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.” 🙂

Pants and accessories from Trunk Show (6)

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!

Pants and accessories from Trunk Show

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.

Pants and shoes from Trunk Show (3)

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.

Pants and shoes from Trunk Show (7)

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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Changeling

Last week I attended L’Oreal Paris PH’s fashion show featuring Albert Andrada and Ezra Santos—one of the first shows during the Philippine Fashion Week—which I blogged about here.

Since becoming a blogger in 2010, attending Philippine Fashion Week became one of my goals. Getting invites was not that easy though, at least initially, because they cannot be bought nor requested. The PFW team/agencies choose who to attend. Last year I got to see Oxygen, GUESS, and VANS‘ Spring-Summer 2012 collections, thanks to Connect Agencie.

Last week I was supposed to attend three shows, but due to illness and bad weather I had to cancel the two others, featuring Dax Bayani and Vania Romoff’s respective collections. At least I got to attend to one though.

Anti-Fashion Manila bustier| Liz Claiborne watch| Forever 21 necklace, skirt, and heels

I think I’ll never overcome my love for mullet skirts. There’s something about it that makes any wearer look sexy but classy at the same time. And they are quite comfortable, mind you. I feel like I’m one of those girls in a feminine wash commercial. Lol. I think I would still be wearing my mullets even when they go out of style.

Everyone at the office and on Facebook loved my new hair cut by the way, which makes me even happier 🙂 I had worn my hair long for a lengthy amount of time, so it’s refreshing to sport a shorter hairdo. I tried copying Sarah Barthel’s hair style. If you don’t know her, you should check out this music video by Phantogram.

Gorgeous, isn’t she? Hype my look on lookbook and chictopia! 🙂

Vintage

I like looking at old photographs, especially my parents’. They remind me so much of how innocent and unperturbed the times were back then. Sometimes I feel like many of us today are constantly chasing the wrong things. In the past, people’s ways of living are just simple and uncomplicated, unlike now.

These photos were taken using a Canon ae-1 film camera. My boyfriend is so much more comfortable using film cameras than the digital ones. These photos can already tell you why. I tried shooting some things using his camera too (which I will share really soon), and I immediately understood why he loves using it to take pictures.

More photos under the cut!

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Luna Park

One thing I love about Quezon City (where I live) is the abundance of trees. It may not be the cleanest place but it sure is the greenest, which is one of the reasons I prefer to stay in the city for as long as I can. The parks remind me so much of my hometown, Naga, that I sorely miss.

This is what I wore during the Gear4 media launch in Taguig on Thursday, which I will blog about really soon. Angry Birds fans, watch out! 🙂

My housemates would often tease me that they can only find one color scheme in my closet. And if you’re a regular visitor of my blog, you’ll know what color they’re pertaining to. Dun dun dun… PINK. Duh. Then I would vehemently deny that pink is my favorite color. I SWEAR. And of course, they’re unconvinced haha. But pink is such a pretty color, yes? Maybe too girly, but you can’t deny it looks really good on a girl, and sometimes even on boys. Sometimes.

 

Dress from Koreana | Tribal necklace from Ling Dacudao | Sling bag from Dushbag | Cocco boater hat | The Little Things She Needs wedges

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I’m leaving you with this beautiful but quite haunting song by the Pet Shop Boys, a 1980s English electronic dance music duo regarded by Guinness as one of UK’s most successful musicians.

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Paragon

So here’s what I wore during the MANGO Touch and H.E. by MANGO store launch. The launch was in Makati, which is pretty far from where I live, so I opted for pieces that are both chic and comfortable.

Speaking of chic, I think there’s nothing more chic than this sweater from Kashieca. I love the pearl accents so much, hence the post title ‘Paragon’—which is a name for a big pearl. When I bought this sweater, I knew this would go well with my soft tulle skirt that has pearl accents as well.

If some people are doing their versions of the print-on-print trend, I’m creating my own—pearl-on-pearl. Lol

Of course, one can’t go to a MANGO event without wearing (or bringing) anything MANGO.

Excuse my awful hair. Fear not, I’m having it fixed next week. Haha

My favorite pair of heeled booties. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again—these are so comfortable despite the heel and platform height, I swear! I can actually run around in these.

Wore a headband to attain the collegiate/Blair Waldorf-esque look that I was going for. Have you seen the final season premiere of Gossip Girl? I missed Blair and Chuck so much. Dan Humphrey, as always, you’re a douche.

Kashieca sweater| Skirt from bazaar| Liz Claiborne watch| MANGO purse| Forever 21 heels

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Thanks, MANGO for these wonderful items!

And to the boyfriend for being such a good sport. This was actually the first fashion event he attended. Hooray!

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Holga Series: If You Steal My Sunshine

So this is it, the last set from my Holga series. If you haven’t seen the first two, you can check them out here and here.

When I saw this dress from an online shop called Runway Dreams on Facebook, I knew this was the perfect dress for a beach date. The color looks fun and the cut is very feminine. It looked really amazing whenever the wind came. We we were able to capture it on video here.

The sun was beginning to set when we took these. I feel a mixture of admiration and sadness whenever the sun sets. It’s one of the most beautiful things on earth, but at the same time it signals the end of the day. We become limited by the darkness (heck, we couldn’t even see the shore properly). But then again, it assures us that light will always follow.

I got tan lines, yo! See that? 🙂 I guess it’s farewell for now, my dear ocean. Chad and I will be back soon.

Dress from Runway Dreams | Forever 21 purse | ForMe collar necklace | Liz Claiborne watch

Photos by Chad

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Now I got my post title from this 1999 song by Len. I know it’s not the most wholesome song (although it doesn’t sound like it), but it’s trippy and I looove it. I hope you do, too!

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Holga Series: Sand in My Shoes

Hi! These are just some photos from the second set that was shot with a Holga lens. I am still amazed how the lens captured the light whenever I look at these photos. You may not see my face very clearly, but I do not want it to be the focus this time. I’m pretty sure you’re already annoyed seeing my face anyway, hoho.

If you are a frequent visitor of my blog, you’d remember this dress. It’s not a crime to wear things multiple times, you know. I’m not born with a silver spoon in my mouth, so why pretend having endless supply of clothes? Just saying. Besides, this is one of my favorite dresses but instead of heels, I opted to pair it with my trusty (and dirty) Vans sneakers, because obviously I cannot walk on the beach wearing 5-inch stilettos.

Now isn’t that just marvelous. I seldom see that kind of light and sky in the city. I think that’s the whole point of travelling and visiting places–to appreciate the work of nature.

