Thursday, August 28, 2014

LINES AND PATTERNS

by Aileen Belmonte

Cropped Top c/o STYLEMOI
Skirt c/o SHOP THRIFT MARKET
ZARA Shoes

For this outfit, I went for a look with an overall geometric vibe. Do you see it? It kinda reminds me of algebra as well, with all the grids and  curves. I'm particularly fond of this cropped top, and I'm excited to wear it again. Maybe with wide-leg trousers or high-waist shorts next time? I love that something as playful as a cropped top was made using a very structured fabric design. That way, it has a much more sophisticated vibe to it, instead of looking trashy or too sexy. You can find this top on stylemoi.nu!

This look, in my opinion, is a variant to your print-on-print trend. When donning different patterns together, I often stick to just one color palette. I did the same for this look, but to add a little twist, I decided to match these neutral accents with a bold red hue. I love that the plain fabrics in this look stand out because of their color, and that the prints stand out as well against a contrasting background. 


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Photos taken by Irvinne Redor


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NOW OPEN: RIVER ISLAND MEGA FASHION HALL

by Aileen Belmonte

If you haven't already heard of River Island, then it's time to learn about one of the coolest fashion brands to recently grace our country. Based in London, River Island focuses on trendy, street style-worthy apparel, not far from favorites like Topshop and Dorothy Perkins. 

Perhaps you've visited their branches in SM Aura and Glorietta, but now they've put up their third branch in none other than the much hyped MEGA FASHION HALL! By golly, Megamall's newest wing is indeed a grand place to showcase the Philippines' booming love for fashion and styling. This new RI branch is definitely exciting news for us!

If you still weren't sold with my verbal praise (and all those shoes and accessories in the picture above), then I'd be glad to show you what's in store for us this season with River Island's newest branch. I visited the store's pre-opening display, and I was not disappointed at all. It definitely catered to my personal style with its mix of trendy and classic pieces, not scrimping on colors and textures. Let's look around shall we?

Here's their more urban selection, with graphic tees, leather skirts, and more neutral palettes. I'm obviously eyeing something here. *Sigh* I'm such a big sucker for different textures, and leather is one that never fails me.
Torn between two leathers...♩.♫♪.♫♩♩...Care to guess which one I chose?
Here are samples of the different styles you'll find in the store: Some party dresses, some classic blazers, some feminine pieces and some urban and casual apparel. There's definitely an interesting play of textures and patterns on display. Isn't that blazer a fun variant of the houndstooth trend? And how cool is that neon pink dress in neoprene?! 
And of course there's denim! There are so many jeans to choose from! You're bound to find the cut you're looking for. Add one of their unique white tops to amp up a classic styling technique. 

Oh, and boys, don't worry! They have a lot of nice stuff in their menswear section too! No need for the "father/brother/boyfriend couch" in here. You'll probably be busy looking around their stuff as well.
Those sweaters are pretty cool, yes?

Umm, posing with my friend here. Sorry.
I guess you know which skirt I chose then? :p
Might just come back for this hat. It kinda went well with my dress, dontcha' think?

And for our favorite part, ladies...SHOES!
"Give a girl the right shoes, and she will conquer the world!" Thanks for the tip, guys! This isn't even half of their shoe collection! 
And finally after all the strolling and shopping, I added a pair of flats to my bag. Which of the three is your favorite?

I went home with a khaki leather skirt, and a new pair of loafers. Can you imagine them already, coming together in one street-savvy OOTD? I definitely can. In fact, there are a whole lot of other great OOTD's you can conjure up with just one visit to River Island Mega Fashion Hall! But don't take my word for it, go go go and see for yourself :)

Ehem, ehem...speaking of OOTD's, what if I told you that you can get the chance to win your very own River Island outfit? Yes, you read that right! The details will be up on my instagram account (@aileenclarisse), so do stay tuned as I'll be sharing it real soon!

Now that's all for my River Island Mega Fashion Hall preview. I hope you'll discover your love for the brand like I did! See you soon!

Obligatory peace sign!

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Photos taken by Irvinne Redor and myself


Thursday, August 21, 2014

A LITTLE PARTY NEVER KILLED NOBODY

by Aileen Belmonte

Ebbie Fringed Dress c/o TFNC LONDON
PRIMADONNA Heels
VINTAGE Bag

I know it's been over a year since the Great Gatsby revival, but I think flapper fashion is something that'll last for more decades to come. When the movie was released in 2013, everyone caught on with the trend. Fashion, music, and parties were all themed to fit the fiesty and glamorous style of the 20's. I personally had mixed emotions about it. On one hand, I could not deny my attraction to their extravagant take on being chic, (this being exceptionally true for the ladies). On the other hand, I found that it's so easy to look costume-y and tacky in this kind of style. 

The resolution to my thoughts came in this AMAZING Fringed "Ebbie" Dress from TFNC LONDON. I can't even begin to explain how much I love it! It's got a touch of the 20's with its shapeless silhouette and with it's tassels swaying to and fro at the hem. Definitely a plus for all you flapper fanatics out there. Now looking at it as a whole, you see a subtly sexy midi slip dress. I just can't spell it out specifically, but wearing this piece is instant chic! It's class and comfort in one. This is my kind of Gatsby fashion. 

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Photos taken by my mom