Sunday, April 20, 2014

Links a la Mode: April 17th

Before I dive into this, first of all, HAPPY EASTER! Hope you all have a lovely day, whether you're going to church or hunting down chocolate eggs, or all of the above. For me, I plan on starting my day off with a quiet devotional before heading to work.

So, guess who was featured in the latest Links a la Mode by IFB? Perhaps you've already heard of this, but it's a great way to get featured and have your post seen by more people! I'm so honored to have my post on how to wear a bodycon dress featured in the roundup! Check out some of the other blogger's posts too - it's a great compilation this week. Details on how you can enter your own posts for next week are included at the end. 


What Makes You Beautiful?

They say "Beauty comes from within," but then, why are we constantly trying to perfect our outsides? Beauty issues have been making waves on the internet the past few weeks. What makes us beautiful? What is beautiful? Well, those are some pretty heavy questions and perhaps the answer cliche as it is, you know, coming from within... That "within" also encompasses self-care and self love. This week we have some wonderful beauty posts, along with posts that share the love.

Links à la Mode: April 17th

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

At Play

Hat, Bag, & Necklace: c/o Oasap   Cardigan: Sears   Jeans: AE   Sneakers: Wet Seal

In case you haven't heard, one big spring trend for 2014 are statement necklaces. When I spotted this blue bedazzler on the Oasap website, I knew immediately it had to go in my shopping cart. I'm pleased to say that despite it's cheap price tag, it fits the look of those fancy necklaces that go upwards of $20. I'll take this bib necklace at $7.90 quite happily, thank you.

Oh, and that little anchor tattoo?
Sorry to disappoint, it's actually a temporary one. Haha, there were a few at the Rue 21 beauty section, and my friend Kirsten gave me a devilish look before saying, "We should get them!"
Well, who was I to say no? I've actually seriously considered getting one, and have even sketched out exactly what I want. It's something that references my Filipino heritage, combining the nation's stars in the flag with our family's personal, Igorot tribe symbol.

These photos were taken at my old middle school's playground, and it felt incredibly bizarre to be there again. When I got dressed for the day, I knew I wanted to get a playful theme for the blog photos.
I need to find a swing set!

It seriously felt like an acid trip or something with the flashbacks that came to me. Twirling on the swings, I could picture the annoying little girls that used to tail my friends and I around, constantly hanging around just to be near the "cool, older girls." Sitting on the slide, I turned around expecting the boys to be up at the top, sending bee corpses sliding down towards me in the impish hopes of seeing a girl shriek. Across the field, the old junkyard still remained, and I was disappointed to see the pickup we'd accidently batted a baseball into was gone.

Ahhh, memories.

Anyway, what do you guys think of this outfit? Lately I've felt more drawn to simple outfits that are just well put together. While I usually like to spice things up with an over the top piece styled into a comprehensive outfit, for today, it was all about classic staples. A good pair of jeans, a cardigan, some sneakers, and a few stylish  touches with the hat and necklace made for the perfect outfit.

"A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again."
W. E. B. Du Bois
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

3 Ways to Wear a Cut Out Bodycon Dress for Day

When approached by Dressale to do a cooperation with them, I saw an opportunity to expand the type of posts I made on my blog and exercise my creativity. Plus, it fits into my blog's style perfectly. My "homework" is to create a post based around this dress:
It's a seductive little number, with a bodycon fit and some strategically placed cut outs and mesh panels. It's not for the self conscious, that's for sure! It's easy to picture wearing this for a night out on the town. So for today's post, I'm challenging myself to create three different ways you could wear this dress for day! 

Look 1: Bohemian
I've been rather inspired by the Coachella photos I've spotted, and since I'm naturally drawn towards a bohemian look anyway, this was the first style I thought of. A fringe kimono is on my wish list, preferably a pretty floral print one. Finish with some gladiator sandals, cool sunnies, and a practical cross body bag for a day of music festivity. Complete it with a pretty side braid, and you're good to go.

Look 2: Sporty
Here's another way to tone down this overtly sexy dress - try giving it a sporty makeover! Nothing like a varsity jacket and some cool Converse to do the trick. Try it with a high ponytail and some Raybans, and you'll be looking perfectly cool yet casual.

Look 3: Preppy
To add a polished vibe to a night time dress, try giving it a preppy touch with a cozy cardigan and some pointy toed flats. These colorblocked ones are a perfect neutral, and when combined with a thin belt and a simple bun, you'll look infinitely more put together.

What do you think? Even if you don't get this specific bodycon dress, I hope I've inspired you to break out a dress hiding in your closet that could use a little day wear! Don't forget  to check out Dressale for more options and look at their shoe selection!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Music Monday: Kina Grannis

Kina Grannis is an artist I discovered through Youtube a while ago, and when I heard she was releasing a new album, I had to check out her new tracks.
Obviously, I'm impressed. I've been humming The Fire all day long.
And it won't. get. out. of. my. head.

PS: If you didn't see it yesterday, I'm entering the Company Style Blog Awards 2014, and would greatly appreciate it if you nominated me for Best Fashion Blog! Click here for the link!
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