When You Borrow Your Boyfriend’s Polo

I have always been fascinated with Androgynous Fashion. There is just something so special and sleek with minimalism, and looking like a total elegant stranger who means business.

I was invited to attend a mall launch, to which I will blog about soon, and I was really inspired to wear something plain, and very tamed. I will be meeting the CEO, so I thought this wasn’t the perfect time to wear my too-happy and printy outfits. Hehe 😀

Let alone my hair color scream for me! 😀

Anyway, do you remember this photo? This was taken in the Forever Francis Libiran Fashion Show in April.


John Tancuan

John was pretty dashing that night, and this is actually one of my favorite Chinese polos of him. I asked him to wear this to the event, but he had other clothes in mind. Hmpf! :/

And then, I thought to myself, if he doesn’t want to wear it, why can’t I wear it instead? It would be totally intriguing and would be really fun to experiment since it’s a first time for me! 😀

So here is what I’ve come up with.

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My strong affinity to blues right now is caused by my orange hair color. If you had the chance to check the color wheel, orange and blue are perfect for each other as they are complementary in the wheel, same as with red to green, and purple to yellow.

I had the polo tucked in, and rolled the sleeves up to my elbows. It was still big for my frame, so I just had to do some folds to make it look more seamless for my torso. I paired the top with my black skater skirt to balance the masculinity.

Since I want to keep everything lowkey, I opted for a monochromatic turn for the shoes and bag.

Still so proud of my Versaheel Snaky Reed-Somerhalder heels in Sky. My trusty Parisian satchel also made the look very put-together.

Via Galang

The braid was an expriment too. Had to do something with unruly hair. 😀

The whole look reminded me of K-Pop Fashion, since I’m also getting a few hints on this fad. I thought maybe a pair of glasses should cinch everything together.

I had this full-rimmed specs last year, and I’m drawn with cats’ eye frames because they are just too stern and sexy for my life.

However, John’s friends were too keen in the glasses department and asked me to try on theirs.

The left one is Ryan’s, fashioned with only upper glass rims, while Joseff’s, the one on the right has very thin ones. The former said that I should be getting these kinds of frames to suit my relatively small face.

Looking at these photos, I think he’s right. The full-rimmed cat’s eye  glasses were occupying most of my head because the sides are thicker, while these two latter styles are very complementing, and gentle when it comes to accentuating my face.

I learned one thing that day! So yes, I have to buy something like this sooner!

Aren’t spectacles just subtle yet essential things to achieve either preppy or kpoppy looks? What do you think? 😀

Would you even dare wear a man’s fashion piece? Have you tried it? 😀

I wanna know! 😀


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Fascination on Francis Libiran’s Bridal Collection and the Serendipitous Moment that Came After It

Serendipity. That beautiful word. It haunts me. It amazes me how momentous events in one’s life can actually be captured by a word in the dictionary.  OMG! There is actually a word for it!

And this is how it felt.


John and I hastily braved the traffic to Forever Francis Libiran’s by J Diamond fashion show. We were so excited we didn’t even eat prior to going.


We were not that late anyway, we were still able to gaze on the lovely ensembles donned by these modern brides.

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I love how exquisite the modern details are. I am a big fan of fusions of whimsical and geometric designs!

Francis Libiran

All photo credits are from Francis Libiran.




The engagement and wedding rings are also beautiful; they make me want to pull the months so I can get married already!


You may set an appointment with them:
 (63 2) 416 9098 / (63 2) 823 1003 / (63 2) 925 54 95 / (63 2) 416 90 98
✉️ libiran.francis@gmail.com

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Ms. Hazel Gonzales and Ms. Maria Dimaano from CAVA were also there!  It was nice seeing them again! It turns out that they are friends with Francis Libiran, and they are the ones who did the prenup Hair and Make Up of the gorgeous couple back in Vietnam! Check out my post about CAVA!


I also happen to see my blogger friend, Roselle Cee Tee, and it was wonderful to see her again! She, later on, introduced me to Mr. MJ Racadio, a blogger, a mentor, a PR expert, and a publicist!


