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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Style Note No. 9


(Lauren Conrad photos, www.outfitidentifier.com and www.kaboodle.com; red cardigan, www.debenhams.com; animal print cardigan, www.topshop.com; navy blue and beige cardigans, www.stylebop.com)

Take the cue from Lauren Conrad and transform your cardigans from mere coverups to tops by simply buttoning them up!



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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tagaytay Food Trip

Last weekend, my boyfriend took me to Tagaytay for my pre-birthday celebration. I came prepared--I took note of the addresses of all the restaurants I wanted to try, and a few that I was excited to revisit. It made deciding where to eat a lot easier. Here's the rub on the grub!



1. Manos Greek Taverna
Calamba Road, Olivarez, San Jose, Tagaytay City
It was my first time to have so much carbs in one sitting. Think pita, fries and rice!


Our favorite part of the meal was the appetizer--pita bread with Tzatziki, a yogurt dip with cucumber and onions. It was creamy and perfectly tangy, and the combination of cucumbers and onions tasted fresh and lively.


One of our main courses was the Grilled Souvlaki, sticks of skewered pork with fries, rice, calamansi and grilled tomatoes, which was okay. The meat was a little tough, and it wasn't very flavorful. The sides made it better, though, especially the juicy tomatoes. We also had the Beftekia Scaras, grilled beef patties served with fries, rice, calamansi and a small serving of corn, carrots and peas. We liked this dish because the patties were soft, thick and tasty. The crispy homemade fries were really good, too.




2. Buon Giorno
The Cliffhouse, General Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City
The Cliffhouse looks beautiful and romantic especially at night! There are other restos in the area that we wanted to try, but we were craving for pasta so we picked Buon Giorno. (Yep--more carbs for dinner!)


We had one of my fave pasta dishes, Penne All'Arrabiata, which had bacon bits and spicy tomato sauce. It was excellent, but we thought it needed a bit more Tabasco. Good thing a bottle was readily available. As for the Risotto con Vedure Del Mediterraneo, we were more than satisfied. The creamy risotto with a generous mix of oven-roasted vegetables was divine.


At first, the servings seemed small, but we were already full halfway through the meal! We skipped dessert and had a couple pots of Tarragon Tea instead. The tea was deliciously soothing.



3. Diner's Bulalohan
Mendez, Tagaytay
A trip to Tagaytay would not be complete without a bowl of bulalo (beef shank soup). This restaurant is very popular for its version, and rightly so.


Out of the four bulalo places I've tried in Tagaytay, Diner's Bulalohan has, by far, the tastiest. The meat was very tender and the soup wasn't too oily. I think it could still get better with corn and string beans in addition to the cabbage slices, though.

I feel like I gained several pounds overnight--and we've only ticked off about one fourth of my list! I'm already looking forward to our next food trip in the chilly city.



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Monday, October 17, 2011

Style Note No. 8


(One shoulder dress and floral skirt, www.topshop.com; cardigan, www.stylebop.com; ballet flats and bag, www.barneys.com; gray tee, www.topshop.com; black sequined mini, www.stylebymarina.com; scarf, www.barneys.com; shoes, bag, and sunglasses, www.therow.com)

I'm sure there are items in your closet that are easy to throw on for evening events, but have never crossed your mind when you're dressing for the daytime. Cocktail dresses and sequined minis are perfect examples. I figured you can actually pull them off as casual daywear with minimal effort.

Throw a full skirt and a light coverup over a cocktail dress to turn it into a top that you can wear to work or school. While a sequined mini skirt isn't school- or office-appropriate, you can still wear it for a lunch date or to the mall paired with a basic top like a comfy tee, and finished off with casual accessories.



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Saturday, October 15, 2011

In My Makeup Kit: October 2011 Edition

Photo credits go to the respective brands (listed below)

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm no expert when it comes to makeup. It's been a hit-or-miss process since high school, and boy, have I had a lot of misses! Think cakey foundation, a lipstick shade that was way too orangey, and blush that was too pale and lackluster. Now I'm glad to have at least been able to find my basic go-to products to complete my everyday look.

