11 July 2014

Toujours déçu

As pretentious as I've described myself as, allow me to use French phrases/sentences for my titles for the rest of the month. (Better use what my mom paid up for, right? Hahaha) 

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Dress: Zara | Shoes: Topshop | Belt: Rajo Laurel | Ring: G by Guess

How does one stop from chasing a dream that always spirals her down to the point of a breakdown?

I've read somewhere that Superman was created by two men who reached rock bottom of their lives. When they couldn't find something or someone to help them, let alone save their own selves, they decided to make a hero. Threw some powers that are beyond what a human being is capable of, added a love interest, and complemented the story with a villain that makes the balance of nature at an equilibrium, and just like that, their problems were solved. You would not believe how easy we all succumb to the idea that someone has the solutions we're seeking for. That a powerful someone can just step in whilst we're in the midst of a dilemma, bring us to someplace else, return to defeat the opponent, and carry us back. How I wish there's someone who can do that for me now.

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Among all the superheroes, my favourite has to be Batman. I'm way past believing that a superhero who can fly or has superhuman strength is ever going to save me from my own misery. I like Batman because he has what I deem as the most powerful tool and has the most incredible ability that is within anyone's reach but is proving to be very elusive as well - he fights using his brain. He reminds me that it is possible to unlock all the labyrinths our minds have built on their own if only we're curious enough. It does not hurt, as is the case always, that he's a billionaire and a genius. Oh and that his latest movie franchise adaptation has been by the prolific Christopher Nolan's  The Dark Knight in the person of Christian Bale.

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There's a bigger battle out there, and it's up to us whether we'll champion it or sit around until someone else is declared the victor.  No 9 lives, no Kryptonite weakness, no spider webs, no adamantium claws, but with cape. It's always been about the cape, hasn't it?

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We spent last weekend in Clark to celebrate my mommy's birthday. The irony of not having a photo with my mom but still dedicating this post to her is not lost in me.

“I didn’t know what was worse: to have your shot and screw it up, or to never have had a shot in the first place.” 
I've never liked solving riddles. But I guess I have no choice but to at least try to understand them, especially since a lot of them are being thrown in my way.

07 July 2014

Travel Philippines: Baguio, Laoag, Pagudpud

Last Summer Blast

My mom celebrated her birthday yesterday in Clark, Pampanga. I'll post a few photos that I was able to save one of these days. For now, I'm going to diligently conclude my summer posts. Well, at least they're just in time before the rainy season in the country starts! Here are photos from my 10-day Holy Week vacation.

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I published two sets ahead. They can be found HERE and HERE.

04 July 2014

Ladies Who Do No Wrong: Olivia Palermo-Huebl

With a face and physique like hers, not to mention a boyfriend who's every inch her equal, how can Olivia Palermo go wrong?

The moment I decided to come up with posts about ladies who I believe seldom, if not never, commit fashion faux pas, I've thought of having Olivia Palermo in them. Because whatever she puts on herself, it looks inspiring and wearable enough to make me buy similar looking articles. (You see, I have no resources to buy the exact copy just yet). But when I was just about to select my favorite outfits of hers, something would always stop me. I.e. I'd see new photos of her rocking an even more impressive outfit. So I thought a mere post could not encapsulate her always on-point sartorial choices. But her very recent wedding to her fiancé became the tipping point for me to force myself into choosing her best looks so far. If before I'm already in awe of her fashion brilliance, now I completely believe that she's on top of her game. I never thought she'd wear a conventional gown but I never guessed that she'd sport sweater and shorts on her big day. Alright, the Carolina Herrera tulle skirt made it a darling but still. OP has plenty of surprises in her indeed. She has elevated the idea of a wedding gown. Bravo, bravo.

And you know what I like most about her?

She repeats her clothes over and over and still, she looks as though her wardrobe is limitless. Mix and match master. Print-mixing master. Hair and make up master. These are photos showing her expertise in mix and matching and in clashing prints:

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Skirt - Sweater
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Top - Skirt
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Top - Shorts
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And here are some more photos of the match made in fashion heaven:
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All photos from Olivia Palermo Style

As she is absolutely one of my favorite icons, this post is going to be for both June and July' Ladies Who Do No Wrong.
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