You probably have seen him in my recent social media posts, and that’s because he is the reason why my dream is getting a clearer direction. I cannot wait for the coming days!

Who would have thought that attending this event would make me meet someone who’s about to help me make my dreams come true! It was so serendipitous!


So, I think the lesson here is to just go out, leave your shell, and explore the world. You’ll never know who you’re going to meet, and how these circumstances will shape the world you’re about to create in the next five years!

I’m so ecstatic and inspired already!


Serendipity. That beautiful word. It haunts me. It amazes me how momentous events in one’s life can actually be captured by a word in the dictionary.  OMG! There is actually a word for it!

And this is how it felt.

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Church Windows

One of the best things about my work is that we don’t follow a stiffly structured dress code. I mean, sure we wear corporate outfits and formal attires, but the people in our department believes that we can always work on something interesting and practical. Hence, the trendy corporate ensembles!

We define it as something more upbeat than smart casual, but slightly below or nestling around formals. We occasionally wear this kind during events and mall-wide open houses. I infer this is our take on not looking typical and boring, knowing that the real estate industry is somehow veering on those two adjectives.


I like dresses very  much, because they are easy to wear. You wouldn’t have to think what top or bottom will match. They also basically cover the important parts of your body. They make me look taller – and these longsleeves dress give hints on looking demure and conservative, a perfect combination for work!


I love how the prints on this dress remind me of the movie Seklusyon. When you’re far from me, it’s a tad difficult to discern what kind of images they are, but as you look closely you can see how intricate the church window details are. I am actually in awe how this made me look extra-scholarly, so I opted to put on some red-rimmed eye glasses to match the general hue of the prints and of course my hair!

What do you think loves? 😀


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A Printed Gown on a Formal Event – Why Not?

In choosing clothes for special occasions, it may be a tad difficult to pick something beautiful that is not expensive, let alone something that you can use again. This is my dilemma when I knew I had to have two gowns for a back-to-back Christmas party in one day.

Actually, I can opt to wear a single ensemble the whole day and just revamp it with some accessories on the second event. But no! The too maarte girl in me insists that I shall wear TWO, and no one can stop me from doing so.

I tried searching in my closet for gowns I have used in the past. One was the bridesmaid dress I wore in a wedding, and I was considering the other gowns I used at prom and in a pageant. Yes, my prom dress still fits me to this very day! Haha :)) Considering that it has been twelve years ago! Oooh. Time doesn’t fly, it apparates!

Anyway, much to my luck, I found this!


This gorgeous dress is from Macy’s, and it has been in our possession for more than 3 years. And we never wore it! Not even once! Ever! When I say, “we”, I mean me, my sister, and Mom. We basically share the same dress and shoe size, so it’s like having two other mes. It’s crazy!

The reason why, is because it came in size Large, so naturally we can’t dance our way inside it. Since the prints are too magical to just be confined in the darkness of our cabinets, I had it adjusted in one of the seamstresses in the city. I was shocked because I only spent P200! That’s like more than 90% off from the budget I was alotting in buying a new gown! Thank heavens for unexplored closet corners! Haha 😀


I added a mini gold leafy diadem to accentuate the gold details of the gown, not to mention as an additonal mark to achieve that Greek goddess look too! 🙂


I believe the gown is not very conforming to the strict idea of formal wear. The material isn’t silk, lace, or anything usual that depicts the formal wear ideals. However, I want to make the night extra fun  by not trying to look like everyone else. That is why this printed gown is just perfect! I mean, I wouldn’t be surprised seeing someone wear the exact same dress.


I adore its back detail, and how elegant the V shape is. It reminds me of flirty and elegant fashion. Plus of course the whole gown just screams a modern and classy take on formal dresses. So I think there is no fear when you try to wear unconventional clothes, as long as you can carry them well, with your head held high of course.

After all, you give meaning to the outfit you wear, and not the other way around.

