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christmas gift guide | 2014.

Dec 15, 2014 / , , , , , , , , , ,

Pastel Edition – see products here

With Christmas around the corner, we are all scrambling to finish last-minute shopping and pick the ideal presents for all the loved ones in our life. This gift guide is for all the fashion-forward girls; those who opt for light and airy knits, lace crop-tops, wonderfully-scented candles, and silver accessories. This post aims to give options for all of them, as you will see through my Polyvore guides. For the friend who is partial towards soft pink tones in her wardrobe and precious jewels for brunch – the pastel gift guide, above, is perfect for her. Whether you gift her with Dior's subtle pink and rose nail lacquers, or Barney's ultra-chic bucket bag (on the top of my wish-list!) any of these items would appeal to that girl in your life. American Eagle's soft watermelon sweater is another good choice, especially for those in colder climates. These gifts are pretty much reflective of something I'd love for Christmas, as would so many others who scour Vogue or Who What Wear on a daily basis. 

Home Edition – see items here

For those who would rather shop for stationery and additions to their immaculately-designed bedrooms, any of these items are more appealing than the latest handbag. Kate Spade's range of note cards, diaries, and kitchen essentials (the 'Hello Sunshine' mug is too cute) are slightly higher-priced but make for a special gift. Soft-scented candles and Pier 1's gorgeous, textured pillows are other options. I am a huge fan of candles lately, lighting my favorite Yankee Candles while studying or catching up on TV-shows. The candles above are really ideal for a 'homebody' type of person – they can use it whenever they're relaxing or staying in. Each of these gift guides features a different set of candles, tailored for the theme. The white and gold themed items above are suitable for this season, and each gift can be perceived as both useful and fashion-conscious. 

Night-out Edition – see items here

December can be synonymous with party season, with a plethora of Christmas and New Year's Eve parties. Especially after exams are over, it is time to enjoy this month before school starts again. Which is why clothing and accessories made for a night-out are ideal as presents. A black and red combination is bold and in keeping with holiday tones. Check out Mango's beautiful lace bralettes and crop-tops which would be a perfect match for a bodycon skirt. Marc Jacobs's new beauty line offers gorgeous red lip glosses that promise to last you through the night. Add in some powerful perfume and lotions (Philosophy has got this covered) and you've got a captivating gift set for anyone who is ready to go out this Christmas.

Minimal Edition – see items here

This is the kind of gift guide I would want presents from – ones that are versatile and minimal, and can be used for the rest of the year. A girl who prefers monochrome pieces over patterns and prints, who prefers a few silver rings above flamboyant neckpieces; this kind of girl would love the items above. Try putting together an outfit set – Helmut Lang's beautifully-constructed jersey tank top, a triangle-shaped clutch in another neutral tone, and a rose-gold watch is more than enough to make for impeccable range of presents. New Look has a gorgeous bralette which works as a more risqué alternative, in pure white. All the gifts can be associated with Christmas or even summer-wear, perfect for long-lasting options.

What presents top your wish-list this year?


a moment with bea marin | fashion blogger.

Dec 13, 2014 / , , , , ,

With polished, Rumi-Neely-esque closet staples, a beautiful, simplistic color palette and on-point photography, Bea Marin is a blogger to know. Ever since discovering her blog this year, I've been addicted to seeing her latest sartorial offerings and wonderful Instagram posts. Style inspiration and a great outlook on life and individuality – her blog is both thought-provoking and aesthetically pleasing. As a fellow fashion blogger (and a Zara fanatic!), I am so glad Bea and I have connected recently. She gives Moments with Meera readers a little peek into her life.

1. How did you start your blog?
I was always fond of journals and scrapbooks as a child— writing my experiences, adding pictures and decorations. So when I decided to create a personal blog 4 years ago, it only seemed natural taking my journal online. However, the switch from personal to fashion is a different story. It started when I created lookbook for inspiration purposes only but it introduced me to a whole new side of fashion blogging.

2. If you could wear one brand forever, what would it be?
Zara all the way! I love how highly trendy their pieces are yet fits everyday wear.

