Thursday, July 20, 2017

How To Be Comfy Yet Chic to a Winter Vacation in Hong Kong

I always desire to have a winter vacation in Hong Kong.  Though, I actually have experienced it last 2013 with my family, see HERE,  but such desire never ceases and is always haunting me. Whenever December arrives, the hopes reach its acme. Thankfully,  January of this year, my wishful thinking and flaming desires turned to reality, again!

Taken at the Nan Lian Garden in Diamond Hill

Why have a Vacation on Winter time? 

Despite I easily get cold feet and hands when temperature drops, I am so in love with winter time as it provides an entirely fresh sense of being assuredly away from home, which screams, you're on vacation! And, the fact that winter does not visit the Philippines makes the season more exciting.  More so, dressing-up for a winter season is such a fun and stimulating activity.  Even the thought of wearing my boots certainly thrills me.

Early morning walk at the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui

Why Hong Kong?

As Hong Kong is just a 3-hour "affordable" flight from our city in the Philippines and it experiences the four kinds of seasons, this famous tourist destination is the number one in my list of go-to places for Winter!  Though my first travel to Hong Kong on 2007 did not leave any positive impressions,  but those opinions have changed after a few years as I began to be in so much awe with Hong Kong since 2013 then.  Aside from the many reasons to love Hong Kong, one thing is for sure: I love Shopping in Hong Kong. Fashion and trends sprouts from all shopping districts and these are reflected by the people who are mostly in striking, chic and sophisticated style.

Camouflaging at a famed wall art on the stretch of the Central-Mid Level Escalators in Hong Kong

Due to my travel experiences, I have somehow mastered to pack just the right  quantity and quality of clothes since I learned the hard way that planning ahead the itinerary and the clothing to match that itinerary is the number one travel packing tip!  

Travel Tips:
12 Travel Essentials to Pack for A Winter Vacation in Hong Kong

1. Plan your daily itinerary and plan an outfit to match those itineraries.
2. Check for the temperature of your travel dates to ensure that you are ready to fight the chilly weather.
3. Pack your light weight body warmers: long sleeves and leggings, you can purchase some of these at UNIQLO, made of good materials and certainly ultra light weight.
4. Bring some of your basics: your favorite denim jeans and plain tees that you may want to layer on.
5. Take with you some skirt or dresses to inject frills for some romantic moments or unexpected soiree.
6. A pair of sneakers and boots are good to go and remember to put on socks.
7. Coats, knit sweaters and even blazers can make you cozy and warm too.
8. Hats, beanies and ear muffs does not only protect the head and ears but also add some flair and glam to your outfit.
9. Squeeze in some accessories for a more interesting travel style.  Don't forget  to tote the most important winter accessory: the scarf!
10. To avoid unnecessary wrinkles from squinting, bring sunglasses. Despite that it is a freezing season, it does not mean that Mr. Sun will not surface, he sure does!
11. If you are not so into make-up, moisturizer and lip balms are still a must to beat the wintry temperature and to avoid flakes and cracks.
12. A sturdy bag that can secure all your essentials: gadgets, toiletries,  travel documents, wallets, etc. It is recommended that the bag must be light weight in material and with a strap long enough to be carried by the shoulders. A cross body bag is a better option too.

Unwinding at a small park opposite to The Whampoa in Hung Hom, Hong Kong


Question now is: 
how to remain chic yet still comfortable with your planned outfits while out and about in Hong Kong during a winter vacation?


At a playground adjacent to the Garden of the Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui 

 Style Tips:
Top 3 Secrets to Be Comfy yet Chic to a Winter Vacation in Hong Kong

1. Wear clothing that are winter-appropriate. Of course, you are to do so since your body will ultimately complain with that temperature plunge.  This will surely provide you optimum comfort.
2. Wear your personal style through your choice of winter outfits.  I am advocating color coherence with my own style and this is highly manifested with my daily wintry outfits.  I truly believe that color coordination is always a smart decision to appear instantly chic and fashionably harmonized.
3.  Wear clothing that provides your body  sufficient room for mobility.  Ensure your outfits are free from discomforts and are in good shape and fit as these parameters will blatantly exhibit cool (comfy) and sophistication (chic) in the way you communicate your style and personality with the fashion people of Hong Kong.

Posing in front of a mirror display in one of the boutiques at the Fashion Walk in Causeway Bay

Though we have only five days to explore the islands and districts of Hong Kong, but I have several outfit changes per day depending on the change in temperature, environment grumbles and the particular destination that we planned to traverse and enjoy.  Like for example, the mask above was not part of my original outfit, but I had to put it on since the whole area that we were wandering in one of the reputable districts of Hong Kong island was polluted with cigarette smoke. However, the mask complemented with the color scheme of my ensemble, a bonus for a funky and chic style.

