Princess Sara” here in the PH).
Purse, thrifted, accessories, no brand
I enjoyed watching the tagalized anime version and also the local movie adaptation back in the 90’s, featuring Camille Pratts as Sara and Angelica Panganiban as Becky. So imagine my delight later on when I found out that these shows were derived from a novel. It’s a bit embarrassing though because I only got the chance to read it when I was already in high school… pretty late considering that it’s a book for children.
Shoes, University Mall
I hope I don’t seem pretentious for naming some of my outfits with book titles. A look’s name is required in the website and sometimes I run out of ideas so I use book titles, song lyrics and even names of food (how creative -_-).
Last Friday, I went to the red carpet premiere of Bench’s Benchingko Films at Center Stage, SM Mall of Asia with Moe, Adly, and Gian. We were treated to a variety of short films under different genres ranging from musical to drama to comedy. The films feature Piolo Pascual, Lovi Poe, Bella Flores, Coco Martin, Lucy Torres-Gomez, and (surprise!) Ben Chan himself. :)
Here are some of the short films we watched:
Hurricane Kitty x Clothepedia
Here’s my favorite outfit from the paid collaboration I recently did with online clothing line, Clothepedia. I styled and modeled for their third and fourth collection. The former one is edgy while the latter is corporate chic which shows how the brand faithfully sticks to its flexible identity.
The set-up was easy since Moe and I just took photos as we normally do for my outfit posts except this time, I had to change outfits seven times (whew!). Unfortunately, it started raining midway through the photo shoot so we had to relocate to a roofed area (still inside CSB). We actually managed to finish eight sets in less than two hours despite the uncooperative weather. After the shoot, I headed to class and Moe hurried to get to her Maybelline shoot on time. I’m still surprised we managed to pull it off! :)
CLOTHEPEDIA offers a variety of designs that caters to every teenager and young adult’s tastes. From a classic to edgy look or brand new to vintage. The clothing line is owned by 20 year old Jenica Magalong, commonly known as “Ica”, a Marketing Management alumna from Adamson University. The brand assures that every item is in its best value. It aspires in bringing the best look a girl could ever have through its unique designs. Clothepedia is not your ordinary online shop. It lets ladies define their own style.
visit www.facebook.com/officialclothepedia for more details
I wore this schoolgirl inspired outfit to Uniqlo’s Cast Announcement party last May.
hype Norwegian Wood on Lookbook.nu
I love my Suy crossbody satchel! Suy Bags recently opened their first physical store at Ground Floor, SM Marikina. Visit them if you have the time. :)
My personal life has been pretty eventful lately and whenever that happens, blogging always takes a backseat. They say if you really love something you’ll make time for it. That’s why I will never abandon this blog even if I’m not posting regularly. Although, it seems like I already am… since this is only my fourth post this month. :( Anyway, I’m looking forward to the four highlights in my calendar. First is my shoot for Playboy Magazine this Saturday.
Haha! Caught you off-guard there didn’t I? Nope, I’m not modeling (I will only be Playboy material when they start featuring girls with prepubescent bodies… and that’s absolutely illegal lol), I’m styling for a photo shoot. Second is the first ever Tumblr Fair on August 4 at San Juan Gym where I’ll be selling my preloved items. Please visit my booth especially if your shoe size is 5 to 6 and you wear small-medium clothing. Third, is a styling gig for a pre-debut shoot and guess what, my client is also a reader of this blog! And the last is… still a secret because things aren’t finalized yet. My fault really, I didn’t respond immediately but here’s a clue: local teen clothing line. :)
So that’s it! Wish me luck. ♥