I admit, I quite enjoyed our cold January weather. But the Philippines will always be a tropical country, and because it’s now March, I could not help but think of summer. I’m not a beach babe, and I don’t have anything in particular to look forward to this summer, but summer has always meant a long “vacation” for me. Fashion-wise, it’s a vacation from jackets and coats and blazers, and closed shoes. Here, I’m wearing my summer early with a thrifted white button-down shirt and a vintage skirt, paired with tsinelas, thrifted hat, borrowed shades and Human Nature bag.
On the last weekend of 2013, I had the chance to visit Bohol — after such a long time and after the October earthquake. I assisted in a wedding shoot and although it was a wedding, it was more like a “tour.” We traveled from Panglao, to Alburquerque to Loay. Along the way, I saw remnants of the damage of the quake — the Loay and Dauis Churches, the damaged roads and houses, but I also saw how the people are picking up their lives and continuing to live. It made me teary-eyed, but I fell asleep because it was raining. Here’s my travel outfit — thrifted knitted stipes, vintage blue plants, slippers, Aldo shades, travel bag from Grandma, and borrowed bag from sister — a very comfortable that Sunday although it was very sunny because I had cough and colds. Photos taken at Alona Kew Beach Resort, Panglao, Bohol.
I was lucky to snatch this Moschino Cheap & Chic skirt with cute stitching. The stitching reminded me of the many cross-stitch pieces I made when I was younger. I thought it would be the best skirt to wear to a children’s party. The skirt though was too tight I can barely breath in it anymore. That skirt will have to go to someone with smaller hips soon. I paired it with a vintage neon top, gifted handbag and Juan by Janilyn l0w-heeled pumps.
Even in this age of technology, I still can’t bring myself to use a tablet or a smartphone to keep my schedule organize. It must be just a mental thing — but I love to write down to-do lists, future activities and budgets in paper. I also love ticking off or scratching out done tasks. It makes me more “fulfilled” as compared to when I just typed it in a digital planner. I also love not being able to totally erase my plans. In short, I love planners. At the end of each year, I am always excited to get one. I have found the perfect planner in a Muji one, but I wasn’t able to buy one before 2014 started. I was thankful though to have received a planner from my boyfriend’s cousin. It’s a give-away planner from their insurance company but the paper is good, and I thought there would no longer be any use to buy a new one since this one would do.
To elevate the planner to a “cuter” and “prettier” level, I pimped it up by covering the planner with cloth from a skirt that no longer fits me and covering the monthly page dividers with magazine scraps. I also had washi tapes lying around the house and I made use of them to cover up traces of the insurance company’s name.
free 2014 planner
glue gun and stick (used to stick the cloth onto the planner)
double sided tape to stick the magazine pages onto the paper
I am a lousy gifter. I rarely give “material” gifts, but I also give gifts anytime of the year when I see things I know my family and friends would love. I know it’s already Christmas eve, but still, it’s never too late to let people know what I truly want for Christmas. My fervent wish this Christmas is that there will be no more natural calamities — but that could not be granted, even if I harness all my powers to stop climate change. So, I made a list of material things I’d love to receive this Christmas and all throughout the year.
1. Ferragamo Flats
I see this pair in almost all the U.S. bloggers that I adore, but I still haven’t found this pair here in Philippine flea markets (although I’ve already bought another pair of Salvatore Ferragamo flats from one of the Baguio wagwagan stalls). These flats are great for any occasion and they look comfortable and durable to last another lifetime (the good about excellent quality shoes). I hope my friends and family in the U.S. take this as a hint, or my readers in the Philippines point me to where I can buy these flats.
2. Magazine Subscriptions
I read a lot of magazines because I enjoy short but interesting articles. I read any kind of magazines, but through the years I’ve only been loyal (in terms of subscription and hoarding) to two magazines: Lucky and Domino. Lucky for shopping and fashion and Domino for home and entertaining. When I moved to a very small apartment last year, I found myself tearing my favorite pages from around 5-years’ worth of Lucky magazines and throwing or recycling the rest of the magazine pages. With my too-small apartment, it was no longer sustainable to subscribe to the print editions. So, I’m glad there are digital subscriptions, although I’d be more than happy if someone else subscribe for me.
3. Make-up Brushes
I am not a make-up junkie but I admit I find myself watching at least one make-up tutorial each day. While I’m not particular with the cosmetic products I use (except for lipstick), I’d love to receive a set of high-quality make-up brushes. I wouldn’t mind also receiving good-quality concealer and foundation. Hehe
4. Office 2013
Those who know me know I am a certified Office fan. I have nothing against other word processing software. Office is just something I need for work. I fervently wish Santa reads my list, and grant me this — even if he doesn’t grant all the others I listed.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, ONE AND ALL!
When I was a child, I wanted to become The Little Princess, and then I wanted to own The Secret Garden, then I wanted to become Laura and Mary Ingalls and do what they do in their little house in the prairie. When I transitioned to reading more mature books, I wanted to become the heroine in each of Sidney Sheldon’s books (strong and fierce) but also be carried away as a damsel in distress by the male characters in Judith McNaught’s books. All my life I’ve lived in a double-standard society where women are expected to achieve much but expected to behave in a certain way. This double-standard society I continue to embrace and hate (sometimes at the same time).
Anyhow, this is an outfit post. My friend and I played dress-up in her daughter’s first birthday. She was Kate Middleton, I was “another duchess.” LOL. I’m wearing a thrifted but brand-new-with-tag dress from Taobao.com, thrifted faux-leather bag, and thrifted shoes.
I went on a short trip to Siquijor last November (really a short trip because it did not last more than 24 hours) to bring candles, flowers and prayers for my loved ones who have departed. It is a tradition in our country to commemorate our dearly departed on the first two days of November. As I’ve said here, there are still many unexplored portions of the island, mostly coves and beaches that luckily have not yet been converted to beach resorts. These beach strips are our version of paradise.
On a side note, the holidays are approaching. Our country, especially the Visayas region where I reside, has been hit by calamities the past months that we are still reading and crying over the loss and destruction of many lives. Many are still displaced and fearful, and I am sure many still don’t know if they have any remaining reason to celebrate the holidays. It would probably take us many years before we can resume our normal lives, but just like that, life has to go on. One of things I thought would help us bounce back is to boost tourism. A group in Bantayan spread around the concept of “voluntourism” which I think is a good idea.