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How To Dress Like A Parisian

by macy
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Posted in Shopping Diaries |

When I was in grade school, missionaries from our sister school in Paris were teaching basic French after school. I begged my mom to let me attend the classes. I don’t remember how long they ran for, but I do remember learning how to sing Happy Birthday (Bon Anniversaire!) and Brother John (Frere Jacques, frere jacques, dormez-vous?). In college, I took a few units of French as my foreign language. I’m not fluent at all, haha, but I am still drawn to anything French.

I first heard of Ines de la Fressange when I saw people posting about her book Parisian Chic. Her daughter modeled some of the looks in the book (she’s totally chic!) that talked about French style. I eventually searched for more features on her and loved her philosophy on beauty and style.

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I think what draws me to Parisian style is their simplicity.  You own a few basic pieces: a black dress, an oxford shirt, chinos, a Breton top, a midi skirt, ballet flats, basic pumps, canvas sneakers. And you just mix and match them to fit the occasion! Throwing on a dress with a flattering silhouette—tailored so you don’t look sloppy, cinched at the waist to show your femininity, mid-length so you don’t reveal too much—makes dressing up so effortless. One day, my closet will reflect just that. And lucky us, we get to stock up on these pieces from the Ines de la Fressange x Uniqlo collaboration to get started. You can check the collection out at the stores (the branch at the Mega Fashion Hall has the complete collection!) now.

Check out their website to find a branch near you.

Confessions Of An Obsessed Divergent Fangirl

by macy
Monday, March 24th, 2014
Posted in Spotlight |

Okay, if we’re being specific here, a Four fangirl more than anything, really.  <4 I’ve seen the movie twice over the weekend and I cannot stop talking about it. Luckily, my friends are equally obsessed so no strange looks are being thrown my way… so far.

TBQH, I only read the three books over the holiday break. I only meant to finish the first one before the first movie got released, but somehow ended up finishing all three (and getting thoroughly disappointed at the end of it all). And up until last week, I had forgotten about it.

BUT oh wow, now? I absolutely loved the movie—so much that I can forget about how it all ends. Haha! For now, anyway. Dare I say it was better than the book? Dyan can explain it so much better. But after the movie ends, what does a fangirl do? Troll the Internet for random interview clips, movie reviews, and just anything remotely related to the movie, of course.

Are Shailene Woodley and Theo James as awesome in real life as they are in the movie? As evidenced by their Dauntless entrance for their Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance, I would say yes.

MTV found a way to explain how the factions work, including a Harry Potter counterpart for each. Candor = Sorting Hat, FTW. :)) And after, why not figure out which faction you truly belong in? (I got Candor in this quiz and Dauntless in another. So does that mean I’m Divergent, too? Ha!)

There is a hilarious article about how some fans think Shailene’s non-blondness is an assurance that she’ll suck in the movie (she didn’t!).

And then, there are those videos of Shai and Theo arriving at the red carpet looking sooo good together. (Can these two just date already? Have you seen their interviews—they finish each other’s sentences!)

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I could go on, and on, but I’d be stuck here all night. When I log off though, I’ll be busy re-reading the book. Because okay, even if I did think the movie was so much more awesome, it wouldn’t have been made without the book, right?

What about you? Have you seen Divergent? What did you think of it? Are you going to see it again? What were your favorite parts? Let’s talk about it!

Love,
Macy

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Happy List

by macy
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Posted in Spotlight, What's Up |

After Pharrell William’s performance at the Oscars, I’ve been listening to “Happy” a lot. I love how it made Academy Award winners and nominees stand up and dance! There’s really something about it that makes you move around with glee. Know that at this very moment, I am doing a very subtle head bop to the beat so as not to weird out anyone passing by my desk. Heh.

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Then it had me thinking about things that make me happy aside from a song with a good beat.

  • Good old fashioned chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven. If I don’t have time to bake, one of my favorites is Starbucks’ Dark Chocolate and Macadamia Cookie. Ask them to warm it for you!
  • A photo or video of my niece. I have a folder in my iPod just filled with photos of her. Her face is really one of the most beautiful and precious ones and can certainly turn any bad day around.
  • A perfectly flicked wing on a cat eye. Haha! Call me shallow, but there’s something about perfectly lined eyes (see: symmetrical) that makes me feel like it’s going to be a good day.
  • Going home to your favorite ulam! Nothing like ending a long, tiring day with a warm meal before kicking off your shoes and calling it a day!
  • A bright colored at-home manicure that lasts more than a week. Haha!

What about you? What makes you instantly happy? (:

Love,
Macy

Troian Bellisario and The Head and The Heart

by macy
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Posted in Get Inspired, Spotlight |

I came across The Head and The Heart 2 Christmases ago when I heard their version of “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” And just this week, Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario has been teasing snippets of their new video (starring her) for “Another Story” on her Instagram. The song was written around the time of the Newtown shootings in Connecticut. Watch the beautifully shot music video for a song that’s equal parts lovely and sad.

What did you think of it?

Love,
Macy

Dream Odd Job: GIF Maker

by macy
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Posted in Candy, Get Inspired, Spotlight, What's Up |

Call me crazy, but I’ve always wanted to learn how to make legit GIFs just like the masters in Tumblr. So this silly little urge to learn resurfaced when our new editorial assistant Ayessa posted a story using GIFs she made (yeeees, she made those cute Julia Barretto GIFs).

So I trolled the Internet (Tumblr, natch) for tutorials on how the heck you make these things. This was the post that seemed straightforward enough. The only problem is I’m on Photoshop CS3, so not everything in the tutorial made sense for me. I figured out eventually that I had to import videos in MPEG format to make it work.

My practice video was the TFIOS trailer, of course.

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Whatcha think? A marked improvement from the Daniel Padilla ones I attempted a few months back. Haha!

And then I set out to make some from our cover shoot with Kathryn Bernardo.

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Played around with the coloring and the speed of the animation too. Here’s hoping I get better at this! Haha!

What about you? Are there any odd jobs you dream of snagging?

Love,
Macy

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