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Friday, May 26, 2017

Smart Tips for Better Smartphone Photography

Smartphones have clearly become indispensable to many. Being a mobile personal computer with advanced mobile operating system, it has managed to take the place of many gadgets including the traditional camera. Of course dslr cameras would always be preferred by professional photographers but for purposes of many like myself, a smartphone is good enough to capture images we would like to explore our creativity on.

Smartphones as Cameras

The advantage of smartphones over cameras is its multiple functions. It is very practical to bring since people automatically take their phones with them to remain connected. Smartphones have also made it possible to share pictures online in an instant.

Tips for Better Smartphone Photography

I came across these easy-to-follow tips for better smartphone photography as recommended by Aura Frames, maker of smart digital picture frames. By simply downloading the free app, Aura can sort a photo collection using advanced facial recognition software, identifying pictures of your family and friends. For rookie photographers like me, learning to use the smartphone to its fullest potential as a photo-taking gadget while waiting to have my own dslr camera is priceless.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Something Old, Something New Series 5

I get it, the weather is so hot, it takes so much effort just to dress up, more so to be fashionably dressed up. I refuse to look dowdy. Summer is just too beautiful to waste on feeling low.

You don't need to shop for new clothes to look awesome this summer. Raid your closet or better yet raid your sister or mother's closet(with their permission of course) to come up with exciting mix and match outfits. Here is what I came up with.

Something Old

Summer is all about color, so color it is for my top. This Kamiseta checkered blouse is easy to wear and easy on the eyes. This is courtesy of my mother's magic chest of clothes from yesteryears.

Something New

Got this fringed denim shorts on sale at SM Clearance Outlet in Quiapo. Incidentally, this is the very first SM Department Store which my mother frequented when she was a young girl, it being located just in front of the family owned restaurant Ambos Mundos Restaurant. Denim shorts are practically fashion staples especially during summer.

Completing the look is my Rubi slippers which allows me to walk comfortably even in such warm weather. 

It wouldn't be long before the rainy season is upon us so we might as well enjoy summer, heat and all, fashionably of course.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Something Old, Something New Series 4

Here I go again. 

After successfully raiding my mother's chest of treasured clothes (again) which she said she purposely saved for me, I believe I came up with another winning combination. This time, with a blouse and skirt from Kamiseta

If you have read my previous posts from the Something Old Something New Series, you will end up with the conclusion like I did that my mother seriously favors this brand. With the fashion ideas I'm getting even from styles from many years ago, I can easily understand why. 

Something Old

I actually used two old pieces from Kamiseta, a floral shirt and a white maxi skirt.

Floral Shirt

With summer making itself felt, I cannot resist this comfy cotton shirt that came with multi-colored flower prints. It has a flat collar with two small pockets.  It is buttoned up in front.

White Maxi Skirt

This A-Line maxi skirt comes with 2 side strings to tie at the back. It also has one pocket. 

Something New

I did not use any new clothing item this time but I did come up with something new. Noticed how I wore the blouse and skirt. Instead of just wearing it the ordinary way which is either to put the blouse over the skirt or tucking in the shirt, I gave it a unique twist by cris-crossing the skirt strings from the front to the back. This technique gave shape and edge to the look.

With clothes that still look like new, who needs new clothes?

I liked the look so much that I wore it to watch the last of Ballet Manila's Revenge of the Classics feature which was Don Quixote. If I may say so, my look is as classic as the show I watched. Bravo!
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

My Take on the Classic Denim Pants and White Shirt Combination

Denim pants and white shirt combination is always a fashionable outfit. Except probably for strictly formal events, you can dress up or down this classic combo to fit any occasion. Here is my take on the classic denim pants and white shirt combination.

Uniqlo Long Sleeved Shirt

My choice for my top is a white Uniqlo long sleeved shirt from the Ines de la Fressange line. The red-lined buttonhole is an interesting yet simple detail. It is made of light cotton material that is so comfortable, I hardly noticed I was wearing a long-sleeved top.

Kashieca Denim Jogger Pants

I paired this shirt with my Kashieca denim draw-string waist jogger pants. I simply love the fit, not too tight nor too loose. It is just right as it allows me to move with freedom without losing that fashionable edge.

Charles and Keith Sneakers

Just like any girl my age, I am most comfortable wearing sneakers. The navy blue Charles and Keith elevated sneakers gave the perfect touch to the smart casual look I wanted to achieve. 

Complete the Look

I decided to accessorize with a classic pair of pearl earrings. With my hair tied in half-pony tail and a smile on my face, I was good to go for my family's post Valentine eat-out.

Hoping it's not yet too late to greet my readers a Happy Hearts' Month!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Year's Day OOTD

Year 2016 was good to me but I cannot help but be excited with the Year 2017. For my first post for the year, I present my New Year's Day OOTD. This outfit is just perfect to start off what I hope to be a fashionably fun year ahead.

Billie Cap Sleeve Skater Dress

Description: The Billie cap sleeve is a fit and flare dress. This features a fitted upper body, cap sleeves and a flowing skirt finishing above the knee line. 

Composition: 95% Cotton 5% Elastane

Venus Double Sole Lace Up Sneaker 

Description: A modern update to a classic silhouette, Venus from Rubi features a distinctive double sole and a cool minimal upper.

Coming in a range of basic to trend fabrications there is a Venus for every girl, outfit and mood!

Chilly Day

After going to Church, our family decided to watch a movie at the mall. This is where it got a bit chilly. Of course, my reliable black cardigan comes to the rescue. 

Dress and shoes from Cotton On
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Something Old, Something New Series 3

It has been a while since my last Something Old, Something New Post but I have a delightful surprise for you. I found a genuine Montagut shirt among my mom's clothes. She says it belonged to my grandmother so it should be at least 50 years old. Upon checking the brand's history, I believe this is made of their famous and unique material known as FIL LUMIERE.  

Montagut's Fil Lumiere

Montagut is a French brand that was established in 1880. Its founder Adolphe Tinland, created a silk factory powered by the river. Before it ventured into sweaters and shirts, it was producing lingerie and stockings. During the 1960s, it came up with its Fil Lumiere creation which literally translates to "light yarn". It was an artificial yarn containing all the features of silk.

Beauty and Durability

As you can see, this shirt has maintained its vibrant color and perfect fit for more than 50 years. Most of the clothes now would not even last for 6 months without losing its form and original color. It's so comfortable to wear that I decided to pair it off with my black leggings and Happy Feet sneakers so I can join the fun in our village Christmas party without looking less fashionable.

I love my mom's chest of treasured clothes. 

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Monday, November 7, 2016


Oh wooden bench, why do you look so quiet?
Are you waiting for someone to spend time with you?
So many thoughts spoken out loud creating inner riot,
Knowing there is no one to hear and judge too.

Prayers of the heart you hear often,
With words that can only be uttered in solitude,
Your offer of rest remains open,
Everyone leaves with immense gratitude.

While a young girl whispers her birthday wish,
And lights a candle to send it on its way,
You beckon her to sit and let her spirit flourish,
To let her know this is her special day!


Photo by Ada
Text by Mama
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