One of the major considerations in travel is the question, “What should I wear?” No matter where you are going this summer and whether you’re a tourist or not, it’s always a fun challenge to be comfortable when traveling and yet look fashionable too.
I know so many people going on vacation in the upcoming weeks (I, for one, am going to sunny Singapore!) that I thought it would be great to give summer travel outfit ideas for the actual travel part of your trip. I recently went to Mango to create 3 different looks for touring a city. I wanted to give you some inspiration to create a chic travel style of your own. No need to sacrifice fashion in the name of comfort and convenience! :)
I constantly wear black. I just can’t resist a color that can be edgy and feminine at the same time. Call me weird, but I don’t ever feel warmer in it than in other clothes. It makes up a lot of my wardrobe, actually! But since it’s summer, naturally, I wouldn’t wear the color in heavyweight fabrics.
In an effort to marry the two worlds of style and comfort, I opted for a sleeveless lace top. I have several lace items in my closet, yet I don’t have a sleeveless lace top so imagine my delight when I saw this top in Mango! With temperatures climbing and humidity on the rise as well, this kind of top is ideal for an easy breezy, fashionable vacation. What I like about lace is that it’s a decorative fabric patterned with open holes, making it easier for air to circulate. If you’re not fond of wearing black during summer, there’s an off-white version of this top in Mango too!
If your top is see-through like the one I’m wearing here, a cotton tank top underneath it should change that completely. For those who get cold easily especially at night or in malls, remember to bring a scarf and/or a cardigan. A coverup will also come in handy when you visit sacred places such as temples, palaces, and churches.
You should include a comfortable pair of pants as well. Jeans can be too hot for summer travel (and are slow to dry), so choose a chic alternative like a pair of soft trousers! This pair of trousers from Mango breathe incredibly well and drape elegantly — perfect for those hot and muggy situations where wearing shorts just won’t cut it. I can move around easily and I don’t have to worry about the waistband going too low because of the built-in garter. Almost anything can be matched with black, but one of my favorite combinations is black and blue. Classic, but spunky, too!
When traveling, keep your outfits simple but add little twists here and there. If you feel like being even more daring, try rolling up your pants! I love the relaxed feel of the look and there is something quite adorable about showing your ankles. The best part: they go with any type of shoes — from flats, sandals, loafers, wedges to even heels!
Don’t forget to bring a stylish medium-sized tote like this (I prefer canvas over leather, which tends to weigh a ton when filled to the brim) to carry your make up, wet wipes, hand sanitizers, travel documents and other essentials.
Wearing something casual when strolling around doesn’t mean you have to look like you are going to the gym. This second outfit is something I would wear for a whole day city tour.
One of my favorite SS13 trends is denim on denim. I usually pair a light wash with a dark wash; but this time, I paired two denim pieces of nearly the same shade for a fresher and more youthful look.
Bored of too-masculine, boring button down shirts? Well then, look no further because Mango has lightweight button down tops that are classic and trendy at the same time! The gorgeous rhinestone and gold seed bead embellishments at each shoulder give a perfect sparkle and splash of 80s style, my favorite fashion era!
Shorts are also another travel essential if you’re traveling to warmer climates. When packing for a vacation, think about including denim shorts like this pair from Mango. They are versatile and can be dressed up or down. They can seamlessly take you from day to night with two very distinct looks by simply changing the top, footwear, and playing with accessories.
As far as shorts are concerned, I want a moderate amount of slashing. I think that distressed shorts (especially with a frayed hem), are ideal for a carefree summer look!
If you dislike carrying a big bag, opt for a small bag to hold your I.D., passport, cash, and perhaps your face powder and lip balm. What I love about this leather bag from Mango is that I can hang it on one shoulder or cross it over my body. The hands-free factor is so liberating! Not to mention, the tassels really add charm to this bag!
For a woman who plans to take in the nightlife scene, pack a skirt-and-blouse combo or a dress to save space in your suitcase. I chose the latter, of course!
This look would definitely make for an appropriate day-to-night summer outfit. Wear it with sandals during the day and wear it with a pretty pair of heels at night.
I ditched the little black dress and wore a bright dress for a change! I love how the horizontal stripes of varying widths and pleats lend movement to this dress from Mango. I also love the fact that it rolls up neatly and doesn’t wrinkle so I see myself packing it for many upcoming trips!