What do you think of this merfriends? 🙂


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My Sinister and Wicked Tendencies On Shoes

Roll call. How many of you are self-confessed shoe-o-holics?


Of course my hand is already up in the air mid-question!

How many shoes do you have? Can you even count them? If your answer is “No”, congratulations! You truly are a shoe-o-holic!

To keep the momentum extra high, I’m following up my first shoe story, or should I say SHOErt story with a second one. 😀


I wasn’t planning to buy anything that day. I just wandered into H&M aimlessly. You know how it lures us with those big red posters of theirs, with letters S-A-L-E plastered on them. They have magnetizing powers, so it seems!

Of course, the shoe section greeted me happily and invited me over! Who am I to resist. They are all so beautiful and welcoming! And then, some-shoe said “hi!”


This beautiful pair was perked quietly on the lower shelves. Since it’s in plum color. I repeat, PLUM! I thought, what better way to unveil my inner wicked and sinister tendencies, (apart from plum lipshades) than through shoes! They are the periods in every fashion statement anyway!

The big and final decision to buy came, when it was the last size 7 in stock. I mean, it happens all the time! Why do I always get the last pair! But, seriously no complaints here!


Brand: H & M

Where I Got It : H&M Robinson’s Magnolia

Original Price : P1,999.00

My Steal: P999

Shoe type: PeepToe D’Orsays

Material : Suede

Heel height: 3 inches

Design: 8/10

It looks simple, and very 1950’s, very vintage. But the color added a modern take to it.

Comfort Ratio: 9/10

Surprisingly, they are as comfy as flats! I mean I used this pair one time to an event in Makati, and I came from San Juan, mind you, and I never felt the nerve to switch into flats. I could have sworn not to bring that extra bag. After all, I survived by just donning these!

Versatility Ratio: 8/10

Since plum is so dark as the soul of the black color, it can literally be worn mostly with anything!

Best worn with:

Vintage dresses, with skirts ending above the knee. This design comes with ankle loops, thereby cutting your legs, in extension your height. You will look short when you pair shoes with ankle loops with midi or below-the-knee skirts.

Value for Money: 8/10

With its comfortable insoles and feel, this pair gets a high 8. Although, I could wish I got it for a lower price too. Frugal me!


I am excited to exchange SHOErt Stories with you my dear merfriends! What’s your latest buy? Tag me in IG @encyclopevia and let me see!


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New Shoes Heal Broken Hearts


New shoes heal broken hearts.

We often hear the quote “Good shoes take you to good places.” But I’d also like to say that “New shoes heal broken hearts.”; like a new found love.

There was actually a time when new pairs made me feel better after a broken heart. I mean it sounds way too materialistic but fellow shoe-o-holics understand…right? Laying your eyes for the first time on a pair of shoes you never thought you’ll find is literally love at first sight. You don’t know yet how it will make you feel once you wear it, comfortable or not, but who cares, you have just seen the most beautiful man-made creation ever. And nothing matters.


But of course, you got attracted to it first, but once your feet touch the sole, and for one fleeting moment you know it’s just meant to be! You were bound to be astray in this store, and it will make you feel lost, and found at the same time! Your heart can’t just stop beating, and you know deep down, you deserve these. You even have an outfit in mind! 😀

So, my fellow merfriends, I would like to share a special spot in my blog about the lovely shoes that I wear to work, to parties, to speaking engagements, to events, and to my literally aimless wandering in the beautiful places of the world.

And for my first shoe post, please applaud my sturdy splatter shoes from Janylin.

I actually first saw this shoe design last June 2012, but was a bit hesitant to buy it, since it was a bit too much for my paycheck at that time. Months after, I saw them again on sale! Size 6 was on display, and I had a hunch that it may be the last one because of its astonishing price of 299! To my good fortune, the saleslady said both colors were available for my size, which is 7! Without further ado, I asked her to get them for me for there was no way these shoes will not carry my feet. I was jumping with joy!

Good gracious, to think that I was in the store because we were supposed to buy new school shoes for my sister! Haha My family was actually in shock when I came up to them with 2 bags, to think that my dad only gave me 500 to get myself something. Nauna pa raw ako makahanap!

