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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Chasing pavements

When I was young, I remember how my mom would always buy us dresses for parties. She would make me and my two other sisters wear the same thing as if we’re going to perform a production number. At one specific birthday party, she made us wear orange. I sulked as I looked at myself in front of the mirror. Compared to my sisters who were gleaming in tangerine, I, well, I just wanted to flush myself in the toilet. If not inside the car hiding, I’d be waiting for the equally hideous jesters to finish their tricks so that we can finally go home. And I thought to myself, I hate this color.

shorts (H&M) | tank top | slim belt (Preview) | fringe necklace (Quirkypedia) | chained bag | grey platform pumps (Alice Viterbo) | gold cuff | beaded bracelet | leopard-printed connector ring (Jellybean)

Oh well, I guess we all have childhood horror stories to share. Eventually I grew up and got over mine. Now my more matured fashion sense already appreciates the beauty of citrus colors. In fact, when I bought these shorts, the piece actually stood out from the rack. My art teacher from grade school told me that orange looks its best when paired with blue (at least that much I remember), so I took her advice when I was putting this outfit together.

I had fun playing with colors so I threw in a blue/white fringe necklace and a purple chained bag, plus the sea green slim belt and beaded bracelet. I know I am over-accessorizing again, but I could not stress any further the importance of investing on accessories. It will come in handy one day, you’ll see.

Anyhow, today is the first day of August and I’m spending it chasing pavements. If you read my previous post, you’re probably already aware that I just resigned from work. I was an HR practitioner for eight months in IBM Business Services, I became part of a wonderful team and I could not be any more thankful for the learning experience. But as all good things must come to an end, I am currently on a journey to self discovery. I am enjoying a two-week vacation before I start a new career path in another company. It’s not all roses and champagne though, I have lots of requirements that I need to work on before my first day. I will be writing a lot as Resorts World Manila’s new marketing communication specialist, so I’m really excited and I hope to do well. *fingers crossed* 0_o

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Color me pretty!

Roughly a month ago, I placed an order online with my officemates for hot, killer heels. We had to wait around three weeks for the whole manufacturing, which was a bit frustrating for me as patience is not my virtue. Since we are talking about shoes here, I guess you can pretty much tell how excited I was. Very.

When I finally got my hands on my orders, mind you, it was ecstasy. And as I opened the first box, I knew exactly what I would wear it for- COLOR BLOCKING. <3

This is my first attempt on color blocking, so no judging, haha! I also learned a few things which might work for you, too.

Just a few points to ponder on:

Plains and no prints. Ditch your favorite floral and animal prints for a while. You do not want the embroideries or the designs to steal away the spotlight because it is your palette’s time to shine. Instead, focus on the colors.

Look on the bright side. Choose bold colors! You want to make a loud statement, not a faint whimper. If you are going to try color blocking, then go for it all the way. The brighter, the better. Who said summer’s over? It’s not over until you say so.

Mix and match. Remember in kindergarten how our teachers taught us about the primary and secondary colors? Can you recall how the color wheel worked and how there were specific shades that supposedly look good together? Well, that is a pain in the ass, so you can forget about that. You can use all shades if possible. Do not be afraid to splash one color with another. This is your style, and only your rules apply.

bright yellow platform pumps (Alice Viterbo) | canvas bag (Louis Vuitton) | green cotton shorts | blazer (Plains & Prints) | plain tee (Folded & Hung) | slim woven belt | seashell necklace (Yhansy) | floral ring (Forever 21) | bangles
The seashell necklace I bought from Yhansy.

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Alice Viterbo shoes. <3″

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Photography by Mark Clemente

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