gray on gray on a gray day

Maybe it’s because 50 Shades of Grey came out recently, but I remembered I had these photos from a very gray outfit I wore not so recently. A gray chunky knit sweater worn with a gray midi skirt on a gray foggy day in the mountains of Tagaytay. And yes, call me delinquent, but that outfit was from 2 months ago when we rang in the new year. Eep!

I have neglected this blog for 5 long months, but it was quite the monumental task having to pack up 7 years of my life in New York to move back to my hometown, Manila. I still haven’t completely unpacked yet. 4 more boxes are still waiting to be emptied (as soon as I clear enough space in my sister’s overflowing closet to actually place my clothes in.)

In two weeks, I will have been back in the Philippines for 4 months. Boy, did that time fly by. I haven’t had any time to really sit down and think about how I really feel being back. Tonight is one of those rare nights to myself, and I thought I’d write something here, even if it’s just to post an outfit… As if somehow that would help me find pieces of me I feel like I’d maybe left behind. And really it’s just to write, just write in general, because I haven’t had to at all. And I miss it. Just rambling on and on about nothing in particular. Even that feels good.

But before I get all emotional, let’s just get on with this outfit, because I really enjoyed wearing it in the cool mountain air. CJ, my sister’s fiance, said I reminded him of Maria from The Sound of Music that day haha! Not exactly what I was going for, but hey, we were in the mountains after all, just not exactly the Alps!

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H&M gray sweater, Zara gray perforated midi skirt, Zara black and silver heels, Givenchy black mini Pandora

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Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Power Reserve Automatic Acciaio

I received my Panerai that night and the dotted pattern on the dial went so well with my skirt’s perforations so I had to wear them together. I was so excited to put it on! And that numeral 6 is adorable with its quirky curves!

 

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bien fait

Here’s an outfit I wore last weekend on a lazy Sunday. I just had lunch with some good friends at Otto, walked around the city, grabbed an iced latte at Birch Coffee (my new neighborhood coffee shop), sat in Madison Square Park chatting with Carla before heading home and plopping myself in front of my computer and watching some TV shows. I am feeling still equally lazy at this moment (on vacation in Carmel-by-the-sea, California right now!) so I won’t say a lot more haha! Hopefully I can post some vacation photos soon too!

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Madewell Bien Pima cotton tee, Madewell black midi skirt, H&M cream canvas lug sole boots

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I am a sucker for shadow type, so this Bien shirt from Madewell was right up my alley! The additional 30% off sale last weekend made this shirt an easy purchase at $17, woot!

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These lug sole boots from H&M are surprisingly comfy despite the height! Yey for platforms!

denim shirt + leopard skirt

These days, I’m making a conscious effort to wear things that are more colorful or  interesting than my default white-shirt-and-jeans-combo.  I’ve gotten somewhat lazy with my workday dressing lately. Neutrals, neutrals and more neutrals seemed to be the only things I grabbed from my closet for a while. So, when I had the sudden will power to mix things up this week, even my boss remarked, “You’re dressing brightly these days.” Haha, mission accomplished then!

Yesterday, as part of my efforts not to succumb to the temptation of white, black and gray, I unearthed the leopard skirt I haven’t worn in probably a year and paired it with my comfy blue denim shirt. I must say, I quite enjoyed my slightly femme fatale outfit! Plus, those Charles Jourdan Honor pumps always put a smile on my face. A good pair of shoes can really change your mood!

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Zara denim shirt, Topshop leopard skirt, Jewelmint necklace, Fendi 2Jours bag, Glam Rock black and gold watch, Charles Jourdan Honor pumps

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I will never get tired of this bag. I must say, it’s probably my best bag purchase ever! And it constantly gets compliments too, always a plus! Positive reinforcement that the money has been well spent haha!

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This Jewelmint necklace added just a little bit of rawr to the outfit (as if the leopard skirt wasn’t enough!)

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tennis stripes

It’s officially the end of summer! I don’t really understand how time could have flown by that quickly! Now that I’ve officially announced at work that I will be going back home to the Philippines at the end of October, the end of summer signals something more somber to me than the usually exciting beginning of autumn. It’s now a countdown for my last 2 months in New York and I have to admit that it scares me. After 7 years of living in the Big Apple, taking in all that it has to offer, breathing in its vitality, walking its streets and living the dream, it’s time to pinch myself and wake up to the real world that’s waiting for me. I don’t want to get all sappy here, let’s just say I will miss this concrete jungle terribly!

