Wardrobe Diary #72: Second Rate, Trying Hard Copycat (Feb. 9, 2016)

As I’ve mentioned on my previous post, Randy and I have been going to the chiropractor for weeks now. Bakit kamo? Remember when Raviv fell into the Lake at Nuvali and Randy swooped in to the rescue? After that, Randy’s arm and back have been aching like crazy. To the point that one time, he slept on the recliner. He hasn’t been able to bike, run, or even walk our dog. He has seen several doctors/healers: cardiologists (with an “s”; he got scared the pain might be related to his heart), orthopaedic, physical therapist, and even manghihilot (not the type who does bulung-bulong, though). Then his friend, Dr. Raffy Barrozo (who studied Homeopathy, Naturopathy and Ayurveda in India and Sri Lanka, and Oriental Medicine in Japan and Korea) recommended that Randy see a chiropractor.

After Randy’s first session, he seemed satisfied. And because he knows that I’ve been suffering from chronic upper back and neck pain of almost a decade, he suggested I go with him on his second session.

Randy got a 12-session package; I got a 6-session package. Randy goes to the chiropractor 3x/week; I go 2x/week.

We went there for my 4th session yesterday, and here’s what I wore.

  • red long-sleeved collared blouse: Old Navy Stretch
  • boyfriend jeans: Uniqlo
  • handbag: LV Mulicolore Alma
  • wedge sandals: Grendha
  • freshwater pearl long-strand necklace: Greenhills tiangge

So sa tinagal-tagal ng huli kong OOTD post, sobrang simple pa ng comeback ko. At ang taba ko pa rin. Rather, antaba ko pa lalo. LOL. Actually, I didn’t at all plan to post this OOTD. After all, I just grabbed this blouse at the last minute this morning when I realized it was my chance to wear my long sleeves because of the weather. Then when Randy saw me, he said, “Wow!”

That was a big deal to me because these days, he rarely tells me I look great (sniff, sniff). In fact, when he was taking my picture earlier and I told him not to get low angle shots because they make me look “malaki”, he told me: “Eh malaki ka naman na talaga.” (‘Wag na ‘wag kang mangalabit! Gigisingin ko si Raviv! Hehe)

Anyway, the next question in your mind is probably: “At ano naman ‘yang pearl strand drama mo?”

Well. That was inspired by a mom I saw at Poveda last Sunday. Brain Train sponsored its musical entitled “Level It Up”. Since we had a new marketing personnel, I came with them to man our booth to supervise. And I entertained myself by looking at the moms’s outfits. There were plenty of well-dressed mommies, but two outfits stood out for me.

First runner up:

Laidback yet elegant. The jumpsuit and ballet flats looked very comfy. The “ribbon”back detail added a certain flair. The short hair made it all very chic. The gold-studded belt added a hint of elegance. And of course, the well-shaped and flawless legs finished the look.


I hate that I wasn’t able to take a front view photo. None of the two photos did her any justice. This mommy was wearing a simple, nicely-tailored top; slim black pants, Tory Burch wedge sandals…and the perfect accessories! She layered her pearl strands perfectly, wore simple yet elegant hand burloloy… and I now realize: iba talaga ang dating ng classic Chanel flap bag.

And so the following day, I was inspired to wear the medyo pangmahirap version of this mom’s outfit. My answer to her Chanel was LV; Grendha to her Tory; and a freshwater pearl strand to her strands and strands of South Sea. 😉 Parang “The Look for Less” lang ng magazines.


I actually saw several women wearing avant-garde tops and flamboyant dresses. And they looked terrific. But for some reason, these two women really stood out for me. I don’t know why. Maybe because they looked so comfortably elegant in their clothes. They moved around comfortably, unlike others who obviously looked either too conscious or uncomfortable. Like there was a woman who had a very pretty face, but a bit on the heavy side. Perhaps to make her look slimmer, she wore really high wedges, mga tipong 5 inches. But it was obvious she wasn’t comfortable. You can see it by the way she walked. She looked pained. Sayang.

Another thing about the two women who stood out in my eyes is that they were both slim. There. Kelangan talagang pumayat.

Wardrobe Diary #15: Truly Lovely! (Guest Fashionista)

To make me feel even older (and better, because I KNOW I still look fab after all these years!), I am featuring Lovely Angelica Nagpala, another fashionable lass who has been my BRAIN TRAIN student twice (both in high school entrance and college entrance reviews) like Christmas Astronomo.  Both reviews seemed to have worked really well, as she got into the Philippine Science High School and UP Manila.  And take note, she did not just pass the UPCAT–she was an Oblation Scholar (Top 50 out of about 70,000 examinees) and an INTARMED Qualifier.

As if her reviewing at BRAIN TRAIN twice (plus summer enrichment workshops) was not enough, she furthered her loyalty by becoming a BRAIN TRAIN UPCAT Review teacher herself!  And because she learned from the best (ehem, ehem), she was an A-1 teacher!  Despite teaching for the first time this summer, she taught excellently.  Well, I kinda expected that from her.  With  her sheer, natural intelligence; amiable personality (nope, she’s not nerdy); and excellent work ethics, she is really a BRAIN TRAIN teacher material.  But what surprised me is her flair for fashion!  When we taught together, I always praise her choice of clothes (which she said is a real compliment coming from me)! [Read more…]

Wardrobe Diary #14: Summer-y Christmas by the Beach (Guest Fashionista)

Nope, not the actual “Christmas” as in December 25!  I’m talking about my gorgeous former student (not just once, but twice!) Christmas Astronomo!

