Author: Tippi

Chaos and Creativity

Ahhhh, 2020. The year that put the most insane, terrifying roller coasters ever created to shame…and we’re only two-thirds of the way in! This is the year that showed all of us how naive we were to even think that we had any control over anything. It was early into the Manila quarantine when I randomly came across this quote: “When everything is uncertain, anything is possible”. Even in the midst of all the turmoil I was feeling, a light went on in my head. What a brilliant thought! (I can’t find the author of this quote, so please comment if you know who it...

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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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