I had the big chop.
I was nervous. I wasn’t sure if a pixie cut would suit me. My salon would style it, of course, but I had no idea if I could pull it off on a daily basis. Plus, I was comfortable with braiding and curling and styling my long hair. I’ve always had long hair, save for that one time in high school when I tried cutting my hair short myself, and those few months from late 2009 to early 2010 when I had an apple bob right before I started this blog.
But I needed a change. Continue reading →
I climbed the Wall of China thinking that I was going to be cold. It’s up in the mountain, we said. It’s autumn in North China, I said. I’m used to tropic heat, I thought. Continue reading →
One of the frustrating things about shopping is not finding what you need. I’d been dreaming of owning riding boots for years, except the boots I saw were suede, or had heels, or were too flashy, or didn’t have my size. I didn’t need another pair of suede boots–my shin-high ones were a lucky score in a thrift shop–because suede doesn’t agree with Manila weather very much, so owning two didn’t make sense. And I didn’t want to buy tall boots with heels because, at 5’6″, I didn’t need the extra height. As for boots that had too many embellishments, they just didn’t suit my style and the rest of my wardrobe. Continue reading →
I hate shopping, that is known. But there are a few things that I actually like shopping for–one of them is scarves. I looooove scarves because you can add it into any outfit (provided that you’re in a climate that allows for scarves) in many ways (provided that you’re in a climate that allows for those ways). There’s a blog post about over 50 ways to tie a scarf, and you can still make up your own. Continue reading →
Today I wore my grandmother’s blouse.
I’m pretty sure she made it herself, because she made clothes for my mom and my aunts and uncles, and curtains and pillowcases for all of us.
I remember a time when I would sit with her in her sewing room as she worked. Sometimes we talked –there was one conversation about old coins that I distinctly remember–and sometimes she would just let me hang out there as I played with my Barbie dolls as I listened to the sound of her sewing machine.
Eventually she started making clothes for my Barbie dolls, too. Tiny blouses, shirts, pants, and gowns, all painstakingly and meticulously created.
I don’t think she ever thought that I, after more than 20 years, would wear one of her own blouses.
This one is a navy blue button-down with white polkadots. The buttons are pretty pearl-like ones, and the collar is real lace (that I think my grandmother made, too). It’s still in really good condition, and it almost feels like it’s newly made.
Other items of this outfit: Bag, P1199, and ballet flats, P799, both from Marikina Riverbanks Mall. Bracelet. Jag jeans.
Title from “The Valley”, The Oh Hellos
I need a new necktie. I bought this one when I dressed as a Nerd Herder for the Chuck Season 3 premier day, but I really need to get neckties of other colors.
But the necktie isn’t the point of this post.
I started wearing glasses when, at ten years old, I realized that I was failing my math classes not because I sucked at math, but because I couldn’t properly see the math questions on the blackboard. I’ve been wearing glasses since, not because I want to, but because I need to. The truth is I don’t like needing to wear glasses, but what can I do? I’d be blind without them.
It really is an inconvenience—which is why I can’t understand why people who don’t need glasses insist on wearing glasses nowadays. You’re ruining your eyes, people!
So, since I don’t like glasses and I don’t like shopping… You can just imagine how drained I was when shopping for glasses.
Still, I kind of came up victorious, I think. My new pretties have ornamental silver flower things on the side, and though I haven’t worn full-rimmed glasses in a long time–I started wearing half-rimmed ones five years ago–I think that maybe I can pull this one off nicely.
I scored these lovely Covergirl frames with awesome photochromatic lenses for P6899 at The Optical Shop. The price itself is a bit steep, but I thought it was worth the value!
Title from “Greenback Boogie”, Ima Robot.
I’ve participated in costume parties before, and I’ve always enjoyed dressing up as my favorite characters. Last year I dressed up as a barefoot Captain Jack Sparrow in a pirate shindig. Some time in college I came to a party as the winter Lara Croft. But this one… This one has to be my favorite so far.
Me as Black Widow!
I decided to be a cross between the comic book version and the movie version. Used dark blue Widow’s Bite instead of yellow ones, and black belts instead of the yellow one. Also: guns!
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I couldn’t resist.
For yet another Tangled screening, I put flowers in my hair again. No flowy princess blouse or any Flynn Rider satchel this time, but I did put my hair in braids.
I’ve forever loved braids, but…the reality is: braids and my hair don’t mix. No matter how I tug or keep my hands steady, my hair slips out of the braids. And even if I do manage to braid my hair, the tie always slides off too early for my liking. *sigh*
BUT I wanted to try braids today, so with the help of water and hair cuticle wax and pins and pins and pins (and my pretty flowers!) VIOLA! Yey braids!
I found a Rapunzel braid tutorial video the other week, and though my hair wasn’t even close to long enough for the whole thing, I at least got the Dutch lace braid down. Haha! (I finished the microbraids, too, but the English braid kept unravelling. So no English braids, and I just let the little guys get lost in the ponytail. Awww~
Title from “Something That I Want”, Grace Potter. From the Tangled Soundtrack.
Then I see you
You’re walking ‘cross the campus
-“Campus”, Vampire Weekend
Since what I’ve been working on for more than a month now has to do with youth and students and high school and college and students and teachers and campuses… Here’s me wearing a school-ish outfit.
Depends on where you’re from.
YEY COOL WEATHER SO I CAN DO LAYERING! Heeheehee.
White striped blouse, found and owned from my mom’s closet. Black shirt, Giordano. Knapsack, Kipling, from 15 years ago (no exaggeration). Jeans from Jag. Still-being-broken-in ankle boots from Bass. Watch from Tomato. Bracelets I made in college. Glasses. And, student-mode-me in true form: zero make-up.
I almost wore my Chucks with this outfit, but, like I said, I’m still trying to break in my boots.
This was at noon. Harsh lighting+glass window+red tiles = dramatic lighting. <3
For the Tangled premier, it’s only right that I use one of my satchels (in honor of Flynn) and put flowers in my hair (in honor of Rapunzel).
To be completely honest, if I had a Rapunzel-ish dress—or a Flynn-esque vest, for that matter—I would’ve worn it, but I had to settle for this sort-of-flowy blouse with the princessy-design on the front. I could actually fit a frying pan in my satchel, but decided against it. Haha!
Pink top from People are People. Jag jeans. Bag from…Sara, I believe. Sandals from Circle C. Bracelet from…somewhere.
Title from “Lucky” by Mraz and Caillat.