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?

Saturday, June 9, 2018

LOOKBOOK | Lightweight layering

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With the rainy season kicking in, we're expecting jackets, sweaters, and hoodies to find their way out of people's closets once again. But since it never really gets too cold in this country, perhaps we could go for some lightweight layering.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

LOOKBOOK | Happiness with Uniqlo's Doraemon x Takashi Murakami collection

halfwhiteboy - uniqlo doraemon x takashi murakami collection 01

Yes, this is happiness! Doraemon fans--or practically anyone who likes cute stuff--are sure to love Uniqlo's Doraemon x Takashi Murakami collection. Minions, Marvel, now this. Oh, Uniqlo.

Although the t-shirts are for men and women (but in men's sizes), Murakami's characteristic flowers may not appeal to every guy. I myself shied away from some designs, considering I'm no stranger to wearing floral prints. But there's still a bunch of different options sans the flowers, or too much of them.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

FRAGRANCE | The pleasantly light and fresh Castile by Penhaligon's

halfwhiteboy - penhaligon's castile edt

It is light and fresh, a fragrance that only reinforces my fondness for the Penhaligon's brand. Although I tend to gravitate towards warm and woody scents, every now and then I try on something on the lighter side and fall in love with it. Such was the case with Penhaligon's English Fern, an old-school scent some liken to an aftershave or something that reminds them of barbershops of yore.

While both exude freshness, Penhaligon's Castile is different. English Fern, being a fougére, is more "green" and earthy while Castile is a little more vibrant with its pleasant combination of citrus (petitgrain and bergamot) and floral (orange blossom and rose), with a little bit of wood and musk thrown in.

LOOKBOOK | Cuban feels

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Where's my coffee?

The Cuban collar shirt--or sometimes referred to simply as Cuban shirt--definitely exudes tropicana cool. That said, it's a sure bet when putting together that perfect summer outfit.

Whether plain or printed, this shirt is characterized by its open, lapel-like collar and short sleeves. It usually has a boxy fit although some modern iterations are trimming the silhouette just a notch. This relaxed vibe clearly speaks of summer and the tropics.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

DINING | A chance encounter with West Town's Coffee

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Inside West Town's Coffee.

It was one of those afternoons when I had to go find a place to while away time. Being a weekend, the usual suspects at Century City Mall were expectedly packed. As I stood by the mall exit thinking of where to go, I saw that there was a regular flow of people crossing the street and then disappearing into a corner lined by construction sites. I always thought it was just ongoing construction work there but clearly something must already be finished.

So I followed their lead and after a short walk The Milano Residences came into view. Its front was lined with shops and restaurants, one of which was West Town's Coffee. I went inside.
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