The Eye-Popping Street Art of St. Petersburg

Mural by Ricky Watts

St. Petersburg is a millenial’s paradise. It has a vibrant community of artists, skateboarders, surfers, and young entrepreneurs and professionals, making it (arguably) the hippest neighborhood in Florida. If you were to ask me, I’d like to live there too. It has everything I’m looking for in a place–the beach is just a stone’s throw away and there are plenty of museums, galleries, gyms, quaint novelty shops, and cafes to explore. But perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when talking about St. Pete is the street art.

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A Store for Every Girl

When people ask me what my style is, I usually don’t know how to answer. I dress depending on my mood so I cannot exactly identify my personal style. What I do know is I’m an avid fan of comfortable fashion. I commute everyday so I make sure that the pieces I wear do not restrict movement, thus I would usually go for soft, loose tops and pants; sometimes girly dresses and skirts when I’m feeling sad and happy–like this floral skirt from Fashion Diaries PH.

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The store also has varied affordable pieces for different girls. Sophisticated party girls will look dazzling in these metallic tops and dresses.

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Kid-at-heart girls who are attracted to cute, cartoon-inspired sweaters may like Fashion Diaries PH’s collection of pullovers:

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Strong, independent girls will definitely like this edgy but classy look from one of the store’s catalogs:

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These are just few of the many styles you can find at Fashion Diaries PH. I am encouraging you to check them out on Facebook and Instagram and I’m 100% sure you won’t regret it.

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Online Shopping Choices 2.0

Hey there! I’ve finally got myself together, so I’m back. I had personal issues to settle and goals to reach, that’s why I took a break from blogging. One thing I cannot get enough of is online shopping, though. It’s very helpful for lazy people like me—it’s convenient and hassle-free, plus the variations are endless (if you know where to shop).

I had my fair share of shopping horrors so I only buy from trusted online shops (see below). Last year I also made a feature on some local boutiques, which you can find here.

Subcult

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The brand name, Subcult, is a clipped word for ‘subculture’ which basically means a social group having distinct characteristics. From the name itself, you’d know that Subcult does not offer just any kind of clothing. Every piece is interestingly bizarre, kooky, and spunky (No wonder fashion editor/stylist Andre Chang loves the brand.). If you’re into muscle tees and clothing with graphic prints, Subcult is definitely the shop to go to. It is owned and managed by Unica Policarpio, a graduate of De La Salle University. You can find Subcult on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Boutique de Reines

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I’ve shown a lot of Boutique de Reines, which means Boutique for Queens in French, pieces on this blog through my outfit posts.  They have every apparel a woman needs—dresses, separates, bikinis, accessories, and even tickets to your favorite events. It’s like every-girl’s store, where the pieces are functional but at the same time not too expensive. Definitely budget-friendly! You can find Boutique de Reines on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

House of K

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House of K, formerly GF Shop, is owned by sisters Xylle, whose real name is Kristie Xyla, and Krissel. So you can pretty much guess why they renamed their brand to House of K. The shop initially sold adorable gadget cases and accessories, but after gaining some followers they decided to venture into the shoe business and then into bags subsequently. Their pieces are quirky and dainty—a perfect fit for girls who love color and all things pretty (like me hihi). You can find House of K on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 🙂

Personalized Accessories

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One thing I love about online shopping is that you rarely see someone wearing the same stuff you’re wearing. What we put on our bodies is like a representation of who we are. Our choice of clothing and accessories is a reflection of our personalities, which is probably why many of us want to stand out, be unique—and why Personalized Accessories has become such a hit to people. Personalized Accessories designs all their products and also accepts designs from clients. Their products range from necklaces to bag tags, which you can give as gifts if you’ve run out of creative juices. You can contact Personalized Accessories on Facebook and Twitter.