At the grounds outside New Town Plaza in Sha Tin, Hong Kong

The outfit that I wore on the above photo was exactly the same outfit as with the topmost (first photo on this post) picture. Since the weather that time was still between 20-22 degrees Celsius, hence the supposed chilly wind was not that chilly after all.  So, I took off the long coat, rolled the  long sleeves of my two-tone dress, worn as a top,  into a quarter-sleeve to provide more air to my arms, draped a matchy scarf on my neck and tada! I created a whole new look.


At the Peak in Hong Kong Island

The bearable frosty weather permitted me to wear my skirts and dress with a length a little above and on top of the knee without leg warmers underneath.  But I still put on some socks to reduce the chills isolated on my feet.

At Kowloon Park in Kowloon, Hong Kong

I love textures and anything that glitters as these emit vibrancy to any outfit.  Hence, I did not miss those sparkles on to my outfit and strutted them on a day stroll at the park.


Traveling during winter to your favored destination is always a fascinating and celebrated experience.  The unfamiliar weather, the cultural immersion,  the bustling and vibrant day-to-night districts, the portrayal of the fashion conscious and style adamant in the streets and the melange of calm and chaotic urban life establishes Hong Kong as one of my top 3 places to frequent for-e-ver.  And more to that, Hong Kong also grants me reasons to play dress-up for a season that comes in to my life when only sought for.


Hope to have shared some useful travel and style tips.



Travel and Live in style, everyday!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

How I Spent The First Six Months of 2017: Lucky 14 Feat

What have I been up to for the first six months of this year:


1. Concluded my "a-decade-and-one"-year  full-time day job.

It hurts to say good bye. The cut is unfathomable.  But life is about priorities and the biggest decision I  had to make was realized by sacrificing the career I held so dear with paramount dedication and pride.  But I have no regrets of leaving it all behind.

2. Transferred to a whole new world, "a dazzling place I never knew"...


3. Re-awakened my artistic soul.

 My DAISO haul of art stuff and washi tapes for my journal.

My  work of art, a water color painting which I entitled " BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER FLY TOGETHER" - with reference to the famous idiom.


4. Journalized my daily life accomplishments.

Colored pens, stickers, gifted and purchased washi tapes and my daily life stories in the decorated notebook.

5. Summoned the poet in me.

To announce to the world that I am officially missing my mother so badly and to show my endless gratitude, I composed a poem dedicated to the best mother in the world: my mom for this year's Mother's Day celebration.  And this was shared publicly in social media but my mom have read it post Mother's Day.

6. Charmed for a day and enjoyed a night to a free child-oriented show.




GHINWA is a character that lives the sweetest and wildest adventures in every play. GHINWA is a household name as it is famous among kids across the middle east.

One of the perks of winning complementary tickets is being able to sit in the front / first row and to have a closer view and shot of the artist. 

7.  Reveled in the classroom set-up to acquire new knowledge from various fields of learning.

The primary reason of enrolling in short courses was not for the gain of knowledge from seemingly new fields, BUT, to satisfy my then hunger for human interactions. 

And of course, I finally met fresh acquaintances and developed a new network with individuals I can call my mentors, classmates and friends.

8. Resurfaced my non-diligent and competitive (to oneself) persona and culminated my selected short trainings with flying colors.  See my "style tips"  HERE, on What to Wear for a Non-Toga Graduation Ceremony.

#balikeskwela (back to school) #alaysamgamagulang (offer to parents) #parasainangbayan (for the motherland)


I am proud of these Filipinos who believed that "learning is a never ending process".  I am honestly touched and moved by all of their hunger for knowledge, thirst for excellence and burning desires to become better versions of their current selves.


9. Reactivated my blogger self and revamped my existing varied platform blogs.

As a home-bound human being for the past six months, rekindling the blogger in me has been a blessing in disguise as it gave me a preoccupation and a sense of productivity.  I am entertained juggling posts and it has been more of a challenge than a stress of maintaining my blogs.  And since I have a heap of backlogs (which only me knows), hence, I still have more stories to share in the coming months.

10. Established a new blog with a downright topic of ubiquitous relevance to my status quo.

Yes, and it is the 6th. It has been published to total strangers only since I have not shared the link to this blog to the people in my circle.  As of to date there are only 3 posts and I am uncertain yet as to when is the next.

11. Improved my socialization skills via the world wide web and transformed those virtual acquaintances to tangible human interactions.


Meeting fellow Filipino bloggers and Filipino citizens during the Philippine Independence Day Celebration 2017.


12. Reached out to creative people with analogous visions and voices; "we collectively identify ourselves as blogger / vlogger."