Oh well, when it comes to shoes, you have to be aggressive! And if the shoe fits, buy it in every color! It was a bit sad that the other variant wasn’t available anymore. There was actually a rainbow splatter variant.

Brand: Janylin Shoes

Where I Got Them: Sta. Lucia Department Store

Original Price : P1,799.00 (a pair)

My Steal: P299.. each

Shoe type: Platform Pumps

Material: Faux Leather

Heel height: 4.5 inches

Design: 10/10

It’s perfect for my life! I can always repeat and mismatch plain clothes; give them extra oomph by just wearing these statement heels, and voila, my #ootd is saved! Thanks to my Janylin splatter heels!

Comfort Ratio: 7/10

They feel nice on the feet. The sturdy heels (not to mention the design) are good enough to carry your weight, although when they were new I still have to put some shoe gels to protect the skin over my calcaneal tendon, to prevent it from developing blisters.

Comfort Duration: I use this for training and I can withstand wearing it for 3 hours straight; then I switch back to flats for 1.5 hours, then wear them again for another 3 hours.

Versatility Ratio: 6/10

The shoes are a show-stopper in itself, so I try to wear them with less loud clothes such as plains and monochromatic pieces. But apart from that, I can wear them with anything as long as its Black/White and Blue/Green/White!

Best worn with: Black and Whites, Blue and Greens, Jeans, and Dresses

Value for Money: 10/10 !

I got them on sale, and at 83% off to boot! And with THIS design, what more can I ask for? Thank you shoe goddess!



Perhaps this is my most successful bargain for platform heels yet! What do you think? Do you also have the same shoe story? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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Awkward to Forward: Your Guide to Winning OOTD Poses in Instagram

At the very least, everybody has his or her own kind of awkward. I guess life cannot be too sweet and perfect or else you wouldn’t try to aspire to be better or even lift a finger to outdo yourself, from whatever thing you’ve done previously.


I have a fair number of fails and awkward stories, but recently I’ve been trying to improve my performance on the OOTD poses’ department. I mean, I’ve been blogging since 2004, although it was basically a personal one, and I never felt the need to share what I’m wearing.


But then, fashion blogs and amazing bloggers behind them surfaced, and it’s the most interesting ever! Who doesn’t like fashion anyway? Considering how much moolah and talent you’ve spent on styling them to yourself, it’s also quite fair that such pieces are ought to be shared and be seen by the rest of the world? It’s the least you can do to things that are already, and are, making you beautiful.

And so, the #ootd was born.


The dilemma that you are faced somehow, is how to conduct yourself in front of the camera, and not look even a tad awkward. Truly, the struggle is real, especially if it’s your first time! Okay, disclaimer: I am not an expert in this. I’d just like to share thoughts that I learned based on my experience and on the blogs I’ve read. So here it goes.

Background is everything.


Before you even start posing, make sure your background is clear of clutter and no unnecessary or unpleasant things are peering behind you’re back. You want your studio or made-up-studio to be neat and complementing.

Ensure enough lighting.


Whether it’s a daytime or nightime shoot, consider good lighting! It can create a perfect vibe to your picture. Personally, I like taking photos in daytime, around 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, where the sun is happy and the brightest. This can really give you a good contrast, and an easy time at editing. You can also choose to take photos in a nearby shade, as not to cause damage to your skin.

When your background, lighting, and the rest of your look (make up, clothes, shoes, accessories, tec.) are all set, you can now opt to try these poses! Enjoy!

