Monday, 30 December 2013

Guest Post: Anna of October Rebel

Hello! This is Anna, of October Rebel. A big thanks to Bivi for inviting me to post on her blog. I hope your holidays have been splendid so far.

I thought I'd share a little about wardrobe-maximization, and the two best investments I made in dresses. It's easy to fall in love with an interesting dress with all sorts of unique details, but many times you can achieve a similar effect with a simple dress and layers, and this allows you variety - i.e. more ways to wear it. (I've learned this the hard way)! I've gotten the most use out of this navy and this black dress, both from San Francisco-based brand, Curator

They are sleeveless, so I can wear all sorts of blouses and shirts underneath, and a scoop neck shows off different types of collars. Of course, these dresses also look great without layers. I'm on a small budget, and these were a little costly for me, but ultimately good investments, considering how much I wear them. The navy dress, especially, is the one I reach for when I don't know what else to wear. The simplicity of the design and color make them easy to dress up or down. I've worn them to concerts, to the beach, to go grocery shopping and on date nights. It all depends on what I wear with them. 

Although some of my things are a little detailed or fussy and difficult to remix, I try to balance them out with simple colors and designs so I can get more wear out of my clothes. There's nothing wrong with fancy, but nothing beats a little black or navy dress to stretch your wardrobe.


Saturday, 28 December 2013

Guest Post: Kathy of My Peach Days

Hi guys! I’m Kathy from the Philippines and I blog over at My Peach Days. I’m so thrilled to be guest posting here at Bivi’s blog. Let me tell you something about myself. I’m a freelance SEO specialist and content creator by day and a kpop professional fangirl by night (CNBLUE fans here? Anyone?). My style is mostly preppy vintage but my wardrobe is also saturated with lots of 50s, 60s and 90s-inspired stuff. I might sound really friendly online but I’m usually cripplingly shy in real life. So just in case you bump into me outside the World Wide Web and I duck into a corner after you introduce yourself, that’s just me being socially inept. >.<

Anyhoo. I offered a travel guest post to Bivi. I wanted to show you guys a place I frequent for weekend trips. As you probably know, the Philippines is a tropical country. That means no winter for us. We get our version of a cold season, which is around this time until March, but it usually doesn’t warrant the wearing of thick garments.

Enter Baguio City!

Baguio is an hour and a half away from my hometown. You’ll have to take (and brave!) the perilous road up the mountains where this quaint but sprawling city is ensconced. Because of the altitude, the temperature is much colder compared here in the lowlands.

Baguio is also a refuge to many Korean students studying the English language so there’s a cornucopia of Korean restaurants here. We love Kfood too so it’s a chance for us to indulge in one too many wraps of samgyeopsal and forkfuls of jajangmyeon.

This whole road is closed and turned into a biking area. I know how to bike but there are so many kids here. Kids! I chicken out whenever there are kids in biking areas or bump car rides. They’re terrifying!

Bag: | Shoes: Fashion 71 | Jeans: local store | Everything else: thrifted

I rarely wear jeans when I gussy up. I usually reserve it for running errands but occasionally, I get the urge to cover up and look more modern than usual.

Mochis! There were new flavors available so we just had to sample them. Too bad the arrival of their new red velvet mochis was still later that day. We weren’t able to sample it.

I hope you are up for more food photos. My friend, Karen, treated us to some Japanese food.

These ladies are in the traditional Igorot costume. Igorots are the natives of Mountain Province. They are the ones who are keeping up with the traditions and seeing through the preservation of one of the 8 wonders of the world, the Banaue Rice Terraces. Tourists can also try and wear their traditional garb but we were in a hurry that day so we didn’t get to try it. Maybe next time!

One of the things you can try when visiting Baguio is going horseback riding. I tried riding a carriage in Vigan but riding it saddle style is going to take a bit more convicing. Haha! But it’s definitely going to happen soon.

I hope you guys enjoyed my guest post and a glimpse into my world. Thanks Bivi for having me here!

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Guest Post: Zahra of Pomegranate and Cranberry Juice

Hi everyone! I'm Zahra from Pomegranate and Cranberry Juice. I'm so happy to be featured in Bivi's blog. I don't regularly post on my blog anymore. So when Bivi asked me to be her guest blogger, I said yes so that I have a reason to take photos and write like I used to always do. I'm a pharmacy student in Halle. Yep, it's the city where Bivi lived 1 1/2 years ago. I was a bit disappointed with Halle at first, but now I'm in love! Because it seems like every part of the city has its story. Thanks to Bivi, who told me to try new things and explore! Next time, if I get another chance to be a guest blogger again, I'll show you some parts of Halle that Bivi hasn't shown yet. Hehe.

