Tuesday, March 31, 2015

C'est fini

 And so this ends my affair with the academe. But those 14 years of education was not easy for me. Ever since grade school I never had an award so much more during high school. Perhaps being one of the honor graduate in our batch is one of my greatest achievement up to date, And I am so proud of it because I got it out of pure hard work, determination and tons of prayer. It is the result of my sleepless nights, bad hair day, no make-up wednesdays, no dates, no social life and imprisoned in my room for four years. But no regrets. None at all.

My friends have also played a big part of it all, if not for our very healthy competition we would not strive hard to always be our best in every project. quizzes and research works. I know I have the best ones since we always tend to make each other better each day. I will miss this bunch (although we are not complete), and I will miss our lunch time jokes, our noisy talks and our boy pranks in school. And as we go our separate ways, I hope that our friendship will never fade. 

I also want to thank my mum and dad for being so supportive with all my academic stunts and I know sometime we do not meet halfway, but I am still so thankful that they are always there to guide me. I hope I made them proud and I hope that this medal has compensated all the hard work and sacrifices that they made for me. I know that I have not been a really good daughter to them in the past, but because of that I promised to be better and to make up for all the times I caused them headache. 

I also want to thank my siblings and my auntie for always attending all my school activities and for all their support. They are the ones who made me popular in my own right because they spread news like a television, but thanks to them because it really boosts my confidence. I just hope that they will also do their best in their own studies so that they can make our parents proud.

But my dress is another story that I would not mind telling you. My original plan was to wear a white off shouldered midi dress. So I rummaged SM and Ayala just to find the perfect outfit and believe me it took me two days to finally settle on this one. The biggest malls in Cebu does not have my white dress! And by saturday, I lost my cool and broke down. HAHAHAAH! Imagine my hysteria. Until I decided to choose the closest thing next to it and this orange dress could not be more perfect. But my fashion dilemma does not end there because the search for the perfect white stiletto is up next. I did not find one either and so I bought the closest thing next to it only to find out that we should wear a black closed toe heel. Oh the irony of it all. So it comes out that my dream graduation outfit remained a dream. hahaha! 

On a serious note though, as much as I want to take all the credit for this accomplishment, I know that this achievement truly belong to three people only: God, mum and dad. They are the ones responsible for this, if it was not for my God who gave me the intellect, the confidence and the strength to fight my way through college and all the blessings in between, this would not have been possible. If it was not for my closest confidante, which is my mum, then I would have give up along time go since those four years was also a battle between me and my self-apprehensions. I was never a believer that I could do it, that I had a potential, that I was smart and that I am capable of anything only if I try and work for it. But she was there all through out, incessantly telling me that I have it all I just have to be confident about it and I could never thank her enough for everything. And to my dad, even if we never had the best relationship but his mere presence and his financial providence it was enough for me to know that he cares.

And how could I forget, my dear readers? You are my safe place, this blog is my other home. Writing and telling you my rants and fashion frustrations was my best stress reliever and knowing that everyday there are people who always take time to stop  by and check this blog out is enough reason for me to keep going and make this blog better. Thank you for your comments and blog views. You do not know how I get so kilig everytime I see my increasing blog views. Speakandstyle is the love life I never had :)

Outfit: Dress: Zara| Shoes: CMG| HMUA: David's Salon
Credits. Mom for the picture

Friday, March 27, 2015


Can you believe it? Just afew more days and I will finally be walking down the aisle! Nope, I am not getting married, I am just getting my diploma. But before I totally say goodbye to USC, I will give you some snippets of our graduation ball which happened last wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Parklane Hotel. 
 We had an awards night theme for the ball, and so we all agreed to wear something formal. I chose this red velvet gown because it is just so simple yet it exudes with class. Although, my original plan was to wear an entirely different design but then time did not allow me to have that gown custom made. So thank God for my go-to designer Jed Sevilla, who is one of Cebu's finest designers. 

For my accessories, of course I flaunt the minimalist in me. A dangling earrings and my favorite rings are always my best friends. The laser cut of the gown itself has already done the part of giving the oomph factor of the over all look.

I tell you a secret though, this has been my red carpet mantra ever since I entered the glamorous world of fashion: always do the opposite. Whenever I attend formal events wherein I need to dress up, I always settle for the simple and classy look. I have already anticipated that everyone will go all out in their gowns and the heavy make-up during formal events and so the best way to steal the show is to be simple. Trust me, it works! ;) Because as what Yves Saint Laurent said, "it is not about the dress but the woman who wears it". 

At the end of the night, I was awarded with the Vogue Dutchess award. I don't know why I always end up with everything that screams glamour. All terms synonymous to that word are usually used when people describe me. It is very flattering to know that people look up to my taste and style in clothing. I hope I really did inspire you to dress up and look your best always :) I promise to make that one of my life mission: to make everybody look beautiful in their own way.

That night could not have ended more perfectly and I want to send my heartfelt gratitude to the main boss: Estelle and Keeshia for a very successful party! Until we see each other again! xx

Credits: HMUA: Jed Sevilla | Dress: Jed Sevilla| Shoes: Gibi Collection| Bag: Nima
Photos: Mom

Monday, March 23, 2015

White out

Take me somewhere cold. I am writing this post while sipping my iced tea under the sun. Imagine the contrast. Weird. I know, but oh well. This was taken a few weeks ago, and if you really think about it, this was exactly a month ago. Not much of an up to date blogger, huh? 

