HAUTE TO: DIY Front Tie Top From A Tank Top

When my mom announced we’d be going to Batangas for a beach trip, my mind went full on clothes catalog mode ala Cher from Clueless’ iconic computerized wardrobe scene: I mixed and matched outfit pieces in my head until I knew exactly what look I wanted. The problem? We were due to leave in 3 days and I didn’t have the top I was visualizing. Now, I know any normal person would have just gone out to the mall to pick up this ideal top. But of course, me being me, I decided to go for the thriftier route– a DIY was officially in the making. 


  • any tank top of choice
  • a pair of scissors
  • two sheets of paper


A WORD OF CAUTION: What you are about to see can only be defined as an extremely half-assed, she-clearly-just-winged-the-whole-process tutorial. If you’re a very meticulous person who likes to learn through strictly made strategies, this may not be for you. This one’s for the lazy girls back home *peace sign*.

ONE. Lay down your tank top on a flat surface. Place the two sheets of paper on either side of the tank top’s bottom half. Allow around four inches of space in between the sheets. The top side of your sheets define how short the final top will be so adjust this to your liking.

TWO. Cut along the sheets. Full disclosure: When I first attempted this, I made the mistake of leaving a space that was much too thin as seen in these pictures. But don’t worry– if you made the same mistake, it still works out in the end!

THREE. Cut the remaining space in half going all the way to the neckline. As you can see, because I didn’t leave a wide enough fabric, I was left with very thin strands after. Fortunately, this isn’t too big of a problem especially if you’re using a good quality tank top. If you’ve done this step correctly, you should be left with two 2 strands of 2-2 1/2 inches of fabric and a tank top split in half.

FOUR. Tie the straps/strands together in a bow.  Don’t worry about rough cuts– you can always hem it later! Personally, I don’t really know how to sew, so I used a hot glue gun to smooth out the uneven ends on the other tie-front top I made and used for the trip. At the end of the process, you should have something that looks like this:

And voila! This DIY was incredibly easy to do. Be prepared for a number of trials and failed attempts, so I suggest trying this out on a test top first. You will likely need to hem your neckline, so get creative and fold the flaps to your liking.

Good luck and have fun! 

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The January 2019 Roundup

In my junior year of highschool, I was sitting in my Social Studies class, half-listening to my professor when he said a word that piqued my interest: “microcosm”. A microcosm, in its simplest form, is situation that acts like a mini version of something bigger. I never quite understood why that word struck me the way it did, but as I write this on the 30th of January, I have finally found my answer.

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Styling Tops From Unexpected Places For Photoshoots

Anyone who’s known me for even just a few months would know that if there’s one thing I love more than fashion, it’s a good Instagram photo. It doesn’t take years of friendship to recognize that I’m just a teensy bit obsessed over snapping pictures for the ‘gram. After all, I do treat my account as a portfolio– Instagram is an art form to me, and I always get a kick out of doing anything remotely creative. 

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Bukidnon Trip 2018

As someone that was born and raised in Manila, I never had the concept of “going back home for the holidays”. Home was here in the city– home was where I experienced daily life and celebrated the big events. But this year, my family decided to take a trip to my dad’s province, Bukidnon, for a week in December. My last visit there was 2 whole years ago, so I was equal parts excited and nervous to return. What if we didn’t fit in? What if I didn’t enjoy? Had I outgrown the allure of provincial life that I was so enamored by before? 

All my questions were to be answered in a span of 6 days.

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Ecru Handmade: Your Newest Beach Accessory

It’s no secret that traveling is one of the many ways that one can acquire different bodies of knowledge through a personalized and highly enjoyable experience. Through these escapades, people are able to learn about different cultures, distinct language patterns, unique sights, and all kinds of globally recognized dishes. The more you travel, the more you learn about yourself– what piques your interest and what doesn’t— like a nomadic hit or miss.

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2018: The Year of the Plot Twists

Every New Year’s Eve, I always watch as my social media feeds blow up with people jokingly calling to the heavens for one last plot twist. In fact, not too long ago, you would have found me posting about the same thing too. After all, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of standing in a sea of hopefuls, all wishing for a surprise ending to an otherwise underwhelming 12 months.  

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Taiwan Trip 2018

Last July 27, my family decided to embark on a last minute trip to Taiwan to culminate the end of a peaceful summer. We had previously visited Japan, Hong Kong, and Macau in the earlier years, so getting to explore the Republic of China was another exciting way to immerse ourselves in the East Asian culture.

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