The start of winter

Winter: my least favourite season. Don’t get me wrong. I love the cold, I love playing in the snow, I love winter OOTDs but I absolutely dread having to walk in the icy sidewalks. But since I now live in MB, I have to embrace the fact that winter will always be a part of possibly half of my entire year. Thus, here is a Polyvore creation of what you basically need to survive the Manitoba winter:



In all honesty, my outfit here would make you freeze when temperatures hit below zero. Winter in the prairies requires you to wear a parka or a thick coat, mittens, a toque, and lots of layers. But underneath all that ugly winter accessories you have to wear outdoors, you can always dress up with summer dresses for when you are indoors.


As you can see, my boots, cardigan, and scarf are all from Stitches. Mainly because their warehouse downtown always has a $10 sale for everything inside the store. If you want affordable deals, you should definitely check their store out at the second floor of Portage Place.

Keep warm and have a great day!

Dress | Crissa PH

Boots | Stitches CA

Cardigan | Stitches CA

Scarf | Stitches CA

Purse | Parisian (SM Shoes & Bags) PH

Fall Essentials

It has been a year since my last post and a lot has happened during that time.

So to give a quick update: We went back to the Philippines over the summer due to the most heartbreaking news, moved to Winnipeg for school, officially transferred our church membership, and as for me, I’m slowly getting used to Manitoba’s weather! I am currently in college (again, I know) at the University of Manitoba, studying Psychology (YES. AGAIN) while working part time in a cafe in school and fulfilling my dream to learn how to make Starbucks drinks. I will try to be more active in my blog again.

Today’s post is about everyday fall essentials for university students.


My fall essentials include:

  1. Oversized cardigans/ leather jackets- If you take the bus to university like I do, keeping warm while waiting at the bus stop is of utmost importance so I layer on a lot of stuff. It gets so warm when you’re inside the bus, but you know the drill, better warm than freezing.
  2. Plain Tops/Neutral Skirts – PLAIN. NEUTRAL. COLORS. enough said
  3. Tights- Never wear your skirt without tights or leggings underneath. It helps keep me warm and covers my legs if my skirts are too short.
  4. A sturdy bag– The Herschel brand was all the craze back in CDO when they started selling them at the mall, but to my surprise, over here, it is every university student’s typical every day backpack. It is like the Canada version of Jansport which is the staple backpack back home. If you’re feeling fancy and don’t have to bring your textbooks, laptop, and your whole room to school, opt for a cute handbag instead.
  5. Scarves – Avoid being a victim of the flu season and keep that scarf on.
  6. Boots and booties– When else can you flaunt your boots other than the fall season? For great finds, Stitches at the Portage Place sells boots for $10/pair. Yes $10. All the boots I own including this one are only less than $10 and not a dollar more.

Fall is my favorite season, so I’m grabbing every opportunity to dress up before the long months of Manitoba winter creep in. Enjoy the lovely weather ! :)

fall 2015

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Can’t believe I actually had the time to write a blog post when I have a paper due on midnight.

Here’s to a top-notch fall term!

Top | Bench PH

Skirt | Forever 21 CA

Boots | Stitches CA

Purse | Ninewest CA

Cardigan | Love & Liberty CA

Necklace | Robinson’s Dept Store PH

A Whole New World

My family and I recently got accepted to migrate to Canada and last October, we finally moved here. The whole journey has been surreal. For a long time we prayed to God to let us join our family here in Canada and now that we are here, we badly miss our family back home in the Philippines. Although I know that in a few months, we will be together here again, all because of God’s amazing goodness. I miss my friends, our church and family in Imbatug and in CDO, our relatives, and most especially my ever patient boyfriend who I hope and pray will be able to join me here in a few years .

The first thing I thought of after I learned about the news was all the fall outfits I could finally wear! So, the last few months before our move I was so busy shopping for cardigans thinking it would be enough to get me through fall, but when I got here, boy was I surprised. The clothes I bought were not enough to stand the cold Canada weather! And I thought I was very well prepared to face the cold! I mean the cold is bearable, it is the wind that drives me crazy. After I take my outfit pictures I usually add two more layers of jackets/coats just to keep me warm. Thankfully, a church here in Steinbach had a clothing drive for Thanksgiving thus I was able to have thrifted sweaters that are totally fashionable and warm at the same time. Here are a few outfits I wore for the month of October, everything was either bought on sale or given to me. Even fall fashion does not have to be expensive ;> My everyday outfits were inspired by Lauren Lambert of Modern Modesty and her November Style Challenge : #modmodfallchallenge

1. Beautiful in Burgundy

This is what I wore for the whole trip to Canada. Almost one wholde day of just sitting down on 3 planes and waiting at 3 airports! And you know how I have Aviophobia. Man, do I hate plane rides. The whole trip I was on the edge of my seat! Plus, it did not help that we passed by the biggest typhoon of 2014 as it made its way to Japan! But thankfully, we arrived safely . I told myself that I won’t be riding a plane for a year after all the turbulence I had to endure that day.

