Author: Tippi

Waking Up (to a Different Time)

Five months ago, when Manila was initially put under quarantine, I found myself waking up earlier than usual–around 5:30 am to 6 am–and being unable to go back to sleep (to read our first lockdown story, click here “When Time Stood Still”). I would start doing yoga in the quiet of the morning only to be brought out of my meditation by noisy chirping, intermittent squawks, or some loud birdcall. As I looked for the sources of the sounds, I discovered that the quarantine had offered newfound peace and quiet to wandering birds, and they were making themselves at home in the trees in and behind our house. With everyone kept at home, everything closed, and...

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When Time Stood Still

It’s been a year like no other, it’s safe to say.  When 2020 began, no one knew what a loop we would all be thrown for. I haven’t written a blog post since the start of the year because soon after my first fashion post, the world–and time as we knew it–was brought to an abrupt stand still. It’s not often that the entire world has a shared experience, but this is the year that Covid-19 unified us in an extremely strange way. Life in quarantine began (for those of us in Manila anyway) in mid March…and since then, at least for me, time has seemingly ceased...

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Fashion Tips: Wearing Classic Blue (Pantone’s Color of the Year)

Happy 2020!!! We’ve stepped into a whole new decade 🙂 What this brings us is a fresh start, and possibly a very different approach to everything from our lifestyle to our fashion. Simplicity has always been elegant, but now it carries an acute awareness that less (less complications, less stuff…less everything!) is definitely more. For this year, Pantone has declared ‘Classic Blue’ to be the color of 2020–“…a deep blue shade that’s at once comforting and relatable…” according to Time. Well, what better hue to start off this year’s #FashionTips? As fashion embraces its utilitarian roots and goes back to basics, I thought...

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Fashion Tips: Dress to Express

You may have heard of the phrase “dress to impress”. Well, today I’m sharing the value of dressing to express–or the value of putting your own unique stamp on the clothes you wear. When you dress to express it’s less about trying to gain other people’s approval (or likes on your ‘gram) for your outfit, and more about having fun with what you have while showing some of your personality. It’s sharing a bit of yourself by throwing personal touches that mean something to you into the mix, like vintage pieces or something quirky that you love, rather than wearing the latest “look” from head to toe. The best part is, this small fashion...

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Fashion Tips: Re-Imagine, Re-Use, Re-Fashion

I’ve always loved the creativity of fashion and the thrill of designing new clothes, but at the same time I’ve always been passionate about vintage.  So while I looooove designer clothes of a bygone era, the pieces that inspire and mean the most to me are the few things that I kept from my Lola (grandma) Lucy. I recently unearthed one of of her dresses–a green shift dress with tiny embroidered daisies–and thought that the vintage vibe would look absolutely perfect for summer 2019. With the homogenous onslaught and wastefulness of fast-fashion, the idea of breathing new life into unique pieces from years gone by has a new mindfulness to it. Why add to...

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