I was so happy to finally see the ocean that I sat on the shore like a child and started filling my shoes with sand. Lol

Obligatory blogger outfit shots 😛 Make sure to come back soon for the last set of my Holga series. I promise you the last one’s going to be purrrty! 🙂

H&M dress| Vans sneakers| Forever 21 denim vest| Liz Claiborne watch| Union Jack connector ring from Ode to Her| Thrifted aviators

Photos by Chad

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Holga Series: Mind Cruisin’

It’s been a year since I last saw the ocean so when Chad told me we’re going to La Union, I agreed without hesitation. I haven’t been to La Union but I do know it’s a famous surf spot, and I understand why. It’s clean and the waves as well as the locals are very pleasant. I initially wanted to try surfing again, like I did last year, but we didn’t get to bring nor rent a longboard so I learned skimboarding instead.

This is me smiling after bruising my knee and thigh, getting a swollen ankle, and landing on my butt after sliding countless times. I have low pain tolerance, but when it comes to learning how to surf and skim, I’m willing to endure a few injuries. Those injuries pale in comparison to that certain high you get after successfully riding the board, that feeling of being stoked. I’m not really an excitable person, but beach and water activities (or even the lack thereof) often delight me.

And no, I did not wear these while learning how to skimboard. That would be difficult, not to mention ridiculous. I would topple down even before I get to the board. Lol. This is 1 of the 3 looks I wore in the Beach Bunny video Chad and I made. Please watch if you haven’t. 🙂

Making the sailor salute because I’m wearing a sailor top. Don’t judge. 😛

Sailor top from Ode to Her | ForMe shorts | The Little Things She Needs wedges

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Beach Bunny

If you’re following me on Twitter (or Facebook), you’ve probably known that I came to La Union with the boyfriend for a little vacation. Chad’s just arrived from Florida, while I’ve been dying to see the ocean for months. So this week’s the perfect time for travel.

Now below is a video we made during our 3-day stay in La Union. We called it a video lookbook as it shows three of my favorite, if not usual, looks. Chad only used a holga for this video and no manipulations were made, except cutting unnecessary scenes. We had so much fun making this so we hope you will enjoy watching it, too.

Beach Bunny (video lookbook) from chad verzosa on Vimeo.

I’ve prepared individual posts for each look and will share them in the coming days so watch out for them if you want to see photos and the list of brands I wore in this vid.

If it’s not too much, give us some love over at Facebook by liking our video and sharing it on your wall–just follow this link. Thank you so much! Bye bye <3

Studded

Thursday was such a busy and exhausting day. I and the boyfriend who has recently arrived from Florida (Yihee! :D) had to travel from Quezon City to Pasay to get our Bench Universe Fashion Show tickets at the SM Mall of Asia Arena (the show was absolutely stunning by the way; will post a separate  entry about it). Since MOA is miles away from my place, I had to wear an outfit in which I could freely move so I opted for this look.

Oversized studded knit dress from F-STOP| Bench shorts| Sling bag from Dushbag| Flats from Farmer’s Bazaar

Excuse my chubby self 😛 I know it’s been ages since I last shared an outfit post, but I am elated to tell you that I’m back and will be sharing more looks in the coming days! 🙂 This outfit is not that special I know, but comfort is always my top priority in deciding what to wear.

Also, I just couldn’t get over how comfortable this studded top is. Studs and knits aren’t really my style but I feel amazing in this! I think my look could have looked boring without the studs as well. ‘Wore shorts and flats with it so I don’t end up torturing my legs and feet, and I’m glad I did. 🙂

Of course, headphones and music are a must for travel.

It’s blurry but I like it. 🙂

Thank you, Chad, for taking my photos! <3

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Wrangler Fall/Winter Collection Launch

Wrangler is one of the biggest denim brands with hundred years of denim heritage. Founded in 1904, Wrangler was originally named Blue Bell, and rooted as a work wear company specializing in Overalls. In 1947, the name Wrangler was born, which means “working cowboy”. Since then, Wrangler has delivered denim innovation and authentic craftsmanship, and stayed true to its devotion to denim history.

Wrangler is known for its trademark design called the 7 Icons, which speaks of impeccable form and function. I’m not really particular with pants, most especially the designs, but looking at Wrangler’s presentation below, you would actually see how much thought was poured in creating a pair of jeans that are both stylish and functional.

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be invited to Wrangler’s Fall/Winter Collection Launch at Robinsons Manila. The event was hosted by the bubbly Kim Jones (below). I love her shoes.

The fall/winter collection is a story of two people who travel and explore places, inspired by the thrill of discovery. Every destination is represented in Wrangler clothing pieces–colorful tops are inspired by the sunrise, which signals the beginning of the journey.



The above photos are just a few of the pieces you’ll be seeing in Wrangler stores, but let me show you more through this short clip I made. The video contains some footage and photos from the fashion show.

I also managed to take some photos of the denim bar:

But what I loved the most are the displays! I’m in love with photos like the ones below. I love traveling as well, it does good things to the soul.

I wish Wrangler would also sell these luggages! Haha. I wanted to nick them and take them home. Thank god I was able to restrain myself. Haha.



And those are just some of the good things you can expect from your favorite Wrangler branch. But of course, I need to thank Melai of Style and Soul for inviting me. It’s been a while since my last fashion show so I’m extremely grateful. I had a great time. Thanks, Melai!

Meet Jay and Sophia. Yay for new friends!

I’m leaving you with this awesome ad by Wrangler. It makes me want to hop on a car (though I can’t drive haha) and go somewhere.  It’s nice to be spontaneous sometimes.


Be Confident by Anya Sarre

Shoes, apparel, and accessories should make us feel good about ourselves and should be an expression of our inner beauty. It can be very frustrating when we are looking for an outfit for a special event and end up getting that awkward feeling in the dressing room because of the way something fits or looks.  Fret no more—even celebrities need confidence boosters, which help their glow for all to see! There are many steps you can take to avoid this situation leading to a boost in self-confidence and more happy occasions!

Shop Your Favorite but Dare to Try New Things

Of course we all fall into our comfort zones, but don’t fall victim to the ease of your systematic routine. Try something new—new colors, new prints, new textures, new style. There is a way for everyone to pull off the hottest summer red carpet styles with their own sense of style and flair! Let your inner fashionista shine brighter than the sun and leave others admiring your style.

Try Out Body Conscious Trends

Fashion should make you exude your confidence. Body-conscious dresses and bandage skirts have been a big trend in the recent seasons because they seem to favor any body type, height, and size. Maxi dresses and pastel colored skinny jeans also seem to look good on everyone. Silk and chiffon blouses are a practical and versatile staple that will flatter any figure. Pair a striped maxi, with vintage accent jewelry and a pair of sunshades to look cool, calm, and glamorous this summer.

