Showing posts with label Fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fashion. Show all posts

I was never really a sandal girl. My toes look funny and ugly to be wearing one. But I have always wanted a pair of Birkenstock. They are not exactly attractive but they go well with my manly feet. They are also easy to wear and can go with anything—jeans, shorts, even dresses!

The malls here sell them for more than Php5,000. And each time they go on sale, I would slip one on in hopes that one day I would finally give in and get myself a pair. But every single time, I'd take it off with an expected dismay. Because every single time, it doesn't feel right.

I get it. I pay for the brand and durability. But if I'm paying for something that steep, I would have to pay for comfort as well. At my age, comfort has become my deciding factor for everything. Seats, accommodation, car, clothing, and so on. Apparently, the Birks do not have it. At least, not on the first try.

I settled for different brands that have a similar look to the classic Birkenstock Arizona because they feel much more comfortable. Unfortunately, they didn't last that long.

And then yesterday, strangely enough, I finally own a pair of authentic Birkenstock Arizona sandals. I love them. I've always wanted them. But wearing them for the first time wasn't as magical as it did with my brand new sneakers. (New Balance 574 ftw!) If anything, it was unsurprisingly anticlimactic.

That's Chino, our adopted cat.

I still can't wrap my head around why people worship these Birks (and why I'd still want them no matter how many times I have been let down). I'm on Day 2 of breaking them in and I already want to unlove them. 

But I can't do that to a 5k worth of sandals, can I?

I'm going to stick with it. I'll give it a few more days. Maybe even months. There is a promised comfort and people swore by it. The pain of breaking them in is all going to be worth it, they say.

Source: Birkenstock

I certainly hope so.

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I am getting addicted to boots.

I find this funny, ridiculous, and stupid because I am living in a hot, humid, tropical country where boots are an abomination. And I got 3 pairs!

But before you raise an eyebrow on me for having 3 freakin' pairs that is more useless than a white crayon, let me tell you how it started.

I bought my first pair because I needed one for a Farm-themed party.

I got these ankle boots on sale for P899 (from P1,899). To save this from becoming a single-wear item like how most boots tend to be, I used this in my travels to Taiwan and Japan. It is not as comfy as any of my sneakers (duh), but it does not hurt my feet and that is important. It does well in long walks. The only thing that makes me want to take it off is the annoying tapping sound it makes everytime I walk.
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I went to the ukay-ukay the other day and scored this mint condition leather jacket that fits me perfectly for only eighty pesos. Eighty pesos!

I proceeded to a nearby mini grocery afterwards to buy something and left the prized ukay-ukay at the baggage counter where you can just put your things in a box and trust that nobody else will get them. Of course, I've been there a lot of times and so far, no one has taken away my stuff.

I bought the things I needed, went back to the baggage counter, and to my dismay, my jacket was gone! There was a similar red sando bag that's left there but it was full of children's clothes. No one claimed it. So I figured, whoever owned that bag accidentally picked mine. I told the staff to send me a text message in case the owner returns my jacket and claim hers (yes, I assumed she's a mom who bought clothes for her kid). 

Day 2 came and still no word from them. So I guess, the jacket is not coming back.

Honestly, losing eighty pesos is not a big deal for me. What upsets me the most is that it's not all the time you can score an expensive item that's rock-bottom cheap. I really hate this word but, sayang. Bihira lang yung ganon.

I could sulk all I want for losing something I've always wanted to have and probably will never have unless I see another one from the thrift shop (brand new leather jackets are expensive and cheap leather jackets in mint condition are elusive) but that's only going to draw negative energy. I believe in the Law of Attraction. Positive thoughts can draw positive energy, leading to positive events in life. With that kind of mindset, I have easily moved on and decided that the leather jacket is not what I really need for our Korea trip that's happening in four months. Excited masyado, te? Haha.

