Today as I drove home from Sta. Rosa to Los Banos (a round of applause, please!), Jet and I also went on a trip down memory lane. Jet first started working at Brain Train as a tutor in 2003, when Randy and I were barely into our first anniversary as boyfriend and girlfriend. Aside from talking about the wild (yet wholesome) Brain Train parties we used to have at least 2x a month that we so missed…
…we also talked about pa-deep topics, such as our insecurities vis-a-vis the other Brain Train teachers.
It dawned on me that aside from the reason I stated on my Why I’m a Bad Wife blog post, there was another significant reason why I was so bent on proving my business and teaching acumen prowess: my insecurity when it comes to my credentials. I’ve mentioned several times here on my blog that the people I have worked with at Brain Train are among the best in the country. Latin honors from UP, national champions, board topnotchers—you name it, they have it under their belts! And Randy would always, always gush how impressive the credentials of the teachers he hired were. So when Randy sort of forced me to join the elite Brain Train team, I felt lower than the belly of an angleworm. I regretted not working hard to get good grades in college, but it was too late. I imagined people whispering behind me: “What is that mediocre girl doing here?!?” Stuff like that. So I made it my goal to ensure that people know why I was there. Oh how I hated thinking that people thought Randy was lucky to have me only because I was young and beautiful. Extremely and unbelievably beautiful (mwehehehe!). I am happy that I have buried that thought some years ago. I worked extremely hard at being an awesome teacher that my students wouldn’t care even if I am just a sana cum laude from UP. 😁
Anyway, let’s make things light again, shall we? Let’s talk about shallow yet exciting things, such as lovely clothes!!! But before you get excited, let me warn you: my tastes in clothes are quite peculiar. And I don’t really go with what’s uso (I’ve never even thought of buying white sneakers).
And sure, I love the clean, crisp, classic clothes that brands like Uniqlo and Calvin Klein offer.
Navy & white striped dress from Uniqlo
They’re safe and classy. But, they don’t make my heart beat fast. Neither do they make my pupils dilate!
I love clothes that, as my friend Irvin put it—“Yung mga damit mo, parang andami laging nangyayari. Parang laging may nagaganap na kaguluhan.” Hehehe! That’s true.
So if you’re like me who love drama, scream now as I share with you the treasure troves of all fantastically feminine and probably wonderfully weird dresses and blouses and skirts! Boho vibes (check the design of my blog!) and frills and laces!!!
The first ever brand that consistently wowed me was Desigual. I first encountered it when my sister-in-law brought me this lovely Desigual dress from Spain:
I still haven’t worn it because the squished layers of fat are still visible when I wear it, yet I don’t think I’ll ever have the guts to give it away. Just looking at it gives me good vibes!
Check out the other clothes from Desigual (it’s currently on sale!!!), lifted from its website:
I saw Desigual clothes sold at Rustan’s and Duty Free Philippines. There are also Desigual boutiques at Century City Mall and Shangri-La Plaza. Online, Zalora Philippines also carries the Desigual brand.
Then over the Holidays, a sponsored website kept popping on my Facebook feed.
The vibrant colours of the clothes and the photo styling/composition definitely got my attention! It deserves to be checked out! Here are more items lifted from the Seek the Uniq website that made me, “Wow!!!”
And today, a Gymboree mom introduced me to Self Portrait. I Googled it and my jaw dropped upon seeing all the lovely clothes!!!
Yet my eyes popped out of their sockets when I saw how creakingly expensive they were!!!
The emerging London-based brand Self-Portrait has impressed style aficionados with its subtle, feminine, and contemporary designs that are luxurious yet accessible. Founded by Malaysian-born designer Han Chong, the brand produces beautiful designer dresses that are ideal for social events and parties. Neiman Marcus offers an elegant assortment of Self-Portrait dresses in dazzling colours. – lifted from the Neiman Marcus website
But let me tell you a secret: there are Self Portrait dupes sold at much, much cheaper price (without sacrificing the quality!) Ta-daaaah!!!Though a bit pricey, I was assured that the quality is the same…unlike other dupes that copy only the design but scrimp on the quality of the fabric.
And yes, you’re welcome, guys. 🙂