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PMS: Passion Meets Style

Weeks ago, I received the most awesome e-mail I can receive from a reader. It was from Jen Semira and she has the sweetest words for me and my blog. Her message made me appreciate my blogging even more ( ’cause most of the time I just get frustrated with what I write.. and can’t write, or buy or wear or do).

She recognizes my passion to succeed and achieve.

I never knew I was able to come across such a message about myself to some readers. I admit I can be a delusional dreamer – I have some really high goals for myself and I see that as a good thing. However, there are times when I can also be my very own downer so hearing encouraging words from people I don’t personally know yet know me somehow makes me so grateful and inspired.

I was surprised Jen knows about my old blog, Silly Inspirations, too. Hmm, so she was one of the few who witnessed my stressed-out-college-senior self, HAHA. Despite that, or maybe because of that, she thought I can be one of the bloggers who can embody the brand of accessories she just launched – P.M.S. Passion Meets Style. Belt Ceramic BanglesMatte Gold Leaf BangleVintage Key Connector RingGold and Purple Enamel Choker

Thank you, Jen. 

Not solely because of the offer for blog collaboration (although I was sooo thrilled about that, too), it was more about knowing that somewhere in the world wide web someone reads.


Like and follow P.M.S. on Facebook and Twitter to know more about this amazing and affordable online accessories shop. I can’t wait to wear these and show them to you in my future outfit posts!

The Wallflower

Hello, October!

Dang, didn’t even say goodbye to September. Sorry for my two week blogging hiatus. When time speeds away from you, you’ll find it hard to keep up. I just want to maximize everything I’ve got, you know. Oh now I sound like a dying woman. *knocks on wood*.

Anyhoo, I missed shooting and editing outfit photos so here’s what I’ve got for you. Hi readers! You there? I hope so.

This is inspired by The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Okay, not really. Not because of the story (read the book, haven’t watched the movie)… but because of word “wallflower”. Pffft. Too shallow, never mind I mentioned. Haha.To those who are curious as to how I take my outfit photos, I use a tripod and a camera on self- timer mode (I don’t even have a remote yet) so basically it’s a one-woman team. But I find it fun that way. I have a white wall in my room which becomes my empty canvas in pictures where I can edit in whatever I want to make the photo interesting – for instance, my floral wallpaper.


Lights Out

Are you not tired of my face yet? Yes? Good! I have a couple more vain pictures that I hope you still have the patience to look at. I know, I know, you guys can only take in so much. I’m cooking up new interiors so I think we can already turn the tables around next time. Time for more Architecture!These photos are from Pao, on his take on low- key photography. The high key version of these can be found here. Which is hotter? Haha.

Brave Soul

I haven’t been everywhere. In fact, I haven’t been anywhere. I flew out of the country once, just a few months ago, and it was one of the best experiences I had. The trip made me realize how little I have experienced life and how much I am suffocating myself inside my own tiny bubble. Sigh. Traveling is one of the luxuries I wish I can afford more in the future – one that I will certainly work hard for.

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.”

My insights about traveling (or my lack thereof) were brought about by the self- portraits I recently took. My overly-eager-in-post-processing self even took the extra mile to make the photos in line with this post’s themeThe outfit reminds me of a gypsy, a lost wanderer, a brave soul – someone who would not think twice of going to new places, someone with a desire to explore the world, someone I would want to be like, in some extent.

The top is the exact same one I wore previously. This is an attempt to show you how mixing and matching can create two different looks with the exact opposite vibe. In fact, everything I have here has already appeared in past posts. Can you pinpoint which ones? 🙂

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”


Floral headwrap? Floral necklace? Floral skirt? Floral ring? Am I puking rainbows or what? Haha. 

This too floral of an outfit? Yeah, I can wear this. Heck, I can pull this off. But then I have to prepare myself for comments and teases from friends. Someone put this girl in a vase. No, I’m kidding. I think people are used to me and I am used to people. And I’m not even the kind who wears really attention- grabbing clothes. I am just a girl who is being… too girly.

With my already too-cute-for-words outfit, how do I go around wearing this? Tip #1: NEVER SMILE – at least for pictures. Haha. As everything else, attitude must be balanced. Say hello to the fifth member of the mean girls!

