Archives for November 2012

Madhouse

Posting this quickly just to let everyone know that Chad and I have been featured in Madhouse Manila magazine’s November issue. Chad wants to become a photojournalist so we began working on his dream just a few months ago. We’ve been working hard and we’re very happy to see our efforts starting to pay off.

Chad wrote an article titled ‘Thank You for the Music Internet’, an interesting piece about the state of today’s music. I’m the one wearing the Union Jack shirt. You might remember me ranting about this shoot in this post. Fortunately, we were able to do damage control. 😛

Chad’s photos of his friend, Kimmie Fehr, also made it in the magazine’s November issue. Don’t they look amazing?

You can read the whole article and feature in Madhouse Manila magazine’s website here. Also, it’s Chad’s birthday today. It would be wonderful if you guys could check out his website here and share it to your friends and social networking sites. Thank you so much! 🙂

Block Party

I’ve always admitted that I’m not the adventurous kind of fashion blogger. I always stick to clothes I am comfortable in—after all it’s my number one priority. Sometimes, however, when I feel more bold, I do a toned down version of color blocking. Toned down because I stay away from over-accessorizing and using very striking colors. I still want to maintain that ‘me’ touch—comfortable fashion that is.

Some people who have done a lot of color blocking find it really easy to create an outfit using different hues and shades. But for noobs like me, it’s quite difficult so I use certain pointers from articles and magazines that I have read. One of which is basing the colors to be used on an accessory.

In my case, I worked my outfit around my collar necklace, which contain green, pink, brown, and white gems. So what I did is I took out my pink tie-front top and green flats and paired them with my high-waisted purple shorts. You can’t see purple in the necklace but it worked well together with pink and green. One tip I got from this article is to stick to the same saturation, meaning “to pair a bright with a bright, not a jewel tone with a pastel”. Otherwise, you might look like an 80s reject, which you should avoid.

Runway Dreams tie-front top | High-waisted shorts from Styleling | FORME collar necklace | Liz Claiborne watch | Solemate flats

I hope those pointers helped. I will definitely do color-blocking more often. I’m leaving you with a good song from Bloc Party. Enjoy!

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Online Shopping Choices

Like shopping? Who doesn’t? Shopping is just one of best pleasures in life, especially when we have the spending power. But what if we don’t? Most working women tend to be skeptical about shopping, I know because I experience it myself. It’s difficult to buy stuff when you know you’ve worked hard to earn that money. But I have to satisfy my craving so to speak,  so I always search for shops that do not price too much but sell trendy items at the same time. Aside from that, time is also a factor. Busy women who work 8 to 12 hours a day find it difficult going to malls, so our usual go-to place is the internet. It’s convenient and cheap, we don’t have to worry about bracing the traffic just to get to that sale, right? 🙂

Below are four of my favorite online shops. Their items can be compared to those you see in malls, with prices that won’t certainly break the bank.

Dresses

I like dresses. If you scan my lookbook, you’ll see me wearing a dress in almost every photo. I just feel more feminine in them. Koreana and Gelibean Couture provide the prettiest items at a really affordable price.

Koreana is owned and managed by Pearl Avenilla (pictured above), who is often mistaken as a Korean, which would probably explain why she christened her online shop with such name. I call her secretly a superwoman, as she also works as a full-time bank manager while managing and modelling for her shop. Koreana’s price range begins at Php 300 to Php 600—very affordable if you ask me, not to mention you’ll instantly get a preview of the actual items as they are modelled by ‘real’ girls from my hometown, Naga City. Like Koreana’s Facebook page HERE and be delighted by Asian-inspired goodies. 🙂 I have worn two items from this shop in June and October.

Gelibean Couture is owned and managed by another superwoman, Angelina Go. A jack-of-all-trades, Angelina does the photography, make-up, and styling of her catalog, a testament to how incredible and stylish this woman is. Gelibean Couture (and its owner) has been featured in several media outlets, most notable of which is the Wall Street Asia Journal. Cool huh? What’s way cooler is you can imitate her style in just Php 300 to 900 tops. Like Gelibean Couture HERE or add the Multiply account for easier transaction 🙂

Bags

A look cannot be complete without accessories, and one of the most important and ergonomic piece of accessory is a bag. My favorites are Tsoknat Bags and Satchella.

Tsoknat Bags manufactures handmade bags for customers who appreciate modern, playful, and quirky designs. It is owned by Toni Rose Palma, who hails from Naga City, my hometown. The shop has been around for quite a long time, and thanks to Ms. Toni’s unwavering creativity, her shop offers new and unique designs. And have I told you the bags are made from scraps and used textiles? Tsoknat Bags is also 2007’s No. 1 online shop in the country. Ms. Toni only has one stock per design, so you’ll never worry of seeing someone else carrying your bag. Visit Tsoknat’s Multiply online shop or like the Facebook page to know more about their products and sales.