3. Which fashion blogs do you turn to for inspiration?
Olivia Lopez of Lust for Life. I've been following her for the longest time and I love how she creatively combines her style and travel.

4. How does the fashion industry differ in the Philippines?
One thing I'm sure is constant is the summer and spring type of clothing. You'll see a lot of easy pieces, color and print given we live in a tropical country. The only downside to it is that there's no such thing as F/W lines.

5. What are your plans for the future?
I'm not necessarily the type to settle for one path. I always like to keep myself busy by multi-tasking. What I plan is staying on a certain career path while taking other sidelines. I'm currently in my college sophomore year as an interior design student, so hopefully this is will be one of the things I'll pursue.

6. Describe your style in three words.
Casual. Muted. Street. 

7. We love your Instagram account – it's always full of inspiration. What are your tips for fashion bloggers on Instagram?
Same concept applies for blogs: be unique in a sense you stay true to your brand. Whether for personal, blog or sponsored posts, always keep a creative flow. I always make it a point that my images are of high quality and in natural or good lighting. Break clichés and never copy other's work!

8. Favorite designer labels?
Balenciaga, Givenchy, Alexander Wang, Elie Saab and Chanel.

9. Do you plan on pursuing fashion in the future?
I do see myself pursuing something related to fashion but not necessarily as a designer. After working as a magazine correspondent, it has deepen my passion for writing. I just fell in love with the idea of fashion journalism and the whole creative process of working behind a magazine. Hopefully I'll be able to contribute as a fashion editor someday.

10. What has been your landmark moment in blogging so far?
A recent full spread feature on Style Weekend magazine x Manila Bulletin newspaper. It was such a big recognition as a blogger being published in one of the Philippine's leading newspapers!


age of kendall jenner.

Nov 24, 2014 / , , , ,

It's easy to dismiss Kendall as a member of a somewhat notorious celebrity-family, using the name given to her as a way to move up in the fashion world. This is a harsh label but one that could easily be attributed to the 19-year-old rising supermodel. But, going against the stereotype, Kendall Jenner (or, as she is trying to reinforce, just Kendall) has proved so many of us wrong. Her seemingly hard-rock work ethic, ability to rise above her family name, and her modesty in interviews has given us an all-new impression of her. Natural beauty is key in Kendall's look, as she is often seen without makeup on her wildly-popular Instagram account and in so many other pieces of work. Proclaimed social media sensation has stunningly-shaped brows, an enviable height and beautiful doe eyes. Joining the ranks of Cara, Karlie, and even Joan, Kendall has skyrocketed in the modeling industry and it's wonderfully reassuring to know she has accomplished much of it on her own. This is debatable, of course, but there's no denying that she has done much in the past month itself. Speaking of this herself, Kendall says, "'I think if my sister's sitting in the front row, and my sister is who she is, it sounds weird, but it would have almost taken the attention away from what I'm trying to do on my own.' The only downside of having a 'dual citizenship' (coined by the NY Times) as both a celebrity/model? The constant romantic linkups and tabloids, for one thing. But despite this, Kendall seems to be powering through and is definitely one of my favorite models of the moment. With this amazing editorial for Vogue, the crowning glory of being the new face of Estée Lauder, and a fabulous feature for the New York Times (read here), it's been quite a month for her.

Her editorial for American Vogue is just the beginning (I'm predicting a cover soon!). Photographed by the renowned Patrick Demarchelier, Kendall donned the best of Spring collections. The theme of the editorial is 'party season', explaining the plethora of rhinestone-covered gowns, cocktail dresses and subtly-sexy midis. My personal favorite is the covetable, iridescent Dolce and Gabbana dress, paired with polished black boots. Her versatility as a model is evident – she pulls off Christopher Kane's wonderfully-feminine lace concoctions as beautifully as she does with Balmain's sleek, retro look. My personal favorites aShe transitions effortlessly from look to look, with an ease any model would strive for. In this way, the young Kardashian-Jenner is showing the fashion world her true abilities as a model – and not just a pretty face. 

What do you think of this editorial?