Remember what I told you about my interest in button- downs with shoulder cut-outs? This is my other one in super light pink from Jelly Bean. I love it to bits!I bought this envelope clutch in a night market in Hong Kong. The skirt? Pffft, cheap buy from atiangge. The necklace was a bargain from SuperSale Bazaar (I bought it from Camille Co. HIHI). The thing about me is that, I’m a certified cheapskate.How else can I better emphasize my floral theme than by adding doilies clipart, free for download from! Aside from my love for dressing up and posing for pictures, I equally enjoy editing photos. I overdid it this time, didn’t I? I don’t know, I just got sooo inspired by cool graphics and design blogs lately. Since unlike other fashion bloggers I only have my white wall, I think it’s up to me to make things interesting. So yeah, I’ve decided to make this blog my online scrapbook. And I hope I’ll get to improve my photos too as I go on – ’cause most of the times old photos just make me cringe. Taste level improves, I think. As of the moment, this set is my favorite of the bunch. Hope I won’t cringe at the sight of this next week! Haha.



In Architecture, horizontal and vertical elements are oftentimes combined to make the over-all aesthetic balanced. Well, do you know how many times parallelism between Architecture and Fashion has been explored? Innumerable.The architect fashion enthusiast in me says I need to play around with patterns since I am clearly lacking prints. Hmm let’s see, I’ve got a top with horizontal ruffles and a skirt with vertical pleats – perfectI wore simple gold earrings and a necklace with playful colors and prints to add interest. However, more than anything, I think the beach waves helped put together this look (especially the wind effect, hahaha). So guys I think that’s about it. Now pop quiz.

(1) Do you find the mix of horizontal and vertical details in clothes pleasing? (2) In fashion, do you believe in less is more(3) And more importantly, what do you think about this look? Teehee.

Kidding aside, if you liked my top and necklace, you can get the said items online. Where? Visit Fashion Infinity on Facebook!

I’ve got plenty of new stuff from Fashion Infinity and you may just catch them making an appearance in future outfit posts.To Rhona Dia, thank you so much. I can’t stress enough how flattered I get when I receive gifts like these. THANK YOU! 🙂

Design- Inspired

Do you remember the vintage-y interior I did a month back? No? You know, this one:Sadly, I have not done something new since then. I would love to design more and practice on my Vray while I’m on it but.. well, no excuses, I will just do it  – SOON! 🙂

So the reason why I’m writing about it again is this:If I were to wear something (of course, I should wear something) while I’m lounging on that couch, this would be it. I think a laid back outfit in neutral colors will go well with it. If you know me, I am crazy over everything matchy- matchy BUT I would not want to totally camouflage by wearing something with almost the same print as the couch, and whatnot. I got inspiration from the colors and textures instead and I worked my way around those.I love the romantic feel brought by the laces on my shorts and scarf too, do you?Finally, even though I overdid the messiness of the bun, I think such a hairdo is the most appropriate.

My face in here says, “Soo, what do you think?” 🙂

P.S. Do you like this Architecture meets Fashion kind of post? Well I do! I hope to do this regularly. 🙂


Izzo Shop

I must work on my blogging schedule, I really do. It sucks to fall on a wake up – go to work – go home – sleep routine that days are becoming a blur. Oh my, four more months left for 2012! Happy September, everyone! I hope it will be a good month. 🙂 Maybe the start of a difference for me? Must think positive.

I have a long line of blog entries to produce – in a regular interval, I hope! Let’s start with this. How about an outfit.. and then some?

Outfit of the day is a typical combination of a red top and a black skirt. You may have seen it countless of times already, on somebody else.

To give a (little bit of a) fresh take on it, my top is in polka dots, my skirt has asymmetrical details, I have a red bow on my head.. and a moustache! Haha. I will go cutie patootie on you in this set of pictures, please don’t puke!Doesn’t look so much of a camera bag, does it? Exactly what I want! It is a simple, scarlet bag with a padded inside and adjustable dividers perfect to keep my baby safe without screaming, “Hey, I have a camera inside!” too much. The best thing about it? I got it for almost free!! How?Izzo Shop, the best camera bags and accessories shop online, had a promo last August. I bought two bags for less than a thousand bucks! Don’t fret, they still have a promo this start of September, check their facebook site for details!

There is more. The reason why I learned about Izzoshop was through the blog of my friend, Carla. She was holding a giveaway then, and even though I wasn’t so lucky with the whole lottery-ish kind of thing, I joined. Nothing to lose and so much to gain if luckily chosen, right? Reason why I patiently join giveaways even if I never win – UNTIL NOW. Yes, this lovely Anne Work Tote landed in my hands. Thank you so much Carla! Keep blogging and keep holding amazing giveaways!