 So I chose to wear an all white ensemble during our CUHK tour and our visit to the Victoria peak. I was thinking that even if the weather was a bit cold that day, white can still suffice. And it did. I wore at least three shades of white: plain white, off white and close to gray white. I really did not expect that it will look good to wear. Haha! But anyway, what was good in this look was that it was very comfortable. Even if the material is not suitable for winter, but my insulator jacket did a good job though ;)

This was taken on the mountain trail of the Victoria Peak. There were a lot of tourist who went a stroll in here and it took an hour for us to finish the whole walkway. And if you must know where this walkway will lead you, it is just on the other opening of the Victoria Peak mall. Basically we just walked around the whole place. Amazing isn't it?

Totally freaked out when I saw an outlet of Haagen-Dazs because Philippines does not have one! Gosh, I was like in ice cream heaven that time. And right now, I am missing the taste of it >.<

We topped the night with a stroll on the harbor and guess what I saw? Yes, the most expensive jewelries that there are and not to mention to expensive watches. I made a pact to myself that the next time I will come back, I will bring my millions with me. Hahah! 

Outifts: Jacket: Zara| Top: Old Navy| Jeans: Jeanology| Boots: Rossana Pena

Saturday, March 21, 2015


I will first take a break from posting about my Hong Kong trip. I want to share some news to my mystery readers on what is happening in my life right now. Like the title itself, my photos are unfiltered as well. I will bare my personal sentiments to you all about a very important event that is bound to happen soon. Aside from the fact that I am past my teenage years already, being 20 means it is the end of the line for me (when it comes to my studies). It will only be a few more days before I get my diploma and finally pat my shoulder and repeat the mantra: I did it. 

What most people think is that when they graduate college, everything is done. Fini. The ultimate end as they say. But for me college is just like reading the Prologue of a novel. Whatever you did in college and whatever result that comes out of it will give you an overview of what to expect in your book of life. Because the moment you attain that "academic freedom", you will find yourself in the middle of nowhere and you just start to walk aimlessly. Usually, this results to frustrations and disappointments because you will then realize that nothing is ever going to happen according to your plan.
As for me, I am more anxious than excited for that day. I am fully aware that whatever happens after my graduation is uncertain. I cannot rely on my planners and organizers anymore because my time will basically be mine alone for the taking. There will be no more deadlines to meet, nor notes to write and exams to be studied. I am solely responsible on what I should do with my free time; whether I should use it to find a job, look for scholarships, proceed to another course or simply bum around. And this partially absolute freedom is scary because you might get used to lazing around that will lose the enthusiasm to make something out of your life. 

Persoanlly, I was praying that the excitement of my batchmates for our upcoming graduation would radiate so I can feel the same. Maybe this is just me being so ambitious or the me who is so afraid of failure or maybe this is just some jitters that would just get away soon. I hope so. 

On the other hand,I am happy that finally I get to sleep 8 hours daily from now on and I will now stop loading myself with caffeine and can go back sipping teas in the morning. I am also happy that I am now in another chapter of my life and I get to start anew with everything. I can now throw away things, experiences and people that has done me no good in the last four years and just move on with my life. What happened before will just stay in the past but it will be the lesson that I will forever remember to avoid committing the same mistakes again. 

Rest assured, this blog and this blogger will remain to give you daily updates :) But sooner or later, I will have to re-do my blog to make it better for you my dear readers! Thank you for being with me throughout this journey, to my followers and blog viewers thank you for the 10k blog views. This blog has been in this site for 5years already and I did not know that people did give a damn in this little piece of haven :) Thank youuu! 

 Photo credits: Estelle Marie Ocampo and Ceska Marie Apalla

Friday, March 13, 2015

Back in Black

Travelling and fashion always go hand in hand. Let us just say that dressing up for your flights is a standard operating procedure for every vagabond. You never know what to expect, especially with the customs from other countries. So always be ready and armed with your best outfits so that you can get through the airport harmless. Lol!

And so I decided for my derpature #ootd to go all black. Black is the safest and classic default outfit for all season. Who cares even if it is summer, winter or autumn-- black will always be black. So, I chose to wear a black turtleneck top paired with a black jeans and top it all with this fluffy winter jacket. I had to be ready just in case Hong Kong might be too cold for me. 

I was just experimenting on my outfit because honestly I have no idea about cold weather dressing (spell first timer. ugh). So I had to settle with my own creative and stylish ideas. One thing I must tell you is that when you go outside the country always look your best because most people will look you up and down--judge you basically, so you must avoid to get offended by wearing something nice. :)

 I would like to tell you that I purposely asked my mom to take picture of that car behind me so that I can show santa/ my parents/ and all other benefactors as how I foresee my future. I may or safe to say i am not wishing for  a Christian Grey but I surely am wishing for some bad-ass Audi. Haha! If I had to own a car though, I would make sure it is a sportscar. Okay, stop dreaming ez! hahaha

And this one is a bag haven located at one corner of Nathan Road. This is the closest thing to Italy and well, all the designer bags are there so please help me before I pour all my money digging into the latest YSL bag! 

This is my personal post on our HKG trip. The next posts are my fashion finds and all those heart melting boutiques that broke my heart because I am still unemployed to buy myself even just a piece of Cartier bracelet. One thing that I learned the moment I stepped into the Hong Kong grounds is that I am not born for simple living. And so the only solution: work my ass off so I can afford myself. 

HAHAHAHA! I find this post so funny, it is like I am consoling myself of the fashionable frustrations that I had. Tsk.  I should recheck my sanity. Pleaseeee

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