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Nothing beats a picturesque sunset by the ocean, though the soft orange light just before the sun dips into the horizon is a sight to behold no matter where you are. And because I can’t be by the ocean, I brought the ocean to me. Ocean blue is the most recent addition to my wardrobe color palette, and it has hit the racks of most high street brands this winter season usually found sitting right next to oxblood.
If you are going for a chic and feminine look that exudes a powerful confidence, this look achieves it all. It is also very versatile as it can take you from work to a dinner date by just slipping on a gold necklace and taking off the blazer.
Wear: Ocean Blue, White, Gold
What: Dress – Forever 21 / Shoes – New Look / Blazer – H&M / Necklace – ASOS / Belt – Warehouse
When: To Work
There’s something about the color red that makes it an instant ‘showstopper’. Straight from the office, I attended the Iconic Spring 2014 press preview and I couldn’t count how many times I was stopped with compliments because of my red winter dress coat. It definitely had the same effect on me a couple months ago when I saw it online and I just had to ‘BUY NOW’!
But by the end of the event I was feeling quite warm under the heavy coat, and I blame it on Dubai’s so-called ‘winter’ weather that comes and goes like the common cold. Though I can always count on my office to be a freezer!
Wear: Red, Black
What: Coat – Romwe / Dress – In Love With Fashion / Belt – ASOS / Shoes – Bershka
When: To Work
Every dog has its day, like the dogtooth print has its season, and the season has finally arrived. It’s now time to take your winter ensembles out of the closet or go out and buy brand new pieces from the winter sales! The classic dogtooth in monochrome is my all-time favorite, but this skater skirt in black and gray (a rare combination for this pattern) has quite an elegance to it that I adore.
Wear: Gray, Black, Dogtooth
What: Skirt – New Look / Bag – River Island / Boots – Dune / Top – New Yorker
When: To Work
You can’t literally get a tan in December (unless you are living in Australia), but the color ‘tan’ is a great alternative to black if you don’t want to slip too much into the dark side this winter. With this look I’m bending the mythical rule not to wear a top and bottom in the same color. If you can do it with black or white, then you can do it with tan. All you have to do it break the monotone with a contrast belt and a blazer or jacket.
Wear: Tan, Black
What: Jacket & Shoes – Koton / Skirt – Forever 21 / Belt – ASOS / Top – She Inside / Bag – New Look
When: To Work
The leopard print is a trend that knows no season as it continues to grace the catwalks and high street style all year round. Hence the old saying “a leopard can’t change its spots” deems an apt phrase to characterize this fashion favorite.
I, for one, am just two years shy of leopard-loving, though my love affair with leopard is more of a no-strings-attached arrangement. My recent fling is this leopard print satchel bag that I purchased in the Philippines. It’s perfect for the corporate jungle and also a casual weekend at the zoo!
Wear: Leopard, Monochrome
What: Top & Shoes – New Look / Belt – Koton / Pants – Forever 21 / Bag – SM Store
When: To Work
The best thing about having a younger sister is by the age of 3 you get to dress her up like your own personal barbie, then when she hits high school you take on the role of personal shopper, and by the time she’s out of college, you get to swap clothes with each other!
And the most recent next best thing is that the winter season in this part of the world has officially begun. You can feel the chill in the morning air and it’s my favorite time of the year. It means the return of trench coats, oxblood, houndstooth, stockings, knee-high boots, leather jackets, knit sweaters, beanies, scarves and a lot of layering. Oh joy!
Now iStalk with my little eye Sam wearing a trench coat from Jane Norman, an oxblood contrast dress from ASOS and combat boots from Forever 21.
I may call Dubai ‘home’ because I’ve lived here all my life, but I do love holidays visiting the country of my roots, my original home – The Philippines. It’s always more fun in the Philippines – more fun eating, more fun road tripping, more fun sightseeing and (for me) more fun shopping!
In the last week of our trip we flew to the island of Palawan (just one of the 7,107 that make up the Philippines) and stayed at a beautiful Beach Resort and Spa along the coast of Puerto Princesa. The sun shone high, the sands were velvet and the waters crystal clear. It was paradise.
And what made this vacation especially memorable was that I got to spend it not just with my own family, but with my husband’s family as well, who had come to the Philippines for the first time.
Wear: Yellow, Floral
What: Top – Greenhills Shopping Center / Pants – SM Department Store
When: Holiday in Palawan, Philippines
Last September I did a collaboration with Wetrendstyle.com, an online community portal for fashion in the Middle East. I had the pleasure of styling two distinct outfits, one for night and one for day, for a lookbook photoshoot that I had fashioned ‘Metro Chic’. The model was Bern Rodrigo, winner of the Wetrendstyle.com Facebook competition that scored her a professional photoshoot. The photographs were shot and edited by Sheldon Rodriguez.
I was recently invited to a private viewing at the Phioro Jewellery showroom. I do not generally wear a lot of jewellery or accessories, but when I do it’s usually for a special occasion or to add a touch of glam to a simplistic outfit. But that has never stopped me from admiring beautiful gems and making the rare purchase to keep aside for a special day. Phioro Jewellery was no exception. Its unique and luxurious collection deftly inspired by nature allured and led me into temptation. Here are a few gorgeous pieces that I was instantly drawn to.
Photographs by Faith Rodriguez (yours truly).
The Woman Behind Phioro
At the heart and center of Phioro Jewellery is Clare Pardoe whom I had the privilege to meet. Clare weaves her magic into every elegant design and lends careful attention to detail in creating individually tailored, personalized jewellery for her high profile clientele.
Photo Credit: Phioro Jewellery
Phioro houses limited edition and one-of-a-kind fine jewellery in 18-carat gold adorned with precious stones, and also has an exquisite Bridal range.
The Aquaray collection below is one of Clare’s latest creations for Phioro Jewellery. The statement pendant that distinctly takes the shape of a sting ray is a beauty at every angle, a true work of art.
If you are interested in procuring a custom-made design for a special someone in your life, you may schedule a consultation online through their website or visit their showroom. And if would like to stay current, like Phioro Jewellery on Facebook for updates on new collections at facebook.com/PhioroJewellery.
This little white dress is one of my favorites, it’s 6 years old and I do have to squeeze to get into it now, but surprisingly it still fits! The sweetheart skater dress is a classic silhouette that never goes out of style and in white it is the perfect blank canvas for any look.
If you’re going for sweet and simple, pair it with a bright solid color cardigan, a skinny belt around your waist and a pair of court shoes. If you’re leaning towards fun and preppy, pair it with a cardigan that has pretty patterns like hearts, stripes, polkadots, floral or lace, then wear a skinny belt over the cardigan, and wedges or sneakers. If you’re up for edgy and flirty, pair the white dress with a cropped leather jacket or bomber jacket, black stockings and mid-calf military boots.
Wear: White, Neon
What: Dress – Stradivarius / Shoes – Dune / Bracelets – New Look / Belt – Forever 21 / Cardigan – From China
When: To Work