Memoirs of A Princess

Truth be told, I am no fashionista. I know very little about trends, fashion designers and their collections. All I’m really familiar with are the basics such as your everyday white shirt, your favorite denim jeans, your boyfriend polo and your little black dress. I know nothing about which colors are “in” for every season or if there are any vintage dresses that are back in style. Growing up, I would always just be a plain Jane who wore jeans, leggings (When it was uso, I wore it almost everyday. *cringe*), tank tops, oversized shirts and of course, flip-flops. If you saw me in college, you could say that I had a very “lazy” fashion sense. I would always just put together outfits which, in my opinion, looked good and thought to myself, as long as I was comfortable, “Pwede na yan!” Even when I was already in college, I wasn’t quite sure what my fashion style was. It was only when I started attending social events for work that I realized which style I was most comfortable with.

The moment I tried this dress on, I immediately fell in love. It's probably one of my most daring outfits to date but what I love about it is that it's a classy kind of sexy. Good job, Pablo Cabahug! You are a genius.

The moment I tried this dress on, I immediately fell in love. It’s probably one of my most daring outfits to date but what I love about it is that it’s a classy kind of sexy. Good job, Pablo Cabahug! You are a genius.

My stylist Adrianne Concepcion knows that I love gowns that have a classic/vintage vibe. Here I am wearing Avel Bacudio at the Mega Mystique masquerade.

My stylist Adrianne Concepcion knows that I love gowns that have a classic/vintage vibe. Here I am wearing Avel Bacudio at the Mega Mystique masquerade.

One of my favorite dresses made by one of my favorite people, my BFF Ana Vitangcol! She really gets my style. Romantic, girly and definitely princess-like.

One of my favorite dresses made by one of my favorite people, my BFF Ana Vitangcol! She really gets my style. Romantic, girly and definitely princess-like.

As a child, I was obsessed with the Disney Princesses. And just so everyone is informed: I am Sleeping Beauty. DIBS! Anyway, I was always in awe watching the princesses waltz in their gorgeous gowns. They looked so amazing; almost close to perfect, if you ask me. I always thought of them as fierce women who stood up for themselves. They pretty much served as my heroes when I was a little girl because I saw how they carried themselves with so much grace and elegance while still knowing how to have a good time. I always found the Disney Princesses so charming because their personalities were just as colorful and bright as their smiles. And as ironic as it may sound, these princesses seemed so real to me. They taught me that being a princess isn’t about having a castle, wearing the fanciest clothes or attending the most glamorous balls left and right. To be a princess, all you need is a pure and genuine heart. And remember to always be kind. Kindness will then become your “power.” I guess what I’m trying to say is, the Disney Princesses taught me that what’s on the inside is always more important than what’s on the surface. Disney showed us that princesses were generous, kind and caring ladies who knew how to carry themselves well. Their dresses, tiaras and glass slippers were just a bonus. And the reason why these princesses were always so classy and well put together was because of their quiet confidence and humble hearts. A cheerful disposition, a positive attitude and a kind soul are just some of the things that help make every person shine with radiance. But it definitely doesn’t hurt to play dress up and get dolled up to complete the whole princess look. :)

In my previous entry, I talked about my newfound love for travelling. Along with that, I realized that I have also developed a newfound love for travelling in style. With the help of my very good friend and stylist Adrianne Concepcion, I put together a number of chic outfits that I wore during my very first trip to Tokyo, Japan.

We arrived Tokyo at around 5:30pm. We went around Sunshine City right after checking in to our hotel just to scout the area. We had to stop by Family Mart, of course. Trench coat from Zara, white sheer polo from H&M, mint green sweater from Topshop, high-waist leather pants from Topshop, shoes from Tory Burch and bag from Givenchy.

We arrived Tokyo at around 5:30pm. We went around Sunshine City right after checking in to our hotel just to scout the area. We had to stop by Family Mart, of course. Trench coat from Zara, white sheer polo from H&M, mint green sweater from Topshop, high-waist leather pants from Topshop, shoes from Tory Burch and bag from Givenchy.