Wear the Right Shoes

Shoes make a huge difference on how the outfit looks on you. If you think that reflection in the mirror is unattractive, it might be because you are wearing a cocktail dress with shoes meant for the beach. Wear some trendy wedges or take your night out heels on shopping trips so you can get a glimpse of what your outfit will really look like. Let your inner fashionista shine and fall into your own chic style!

 

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[This is a guest post by Anya Sarre of ShoeDazzle. Anya is a stylist for ShoeDazzle who works alongside other celebrity stylists like Kim Kardashian. She is regularly featured in print magazines and on television—Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and the STYLE network to name a few.]

Metamorphosis

As you have noticed, I have changed my blog name from Zeros and Fives to Metamorphosis. For one, I am no longer a size zero kid like I was when I started this blog. Haha. Yes, I got, er, chubby. I don’t really mind though, as I have been trying to look healthier since forever. And two, my feet have amazingly grown from size five to six. Didn’t think it’s still possible, given that I’m nearing quarter life.

This blog was initially created to document my style progress, and true to that I shared photo shoots that I have attended where I styled myself (except for the Nivea Face Affair shoot). I do not have an exceptional style, I’m quite aware of that, but through this blog I have witnessed my fashion sense improve.

I was a scrawny kid with an awful fashion sense. That’s me at the far right, with friends. If I remember correctly, I was 11 in this photo, which was taken while we were at a youth camp in Iriga, Camarines Sur. Saling pusa lang ako sa camp na ito, the guys I’m with were my siblings’ friends and org mates. You can already see, however, my fascination with hats, belts, and colors, albeit I wasn’t aware yet how to mix and match properly. Talk about disaster. Haha

This photo on the left was taken when I was 18 years old. I and my sister (right) were big fans of black, you see.

I was 20 in the next photo—a few months after my graduation. I designed that white dress by the way and picked the textiles myself. I’ve always known what I want since I was a kid, but my family’s state at that time prevented me from pursuing them, particularly when it came to clothes.

My first ‘matinong’ photo taken in 2010

Only when I started earning my own money did I manage to buy some things that I fancy. And so I began experimenting and taking risks, some of which did not actually look okay. But hey, at least I tried.

And this is me two years after (and around 13 years after the youth camp above):

Obviously, I still love hats and colors. I’d like to think that my style has improved. I sometimes incorporate trends in my outfit, but I don’t forget to include something that’s ‘me’. My love for hats and comfortable clothes, that is.

So I think I’m going to use ‘Metamorphosis’ for a long while. It just hits home. My boyfriend can definitely vouch for that, as he has practically known me for almost a decade now.  He always tells me that I changed quite a lot, at least in physical appearance. A number of my schoolmates didn’t even recognize me when I chatted them up on Facebook. It made me a bit sad, but at least they know this is me now. Hahaha. It’s just amazing isn’t it, what a few years can do to a person. 🙂

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School Boy

ForMe Top, shorts, and necklace, Forever 21 hat and purse, Asianvogue heels

When I was a kid, I didn’t have much friends. I only had two in elementary whom I could consider good friends, although I did hang out with a bunch of girls who were ‘popular’ at school. They’re popular mainly because they had ‘boyfriends’ from the upper year levels and are relatively from well-off families. For some reason, however, those girls seemed to develop particular hatred towards me, especially when I’m running for positions in school organizations. I never really gave it much thought back then. I had my two best friends anyway. But it’s funny, if you think of it now, how kids view relationships.

Fast forward to high school. I was very intimidated by the fact that I’m in a school full of geniuses. Yes, I was the top student of my batch in elementary, but later on I realized my skills were no match compared to my batch mates in Naga City Science High School. The first days of classes proved to be very difficult; I never understood any word my teachers were saying while my classmates could, especially in Math. How ironic, I thought, that I was awarded the Best in Mathematics medal when I was younger. Haha. Bibo kid lang ako siguro masyado.

I did meet new friends, a couple of them became my best buddies. I was extremely awkward and unpleasant looking back then. I was very skinny and I had ugly teeth (lol). I clearly remember one classmate of mine suggesting that I should comb my hair sometimes, dahil mukha daw akong na-rape lagi. Hahaha. That was in sophomore year. Did I start fixing myself after that? No. All that mattered to me was to study and graduate and eventually find a scholarship so that I could go to college. I did have my crushes, however, but unfortunately all of them were too busy ogling and courting the popular and pretty girls. I was just an ordinary student then, I’m not even sure if people knew I existed. I always carried a huge backpack where I put all my books and an encyclopedia (yes, ENCYCLOPEDIA), which I often used when my school books cannot provide me answers for my homework (Ah, so that’s probably why I have scoliosis now.). Yes, I was aware that the internet already existed at that time, but we didn’t have a computer at home; we didn’t even have electricity sometimes. I have experienced studying by candlelight—too many times that it became ordinary to me. Going to school was always a challenge for me. I won’t mention why anymore, but I used the hardships to rise above the situation.

I received a full scholarship (which I am thankful for) and was able to finish college with flying colors. I may not have taken my dream course in my dream school, but I still consider myself very lucky. Many people don’t even get the chance to study, not that I am taking comfort in their misfortune. All I’m saying is we should not be discouraged to pursue our goals just because we’re having setbacks. Be glad that we have them, because our triumphs won’t be as meaningful if we do not experience hurdles.

School has a very special place in my heart, hence the title of this post. Without it, I won’t be where I am now. I have not achieved all my goals yet, but I’m proud to say that I am at a better situation. It only took me a bit of time, lots of perseverance, and a tough heart to surpass all difficult challenges.

I love how this look reminds me so much of my childhood (cue My Daddy Long Legs, Judy Abbott song haha). It’s very comfortable, most especially the top and shorts. I commute and move around a lot so I appreciate chic pieces that do not compromise function.

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Photos by Jash Manuel

Lost

FORME top and shorts, COCCO boater hat, collar necklace by Ling Dacudao, Forever 21 heels, Ode to Her ring, Giani Bernini sling bag from Dushbag

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re stuck and you’re struggling to emerge from it? I’m beginning to wonder if the things I’m currently doing are indeed worth the effort, and if my hard work will bear any fruit at all. Before, I was so certain of what to do with my life that I have even drafted a ten-year plan. Slowly, albeit not entirely and exactly as planned, I achieved some of them bit by bit, despite the fact that I only came from a humble family. And I know that that is something to be proud of.  But what if all the hard work will amount to nothing? What if what you want isn’t really meant for you to have? How would you know?

I feel like escaping sometimes so I could free myself from my own questions, go somewhere sequestered and stay hidden for a while. Oftentimes when I need to contemplate on things, I detach myself from everything and go somewhere calming, like the woods. I know escaping is not the best way of facing one’s own demons but for some reason, I feel very at ease with nature. It helps me rediscover and rework myself, so this shoot with Jashen was very cathartic for me. Although I have not completely won over my battles, I’m beginning to see a glimmer of hope.

