I don’t go home often.
It’s not that I don’t want to go home, it’s just that I can’t. So when the opportunity presented itself–in the form of my grandfather’s 87th birthday and the need to acquire more accounts for work–I took it.
In truth, I miss my hometown–I miss my friends, I miss my family, I miss my house, and I miss the everlasting sunshine bestowed upon the marvelous queen city of the south: Cebu.
Don’t forget to hype my look over Lookbook.
Before I bore you all on my trip, I would much rather save that for a much later post. I’m still halfway through my visit so I think it’s best to leave the recaps once I conclude my stay.
For now, let’s just say I’ve managed to catch up with a few friends, shopped (in stores that are available in the capital, by the way), and spend some quality time with people who matter.
Like my siblings, for instance:
This is my little brother Ian. He is ten and in fifth grade, don’t ask why but let’s just say it’s a stroke of luck rather than a stroke of genius. I left back when he was only four so my mind can’t actually catch up with the fact that he’s nearly entering High School.
He’s a pretty talkative child so even if we look nothing alike, teachers from my school would almost always be able to piece out the fact that we’re related somehow.
This is my sister and although we don’t look it, we actually have more similar features. She’s also nearly as tall as I am and graduating the next year.
I also tasked her with taking a few of my photos! I’m pleasantly surprised that I don’t see thumbs or pinkies at the edges.
The thing I love Cebu is that it hardly ever rains. If it does, it’s a slight drizzle and nothing like the ones in Manila.
It’s only in Cebu where it is actually permissible to walk around in beach wear.
So I abused my free pass and dubbed the entire thing Boho.
This necklace was something I got from Guangzhou. The moment I laid eyes on it, I knew I needed it. I have a penchant for feathers, beads, and florals. I guess I’m actually a hippie at heart.
On the other hand, the crochet vest was something I discovered in Shanghai, in this German store called C&A. I actually wasn’t planning on getting it as it was way too expensive but upon reaching the hotel after my shopping excursion, I mulled a bit and told my sister I was going back to the mall to get it so here it is.
The piles of beads were also acquisitions from Shanghai. The silver bangle with aquamarine beads were from this riverside shop in the outskirts of Shanghai; the random beads were fro H&M.
Lastly, the rings–the moment my mom saw them on my fingers, she wondered why I felt the need to adorn every single digit (exaggeration!) and I actually had no explanation. I’ll just chalk it up to being influenced heavily by my friend Weesa.
So the gorgeous floral connector ring on my left hand is from Aldo’s–I actually really love the fact that the ring, despite my sweaty palms, has never shown signs of tarnish and rust. Plus, it’s so unique! I’m so glad to have found it! Ever since then, I’ve been constantly checking out Aldo’s for good quality accessories.
The cocktail rings on my right are all from Forever 21 and though they’re made of plastic, I really love the fact that they don’t look cheap either. Unlike Aldo’s slightly pricey range, Forever 21’s accessories are well, super cheap! Sure, you’ll have to compromise the quality a bit but I pretty much love it still.
Anyway, sorry for boring you with the details but I just wanted to share my fabulous finds! Here are more photos from my relaxing albeit typical excursion:
Crochet Vest: C&A Yessica | Green Linen Top: Shopaholic, SM Department Store |Necklace: Guangzhou | Shorts: My sister’s | Bag: Balenciaga | Bangle: Shanghai, H&M | Rings: Forever 21, Aldo’s | Shoes: Asian Vogue
Before I forget, I would just like to pledge my eternal love to this pair of comfortable floral wedges from Asian Vogue. First of all, I’ve always love the structure of the Dolce & Gabbana wedges and so, the moment I saw this pair from Asian Vogue, I fell in love with it and figured I should have it. Next, it’s so comfortable–it’s one of the best shopping shoes ever!
Also, I’m in love with my lilac nail polish from The Face Shop. Ever since I got into this whole nail polish obsession (not the nail-art kind-of-obsession but more on the, having all necessary colors kind-of obsession), I always head towards The Face Shop to see if there are new additions to their collection. It’s tried and tested with impressive formulation that can rival OPI, Essie, Sally Hansen, Orly, and all other imported nail polish brands. To make my nail polish all the more quirky, I topped it with this Etude House matte topper straight from Korea (as it is still unavailable in our country).
Anyway, I would just like to thank the following brands and people for making this outfit happen (I feel like a beauty queen): My sister and my brother for bearing with my time-consuming photo taking ventures, The Face Shop for my gorgeous collection of nail polish, Aldo’s for my accessories, and Asian Vogue for my shoes.
Before I forget…
A LITTLE UNRELATED ANNOUNCEMENT (for those who reached the bottom):
Since Konichiwear is turning 1 this July, I will be giving away a slew of prizes. I am still gathering all of them, asking a few shops to sponsor, but I’m hoping for it to be big–big enough to give away 20 or so prizes. Think, fashionable but sporty gear from Adidas, shoes from So Fab!, Nail care from Face Shop, Jewelries, shopping loots from F21, so on and forth.
Winning will be so much simpler this time, a portion of the prizes will be given automatically to those who frequently comment starting this July. So go, tell your friends!