It was an extreme pleasure to have shared the floor with Sir Zeke Tunay of BestLifeQatar and to finally meet him in person.  His talk on HOW TO START A BLOG was enlightening and motivating. He introduced his fellow Filipino bloggers (us) and their (our) respective blogs.  The blog that was shared by Sir Zeke was my I DRESS-UP AND EAT blog. I was faintly dumbfounded when he mentioned my blog and called out my name. But I stood up beside him and started to talk as it was the opportune moment to finally introduce briefly my food blog to new set of individuals who share similar interest in blogging. I sure learned a lot Sir Zeke! You can read HERE for his blog post on the event.  

Also, overjoyed to have meet, finally, my Instagram friend: Lenny of luckilylenny.com. I was also able to get to know Darlene too of Pointandshootwanderlust.com and Sir Frank, the vlogger behind Frank Dizon Films.

13. Came out of my soft shell and (14.) steadied reinventing myself!


The past six months have endowed me thousands of minutes for me-time which allowed me to re-evaluate what have I become and to establish concrete plans for a better version of my current self.  These accomplishments may appear trivial and mediocre to some, but for me, these are epoch-making!

My new journey has just began... and I am thrilled to where this adventure will lead me. 




Live life to the fullest and live in style, everyday!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Engagement Fashion Styling: Ryan & Celeste

Sharing in this post the fashion styling I have done a year ago for the engagement photo shoot of my former officemate and friend, CELESTE and her husband, RYAN.





I have prepared four fashion styling sets basing on the couple's preferences. Each set incorporated the color coherence element from my personal fashion advocacy.  Enjoy the beautiful photos and hope you can take some inspiration on these concepts for your future engagement photo shoots.  You can see the complete photos from the photographer's website HERE.


SET ONE
"all about midnight blue, a touch of white and sparkle of pearls"




SET TWO
"all about coral, salmon and some khaki"




SET THREE
"all about the white shirt love, that denim love, puppy love and with shades on"





SET FOUR
"for the amour of lavender, some florals and hints of country and vintage"





Photography: 

Mildred Zapanta-Capuyan of PAISLEY FIELDS PHOTOS 
(IG: @paisleyfieldsphotos / @dredreveries)

Fashion Styling: 

Yours truly for SIGH STYLES ( IG: @sighstyles101 )
assisted by Dani ( IG: @chartreusity )



For your fashion / wardrobe styling needs for engagement / pre-debut / pre-birthday photo shoots,  email me at sighstyles@gmail.com



Live in style, everyday!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

21 Things To-Do for 48-Hour Vacation in San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Planning a quick vacation to San Francisco? I am sharing in this post the places that we have visited for our 48-hour trip to this tourist-lover city of America.  

Here is a rundown of the 21 touristy things you can do while in San Francisco for an ephemeral trip.


1. Eat something Chinese for a very late night / wee-hour welcome meal to the city.


2. Book an entire house from AirBnB, to feel like home away from home.



3. When the weather is very cooperative, i.e. foggy-free day, the No. 1 Tourist Attraction to prioritize is the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE!







Capture endless shots, from the right side of the bridge, to the left side, from the top, and even on the pedestrian lane on the bridge.  I did that! See all my photos.




4. Get slightly dizzy at the famous crooked LOMBARD STREET.


Fast Fact on Lombard Street via the wikipedia:

Lombard Street is an east–west street in San Francisco, California that is famous for a steep, one-block section with eight hairpin turns. Wikipedia
AddressLombard St, San Francisco, CA 94133
East endThe Embarcadero
West endPresidio Boulevard
Major junctionsUS 101

Did you know: The Powell-Hyde cable car stops at the top of Lombard Street. (via about.com)


See my photo below, I successfully captured the cable car when it stopped to drop off a passenger.



We walked down the Lombard Street using the pedestrian stairs on the side and had the best chance to capture how crooked the street was.


When we reached the bottom part of the street, we were picked up and embarked on the car to experience a ride on the street.  The experience was slightly dizzying since we were laughing, having fun, snapping the moments and boisterously talking all at once.  


5. Get a peek of ALCATRAZ ISLAND, from afar.


Fast Fact on Alcatraz Island via the wikipedia:

Alcatraz Island is located in San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco, California, United States. Wikipedia
AddressSan Francisco, CA 94133
ClosedMarch 21, 1963
OpenedAugust 11, 1934
Area22 acres
Max length1,677′
Capacity312
Did you knowThere were approximately 1545 total men imprisoned there and the NPS indicated that while 1,576 number were issued, over thirty convicts were returned to Alcatraz with different numbers issued.alcatrazhistory.com


The above photo was a snapshot of Alcatraz Island from the Golden Gate Bridge and the photo below was another angle of the island taken from the Lombard Street.



6. Never miss to snap a photo at the famous welcome post of the FISHERMAN'S WHARF OF SAN FRANCISCO.




7. Have lunch at the bakery / cafe that serves the Original San Francisco Sourdough - BOUDIN and buy some souvenirs at the Fisherman's Market!  See review of this cafe from my food blog HERE.



