Candy Colors and Carrie Diaries

Carrie Diaries —  the story of Ms. Carrie Bradshaw way before Sex and the City and is currently one of my ultimate guilty pleasures. Yes, very guilty as charged.

Growing up in the traditional, conservative Philippines, I’ve always steered away from the Sex and the City series on HBO mainly because of 2 reasons: #1: It had the word “sex” in it and my parents would die if they found out I was watching it and #2: The ideas depicted in the series were very bold and liberating—very un-filipino like. Now that I’m clearly beyond the “age of innocence” to be able to watch endless episodes of Sex and the City readily available in season DVDs, Blu Ray (or even Netfilx?) I find myself intrigued with younger Carrie’s life, or should I say closet…every episode, new eye candy outfits. And can I just say, I specifically enjoy the 80’s soundtrack, the 80’s fashion… 80’s everything!!! #certified80sbaby

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Colorful and Fun? Absolutely!

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…and very 80’s playful, I absolutely adore it.

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…not to mention Austin Butler ( who plays Sebastian Kydd) is extremely hot and they make such a cute couple on screen.

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So here’s Anna Sophia Robb’s (who plays Carrie Bradshaw) outfit that was somewhat the inspiration of today’s outfit.

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I only wish my I could pull off something as fun as this. This outfit might be “too loud” for Missouri City, Texas and might not be very age appropriate for someone in their late 20s. (Ouch, haha)

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(BEANIE: Forever 21/ COAT: Body Central/ TOP: American Eagle; knitted longsleeves/ SKIRT: thrifted/ LEGGINGS: Wet Seal/ SCARF: from Muyi; floral , infinity/ SHOES: peeptoes/ PURSE: Forever 21)

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~Rhea

Set for the Summer Sale

(TURBAN: Forever 21/ BODYSUIT: Image/ SHORTS: Aeropostale/ BELT: from the streets of Bangkok, Thailand/ WEDGES: Natural Breeze/ PURSE: thrifted from Goodwill/ NECKLACE: Burlington Coat Factory; from Nicole & Angelie/ BRACELET: Zoobic Souvenir; from Marco/ RING: Forever 21)

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Back View

Spotted: my go-to thrifted purse. Overused I tell you!

The necklace was a Christmas present from my baby sisters a few years back. I was raving about it while Christmas shopping and they purchased it as soon as I turned my back—yep, that’s Christmas shopping the Ramas way. Haha.

As I mentioned a few posts back, I have “leg insecurities” so I don’t normally opt for shorts these short but they were on sale for $10 (originally $26 if I’m not mistaken) at Aeropostale-San Marcos Outlet Store and it’s perfect for Houston’s extremely hot weather. Belt knotted the “Mae Ona” way, did I do it right? Haha.

Tribal Wedges Inspired by Aldo’s version a few seasons back

Here’s a Recap of Plato’s Closet Semi-Annual Grab Bag Event:

To those who are not familiar with Plato’s Closet, it’s like a thrift store for gently used clothing and they do buy and sell trendy clothes for teens and up, they also offer accessories, purses and even pairs of shoes (uuuhhh—yeah). This store is obviously not for people who are particular about second-hand clothing, although in some instances they do have branded items that have never been used (probably items that were purchased but never worn or items that could not be returned coz it’s past the 90 day return period or missing the receipt). Just like any store, not all the time you’re going to end up liking their items but it’s definitely one of my go-to stores for last minute outfits (ex: weddings or themed bridal showers). Personally, Plato’s Closet fashion is more of “trendy” than anything else, they sell what’s in for that season or what the mannequins are wearing at the malls from commercial brands like Forever 21, Wet Seal, American Eagle, Aeropostale, GAP, Rue 21, Sasha, Charlotte Russe, etc…unlike my other go-to thrift store, Buffalo Exchange, which offers more vintage and edgy pieces (items may slightly be more expensive) with a touch of bohemian and they offer items from an array of independent fashion brands.

Anyway, back to the sale—Plato’s Closet holds a Grab Bag Super Sale twice a year, one on January for fall/winter items and one on June for spring/summer items. Coming from a big family like mine, with 6 girls (that’s including my mom), these kind of sales are the ones we take advantage of and not to boast either but it’s on these events that I can show off my folding skills. I seriously have a knack of folding, packing and packaging items, an OCD trait that I probably got from the Climaco side <thank God for Uyang’s (RIP) training>.