Here are the items I currently have in my beauty arsenal:

1. L'Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Golden Beige. I use a thin layer to even out my skin tone. It's lightweight with just the right amount of coverage, and is very easy to blend. Aside from my daily moisturizer, I don't use any other makeup base before applying this.

2. Maybelline New York Clear Smooth Shine Free Face Powder with SPF 18 in Honey or Natural. I pat this on to set my foundation. It also comes in handy for quick touch-ups after using oil blotting film.

3. MAC Iridescent Pressed Powder in Belightful. I like sweeping a little shimmer on my lids and cheeks for a subtle glow. It brightens up my face and serves as a quick pick-me-upper especially when I'm feeling blah in the morning. I've also used The Body Shop's Brilliance Powder in Shimmer (02), but I like this compact better because application is a lot easier.

4. The Balm Hot Mama! Blush, Eyeshadow and Highlighter. Though it's a multipurpose product, I've only used it as blush, and it's one of the best I've tried! It's a nice peachy pink with a soft shimmer.

5. Etude House Code B Strong Eyes Cream Liner. Blogged about this here. It still does the job so I'm sticking with it till I finish the pot!

6. Shu Uemura eyelash curler. I've also blogged about this baby. I've been using it for years and it still works like magic. I'm thinking about getting the handier smaller version, though.

7. Clinique High Impact Mascara. I wrote about this in the same entry as the eyelash curler. I liked it a lot but since I'm almost done with this tube, I decided to try the...

8. Maybelline New York Magnum Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara. Like the Clinique mascara, it lasts all day, doesn't clump, and is also easy to remove. The Magnum, however, really lengthens my short lashes and gives way more volume.

9. MAC lipstick in Shy Shine. I like swiping this pinkish nude lipstick over...

10. Maybelline New York lipstick in Coral Pink. The end product is a rich honeysuckle hue!

11. DiorKiss Luscious Lip Plumping Gloss. Received this last Christmas and I'm still totally addicted to it because of its non-sticky but long-wearing formula. I usually use it over my Coral Pink lipstick if I want a deeper coral with a bit of shine.

12. L'Oreal Paris Color Juice Sheer Lip Gloss in Panther Pink. I got this as a gift more recently and it perfectly complements my MAC Shy Shine lipstick.

I didn't include eyeshadow in the list anymore because I hardly use them. On rare occasions, I use eye colour cream from Bloom and my mom's Revlon and Lancome eyeshadow palettes.

Hope you were able to get ideas for great new products to try!


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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Style Notes No. 5, No. 6 & No. 7

Mixing prints can be tricky, but it can also be very chic (and wearable!) with the right balance between colors and patterns.



(Coral cardigan, www.topshop.com; floral blouse, www.net-a-porter.com; printed shorts, www.barneys.com; bag, shoes and accessories, www.shopstyle.com; Gossip Girl promo photo, www.screencrave.com; Milly Spring/Summer 2011 runway photo, www.styleite.com)

By sticking to a color scheme or combining complementary hues, you'll be able to keep your outfit looking clean and polished.


(Peony print silk shorts,www.topshop.com; striped long-sleeved tee, www.stylebop.com; floral top, www.net-a-porter.com; striped shorts, www.kohls.com; all shoes, bags and accessories, www.shopstyle.com; Jason Wu Spring 2011 runway photo, www.style.com)

Match subtle, simple prints with big, bold patterns to strike the perfect balance.


(Concert photo of the late Amy Winehouse, ladynoixdecoco.onsugar.com; Proenza Schouler Spring 2010 runway photo, www.harpersbazaar.com; polka dot top and cream belt, www.shopstyle.com; printed pencil skirt, www.topshop.com; striped oxford shirt, www.stylebop.com; animal print skirt, www.barneys.com; black belt, www.shopstyle.com)

For a smooth transition between pieces, use a belt in a color common to your top and bottom.

