Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Airport Monochromes

Comfort over style. Perhaps there’s no other place this tenet applies better than when in the airport. And special thanks to athleisure trend, it’s now easier to look trendy while comfy at the same time during the flight or while going through the airport security. As a matter of fact, I can’t imagine what airport/ in-flight style used to look like anymore prior to this. Celebrity’s flight fashion has proven the case for this too.

But if there’s another way to look elevated while at the airport in athleisure pieces, it seems like there's one way to do it - go monochrome. Check inspo of these looks below both inspired by Vicky Beckham and Kendall Jenner. Not only these looks are couch-sitting lounge worthy but also ensure total travel success. Yup yup. ;)

Gallery 1. An all black outfit will always look elevated. Trust me. It's also a celeb's fave monochrome style. Now most people would dismiss the athleisure classification of this outfit because of the footwear but I insist. Harem pants (I featured them here 2 yrs ago) has its roots in dancing and is considered a rather "sporty" bottoms. Much like track pants where we feature next...  

Gallery 2. Now, I know we're not going to stop featuring red here and it's a little bright for the airport. Lol. But if it's a look inspired by Kendall as again seen here, then I don't see anything wrong copying it. Haha!

What about you? What's your usual airport style? :)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Power of RED

RED, I know, has been dominating every aspect of my closet since last summer. Obviously, incorporating this color in your wardrobe is one way to make a statement this A/W '17 but last week more than ever was the best time to wear this powerful color.

You see this year alone, I talked about how this rich hue can add up to your attractiveness quotient here (clue: a red gown worn in Tokyo), or wore it for a birthmonth special here and some ways to wear items from your closet dipped in this striking color very recently here and here

It's classic, bold and loud and will never go out of style. At the same time, the color of love, courage, passion, good fortune and joy. Stylish women throughout the years have understood the power of this striking color and I couldn't have picked a better hue for celebrating one milestone at work - my very own product was officially launched in its second country (Indonesia). Here's what I wore to that momentous occasion. <3

Thursday, November 16, 2017

#TrioThursday: Red Blazer

In continuation of all things red (the color of F/W 17), I'm compiling all un-posted looks using this blazer that you've probably seen here over and over again *roll eyes* Lol. And yes, I'm fully aware that I've just featured red trackies for last week's hashtag. :P

Red and Pink. Can't believe this was once considered a taboo combo when it's one of the prettiest and girliest combo ever! ;)

Blazer: Mango; Top: Topshop; Shoes: Miss Selfridge

Hot & Cold. I can't believe this look from early this year hasn't made its way yet here. A pale shade of blue and a bright red is one that's pleasing to the eyes, agree? Also, I can't believe that after obsessing with this trend, I'm finally ready to let go of off-shoulders for next year.

Blazer/ Trousers: Mango; Shoes: Zara

A little French. Worn a few days before my trip to Paris, this look couldn't get any more French chic with the breton stripes and the on-trend baker boy hat. *wink*

Blazer/ Shoes: Mango; Top/ Hat: H&M; Belt: Topshop

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

#TuesdayShoesday: Ankle Boot Trends

Resident of a warmer coast (tropical countries, even) but die-hard fan of fall? You've got yourself an ally here. 🙋 Lol. Being an autumn lover means you've probably atleast planned a trip somewhere (hey, everybody in my FB was in Seoul lately haha!) and I'm 100% sure the first wardrobe consideration would be - shoes! And what's the best boots for fall? Of course, ankle boots!

When the temperature drops slightly (somehow we do have that here right? rainy weather, etc.) in our local zones, we think about busting out our boots to get more mileage out of them than that aforementioned autumn holiday. And because I went overboooard with this shoe trend, these styles are on my heavy rotation lately. Weird side-eyes by strangers be daaammnnedd!!! HAHAHA!!!

Red Satin Boots:

The color that took over the street style scenes in fashion month not only in clothing but in footwear as well. Don't you just simply agree that adding a touch of red instantly makes you look a standout?

Shirt/ Shoes/ Bag/ Earrings: Mango; Blazer/ Skirt: H&M

White Boots

I let go of this trend last year but so glad that designers have still incorporated this style for this season's collection just proving the lasting power of this color.

