Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Simple Pleasures

There are so many things around us that we fail to notice because of our busy lifestyle.  We are too focused on our daily tasks and errands that we missed to appreciate those what we think are trivial.  I have learned though that it is the simple pleasures that are more enjoyable.  When I discovered that mixed jackfruit and coconut bubble tea was so good, I was ecstatic and hubby thought I was silly.   It is very important to pause and appreciate God's goodness on little things.  That's why, most weekends me and Dennis love to drive around, have some frap or bubble tea,  sometimes we park somewhere, talk, laugh and just appreciate things.  I find this more enjoyable than shopping and it's way cheaper, right?  Bonus part,  now it's not hard to find where to take outdoor outfit photos because we've already known some unique places from these weekend drives.  Though I appreciate the "likes" and sweet messages I get from social media,  I find that the backstory of our photos are more enjoyable.

Last Sunday, I was telling Dennis I want to go to a pond to take photos, while driving he saw this artwork.  It's on a far end of a school, for sure people just ignore this piece of art.  Well,  we love art.  We don't know the basics of painting, we just love to hang around on art galleries (specially during festivals when fees are waived) appreciate those great works and make our own weird interpretations on abstract arts.

So, back to the artwork,  when he said he wants to take pictures there I was hesitant because my outfit blended well on the painting colors, I might be lost somewhere in the picture.  But anyway, I guess it turned out well, you just need to find me because it seems I became part of the painting.  :)

These are old pieces,  I just shopped in my closet then mix and match!

We still went to a pond nearby and again my turquoise blazer matches the water and the sky. 

Finally, from the message last Sunday, I have this song in my head  :  Glorious Day (linked).  
When my heart is overwhelmed  I just think that one day at the sound of the trumpet  we will see Jesus!  What a Glorious day that will be!

Friday, 24 April 2015


According to Wikipedia this word was just  recently added to the dictionary. It is a term that describes an outfit that is too color or pattern coordinated.  According to some designers matching too much is not a good thing, my take on it, as long as you are comfortable with what you are wearing, it's modest and you think it works then go for it!  What I am about to write is just my personal taste. Everyone has its own style and preference, others don't even care about fashion at all.  I am no fashion guru I just love putting outfits together, reading style books/magazines and  browsing pinterest.  I don't always get it right but I am trying.

Personally, I am not a fan of matching purse and shoes, I think it's boring and dated.  Well, I want to break my own rule and tried matching, red purse and flats! I think it works if there is one complementary(contrast) colour in the outfit, on this one it's mint green.  If my top was also red that would be another story.  What I really love in an outfit is "pop of color"  (been doing this even before it becomes a trend) and color blocking (I am now braver to be able to do this).  Of course the classic black outfits, specially with pop of color, is still on my list.   

This was last week, it was windy and sunny, perfect weather!
Is it nice to just chill and relax to that bench on a pretty afternoon like this?

Thanks for stopping by! :)

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Visiting Alberta

Highlight of 2014 was my parents' six-month visit here in Canada.  We had the chance to show them the beauty of this country.  Alberta is one of my favorite places so we can't skip that. Just can't get enough of Banff and Jasper Rockies, last summer was my second time in Banff and I am still in awe.  As expected, my parents were also in love with the place.

Alberta trip

Lake Minnewanka, Banff


Lake Louise
one of my favorite places on earth :)

Lake Bow
so picturesque (love!)

On our way to Jasper, I think that's a moose (just beautiful!)

Glacier at Jasper

Mom and Dad at Jasper Skywalk
(This is a newer interest in Jasper, you will be walking on a glass and below you is a cliff!) -linked-

It was super fun!!!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Floral Craze

The previous week was crazy, I had to finished couple of cases for CGA. Sorry if I don't have a decent entry this week.  Blogging is my happy distraction, reading accounting cases every single day is so stressful.  I love weekends because at least I have couple of hours for myself and hubby.  

It was raining all day today, so no chance to do some outdoor photos.

I love the floral dress I wore, it's spring(y) and really pretty.  The fabric is very comfortable and nice.  I got this from Alexa, my sister in law.  If you are in the Philippines visit our facebook online store, Renda and Alexa's Collection, current available clothing items are from Alexa's supplier. They got really beautiful dresses. 

Mirror selfie for a closer look.