I am thankful to the people who never give up on me and to those I’ve met recently. For ForMe clothing to take a chance on me, despite the crisis I am going through, is very humbling. Maybe, just maybe, all the effort could be worth it after all.

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Photos by Jashen Manuel

*First and last photo were post-processed by yours truly. ‘Trying to copy Jashen’s awesome style but apparently I failed. lol

 

Thursday Bloody Thursday

Mullet skirt from Koreana Shop, Antler necklace

Silver cuff and ring from Zeros and Fives Shop (for sale here)

Mulberry-inspired bag from Satchella

Forever 21 heels

I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting my blog again. I’ve been having an emotionally challenging week, but I’m slowly recovering though—thanks to 9gag, music, and loved ones. It’s great to have things and people you can always turn to during hard times. In most girls’ cases though, aside from the previously mentioned ones, shopping and make up are surefire ways to brighten their days. So yesterday, I dragged my ass out of bed and decided to make a post related to school fashion and make up. And above and below are what I came up with.

A lot of female students, most especially those who are in college, would prefer to look made up before heading to school. Below is one of my favorite looks (aside from the everyday make-up look)—it’s not too thick and flashy so it’s definitely appropriate for school.

I only have a limited palette, so I used my pink blush as the base instead. I like pink  because it brightens the eyes, much like when we put blush on our cheeks. And then I placed a gold eyeshadow from Majolica Majorca on top and blended it with the pink “eyeshadow” at the middle.  I also used a brown liquid eyeliner for a more natural effect.

See? It looks so natural. And then dab a bit of pink blush on the cheeks for a healthier look.

Lastly, put some pink lip gloss and you’re ready to go.

I hope you like the whole look! If you do, hype this look on lookbook and chictopia. 🙂

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Big Jet Plane

How do you like my new blog layout? I hope you’re viewing this on a desktop or a laptop with a wide screen. I’m not sure if the layout is compatible with netbooks, as the balloons might cover some of the texts. As you know, my website was hacked by some phishing site yesterday. My web developer, Jehz, advised me to change my blog theme and delete the plug-ins, since they’re prolly the reason why my website was easily hacked. I realized it’s the most opportune time to put into action some thoughts that bugged me recently. And so I have, beginning with a new blog layout. 🙂

The Little Things She Needs wedges

I Love H81 by Forever 21 denim top, Clothes for the Goddess “skorts”

Paris Dreams MiuMiu-inspired bag

Ode to Her ring, Genevieve Gozum belt

I bought the bag a few days before my trip to Bicol last month. I wanted something where I can fit all my clothes and shoes. I was on a budget and I didn’t want to pay additional airport baggage fees. Good thing Paris Dreams carries a line of MiuMiu-inspired bags in different colors, and at the same time, with enough space. It’s perfect.

Speaking of trips:

Someone shared this on Facebook some days ago and I fell in love with it right away. Take You Higher is actually a remix version of Angus & Julia Stone‘s Big Jet Plane. My boyfriend is a big Angus fan, but he liked this version as well, especially the video. We both love traveling, and any song that reminds us of it is instantly a favorite. Ah, I can’t wait for August.

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Lazy Eye

Clothes, purse and shoes from Forever 21, Ode to Her ring, 1721 hair clip

I wore this outfit to ZALORA’s official launch last week. The dress code was “dress to impress” but I chose to wear the most comfortable items I could sport. In the past, I would wear outfits that are beyond my comfort zone, and I’d end up exhausted and displeased after. I know that we should sometimes experiment, but I’ve always believed that when it comes to fashion, comfort is key. Speaking of which, these shoes (which remind me of Jeffrey Campbell Litas–they look the same, no?) may look heavy but they are the most comfortable! New shoes often give me blisters, but these didn’t. Spell relief.  Aside from that, I looked tall. HAHA. It’s not everyday that I’m 5’5″, you know. Lol. Better grab the chance while I still can. 😛

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How to Make a Fishtail Braid (Video)

I know this video tutorial is late, and I apologize. But here it is guys! I hope you’ll like it. Making a fishtail braid is a bit tedious the first time you do it, but you’ll find it quite easy once you get the hang of the process.

My face looks squashed. I filmed this in portrait mode so I had to rotate it. Unfortunately the video editor that I was using only had two ratio options. I guess I’m gonna have  to look for more video editing software then. In the meantime, please bear with me and my amateur editing skills. At least you get a better view of the braid. 😛

If you have questions, feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll definitely answer them when I get the chance. If you want a full text of the steps of making a fishtail braid plus pictures, I blogged about it last year here. Please subscribe to my Youtube channel! Hihi. Thank you! :3

Fotografia

Forever 21 shoes

Click sheer top and ring from Zeros and Fives (buy here), Jean Nicole shorts from Ling Dacudao

1721 hair clip

Chad gave me this really cute camera early this year. He takes great pictures and we agreed that he’d teach me photography when he comes back to the country this summer, and we’ll start with this Diana Mini. I’m quite excited of the new things I’ll learn and do this year. And you’ll definitely be the first ones to know what they are. I’ve just begun drawing again—it used to be my pastime when I was younger, but, well, I had to prioritize other things later on. It feels great actually, doing the things I used to love as a child. You know what, I might actually start buying canvases again and do a bit of—er—painting. I’m not good though, but I’ve always believed that there’s no craft that can’t be learned.

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Photos by Antonio Aguila and Unica Policarpio. Thanks, guys! I had so much fun shooting with you! 🙂

After Noon

Asianvogue shoes

Bustier from bazaar, Soho Central mullet skirt from Zeros and Fives (buy here)

I recently opened my small online shop, Zeros and Fives on Multiply and Facebook. I’ve always been fascinated with clothes and I’m very much aware of styles that would suit me by just looking at certain photos. I fancy clothes that are wearable and comfortable, things that one could actually wear outside of the house without feeling too self-conscious and awkward.

These photos were taken at around 3 pm at a park in Alabang Hills. There were lots of people during that time, but I didn’t feel any shyness at all. Echosera lang haha. I  felt great wearing the clothes and they actually gave me some confidence. It’s amazing what good clothes can do to a person.

Photos taken by Anton Aguila

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Paperdoll

I couldn’t think of a name for the post so I used the photographer’s title instead. How lazy of me, I know. Looking at these photos I initially thought of Sunkist (90s kids know this). I look so orange-y I want to drink myself. Haha. Ugh, awkward statement.

H&M Dress from Shop Class, Asianvogue heels


Miss Sartorial detachable collar

Orange has always been my favorite color since high school. My friends can attest to that. One time during our Christmas party at school, I wore a full orange+white outfit—top, bottoms, and slippers. I looked hideous. Lol. But seriously though, for me, orange looks very fresh and soothing to the eyes. It always reminds me of summer, and we know what summer usually means, right?—FUN!