And guys with cameras and laptops to keep and carry, be sure to check out Izzo Shop. They have new items I have been lusting over for weeks now. You may like them too. 🙂



I love outdoor photos!

How can I not? I can sit on the grass and look anywhere but the camera and boom, great picture. Not because of my prowess in modeling, if I possess such a thing, but the credit mainly goes to the sun for illuminating my skin in all the right places and to the trees for swaying in the background with a grace that beats mine. Of course, the skills of the photographer is a given, also the amount of difference post processing can give. But you get me, don’t you?

Removing my precious sun and nature backdrop, how can I survive? Haha. I have always been intimidated with studio photo shoots. No yellows, greens and blues for distraction, I am on my own. But, I am always up for the challenge and the challenge includes dressing up in simple pants and white shirt. Nothing fancy, as photographer Paolo Tulalian requested.

I had a fun shoot with friends Pao and Daryl at Camera Cart, Maginhawa last August 25. Behind the scene photos are already up, you can read more about our first studio shoot here.

Final photos, you say? The first few ones below are from Daryl, on my take of the basic jeans and top combo. I opted for a button- down with cut- out details on the shoulders. I have been seeing such a style for a long time now, finally I got my hands on my own. And because I like it so much, I instantly got it in two different colors. I can’t wait to show you how else I am planning to style it, there are countless of ways!

Again, photography by Daryl Refuerzo. More photos NEXT! 🙂

BTS: First Studio Shoot

One model, two photographers, all first- timers in a studio shoot!

It was fun learning, I never thought lighting can be so complicated! I thought when you have a backdrop and different lights on stand, beautiful professional photos can magically appear in the cameras, but it was really more than that.

I kept my outfits simple and accessories minimal. I even wore jeans for the first time in a shoot. Not that I don’t like wearing pants, I just don’t think they are flattering to me. But let’s see when final photos are out, shall we? For now, here are behind the scene shots. 🙂Thank you Pao Tulalian and girlfriend Ann Sayson. Also thanks for coming along, Daryl! 🙂

Knitted + Printed

I’ve been mentioning repeatedly how crazy the weather here in the city is. It has been raining all day and signs of stopping are nonexistent. It will continue for days, according to the news. Oh please, don’t let this be an Ondoy Repeat.

I don’t know if this is the right time to post these pictures but since work was officially called off for today (yeah, the condition is that bad), I’m taking this time to work on the blog and publish posts I never got around to publishing.


I have been craving for coziness ever since the rainy season has begun. I don’t know why but I seem to get comfort from anything knitted. To make things interesting, I paired knits with prints.

Forever 21 Cardigan | Forever 21 Dress | SM Accessories Bracelets 

You can find this on Lookbook here.

I have a favor to ask, PLEASE PRAY FOR THE PHILIPPINES and send help while you are at it. (Sagip Kapamilya Hotline 4114995)

Be safe, everyone. 😦

Maximum Comfort

July gave Manila a month-long cuddle weather and with that, I’ve been layering my outfits with cardigans and blazers. I also couldn’t resist pullovers – they are just so comfy and easy to wear.

But how can I glam up a simple sweater? Last thing I would want to do is to show up looking like I came straight from bed.How about adding these to the equation? Accessories are such handy tools and an interesting bottom wouldn’t hurt too. Forever 21 Sweater | Mullet Skirt from Bazaar | Wedges from Bazaar | Forever 21 Earrings | Forever 21 Necklace | Ring from Sister

I think the most expensive item in this look is the necklace which I purchased way back 2011. The earrings that match were given to me as a gift. I got the sweater at a discounted price (70%, I think) during the Big Sale this July and the shoes and skirt are just cheap buys. Tip for girls on a budget, try bazaars/tiangges. You can find items there that are almost the same ones you can see in malls. I already saw different mall stores carrying the exact same skirt with twice the price just because it has been branded already. Practical times call for such thrifting you know! 🙂


P.S. I’m still trying to experiment with my camera settings and post processing to get the best out of my gadget. What do you think of the photos so far?

Lookbook Peg

I’m very erratic when it comes to my self-portrait lookbook/outfit shots. I’ve been standing in front of my white wall since forever, one time I started putting wallpapers on the wall via photoshop, I’ve been montaging myself in rendered interiors even. Now I don’t know what to do. One thing for sure, I will still be standing in front of the wall – thinking of repainting but that would be a hassle right now.

