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Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Flair for Menswear

Don't you just love the classic, unfussy designs of menswear that stand the test of time? Unfortunately, loose trousers and masculine shoes don't go very well with my petite frame, but I do get to play dress-up with men's bags and accessories, as well as loose shirts and boyfriend cardis (cinched at the waist, of course, or I'd drown in them!)

As a weekend treat, here are some looks from New York Fashion Week that the ladies can cop from the fashionable gents on and off the runway.

photo credit: www.gq.com

I'm not a fan of that man bag, but everything else looks nice and laid-back. I would wear the shabby chic hat to the beach and the braided belt over breezy dresses or an oversized button-down shirt, like the ones below:

photo credit: www.gq.com

The longer the shirt, the better! A longer one is more versatile 'cause it can be tucked into jeans or shorts, paired with leggings, or worn as a belted dress.

photo credit: www.gq.com

In this outfit, it was the gray and black v-neck sweater that caught my eye. I'd throw it over a crisp white oxford shirt for work.

photo credit: Tommy Ton, www.gq.com

You might catch yourself wishing for a bad hair day just to get an excuse to wear a cool hat like his.

photo credit: Tommy Ton, www.gq.com

That leather envelope clutch looks so soft and pretty, though a messenger bag made of the same buttery material would be more practical but just as gorgeous.

photo credit: Tommy Ton, www.gq.com

Love the shoes, but I doubt if I can pull them off. A pair of more ladylike oxfords in nude would be a good alternative.

I find browsing GQ just as fun as leafing through Preview, Elle and Vogue!



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Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Cubao X Factor

photo credit: Faye Yoingco and Therese San Diego

Who: Me with one of my fave gals Faye Y after a late lunch at Cubao X, one of the best places in town for great food, quirky fashion and everything funconventional.
The Look: Layered wardrobe staples and comfy footwear are great for laid-back weekends!

My idea of easy dressing involves breezy cotton tube dresses and Havaianas. Cinched my waist with a black belt, threw on a long leopard print cardigan in gray and black, and picked up a black tote to pull the outfit together.

Faye looks comfortably chic (and sexy!) in a gray tank, boyfriend jeans, loafers and a matching bag. Her blue and white striped cardi gives a nautical twist to her semi-androgynous ensemble, while her pearl necklace adds a touch of ladylike charm.


NOTE: All City Streets photos are posted with permission from the subject/s


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Friday, September 10, 2010

Fierce Finds

Channel your inner rock goddess with these pieces that'll give a tough edge to your wardrobe.


The Circle of Life earrings can glam up your weekend looks, whether paired with your casual shirts and jeans or your date night little black dress.


We all have our blah days when we feel out of it or can't seem to find anything to wear. Connector rings like these Skull Knuckle Crushers and Rocker Studs are instant pick-me-uppers that'll give you that much-needed boost. Throw on your easiest, never-fail outfit (that's either a black T-shirt dress or a black top and denim shorts in my case!) and you're good to go.


The Pendulum Perfection necklace would complement your ring of choice. You can also take the ladylike route, pairing it with simple stud earrings.

Statement necklaces Alice in Chains and Shapely Glamour will add spunk to your solids. Avoid prints that'll make your ensemble look too busy. Then again if you're comfortable with the outfit and feel like you can carry it well, go for it!

Check out Beppy for more fab finds and details on how to order.


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