8. Stroll the famous stretch of the EMBARCADERO.


Fast Fact on the Embarcadero via the wikipedia:

The Embarcadero is the eastern waterfront and roadway of the Port of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCalifornia, along San Francisco Bay. It was constructed on reclaimed land along a three mile long[2] engineered seawall, from which piers extend into the bay. It derives its name from the Spanish verb embarcar, meaning "to embark"; embarcadero itself means "the place to embark". The Central Embarcadero Piers Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 20, 2002.[1]



9.  Wander inside the FERRY BUILDING and search for some good finds at the market. 


What I discovered and bought from the market was a BLACKWING Pencil!






10. Eat softserve ice cream at GOTT'S ROADSIDE Restaurant take-away corner.  See my review HERE from my food blog.






11. Discover another National Historic Place in San Francisco and buy chocolates at GHIRARDELLI SQUARE.






12. Hop on and enjoy an uphill and downhill ride with the SAN FRANCISCO'S POWELL & HYDE CABLE CARS.



I did not take note how much a ride (one-way or roundtrip) would cost since we were just treated by our travel host.  This was the queue, but it was worth lining up and patiently waiting for our turn.  The photo below is the view from the back portion of the cable car terminal.



We were fortunate to be seated on the entire trip - end point was the Union Square.  I captured this lovely couple who stood beside me the whole time. 

The photo below showed how steep the streets of San Francisco are.  I was quite apprehensive during this ride since the cable cars have no doors to prevent / protect us from falling from our seats and the trip was quite "bumpy" not because of road humps but because of the vertiginous streets.



13. Frolic on UNION SQUARE and luxuriate in  a shopping spree from famous chain of department stores, like Macy's, and boutiques along that area.




Fast Fact on Union Square via the wikipedia:

Union Square is a 2.6-acre public plaza bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets in downtown San Francisco, California. Wikipedia




14.  Get lost at "the city by the bay", meander a bit and you will be surpised to discover the beautiful sakura flowers at  GOLDEN GATE PARK JAPANESE TEA GARDEN



15. Take a few minute walk from the sakura garden to another garden of flowers and bask with nature's scenery at the CONSERVATORY OF FLOWERS.





16. Stroll along the quirky and hippie HAIGHT-ASHBURY district and sip and swallow some pho noodle soup at one of Haight-Ashbury's diners.  See my review of this eatery in my food blog HERE.


Fast Fact on Haight-Ashbury via the wikipedia:

Haight-Ashbury is a district of San Francisco, California, named for the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets. It is also called The Haight and The Upper Haight. Wikipedia







17. Saturate your sense of sight with one of the most photographed location in San Francisco, the PAINTED LADIES.  One can capture these gorgeous architectures from the opposite park.





Fast Fact on the PAINTED LADIES via the wikipedia:
In American architecture, painted ladies are Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. Wikipedia
AddressSteiner St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Did you knowThe Painted Ladies are situated inside of a neighborhood known as Alamo Square. sftodo.com





18. Reminisce the memorable scenes of #otwol at the iconic PALACE OF FINE ARTS


Fast Fact on the Palace of Fine Arts via the wikipedia:

The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California, is a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there. Wikipedia
Address3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Area17 acres
Opened1915
Architectural styleBeaux-Arts architecture


f.y.i. On the Wings of Love (OTWOL) is  a 2015 Philippine romantic comedy television series directed by Antoinette Jadaone and Jojo Saguin and starring James Reid and Nadine Lustre in their first primetime television series.Wikipedia
First episode dateAugust 10, 2015
Final episode dateFebruary 26, 2016

See HERE for the episodes that featured the Palace of Fine Arts.



Did you knowThe Palace of Fine Arts was designed by Bernard Maybeck, who took his inspiration from Roman and Ancient Greek architecture in designing what was essentially a fictional ruin from another time. wikipedia.org



19. Appreciate the impressive architecture and exquisite interior design of the SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL.



Get closer to this majestic structure and you will discover seemingly romantic sightings. Love has indeed no boundaries.  




20. Do some religious and spiritual refuel at SAINTS PETER AND PAUL CATHEDRAL.





21.  Relish a hearty and sumptuous farewell dinner at a Filipino restaurant at TASTEBUDS.  See my review on Tastebuds, HERE.


The entire San Francisco city was like a huge theme park with numerous tourist attractions worth exploring.  Everything I saw was divergent from the other California cities that I have been to, like Anaheim and Los Angeles, maybe because the city was situated in a mountainous landscape, with the houses almost appearing alike and with the kind of life that is relatively laid back.



Hope to have shared something useful on your future travel to San Francisco!



You can check out more of my outfits in my U.S.A. trip from my personal style blog, HERE.


Travel and Live in style, everyday!