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Thank God for Iphones that kept my sisters busy during “the wait”

Plato’s Closet opens 10 am and I told my sisters it would be best to be there by 9 am at least, but it took me forever to wake all of them up and we ended up getting there at 9:15am. Boy, the line was already very loooooonnnngggg. Now, the strategy here is to make it to the cut of the first batch that they let in. You see, they can only allow a few people in depending on the maximum capacity of the store and once that max has been met they make you wait outside until someone is done shopping and leaves the store. We certainly did not make it to the first batch by 10-15 people and we had to wait awhile. Oh yeah, perks of the first batch—you get first access to the good stuff, the rest gets the left overs.

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Done folding! Smiling with 7 bags of neatly folded items.

Since it was Nicole and Angelie’s first time to do it, I had them go in the store first. It was fascinating to watch them rummage through a bunch of clothes, picking stuff that they would actually wear out. I’m still getting over the fact they they’re all grown up and Mom and I don’t have to pick their clothes for them anymore. Just grabbed a few items since I really didn’t need any more clothes; I sat in a corner and I waited for them to bring me their finds so I could start folding and packing. I probably squeezed in 15-20 items in one small bag, without even trying, and neatly too if I may add.

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There was another wait at the cashier but it’s a good thing they had a different line for cash-paying customers. Lesson learned: next time bring cash just in case.

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Paying for our 7 bags worth of clothes. Thanks pop for treating us out, on your birthday too! Happy Birthday papa!!!

From $625.69 down to $75.77–now, that’s what I call a SALE.

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Photo with my little sisters: Angelie and Nicole, no longer Grab-Bag-Sale newbies.20130707-231854.jpg

Plato’s Closet held a contest for a $100 gift card, all you had to was submit a picture of your receipt and your savings and post it on their Facebook page. Did someone win already? I think I missed the announcement.Anyway here’s what posted in hopes of winning the $100 gift card.

Can’t wait for the Grab Bag event in January, another girl-bonding activity with my sisters and hopefully my mom (if she’s not working). See you there!

~Rhea

Post Birthday Festivities: Rock the Color Block

Maybe I am a bit fond of themed parties…okay, maybe a ‘bit fond’ is an understatement. I ENJOY THEME PARTIES and I can’t believe I just noticed it now. Talk about denial (haha). I don’t know , I think that it’s just more fun that way plus it tickles your creativity right? I’m blessed to have crazy friends who are down for anything. This last minute dinner plan was very very very last minute but I pushed my luck and just told everyone to show up in color block which everyone did. Awww… aren’t you guys the sweetest. I’m enjoying every single moment of this. Although I hate to admit it, the motive was kind of selfish coz I just purchased a few items from urbanog and I’ve been dying to wear them so I had everyone color block too. Surprisingly no one said no, it’s either they were looking for reasons to shop and I just gave them one or they were just nice enough to tolerate my birthday request (haha), either ways when they showed up at Sambuca that night they were rockin the color block.

Btw, I apologize in advance for the bad quality of the pictures. We were in a hurry.

(BODYSUIT: Urbanog, $15.30 / SKIRT: Ross, $7.99/ CLUTCH: SM Department Store/ EARRINGS: Cebu, Philippines/ SHOES: Urbanog/ RING: Sasha/ CUFF: Icing)

I’ve had this clutch for 8 years now, still good as new.

My First Ever Heel Less Shoes (To the heel less shoes haters, don’t hate coz I just bought them to satisfy my curiousity, haha).  I won’t lie though, I had fun wearing them and they were very comfortable.

The front view of my bodysuit.

The back view of my bodysuit.

Girl Talk

Blowing my Birthday Dessert. Happy Birthday to Me!

So Red Door was obviosuly packed….

Me and Muyi. I want the skirt mane, hubad! haha. Glad you showed up.

Quite fashionable are we boys? Red pants and all.

Vynna Hawk Nguyen..haha, I’m kidding mane. I love you hot stuff!

Roxi and her YSL purse. I want it!!!!

***Shout out to Hessa for planning the night and making the reservations. I love you mane! Face the camera, gorgeous.

~Rhea