Mar 26, 2010

Topshop tank, thrifted blazer, W.A.G.W leggings, Soule Phenomenon heels, bag from The Ramp
photo credit: Mom 

Leggings and I never really got a long.
But seeing these bleached leggings from What A Girl Wants for less than P600 a pop, 
I just couldn't resist! 

PS. Maybe I'm dreaming but doesn't the last photo sorta looks like it could be a shot from Jak & Jil?

Go Granny

Mar 25, 2010

vintage dress, Aldo shoes, Aranaz bag, vintage scarf
photo via Style Samurai

Taken during the first day Preview's Slim Lecture series.
My sister, Amina, and I planned on going to all three but unfortunately because of
our very busy schedules we ended up missing the last two.
Is the exhibit still on going? Can you believe we haven't checked it out yet??

The usual

Mar 23, 2010

Yes, it's a different background! The wall I always use was getting really old and tired.
Also, my Italian neighbor moved out this morning so I'm now free to use and abuse the corridor as I please without running into awkward situations.

Jacket from Singapore, Scarf,Shoes and Snakeskin Clutch: Vintage, Dress: HM, Belt: Topshop

The lighting is a bit funny though....I kinda look like I have jaundice.

So, what's up for discussion today? The usual stuff I speculate about really, which as you will all know by now includes jewelry and anything and everything ancient.

Yesterday, I got the most amazing Art Deco miniature condiments tray which is stamped, engraved, and lovely in every way possible. I know I shouldn't buy anything for the apartment since I am leaving soon, but I knew I would regret it forever if I hadn't made the purchase. Blame it on my love for all things mini. (I went mad when I first saw Petit Filous in the supermarket. It was all I ever ate at one point, which totally negates it mini-ness since I consumed the same amount (if not more) found in a regular yoghurt. (Wow, I went a bit crazy with the parentheses there. Sorry.))

This stunning tray is going with me to Beijing next week. I just know my mother would die for it.

Let me also take this time to show you my lovely new baby, which is an Edwardian trilogy old European cut diamond ring set in 18Ct white gold and platinum.

I nearly shed a tear when my eyes met their sparkle. It was love.

The diamond's weight is just .65 carats in total but the cut is impeccable, the color is stunning (most likely between an F and a G), and though one of the little guys has a feather, it doesn't detract from the overall beauty of the ring.

I adore the shank! I've always preferred older settings to 'modern minimalist' looking ones. One word. Eew.

And now for some visual feast..enjoy:

Art Deco Lapis Diamond Dinner Ring

Platinum luxury of an Art Deco era ring brings a design element of the bold color contrast of the Art Deco movement. The graceful form of an elongated marquise shape incorporates an old European cut diamond of an estimated .45 to .50 carats in a simple round bezel setting. Enclosing the large central stone is very unusually shaped lapis lazuli. Deep blue in color and marked with golden flecks of pyrite, the lapis has a curved shape with two (2) old European cut diamonds of about .10 carats accenting the north and south cardinal points.

Art Deco - Diamond & Emerald Ring

Florid & fiery - In every detail of this antique ring you can feel the pulse of the early part of the 19th century. Touches of diamonds that resemble the tips of flames dot the outer edges. Leaf forms of silver are set with twenty-four (24) old European and old mine cut diamonds. The perfect foil to dazzling larger diamonds. And each is set with bead tipping within silver topped gold.

Gossamer Circle of Light

Ethereal lightness characterizes this delightful example of Edwardian style. Jewelry of this time had to complement fashion dictated by feathers, silk and lace and usually of a monochromatic color scheme. The whiteness of platinum merging with the brilliance of diamonds lends itself quite nicely to that image of delicacy and femininity.

Antique Diamond Tassel Motif Earrings

The ancient Greeks believed diamonds were the tears of the gods and these ear pendants bring that grand statement to fruition. Refined yet dynamic in appearance, the form and the fluidity of style are integral to the intrigue and beauty inherent in these earrings. Seventy-seven (77) old mine and old European cut diamonds have been set into each earring. All are clear and brilliant and in excellent condition. The diamond weight is approximately 1.75 carats in each earring for a total diamond weight of 3.4 carats. Entirely cut by hand, these early diamonds have a subtle appeal, appearing both rich and understated at the same time.

Denim on Denim

Mar 22, 2010

Topshop button down, F21 shorts, ARANAZ bag, F21 scarf, Parisian wedges
(photo credit: Mom)

The perks of working for the family (and in a factory) --- going to work in shorts!