Top/ Bag/ Shoes: Mango; Skirt: Zalora

Heel Sock Boots:

Couldn't have been more excited when this updated silhouette entered the trend this year. What makes it sexy is that the sock part hugs your leg like a second skin. Did you see my other look of this boot here?

Eyewear/ Belt: Mango; Earrings/ Dress: Zaful; Shoes: Rubi

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

#TrioThursday: Side Stripes

Even way before, stripes have always been associated with sports. They are used in car racing, the black and white vertical stripes worn as uniforms by referees and of course there’s that iconic sports brand with their 3-stripes branding. As to when this all began still remains a mystery to me though. (I didn’t have enough time to research so would appreciate if you have the info. ;)

The stripes detail is interesting because of our item in feature today – the track pants. It has got me thinking how even without the gartered hemlines, latest iterations of this trend come in side-stripes and wide-leg cuts but still look very sporty. And speaking of reinventions, back in the 90s, you’d only see stripes paired with trainers (hello Mel C of Spice Girls! Or check out Brit Brit’s Hit Me One More Time). But with the rise of the athleisure trend, street style stars are rocking the look with heels, statement bags and with feminine touches of statement earrings. This post will feature three looks on how I styled my pairs (a sale item I got from H&M *wink*) for today’s hashtag. Because trust me, if a comfy trend like this is taking over, we must take advantage as long as it lasts. :)

Top/ Pants: H&M; Bag: Mango

Top/ Pants: H&M; Bag/ Shoes: Mango; Earrings: Zaful

Jacket: Mango; Top: Terranova; Pants: H&M

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Trend Overdose

One of the major fashion mistakes most fashion editors would often say would have to be this – trend overdose. From the word itself, that’s combining multiple trends in one look. BUT, and that’s a big fat but, they never said something like that when it comes to accessories.

Two months after fashion week, it’s but natural to expect a trove of trends from its participants and apologies coz I kind of found it hard to filter them accessory-wise. So in this look, I’m sort of committing this fashion faux pas and I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether it’s Yay or Nay! ;) Plus points though, if you’ve identified all three trends but I’ll simply break it down for you. :)

Newsboy cap. If it’s not yet obvious to you that I’m a hat lover, well then now you know. Lol. You’ve prolly seen this hat before in here but this topper was unexpectedly seen all over the street style stars during the fashion month. I can only be glad to dust it off from my drawer.

Statement Earrings. Sculptural is actually more of the trend now when it comes to these jewelries but I am loving these simple oversized gold hoops simply because it’s easy to be paired with anything.

Heel Sock Boots. Fall means it’s boots season and this one is a new style that was so hard to resist. Just the way they hug your ankles is so sexy. Style tip? Just like socks that need to be shown off, this is best worn with skirts or dresses. If worn with jeans, best to cuff it to show off the sock part. :)

Hat/ Skirt: H&M; Bag: Mango; Jacket/ Bodysuit/ Earrings: Zaful/ Shoes: Rubi

Friday, November 3, 2017

Rosegal/ Zaful Holiday Wishlist

The holidays are coming! Do you already have something to wear for the occasion? Glad there's Rosegal and Zaful to help us on our shopping needs. *grins* Hmmm, for this season I think I'm into their jumpsuit selections. Are you too? Here are my current picks. Though both are in attractive price points, they're guaranteed to make you stand out. What do you think?

As for Zaful, I was drawn to their floral selections. I think this nude floral pyjama set is so on trend and versatile while being effortless at the same time. Or, if you think it is a loud one, you can always opt for its relative kimono trend in this print below. :)

P.S. Use the code ZafulChen and RosegalChen in your purchases to get additional discounts. :) Happy Shopping! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

#FitnessFriday: Self-Acceptance/ Self-Love

"If we hate any part of ourselves, then nothing is ever good enough."

For the last #fitnessfriday posts featuring activewear from my sponsors Rosegal and Zaful, they were always about a review of the product and making sure I somehow look good with it in the photos. I’m sure that by now the brand’s quality is pretty much established and proven trendy. So let me just tackle another point here…

The truth is, I wasn’t really satisfied with how I presented the products upon myself. Lol. Prolly not my tiptop shape to wear something ab-baring or (or lack thereof) or skintight at the moment of shoot. I was pretty sure I didn’t slip into my regular fitness routine too though I could’ve overeaten or something and there could be a whole other reasons why.