So because I’ve slowly been working on my bucket list, I jumped on the chance to watch the US Open this Labor Day weekend! I’ve gone a couple of times over the years but thought one last time would be nice to seal the deal. I had gone shopping on Sunday and found this dress at Bloomingdale’s on sale for only $26! That’s a bargain I could not refuse. I mean, just look at that dress, it’s darling! So, I swooped it off the sale rack and bought it, without thinking specifically about when I was to wear it. With the red, white and blue stripes plus the tennis dress silhouette though, I later realized that it was a perfect match for the US Open!

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Aqua striped dress, Superga mule sneakers, Folli Follie white ceramic watch

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I thought I would pose with my tennis racket seeing as I was all in theme already anyway! I haven’t played in two months though, so I really should get my butt back on the court soon! It’s the only real exercise I get here in the city. I’m not much of a gym person, sports are the only things that really excite me enough to sweat and suffer through haha!

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I haven’t had mule sneakers like these since 2003! I used to have a pair of Diesel mule sneakers that I wore to death. By the end of their life, my mom had to beg me to throw them away haha, but I wouldn’t because I loved them so much. Now I have a new pair to wear down!

 

laidback chic

Yesterday I went around TriBeCa so that I could finally visit some stores that I’ve been meaning to check out. Shinola and Schoolhouse Electric both have flagship stores there and I just generally haven’t been to that area as much as everywhere else in Manhattan. It was a pleasant walk and both stores were just gorgeous! Everyone should pay them a visit, even if it’s just to admire the store and the wares. Click on the link to my Instagram on the right to see some snaps from yesterday’s adventure.

So anyway, here is what I wore. A black crop top paired with a tan button skirt that was equal parts ladylike and laidback cool. It was a good outfit to wear in yesterday’s slightly muggy weather. It did not help that it rained, but I had holed myself up with an iced latte and a peanut butter cookie at The Smile cafe inside the Shinola store and just waited it out. Thanks to my trusty Dark Sky app for letting me plan that ahead, otherwise I would have gotten drenched. I did not think to carry an umbrella around with me when it was sunny and hot when I first stepped out of the apartment.

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revisiting the 90’s

I said I would stop with the shoe shopping, but it seems old habits are hard to break! Recently I’ve realized that I’ve been revisiting all these different classics from the 90’s. They’ve all been updated somewhat and they were definitely worn differently when I was growing up (Hello, Birks with socks!), but the nostalgia remains. And for most of these, actually, for all three of the shoe trends I’ve now adopted, it’s my first time to jump on the bandwagon. All my friends had Doc Martens, Birks and jelly shoes growing up. I somehow managed to go through the 90’s uninitiated. Fast forward 20 years and I finally have these in my closet!

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I scoured the web for these silver and white leather brogues. Part of the Made in England collection, they were extremely hard to hunt down! I’m glad I got lucky with a pair in my size on ebay. They’re boyish and chunky but cool and refined at the same time!

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Photo taken while walking the streets of SoHo

 

Birkenstocks

A few entries back I contemplated getting a pair of Birkenstocks or Birkenstocks-inspired sandals but somehow always hesitated on pulling the trigger. When I glanced upon these at a Madewell store near work I knew these were the ones I had been waiting for. The navy blue pebbled leather and the white sole made them just that bit more unique. You can still buy these Birkenstocks x Madewell Arizona sandals here for $120.

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Photo taken at JFK Terminal 4 on the way to Manila for a quick vacation

Jelly Shoes

In their first iteration in the 90’s, I absolutely hated jelly shoes. I couldn’t understand why people wanted them on their feet. But now that Melissa has teamed up with Jason Wu to create these Magda fisherman sandals, I finally understood. That Melissa shoes always have that bubblegum smell to their rubber is an added bonus.

Photo taken this afternoon after a day walking around the East Village

macaron trinket box

I found this at Paper Presentation (one of my favorite stores ever! I geek out over all the paper, envelopes, art supplies, boxes, etc) last weekend and can’t get over how cute it is! Macaron trinket boxes, why hasn’t anyone thought of these before? Coming in an array of pastel colors, these are the sweetest ways you can gift jewelry to a friend. I just had to share this fab find. My pink macaron now houses this adorable gold scooter vintage charm necklace that my mom got me last year.

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While I got mine for $8.50 at Paper Presentation, if you don’t want to head on over to W19th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue, you can just order it online from Urban Outfitters. I just randomly did a Google search and found they sell them online for $10! Click here if you want to buy a few. (And I say “a few” because just look how cute they all sit in a box. All the pretty colors! I am very tempted to buy a few more so I can display them together like this.)

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And, for those people who like me are quite confused by the Macaron vs. the Macaroon, here’s a link that I found useful! So, technically, the display box that houses those macarons on top are labeled wrong, oopsie!