The Reluctant Stylista

(Photo heavy post up ahead!)

I don’t know what it is with me, but since early this year, I’ve been finding myself drawn to looks that remind me a bit of trends I’ve seen when I was a little girl.  For example, this vintage, floral pattern or calico, to others.  When I was in the Promod styling contest last April, this skirt was the first thing I picked up.  I just had to use it.  I wanted to buy it for my own, but I thought it was a little pricey for just a skirt (it’s around P1600, I think).  But it’s been months and I’m still thinking about the darned skirt.  I don’t know if they still have it, though.

Promod calico


Do you remember Beverly Hills 90210?  My liking for these floral things reminds me of the hit TV show in the 90s.  I think I watched pretty much most of the series with my older brother and sister, which amuses me a little, actually.  It just hit me that I was in very early grade school around that time and I shouldn’t have been watching it at all!  Oh well.


Beverly Hills 90210 90sBeverly Hills 90210 90s


I also read Lauren’s post about one of her recent outfits, featuring a gorgeous patchwork patterned blazer.  I love it!  I’ve always liked patchwork as a kid, which is why it probably reminds me more of 90s love.  I’ve always been contemplating on having a custom-made print dress and originally, I just wanted a cherry print sundress.  Now I think I’ll have another one made in patchwork–if I can only find a nice fabric for it.


Lauren Dado

And then lately (well, actually, not just lately, since I remember looking for these since my trip to Hong Kong of November last year), I’ve really been aching to get a pair of utilitarian boots ala Agyness Deyn (I know what you’re thinking. Me, the heels girl?  But if I were to rock flats anytime soon, it’d be this).  I just don’t know where to start looking for them.  The first thing that came to mind, although it was a bit bulkier than I would’ve liked at first, was Dr. Martens.

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Dr. Martens - Kurt Cobain

(The controversial Dr. Martens ad with the late Kurt Cobain)

They were all the rage during the era of punk, grunge and Kurt Cobain.  But they were so very expensive that kids probably had a tough time convincing their parents to buy them these bulky things.  I can’t remember if my siblings ever had them and of course I was too young to make any such demands (nor could I understand their allure then).

Well I ended up randomly rambling about it in Facebook, and a cousin of mine who’s living in Taiwan got wind of it.  Out of the goodness of her heart she bought me a belated birthday present: a pair of 50th anniversary vintage 1460 8 eyeboot oxblood Dr. Marten boots!  They’re still with her (but there’s a family reunion in Cebu next week!), so she sent me a photo instead:


Dr. Martens

Reminds me of when I was wandering in the shopping districts of Hong Kong last year, looking for what I called “Tifa Lockhart” boots.

Tifa LockhartTifa Lockhart

I can’t wait to accessorize with all these! Luckily for me, the whole 90s vibe is making a comeback–although I’m probably never picking up my denim jackets again, revival or no.



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