Nicole Aguinaldo | A fashion, beauty, and travel blogger from the Philippines.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Stylish Basics

Rainy season is officially upon us here in Manila and as we all know, while it can get pretty chilly and wet during this season, the humidity of the city still lingers every so often. This ensemble is the perfect balance for both types of weather. One of the things I loved while shopping in GU in Japan were their basic pieces that have a little bit of an edge to them. Take this 3/4s long sleeve top with a scallop neckline for example. It’s cute, interesting, and simple all at the same time. Best of all, you can easily style it in different ways with different pieces. For this look, I wore it with my new favorite denim skirt from Forever 21, my taupe boots, and my brown purse from Coach to put together this ensemble for the ever changing weather here in Manila.

Top, GU
Skirt, FOREVER 21
Boots, FOREVER 21
Purse, COACH

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Style Tips for Visiting Japan during Summer

Summers in Japan aren’t like the summers we’re used to here in Manila where the sun and temperatures are constantly high. In Japan, there were moments where it was humid but still quite windy. Not to mention there were also periods of rain during our summer trip.

Dressing up for this kind of weather can be pretty confusing especially if you’re not used to it. I find that it’s all about balancing your wardrobe and finding pieces that can keep you warm but still feels light and comfy.

Here are some types of clothing I found useful during my 9-day trip to Japan during their summer season.

1. Light longsleeves:

During my first few days in Japan, I wore a lot of longsleeve tops. However, I made sure that the fabric of the pieces I wore were breathable, light, and airy in case it gets a little bit too hot out. I also brought along with me a thin cardigan in case I needed an extra layer to keep me warm when it gets a little chilly especially at night.

2. Jumpsuits and midi-dresses:
For me, one of the most stylish yet comfortable types of clothing are jumpsuits and midi-dresses. They’re easy to wear, easy to move around in, and they’re the type of clothing that looks chic without much effort.

I also find that jumpsuits and midi-dresses are the perfect balance of keeping one both warm and cool since they only cover certain parts of your body.

3. Stylish sneakers you can wear with anything:
In Japan where the taxis and ubers are on the expensive side but they’re public transport is efficient and easy to get used to, you’ll surely be doing a lot of walking if you plan to commute your whole trip which was what we did.
One of my BIGGEST essentials during this trip were my new Disruptor 2 sneakers from FILA and my favorite black sneakers from PUMA. Not only are these sneakers stylish and cute but they’re also super comfortable and easy to style with pretty much anything I brought with me. Wearing sneakers is also ideal for that dreaded moment where it starts pouring rain in Japan.

(BULLET TRAIN TO OSAKA! During our 9-day trip, our choice of transport were mostly the subway and trains!)

If you plan to visit Japan during the summer season, I hope you find these tips useful in picking out your wardrobe!

You may also check out my WHAT I WORE IN JAPAN lookbook to see more of my outfits and the places we explored in Japan:

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Purple Feelings

I’ve always said in the past that black and red are two of my absolutely favorite colors to wear. However, ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a weakness for the color purple. In fact, for a time, my room was painted the color. Purple is said to be a color that exudes luxury and feels mysterious and romantic. That’s exactly how I feel when I put on this stunning dress from BAYO. This dress is dainty because of it’s sheer, flowy skirt but it’s shimmery top in this strong shade of purple makes it so eye-catching. This is probably why I was so easily drawn to this dress during my recent shopping trip to the store! I styled it with my current favorite purse from ARANAZ and these dark gray, chic sandals from UNLISTED to complete this sweet but powerful look.

Dress, BAYO

What do you think of the color purple? 

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