Then I came across these pretty pictures of Rosie Tupper on Jamie Beck’s photography blog, From Me To You (she’s also one of the creators of the Cinemagraphs). I might do mine this way, although the photography and editing may vary. Let’s see. 🙂

Nowhere but UP

Oh how I miss UP. 😦

Photos by Daryl Refuerzo

Afternoon Muse

I don’t get photographed everyday. Therefore, when an opportunity arises, I always grab the chance to showcase one of the things I love doing — styling. I used to spend time, money and effort shopping for clothes I will use. This time though, I did not have those to spare. Luckily, I have some new purchases from Hongkong and some old stuff I could use. The only item I bought especially for this shoot was the corset top on which I revolved everything else around.

One of the tried and tested formulas for a corset top is pairing it with an asymmetrical skirt, which I did. I would pair it with a mullet skirt but I already sported that kind of skirt a few posts ago so I opted for this one I bought in Hongkong. I completed the look with brown accessories and a pair of wedges.

Here are the shots taken by hobbyist photographer Pao Tulalian. I talked about how this shoot came around in my previous post.


With the corset still on, I channeled some more femininity now with lace shorts and feather necklace both from Hongkong. The top actually has this detail at the bottom which I have concealed previously. Revealing new details makes clothing items still interesting even if worn more than once. And watch out, the corset has this cute bow at the back. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it at The Ramp Crossings and lucky me, it was on sale! 🙂This got to be one of my favorite shots. 🙂 Spot the bow detail! I hope you like the set of photos from last week’s photoshoot with Pao. Despite meeting him for the first time, I’m glad I did not get so shy and posed all awkward.. or did I? I would love to know what you think!

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Special thanks to Ann Sayson. 🙂

BTS: May 2012 Photoshoot

About a couple of weeks ago I received an invitation from Ann Sayson, a former classmate in my early Arki years, to model for a photoshoot she wanted to organize for her photographer boyfriend. Aww, sweet supportive girlfriend. How can I say no? It’s about time I update my modeling portfolio. Plus, skills (those I think I have?) were getting rusty.

These are some of the behind-the-scenes shots by Ann. I will post the official photos next. 🙂Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife (so close to UP, but it was my first time!)Wrinkled skirt was wrinkled! I had to pack my clothes because I commuted via MRT to get to the location.Too much concentration? Let’s say I was doing some self evaluation. 😛Ann SaysonPao Tulalian

Fashion Meets Function: GLAM 810D

I had the privilege to spend five days abroad with my best-est girlfriends in college and I had the best time ever! We arrived home a couple of nights ago and while I am so eager to share with you our experiences, allow me to fast forward to this day in Macau. Knowing we were going to explore different hotels, I dressed up a little bit. I wore this top with a sexy see-through back detail and paired it with high-waist shorts in the same color. I styled the ensemble with an extra cute feather necklace also in soft pink, a ring with a color that pops, black flats for comfort and a zebra- printed bag that complements everything. What do you think?

I had something else that completed the whole look though.Pocket mirror? Make-up foundation? Or maybe, just maybe…. a mobile phone.It is ALCATEL ONE TOUCH GLAM 810D – an innovation that combines style with function.

I never thought I can include mobile phones in the fashion accessories category but this one is so chic I almost wanted to wear it around my neck or put it inside a transparent bag – and I’m just sure it won’t catch the attention of bad guys around, if you know what I mean. 😛Aside from the pretty over-all look, the phone sparkles in the front when I receive text messages or calls because of its tiny luminescent diodes. The said LED matrix can be customized and it even shows the time which is a super plus for me since I don’t wear watches really often.When opened, it reveals a QWERTY keyboard with a Facebook button that can make social networking more convenient. The phone also lets me take pictures and videos with its 2MP camera. What else can we girls ask for? Oh, it’s a dual sim phone.The best is yet to come — this mobile phone is extremely affordable with a price tag of only 3,599.00php! Aside from this color, it is also available in white so your options are Mystery Pink and Light Chrome.I don’t want to play the part of a cheesy sales agent but I can’t help but say, “What are you waiting for? Avail of this amazing phone at Alcatel One Touch kiosks and cellphone stores nationwide NOW!”. To know more, visit the Alcatel One Touch Facebook page.

Stay tuned for my complete HongKong-Macau photo diary posts.

Photos from Aivi Cruz and Kim Tan-Afuan.

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