Bag from Landmark, The Little Things She Needs connector ring

Cocco boater hat

I lost a number of stuff during the shoot, more due to my clumsiness and carelessness, which I tweeted about here. Nevertheless, I tremendously enjoyed this shoot with Antonio Aguila, who I met during the Philippine Fashion Week last year. This guy is so talented he does not alter his photographs and posts them on his blog as is, except of course this collaboration of ours. He did a bit of color-grading, but it’s obvious no alterations were made on my face and body. I can actually spot the teensy flabs hahaha 🙂

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Have a TOMATO Summer!

Now who is in summer mode? Tomato is!

One thing I love about this year’s trend is the comeback of the  1960s fashion–polka dots and vibrant colors ahoy.

Now Tomato has infused all those in their summer collection! Just look at these pieces!

What I love about them is that the pieces, the top especially, just show the right amount of skin–not too itsy bitsy *cue Itsy Bitsy Yellow Polka Dot Bikini song*–but still great for a beach trip. I’m definitely gonna grab one. Hee~

Tomato says:

CLASSIC CAN BE SEXY IN TOMATO’S 2012 SUMMER COLLECTION

Tomato Summer has the vibe of retro 60’s goldern age with a modern sexy twist of the 2000!  The country’s premier stylists Pam Quinones and Rey Ilagan teamed up with in demand Make-up and Hair stylists Robi Pinera and Raymond Santiago in this Modern Classic Marc Nicdao photoshoot that gives you the Elegance and sexy vibe of the 60’s with a very fresh, young and modern twist. 

Tomato channeled the legendary sex appeal of  Brigitte Bardo with a hint of that Cindy Crawford style.  It’s Hollywood royalty meets Fashion Icon!  Big hair and pop of colors in swimsuits and summer wear in muted and high contrast shades of green, tangerine, earth tone shades of browns and blues dominate the 2012 Tomato’s Summer Collection .  High waist cut swimsuits with sexy peek a boo details will make every woman feel like a siren while leaving the men gasping for more.  Summer beads in various colorful shades of yellow, orange, teal, green etc. are perfect accessories for the day on the beach.

For Tomato Green, it’s the 60’s clean sexy and mysterious look that’s rendered in fresh youthful contemporary style.  Brooding bad boy-good boy vibe will tingle your summer senses with Tomato Green’s 2012 Summer Collection.  It’s all about bringing out that sexy in you in comfortable clothes that are made to fit any type of body while enhancing your best features.  Above the knee thin shorts that fit close to the body with solid contrast color details are simply scene stealers, cuff shorts are most comfortable and stylish while colored chinos in green, blue, rust and red will definitely give you a fashion statement that spells confidence and style!

So hit your summer destination in Tomato’s 2012 Summer Collection!  Complete you stylish looks by wearing Tomato’s over sized summer eyewear and you are ready to go!

So if that isn’t enough to convince you to hit TOMATO stores right now, maybe this would:

HOTTT.

Blue

I know summer is supposed to be fun and pink and all, but this week has been unbelievably stressful that I didn’t get as much sleep. Fortunately, I was done with my final project and was able to submit it to my professor 10 minutes before the deadline. Imagine my relief when I thought I was late!

So my face says it all. But I feel a looot better now though. I hit the sack yesterday at around 6PM (yesss, that early!) and woke up at around 5AM today. Awesome sleep is awesome. I feel like a newly freed prisoner. Haha.

Peek-a-boo! I really love this top I bought at Forever 21. Blogger Domz spotted it when she styled me for the Face Affair. This didn’t make the cut though so I purchased it instead. Isn’t it gooorgeous? Tops or dresses with “sexy backs” can still look decent if the front has a modest cut, see?

I’ve always believed that less is more (not in clothing though, heh). I can go out of the house sans jewelry, you never even see me overaccessorize. If I’m wearing rings, I seldom wear bracelets. I’m quite small so I think too much accessories would make me look more like a dwarf. To compensate for the lack of height though, I wear heels. Would you believe that I have more pairs of heels than flats? 😛

Top and pants from Forever 21| Bag from GAP| Skull ring from Stylebreak| Love ring from The Little Things She Needs| Heels from Asianvogue

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How I Wear My Man’s Shirt

I’ve been wearing this shirt almost every week since I bought it last year.

One thing I love about oversized garments, in this case a shirt from Bench’s men’s department (yes, with glitters), is they are very easy to wear. I don’t have to worry about my tummy protruding whenever I overeat.

Men’s shirt from Bench| Connector ring from Stylebreak| Fabre necklace from Antler| Hair tie from Quirkyfinds

Despite this shirt being tailored for men, it does not mean one cannot make it suitable for ladies as well. This shirt could easily be mistaken for a woman’s though, perhaps due to the color and the glitters. But then again, the cut and proportions are meant for medium-built boys, so I often tuck this in or wear it with daisy dukes or skirts. Hello, Gadybee glasses and beanie!

Jeffrey Campbell Foxy-Inspired Platforms from Asianvogue

And of course, heels always make every look more ladylike.

My new job has literally changed my sleeping habits, I was up all night yesterday. Sad to say, I have noticed my eyes are looking duller. My ultimate solution for this problem, aside from eye creams and what not, is liquid eyeliner. For some reason, it always makes the eyes look livelier. I painted the upper contours of my eyes with thick black liner and voila!—no more dead eyes. I do not like putting pencil liners on my lower lids, it makes my eyes look droopy, which is obviously not gonna help with my situation at the moment.

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Patterns + Dots (and a Few Unrelated Stuff)

For the past couple of days, I’ve been watching documentaries about the horrific shooting rampage in Columbine High School and Virginia Tech University, both in the United States. I know they’re old news but it still bothers me why those young kids resorted to those crimes. I’ve learned from research and documentaries that these kids, namely Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (Columbine), and Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech) were most probably “bullied” and depressed children, who took revenge by killing their schoolmates. Cho, however, was a stuggling writer. He’s so passionate about the craft but never accepted that he still had a lot of things to improve on. He also had selective mutism, a disorder that prevents a person to speak in some situations but is normally capable of speech. He only had one friend throughout his college life, excluding his English mentor, Lucinda Roy, who painstakingly tutored him on his writing. It struck me when Roy noted how disturbing it is that Cho, a very anti-social person, is desperate to be noticed though his work. I guess that’s really how some people think. It’s just that, maybe, Cho’s psychological state worsened, the same thing holds true for Eric and Dylan. His anxiety disorder and depression mutated into something more dangerous that lead him to commit a gruesome act.