  1. I-Forgot-Something Look


  2. I-Lost-Something Look


  3. I’m-In-A-Hurry Look


  4. What-Are-You-Looking-At Look


  5. Something-Is-In-My-Hair Look


  6. I’m-Tired-Of-Waiting Look


  7. I’m-Feeling-Playful Look


  8. Something-Is-Over-There Look


  9. What-Should-I-Do-With-My-Life Look


  10. Mischievous Look


  11. My-Shoes-Are-So-Pretty Look


  12. I-Have-Something-In-My-Bag Look


  13. Hopeful-For-Every-Tomorrow Look


  14. I’m-In-The-Middle-Of-Fixing-Myself Look


  15. I-Can’t-Think-Of-Any-Pose-Anymore-Suko-Na-Ko-Bes Look


As you can observe, I like lifting my hand, because it creates a triangle form whenever I flex my arm. Triangles in the whole physique creates an illusion of shape. And, heaven knows how much I need it! Haha :))

Remember, the key to this is to practice, practice, practice! Nothing beautiful ever comes easy, so take comfort in the reality that you need to work on your best poses first. Just be comfortable and don’t forget to have fun with it.


So here are my reminders:

  • Relax your shoulders.
  • Maintain a good posture. Don’t slouch.
  • Keep your legs crossed.
  • Relaxed your tensed muscles.
  • Relax your lips. Dreamy looks are achieved better with striking eyes and how you accentuate your look with your lips.
  • Wear shades if you’re too lazy to put eye makeup!
  • Be your natural happy self.


Probably the best tip I can give is do not be super still in a photoshoot. Move around! Have fun with your poses, pose for 3 seconds and then shift to another one. Lift your hand, look the other way, cross your legs, or pretend like you’re about to walk – the possibilities ARE endless. And, a fast shutter wouldn’t hurt either! Haha  I am not biased or anything, but most of my best shots are taken by an Iphone, and are just stolen shots, mind you!


Do not feel that you’re so vain either! It’s a numbers game after all! The more photos taken, the more chances you’ll get that perfect shot! It’s all about options! You have to try at least a couple of times to choose the best one! The people nearby will not remember you anyway, so why care? Haha  At least you got that ootd photo right!


Did I miss anything out? Share your ootd pose ideas and links! And if you’re planning to try these poses, please tag me on IG @encyclopevia !  I’d be happy to check them out! And  I’m sure your Instagram is going to be happy too!

Lets start sharing! 😀

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When hair is 90% of your selfie, it better be by Padrino Pomade!

I’ve always believed that the classics are eternal. They never go out of style and they never die; much like your first love, addiction to pearls, and that little black dress you reserve for spontaneous night-outs with the girls. There is just something about living a posh and versatile lifestyle that’s very unkillable. It’s almost like a disease you can’t cure. Maybe because they are easy to pull off? Or it’s something that doesn’t need too much explanation. You’re gorgeous. Period. Let them deal with it.

I have always wondered if men are also like that. I mean, when you go out, you would see different styles of men, and I just kind of think that if I were one, I probably wouldn’t be straight – considering how fancy are my takes on things.  But seriously, I guess I would still stick to classy ones. Because precisely my point, they never go out of style.

I’m talking about classic sense of fashion, in clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, makeup, and of course, hair!  Speaking of hair, I have tried quite a fair number of different styles and colors, but not adventurous enough. I promise to be more in the coming years though! Haha 😉 If work permits, that is! It’s really a no-brainer to have to convince anyone that the hair gives an extra impact to the whole outfit. You have this underlying detail that it has to match the style that you are trying to work on. So I’d like to share with you this one recent find that I am so excited about.



This is Padrino – made for men with class. This up and coming pomade brand was essentially created to bring back, or rather highlight the elite and classic hair fashion, the Pompadour. Pompadour is a hairstyle sported by men and women way back in the 18th century and had huge comebacks in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. The concept basically is sweeping the hair upwards, and worn high over the forehead. The face is steered clear from any stray hair stands, and the sides and back are swept evenly as well.


Padrino, which means Godfather in Italian, is a brain-child of five chivalrous gentlemen called “The Young Gents” or TYG. The idea came to being when one of them was seeking ways on how to succeed in business. This was later then quenched by an idea that focused on men’s fashion. It is a diverse industry indeed, and people would always want to look good, so capitalizing on this will give them a lot of advantage and opportunities.