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In a few days I will be celebrating my 25th birthday, and as a treat, I and the above-mentioned brands will be giving away some lovely items on the 29th. So make sure to come back! 🙂

Stepping Into the Light: May 2013 Work and Features

It’s been a while since I last blogged, if we exclude the giveaway posts. I don’t even consider them blog posts. I know you must be tired of me apologizing for the lack of posts, so I won’t (it doesn’t mean though that I’m unapologetic). I had lots of personal issues that needed immediate attention, and I’m not even done dealing with yet. I needed to get out of that situation, even for just a little while, that’s why I’ve come back. There’s nothing much happening in my life this month, but the previous one though was one heck of an emotional ride.

Chad went back to the USA, so we’re back to Skype dates. But before he left, the magazine jobs we did came out as well as some blogger features. I’m reserving the work we did for CLAVEL magazine for next week’s blog post though, as I still have to procure a copy.

Lydali Fashion+Travel Blogger Feature

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In April, Lydali, a retail brand from San Francisco California, stumbled upon one of our travel videos and interviewed me for their blog. You can check out the full interview here. I talked about my country, the Philippines, and its wonderful places. I’m going to Corregidor Island this year and I’m looking for a travel buddy. If you wanna join me, email me and let’s talk. Hihi 🙂

MadhouseMNL May 2013 Film Issue

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As you know, Chad and I were regular contributors for the online magazine, MadhouseMNL. MadhouseMNL is composed of (very) young individuals who share their passion for the arts through the online magazine. They released the film issue last month in which we shot our friend Marthe Olsen wearing Trunk Show Manila in legit film. Check out the full editorial here.

DDG Magazine Travel+Fashion Article

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Here’s what I’m really proud of. This is a travel+fashion article that Chad and I produced for DDG Magazine‘s April-May issue. Chad wrote the travel part while I wrote the style tips. Chad is a really good writer, while I am not really confident about mine. I let Chad review what I wrote before we submitted it for publishing, and he liked it. I was so happy. 🙂 We shot 5 layouts in two hours for this issue, it was very exhausting but totally worth it. Grab a copy of DDG Magazine April-May issue guys! National Bookstore branches have it, I’m sure.

DDG Magazine Blogger Feature

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And last but definitely not the least is our blogger feature for the same magazine. They know we’re bloggers as well so they featured us. Yay! Just seeing my photo placed side by side with the love of my life makes me happy. 🙂

So that’s what kept me busy the past months. ‘Will post more about our magazine work next week! 🙂

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Fashion for a Cause: CustomAid

Hi, everyone! Last week I told you about our experience with kids from the Smokey Mountain, a landfill in Metro Manila. We got to the place and met the people through our Norwegian friend-slash-model Marthe Olsen, who came to the Philippines to do volunteer charity work. I can’t help but admire this woman, who at 21 years old already knows what she wants to do in life. Aside from volunteering for Gawad Kalinga, she is also spearheading CustomAid, a lifestyle company focusing on fashion, health and HELP. Here’s what she wants to share to all of you fashionistas who want to do some good:

Right now, our aim is to start Yoga & Creative workshops at Gawad Kalingas livelihood center in Smokey Mountain—to help the less privileged children to get focused, creative and artistic. We had many kind souls donating us their fashion that were dusting down in their closet, so that the fashion can be passed on to someone else. Maybe that someone is YOU? All profits will go towards our charity project; each item we sell will go to a whole gym outfit, t-shirt and pants. So help a child to get dressed while getting new fashion for your closet, and supporting a good cause! Contact Marthe on marthe.olsen@customaid.org for more info, clothing donations or inquiries. Blessings to all of you!

Here are some of the awesome stuff CustomAid is selling, modelled by Marthe:

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All the items cost Php150 each only. That’s very cheap right? I actually like the pink blazer! To purchase, go to www.customaid.org/products.

I am not paid to do this. It’s just that a lot of us are blessed with a good life and helping the less privileged can be a good way to share our blessings. Joanna Ladrido, one of the country’s first and most influential fashion blogger, supports CustomAid.

By shopping at CustomAid, you will not only look good, but you will also help out and do good. 🙂

MadHouse MNL January: Andro-Jenny

Hello! I apologize for being MIA for the past couple of weeks. I was stuck in the doldrums and nothing seemed to entice me to do stuff—until last night. Madhouse MNL, the online magazine where Chad and I regularly contribute, has just released their January issue dedicated to M-E-N.