Depression is something that should not be ignored, bullying included. I’ve seen the effect of it on people a lot times, one was firsthand. I could be pretty depressed at times too, but it is always good to have a support system—friends, loved ones—who are willing to divert your attention to something else. I’m quite thankful actually that I’m always busy. I barely have the time to wallow in self-pity. I have my friends, the boyfriend, my blog, and many fun activities to focus on—e.g., outfit shooting! (HAHA. Segue!)

Okay, so I will stop bombarding you with my thoughts. Anyway, one thing I do before I wear a risky garment outside of the house is I take pictures. No kidding. I don’t trust my mirror, so I turn to the camera for a second opinion.

These trousers could be easily mistaken for a table cloth! Trololol. If not worn right.


I’ve always believed that trousers like these, a.k.a harem pants, are not meant for short people to wear. It makes people look a bit wider and shorter, and midget ones like me can’t afford to look like a dwarf. Please, all we want in life is grow a few inches more. Hahaha. But then again, I don’t want to be limited just because of my lack of height, so I turned to my nude heels to see if I could rock these pants.

What do you think?

Added a few more edginess to the look by wearing this winged skull connector ring and animal print bangles.

Adorned the whole looked with humongous nerd glasses and bow headband for some quirky touch.

I don’t know how to make that sexy bed hair. Would anyone like to teach me?

Bow headband from Ling Dacudao | Winged skull connector ring from Stylebreak | bangles from Tomato | Black tank top from SM | Harem pants from TriNoma | Nude heels from Mario d’ Boro

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Cheap Thrills

Perhaps one of the fears of shoppers when buying affordable items is that they might look as cheap as the ones they bought. That could happen though, that is if you’re not very careful of what you’re buying. Accessories and clothes that are priced Php 200 and below could be very tempting, especially if the design appeals to your taste. I am a sucker for cheap things and I must admit I’ve bought some that do not “live” long unfortunately. This happened many times and I have learned my lesson.

Would you believe that this whole outfit, including the accessories, only cost me Php 300? No kidding. 🙂

Cheap stuff with adorable designs are rare. When I go to bazaars, I would usually roam around the whole place and rummage through pile of clothes and hanged items. Great finds are oftentimes hidden, hence the term ‘finds’.

I always keep in mind the following when purchasing:

1. When I find the design that I want, I check the seams, e.g, armpits, edges, shoulders, neck, etc. They have to be at least properly sewn or can be easily repaired.

2. Look for discolorations, tears, and other damages. Items with damages are not worth your money.

3. Fit them. It is a must to try on the items before paying for them to prevent you from feeling any regret. There are some clothes that only look nice in mannequins or models. Sadly, most people do not possess the same physique.

All things bought from bazaars

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Lastly, make sure you are comfortable in them. Sometimes, no matter how gorgeous an item is, if you don’t feel good in it, it’ll show. For me, comfort is always a must. It does not only make you feel at ease, but it also helps you think of other ways to style/wear it.

To sum this post up, always keep in mind the following, aside from price and design: textile quality, fit, and comfort. Ciao! 🙂

Cutting-edge

My addiction to everything Leighton Meester has translated into my pictures and styling lately. The first instance I saw her on TV, that is the House, MD episode where she played a blonde teenage girl obsessed with Dr. House, she reminded me of my all-time girl crush Alicia Silverstone. Since then, I have discreetly followed Leighton’s career. ‘Til she became the very popular Blair Waldorf in the series Gossip Girl. I must say, her brunette locks suit her better.

I’m so loving these beauty shots of her for Marie Claire that I used them as peg for my shoot with Sam Lim at Hinge Inquirer Publications’ studio a couple of weeks ago.

So, below is our version.

My hair looks pretty long now, but I didn’t realize I’d still be needing extensions to exactly imitate Leighton’s hair. /FAIL. Nonetheless, I love how the make up complements my outfit.

It’s amazing how two opposite fabrics can make an edgy yet fun statement. The feminine touch given by lace tones down the boldness exuded by snakeskin print.

I’m posting the colored version of the photos above for you to see what the dress actually looks like. 🙂

You can buy this dress at House of Cocco‘s boutiques in SM and Trinoma. Aside from their faux fur collection, they have also released pieces in varied animal prints. Just perfect for the chilly weather, don’t you think?

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Photo by Sam Lim

Make up by Wilma Esturco

Leighton Meester meets Solenn Heussaff

Yesterday was a crazzzy day. I “modeled” and styled for my photographer friend, Sam Lim at Hinge Inquirer Publications office. Plus, I got to see what an actual magazine publication office looks like. I scanned the whole office and I thought, “this is my dream job, my dream workplace.” We’ll see. Maybe next year? 🙂

Going back, I styled for an Esquire-inspired shoot yesterday. It’s actually quite sexy for my taste, but heck, sexy can still look classy when styled the right way. I considered it a challenge. And I do hope the photos will come out looking classy. HAHA. Sam, the pressure is on you, mate!

The peg for Princesz, the model, was Solenn Heussaff’s photos found on Esquire:

I wanted to tone down the sexiness a bit so I chose a nude oversized sweater instead and made the model wear accessories to add some style. Elaine Silva did a great imitation of the make up. Below is a behind-the-scene photo I was able to take while Sam was doing his thing. 😀

After Princesz’s shoot was done, it was my turn. Dun dun dun. I chose a more daring make up, which was inspired by Leighton Meester’s beauty shoot for Marie Claire:

Leighton, why so gorgeoussss!

Below is an outtake of what the make-up artist, Ms. Wilma Esturco, came up with:


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Boho-Hobo

I dozed off really early last night, at around 8, and woke up at 4 in the morning, which is a first this year. I couldn’t sleep since then so I just peered at my window and watched the stars disappear as the light crept in. There was something exciting but, at the same time, sullen about today. I’d be spending another fun semester at UP, but this has always been met by problems (which I wouldn’t share of course).

Anyhoo… shifting back to happy mode, which reminds me~ I HAD REAL BREAKFAST TODAY! Hihi. Since I woke up really early I thought of going to a nearby bakery and buy hot pan de sal. NOM NOM NOM. I paired it with  fried egg and steamy coffee, plus matching crows from the neighbor’s rooster pa. It reminded me so much of the quiet and simple life in the province… Ah Naga, we will see each other again. I promise.

I knew I would be enduring long lines at school today (well, that’s what UP is known for), so might as well pack some carbs.  It was already impossibly sizzling outside at around 7 in the morning, so I decided to wear this printed, boho-inspired, racer-back dress.  The cut on the chest part was too low for school that I had to wear a tank top over it.

Then I braided my hair to give it a more laid-back feel. Again, not all students get a seat while waiting, so it was just practical to wear sneakers. I used to be a ballet-flats-type-of-girl, but I murdered all the four pairs I own. I had to save for a few ones again, I guess. Hello, Christmas bonus?