But at the end of the day, aside from the pressure from the sponsors to post (lol), I just have to finally let these pics out and say, “Sod it!” This body has run half marathons in the past, can do a back to back dance (energetic if I may add) class if needed or climb the second highest summit of the country without prior training. This body has served me well so much. What do I have to complain about?

Quick description of the items here: if you haven’t heard of the naked trend, well it has taken over the athleisure world particularly in the form of leggings. I’ve had attendees doing double takes if I was really wearing at the bottom with this nude two tone thingy. Haha! And it’s so sweet to find a cool take on the hoodie with this open front top from Rosegal.

Plunging sports top, yaaay! Definitely flattering for flat-chested ITBC members. Lol. But what I appreciate the most here is the half-hand coverage through a thumbhole that doubles up as fitness gloves for tough workouts. 💪 

P.S. Use the code ZafulChen and RosegalChen in your purchases to get additional discounts. :) Happy Shopping! 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

#TrioThursday: Art Gallery

I’m not an art expert nor come from something with an art background but my appreciation for going to art museums started when I took a styling workshop at SoFA three years ago. Our professor (@styledeity) asked us to visit an exhibit and from there produce a series of editorials inspired by the exhibit’s cosmic theme for our final project. And that’s where I came up with this.

In the hopes of broadening my artistic appreciation, I dedicated four straight days of museum hopping when I was in Paris last month. And I agree with what most travel reviews say, I really did appreciate more the works I found in Musee d’Orsay and found the Louvre a bit underwhelming. Probably it's because of this one specific Manet painting in Orsay that really spoke to me.

Here in Makati, I’m happy that Picasso’s art gallery is just a 5-min walk from the office so I can always hop in everytime they have a new exhibit. It's also good to get acquainted with local talents we have here and their work. Who knows I might get inspired for a look from one of their exhibits one day? But for now, here are some of the looks I had while visiting the gallery for today's hashtag. :) 

Top: Zara; Pants/ Bag: H&M; Shoes: Keds

Dress: Dorothy Perkins; Shoes: Mango

Bag: Mango; Dress: Here

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pink Matters 🎀

It may be the last day of October but as they say, late is better than never wearing pink for breast cancer awareness month. It’s not a cause that I am avidly in support of or what but feel that something that should be relevant personally to me because of my current medical condition.

Okay, I hope the last two words didn’t give you quite a scare but yeah for the last two years I believe I have been monitoring these cysts that I found in my both breasts. There’s nothing to worry for now but of course it’s something that I have to continuously work on and treat in the best ways/ methods that I know of. As always, prevention is better than cure and now you might understand why the dedication to an active lifestyle and healthy living. Nothing is guaranteed but your kind words of support/ understanding or knowledge sharing will always be appreciated. :)

And now to the outfit, here’s a simple chiffon dress I wore matched with this sponsored hat from Rosegal. The pink suitcase is a loved souvenir I got when I was in Paris. Coz I simply can’t leave the city without something distinctively one of the world’s fashion capital. ;)

Oh and just because I wasn't able to blog it last year, look what I found through Facebook's On This Day feature. :)

Dress: Mango
P.S. Use the code RosegalChen in your purchases to get additional discounts. :) Happy Shopping! 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Pretty Woman Dress Up

T minus 2 days until Halloween. Have you got yourself a costume? You may check this earlier post on how you can recreate two different costumes using a bustier. For last Friday’s company teambuilding activity though, I decided to go for one of Julia Roberts character – Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman.

Anyway, considering that this movie was shown in the 90s, it can be quite a challenge (aside from being impractical) hunting the web or shops for the same cut-out dress she wore when Richard Gere picked her up in Rodeo drive. So, I simply recreated it using a tank top and a denim mini skirt. And okay, I’m getting to the part where it’s all messed up. Lol. The wig was purchased last minute at Divisoria to complete the look and I have to humor myself how it turned out to look like Vice Ganda. Hahaha. It was worth it though coz I won 3rd prize for costume. Yaasss!

The blazer that was tied to the waist is actually a Marvel printed hoodie which was fitting because that night was supposedly a Thor Ragnarok date night. I just had to wear it with the mini skirt and voila, here’s a Friday night movie look. Lol! 

Bag: Mango; Hat/ Shoes: H&M