Viva Vintage

Mar 21, 2010


Had a shoot for my article on vintage dressing for the Inquirer, which you could read here.
Just wanted to share the photos just in case you missed it!

Thanks so much Patty, Lian, Ayla and Kara!
Had lots of fun with you guys!

Photos by Patty Mendoza.
Hair and Make Up: Lian Capili.
Models: Ayla Gomez and Kara Gozali

Out of the Blue

Mar 19, 2010

SM Dept. Store dress, W.A.G.W denim vest, W.A.G.W belt, 
vintage necklaces, SM Dept. Store platforms
 photo credit: Mom

In this summer heat, you guys probably think I'm crazy for layering all the time.
The perks of playing around with cool, light fabrics I guess?
I feel naked without any layers on...maybe as a challenge, 
this summer I'll try to go layer free?

Little Miss Dress Up in PREVIEW Magazine

Mar 16, 2010


We were extremely thrilled to be
part of the March issue of PREVIEW, one of our favorite
local fashion magazines!


Thanks so much Daryl Chang (Style Samurai) for the feature :)

Grab a copy and read the article along with fellow bloggers, Lissa and Kookie!

Vest Dressed

Mar 12, 2010

vest from W.A.G.W, woven belt from W.A.G.W

I've been wanting a military inspired vest for ages! The one I used to wear back in college all the time is so worn out the buttons have fallen off. So when I came across this vest in a new store called What A Girl Wants (W.A.G.W) in Robinson's Galleria I just knew I had to get it.

WHAT A GIRL WANTS is available:
2nd Level, Paseo Cuidad, Ayala Center Cebu
1st Level, West Promenade, Limketkai Cagayan de Oro City
2nd Floor, Main Wing, SM City Cebu
3rd Floor, the Gallery, Robinsons Galleria
You can check out their Multiply or Facebook for more information.

Thoughts on Financial Management

Mar 10, 2010

Food, Antiques and Jewelry.
These are the only things worth spending money on these days.

layered ruffles: bolero-zara, top:carboot; belt-present from sarah, skirt: urban outfitters; vintage art deco paste dress clips, lace bangle-carboot, shoes: zara, necklace -diy-ed from an old pearl rosary beads set in silver and CZ sterling silver earrings, pearl encrusted clutch-vintage

I got two things of beauty over the weekend. Malena, my jeweler away from home, goes around the country to attend auctions, estate sales and buy scrap gold in the hopes of finding treasures. She has the most interesting pieces, the best stories, the kindest heart and always gives me a good deal for my purchases so I make it a point to visit her weekly.

The first thing I got was this (presumably) Edwardian diamond ring. It's not dated so Malena couldn't guarantee it but the high prong setting and the metal work both point towards the post-Victorian era . The only hallmark we could find was the gold carat content which is 375/9ct. I usually don't go under 14ct but most British antique rings have low gold content, and they're usually too exquisite to pass up on, so I compromise.

( Also, Ive recently learned that 9ct jewelry doesn't tarnish as long as they are used so it doesn't seem so unwise to invest in them)

The second item I got was this Art Deco sapphire and diamond navette ring also in 9ct.

Because I couldn't splurge on two rings, I asked to swap my Victorian seed pearl and Ruby Art deco rings (both of which I also got from her) for this. I realized the two others were far too small.

She graciously agreed and so this beaut came home with me as well!

I'm still on the hunt for an antique old mine cut diamond ring. I've seen a lovely one in the antique curious shop on royal mile but it costs way more than my entire year's living allowance, so it stayed in the shop...

Mellow Yellow

Gap jeans, H&M tank, thrifted jacket, 
Aranaz bag, Alice + Olivia for Payless wedges

It's officially summer! The heat is driving me nuts!
I wish I could just hop on a plane and fly somewhere cold..oh if only!

Some Kind of Wonderful

Mar 8, 2010

Bringing back the 80's for a night for my best friend's birthday party....


Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Breakfast Club, Miami Vice, E.T., John Cusak, EDSA Revolution, Big hair, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, John Hughes....


I was supposed to go as Dianne Court (from Say Anything) but I had a fashion disaster with my thrifted white dress! So instead, I went as a mix of a whole bunch of 80s trends...big hair, neon, cut outs, fishnet, Madonna, gaudy jewelry, flashy makeup!