I might have lost a jacket BUT on the bright side, I am one of the chosen bloggers invited by Uniqlo for a styling event with Pia Wurtzback and stylist/designer Bea Constantino, leading to the reopening of their biggest store in Mindanao this July 19, 2019. I am a fan of this brand so this is huge for me. And who knows? Maybe I can score the perfect outfit for autumn from there.
I really should take styling seriously. Ever since I've been doing this, more doors have been opened for me. Btw, my coat is also from ukay-ukay, P30.
I guess, this is the universe's way of saying that if you lose something, you'll definitely gain something much betteras long as you think and act positive because that's how the Law of Attraction works. 😉

Day 3, the jacket was returned. Now all I have to worry about is how to clean the thing without ruining it. 😅
Sending out positive vibes to everyone! Have a nice day!

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We still have a little more than three weeks before our next out-of-the-country trip and I've already packed. Excited? Yes! And that is an understatement. In fact, I am too excited that I almost forgot I'm in the middle of wedding preparations that I left everything on pause since we got our visas approved. Hashtag that, priorities. Duh.
Packing semi-winter clothes for a first day of spring trip.
Just so you know, I used to pack a day or two before the trip. I took pride of my light packing skills. I can fit everything I need for a 4-day trip in a small backpack. But now? I have to ask Jan to get us a check-in baggage because all my clothes won't fit in a medium-sized luggage.

Yes, I have unfortunately gone to the dark side.
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Jan and I went shopping for down jackets at Uniqlo yesterday. We were quite pleased that they got almost everything on sale.

He scored an ultralight down jacket for only P1,990. Not bad, I must say. And he was quick to shop. Unlike me, I was torn between colors that it took me quite some time to choose. Picture this, if we were in the battlefield, Jan already got his target acquired with a shot gun and his finger on the trigger. I, on the other hand, will be killed before I even got to choose what weapon to use (mind you, by standards, I shop faster than 90% of girls).

The women's jackets were also down to only P1,490. But I never really thought both excitement and frustration can occur to me at the same time. While almost everything was on sale, the jacket that came in my favorite color was still tagged at a regular price (P3,490). Bummer.

There's no way I'm going to buy a 3k worth of item that I could use probably once or twice in every two years. I was about to settle halfheartedly for the cute red one (don't get me wrong, I love red) when I, like any other female, hopped from one rack to another at the risk of buying more things I don't apparently need.

And I'm glad I did.

I found the same jacket in my favorite color at the kid's section for only P990!

Yes, folks. It's definitely a steal. It does pay off to fine-comb every rack inside the store sometimes (Jan should take this as a hint that from now on, shopping may take a little more time than they used to). I was on a roll that I also bought two HeatTech long sleeves for only P290 each (this is worth P790-990 at the women's section).

I am so happy with my purchases. Everything fits me well. Jan paid more with his down jacket than my jacket and two thermals combined. Tikasan (cheat) was all he could utter. Haha!

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One of the reasons why I was not really into fashion (aside from being boyish and lazy back then) is that I don't have the luxury to splurge on every new trend that hits the town. I was always under the impression that fashion requires a lot of money (blame that to magazines and fashion writers who only feature designer brands, as if frugality has no place in fashion).

I was doing okay with my casual style until one day, I got into a job position that requires meeting and interacting with some of the big names in the industry. From then on, I set all my life bars higher, including my style.
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December last year, two of my closest girl friends from the same circle had their weddings on the same day, same time, but different places. Sounds impossible but, yes, we were able to make it to both wedding ceremonies and receptions.
December 28, 2017. Claire and Karren's wedding.
And just recently, two of my closest guy friends invited me to their weddings on the same day and same time. How I wish I could pull off the same stunt I did before, but one wedding was held three hours away from where I live. An attempt to do another Kage Bunshin No Jutsu is certainly futile at this time.
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This entry was supposed to be for the color run I was too excited about, but that didn't happen. And that's not even the worst part yet. There was a bit of lashing from disappointed and frustrated participants and we, the bloggers who promoted the event, were somehow caught in the crossfire. I would have loved to talk shit about it since my pre-event post has convinced a fair few people to join. But as a courtesy, I'm keeping my mouth shut until the organizer issues a public official statement - to which as of this writing is still zero, zilch, zip, nada!

