I’ve been lurking online again looking for interesting fashion buys to add to my ever growing collection of clothes. Lately I’ve been inspired by polka dots and vintage finds much like the housewives of the 1950’s mostly because they always look so happy in accomplished in photos. lol.
If you follow me on my Instagram, you’ll notice a little pop of vintage dressing every once in a while on my feed and I’ve been keen on adding even more pieces from this era of fashion.
Upon my quest, I was able to run into a quaint site called Zapakawhich is a lovely e-commerce site that is sure to entice any vintage fashion loving woman. So far, here are some pieces that absolutely blew me away…
While I am in love with these designs, I am a bit concerned that they silhouettes probably won’t suit my petite figure but I just can’t help but gush at them anyways! I am absolutely in love with the white Marilyn Monroe-esque dress and I think that all the details on the polka dot dress are absolutely amazing.
In all honesty, I feel like my first two options are a bit costume-y and I would have to keep it in my closet for a very special occasion so a nice compromise for little ol me is this straight cut baby doll dress with these amazing ruffled neckline and sleeve details. What a beauty! As
As I did more research, I found this cute video that zapaka.com posted which is such a nice inspiration for anyone who’s a bit hesitant to spice up their wardrobe. It’s always nice to work with some inspiration and if this isn’t it, I don’t know what else is 😛
Davies paint in collaboration with SM City Cebu launched a sweet installation of bright sites & beautiful backdrops perfect for those hoping to liven up their feeds. This candy themed installation, located at the North Wing of SM City Cebu, is free for anyone and everyone who has a knack for quirky and fun photos.
Check out the photos I was able to take at the venue:
On Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018, wasn’t a holiday but it might as well had been. Women and men all over the world paid homage to the movie Mean Girls, which is all know is a totally fetch movie.
Seriously, if you don’t know what I’m talking about you can’t sit with us.
All puns aside, I decided to play along to the tribute and deck myself out in a pink ensemble because we all know that “On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink.”
It was honestly quite fun to be able to dress up in theme and it was even more fun to see hundred and thousands of people on social media join in on the fun. While I doubt Regina George would have ever let me sit with them in this ensemble, I’m still glad I got to wear something that was pink yet was still a good reflection of who I am and my style.
Obviously I’m not a huge girly- girl but I like the think that I get to be more adventurous with my fashion options that way 😉
A fashion secret of mine whenever I want to look like I tried but really didn’t is to overdress. By overdress I don’t mean by wearing a gown to the mall but instead, wearing statement pieces casually. A long dress? Skip the heels and sport a cute cardi. A full length skirt? A white tee. Just because you bought a piece just for a special occasion doesn’t mean you can only wear it then. If that were the case, would you even ever wear it again?
Sometimes dressing down = dressing up. Especially if you’re me. And you’re lazy. Which also means you’re me.
Shades: Forever 21| Top: H&M| Skirt: Gaisano Grand (Car- car branch)| Bag: Pop District Bazaar| Sandals: Car- car
Sinulog is right around the corner and you know what that means my fashion inclined friends- Cut & Style shirts!
I remember growing up and my Sinulog outfit was a pivotal part of my festivities and I would spends hours rummaging through my closet for the perfect street outfit. Over the past years, Island Sounvenirshas taken the load off my clothes (which I know I will never get to wear again after the festivities) and has not only provided me, but party goers and spectators alike, with colorful and festive garments that allow us to show off our cultures pride with their very own spin!
And of course, their back at it again this year with another round of their famous Cut & Style series for everyone to enjoy! Here’s how you to spruce up your very own Sinulog gear:
There’s no shortage of pieces to choose from at the Islands kiosks as they’re flowing to the brim with different styles and designs for you to choose from. Shirts range from P199.00 and up and once you’re done picking out the design of your choice, you can then pick out your embellishments or proceed to the check out counter if you’re more of a minimalist than avant garde.
Whether you’re a fan of feathers and embellishments or not (I heavily contest them on a spiritual level), you’ve got to admit… there’s something whimsical and fun about them especially with the spirit of Sinulog in the air.
At the 4th and final step of your Cut & Style adventure, you now have the option to have someone design your article of choice for you or you can skidaddle home and design it on your own! I opted to have Paolo & Eduardo cut up and style my own shirt for me because as much as I hate embellishments, I also loathe DIY-ing clothes but it seemed like a fun idea for the boys to do and I was surprisingly impressed. Catch the episode here.
Make sure to follow me on Instagram (@issaplease) to catch the final output!
