All dolled up

If you were able to read my feature on Candymag.com’s Style Files, I’m sure you’re already aware that I’m not much of a pink person. It’s a color that I try to avoid as much as possible because I just can’t pull it off. Unlike most girls, it doesn’t make me feel pretty.

polka dot blazer (Kimberly Te) | baby pink high waist shorts | shoes (So Fab) | nude tube top | pearl ring (Forever 21) | bangles | necklace (Amientottie Accesories)

Well, this is me trying to conquer my fear.

One thing I love about fashion is the freedom to experiment, and I don’t like being limited. I thought to myself, why not try? If it doesn’t work out, I can live with that.

My sister gave me the baby pink high waist shorts that I’m wearing in this photo. It’s been with me for a few months already, but this was the first time I actually took it out of the closet. As for the polka dot blazer, it’s one of the prettiest online purchases I’ve made so far. I also have this strap of pink fabric that I usually wear as a headband, but this time I tied it around a gold-chained necklace and had like a ribbon hanging around my chest. I guess you can call it” fashion recession,” but I prefer “resourceful.” ;)

Photos by Mark Clemente 

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BLOG GIVE-AWAY: The Multiply Shopping Party Exclusive Invites

The coolest shopping party is about to hit the city, and YOU can be part of it!

In celebration of its new shopping platform, Multiply Philippines is launching an exclusive party that you shouldn’t dare miss- the Multiply Shopping Party! Join your favorite bloggers and online sellers in this awesome night of fun and fashion. Mingle with your friends, enjoy delectable food and drinks, and witness your fellow fashionistas rock the runway.

Excited? Join my blog give-away and win exclusive invites! :)

Here’s how:

1. LIKE Multiply Philippines on Facebook.

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3. Leave a comment below with your name and email address and tell me why you love to shop at Multiply, OR tweet me @marjramos “I love to @shopatmultiply because (insert reason here).”

Easy, right? Three winners will be announced on Sunday and will receive two tickets each. Comment away and come in your most fashionable attire! :)

I love hue!

grey sweater (Forever 21) | tank top (Forever 21) | bandage skirt (Forever 21) | satchel (Cole Vintage) | bright yellow platform pumps (Alice Viterbo) | tassel earrings (The Reap Accessories) | cross connector ring (Forever 21)

I brought bold and bright colors to the Hang Ten bloggers event last Sunday. To start off, I wore my new tassel earrings that were tucked away with a label that says “not for work.” Got this from The Reap Accessories when I dropped by Carnival de Rainhas bazaar weeks ago, and since then I have always visualized color blocking with it. It feels surprisingly light, and how unfortunate it can’t be for my everyday use.

As you may notice, I think I might have gone a little crazy while experimenting on a loud and colorful palette this time. But in an effort not to go overboard, I forced myself to go minimal on accessorizing instead. I call it fair trade. I’ve obviously been obsessing over color blocking for the past few months and I’m guessing the syndrome will last for another season. I’m enjoying it while it lasts.

FYI, I wore this on a rainy day. I seldom allow the weather to interfere with my fashion freedom anyway, so off I went wearing bandage skirt and high heels. Don’t judge though! I only get to go out on weekends, and I hate being deprived by corporate dress codes and stereotypes who, in fact, believe that vanity is on the same page with murder. Ugh! I say it’s a free country and fashion is under freedom of expression.

One of the many reasons why I love democracy. :)

Photos by Mark Clemente 

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Hang Ten Bloggers Event 10.09.2011

I was invited to attend the first ever bloggers event of Hang Ten Philippines last Sunday. It took place at their flagship store in SM Mall of Asia and activities included the unveiling of their window display contest winner. The bipolar weather wasn’t friendly at all and I had to brave the rain in order to get there, but it was worth it. I had fun meeting fellow bloggers during the event, participating in the human bingo game and styling a mannequin for the first time. It turned out to be such a challenge dismantling and assembling the arms, haha!

