I love Manila!

Look what I found!

I like how Filipino artists show some patriotism these days. I found this very affordable yet stylishly useful bag in Kultura Filipino (as usual) in SM Makati. I like the brown handle that gives a little sophistication that make it appropriate for me to carry around in some semi-formal events. They have several designs depending on your need and your style but please beware when you go to Kultura Filipino cause since they have a lot of things and they’re in SM malls, you might find yourself not stopping. 🙂

Burdang Taal, Habing Pilipino

I had an amazing time last Saturday in the Philippine Fashion Week. Though alone, I got to appreciate more the Filipino craftsmanship that made me want for more.

There were 17 designers who showcased their collections of Burdang Taal, a very detailed hand-embroidery technique that originated in Taal, Batangas, in formal, casual, classic, relax, dreamy, easy, cocktail styles.

I like the top of this JC Buendia design. I think I could wear this top going to work paired with a simple easy skirt.

Also caught my eye is the sophistication of this top and skirt by Dong Omaga-Diaz.

I personally like Fanny Serrano and seeing his fabulous collection made me feel so proud of where the Philippine Fashion is now. The colors and details are very pleasing.

I like Lito Perez and his collections, too! Lito Perez is very talented that you can see the very historical and elegant details of his collections. I had a chance to work with him before when we feature Villa Tortuga, an ancestral house in Taal where you can wear Filipino traditional costumes and live like an Illustrado, and I fell in love his crafts so quickly. I like the color and please notice the details in the skirts.

When I was looking at this collection, I was imagining that it’s being worn by the Philippine Airlines flight attendants! Haha. Personally, I think, this will look good on them and will add sophistication. This collection is from Rolando Lirio.

Here are the other collections:

Dong Omaga-Diaz

Randy Ortiz

Edgar Madamba

I like the skirt’s designs!

Edgar San Diego

Johnny Abad

Jontie Martinez

Oskar Peralta

JC Buendia

The featured collections are from Edgar Madamba, Vic Barba, Bergamo, Dong Omaga-Diaz, Lito Perez, JC Buendia, Fanny Serrano, Gerry Katigbak, Johnny Abad, Edgar San Diego,Ole Morabe, Jontie Martinez, Roland Lirio, Richard Papa, Anthony Nocom, Randy Ortiz, Oskar Peralta.

I personally like the collections and I’m hoping that there’ll be more of this kind in the Philippine Fashion Week for the coming years because they showcase the Filipino talent and craftsmanship that is very unique and sophisticated.

Hello FUN!

I just turned 26.
I don’t want to talk about it. 
Joke. The truth is I can’t stop talking about it but since I feel like thoughts are cluttered here in my personal space, I needed to organize and formalize a new space for my unconventional fashion + travel stories. Of course there’ll be some little things about beauty and wellness in it! 

What am I wearing on my birthday? Find out more here: http://aymisayra.tumblr.com

I felt so loved and I would like to thank you for making my special “I-am-old-I-panic” day wonderful.

Here’s the glimpse on my special day:

When the clock struck 12, I received a small cake with lots of huge candles and a special box from a person with small eyes. I miss my dad too much cause he has always been the first person to greet me right before it strikes 12 cause he couldn’t stay awake anymore at 11pm of the 18th! Haha. 

Oh! That reminds me of spreading the info about a wonderful family and how you can help their dad win the battle against cancer, here’s the link from my friend, Benj.

Wishing for more wonderful and fun years!

Just like last year…

Be Body Beautiful at any age: Spiral Aging

Since I just turned 26 and I am aware about the changes that take place in a woman’s body, I’d like to support Wacoal’s campaign of spreading awareness about the changes in our bodies and how to feel good about it by Being Body Beautiful at Any Age. 

Did you know and did you realize that the skin’s turning point is at 25 years old. How about the body? 

Wacoal’s Human Human Science Research Center, since it’s establishment in 1964, has collected a total of more than 40,000 women’s body measurement and has also tracked and study the changes in their body in the span of 30 years. The results were the changes in body shape brought about by age is a fixed rule that can be drawn in a spiral. In Wacoal, it is called as “Spiral Ageing.”

Spiral Aging is a principle that women undergo three major physiological changes associated with aging throughout a 30-year period from 16 to 46, and that with these as turning points, women experience major changes in their physique.

Around reaching 24-26 years old, once a woman’s body matures, basal metabolism starts to slow down and when women reach 38 years old more or less, a sharp increase in weight occurs as well as other shocking changes. Then there comes 40, the age when work and family demands increased and when weight gain and change in body accelerate. 

We have to be careful about our lifestyle and the way we take care of our body because these contribute a lot to the changes that are happening. The age-related changes can’t be stopped (so take more photos while you’re 20!) but there are ways to slow down or reduce them like exercising regularly, having a healthy lifestyle and diet, and wearing the right underwear. Don’t forget the fun in your lifestyle and relationship too! 

Note: I’ll be blogging about the breast and hip aging soon. Information about the study is from Philippine Wacoal Corporation. You can also reach them in Facebook & Twitter.

Improvised Statement Necklaces. This is a headband that I bought in Baclaran (in Manila) years ago. It actually has a gold chain which I inserted the white ribbon from National Bookstore (sold per yard). My first intention was to change the ribbon in the headband depending on the outfit but since I feel that it’s quite tedious and white looks sophisticated, I decided to wear it in  white and as a necklace in some occasions as well. 

Do you have this crazy idea too?

Philippines is one of the best places for women in the world according to World Economic Forum (WEF) because of being a gender-friendly nation.

Basing on this fact, I’m seeing more and more Filipinas wearing “boyfriend’s polo” or polo that belongs to a man (father, brother, friends). 

Here’s my version of Boyfriend’s Polo. I’m wearing cousin’s polo, black leggings and boots from SM Parisian. I love this laid-back look at work that adds a little fun and twist to the usual corporate attire.