This blog was brought about by one and ONLY one thing - BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE.

Join my journey as a young housewife in another country armed only with limited articles of clothing and a good sense of practicality against the ever-changing four seasons. My personal challenge is to survive a year with just the things I came with. Emergency clothes purchases should not go above $10.

Help me by following my blog and holding me accountable on this self-imposed challenge.

Timer starts now!

5/11/2011

Food on my mind

This photo was taken a month ago when my cravings were so crazy. That day I was imagining eating a thick, juicy hamburger with melted cheese, bacon and tomatoes.


Autumn afternoon

I though I was just getting the pre-menstrual bloated feeling because I noticed that day I can hardly close my belt (which was low-waist), I did not know that I was already growing a baby then! Hehehe


Suddenly everything seems appealing and edible! I never thought I could eat so much, it would put all carpenters to shame! =))

Taken 4 days ago. Still not showing.


Lately, I've been leaning towards comfortable clothing. Mainly because I am too lazy to dress up (I get dizzy easily) and it's too cold now to be wearing dresses.

See you soon! =)





4/17/2011

Sunny Thoughts

It feels like I am here

Igloo. Image courtesy of the internet.


When I would rather be here

Boracay, November 2009

With the hubby

Walking the world-famous Boracay sands

Sipping on this

Jonah's Mango Shake


Eating this

Villaluna's: Drooling over my mom's spaghetti, fried chucks and chocolate cake =( I wish I can taste and eat them NOW!

and that


Samson's: Sushi platter, Palabok and Puto bumbong!


A blessed Holy Week everyone!

4/02/2011

Into the woods

What to do with  a skirt that I only use inside the house, a so-so sweater and a men's tuxedo shirt? You layer them all up! It looks preppy, practical and has the warmth factor. Just make sure your tights are not footless and has the thickness of at least 100 (you can buy this at your local grocery or department store)

Errrr....

 The yellow sweater actually has a pink sister, but today I decided to wear yellow. Pink on midnight blue might make the outfit dark. In my opinion (disclaimer: not necessarily an expert one) yellow makes a perfect contrast on anything that has a strong blue-base.

Yellow sweater from Surplus Shop, Jean and Rosz necklace, Sunnies from Rubi

The shirt is really a men's tuxedo shirt complete with pleats, button-down collar and french cuffs (the cuffs can be folded back and fastened with links).  This shirt was thrifted (as usual, hello!) from a girlfriend doing a garage sale (first dibs!) so my husband need not to worry.


I got the skirt from SM's Children's Wear Department a year ago. Obviously, the shoes is becoming my favorite. I bought it in Manila from a shop called Shoebox in Rockwell (and I also think they have a kiosk in Greenhills), their shoes are stylish, comfortable and most importantly- affordable.

Actual photo of the sky, no edits.

I could not resist taking a picture of the autumn sky (at 7:30pm). It was magnificent! It looked menacing and lovely at the same time. Terrible and beautiful, light and dark all creating a picturesque scene which left me struck.




3/28/2011

Walk in the Light

 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
   who walk in the light of your presence, LORD. 

                                                                                                             - Psalm 89:15

I was reminded of this passage when I saw this photo. It was because the shot was perfectly taken just as I walked into the light (kudos to my husband for being photographer of the day!) which gave me that glow =) Don't you just love it how a situation or a thing glows in perspective when you shine a light on it?




 Lately, God has been showing me that that are no roads too dark, nor paths too hazy for His light to shine on. All things get clearer when you ask Him in prayer to see it through His eyes.


Red and blue stripped dress from SM Teens department, Shoes by Shoebox.

Have a blessed Lenten Season everyone =) I am sorry that I wasn't able to post as much lately because of schedule. I should have a more regular posting sched in the next two weeks =)



3/16/2011

The Hill

My husband and I were curious about this particular lump of land on the side of a major highway. My sister-in-law pointed it to us one time when we were going home. It looked like a lonesome Chocolate Hill.




We decided to go there and see for ourselves what it looks like. When I got on top the view was like a country shot straight from the movies! There was a fence along the perimeter and a house with a barn. In between were cows and a tractor. It was so "in-uma style" (Uma is Ilonggo for farm), which I really missed =)




Although the sun was out, it still felt chilly. Thanks to Candy for lending me her camel/brown cardigan. It has tassels which, in my opinion, were a perfect compliment to the scenery! I had problems in the past wearing this slip dress because it seemed too bland and kept falling off my shoulder. Today I discovered that it is best worn with a belt (and hiked a bit). I paired it with my wedding shoes (camel peep toe) because it gives the illusion of long legs (any shoes close to skin color will have this effect).




Accessorized with my DIY necklace. The pendants change colors under the light, the teardrop shape reminds me of mussels (tahong).

Have a good week ahead! 









3/10/2011

Summer state of mind

Yesterday I woke up at 6am (to prepare hubby's breakfast) and noticed that the sky was still dark. This signals the end of summer and the onset of autumn. I was quite sad to see summer go=( This morning and up until afternoon, it just rained.

So today I decided to do a tribute for summer.




I used the same maxi dress during my preps for our wedding, so this has got to be one of the few dresses that I will never forget (aside from the fact that it was only $5! What a bargain!) Since Canberra has very erratic weather (you can have all 4 seasons in a day!), it is only but practical that I learn how to layer my clothes.





I topped the halter maxi dress with a knitted black cardigan which was ukay-bought (P50). The details on the cardi reminds me of the "bola-bola" (sticky/glutinous balls)  in Ginataan. Isn't it cute? Like you have to resist the urge to pluck them out or something.




Summer my friend, most of the time you had been harsh but I will surely miss and long for you especially when winter sets in. Until next time...






3/07/2011

Indiana Jones

A few nights ago, Allen and I had an Indiana Jones marathon for his school project. Ergo, the look today:



I felt working for the Australian Zoo because I ended up looking like Terri Irwin or one their staff there =) Nonetheless, this was an easy get-up,  thanks to the monochromatic tone. Just grab everything that has the same shade/color in your closet and off you go! (I literally grabbed these because my boss called me to cover the day for him- when I got to the shop, he asked why I was still wearing my slippers. Grabe, slippers na ba to sa kanila?!? Sa'tin kasi boots to eh! =))




The polo shirt was a thrift find from Bambang during my college days. It was all worth the trip because I only got it for about P30 (less than $1) and I've been using it for a decade already. Although the fabric has been thinning out, it gives the polo a fake "sheer" look which you can wear during summer (despite the sleeves).  One thing I also love about it is the gold and silvery thread woven on the fabric, which from a certain angle (under a light or sun) gives the top a"shiny, shimmery, splendid!" look!




Complete the outfit with Jean and Rosz animal necklace. When I bought this necklace I thought that the use would be limited because, well, it's kind of hard to imagine having an elephant hanging in your neck like you are part of a tribal council.  But surprise, surprise! Since animal-anythings are trending these days (leopard/cheetah prints, insect rings, meat couture by Lady Gaga, Lady Gaga as an egg, Lady Gaga as a rhino [her anatomical prosthetics at the Grammy's- read the article at Jean and Rosz site] Animal liberation/PETA, etc!), you can pair this with whatever you can think of! (I once wore this to a job interview). I also wore the multilayer wooden bead bracelet to have a cohesive rustic look.



As an accent, I used my orange clip-on garter belt (bought from a bazaar) to add a bit of color to a dangerously-boring-outfit-if-you-are-not-careful-with-what-you-pile-on!


Later , I will change to my flip-flops when it gets warmer =)

XoXo,
Mukha mow!  =)