On a gloomy afternoon, what is a blogger to do when she planned for a fun and sunny outdoor shoot with her dog? Improvise, I guess. What better time to finally reveal the 'opera coat' that I thrifted in Tagaytay?
This is definitely one of the most challenging shoots I've done so far. It may not be obvious but it was really raining and my brother/ photographer had to stand under an umbrella to take these. I was getting a little soaked and my french braid came comepletely undone so I had to be extra selective with these photos, editing out the ones where I looked like a drowned rat.
To do the coat justice, I threw on my most sophisticated go-to outfit: a striped top and high-waisted black skirt paired with my trusty oxfords. I also grabbed my boater hat, tied a jaunty blue ribbon around it to complete the over-all Parisian feel.
How awesome is this mansion? I always stare at it in wonder as I drive by on the way to school. I wonder who lived there, why did they leave and why is it still untouched after all these years? I would just love to take a closer look but the gates are firmly padlocked. I could easily scare myself looking at the windows and waiting for a ghostly figure with a candle to walk by.
The mansion has all the perfectly creepy palatial touches. There are angels faces etched on the fountain and aged with time, large roman-esque columns and jutting balconies! Even the gate is quite gothic and ornate. I'm sure someone else can come up with a less terrible description. Architecture major, I am not.
This coat is a seriously amazing find, if I do say so myself. I had it hemmed a bit since it was too long but the draped shape remains. It is almost on the verge of looking like a toga but the bow details keep it in check. In our first adventure together, I happily discovered that is is light and effectively water repellant. Perfect for Manila! If it had an oversized hood then that would have just been too perfect.
This is me climbing the fence of the house to get a closer look. A big mistake since when I stepped down my hands were black and smudgy from clinging to the iron.
B wears coat, oxfords, striped top all thrifted, high-waisted black skirt from Promod (not pictured) and straw boater from Greenhills Market.