Want to catch your favorite local celebrities walk the runway? Make sure to check out the annual Cut & Style runway fashion show on January 19, 2018 at the SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium at 6:00 pm.
We’ve all been there, right? You know, days when you just had to pull yourself out of bed and didn’t have the time to shower? No? Ok then, that’s just me.
Here’s my situation: I am extremely kandingun aka in english, scared shitless of cold water. I only function in warm water but we haven’t gotten around to setting up our heater yet so I’ve had to succumb to ice cold baths ’til godknowswhen. So some days, like this day, when I have to wake up a little earlier than I usually do and bathing is purely optional (I bathed the night before OKAYYY), then I’ll just throw on something cute and head on out.
I was dragged to a meeting I didn’t have to be at with the promise of food and grocery shopping after. I simply could not resist the thought of hash browns and a replenished pantry so, yeah.
When you go out batheless, the last thing you want to do is state the obvious so a chic outfit is always necessary but at the same time, you don’t want to try too much. If you weren’t in the mood to shower, what makes you think you’re in the mood to actually dress up?
I just threw on a light brown dress from Let’s Stylizeand an over sized kimono paired off with over-sized glasses (to hide my make- upless face) and some mules I got from Parisian. See, I look like I actually tried. My fashion tip: Keep a statement kimono, cover up, jacket on hand to spice up an outfit. I do it all the time!
There’s been an influx of concept stores popping up here and there all over the city of Cebu which is a great way for Cebuano’s to show their love for the local industry. Whether it be a food market for local home chefs or a retail shop for local sellers to display their products- I’m always in to support this great movement! Despite the many international brands coming into the city, which are great in their own sense, I still think it is important to support ang sariling atin and what better way than to not just buy local indigenous products but to also support local businessmen and women, as well.
Here are a few other reasons why you should check them out:
You’ll be supporting local
I cannot say this enough but I really do believe that Cebuano’s should support each other whether it be in their craft, their business ventures or even hobbies. If we shop at expensive international brands, why can’t we shop at equally good local brands at less the price? #supportlocal
2. They’ve got a wide array of items to choose from for MEN & WOMEN Shopping is as much for men as it is for women and Urban Lifestyle has made sure to provide their male and female customers with a wide variety to choose from whether it be casual wear, accessories, beach outfits or even thingamajigs for your personal spaces. I personally love all the brands they currently carry at the store and would swear by the quality in goods and also designs of these brands.
3. They’ve got an awesome backdrop for your ootd’s In a time where Instagram is life, Urban Lifestyle has made sure to fulfill every millennials incessant need to take a good photo with an ass kicking backdrop to match. Not only are their items good but so is their urban (duh) interiors which is totally #awesome. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t take advantage of the backdrop because… I did.
4. It’s a great place to hang out with your family/ friends. Urban Lifestyle is a great place to visit to shop and when you’re done, it’s also a great place to hang out as especially because of all the other great things you can do around the area. If you’re hoping to grab a quick meal, some good coffee or a fun activity, there’s always something fun to do there.
Every piece of clothing has it’s own story whether from the way it was made, how it was worn or when you wore it. What makes a piece even more special is when it was made to cater and enhance the best parts of your body which is what Altered To Enhance (ATE) has successfully been doing for thousands of Cebuanas.
With clothes-filled racks, you’d think at first that ATE is an off the rack establishment but as you steer your attention around the room, you will find yourself looking at cones of thread, fabric and buzzing sewing machines which is really where all the magic happens! A.T.E.’s high point is their customized or as the name states, altered to enhance services which basically allows you to choose a style that they currently offer, pick out your own fabric and have it fitted properly on your body so you no longer have to worry about loose fitting clothes and even paying extra as it all done within the confines of ATE’s cozy interiors.
ATE first opened their doors a few years ago somewhere along Mabolo and needless to say, every Cebuana just had to their hands on an #atefied piece. It also helps a lot that Cebu’s favorite Ate, Tatah Costales and her team have always been very hands on in assisting their customers making every piece you leave with even more special.
Recently, ATE opened their 2nd branch, located at the second floor of The Axis now making themselves more accessible to us southern Cebuanos and it’s been the best thing ever! Here’s a little sneak peek for anyone who is interested in dropping by:
ATE is my go to place for wedding outfits, formal dress up parties and chic ensembles. Their prices range from P450.00- P1,250.00 depending on the design.
To find out more about them, their designs and operating hours, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
I can’t wait to show you my personal pieces from their collection (soon nalang because #backlogs)