Most of my close friends know that I gravitate towards oriental-inspired floral prints on clothes–remember last year’s influx of graphic storks, cherry blossoms, and lilies on fabric (way before the tropical leaves trend)? I went ham on that. In fact, I still have a few more pieces from that season I’ve yet to wear. I don’t know if it’s a culturally cultivated preference (I am part Chinese, after-all) or it’s a trend-based aesthetic, I just know that I love the romance it exudes. So when I saw this pair of trousers from Forever 21 early this year–half off, at that–suffice to say, it was calling to me. It was such a beautiful piece that I couldn’t help but wait for the perfect top to go along with it… and it did, months after, in Zara. I found this perfect summer bandeau and I felt that it was just so apt in the midst of summer’s rising temperature. My only regret however, moving forward, is that I never got to wear this combo during the summer and eventually, this top went on sale! But it is such a flattering cut that maybe, if it came in other colors, I would have still bought it–sale or no sale.
Anyway, I posted a teaser of this outfit on instagram a week ago and declared it a “Princess Jasmine” inspired outfit based on my FOSSIL’s nurse’s comment. I think the hair piece contributed largely to that Aladdin familiarity and so I decided to go with that. This was in no way related or derived from the numerous posts, memes, and GIFs of the animated movie from our Childhood: Aladdin, given Robin Williams (who played Genie’s voice) unexpected passing 2 days back.
Let’s chalk it up to a strange stroke of morbidity… but don’t get me wrong, I loved Robin Williams as an actor. I’ve seen almost all of his movies (my dad was a fan and owned a video store when I was young), and so it jus seems… unreal. I guess there are a select few figures out there you believe is immortal, and he was one of them. He still is, of course… immortalized by his wonderful and touching movies, that is. and I’m sure I’m only amongst thousands of people from my generation who connected to some of his movies. The first movie I cried to as a child was Patch Adams, likewise, I witnessed his acting prowess with Jack, and then my favorite movie of his: “Bicentennial Man” introduced me to the Science Fiction great that is Isaac Asimov.
Apart from his legendary works, I think he is also there to remind the rest of us that no matter how seemingly wonderful someone’s life out there seems, we can never discount/belittle the fact that they might possibly be experiencing their own turmoils. It also gives everyone a reality check, especially in our country where “depression” isn’t a widely-accepted diagnosis, to take it seriously. I’ve always had this pre-conceived notion that you are in control of your own mood–that feeling happy is by choice but it’s more than that. When you probe deeper, it involves sciences and intricacies that not a lot of common people would understand off the bat. It took a while for me to do so and only because someone (extremely) close to me revealed that she had a mood disorder.
So when faced with a friend or a family member experiencing depression, listen to them, research, and assist them in seeking professional help. Do not dismiss what they’re feeling and do not trivialize or in any way, belittle their thoughts. It is precisely this stigma that prevents them from seeking help to get better.
Sorry, I kind of digressed a whole lot but I just had to say my piece. On a lighter note, here are some of my photos:
I love sunglasses in general, I have quite the collection that’s a mix of bazaar, high-street, and designer pieces. Of course, I have a weaker spot for high-end labels… not that anyone will know though, as the brand logos are insanely tiny when it comes to eyewear but based on my experience, I feel that you always get what you paid for. Designer frames are more often sturdier, the designs are trendier, and functionality-wise, the are easy on the eyes.
Of course, it is somewhat profligate to simple drop ten to twenty grand per design. I have this 3 designer eyewear rule per year, just so I don’t overspend. When I do buy, I always make sure to choose classic cuts and colors, and picking the most cost-efficient piece. So early this year, I purchased a pair of Dior sunglasses that I haven’t actually used yet because it seemed too fancy. Fact of the matter is, I’m not so much a sunglasses wearer except for maybe occasions that call for it. So I was looking to expand my collection in time for post-Summer, something that’s a bit functional and thankfully, someone introduced me to Glasses Online, an online retailer across Asia Pacific, that has recently launched their own Philippine portal. When I visited the site, I was overwhelmed by the number of brands and styles they carry! But on top of it, they have the cheapest price by far.
Their site is pretty functional as well–you can choose to see sunglasses options based on frame styles, face shapes, categories, gender, and brands. It’s just so well-thought of that I can’t help but sing it praises!
I ordered a pair of Prada Sunnies and though it retails outside for around 11,000 php, I got mine for only 9,000! How awesome is that? And it comes in super handy and sealed boxes, delivered to your doorstep! I’ll be debuting my Prada sunnies within the week so stay tuned!