The Working Tsinay

[outfit post] Take me to the space station!

Full disclosure: I stayed up last night futzing around with my guitar, so I was super groggy when I woke up this morning. Pulled on half of my default “work uniform” before realizing…I did not feel my uniform today.


My morning face.

Not having enough brainpower to decide on my next steps, I promptly did what any responsible millennial would do in this instance: I called my mum.

Five minutes later, this is what she’d pulled together.

My mum is awesome.

Mum says she rocked schoolgirl chic until her mid-thirties, so I technically shouldn’t feel weird about being twenty-three and dressed like a slightly more modest anime character.

Considering I’m keeping company with Rachel Green and Carrie Bradshaw, I’ll take her word for it.

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Funfact: All my schoolgirl-esque skirts and kilts are inherited from my mother, who has (or had, until I appropriated all of them) quite a dizzying collection considering that both she and I went to ultra-conservative Christian schools where the skirts came down mid-calf.

This one is apparently one of her tennis skirts, and up until relatively recently was too tight for me to wear comfortably. Could it be…I’ve lost weight?

*gasp*

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Also, yes, the title is a Mystic Messenger reference.  I actually picked up this book for songwriting inspo (I like stars and star-related metaphors. It’s a bit of a problem.), but it also felt like a cute shoutout to the 707 fandom.

…even if being in that fandom is kind of awkward considering I’m friends with a guy who acts just like him.

(Explains why I stopped playing.)

Undershirt (collar) and Sweater: Uniqlo
Skirt: Mum’s closet
Tennis shoes: Advan (SM)

Photos by Nike Amistoso.

~aRT~

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[outfit post] Who’s That Girl?

I had a pitch today, so technically this wasn’t a “casual Friday.”  The brand, though, was fun and a little girly, so I took that as an excuse to dress up a little.  

I got this Susto The Label dress because the print reminded me, somehow, of Corona (Rapunzel’s kingdom in Tangled), even if it is a darker purple.  With its wide, collared neck and striking color combination, it feels very “vintage,” somehow. Like something you’d find at the bottom of your Mom’s baul from the 70s, the decades giving the psychedelic colors a faded patina. (Attack of the random, pretentious polysyllable!)

It was only after I’d put on my makeup and had my hair done that I realized I looked…oddly familiar.  Like a hipster sitcom character, but which one and from what show I didn’t know.  I guess there’s always someone who dresses like this in shows these days: a high-strung, type-A, manic-pixie twirling in thrift-store skirts the color of a Wes Anderson movie.  Taylor Swift used to dress like this, I think, before her relationship with Calvin Harris started heading for the rocks.  If I had bangs, I might also have passed for the second or third coming of Zooey Deschanel.  

Or Rachel Berry.  

Or Kara Danvers when she’s not being Supergirl. 


Archetypes repeat, I guess.  Much like styles do.  Still, I can’t quite shake the feeling that this look is a face with a name…I’m just not sure what that name is.

Think you can hazard a guess?  Drop me a hint in the comments.

This outfit is proudly 80% local. Both dress and cardigan come from Filipino brands.

Dress: Susto The Label
Cardigan: Piña
Belt: Uniqlo
Shoes: Rubi

~aRT~

[mini update] I See The Light

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Don’t really celebrate Halloween, to be honest, but since it’s the only time of year where it’s acceptable for grown ups to play dress-up (and I was too poor to go to APCC)…I’m milking it for all it’s worth.

Because Globe and Disney Asia think I’m too old to be a Disney Princess, I decided to unleash my repressed voice actor/character actor/Hong Kong Disneyland talent fantasies on the office Halloween party.

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Couldn’t afford green contacts with grade (I’m legally blind) so I used my horrible awful photo editing skills to turn my eyes green.

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And yes, if asked, I can sing the character song.  Sort of.

…I’m still looking for a Flynn Rider to duet with, though.

Dress: Skitzo (The Collective, Makati)
Blonde Wig: Skitzo (The Collective, Makati)
Brunette Wig: SM Accessories
Crown: SM Accessories Kids
Flower Crown: SM Accessories Kids

~aRoamingTsinay~