Photo by: Celyn Jaravata
I have so much backlog for my outfit posts that I can hardly see my desktop! I am such a horrible blogger, seriously. I can never make a living out of this (which is most probably why I never really bothered exploring that option). I should seriously blog more often now, if only to keep my desktop clear. But you have to give me credit though, apart from having a day job and a personal life to attend to, writing blog entries aren’t exactly a walk in the park–at least lengthy, pretentious blog entries like mine. More often than not, I’m at a loss for words to say–writing is an art form and to churn one, it has to be “inspired.” Likewise, I don’t ever want to compromise my content by giving you the usual mediocre “This is what I wore” diatribe you often see in other platforms–I refuse to! I know my readers view my blog as an alternative medium to the hundreds of “easy reads” saturating the blog-sphere.
That said, I may not be the most responsible and consistent when it comes to blogging frequency (and perhaps other areas in my life), but you can count on the fact that it is always hardworking. There is no press release from a brand that I do not read; in fact, all of them have a “personal touch” just to ensure that you guys won’t find it such a tedious and technical browse. I think it’s utter bullshit to simply upload a PR article that goes: “See the launch of this brand’s spring and summer collection with earthy floral motifs and some such”–it just kills the thrill you’re looking for when reading blogs, that unique personal touch. Why not just simply state: “Oh, I love this brand’s spring and summer collection, with its girl floral motifs that are so perfect for day dates” or something. I mean, seriously, put a little effort, why don’t you?
In the same way with work, when I’m often bombarded by a lot of projects, I always ensure that the strategy I present is well-thought-out and not the generic marketing efforts you see on a day-to-day basis. I’m not the most creative person out there but I am all for making a product or an effort viral, or at least make people think out loud and blurt: “I agree!” See, In everything that you do, you always have to pitch in a wee bit of effort–push your ideas a little bit more to come up with something innovative and palatable.
Sure, you might sacrifice metrics and absolute numbers–like say, I’ve leveled with the fact that my blog won’t get more than 2,000 sessions per day but I’d rather have these 2,000 individuals go through my site for 10 minutes than have 5,000 people visit and stay for only 15 seconds. At the end of the day, it’s always quality over quantity–quantity is a marketing tool you use to deceive your clients and market, and more often than not, it certainly does not measure effectivity.
Speaking of work, this was an outfit I wore to the office recently. Since I work in an Advertising firm, they’re not very strict with the dress code–flats, denim, and even cropped tops are welcome (I know, I’m gushing)! However, there are times I would miss the sharp-casual pieces I was so accustomed to with my previous office… I mean, I try to avoid it in my current work place if only because I don’t want to look like I’m trying too hard to channel Miranda Priestly of the Devil Wears Prada fame but I do miss the corporate dress and killer heels combo. So when I get the chance to, I take my corporate pieces out for a spin once in a while. Here are some more photos:
So I got this other Daniel Wellington watch that’s slightly bigger than the previous one I featured (see here) with a 30 inch face. It’s even more minimalist than the Swarovski version I wore–very no-nonsense… which matches my personality actually. I also opted for the black leather straps, to give it a somewhat casual and office-y look. I’m actually very much in love with Daniel Wellington pieces–they’re just so pretty to me. How I wish I discovered them back in college, to be quite honest… they’d be such style stoppers and stunners. Would you believe my sister, who is in college right now, told me that this is the “in” trend amongst kids? She and her entire barkada are so obsessed with Daniel Wellington and I don’t blame them!
Likewise, a lot of you were asking me if Daniel Wellington watches online are cheaper than the ones you get off the mall and the answer is a big, fat “YES!” All styles are available on the website (they never run out-of-stock) and it is by far cheaper than store prices–trust me on this. They also happen to ship straight to your home in the Philippines and based on experience, shipment takes less than a week! Since it’s the official site, I’m very much assured that my item will be delivered on time and in great condition. I highly suggest you visit the official Daniel Wellington Website and see for yourself. As a personal treat to my readers, you can avail of a 15% discount with the code: Dominique upon purchase until September 26 so hurry!!!
When I posted a teaser for this outfit on my instagram, I suddenly received a barrage of “OMG SHOES” comments from friends and readers. What a pair, indeed! Would you believe they cost less than 50 USD? I swear! Back in college, people were always intrigued by my shoes–I had quite a lot of them and they were always spot-on trendy. My secret? I purchase from American Online shops. One of my favorites for inexpensive but super trendy clothes and shoes would be Amiclubwear!
I am an absolute fan of Amiclubwear. During the Halloween season, when JL and I would look for outfits to drunk-shop for, Amiclubwear is the first website we log into They absolutely have everything… and they’re known for sky-highs! I think she’ll most likely kill me for sharing this tidbit of information with you (drunk shopping and our best kept secret: Amiclubwear). It’s amazing really. Plus, they ship to the Philippines–how awesome is that? Check their site for yourself and shop ’til you drop!