Monday, November 30, 2009

The Striped Dress

I got this dress recently at Mango..It isn't the type of dress I would typically wear, but I love it because of that! The fabric is super soft, and the fit is comfy. I didn't really do much today, our seamstress came over and that's about it..But it makes me feel good to put on something pretty, even if I don't go anywhere special.

Outfit Details
Dress- Mango
Belt - Thrifted
Headband - Kiosk at the mall
Boots - Reflections

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving & Ukay Finds

So yesterday's trip to Divisoria ended up being a success..It didn't start that way though! We woke up at 7 A.M. so we could take public transportation there because there is hardly any parking..We took the first bus to the train station, and the train ended up being broken..We waited around for a taxi for 2 hours before deciding to just take a bus back home..We didn't end up getting back here until 11 a.m! We then drove to Quapo because I guess that is where the Ukay-Ukays are..I ended up scoring 4 cute dresses..And Daren looked inside 10 or more camera stores. We then drove to Divisoria where we got swatches of all sorts of fabric. Daren and I have decided to start a manufacturing company here in the Philippines..With NIWL we got all our garments custom made, and there are a lot of other companies who are looking to do the same.

This dress is one of the great finds I discovered yesterday. It only cost 75 pesos which is equal to $1.50! There was actually a black out so I could only see in the corner of the store with a light from a candle, all I saw was polka-dots and I knew it was for me! I shoved it in my purse after purchasing it to continue on, and I was pleasantly surprised once I got home and looked at it.

Outfit Details
Dress - Vintage from Ukay-Ukay
Belt - Vintage, from a great store in Yucaipa that donates 100% of it's money to disabled children.
Boots - Vintage, thrifted while in California. I finally own something brown to wear them with!

Happy Late Thanksgiving by the way! I hope everyone had a fun day with family and pumpkin pie.
While growing up this was always my favorite time of the year! I loved when my whole small family would get together. I would eat too many deviled eggs before the rest of the food was ready. We would all joke during dinner, and once the dishes were done we would all play Yahtzee. Best of all, before I knew it, it would be Christmas, and we would all get together again! These are memories I will always hold in my heart. I am sad I wasn't able to be there with everyone this year, but I am very thankful for my life, and all the opportunities in it. And heck, there is always next year! I called my dad during their dinner tonight, and I asked my littlest sister Kira what she was thankful for, and she replied with "My sister!" I almost cried, haha.

Oh! Do you like my new header?! Daren made it for me!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Feel Your Fire..

Can you believe I have had this dress for probably 4 months, and this is the first time I've ever worn it? I felt weird about wearing it before I purchased these tights..That is just too much leg for me to show! haha.

Outfit Details
Dress & Belt - People Are People (here in the Philippines)
Tights - The supermarket (only 60 pesos, so like $1!)
Boots - Reflections

Sorry this post is so short! I have to wake up at 6 a.m. tomorrow, and it is almost midnight as I type this. We will be going to Divisoria , which is similar to the garment district in L.A. Also, I hope to come upon some Ukay-Ukay's (word for thrift store here). There isn't a lot of them here in the Philippines, but our driver told us we will find some near Divisoria. It seems like years since I went thrifting. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I've Got the Blues..

Well, not really... I was talking about my outfit! I think 80% of the clothes I own are blue..I feel like I am always wearing it, but heck, what can I say. I like the color.

My weekend was fun. Daren's Uncle Delvin and his fiance Joy were in the Philippines. We ate, talked, laughed, and they helped us think up new companies we can start since we have closed down NIWL. I don't know what the future holds, but Daren and I have about 3 company ideas that we are going over! Sunday night we all went to the Makati Golf Club to go to the driving range. It was my first time seriously golfing, and much to my surprise, I loved it.

Alright..well now back to the outfit..I love this dress! My favorite part the ruffles around the neckline..

Outfit Details
Dress - Vintage..My Grandma Colleen gave it to me!
Belt - Thrifted
Flower Clip - Made by me

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Makeover

Sorry for the lack of updates! My boyfriend, Daren, who is also the one to takes all my photos had to go back to Boracay to take photos for his parents. All the Miss Earth finalists (There was 80 of them!) went to the island and there was a huge party.

