Not your ordinary dress

I haven’t been completely blown away yet over a particular piece of clothing.  But, when I saw this Romwe floral dress on my mail nearly a month ago, my jaw just literally dropped. I was blown away, wow!  This is by far the loveliest floral dress I have ever owned.  I may sound overly exaggerated but hey, who wouldn’t? this dress screams Romantic-Chic.  Plus, it’s quality is superb and the fabric is fantastic.  And one good thing about this is, my flabs remain tucked in and it’s not even peaking out.. :-)

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The open-back detail of this dress also made it even more romantic.  This is perfect for a night-out with your man or if you just want to flatter anyone and make heads turn.  If you are set to go somewhere for the first time, you might want to pack this dress along with you as this dress sure is a stunner.  Perhaps, you can also strut this wonderful floral print dress on your best friend’s beach-themed wedding..

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Romwe floral open-back dress | Primadonna heels


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Coral + Pink

Got to steal a shot featuring the glossy white sand of Siargao from our very short trip last week..  These are the quick fixes I dumped into my bag as I was packing for the trip, I had no extra preparations whatsoever but I kind of liked how this look came out.  It’s still comfy for a stroll in the sandy beaches of Siargao and coral plus pink plus blue seems to complement the pale backdrop.   Every corner in Siargao seems to be picture perfect, even the palm trees that covers the island, it’s refreshing.

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 More simple outfit shots from Siargao soon..

Supre romper worn as a top | WAGW skirt | Havaianas flops | Mags bag | Tofu’s Ulzzang Shop hat & beanie


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Off to Surigao

Earlier this week, father-in-law, husband and I thoughtlessly decided on a 4-day trip to Surigao… and I was like giggling with mere excitement.. All I had in mind was  nothing but the side-trip we could enjoy at the surfing capital of the Philippines, Siargao.  Woohoo! A trip to Surigao was 0ne for the books.  I have never been past Gingoog city and I have never been to Butuan either.  So, after knowing that our trip was pushing through, I instantaneously packed mine and hubby’s stuff and the following day, off we went… :-) Even husband could tell how enthralled I was, I literally was too obvious with my excitement that the trip shouldn’t be delayed or postponed at whatever expense hahaha..

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Since I never really knew if this trip was actually happening, I didn’t have the luxury of time to prepare myself.  With that I mean, my “bikini bod” hahaha… excuse my shameless excerpt.  NO, I did not pack any swimsuits, not with an all-male company (hubby, father-in-law and uncle) ;) other than that, my bulging tum-tum is not ready for the camera.

Though I was really excoited for the trip, what took a portion of my excitement was the relentless thought of a 7-8 hour long drive..  Just the thought of how boring it could get, set me aback.  But knowing I was travelling with my hubby plus him being the driver made me think, this would be one thrill of a ride (you don’t know how speedy he could get).

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I wore something really simple and comfy during our long trip to Surigao city.. A knitted top plus a skirt and the comfiest sneakers ever was my go-to travel look.

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The whole trip was fine until we had a flat tire minutes after we passed Butuan city.  Unluckily, one of the front tires got pricked by a nail freely crawling along the lengths of the highway.  Amongst the many high speed vehicles that drove along the same road, ours was the luckiest one to get hit by the awesome nail.  That actually added another hour of our long trip, plus we dropped by the nearest vulcanizing shop to have it fixed as it was really loosely plucked.  When we arrived Surigao, it was already nearing 6:00 in the evening and we were all tired and hungry.  We had an awesome dinner and checked-in at E.Y. Suites along Navarro street.

It was a long trip but we know it’ll be all worth it.  We snoozed up early as the following day we are set to travel for Siargao at 6:00 am.  More of our Surigao-Siargao travel experience on my next posts…  Expect for flood posts and the like as this trip was a first for me… :)

Thank you for dropping by and reading until this very point.. <3

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It’s All about the Print

…  When it comes to fashion and style, I am more of a comfort-lover than a risk-taker.. I haven’t been completely drawn yet to trying all the different trends that’s been gracing fashion runways worldwide.  I haven’t tried the gingham trend yet (or is it still even on trend?), or the plaid on plaid or mules and over-sized coats to name a few, phew! Now, I must be a really one easy-snazzy blogger ey? :-) Kidding aside,  I am more drawn to the easier and simpler side of things, even in life, I usually don’t complicate.  For some uncomformable reason, my style hasn’t completely evolved yet these past few years.. I am still fixated with my love for retro-vintage ensembles, florals, blacks and whites, shorts and all that comfortable and easy to style with stuff.