Although it's December already, it feels like October for me. I can actually only wear t-shirt and coat. But I love layering, So I decided to put a chunky cardigan over my short sleeve skater skirt. And of course, you can't forget your big tartan scarf in December. Instead of red tartan, I chose this green one to add more color into my wardrobe (I already have the red one for spring/autumn *sigh*).

Pimkie Tartan scarf. Forever21 jersey skater dress. Primark chunky cardigan. Bershka black coat. 

H&M black tights. Dr. Martens floral lace up shoes. Asos hobo bag

If you feel that I'm wearing all black (on the outside), yeah you're right. Cause I planned to wear my combat boots that I've been wearing for this past 3 months non-stop. But with black tights, black bag, and black coat, it wasn't such a good idea. Basically there's only two kinds of shoes I wear to college: said combat boots and these floral lace up shoes. Since I feel so monochromatic, I decided to wear my floral lace up shoes.

Whew, I guess I've written a lot here. I feel like I want to start posting on my blog again right now! Anyway, I wish all of you have a very fun holiday time!


Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Have a merry Christmas, everyone! I don't celebrate Christmas so this is just another day for me. Firu and I are probably just going to hit the town or roam other places while people are busy unwrapping gifts from under the tree in their living rooms. As I've mentioned before, I will be off the blog until next year. Don't worry, there are already some pretty awesome posts lined up from some of my favourite bloggers - and my sister. Enjoy the holiday and have a happy new year!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Ghosts of Winter Past 2013

I can't believe it's already that time of year again: the inevitable arrival of winter. Though I wished really hard, the snow actually came faster than it did last year. It's somewhere between a relief and bad luck. Today marks the beginning of my christmas and new year holiday. Winter is my least favourite season but the amount of holidays definitely make up for it. It's usually the time I go travelling abroad, though I don't think I'll be going abroad this year at all. This is the first outfit-roundup consisting of two years on the blog. Yaay! I love the pictures because most of them are so clear thanks to my recently obtained Canon EOS 600D. Oh yeah, plans for this season: assignment-ing like crazy (I've got, like, 3 papers to write this semester), seeing some friends I haven't seen in a while whilst visiting new places. Next year will definitely be the year I visit Hamburg! Finally! Right now I'm just excited to see Firu again is all.

Photo Shoots                                                                           Roller Coaster on Foot                         

After School Special                                                          SchneeweiƟchen und Rosenrot                 

You Set Our Clocks Early 'Cause You Know We're Always Late          Not All Who Were Lost Were Wandering       

Ain't No Sunshine When You're Gone                                     With a Little Help from My Friend(s)        

So are you guys excited about winter? 

Friday, 20 December 2013

Japanese Summer in a German Winter

One more day to seeing Firu again! Oh, man, I just cannot wait anymore! You know at the start of this week I could barely concentrate on anything anymore? And I got a presentation the next day so that is not good. However, as of yesterday, I am free as a bird. I'm so filled with excitement that I feel like vomiting all the time. Okay, calm down. Anyhoo, I've been planning a lot of stuff for the next two weeks and the trip there. Also, I need to take care of some stuff here first before I leave. Speaking about taking care of things, there will be some special treats on the blog while I'm gone. If everything goes according to plan, there will be two more posts from me then some awesome bloggers will fill in for me, including my sister. I will be back for a New Year post (obviously) and the guest-posting will continue. It's the first guest-blogging, err...thing that I've ever hosted so I hope you're excited, 'cause I sure am!

Firu's shirt // swapped scarf // vintage tartan skirt + brogues + teacher's bag // H&M tights

On the day I took these photos, the sun shone so beautifully. I looked at the photos and they reminded me of Japanese photographs (especially in the summer). Funny how a series of photos taken in winter could give me summer feels. The weather was rather warm too, I barely needed the (omitted) coat. Such a coincidence, though, that I'm wearing Firu's old shirt on the post right before I go to him. What can I say, it's one of my navy investments. I didn't mention this before, but this skirt was acquired from the flea market around 3 months ago. According to Galuh, who hung around the sellers, it was sold by Koreans and the tags are in Chinese and Japanese. After a bit of researching, it is a Chinese clothing brand, though I fail to locate their website. Exquisite quality, though. Oh, East-Asian fashion brands, how I love thee! The scarf was snatched from last week's swap party. It is rather short but extra cozy. Ombre-patterned, of course. Really been loving it a lot lately.