Taking inspiration from the movie, The Godfather, TYG has deduced that honor; discipline and class are the key points on living the mafia lifestyle. These qualities constitute the kind of impact Padrino wants to exude to its clientele. Furthermore, Padrino believes that through good and classy hairstyle; much is achieved in creating authority and influence towards the ever-changing standards of living.

It was such as a surprise though when The Young Gents gave me their sample. I mean I’m a girl and I don’t use pomade much. But as my research says that Pompadour hairstyle is both popular with both genders, dating from way back, I thought I’d give it a try. I can’t wait to do a post about hairstyling using their products, merfolks! I am quite intrigued how that will turn out, because I have longer hair now. But, lets see! So you better watch out for that!

My photo below shows my pixie cut way back 2012. Haha 😀


Meanwhile, are you looking for a new spice in your hairstyling kit? Try Padrino now and discover amazing possibilities you can do with your mane!

It is also made from organic ingredients, so you are sure that your hair is well taken care of. Being it oil-based allows easy restyling and permits you to be confident enough, that its hold will be long-lasting; considering how warm the weather is. Plus, their scents are addicting!

Get a HOLD of The Young Gents’ Padrino Heavy Hold Pomade! Style your hair with these freshly brewed hair pomades! And they’re available in three classy scents!



AMORE for accentuating your sweet lifestyle, alongside with your always-on-the-go vibe!


ROSSO for a romantic day out!


SUAVE for any sporty everyday lifestyle!

So there’s a new fix for your classy case that’s perfect for everyday use! Sport stylish pompadour hairstyle and begin emanating sophistication! I am excited to try this myself!

Remember, invest in your hair, it is the crown you never take off!

Like and Follow Padrino in Facebook and Instagram to know more!

Stay classy. Be suave.

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ALDO anything for you!

If we’ve been friends forever, you should know that shoes do not just occupy a big portion in my heart – they are my heart.

In buying shoes whether online or not, I only have one self-imposed rule: If it doesn’t make my heart beat – pass.

I do believe that life is too short to wear boring shoes, so if it fits, buy it in every color! After my Nailaholics Pampering Sesh , I stumbled upon this haven in Robinson’s Metro East. Please note I am just human, a mere mortal, defenseless and powerless under the magnetizing force of these four letters : S-A-L-E.


Told ya! How can you not adopt these babies? They fit perfectly, they have gold heels, and they come in mint color! How many times do you find Aldo heels in mint??? And how many times do you get them for more than 50% off? Never!

So you see, no blaming here! Thank you for understanding me! Haha :))

So what are you waiting for? Head on to Robinson’s Metro East and get youself some shoe shopping retail therapy! Show your newly painted digits more love!

And now that’s what I call the Ultimate Nail Pampering Day!


Lets shop together sometime? 😀

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VERSAHEEL: A New Brand is Coming

“A woman with good shoes is never ugly.” – Coco Chanel

I have always been very keen with the shoes I wear. I kind of developed the habit of buying shoes that look either peculiar, weird, unusual, and totally over the top – basically anything that makes my heart beat in an instant. Life is too short to wear boring shoes, don’t you think?

So if the shoe design doesn’t make my heart thump like there’s no tomorrow, I’d rather pass. I know there are still so much more, out there.

This is my inspiration in creating my own shoe brand – Versaheel.

It’s a fusion of both the words versatile + heel . Because shoes should be able to keep up with our fast and dynamic lifestyle. It has to be something beautiful, stylish, comfy and versatile. Something that you’d rather wear than slippers! Haha Or I may be dreaming too much? But nevertheless, I’d like to present you the logo and the design of this new love.




I’ll have to change Vanessa into Via though. 🙂

Gorgeous credits to my ever talented graphic designer friend, Cara Garcia. You are a fountain of skill and art. You are more than just an artist, you are ART.

What do you think of the logo my dear merfolks? 🙂 I promise you, Versaheel is going to be amazing! Yay!

This is my gift to you, my fellow shoe-o-holics!

Show us some love by liking and following Versaheel!

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Be versatile. Wear Versaheel.

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