The Green Tea Enthusiast
Setting Up, Maybe

This blog should get an award for collecting the most dust. I haven’t been totally active here but I don’t think anyone really notices. Also, I barely check stuff on my to-do list anyway (confession time, oops).

BUT I’ve been working on a lot of DIY ideas and outfit posts lately. I just hope these ideas would crawl out of my head and turn into reality.

*cue life update, with no fancy/wordy transitions*


I’ve recently entered a new dimension of life, something I was looking forward to way back. I’ve discovered a brand new place, met brand new people (well, mainly), had brand new adventures. Haha, I made my way to the university. After being /sheltered/ in my high school, here I am exploring a whole new world.

I’m now taking up Fine Arts in my dream university, University of the Philippines Diliman. Pro: I like what I’m doing. Con: It’s no piece of cake. Having self-proclaimed ADD made it a lot worse, to be honest.

It’s been a month since I went to college. During the first days or weeks, I saw an image of myself free from the imaginary cage I built for more than 10 years. I was like a kid in a huge-ass toy store, tossing all the things I see into my cart. I wanted to do everything I didn’t get to do in high school – run for council, join lots of organizations, etc.

Bit by bit, I’m grasping that I’m not as resilient as I think I am. Friends would know how many hours I sleep in a day, if I ever do haha. People around me probably notice that I’m slowly evolving into a panda. Nonetheless, pro: I like what I’m doing.


It’s been a tough month for my teeth too, by the way. I got out of the imaginary cage but my teeth got penned into a literal one. Oh, these metal things… Happy one month, braces.


I mentioned that I’ve been having outfit posts ideas earlier and I hope I make that possible. I just need a little push.

I’ve discovered that I have a few block mates who are fond of taking photos so I guess it wouldn’t be that difficult. If that doesn’t turn out as I’d hope, well I study in a college teeming with wonderful artists haha.

I’m a caterpillar in my cocoon until now, though. My insecurities still linger. I’m waiting for that /blooming phase/.


DIYs, DIYs and more DIYs! I’ve already listed projects, requested and planned. I hope I get to do at least one before I am of legal age.


I rethought that ‘x, Ida’ thing after every post and I guess I’m not doing that any longer.

*end of life update*

I’m too excited for my next DIY. Maybe that explains the delay.

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Anonymous asked:
Hi Ida! Since you talk about thrift shops and vintage stores a lot, I was wondering what are your favorite shops and where are they located? :) Thanks!

Hi! I like going to the one along Kamuning Road and near the Kamuning market. :) I have yet to explore the wonderful thrift shops near Araneta Center and Gateway, haha!

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The Wish List: July Books

Window shopping in bookstores is my part-time job (well, kind of). As soon as I enter, the arts & crafts/hobbies section will immediately be occupied by an obstruction - mountains of books…. that I will never get to buy, sadly. Hoping I’d get a free soft copy of the book online, I would take photos of the covers and go over them as soon as I get home.

Out of ten books, I would only find two free PDFs. Devastating, right? I’d end up just blogging about these beautiful creations of amazing human beings.

For this post, I slightly categorized the numerous books I’d like to add to my slightly-expanding library (in no particular order in each category, though).


(Top-Bottom, Left-Right)

  • 101 Things I Learned in Fashion School by Alfredo Cabrera with Matthew Frederick
  • Fundamental Fashion Illustration by Monsa
  • Fashion Accessories by Olivier Gerval
  • How To Set Up & Run A Fashion Label by Toby Meadows
  • Dear Fashion Diary: Discover Your Taste - Become Your Own Style Guru by Emmi Ojala and Laura De Jong
  • Bag: The Ultimate Fashion Accessory by Sue Huey and Susie Draffan
  • The Wow Factor: Insider Style Secrets for Every Body and Every Budget by Jacqui Stafford
  • Fashion by DK
  • Miller’s Costume Jewellery by Judith Miller
  • The Handbag: To Have & To Hold by Carmel Allen
  • Push Jewelry by Marthe Le Van



  • Alexander McQueen: The Life and The Legacy by Judith Watt
  • Vogue On: Alexander McQueen (Vogue on Designers) by Chloe Fox
  • Love Looks Not With The Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen by Anne Deniau

Note: Alexander McQueen is my all-time favorite designer and I have fallen in love with his works and shows since 2012.


(Top-Bottom, Left-Right)

  • Refashion Bags: Upcycle Anything Into High-style Handbags by Faith and Justina Blakeney
  • The DIY Pocket Bible: Every DIY Rule of Thumb at Your Fingertips by Stephen Giles
  • Recycled Chic by Amanda McKittrick
  • Pom-Poms!: 25 Awesomely Fluffy Projects by Sarah Goldschadt and Lexi Walters Wright
  • Thrift Style: Clever Ways to Revamp Your Wardrobe by Janine Chisholm
  • Wirework: 25 Designs For Decorative and Practical Wirework Projects (New Crafts) by Mary Maguire
  • The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook by Nora Abousteit with Alison Kelly


  • Long-Legged Friends: Crochet Creatures to Create and Cuddle by Hisako and Shizue Okawa



  • The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman
  • Journal It!: Perspectives in Creative Journaling by Jenny Doh

I recently noticed that all my hobbies cost a lot - even books for my hobbies cost too much. I really hope to own even soft copies for these soon.

So… do you have your own book wishlist too? Share it by commenting below! *winks*

x, Ida

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