I love this studded clutch so much that I wish it came in other metallic colors too as I’d buy every single one!
Notice that I used the same necklace and bangle in my first outfit. Just a tip: try to bring clothes and accessories (as few as possible — keep your baggage weight allowance in mind!) that are in the same color scheme so you can mix and match without needing duplicates because of color.
I hope you are all enjoying your summer vacation to the fullest! :)
All clothes and accessories from MANGO.
I was watching Running Man (Korean variety show) the other day and noticed that some of the cast members and guests were wearing different shades of military green jackets with blue striped shirts underneath. I really liked the combination so I recreated it, but I wore a camouflage print jacket instead of a plain military jacket. It’s my first time to mix these prints together. Hey, it’s not that bad! You guys should try it too! :)
Yay, an OOTD after two weeks! Knowing that my day would be full of errands and meetings, I played it smart by keeping my outfit cute and casual. I wore a number of prints and textures, bringing a quirky charm to my overall look.
I felt like using the name of the alternative rock band Neon Trees for this blog entry since 1) they’re currently here in the Philippines for the 2013 Wanderland Music Festival and 2) I’m wearing neon accessories and there are trees in the background. Haha! Hope you like this bright, bold and somewhat colorful outfit!
Ray-Ban and I bring you an awesome concert ticket giveaway! 1 lucky winner could win 2 Lower Box tickets (priced at Php 3,800 each) to Avicii’s concert at the SM MOA Arena on Wednesday, May 15, 2013!
The mechanics are simple! To join this giveaway, just follow these steps:
1. Follow Ray-Ban on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/raybancollectors?fref=ts), Twitter and Instagram (@raybancollector)
2. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram (@tiniglesias)
3. Leave a comment below with your Name, Twitter username and tell me how you are remastering cool this summer with Ray-Ban and Avicii.
4. Tweet this: “I want to win two Avicii tickets c/o of @raybancollector & @tiniglesias! #remasteringcool”
5. Don’t forget to insert a picture of your favorite Ray-Ban (post your own or just Google photos) along with your tweet.
One entry per person only. Most creative entry will be chosen on May 14, 2013 and will be notified via Twitter by 12 midnight. Make sure that your Twitter accounts are public. Tickets shall be claimed at the venue.
Good luck everyone! See you there!!! :)
Ray-Ban posters credit: The Import UK
I love dressing up my cellphone. By dressing up, I mean using different cell phone cases. Honestly, I switch them about as often as I change bags and shoes. This blog entry is about my favorite online cell phone case stores. The first one is a company based in Sweden and the second store is based in the Philippines!
I just found out about Caseapp, a custom iPhone case website and I’m in love! You can design your own phone case by selecting your own photo. And it’s not just for iPhone5 users – they offer customized cases for iPhone 4/4S and Samsung Galaxy S3 too!
The design process is easy. Just click ‘Make your iPhone case’ or Make your skin’ to start designing. Upload a picture of your choice but make sure to use as high quality image as possible. You may also add text using their text editor. After that, turn and scale your pictures until you are happy with the result. Click on preview to see an updated image of your design. Voila! You now have a unique and totally personalized cell phone case! And no matter where you live, they can ship your order/s to your home! Best part is, you don’t have to pay for the shipping fee!
You can try uploading your photo on their website to see what it would look like. Here’s mine! I uploaded my own illustrations. I love the way they turned out! Plus, the material of the case itself is so sturdy! I’m pretty certain that I would make more cell phone cases in the near future. Thanks, Caseapp!
Now let’s talk about my local favorite cell phone case store - Cases for Your Gadgets! They offer a lot of high-quality, hip and trendy cases for your gadgets. They have cases for Galaxy Note 2, iPhone 4/4s, Samsung S3, S3 Mini, LG Nexus, BlackBerry Z10, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPod Touch 5th Gen, and many more! Name your gadget, they most likely have cases for it!
They also have other accessories such as Holga Retro Lens Case with 9 effects, Olloclip 3-in-1 photo lens, Razur Fisheye lens, Fixy 3-in-1 lens, and skins/sticker decals! I told you, they have a wide range of items for all your gadget needs! Just like Caseapp, Cases for Your Gadgets ships worldwide too!
