Friday, December 27, 2013

Unexpected Match

 It may be surprising that when I bought this outfit, I had no idea they go together. It was at H&M in HongKong. I was done fitting and was about to leave when my Ninang bought me a blue pants but with a wrong size. The fitting room line was crazy long so I just chose another pants my size with almost the same style and had it replaced. It was back in Manila, when they were already hanging in my closet that I realized they're matching and had the same print. And I happen to like unexpected matches just like dipping fries in hot fudge or mixing silver and gold which used to be a taboo but is now a trend or how two people with the completely different personalities can become best friends - things that we're not intended for each other but surprisingly go well together. Like now for example, I'm thinking of whipping up the Ghiradelli hot chocolate downstairs even if it's really hot outside. But it's Christmas afterall! 
Top and pants - H&M || Necklace - Thailand || Bag - Michael Kors || Belt - Stradivarius || Flats - Call it Spring

Love, Paola 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Merry, Merry Christmas everyone!!! It feels like Yuletide season is coming by so fast, but I hope the true meaning of the celebration still shines through. I particularly loved the Homily last night. It was a simple personification on how the donkey and the ox played a big part in the birth of baby Jesus yet it speaks so much. Father told us that Christmas is not about being proud, it's about showing off or having much, it's not about being stylish or noisy and distracted - it's about finding serenity and celebrating Jesus' birth.  I know that it's easy to get sidetracked by our celebrations - all the food, traditions and gift giving but above all let's all celebrate the true meaning of Christmas!
Sweater - Cotton On || Skirt - H&M || Shoes - Call it Spring

Here are a few photos from our Noche Buena!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!! 

Love, Paola

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Adios, Sayonara, Au revoir!

It's official! My last term in DLSU is going to end this week! Though technically I was done with this term the moment we submitted revised thesis paper but seeing all the Facebook status of my school mates makes it more official this week. It's still not sinking in that I'm actually done with school - as in legit, adios-sayonara-goodbye-kind-of-done. During our thesis defense, I was actually putting more pressure on myself since I kept thinking that my academic life, all 15 years of it, boils down to that day. And although the total score was short of 0.04 for our thesis to be nominated which was our goal since (ughhh it stil hurts huhuhu and let's just not talk about the panel's individual scores), I'm still thankful and grateful that we did it and now, we're done with it. One of my consistent complains all through out my college life was working in a group with slackers and freeloaders (I hate those the most) but I consider myself lucky to have worked with my thesismates! :) 

What's a bunch of selfies doing here, you ask? Well, this was taken after I had my graduation photoshoot. My friends and I are a year late and we will be put in a different yearbook from our batchmates all because we were so lazy to do the requirements the year before. I love that I have friends who understand me. Anywaaay, I loved the graduation photoshoot! It was the first time I wore a black toga and though this may seem a little dramatic, I feel like it gave me the motivation to do my best for our thesis as my last tribute to my entire academic life. I am a drama queen afterall. I plan on posting my graduation photo come January since I don't wanna jinx anything although everything's official already. PICC and my diploma, see you in February 8, 2014!!!

Just like what one of our panelist said, "Now the hard part is getting a job." ;)

Love, Paola xx

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

On Letting Go

Carrie once said this quote in an episode of The Carrie Diaries: "Letting go of people or tradition is hard because you invest so much time in them that to let go can be scary but it can also be liberating or even essential to your happiness." Instantly, I thought of all the things I had to let go of. It wasn't very many and most of it are notable or crucial. But I realized that letting go is not a talent I possess - be it letting go of my old, dirty stuff toy I've had named Abbit ever since I was two years old or letting go of a friendship I know wasn't really going to work out in the end, or letting go of traditions that I love and look forward to. It's hard for me to let things go but in the end, whether I like it or not, things always change and sometimes they change for the better. Although results are not immediate and sometimes all you can do is wait - just like how Carrie said that statement in the end of season 1 and left us all waiting for season 2. 
Top - Clothes for the Goddess || Skirt - Pink Manila || Bear hat - Ebay || Bag - Michael Kors || Loafers - Topshop

Love, Paola