It was the first time I stayed alone here in Makati! While everyone was gone, I dyed my hair and got some bangs cut. I have been planning on getting short bangs for a while..and I finally took the plunge. I completely love them. I haven't had my bangs this short since I was probably in the 4th grade, so it is a nice change. I also spent my time crafting, making hair things, watching movies, and coloring in some color books I bought in California.

Daren came back today, and the second he got home I was pestering him to take outfit photos for my blog!

Outfit Details
Dress - Forever 21
Bow in my hair - Made if myself!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Productive Day

Yesterday I managed to package 20 of the order for NIWL! As much as I complain about packaging, it is actually pretty fun. I usually listen to my music and sing along so the time goes by pretty fast haha. There were a few breaks from packaging yesterday where Daren and I went to the mall to get more mailers and hardware things for him because he was trying to make his own beauty dish for photography. The mall across the street from us is so pretty right now! Everything is completely decorated for Christmas, it's crazy that it is already that time of year again. I bought two boxes of Christmas lights (for only 70 pesos! That is like $1.40), even though we live on the 43rd floor! Daren ended up surprising me and decorating our room with the lights. It looks festive in here now! haha.

Here are some photos from last night, Daren wanted to test out his project.

Outfit Details
Dress - Forever 21
Leggings - Zara
Belt - Vintage
Purse/Clutch - Vintage
Boots - Reflections

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Goodbye Boracay

In about one hour Daren and I will be leaving to the airport to go back to Makati, so I figured I would do one last blog post here! Here are some random photos Daren has taken during our trip.

The time spent here was really fun and relaxing, but once we go back to Makati, it will be time to work. Since being here we have sold probably 100 shirts from Never In Wonderland..It will probably take 4 days to package all of those! haha.

Monday, November 9, 2009


Wow, it feels like it has been a while since I posted last! I have been doing lots of fun things. This past Sunday Daren and I went with his brother, sister-in-law and his niece to ride the zorb! It is like a huge hampster ball you sit in and they roll you down a hill. It was fun, but scary at the same time. We have also been spending a lot of time at the beach, I am getting a tan!

These are some photos we had taken last week..Daren's parents build luxury home here on the island, so we went and took these in a house they are currently building.

Outfit Details
Blouse - Vintage; It is handmade and my grandma colleen gave it to me! :)
Skirt - Forever 21; It is actually a dress and I tuck the top half down haha.
Shoes - Aldo
Sunnies - Bought them off a vendor on the beach

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

At the beach

Yesterday we woke up super early and headed out on our own to go take some photos by the ocean.

Outfit Details
Dress - Urbanourfitters
Sunglasses - Hollywood

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

On the Balcony!

Daren took these of photos of me yesterday from the balcony of his parent's bedroom. The house here is so pretty that I don't think we will ever run out of places to take photos, haha.

Outfit Details
Dress - Urbanoutfitters
Bow Headband - It is actually Daren's niece's haha.

I only brought 1 pair of shoes with me to Boracay, and they are blue flats that don't really match anything..So I decided I would just paint my toenails red to compensate! Who needs shoes at the beach anyways?

Monday, November 2, 2009

On An Island In The Sun

Right now Daren and I are in Boracay, a beautiful island in the Philippines at his parent's home. Boracay is known for it's white sandy beaches and crystal clear ocean. I have been here probably 5 or more times, but each time I come I am amazed by it's beauty. Growing up in Southern California, I never knew beaches like this actually existed outside of calendars and postcards. The beaches back home are okay, but the water is so dirty you can't even see in it!

Yesterday was not only Cheesy's first time ever being able to explore outside without a leash on, but it was also her first time swimming! Both her and Macaroni enjoyed themselves and actually came into the ocean willingly. There are no waves in the ocean here so it is kind of like a big pool! We all had a lot of fun. We are probably going to be here for 2 weeks or so, and I'm sure I'll be posting tons of photos, so stay tuned =]

Outfit Details
Bathing Suit - Vintage from the Goodwill in Redlands, CA.