Earrings: Forever 21 | Leopard Playsuit, Emerald Green Peplum Skirt: Zara | Bangle: Hermes | Stingray Leather Muse Clutch: YSL | Ring: Rockwell Urban Bazaar | Black Pumps: So Fab
Here’s an interesting fact about Leopards that I mistakenly chanced upon while googling (yes, I am your resident google search abuser) information on animal prints: “Leopards are the most successful, strongest, and most cunning amongst the big cats. They are stealthy, solitary, and elusive creatures.“
There is a slight bit of irony there, I swear. From this day forth, I shall declare Leopards as my spirit animal, and much like the inspiration of my cotton playsuit’s print, I think I pretty much embody most (if not all) of it’s distinct characteristics. First of all, I’m a very strong-willed individual and I’m every inch fierce (not just in a fashion-fierce kind of way); though I’m easy to reason with, if I don’t see logic or merit in your opinions then I definitely won’t take it into consideration but that’s just me. It’s not that I’m narrow-minded, it’s that I can’t imbibe an idea or act upon it if I don’t fully believe in it. Likewise, I’m pretty much cunning and conniving as I am stealthy and elusive–given the right resources and right motives of course. I am good at strategizing and I’m good at plotting, so as long as it doesn’t go against my own values and principles.
Lastly, I am very territorial. I can share a lot of things if you ask nicely (if it’s something material then it’s not even a problem) but that’s on a case-to-case basis. I am sensitive though when it comes to my personal space (actions, ideas, and such). I think that if you’re in my domain, you have to follow by my rules and frankly, I don’t ask for much. I don’t ask you to believe me, I don’t ask you to take my blog as the bible, but I think that when you’re in my turf, you have to sit back, chill the fuck out, read, express your ideas (if you have any or if you want to), and only focus on the aspects that you can relate to. If you can’t or if it goes against your ethics, then just stop reading and close the tab. If you want to create a hate blog about me then that’s fine (yes really), just make sure it’s your own site rather than leaving insipid and thoughtless comments on mine. If you’re merely curious but cannot find an ounce of tact or coherency then save yourself the public humiliation and email me. The thing is, I don’t appreciate people giving me unsolicited advice on an unrelated blogpost–I mean, don’t tell me how to tackle certain issues unless you’re my mother or someone whose opinion I value highly. Just because everyone in this planet is given public access to pretty much everything doesn’t give you the right to assess a situation you are clearly not part of.
Just a reminder, thank you very much!
My boyfriend got me this emerald peplum skirt from Zara on the account of (1) Zara Woman being my favorite Zara line, (2) emerald green being my new favorite color, and (3) Peplum styles being my favorite silhouette (to date, I think I’ve more than 25 peplum tops, skirts, and dresses combined). A few minutes after handing my gift, he went on a full panic mode thinking I didn’t like it, so to prove a point, I wore the very skirt to our (6)4th monthsary dinner date at Mangetsu.
On an extremely adorable note, it took my boyfriend 2 weeks to figure out how to pronounce the word “peplum.” Not bad, given that he doesn’t really know what a peplum is. So okay, how is it pronounced, really? Older filipino tailors (and my mom) used to pronounce it as “peh-plume”, which isn’t necessarily wrong given that the aforementioned pronunciation is the filipino-version of the english word. However, the correct way to pronounce it is “peh-plum” and not “pee-plum” (as I once thought).
I got this playsuit from Zara a little over two years ago, at the height of all the animal print trend. See, I’m not really as frivolous as people think I am, I actually do repeat my pieces and I actually do wear my clothes more than twice (in a different configuration of course). Though I had to stow this away early last year, when the trend wasn’t exactly booming, I couldn’t find it in me to give it away. I was pretty certain that I’d be able to re-use it again. Who would have thought that pairing this old leopard print top would look classy right beside an item from the brand’s latest collection?
This is why I’m a huge advocate of the brand. Apart from it having classy and durable pieces, every design is extremely flattering and timeless. Likewise, I’ve also transcended my irrational fear of wearing the same brands for both tops and bottoms recently and so my new rule is: if it looks good, it looks good, never mind the technicalities.
I’ve every intention of going dark (and if I don’t chicken out) soon. In a sea of blonde, I will return to my roots and rock a brunette do. Although I’m going to miss being fair-haired, I think dark hair looks more interesting and intimidating. I’ll reserve blonde for the summer of 2013 but for now, it’s dark and rich for fall. Good bye, Regina George!
Here are some more photos from the set:
Sharing my monthsary gift for my boyfriend:
A pair of suede boots from Rag & Bone (a brand my boyfriend has never head of before, given that he’s not really into designer brands) and NBA 2K13 (something that costs a fraction of the shoes’ price but got him way too giddy for his own good). He plays his PS3 game every night but has not yet worn the shoes that I gave him. It’s okay, he is adorable and amazing anyway.
Here’s an instagram photo he took of our yummy monthsary dinner from Mangetsu (please don’t forget to add me at @dominiquetiu and my boyfriend at @enzoladrido over instagram):
- Aileen Ferrer
- Karen Teh
- Sheryl Tan
- Kaye So Kua
- Rubie Chua
- Juliene Buelos
- Vida Alvarez
- Marinela Reyes
- Irene Pang
- Monina Mercado
- Janeil Sapida
- Kara Macandangdang
- Jerrine Lim
- Cara Garcia
- Jilliane Batulao
- Noelynne Tiu
- Mervyn Llauder
- Cyrielle Garcia
- Kathleen Perez
- Rosanna De Guzman
- Bea Marin