We walked around Tokyo for a total of 2 hours just to get to Rikugien Gardens, one of the biggest and most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan. And boy, was it worth the walk. The place was just so peaceful. I felt like I was in a painting the entire time I was there. Striped dress from Zara, dark blue coat from zara, shoes from Tory Burch, sunglasses from Topshop and bag from Balenciaga.

We walked around Tokyo for a total of 2 hours just to get to Rikugien Gardens, one of the biggest and most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan. And boy, was it worth the walk. The place was just so peaceful. I felt like I was in a painting the entire time I was there. Striped dress from Zara, dark blue coat from Zara, shoes from Tory Burch, sunglasses from Topshop and bag from Balenciaga.

I was really glad we went to Tokyo during the last week of March because the weather was absolutely perfect. It was sunny during the day but extremely cold at night. When this photo was taken, it was around 8°. So cold!!! Sweater from Topshop, scarf from H&M, jacket from Zara, jeans from Levi's, shoes from Tory Burch and bag from Balenciaga.

I was really glad we went to Tokyo during the last week of March because the weather was absolutely perfect. It was sunny during the day but extremely cold at night. When this photo was taken, it was around 8°. So cold!!! Sweater from Topshop, scarf from H&M, jacket from Zara, jeans from Levi’s, shoes from Tory Burch and bag from Balenciaga.

The first time I saw cherry blossoms or sakura, I was overwhelmed. I had to take a closer look to make sure they were real because they were unbelievably beautiful. They looked so precious. Seeing those trees made me want to travel to so many other places just to see what else is out there. If trees this beautiful existed, the world definitely holds so many more amazing sights for us to see. Blush pink dress from Zara, coat from Zara, tights from Topshop, shoes from Tory Burch and bag from Givenchy.

The first time I saw cherry blossoms or sakura, I was overwhelmed. I had to take a closer look to make sure they were real because they were unbelievably beautiful. They looked so precious. Seeing those trees made me want to travel to so many other places just to see what else is out there. If trees this beautiful existed, the world definitely holds so many more amazing sights for us to see. Blush pink dress from Zara, coat from Zara, tights from Topshop, shoes from Tory Burch and bag from Givenchy.

We were also lucky enough to experience rain in Tokyo during our short stay which was why we had to stop by a Mini-Stop just to buy transparent umbrellas. I had to get the Hello Kitty kind, of course. Polka-dotted dress from Zara, trench coat from Zara, shoes from Tory Burch and bag from Balenciaga.

We were also lucky enough to experience rain in Tokyo during our short stay which was why we had to stop by a Mini-Stop just to buy transparent umbrellas. I had to get the Hello Kitty kind, of course. Polka-dotted dress from Zara, trench coat from Zara, shoes from Tory Burch and bag from Balenciaga.

Adrianne always pushes for all-white outfits because she loves how chic and clean everyone looks in all-white. Here I am wearing an all-white ensemble underneath white sakura trees. All white, alright! Polo from H&M, coat from zara, skirt from Topshop, shoes from Tory Burch and bag from Givenchy.

Adrianne always pushes for all-white outfits because she loves how chic and clean everyone looks in all-white. Here I am wearing an all-white ensemble underneath white sakura trees. All white, alright! Polo from H&M, coat from zara, skirt from Topshop, shoes from Tory Burch and bag from Givenchy.

For our last day, I opted to wear jeans because I always want to feel comfortable when travelling by plane. I want to be able to move and run around the airport for last minute shopping! Sweater from Topshop, coat from Zara, jeans from Topshop, shoes from Tory Burch and bag from Prada.

For our last day, I opted to wear jeans because I always want to feel comfortable when travelling by plane. I want to be able to move and run around the airport for last minute shopping! Sweater from Topshop, coat from Zara, jeans from Topshop, shoes from Tory Burch and bag from Prada.

This was the first time I ever played dress up in a different country and I definitely enjoyed. I’d like to thank my stylist Adrianne for always helping me choose my outfits. I really think travelling and fashion go together so well just like bread and butter. What better way to roam the streets of a foreign land than to do it in style, right? The sights and sceneries that you will see when you travel are so picturesque, it would be a waste if you didn’t dress up. Go crazy and let your fashion imagination go wild! Just a suggestion!