Finish off with accessories in neutral, solid tones to pull your outfits together, and you'll find that trying prints on prints isn't so difficult after all!



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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Style Note No. 4


(Kimono cardigan, black tank top and navy wide-leg pants, www.topshop.com; black pumps, www.rustylopez.com; black leather watch, www.michaelkors.com; black leather bag, www.therow.com; two-toned dress, www.stylebymarina.com; slouchy cardigan and and floral blouse, www.topshop.com; coral bermuda shorts, themall.ph; watch, ring and gladiator sandals, www.michaelkors.com; night owl bag, two-toned handbag and earrings, www.katespade.com)

What makes today's fashion so much more fun is the anything goes, style rule-breaking attitude that leaves room for a lot of experimentation. There are current trends that have broken age-old fashion rules that I have yet to try such as prints on prints, but there is one that I've found quite easy to pull off: pairing loose separates.

Wear a slouchy outfit without looking sloppy by anchoring it with minimal and coordinated accessories, and by using pieces in complementary colors and prints. If you want to have a put-together look, avoid mixing prints or clashing colors. Should you wish to experiment and really let loose, on the other hand, there are absolutely no limits!



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Friday, October 7, 2011

Style Note No. 3

(Gray blazer and gray tank top, www.theoutnet.com; green wide-leg pants, www.stylebymarina.com; gray cowl neck dress and pussybow blouse, www.farfetch.com, red obi belt and Jimmy Choo clutch, www.nordstrom.com; red ballet flats, www.suelasonline.com; gold earrings, www.topshop.com; pink pumps, yellow bangle and nude wedges, www.shopstyle.com; yellow pencil skirt, www.therow.com)

New color combinations can give a fresh spin to your neutral wardrobe. If you've been used to pairing your grays with blacks, whites, and browns, for instance, why not try combining them with sweet pinks and reds, or even citrusy greens and yellows for a change? You can start with subdued shades and gradually work in some punchier tones as you warm up to the new palette.



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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Style Note No. 2



(White button-down tunic from www.bluefly.com; gray shirt dress from www.stylebymarina.com; black draped tube dress from www.lagarconne.com; belt from www.topshop.com)

I wear a lot of dresses to work because I find them a lot more comfortable than pants. My precious cardigans have been my favorite cover-ups for the longest time, so I thought I should replace them with something just as light from time to time.

I discovered that button-down tunics and shirt dresses would be good alternatives. Both can be worn open or belted over a dress. This idea would breathe new life into these pieces as well because I've always worn shirt dresses alone, and usually tuck tunics into skirts or just throw them over leggings.


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Style Note No. 1

(Tee and skirt from www.topshop.com; ballet flats from m.stevemadden.com; turban headband from theroyaltyshop.multiply.com; black stiletto slingbacks from www.forever21.com; ring from www.hm.com)

While I couldn't take some of my weekend getups to the office, such as my mini dresses, short skirts, and loose T-shirts paired with denim shorts, I thought I could make something work with my fave comfy tees. This idea hits two birds with one stone, 'cause it'll also get me to wear my curve-hugging skirts more often--no need to wait for a dinner date or a night out with friends!

For a casual but polished look, put on comfy ballet flats and keep your tresses in place with a turban headband. You can also glam it up with a statement ring and black stiletto slingbacks!


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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Style Notes to Self

I realized I haven't been walking the talk when my mom pointed out that I've been wearing my clothes the same way lately. Sure, I've kept different pieces on rotation, but I haven't put in much effort in terms of mixing and matching them. So I came up with notes to self--styling ideas that would help motivate myself to switch up my outfits!


Inspired by the Olsens' StyleMint TStyle Ideas on Tumblr (which I reblogged on The CityLifeStylist tumblelog), I'll be sharing my own Style Notes with you. These will be perfect for days when you've got a closet full of clothes but still feel like you have nothing to wear.

Posting the first of many style notes in the next entry. Hope you'll find them useful, too!



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