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Say for this look, it’s still the current me, the love of shorts and top combo and anything with a hint of black and white.  The only oomph with this one is the lovely feather-print on my top and tropical print on my cap, which I reckon made the whole look.  The one thing that I couldn’t probably give up when it comes to my own personal style is perhaps wearing shorts and pairing it with anything girly or anything that screams chic even when it’s paired with just a basic tee or an over-sized shirt.

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What do you think about this top? Isn’t it gorgeous? The dose of different hues made this top so flattering and made the feathers look so alluring.  This kind of color combination has been a favorite of brands and designers alike as seen on their models strutting the runway during fashion week/s (view here); in fact, RTW designers from around the world tries to recreate different fashion pieces, experimenting on various prints and color bursts to try and fascinate stylish eyes. This oddly vibrant colorful hues can be seen almost everywhere, hence, more and more designers try to incorporate a mixture of different colors to attract fashion enthusiasts like myself.  A quick dose of color changes the aura of the fabric and makes it instantaneously captivating to the eye and makes a fashionista go cray over these kind of stuff.  It really sells and I’m on a constant look-out for these color-packed fashion ensemble.

As I was scouting for my daily dose of fashion inspiration all in the hopes of finding that perfect clothing with this color scheme, I came across Zalora Ph.  If you haven’t yet heard of them, it’s a fashion haven for fashionistas in the country.  They have a wide-range of brands to choose from and to my surprise I found a lovely top which is kind of similar to what I was looking for, view it here.  Though it’s not really spot-on with the colors like this feather-print top I’m wearing but still, I’m in love with the floral print and the combination of two striking colours orange and blue (oops, i hope i got the colors right..color-blind alert).

I was actually quite surprised that the brand of the floral top I found in Zalora was Mango, i never thought they’ve added some beautiful colour combinations into their collection as they usually go for sleek neutrals. For Mango new arrivals, it’s available at ZALORA Philippines. You’ll be more than amazed to see what’s in store for you if you hover over to their site now.

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What do you think about this whole look?  I so want this top that I want to wear it again and see how it would look like if paired with a boyfriend jeans and some lace-up ankle booties.. that combo soon!

Random brand feather-print top | Romwe shorts | Terranova tropical-print cap | Otto heels


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5 Important Notes to Self

We all go through a lot of emotional set-backs in our lives and how we all handle each setback is adamantly unique.  There are those who can easily shake-up an ireful situation and quickly switch it up into a spring of positive emotions, while others just simply could not get out from the rut and continuously find themselves trapped in the hollow grounds of loneliness and sadness.  Whichever situation you chose to be drawn to, the bottom-line is, there will always be a time to recuperate after what seems to be a complete devastation and nothingness.  Life is solely based on how we deal with things, and how we perceive them to be like.  The outcome is usually the product of our ability to be decisive whatever the situation might be.

After experiencing several set-backs and a roller-coaster of emotions, I thought of sharing these 5 Notes I constantly whisper myself, with hopes that somehow this would uplift weary souls and lost thoughts:

1.  Everything happens for a reason.  I strongly believe that everything we are all going through be it good or bad has already been written in God’s book of life and there’s nothing we can do to change it except, by living accordingly.  Though we are faced with tough challenges in our lives, we are only tested specifically on how long we can keep going on with life without losing faith.  Sometimes, it’s far more easier to lose the faith than hang on tight, again, it’s a trial.  And trials are meant to be faced wholeheartedly because we all experience it one way or another.