Oh, and the icing on the cake? Luckily enough, this princess has found her prince. Voilà! The whole princess look is complete!

Konnichiwa!

Sayonara! :)

Hello, World!

Isn’t it so amazing when you try out something new and realize how much you actually love it? I recently discovered a newfound love for travelling. I think the first time I ever travelled by plane was back when I was 6 years old. It was a trip to a faraway location for one of papa’s movies. It was probably “Mama’s Boys” although I’m not so sure. Anyway, that trip was more of a work thing and the family just sort of tagged along since it was the perfect opportunity for all of us to relax and bond. We were never really the type of family that had annual trips abroad. The closest thing would have to be our trips to Baguio in the summer.

The world is my playground! Chos! HK always excites me!

The world is my playground! Chos! HK always excites me!

One of the things I'm really, really good at: shopping! Trivia: I actually represented my country in an Asian Super Shopper contest in Hong Kong! We came in 6th place. Go Philippines!

One of the things I’m really, really good at: shopping! Trivia: I actually represented my country in an Asian Super Shopper contest in Hong Kong! We came in 6th place. Go Philippines!

Our first international trip together! We enjoyed our quick stay in HK so much that we just can't wait to go back again! We wanna make it a yearly thing. Those pork buns at Tim Ho Wan were amazing.

Our first international trip together! We enjoyed our quick stay in HK so much that we just can’t wait to go back again! We wanna make it a yearly thing. Those pork buns at Tim Ho Wan were amazing.

On my own, I started travelling for leisure when I was already in my 20’s. But my first trip abroad was to Hong Kong when I was 15 and it was for work. It was one of my first big hosting gigs and I loved it! I was asked to cover the Disney on Ice event for a local TV show in Manila. I love being able to travel to different places for work but it was only when I met someone who loved travelling so much that I fell in love with it too.

My favorite beach, Boaracay. The Philippines is lucky to have been blessed with this magnificent island. There's just nothing quite like it <3

My favorite beach, Boaracay. The Philippines is lucky to have been blessed with this magnificent island. There’s just nothing quite like it <3

This photo was taken a few hours before my left foot got stung badly by jelly fish in Palawan.

This photo was taken a few hours before my left foot got stung badly by jelly fish in Palawan.

Baguio will always be special to me because this was where our family used to go to every summer. It was one of our papa's favorite places in the Philippines <3

Baguio will always be special to me because this was where our family used to go to every summer. It was one of our papa’s favorite places in the Philippines <3

The first time Chino and I “met” was in Boracay (the very first time we really met was when we were both still in college at Ateneo). He was there for just a while because right after that trip, he was going to Barcelona with his mom and sister. As a family, they love to travel a lot. His sister Monica is actually such an inspiration because she quit her day job to start her own travel agency now known as Bookie because her real passion in life is to explore the whole world! Awesome! It’s quite evident that a passion for exploration is shared by these siblings. They are two of the most passionate and dedicated people I have ever met in my life and because of them, I have learned to love and appreciate travelling all the more.

Just us girls! Missing ate Unna and Clara in Hong Kong!

Just us girls! Missing ate Unna and Clara in Hong Kong!

Saab and I have made all sorts of plans to travel the world together. Umm.. ANYAREH NA??

Saab and I have made all sorts of plans to travel the world together. Umm.. ANYAREH NA??

Singapore lah!

Singapore lah!

I was lucky enough to experience ice cold Hong Kong in February. I enjoyed putting on layers of clothing!

I was lucky enough to experience ice cold Hong Kong in February. I enjoyed putting on layers of clothing!

So far, I’ve already been to Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Hawaii, Davao, Boracay, Palawan, Cebu  and so many other provinces in the Philippines. I’m so excited to go to so many more places! I’m not gonna lie. Turning 27 last November gave me a slight heart attack thinking how little time I have left before I turn 30. But since I’ve started looking at things from a different perspective, I actually see this as the perfect opportunity to travel more. I’m just so excited to make the most of the last years of my 20’s. The world is such a marvellous place! All we need to do is open our eyes and see the beauty in everything that surrounds us. It’s always just about perspective, really. My glass is always half full. :)

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