Friday, August 10, 2018

LOOKBOOK | Some kimono cardi comfort and pinkish hues

halfwhiteboy - printed kimono cardigan and old rose pants 01

So I got myself another one of those kimono cardigans from House of Nippon. They're great for lightweight layering. Because the fabric's thin enough, they're perfect for the tropics while affording the wearer just a bit of warmth. And swag.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

TRAVEL | Anya Resort Tagaytay: Nice place but still rough around the edges

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Welcome to Anya Tagaytay Resort!

When you're a property brandishing your inclusion in the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which of course you should be proud of, you better live up to your own hype. Anya Resort Tagaytay is one of only three such properties from the Philippines that have been accepted into the brand, which entails approval by SLH's board of directors and an annual visit from its team of mystery inspectors "to ensure consistently high standards of quality."

We tried Anya Resort Tagaytay for two nights and came in with fairly high expectations. Here's a rundown of our experience.

Friday, July 27, 2018

FRAGRANCE | Cheap thrills: Christine Lhuillier Parfumerie's Black Leather and Black Bamboo

halfwhiteboy - christine lhuillier parfumerie
A Christine Lhuillier kiosk at Glorietta.

I'm a sucker for fragrances, be it something boozy and spicy like Penhaligon's The Uncompromising Sohan, something dark and warm like Burberry London, or a light and fresh juice like Penhaligon's Castile. Admittedly most of them don't come cheap. Believe me, it's not like I intentionally seek out only expensive fragrances because there are also some that don't work with my body chemistry, no matter the brand or how pricey they are. That or I simply don't like them.

Proof of this is how I discovered Christine Lhuillier Parfumerie, which carries a wide--and I mean wide--array of fragrances that include body sprays, EDTs, EDPs, and room sprays. It's no prestige brand by any standard, and you can find them at kiosks at different malls. There's some effort, however, in their branding and presentation. Their kiosks, for one, aren't your run-of-the-mill counters because theirs sport a distinct shabby chic design.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

LOOKBOOK | Keeping warm with an ethnic woven poncho

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This monsoon season had me reaching out for jackets, hoodies, and what-have-you because it gets really cold in the office. Now let's throw in a poncho into the mix.

I got this ethnic woven poncho from House of Nippon (just find them on Instagram), where I also snagged my printed kimono cardigan a few months ago. It's nice and comfy, not to mention that it affords the wearer a certain kind of swag, probably because of its long and draping effect. And of course, it does the job of keeping you warm.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

LOOKBOOK | Athleisure comfort for the rainy days

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I do wear joggers quite often. I even pair joggers with an office shirt and wear it to work. But never have I worn something that completely matches my top. Until now.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

LOOKBOOK | A touch of summer in monsoon weather

halfwhiteboy - summer print bomber jacket 01

Who says we all need to dress up dark and dreary during days when it's gloomy and rainy? We could all use some color or summer element to usher in some cheer, couldn't we?

Here I'm taking my tropical print bomber jacket for a spin. Aside from the green, the pops of orange and smaller streaks of blue provide much needed color for the rainy days. It's all still anchored on black, though, so I'm not completely out of touch with the weather.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

FRAGRANCE | Vial trial: The Uncompromising Sohan (from the Penhaligon's Portraits Collection)

halfwhiteboy - penhaligon's the uncompromising sohan

Vial Trials are my reviews of sample fragrances given out by sales people from various store purchases. Compared to my posts about full bottles--which are mostly positive because I already like them in the first place, that's why I bought them--Vial Trials are hopefully less one-sided since they were just given to me; I didn't pick them.

Here I'm writing about The Uncompromising Sohan from the Penhaligon's Portraits Collection. I admit that I was taken aback by this fragrance when I first tested it. I felt like it didn't agree with my body chemistry that it smelled pungent on my skin, like BO. I tried it again, same reaction. Then I finally decided to wear it one Saturday out to the mall and only then did I start to appreciate it. It helped that Kwittiegirl said it definitely does not smell like BO.

Monday, June 25, 2018

LOOKBOOK | Cheer up with head-to-toe pastels

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Happiness in tiny hot air balloons.

It was our big boss's birthday and we were asked to wear pastel colors. I know a baby pink or mint green top would be fine but why settle for just one piece when you can do your whole outfit in pastels, shoes included?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

FRAGRANCE | Vial trial: L'Eau de Tarocco by Diptyque

halfwhiteboy - diptyque l'eau de tarocco edt

Vial Trials are my reviews of sample fragrances given out by sales people from various store purchases. Compared to my posts about full bottles--which are mostly positive because I already like them in the first place, that's why I bought them--Vial Trials are hopefully less one-sided since they were just given to me; I didn't pick them.

In this installment is L'Eau de Tarocco by Diptyque. Although I love Diptyque, the last one I reviewed--Tam Dao--didn't impress me that much, so let's see about this one.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

LOOKBOOK | Spicing up your vacation wardrobe with matching prints

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Have you ever experienced seeing something on display, falling in love with it, then buying it but have no idea when or where you're going to wear it? So I saw this printed long-sleeve shirt with matching shorts on a mannequin and felt exactly just that.

The print, though dominantly floral, felt quite different from the usual summer prints I see. So I got both pieces even if I really didn't know whether the right occasion to wear them would come soon. Or at all. It didn't help that they're in a satin fabric, which makes the set even "harder" to wear. I mean, cotton or linen wouldn't be much of a problem, but shiny o'l satin?
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