Chad and I didn’t like the idea of using a male model wearing masculine clothes, because that’s what the magazine would have expected us to do—and we didn’t want that. While discussing the matter, I suddenly remembered Brittani Kline’s advertorial for Benetton published in Vogue Mexico. She looked really boyish in the pictures but they’ve decided to add a few feminine elements as well. Chad and I were like, “we can definitely do that.” 🙂

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Finding a model proved to be difficult. We wanted someone with short hair and someone who can be pogi (handsome) but effeminate. Chad and I are novices in the field so we only know few people and none of them were androgynous enough, except for Ginelle, who was miles away from us. Fortunately, her dad allowed her to travel to Manila, et voilà we have a model!

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Ginelle reminds me a bit of Ann Ward, who imitated Alexander Wang in one of the ANTM episodes hehe. Like before, we did three layouts—smart casual, spring casual, and grunge.

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Grunge was my absolute fave. The look reminded me of Johnny Depp’s I-don’t-give-a-f*ck aura during the ’90s and Ginelle did an excellent job at owning the look.

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I love working with amazing people. They inspire me to think and do more, and do better of course. I’m actually excited for our next shoot; hopefully it’s as fun as this one.

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Thanks to Trunk Show, by the way, for the wonderful pants, accessories, and shoes. Do check out their stores in Trinoma and Powerplant Mall. In the meantime, like their Facebook page here.

Photographer: Chad Verzosa

Model: Ginelle Chavez

Hair and make-up artist: Elaine Silva

Stylist: Me 🙂

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Our editorial spread can be found on pages 296-313 at http://madhousemnl.com. Please check it out! What do you think of the photos? We hope you like it! 🙂

 

Profound Escape

Hello everyone! Below are some of the photos which made it to Madhouse Manila magazine’s vintage December issue. I styled 3 layouts, inspired by the medieval peasant life with hints of modern trends, of course. I teamed up with Chad (the photographer), Hennie Fortuin (the model), and Ms. Elle Lubigan (the hair and make-up artist). Chad used his Canon ae-1 film camera with a Kodak ColorPlus film.

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Supposedly, the first layout is about a farmer’s daughter who is young, playful, and carefree—hence the flowers, braids, and lace—but we kind of forgot about that so we ended up with these shots. I like the first photo because it reminds me of a child who is hopeful of the future, plus the light on Hennie’s face is just gorgeous.

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The second set represents the transition of the peasant’s child from innocence to maturity, that stage where children are introduced by their parents or by circumstance to the realities of life. So, I chose a a dark and checkered ensemble with a lace collar to add youth. Browns and maroons always remind me of farms.

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The last, but certainly not the least, set is my absolute favorite—not just because the Anne Boleyn hairdo suited the model nicely, but also because all the elements meshed together. I only came up with this look during the last minute, as I wasn’t quite sure if the heavy skirt will complement the printed top. And it did! The Scandinavian cross matched the top too! It was actually Chad’s idea to buy and use the cross. I love the fact that he knows a lot about history and whatnot. 😛

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This set represents a full-grown woman, who has been forced by unfortunate events to take care of her family. Innocence is now lost. However, I don’t really consider this as a sad ending to such a story. I’d like to call it ‘bravery’, instead. I deeply admire people who are driven, tough, and mature. A lot of us today do not like taking responsibilities, and people who do deserve so much respect.

So there you go. We really hope you liked the sets. Please check out Madhouse MNL, and you can find us on pages 137 to 149. Special thanks to ForMe clothing for providing the floral jacket and printed long-sleeves.

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Also, I told you last week that Chad and I went to this Vinyl Dump store in Cubao Expo to interview Joel Devicais, the owner. Chad wrote an article about it and took photos too. Read about it on pages 108 to 111.

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And apparently, Madhouse MNL decided to include the Feral Child pictures which I previously shared here. You can also see them in pages 128 to 135.

Thanks to everyone who supported us! Watch out for another Chad & Daphne collaboration! 😛

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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! 🙂