If you are into satchels like me, Satchella is the shop to visit. Satchels can be quite expensive, but Satchella offers the same design but with a cheaper price tag. The shop is owned by Fay Barroga and Kaycee Umali, a young entrepreneur studying at DLSU.  Their bags are worn by top bloggers Tricia Gosingtian and Dani Barretto. The bags are very roomy, I can even fit my laptop and notebooks in them. I purchased one in June and it’s still good as new. Durability? Check. Price? Check. Like their Facebook page HERE.

As a special, Christmas treat to my readers and blog followers, these shops (plus others which will also be announced soon) will be doing a blog giveaway here on Metamorphosis beginning December 1 until the end of the month. So make sure to drop by one week from now and get a chance to win items (yes, ITEMS) from each of these shopping havens!

 

Cat Power

As you may already know, I’m a biiig cat lover. I think it’s my spirit animal. Cats are free thinkers, independent, and loving—three qualities that I value a lot.  I’ve been living independently from my family for two years now. I miss them a lot, but I feel more secure with myself when I don’t depend my life on anyone. None of my family supported my plan to leave Naga City, but I did it anyway and I never regretted my decision. I refused to live with my relatives in Manila, so I got an apartment with my friends instead. It’s difficult sometimes, you know, making ends meet, but the life I chose gives me more fulfillment, especially when I get to assist my family financially back home. I know in the end, things will become much better. Light at the end of the tunnel, remember?

Anyway, I got this kitty headband from a shop called Yhansy. I was a bit disappointed when the shop wasn’t giving me the tracking number of the shipment and that it took the courier 10 days to deliver it to my house. Nevertheless, all the bad vibes disappeared when I saw how adorable the headband was.

Paired it with my kitty shirt which I bought at a bazaar in Farmer’s Market, Cubao. I bought two colors actually (which I will show soon), but I opted for this one to match my skirt…

…which I also bought at Fashion de Lite ukay-ukay (thrift shop) in Cubao. It only cost me Php 50! Look at those distressed leather and velvet panels… lovely, aren’t they? 😀

And these pair of cute ballet flats were only bought for around Php 200. SM Department Store was on sale last week. I wasn’t supposed to buy anything fancy, but Chad and I passed by racks of pretty shoes with a sign saying ‘buy any two for 399.75’. WHO COULD RESIST THAT, REALLY? So I bought these heart-y flats along with a dark green pair. 😛

Yhansy kitty headband | Kitty shirt from bazaar | Thrifted distressed leather + velvet skirt | Solemate flats | Sling bag from Dushbag

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Here’s a a wonderful I Found a Reason cover by Cat Power. You might remember this song from V for Vendetta. I love that film.

Good Friday

I know, I haven’t posted anything for almost a week and for that I apologize. The past week was so stressful I decided to take a small break, but that doesn’t matter anymore because I’m back. And I’m back with a bang!

I’ve always believed that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve been through many hardships and emotional blows, but they’ve never tainted my outlook on life and discouraged me in pursuing my goals. They’re like accessoriesthey give more flavor to an outfit, and in this case, life. As Leslie Caron said, In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness—otherwise how would you know when you’re happy?

And speaking of happiness, yesterday was a very good day for me. I received two great newsthey’re not that huge, but again for a small town girl like me, they’re a great feat already.

1. Candy Magazine’s It Girl on the Web Style Feature

I was talking to someone online when that person told me she saw me on candymag.com’s Style Files. I was so surprised because I never thought I would get chosen for a number of reasons. One, Candy Magazine is a pre-teen/teen magazine and I’m already way beyond my teenage years. Two, I am not as adventurous as other fashion bloggers. I’m a dress/t-shirt and jeans (or shorts) kind of girl and I find it impractical wearing clothes I am not comfortable in. But hey, I got picked and I couldn’t be happier. Yeahboy, that’s one tick off my checklistEarlier this year I saw myself on Chalk Magazine and on a Dove billboard.

Oh hello there, Harry Styles! 😛

I see syntax errors. Lol, sorry about that. I was in a hurry answering the questions.

Click HERE to read the whole feature. Below are some lovely comments I’ve received from people. I’m so touched. Thanks, guys! 🙂

2. New Glorietta Vibe Modelling Opportunity

I only stand 5 feet but I never saw it as a hindrance to modelling, but I also do not deny the fact that tall girls look great, if not better, on the runway. I’ve always believed, however, that there’s room for everyone in the fashion industry. Case in point, Glorietta, one of the country’s premier shopping destination, in cooperation with AVA Philippines, is currently looking for models of all shapes and sizes who will walk the runway in an attempt to break the current Guinness record for most people on the runway, which is held by New York EXPRESS I think.

Seeing this as a great opportunity, I joined yesterday.

And before the day ended, I bagged the 3rd spot! Yay!

Thanks to everyone who supported and voted for me. I really appreciate it a lot. I couldn’t have made it without all your help yesterday.

See me walk the runway on November 29, 2012 via live-stream! Tweet me @dafnyduck with the hashtag #NewGloriettaVibe as well!

Again, thanks to everyone, especially to those who shared and retweeted the link to my photo. I love you all! xx

 

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