February 2011


Am so glad I was still a baby in the ’80’s – because Kate Middleton’s classic with an edge clothing choices totally kicks the ruffles and color-coded style of Princess Diana.

Am not really a fan of blue – especially royal blue – but it does set off her brown hair and her sapphire engagement ring. It is a very safe choice for the first of many official events.

I love the cut of the dress and the accessories but am really not warming up to Kate’s color choices. I suppose her official role restricts her use of color but she’s 29 – not 59!

Finally, some red-on-black action. I love how Kate puts everything together – the red-trimmed gloves, black belt and those boots!

(I envy how people abroad can play with their styles and their clothes. Living in the Philippines can mean that people expect you to look mainstream – when gypsy skirts are in, wear gypsy skirts, when chandelier earrings are out, do not sport them. There is little tolerance for true, individual style in my country.)

Looking forward to more Kate Middleton – the brunette who combines the down-to-earth appeal of Princess Diana, the brainy aura of Jacqueline Kennedy and the off-the-rack preferences of Michelle Obama.

There is a new style icon for this generation 🙂

Pretty Little Liars has just shown its 18th episode (leaving four more till the end of the first season) and I must say that the second batch is just not as compelling as the fall shows. I’ve started paying closer attention to the clothes and accessories (and have started watching the first ten episodes just to focus on the PLL fashionscape).

The following are my favorite pieces and only Hanna, Aria and Spencer make the cut (while I find Emily the prettiest, her sporty lifestyle leaves me cold).

I loved Hanna’s sequin-embellished top but I seriously lusted after her green OR by Oryany hobo. She must’ve used this for about three episodes and I like how the bag appears to fulfill both function and flair. The top is more social than school but if you’re Queen Bee, you can work it with such aplomb. I wish the actress who plays Mona played Hanna instead; Ashley Benson has little of the Mean Girl/glamazon vibe.

Aria’s green fringed top is as noteworthy as her convertible Elliott Lucca bag (which she used for over four episodes). Both pieces can be worn straight from school (or work) to dinner and drinks to wind the day down.

Spencer stepped up in the sartorial department with this ’20’s inspired ensemble. The cloche-style hat, the grey vest, lace skirt and burgundy scheme – preppy meets vintage.

The Juicy Couture cape Spencer wore when she paid a visit to Toby is another excellent piece. My only frustration is, one rarely needs such capes in tropical Philippines (one usually needs a raincoat).

 

Looking forward to four more episodes of PLL style (and hopefully the storyline improves)

I’ve always been a huge fan of accessories – chandelier earrings from my college days (and first few years of work), layered necklaces, bangles, etc. They easily jazz up just about any outfit and can do without those tacky labels and signature brands.

Well, during the school fair, I chanced upon an interesting zircon cocktail ring, which re-ignited by fondness for vintage, one of a kind pieces. I checked out Accessorize at Shang but the commercial side of that boutique assures you that someone else will have the same accessory as you. I then looked to the internet and combed through Multiply – still famous for online sellers. I was always wary of online purchases – until late last year when I tried out Amazon.com. When I saw the pieces sold by http://cocktailbar.multiply.com/, I was hooked. Coincidentally, the seller, Stephanie Yu, had just uploaded a photo album of cocktail rings for just 130 each. I purchased these finger baubles:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then perused other photo albums and fell in love with these stacked bracelets (also a Spring Summer 2011 trend) so I picked them up for a very reasonable 195Php.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For an extra seventy pesos for shipping (within the Metro), these were delivered to me within 24 hours from the time I deposited into her account. It helps that Steph was very accommodating and patient with the usual questions (material, size, shipping, etc.) The quality of the pieces is good for the price and I just know these’ll add some definite pick-me-up to even my most tried-and-tested tees and jeans summer ensemble. I am very pleased and excited with them.

So, don’t forget:http://cocktailbar.multiply.com/, where, as the site encourages one to, “Browse through an assortment of select pieces of accessories. Mix your own concoctions and discover what intoxicates you. Be your own bartender.”

Pictures taken from the Cocktail Bar multiply site.