To complete the boho-hobo look that I was going for, I used my gigantic stereo headphones that Chad, my boyfriend, gave me. You know how hobos like to go from one place to another and how bohemians have wide taste in music, that’s me. Or I’d like to think so. Travelling and wandering do lots of great things to the soul, although I have only done them when Chad returned to the Philippines. Music-wise, I only got introduced to the different genres through him (I didn’t even know that dubstep is a genre! Howkaaay, laugh all you want.). And I instantly liked the songs he made me listen to. So now I got mixed songs on my phone, ranging from pop to ska. Now I can proudly say that I know songs other than Katy Perry’s. Ha, take that. 😛

Dress from Freeway | Sneakers from Vans | Headphones from Samson

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How To: Fishtail Braids

Today I’m going to show you how to make fishtail braids–without the help of other people! First, all you need is a toothed comb, a ponytail tie (or an elastic band will do), and something to accessorize your hair when you’re done.

I apologize in advance if some of the photos are too bright for your eyes, I needed to add more exposure so you could actually see what happens to the hair as I show you the process.

STEP 1: I wanted to do a side braid so I placed everything at the right, away from the direction of my fringe to create balance. You are free to place your hair wherever you want. Same procedure still applies to non-side braids.

STEP 2: Cut hair into two sections, by cut I mean separate. You now have a left and right section (if that makes any sense).

 STEP 3: From the left section of your hair, take a small part from the back.

 STEP 4: Place it on top of the remaining left section of your hair, BUT do not combine them.

STEP 5: Instead, combine it with the opposite (right) section of your hair.

STEP 6: Pull both sections on opposite directions to ensure that there are no stray hairs. This isn’t necessary though, but I do this all the time. Hee~

STEP 7: Just like STEP 3, gather a few strands from the back of the right section of your hair.

 STEP 8: Place them on top of the right section, then combine with the left.

STEP 9: Repeat STEPs 3 to 8.

 Continue this process until you reach the tips, or the point where you can still gather your hair together.

In the photos below, I stopped braiding at about three-quarters of my hair’s length as there were a few strands already sticking out. Fishtail braids are fun to do when you have really long hair. Hmm, if that’s the case then I shouldn’t have my mane trimmed for at least two months more. :s

STEP 10:  Hold the braids together by using a ponytail tie or an elastic band. You are free to use whatever accessories after to add more character.

Since I’m sucker for bows and florals, I attached my bow+floral hair clip to the hair tie I used. I curled the short strands at the other sides to make the look much prettier and less messy.

Then, wore a beanie to tone down the preppiness.

Below is a quick recap of what I’ve done in .GIF format. I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial!

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Freeway X Manansala Special Tribute and Collection Launch

When I was kid, I dreamt of becoming an artist and fill a whole gallery of my paintings.

I still want to pursue that dream. In fact, what I’m currently interested in is very much related to the arts. Only this time, instead on a canvas, the masterpiece is “painted” on clothes, “painted” being a metaphorical word.

However, not until yesterday, I have never considered using real artworks as clothes. I mean I know it’s possible, but quite honestly it never crossed my mind.

But Freeway thought about it. For years, Freeway has been celebrating the Filipino’s creative talent by featuring the Philippine’s national artists, such as Nick Joaquin (Literature), Ang Kiukok (Visual Arts), Jose Garcia Villa (Literature), Ramon Valera (Fashion Design) and F. Sionil Jose, in their designs and collection. A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail from Freeway, inviting me to attend their collection launch and tribute to Vicente Manansala, a neo-realist artist who was recognized as national artist for visual arts in 1982.

“Manansala consistently worked in the figurative mode, with the exception of a few abstract works. Shunning Amorsolo’s rural idylls, he developed a new imagery based on the postwar urban experience. The city of Manila, through the vision of the artist, assumed a strong folk character. He painted an innovative mother and child, Madonna of the Slums, 1950, which reflected the poverty in postwar Manila. Besides the mother-and child, his subjects included jeepneys, barong-barong, cockfighters, families gathering for a modest meal, and Quiapo women vendors of various goods. The cubist aspect of Manansala’s work rests largely on the geometric facetting of forms and in the shifting and overlapping of planes. But his facets and planes are broader than in original cubism as they bring out larger rhythms. Here and there, he incorporates linear decorative patterns, as in the ironwork curlicues of gates and windows. In his work, he developed the style of transparent cubism which was generally shared by his fellow neo-realists Cesar Legaspi and Romeo Tabuena. Unlike analytical cubism, which arbitrarily fragments and dissects the figure into complex abstract compositions with only clues of the subject remaining, Manansala stayed close to the figure which he simplified to its basic geometric shape. He went through the black-and-white phase of crucifixions and madonna-and-child paintings, but, on the whole, he used color in all its folk vibrancy, sensuous appeal, and evocative power. As a whole, Manansala reinterpreted or indigenized cubism as he drew his themes from the familiar Filipino environment.”

The collection featured 22 designs, including graphic tees and dresses and as well as Manansala watches and bags, some of which I was able to take photos.

Tim Yap and Divine Lee as hosts of the event

A few shots from the collection

Special guests–Maritess Mendoza-Pineda, President of Friends of Manansala Foundation, Cedie Lopez-Vargas of the The Lopez Museum and Ronna Manansala, granddaughter of Vicente Manansala–interviewed by the hosts

And of course, the night will not be complete without an outfit shot 😀

Vest from Freeway | Printed dress worn as top from Freeway | Bandage skirt from Stylebreak | Heels from Parisian

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Animal print purse from Mango | Connector ring from Stylebreak | Winged heart from Zeros and Fives | Vintage bracelet from Landmark | Animal print belt from Landmark

Me with Chawen and Katt

Freebies! Who does not want them? 😀

The Vicente Manansala Collection will hit the stores on October 21! 🙂

So Ely, what’s on your head now?

MANGO F/W 2011 Fashion Show

Last night, I was invited by Connect Agencie to attend the MANGO Fall/Winter 2011 Fashion Show at Resorts World, Pasay City.