This is why I preferred keeping this blog clean from sponsors and ads. Somehow I took the bait and now I feel a little pressured to consistently update this blog with POSITIVE content. I definitely miss those times when I had tons of shit to say without feeling a single ounce of guilt or worry. But right now, that's not going to happen.

So before this entry turns into a pretty useless rant, I think I'll just share a pretty useless outfit post.

I was invited to the Preview and Book Launching of the Belgium Exhibit of famed Davao artist Victor Secuya at Waterfront Insular Hotel. Dress code was smart casual. I decided to look a bit mature and went for neutral colors (mostly black) since the event was at night.

What I wore: Bottom, ukay-ukay Php 40 | Top, bought online, Php 79 | Footwear, some Korean brand | Bag, Parisian (gift from the mom)

I'm beginning to like mixin-n-matchin outifts. I never really thought about it as an art until my creativity was challenged to make do with what I can draw from my closet. And since I'm fairly new to this, expect nothing but basics.

That's it for now. I think I did a good job on pulling off a smart casual look on a budget, didn't I? Well, I don't know what is worse, not being able to rant about shit or me joining the bandwagon and losing the battle against outfit posts.

Anyway, I might be under stress lately (be it good or bad), but I have exciting things to look forward to this weekend. My friend's out-of-town wedding, for example.

See ya!

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I started to purge my closet and got rid of the clothes I no longer wear. Most of my clothes are ukay-ukay, so I have this bad habit of buying anything since it's really cheap because I know I won't feel bad about it even if it's something I probably wouldn't wear. I sorted them according to frequency of use and unsurpsingly, I got more clothes I have not worn and don't remember at all.

Most of them are chic, really.

I have not worn my classic closet staples lately and I have no plans of wearing them unless necessary. I thought of just tossing them in the box with the intention of donating it (my clothes are not shabby, I promise) for a total wardrobe change.

My role as a Vice President of Davao's premier blogging community will be interacting with PR managers and probably big names from known brands. My usual jeans and shirt would be too underwhelming. And I hate to think that I might sell myself short just because I have not made an effort to look, if not impressive, at least presentable. Bad impressions have higher chances of breaking deals, you know.

Last Thursday, I did the unthinkable.

I went out to catch up with my college buddies wearing a cropped top in public for the first time (midriffs during cheerdance performances are not counted). Not that I'm saying I'll be wearing such when facing brands and managers because that's not gonna happen. But what I'm trying to say is, I upped my style recently.

I would be lying if I say I got the hang of it immediately because it felt a little awkward at the start. I actually brought a cardigan with me in case I come to my senses and realize the blunder.

But as I stepped out of the car, I left the cardigan, strutted towards the coffee shop with what felt like a giant flashing neon sign on my belly that reads: look here! And started not to care about what people think. I've never felt so FREE.
Sarah, Farah of, and Dianne
Yep, this is honestly a shocking news to everyone. Haha

Of course, while some compliment me for the change - a drastic one at that - some just couldn't handle my fire. Haha. You're too old for that! they say. Wear something decent! they judge. Well, as long as I'm not offending anybody, I will rock whatever clothes I want to wear. What other people think about me is none of my business. Kung naiitiman sila sa legs ko o napapangitan sila sa katawan ko o kung di bagay ang damit ko, problema na nila yun.

Look! Even my mom noticed the transformation, she got me these. Prayers were answered. Her daughter is finally a girl.

This is me now.

Sarah, 33. Fashionista wannabe. Expressive. Unapologetic.

P.S. You might see me wearing dresses more often but I will still be that badass mountain climbing, muay thai-ing chic you don't want to mess with.

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