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

IMG_3773 IMG_3774 fall 2015

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

modest fall outfit modest fall outfit

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:

Mustard and Polka Dots by www.cyrellenicolette.com

Mustard and Polka Dots by www.cyrellenicolette.com

Mustard and Polka Dots by www.cyrellenicolette.com

Mustard and Polka Dots by www.cyrellenicolette.com
Mustard and Polka Dots by www.cyrellenicolette.com

Mustard and Polka Dots by www.cyrellenicolette.com

Mustard and Polka Dots by www.cyrellenicolette.com

Mustard and Polka Dots by www.cyrellenicolette.com

Mustard and Polka Dots by www.cyrellenicolette.com

Mustard and Polka Dots by www.cyrellenicolette.com Mustard and Polka Dots by www.cyrellenicolette.com

Dress/Top | Candy

Skirt | Mags

Bag | True Color Shop

Shoes | Spruce

Accessories | Aizylim


I recently bought plain shirts from Bench for my everyday errands and day outs. So for today’s date with my friends, I decided to pair this shirt with a flowy maxi skirt to give a girly feel to my outfit. And because Style Me May’s challenge for Today is entitled “Your Best Foot Forward”, I bought sandals that were on sale to add to my whole ensemble. This outfit has a chic yet comfortable vibe that I would definitely wear every single day.

Ornate Maxi Skirt

Ornate Maxi Skirt

Check out the details on this ornate skirt! Cruella and Co has many unique designs for maxi skirts , you have got to check their Instagram out. They even supplied skirts for Kathryn Bernardo for her Got To Believe TV series.  Some of their skirts are made out of jersey fabric, and some are made out of chiffon so you can choose any according to your preference.

Ornate Maxi Skirt

Ornate Maxi Skirt

Ornate Maxi Skirt

Since I do not own a pair of sandals, I decided to buy one for this outfit, but I did not want to spend more than 500 pesos or 11 dollars. It was a good thing that Robinson’s had a shoes and bags sale this month so I bought these super cool sandals at 25% off for only 485 pesos!

Ornate Maxi Skirt

Ornate Maxi Skirt

Ornate Maxi Skirt

Ornate Maxi Skirt

Shirt | Bench

Maxi Skirt | Cruella N Co

Sandals | Zanea

Bag | True Color Shop

Vintage Chic

Mothers are the biggest blessing we could ever have. They give all their time and effort to raise their children well, take care of household matters, and be a loving wife. They often go on sleepless nights especially when we were young. Mothers are given to us by God to be our guide and our stronghold. It is but fitting for us to repay the goodness our moms did, not just on Mother’s Day, but every single day.

I could practically tell my mom anything, she is my bestfriend and ally in this world. She is always there to listen to me and is the only one who can understand me ,I can never ask for more, my mom has done a lot for my family. If there was one verse to describe my mother, it would be from Proverbs 31 : 28

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed.

Mom thank you for being my bestfriend and for raising us with the Bible by your side. Thank you for all the love you have shown and you know that I love you very much. And thank you for telling me I look great in my outfit today ;)

So here’s my OOTD based on the Style Me May challenge: Vintage Vixen.

When I first saw this skirt on the display window,I knee I had to have it for today. So after a few days of saving,I finally got it. I love how fluffy it is and how the floral design brings a vintage vibe to the skirt. Sometimes, splurging on a great item could be very worth it.

I was looking for a top that would fit the theme, and I remembered I had this peter-pan collar blouse that I got for 10% off at a sale. Though it was still pricey despite the discount, it’s quality and re-usability made me realize that it is a great find.

To finish this look I put on a pearl necklace and bracelet set, grabbed this satchel, and put on my heels.

Great Sunday and Mothers’ Day outfit I should say. This is by far my favorite outfit yet









Hope you like it!

Top | Apple and Eve

Skirt | Mags

Satchel | SM Shoes and Bags

Shoes | Mario D Boro

Accessories | Marcella