Converse Fall 2014 All Star Collection

Converse is classic. I've been a fan of the brand since high school and I remember wearing their canvas in white or cream (which was bawal, because we're only allowed to wear white sneakers, and telling everyone it's just dirty hahaha) for days when we're on club and PE. Even when I entered college, I continued sporting their sneakers for days when we're allowed to wear anything casual. I'm certainly a fan, that's why I still can't believe I'm blogging for the brand for almost a year now! :)

Anyway, just recently, Converse Philippines released their Fall 2014 All Star Collection. This time, they're featuring new silhouettes and elevated detailing - plus a new addition called the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber which can protect your feet from rainy days and music festival mud pits. You'll see more of that later!

 They never fail to amaze me with how they style their headquarters every time I visit! Always so fun and hip!

This season, Converse is all out for sleek monochromatic looks, distressed washes, contemporary graphic prints and leathers! See more of their new releases as you scroll! :)

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber
The new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber features a French terry lining with a rubber upper in rich monochromatic colors. Designed with a gusseted tongue and brass eyelets, the water resistant line is built to help protect you on rainy days.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Tri Zip
A brand new style for fall, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Tri Zip features zipper detailing with pops of color and materials. The collection is available in sparkle washed canvas and premium suede. Details such as leather zipper pulls and waxed laces complete the collection that's perfect for day or night.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star '70 Woven
The material featured on the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star '70 Woven has hand-crafted look and feel with details such as round leather laces and tanned leather toecaps. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star '70 Woven is available as a high-top and low-top styles.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star '70
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star '70 returns with updated prints including zebra, giraffe and cheetah animal prints. Additionally, the zebra print featured UV sensitive technology, turning the white of the shoe royal blue and laces yellow when exposed to the light.

Shopped at Converse with my family yesterday and here are my picks! So hard to choose!!!

Thank you so much Converse Philippines for the loveee!!! ❤❤❤

Brighter Days

Can't believe I almost forgot to blog about this look! I was actually looking for a file in my laptop's folders and suddenly I stumbled upon these photos. This is actually one of my favorite ensembles so it's really insane that I failed to post this OOTD right away. Phew! #LolaArnie

Anymoo, after my Smooth Sailin' post, I received questions (via Twitter and email) on how I managed to remain positive and achieved the state of "contentment". Honestly, I'm not sure if I can call myself contented with everything that I have right now because I still have a lot of dreams to chase and fulfill. Everyone's searching for ways to find happiness and that's downright normal. :) As long as you don't forget to thank God even for the tiniest accomplishment, you're on the right path.

On me: top and shorts courtesy of Plains & Prints | Manuella heels courtesy of Memorata by CLN

Just to share with you, each day I try to do little good deeds like the following:

1. Call a friend out of the blue, just to say hi and ask about his/her day.

2. Smile at people.

3. Give good hugs.

4. Sing in the shower. Or sing everywhere. :p

5. Genuinely say encouraging things to your colleagues.

6. Pray and thank God - for that safe cab ride, the beautiful sunshine, the rain, the delicious meals you had, your friends, your family, the good coffee you drank, your 10-minute nap, etc. There are million things to be grateful for, so there's no reason for you not to talk to God.

Exert conscious effort to apply these easy tips, and your days will be brighter! ❤

Notes about the outfit: Maybe now you know why this is one of my favorite ensembles! It's wise to pick matchy clothes 'cos you can wear them at the same time, or pair them with different tops and bottoms. Best of both worlds! ;) I'm so glad Plains & Prints came up with this design! ❤

It's also wise to pick shoes that you feel comfortable in. This pair of minimalist heels from Memorata by CLN are undoubtedly fashionable and you can wear them for hours without hurting your feet! ;)

Photos by Ana Gonzales

How do you make your days brighter? :) Share them with me in the comments section below! I'd love to know!

Smooth Sailin'

Lately, my ship's sailing smoothly and I know it's heading to the right direction. My life's now calm and very happy after months of going through the storm and big scary waves. As long as you have a strong faith and relationship with God, you'll get over all the hardships, even when you feel like they're never gonna end. :)

On me: cropped top courtesy of The Sweet Cloth | necklace courtesy of CNA | distressed boyfriend jeans courtesy of Hershoppe | sandals courtesy of Call It Spring 

Never noticed how "on-the-rocks" my life was? That's because I never showed it. Not that I'm hiding under a mask; I just tried my best to be happy and changed the way I see things everyday. It helps when you control your perception and appreciate even the tiniest glow you see. Keep your face always toward the sunshine. :)

It's inevitable, we'll encounter tough moments again soon. But at least now you know how to deal with them - positivity plus strong faith, prayers and relationship with God. Kakayanin mo yan! :)

Side note: These Hershoppe distressed jeans and Call It Spring sandals are my new favorites!!! I can't stop using them!!! ❤❤❤

Photos by Joed Collo

How do you deal with tough times? Share them in the comments section below! :)

Hope your ships are sailing smoothly, loveys! xx

Akira - The Art of Sushi & Teppanyaki

I'm a certified foodie and a big fan of Japanese cuisines! So I felt really excited when I got invited to an intimate dinner at Akira - The Art of Sushi and Teppanyaki located at Shangri-La's East Wing last Saturday. They set my standards high for teppanyaki because of the amazing experience they gave us that night! :)

Akira's actually a part of the SumoSam, Mr. Kurosawa and Banzai team. But what sets this restaurant apart from the others is that they're focusing on teppanyaki and how they prepare their dishes at a teppan table by different chefs. 

When you go Jap, you must not miss getting sushi rolls! We were served with Akira California Rolls, which were so big and generous, it made me feel bloated after one bite. :p

We also enjoyed sipping through our warm Miso Soup while watching the chef prepare our teppanyaki!

Their Kani Pomelo Salad was yummy, too, and it was mixed with my favorite dressing!

Chef in action! :D I like that he played with his cooking tools ala rituals and made art with our food. Nice presentation!

Adorable heart-shaped egg and fried rice!!! ❤

Gahhh look at those mouthwatering and tasty Japanese Wagyu chunks! We requested for medium rare and they're heavenly!!!

Drooling over their Tamago Sashimi

Rettsu taberu! Let's eat!!!

My tummy's full and satisfied with the mixed veggies, chicken, shrimp and primes (Japanese Wagyu A3)! I'm definitely bringing my parents and Joed at Akira soon!

Akira - The Art of Sushi & Teppanyaki is located at the 5F East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza.