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When I started this blog, I hated shopping, didn’t wear dresses unless I had to, wore nothing but Chuck Taylors, and thought stockings were only for the 80s. Around the same time, I was also wishing that I could muster what I needed to fulfill my high school dream to travel to Japan. (I really like Japanese food.) Continue reading →

All the rain in this town

Looking good while being rain-ready was the objective of this outfit. Wellington boots, Redfoot. Trench coat, Greenhills shopping center.  Skater dress, Dorothy Perkins.  Satchel, Marikina Riverbanks Mall.

My schedule for the day was to hop onto public transportation to travel across three cities to throw a farewell lunch, then go back to my city for a dinner date, all the while staying dry against the recent heavy rains, and cool against constant Manila humidity.
The easy answer was to wear my Redfoot wellington boots. They’re rain boots made for charging out in the rain, a fact that most people apparently find hard to believe. Whenever I wear them, someone somewhere would gush (or snicker) about how fashionable I was still being despite the rain or floods outside. When I tell them that they’re actually bota,I always get disbelieving looks.

They’re surprisingly super comfortable for rain boots: I’ve already tried standing and walking and commuting in them for hours. They’re also foldable, so in case I wanted to show up to my appointments wearing nice heels, I could just roll them up and put them in my bag. I’ve done this before, but for this outfit, my Redfoots were my shoes.

To match them, I wore my Burberry-lookalike trench coat from Greenhills, which I bought years ago, before I even knew what the brand Burberry was. (Oops? Forgive me for not knowing fashion history. I just bought them because I needed a rain coat.) There’s also my leather satchel from Marikina, and my humidity-friendly Dorothy Perkins dress worn with opaque black stockings. And, of course, my trusty umbrella, which you don’t see in this photo.

Do you have other outift ideas for the rainy weather? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below! 🙂

Title from “The Aspidistra Files” by Stars.

Can I ignore that sound of distant drumming

This, here… This, right here… It is a milestone.

Can I ignore that sound of distant drumming

I saw this in the Get Laud! website late last year and instantly fell in love with it. But, since I’m a shirt jeans girl who doesn’t wear dresses unless completely necessary, I had second (and third) thoughts about buying it. At one point I even closed the window to the catalog and tried to forget about buying it. But I could almost hear the dress calling out to me in the form of strong Indian war drums from Pocahontas’ tribe.

I logged back on the Get Laud! website again and emailed their sales team to ask if they had this dress in the branch near me.

If they don’t have it, then I’m not getting it, I thought to myself.

But it’s so prettyyyyyyyyyyy! I thought again.

But it’s a DRESS, I insisted in thought. And I don’t do dresses unless the situation required it. And situations that required dresses usually required formal ones, so I might not be able to wear this dress after all and I was really, really, REALLY just making up excuses at this point.

So, anyway. I emailed Get Laud, right? They replied quickly, and said that the branches near me, in fact, did NOT have it anymore. Aww.

But—you had to know there was a “but” coming— they’ve checked their other branches, and found one. ONE. One LAST piece. In the whole of Metro Manila. And they were going to have it sent to the branch of my choice if I wanted to.

BUT I DO NOT WEAR DRESSES UNLESS NECESSARY!

I hit “Reply”, and said “Yes, please, and can you girls check if this other shirt dress I like is available?”

I got my order about a week later.

But I didn’t wear dresses on normal days, right? So, after admiring this cute printed dress, I stashed it in my closet, waiting for an event that requires dresses so I can finally wear it.

About five months later, I still haven’t worn it.

And then, while I was cleaning out my closet the other day, I decided that okay, FINE, I was going to wear this dress even though the situation didn’t actually require it. I’ll just wear it with leggings or something. Or over jeans. Or… something. But it was MUCH too hot for a dress and leggings. Even moreso for a dress and jeans.

The result? My Get Laud! dress with the awesome Indian (-ish) print. Chocolate brown stockings (because I’m still not comfortable with having my legs bare without good reason). My brown suede boots. A bracelet you can’t see in the photo. My leather bag.

I can’t say that I’m turning back on the whole I’ll-wear-a-dress-only-when-absolutely-necessary set-up… But this outfit? It. Is. LOVE.

Title from “Just Around the Riverbend”, Disney’s Pocahontas Soundtrack.