The recessed lights in our house are not really helping us to get a nice photo (re: shadow).  I am not good in figuring out the manual settings in our camera. 

Verse of the week:  Parable of the compassionate Father (Prodigal Son), Luke 15:11-32
Song of the week: The Greatness of our God

Have a great week ahead! :)

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Skirt girl

Do I mind wearing skirts all the time? If you ask me now, I don't mind at all, but when I was still in school, being young (and let's be honest, we all want to fit in) there were times that I was affected negatively with those weird stares and persistent questions why I never wear pants.  I am not frumpy back then but not stylish either.  So, every time I am tempted to go buy some pants I just remember what the bible says about being disobedient and reminded myself that I am just simply obeying what is written in His Word. 
Ephesians 5:6  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 
Deuteronomy 22:5:  A woman shall not wear man's clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman's clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God.

It maybe hard but if you surround yourself with the right people it gets easier. I have great supportive friends from my high school and college years.  We respect and we are considerate with each other's  beliefs. In our walk with God, it is really important to be in the right circle.

Some may think that skirts are too old-fashioned, I have to disagree!  I believe that we can be stylish (in skirts) without sacrificing modesty. Let me borrow this line: "Being modest doesn't have to be frumpy".  It's a good idea to know our church specific "dress code" and work around it.  Skirts are fun and there are so many style possibilities and believe me when you get used to it, it is comfortable.  Please don't get me wrong, there's no need to be overly vain, I am just trying to point out that not able to wear pants is a shallow reason to drift away from  our Faith.  Let's embrace what we believe and be proud to be a Skirt Girl!  I am a happy Skirt Girl!!!  :) :) :)              

This is what I wore last Sunday, skirt and purse are the only current ones.  The rest are older,  I just love to mix and match to stretch my closet.

Top is older from SmartSet, A-line Skirt from the clearance section of Rickis, Blazer is one of the oldest things in my closet, this is one of those pieces that I am willing to pay a little bit more because I want it to lasts, I believe I own this for five years already! Floral Shoes is older from Stitches' clearance, got it for $10, not the most comfortable pair of shoes I have but not too bad, let's say I last praise singing in these and was jumping during altar 'high-powered' songs last Sunday.  Purse from Call it Spring , got it for $20.99 during Easter weekend sale (linked).

Color blocking is just so fun!

I got so much traffic here in my blog since I shared it publicly last Friday.  Thank you for you kind words via google, facebook and instagram, I really appreciate it.  You can leave comments here and say hi! :)
I turned off the google+ comment widget so everyone can leave a message even without a google account, unfortunately all comments from my previous post are gone.  Sorry :(  Just so you know, I didn't delete your comments. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Easter Sunday 2015

We know that Easter is not all about eggs, bunnies, chocolates and pretty clothes.  It is the best time to celebrate God's love for us.  Jesus died for us and overcame the grave,  He is alive!
"1 Peter 2:24(NIV) He himself bore our sins, in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”

We had a great three-day Revival services with Evangelist Tim Greene.  I won't forget Friday's message, it was about Faith!  Sometimes we don't walk on waters and tend to put a timeline on everything. The message was a great reminder that God works in His own perfect time we just need to believe.  The song we sang for altar is still in my head (as of writing), you may want to listen "Ocean" from Hillsong.  I was scheduled to lead worship for Friday but also sang Saturday and Sunday to cover for someone.  It was all good, anything for God!

To this outfit, It's Easter, it's spring, so it's time to be colorful.  It's just funny how I love colors now,  at some point, my outfits are mostly black.  That time, when you open my closet all you see are black and white.  How boring! I still love black but been adding colors to my outfits specially for spring and summer.

Shades is old I can't even remember where it's from, Top and Skirt from Urban Planet and are under $15 each (cheap!) Blazer from the clearance section of Forever21, Watch from Suzy Shier,  Purse from Guess and Shoes from Aldo.
Sorry I can't linked them because the only current ones in this outfit are the coral top and floral skirt and I can't find them on the Urban Planet website.  I bought them in store.  I love this top it hides my tummy (haha I know I need to exercise).
If you know me, I am budget conscious, I will look at the clearance section first, will use coupons and will find promo codes.  I rarely pay full price. :)  I may splurge on purses/bags and shoes but never on clothes.

When wearing a top like this, be careful when its windy.  I have an inner cami so we're safe here hah!

Credit to hubs for taking these pictures.