Because I like taking photos and doodling, I ordered these cool, artsy cases! I love that these iCamera, magic slate (you can actually write on it!) and vintage camera iPhone5 cases are so eye-catching! Every time I use them, I would always hear nice comments about them. Thanks, Cases for Your Gadgets!
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A commissioned illustration for L’Indochine. It’s a new lifestyle brand under SM Retail Group of Companies that’s owned by two sisters-in-law Char Carlos and Leona Panutat. If you’re wondering what the girls are carrying, it’s an intricately detailed bolster.
“Being a lifestyle store, L’Indochine will showcase fresh takes on styling for both home and fashion. Originating primarily from Indochina countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar mixed with unique ethnic items from Thailand, the items in the store are sourced directly from local artisans and craftsmen — the hill tribes of Chiang Mai, artisans in the Mekong delta, weavers in Hanoi, craft villages in Vietnam. Many of these items are handmade, making them one-of-a-kind and limited in quantity.” - The Philippine Star
L’Indochine opens its first retail store at SM Aura at The Fort on May 17. I’m excited to visit!
BDO Unibank, Inc., Suyen Corporation and MasterCard Philippines celebrated the first anniversary of Bench MasterCard with a shop-all-you-can-treat! The once in a lifetime shopping spree spectacle was held in three separate legs - SM Megamall (April 25), Bonifacio High Street (April 26) and Ayala Center Cebu (April 29). 36 lucky winners were given P35,000, P15,000 and P5,000 each to spend at any of their chosen participating Suyen Corp. Stores. The allotted shopping time for the winners were 3 minutes, 2 minutes and 1 minute respectively. I actually was able to witness the frenzy during the first leg at SM Megamall! I felt the excitement of the winners!
When I saw Bench’s latest collection, I saw a lot of “lakas makayaman” (as fashion blogger Aisa put it) pieces inside the store. Mark my words, you’ll love their summer offerings! They are kicking it up a notch by providing not only basic pieces to their customers, but trendy items as well! Here’s the proof!
Are you convinced? If you’re a fan of Bench and other home-grown and international brands such as Human, Kashieca, Cotton On, Aldo, Charles & Keith, Call It Spring, and American Eagle Outfitters among others, then you should probably get your own Bench MasterCard! The Bench MasterCard offers all the extensive BDO Credit Card features plus benefits exclusive only to Bench MasterCardholders such as unique rewards program that enables cardholders to earn double rewards points at Bench and partner stores, a perpetual 0% installment for 3 and 6 months at most stores, priority access to seasonal sales, invitation to Bench events and shows, and 10% discount during the Cardholder’s birth month at any Bench and partner store nationwide.
The Cardholders can also redeem cash coupons that are automatically and conveniently generated with their credit card monthly billing statement upon reaching 100 points. These cash coupons can be used to shop at Bench and partner stores which gives the Cardholder limitless options! A Cardholder earns double rewards points for every P200 purchase made at Bench and partner stores and 1 point for other purchases. And because it’s a MasterCard, Cardholders enjoy worldwide acceptance! How awesome is that? I should probably get my own Bench MasterCard too!
So now that you’ve seen their stylish pieces, it’s time to show you what I shopped during the event! I picked a pair of sunglasses from Cotton On, a gray tank top and green pants from Bench.
I paired my Bench top and pants with my SM Accessories necklace and Jessica Simpson platforms.
Starting this year, Filipinos will get to experience SUITEBLANCO, another franchise of the SM Group of Companies. To those who are not familiar with the clothing brand, SUITEBLANCO is a family business founded by Bernardo Blanco Solana which originated in Madrid, Spain in 1960. The brand is for the young, modern men and women who are confident with their style and the choices that they make. With on-trend, aspirational, and affordable products, SUITEBLANCO gives the optimal shopping experience to its consumers!
For the Spring Bloom collection, fun, bright pastels and sleek, tailored pieces dominate the scene. Light and laidback, cool and collected, just like famed Victoria’s Secret model Anne Vyalitsyna, who fronts SUITEBLANCO’s new campaign. The Russian beauty lends a youthful, energetic vibe to denim, knits, and lightweight casuals.
Are you excited for SUITEBLANCO’s opening? I am beyond thrilled! The flagship store will open on May 17 in SM Aura Premier at the Fort. See you there!
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