I first met Christmas when she was just a petite, quiet sixth grader with puppy dog eyes, reviewing at BRAIN TRAIN to get into the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) and/or UP Rural High School (UPRHS), and had written her name as “Christmas Astromo”. I remember my husband telling me, “Ano kayang nangyari dito kay Tuesday (she used to go by the name Tuesday then, haha!), ang tali-talinong bata nagkamali pa ng spelling sa pangalan!”  Harhar.

I also remember being fond of how she sweet and innocent she looked…little did I know that fast forward to just a few years, I’ll be asking her about her clothes and hair.  Why?  Take a look at her now:

Ano’ng say ni Julia Montes kay Christmas?

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MomsterTeacher’s Prom Belles 2012 Part 3

Continued from MomsterTeacher’s Prom Belles 2012 Part 2!

Pardon my long blogging hiatus!  It’s just that, with everything that happened in Los Banos, it just felt wrong for me to dabble in my usual shallowness.  I am glad to say that my posts about Rochel “Cesil” Geronda reached so many people who did/are doing/are going to do something.   Aside from that, notice to that I have transferred to my new home!  I am currently communicating with an awesome blog designer–after about two weeks, the customized design of this blog is going to be awesome!

Anyway, weeks have passed and I guess I could return to being, well, the usual MomsterTeacher…this time, here’s the anticipated Part 3 of our Prom Belles (my first post here on my new home!!!)

Let’s begin with Bea Abello:

Bea Abello

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MomsterTeacher’s Prom Belles 2012 Part 2!

And here’s the anticipated second installment of the prom belles:

First, we have Paula Villaranda:

Paula Villaranda

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MomsterTeacher’s Prom Belles 2012 Part 1!

Whenever I check my Facebook these days, I always see my former student-friends posting their prom pictures.  Honestly, I feel envious!  I feel happy stalking their prom pictures…takes me back in time.  Gusto ko uli mag-prom!   I want an excuse to wear a beautiful prom dress!  By the way, I have a story about my prom dress.  You see, in my sophomore year, I was a bride’s maid in the wedding of a family friend.  The gown was really gorgeous.  So in my junior year, when I was looking for a prom dress, my relatives suggested that I use my bride’s maid gown.  Of course I did not want to, because I wanted a new gown.   I saw a stunning dress on my classmate’s  YM Prom Edition magazine, and I wanted it copied.  I went to a dressmaker and instructed her to copy it.  When it was done, it looked horrendous!  As in.  And when the dressmaker saw my disappointed face, she even had the gall to be annoyed, telling me that if I wanted to really have the dress copied I should have had a bigger budget.  If I were bitchy back then, I would have told her that it was not the budget but rather her lack of talent and her cheap taste.  Hello, she named the price kaya!  She should have told me that copying the dress would cost a lot.  Even my Mom, who’s far from being clothes conscious, did not want me to wear the dress because it was really..unworthy of me (hehe).  But since we were running out of time, she borrowed dresses of her friends, designer and couture pa at that.  Come prom night, I had plenty of dresses.  But in the end, I chose to wear the one I used as a bride’s maid.  And know what,  I ended up being awarded as the Best Dressed Lady that night.  I kinda expected it, because I was often approached by the faculty of my school complimenting my gown.  Then after four months, on the Acquaintance Party in my senior year, I got the Lady of the Night award.  Kwento lang 🙂  Made me feel ecstatic both times.  And so I decided, in my own little way, acknowledge those who seriously looked for THE prom dress they wore on their proms.

Last night, I posted this on my Facebook:

Junior and senior ladies and gentlemen, please tag me in your prom photos. I’m looking for the best dressed prom girl for my blog.  Please please!

And then I was tagged in some pictures–some on their own pictures, some by their friends/relatives.  Some sent me private messages and links to their own proms dresses.  Here they are:

Yen Chua at Hotel Rembrandt

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Wardrobe Diary #7: Verannie Alcantara at Tagaytay Highlands (Guest Fashionista)

When I saw this photo of Verannie on Facebook, I knew it has to be featured here!

Who is Verannie, btw?  She was my student twice:  first for the high school entrance review when she was a pretty, smart little sixth grader girl, and then last summer for UPCAT/College Entrance Tests Review when she blossomed into a gorgeous, fashion savvy, still smart and still little (hehe, joke!) incoming high school senior.

When I told her I wanted to put her here, she messaged me this:

Hi Ma’am Dewmaine! Wooooow! Thank you po  It’s really overwhelming to be a guest in your blog. I really adore your blog po. Anyway, this was taken in Tagaytay Highlands po pero I forgot the date na. Nakakahiya naman po but these clothes are not that ‘branded branded’ pero okay lang po. I’m really not that brand conscious naman po.

Hija, OK lang ‘yun, nasa nagdadala yan!

Without further ado, let me present to you Verannie:

Photo courtesy of Shy Alcantara, Verannie’s not-so-older sister (who was my dormmate in college)

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