may the odds be ever in your favor

we’re saving up for the wedding so i can’t buy as many books as i wanted (or as many shoes). i guess i should say i can’t buy things as frequently as i wanted. it’s been months since Harry and i have been to the movies as waiting for the DVD is the more practical option. books nowadays are not as cheap as paper and even cost more than a movie ticket.
but after reading a couple of free chapters of The Hunger Games on Kobo, on a sleepless afternoon, i knew i had to get the book. no, not just the book but the series and it was a purchase i don’t have any regrets of. 
not only is the series well-written, the plot is very riveting, unexpected and at the same time, relational despite it being the set in the post-apocalyptic future. the characters are not sob stories, they’re actually people you want to root for. and Peeta Mellarck — oh don’t even get me started on how much i love how he is. then we have the the movie. it’s one of the best depictions from books other than Harry Potter (of course). i can’t wait for Catching Fire. 

printed dress – thrifted | white tank top – thrifted | white blazer – thrifted | lemon yellow flats – greenhills find | bangles & bracelets – downtown finds | bird ring – downtown find | necklaces: elephant tusk – bangkok find, black stone with chain fringe – downtown find 

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date nights

tribal printed skirt – thrifted | linen black blazer – thrifted | pale pink tank top – stolen from sis | turquoise flats – solemate, sm department store | tan braided belt – | feather necklace – downtown find | cutout bangle – downtown find | black bag – sm department store | black hat – metro 

people ask me how it is now that Harry and i are married. well, aside from having to share anything we own and having to make decisions together, we’re pretty much like boyfriend & girlfriend. we still hold hands like teens. sometimes while walking, i wrap my arm around him and pinch his back and i snuggle into him like a kid. we have foodie adventures — more like dessert adventures and walk into bookstores right after, snooping new reads and smelling their pages. this is one of those nights.
ps. of course, i have to force him to take a photo of me too. LOL.

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Sensible Wishes

Besides good health and time spent with my family, here my sensible birthday wishes this year:

Books by Haruki Murakami and Jane Austen
New painting materials + spare time to really paint:
Lessons on pattern making and sewing:

And the most sensible of all, more flat shoes for all the errands I have to run:
Birthday Wish!

ps. I know the Jeffrey Campbells are not flats. I have been secretly desiring them for months now! Who hasn’t right?
11 more days to go before my birthday — the books are available at Fully Booked or National Bookstore and the painting materials can be found in Visayan Bookstore or National Bookstore. The shoes??? Well, I accept local ones inspired by these amazing ones! *wink*
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comfort from the smell of bound paper

i love reading books. i think i’ve talked about this in my past posts. it’s way better than watching tv. reading allows my brain to work and envelopes me into this world far from my own. it gives me a chance to live a life i have yet to live or will not get a chance to. as a kid, i collected paperbacks of the usual — sweet dreams, love stories, sweet valley high..etc. and in college, i lived off the books that my big sister has. it’s only recently (with the adjustment of my salary) that i have begun collecting books of my own.  i love books with a twist. something of the unfamiliar. something with sarcasm or wit. but ironically, i hate books that includes horror or ones involving haunting ghosts.  they give me too many nightmares! 
here are the ones i own: 
the wicked series: wicked, son of a witch and lion among men by gregory maguire
kafka on the shore by haruki murakami
time traveller’s wife and her fearful symmetry by audrey niffeneger
the lovely bones by alice sebold
the perks of being a wallflower by stephen chbosky
me talk pretty one day by david sedaris
the little prince by antoine de saint-exupery
and embarrassingly — the twiligh series by stephenie meyer
and if books are not expensive (here in the PI they cost always above P300 which can already buy a person a decent meal), i would be glad to buy them every 2 weeks and just immerse myself in them — couped in my bed, surviving only with dark chocolate and water. but then, real life beckons and most things are easier said than done. 
black top – thrifted from our manager’s garage sale | skinny jeans – chillypapa
headband with felt flower – props | beige patent pumps – shooz
rings: animal print and amber – props | grey leather bag – mongkok ladies market, hk
now, there’s something that have been put off for a while. i got an award from betz of her armoire and now i’m passing this to these ten amazing bloggers:

diana dye of color dye mode 
sonya of so real 
lexy of quirky explosion 
tuesdai noelle of a reflection by tuesdai 
rebecca of the clothes horse 
issa of we wear things 
jess of wild tortoise 
louise of the f word online 
diya of in her stilletos 
tieka of selective potential

     wishing everyone a great weekend! (sunday for the PI readers)

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    running out of gas

    all these trips to the mall has me running low on gas but it’s christmas anyway. the decorations and displays does lift up my mood. and it gives me a chance to spend time with harry — despite our busy and different schedules. i’m surely going to miss him over the weekend.
    i finished reading ‘her fearful symmetry’ a week ago and i’m now looking for another book to read.  i’d really rather read a book than watch tv — or maybe i’m saying this because we lost our satellite connection 2 months ago and that our house is not accessible for the cable connection. haha! but still, reading has always been my pastime — even when i was kid. i remember collecting sweet dreams, sweet valley, rl stine, love stories and christopher pike books. although reading those gave me high expectations of love and unfortunately gave me a hard time meeting someone…LOL. it was still one of the best days of my life — being couped up in my room and being immersed in another world i’m reading. i’m trying to catch up on that world now and buying books whenever i can. who can suggest a good book to me?
    tunic with puffed sleeves – thrifted
    brown leggings – my mom’s friend
    brown sandals – prima donna
    brown leather bag – thrifted
    braided belt – props
    gold belt – props
    earrings – a gift
    black and gold square ring – props
    leopard print ring – props
    glasses – thrifted