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2.  It’s healthier to forgive.  I have come to realize that committing mistakes and doing fault to others is a reality of life.  We all make mistakes and through mistakes we learn.  However, for some, when others have wronged them, it’s too difficult for them to regain trust and end up eventually ruining strongly built relationships.  I chose to be free from the burden of carrying grudges.  I have learned  that it is indeed healthier to forgive than to hold enormous amount of anger and grudge to those who have wronged us.  A simple misunderstanding should be dealt with as soon as possible before it leaks into gaps.  Sometimes, there’s one thing that keeps us from not wanting to forgive the other person, and that’s pride.  A small argument can be patched up if we all humble ourselves and accept that we aren’t perfect.  If we allow pride to get in the way, what seems to be a small issue will turn out to be a burden that’ll eventually get too heavy for the heart to hold and might lead us into loneliness and sorrow.  What’s worse, if we allow such things to happen, if we allow small misunderstandings to grow cold until who knows when, how are we able to deal with the bigger disputes that await us in the coming days?

We all long for a peaceful mind, a serene heart and untroubled soul, if you try to be more forgiving, you will feel lighter, happier and healthier.  If there’s no grudge in your heart, you will feel the grace of God even more as Jesus himself forgave all the people who have not treated him right and even died to save the sins of mankind.  I may sound very religious, but I just want to impart how light it feels on the heart when grudges are kept unlocked.  So, I always pray for God to bless us all with a forgiving heart so we wouldn’t be trapped into the misery of anger.  If there’s someone you are most angry with today, ask for God’s divine grace to allow you to be free from that pain and be able to fully let go and forgive.

I have people who were a part of my life before that I have forgiven and it felt good, I also have close friends whom I am yet to forgive and make ammends with.  I know it’s hard to forgive, but it’s one step to finding inner peace, seeing the light and being happy.  You might not forget what the other person has done to you but at least you made yourself a favor by forgiving and asking God to help you endure until your anger diminishes completely.

 

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3.  We can’t please everyone.  This is a fact.  No matter how perfect we thought the flow of our life has become (career, studies, passion, love, friendship, relationships), there will be complexities along the way. There will be people not agreeing on the things we love to pursue or in disagreement of how we live our lives.  I am no longer thrilled.  Before, I thought I’d live my life as polished as possible.  But then, as I age, it’s quite befitting to just be myself without getting thrilled of being understood and accepted.  People are entitled to their own opinion be it a good one or one that we’d rather not hear.   It’s all about how to deal with these kind of people and knowing how to shake-off any bad comment you hear from them.  We also live in a world where it is more easier to judge and to hate rather than to show some love and appreciation.  I constantly tell myself to accept them anyway because no matter what we do, we can’t please everyone.

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4.  Focus on the positives.  This should be second on my list.  Looking back on how I have lived my life these past years, I could say I am no longer in denial, because I am already able to shout out that I haven’t been optimistic almost half of my life.  I am not shy to admit that I am much of a worrier and I am pessimistic.  Which is why being positive is among my must-ponder-for list.  If you have been quick to think negative all your life, being optimistic is a challenging thing to do.  Especially if life has not been treating you really well. But, again, I am patting myself on the back for being less pessimistic these becoming days.  I am enjoying the feeling of freedom, freedom from any negative thoughts.  Even upon writing this article, my mind seems to wander, but alas! I am too motivated now more than ever and too inspired to entertain these malicious negatives I have collected and stored in my mind all throughout my years.  So, if you happen to drop by this post, I hope you too can start to embrace optimism.  Even if the negatives still outweighs the positives, try to reverse your thinking.  I also believe, “it’s all in the mind”.  Let’s condition our minds to think positively in whatever circumstance, even when troubles pour by storm and without notice.

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5.  Acceptance is key.  Last but most definitely not the least, accept life as it unfolds.  Accept that everything doesn’t always go our way, accept that there will always be conflicts no matter how we try to avoid them, accept that there will always be down times, troubles, problems and days of worry, accept that life isn’t always fair and just, accept that people doesn’t always meet our expectations, accept that we are all unique..  But! know that when we choose to live in accordance with God’s plan, it would be easier for us to deal with life and to accept it’s complexities.

The more I remind myself of these, the happier I become. <3

What notes do you remind yourself of? Share your thoughts… <3

For Me top (similar here) | Shorts station black cut-off shorts (similar here) | SM Woman basics grey singlet (similar here) | Strandbags woven clutch

Photo taken by (c) Ragdoll Sparrow photography


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