Modest Airport Fashion

Top | Mango (PH)

Skirt | The Lady Factory (PH)

Jacket | Cotton On (PH)

Shoes | Parisian (PH)

Scarf (gift) |  F & X (PH)

2. Mustard on a Monday

We strolled around Steinbach, a very small and peaceful city compared to Cagayan de Oro but it already felt like home.

The challenge for that day called for a Mustard colored piece. And mustard is all over Pinterest right now, so before I left CDO , I had a seamstress make me a mustard skirt for only php200 / $5 ! If there is one thing I will miss in the Ph, it would be the local seamstress! Maybe I should learn how to sew now that I am on my own. :( boo


Top | Bench (PH)

Skirt | local seamstress (PH)

Jacket | Cotton On (PH)

3. Leopard Lover

We had our first church service at Steinbach Baptist Church, and despite it being  really small church, the messages delivered were such a blessing ! God really used Pastor Millar’s life as I was spiritually refreshed throughout the services.

Leopard Skirt Statement Necklace Sweater

Top  | SM Ladies Wear (PH)

Skirt | Gaisano Mall (PH)

Shoes | Primadonna (PH) 50% off

Necklace | Robinsons Dept Store (PH)

4. Poised in Polka Dots

If mustard is my ultimate fashion color, then polka dots is my absolute favorite print. I just can’t have enough of polka dots! There are different kinds, small dots,medium dots, big dots, one must simply have all! haha

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Top | F & F (PH)

Skirt | Gaisano Mall

Scarf | SM Accessories (PH)

5. Maxi Monday

But I actually wore this on a Sunday. woops ahaha. The thing about this whole outfit is that I got everything on such a low low price. This jacket was initially 3250 pesos but it went on sale for 1750 pesos only so I grabbed my chance, however, when I paid at the counter, the cashier told me that the jacket was now only 1,200 pesos! I was so overjoyed I actually had enough money to buy another item from the store. A few days later I went on a shopping free at F & F because everything was on 70% off.

Journey to Modesty fall outfit


Top |Forever 21 (PH)

Skirt | @satisfashionetc (PH)

Jacket | F & F (PH)

6. Comfortable and Classy

A sweater + pencil skirt + boots + beanie = comfortable in my world. This sweater I got for free from a church clothing drive and this skirt from F21 was on sale, plus I saved a few dollars by buying my boots from the kid’s section. One of the perks of having a size 4 shoe size. size 4 shoe size. Redundant much.

Modest Fall Outfit

Modest Fall Outfit

Top | Thrifted (CA)

Skirt | Forever 21 (CA)

Boots | Walmart Children’s Section (CA)

Beanie | Baro’t Saya (PH)

7. Lovely Layers

The wind on this picture says it all. LAYER LAYER LAYER!

Modest Fall Outfit

Top | Thrifted (CA)

Skirt | SM Girls Teen Wear (PH)

Trench Coat | F & F (PH)

Boots | Walmart (CA)

Beanie | Forever 21 (CA)

Scarf | SM Accessories (PH)

Mustard and Polka Dots

Hello June!! Boy, does time fly fast! We’re already half-way through the year. This realization motivated  me to strive harder to make my 2014 more productive. We still have 6 months in front of us, let us grab every opportunity to achieve our dreams. The message for today’s Sunday Service reminded me that as long as I maintain a good companionship with God, He will be there with me every step of the way. There may be storms and trials in life, but I know that He will be holding my hand. Together, let us stand up and start the other half of the year with enthusiasm and hope knowing we are going to where God wants us to be.

I have worn this dress in a previous post (click here), but I have been bothered about how short it is already. However, I did not want to give it away because Mustard is so in right now ! Believe me, check Pinterest. haha. So I “modestified” my dress my adding a full circle skirt, a polka dot one. I bought the skirt this morning at MAGS, where I bought this other modest skirt (they still have that skirt at their Ayala Centrio branch). They have a bunch of midi skirts that you would instantly fall in love with. I think this boutique is now my new favorite! I was contemplating on whether I should buy the red polka dot skirt or this black one. But I chose the black one as a polka dot skirt is a closet staple. Pretty soon, I’m gonna buy the red one for a more vintage/Minnie Mouse vibe! And oh, MAGS is on a 10% off Back to School SALE on ALL items until June 15 that is why I’m grabbing every opportunity while the SALE sign is still on, some items are even on 50% off sale.

Enough talking, here is today’s OOTD:

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Dress/Top | Candy

Skirt | Mags

Bag | True Color Shop

Shoes | Spruce

Accessories | Aizylim