The Working Tsinay

[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


[mini update] I See The Light


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.


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.


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


[outfit post] That Callalily Song (Or What I’d Wear on a Night Out)

You know, the one that goes, “ten-tenen-ten-ten-ten-tenenenenen…”?


It’s Friday. I don’t know how to pose.

I don’t really go anywhere on Friday nights.  Social anxiety (or something) means that clubbing isn’t really my thing, and while I would like to hit up some of the speakeasies that have popped up in hidden places around the Metro…I don’t exactly drink, so other than taking in the general ambiance I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.

Still, it’s Friday. Might as well dress up?


The dress I’m wearing is the result of late-night, stress-induced DIYing (blame my insomnia).  I was actively looking for sweaters to wear with my new Gigi Amore bralette when I found it balled up in one of my storage boxes.  Before I attacked it with my sewing kit, the dress had sported a floating collar that was attached to its sweetheart neckline by a narrow strip of buttons and…nothing else.  I’d worn it once, decided it looked cheap (and the awkward collar thing somehow made me look fat), and shoved it into my  “to be sold at a theoretical garage sale” pile.

After giving it a second look, though, I decided that the dress was salvageable. Cute even. Except the collar really had to go.


After getting some advice from my mum (who still supervises my DIYs, just in case I ruin something), off the collar went.  BAM.  As expected, I had a perfectly good button-down swing dress I could wear for “casual Friday” (or whatever passes for casual Friday at an agency where every day is casual).  Since it’s a bit more delicate and girlish than my usual #aesthetic, I gave the look some “weight” by pairing it with a bomber jacket and boots, which, along with the bralette, make the overall effect more Friday night-friendly.

After all, I may be an introvert, but apparently, if you’re brave enough to make a change, sometimes things–and people–can surprise you?

(A bargain-bin dress as a metaphor for life. Really, Frankie?  Really?)


Dress: unknown (the tag was on the collar; I think it might be a factory overrun)
Bralette: Gigi Amore
Jacket: Uniqlo (men’s section; the women’s jackets are always cropped too short)
Boots: Forever 21