Also got to know more about Hang Ten Philippines. I really admire how the brand remains stylish while catering for a market preferring free, relaxed and unrestricted clothing. :)

Met bloggers Anton and Nikki. Hope to see you guys on the next event! :)

Btw, here's the mannequin we styled during the event. Not so bad, is it? :))

Thanks to the Hang Ten team and The LiST Group for inviting me! :)

To learn more about Hang Ten Philippines, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

I wanna be forever 21

I shop practically everywhere. And believe me that when I say everywhere, I mean everywhere… and that includes the children’s wear department.

I’m one of those girls who are always first in line whenever the teacher would say “find your height.” I’m always sitting in front when taking class pictures, and I always ask for the smallest size available when ordering my uniform for the Physical Education class. When I turned eighteen, I looked like twelve. Now at twenty one, I still look like I belong in high school. Growing up, it’s been my big fat frustration.

I’ve been the petite little girl all my life. I won’t lie and say I’ve always loved myself that way, because there were times that I wished I was a different person. But through the years, I realized that I’m not the only person on the face of this planet who has an insecurity or two. More importantly, I realized that depressing over who you’re not only deprives yourself from discovering who you really are and what you can be. I learned to embrace my flaws and love myself for what I am, and though I’m not exactly Miss Universe material, I am happy- because I feel forever 21. :)

polka dot dress (Forever 21 for kids) | jacket (Forever 21) | chained bag | leopard-printed pumps (Alice Viterbo) | bracelet (from Port 88 bazaar)

Photos by Mark Clemente

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My mane story

I had long hair practically all my life. When I entered college, I had it permed, straightened, digi-permed, then I had it straightened again. Sometimes I have bangs, sometimes I don’t. I do a lot of things with my crowning glory- even the most extreme at times. Name it, I’ve probably done it. I used to have long curly hair before I spontaneously had a bob cut done, the shortest I’ve ever had my entire life. Imagine my mom’s surprise when she saw me after that. She could barely recognize me!

Truth is, it was fun the first few weeks. It felt clean and light, and had a carefree vibe which was actually what I liked best about having a short hair. But for someone as impulsive as I am, I always want something new. I always want something changed. And when you just had a bob cut roughly two months ago, growing it back is the boring part.

My hair went through another digital perm session while waiting for months. And to my dismay, after a year, it still isn’t as long as what I’m trying to achieve. I realized I’ve been patient enough, and patience, if you must know, is not my virtue. Hence, I had to ask my good friend Google to find me the best hair extensions I can avail of here in Manila. The answer: Tokyo POSH <3

So, guess who’s back with a long mane? If you’re having the same dilemma, you can visit them too at the R2 Level of Powerplant Mall, Makati City or at the 3rd floor, Main Mall of SM City North EDSA, or click here to check them on Facebook.

Life is too short. Sometimes, waiting is not an option! ;)

Love my new hair. Thank you, Tokyo POSH! :)

Polo (The Traveling Closet) | DIY shorts (Jag) | Grey pumps (Alice Viterbo shoes) | Satchel (Cole Vintage) | ring and bangles (from Port 88 bazaar) | chain necklace (Amientottie Accessories)

Photos by Mark Clemente

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Carnival de Rainhas 09.18.2011

September 18, 2011. Carnival de Rainhas.

Unlike Port 88, this bazaar in Rockwell did not just border on clothes, shoes and accessories. Although it did not exactly turn out to be the ultimate fashion destination that I thought of, I did not go home disappointed. There were games, prizes, and food. Lots of food!

I was able to find some quirky stuff while roaming around, but I was mainly pigging out the entire time. I went gaga over the sweets- there were cupcakes, gelato, chocolates and pastries. It’s like a mini version of Candyland!

Mark looking so happy with the rainbow cake. :))

And that's me and my rose tequila gelato <3

The most fashionable cupcakes! ;)

P.S. If you’re wondering how my hair suddenly grew inches longer in the span of 24 hours, I shall spill the beans on my next post. :)

Photos by Mark Clemente.