Prior to the event, I had apprehensions  about going. For one, Resorts World is miles away from Diliman. Second, I dunno how to get there. And lastly, I have no companion. I am yet to overcome my shyness in crowds (especially when surrounded by fashion people), so it’s a must that I bring one or few with me. Thankfully, Katt and Paolo were more than willing to accompany me to the event.  Thanks, guys! Hee~

Paolo, whose Eiffel tower bag amused everyone, and Katt, wearing a striped knit top from House of Cocco (have to say it. Haha)

The dress code for the event was luxe grunge. I didn’t know what luxe grunge is until two days ago. When I first read the invitation, I thought it was luke grunge and tried googling it and nothing came up. I tried deciphering the low-resolution invi and found out that it’s actually ‘luxe’ not ‘luke.’ Kalurkey. Haha. Below is the peg I used and my modified take on it:

Hello me! Sheer top from House of Cocco| Blue bandeau underneath| Cross necklace| Rayon knit skirt from Forever 21| Gladiator heels from Parisian

I didn’t wanna go all dark and too grungy so I decided to don a cream sheer top from House of Cocco  and gold wallet from Prada , and piled on some accessories:

Now on to the fashion show. It was hosted by model and make-up artist Bianca Valerio, whose hair and style we so loved that night:

MANGO launched their Fall/ Winter Collection for 2011, which was styled by the country’s best up-and-coming stylists — Myrr Lao To, Patrick Galang, Teej Nepomuceno, Bianca Santiago-Reinoso of Maven Magazine, and Anna Canlas of Preview Magazine. In no particular order, the following were the styles that I was able to take shots of. Pardon me for the heads peeking at the sides. 🙂

Bloggers at work 🙂

I especially adore this collection.

Animal print galore

One thing I realized from the show is that all you need to look trendy are basic pieces, such as shorts and a white top, and creativity. If you look closely at the collection, most of them can be found in any store but were given more attitude and character by creative styling. With this, I take my hat off to  all the personalities who styled the models for producing a really mind-blowing show.

Speaking of mind-blowing, I was finally able to meet Camille Co of Coexist whom I interviewed last summer. She’s really nice and sweet, and incredibly tall! I swear I looked like a hobbit. Ehe~

Aside from meeting and seeing my favorite fashion bloggers and media personalities, MANGO also gave away some goodies! Yay! Who does not want a free MANGO animal print pouch and Pond’s x Nivea items?? 😀

I am one happy blogger. Hee~

And of course, we cannot leave the venue without any remembrance, celebrity style. 😛

Congratulations Connect Agencie for organizing an awesommmmme show! Thank you for making my first fashion event coverage memorable. Until the next one! 🙂

P.S.

How do you like my fresh-from-the-beach tan? 😀

Florals + Stripes = Happiness

Hiiii! 😀

Spamming your screen with lots of florals and stripes. The top is actually a crop top. Bought this somewhere outside Divisoria Mall. I couldn’t resist the cuteness of the heart patch so I bought it. Who would like to guess how much this costs? 😛

 Boater hat and lace bag from Cocco

The maxi skirt is actually a maxi dress. I wanted a different top so I just folded it inward and fastened it with a handwoven belt to hold the dress and make it look like a real maxi skirt. Cool huh? 🙂

I was trying to make my hair look messy here. FAIL. :-/

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Clogs-like heels from Tiffany

See the rings? I’m selling rings like those in my online shop. Like Zeros and Fives on Facebook to view cutie patootie accessories on sale. 🙂

 Photos by Sam Lim.  Like his Facebook page and visit/follow his website to see his other works and learn photography tips.

Make up by Ana Patricia Mendoza. Like her Facebook page to see her other works.

Thanks to Haydee Suarez for editing the last two photos!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the love and support before I am denied the chance. Recent events made me realize how precious life is, and how short it is to waste it on hatred and regret. I may have not gotten everything I wanted , wished, and prayed to God every night, little blessings still manage to find me and I am grateful for that. But somehow it also makes me sad not having to properly recognize those kind people who, in their own ways, lent their hands when I needed one. I hope I’m not too late. Thank you. 🙂

I’m planning on a new blog giveaway so stay tuned. Follow me on Twitter for the announcement!

Peace x Love

Bring Me to the Woods

It was about to rain when we took these photos in Tagaytay. I’ve been dying to wear corsets because they’re so Victorian and I happened to have fascination with British royalties, hence the course I’m taking at University of the Philippines-Diliman. Imagine my delight when I learned that I passed their admission exams for a master’s degree in English Studies: Anglo-American Literature! After six years of waiting, I am finally enrolled in my dream school. My dad so wanted to be an Isko as well (Isko/Iska, I learned, is a name for students enrolled in U.P.) but due to inevitable circumstances, he was forced to study in Ateneo de Naga (also my alma mater). Nevertheless, I can still say my college experience was not mediocre.

Photo by Nonoy Figueroa

The above photo was taken just by the side of the road. Nonoy had this wonderful idea of using only a chair and the nature as the props for the photo. The result is quite nice don’t you think?

Photo by Albert Tagle

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Make up by Dhanica Bagasina

Buy awesome corsets at House of Cocco boutiques!

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The Lady From Your Chick Lit Book

I never imagined rompers would suit me. I thought it only looks good on tall people. But lo and behold, it looked okay on me! Yay for another discovery! 🙂

Since stripes and prints are in season this year. I thought of “piling” on lots of stripes, hence the romper, bow necklace, and the bracelet. 🙂

This photo was taken by Albert Tagle in an abandoned place somewhere in Tagaytay. Make up was done by Dhanica Bagasina.

 

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Thank you to Cocco for the lovely romper and to Quirky Finds for the accessories!

Three nights left before my 6th month anniversary blog giveaway. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter! 🙂

 

Last Days of Summer

Rain has started pouring since last week, and I still haven’t even given you guys my take on color blocking and wearing tangerine. Bold colors aren’t really my thing, but for trend’s sake I dared. Did I pull them off? You be the judge.

Here is the first look:

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Tangerine dress sponsored by Cocco; accessories sponsored by Quirky Finds

You can find Cocco stores in five key places in Metro Manila: SM North EDSA, TriNoma (Landmark), Cybermall at Eastwood City, Robinson’s Metroeast, and Robinson’s Place in Manila. It’s an store where you can find all your shopping needs–dresses, shoes, accessories, even lingerie.

Cocco items also pair adorably with Quirky Finds items. Quirky Finds is an online shop who sells girly and quirky customized accessories, hence the name. So if you are a sucker for bows and ribbons, buy at Quirky Finds.

I used to love anything orange-y when I was a teen. But I fell so in love with the sun while I was growing, so my complexion became darker and I could never pull off anything bright and bold. Thankfully though, my skin lightened up, I had less fear wearing this garment.

Photo taken by RC Lizan

Make up done by his ever-lovely fiancée Cecilia Flores

Photos taken at Toadwerks Studios, located at Tomas Morato Ave. Corner Sct. Dr. Lazcano Street, Brgy. Sacred Heart, 1103 Quezon City, Philippines

According to Toadwerks Studios:

Toadwerks Studios is a collection of different photographers that’s headed by RC Lizan. Aside from our photography services, the owner has always wanted to give back to the community of photographers which helped him improve his skills. He’s opening the doors of his studio to all newcomers and other people who are in need of a studio! Yes, our studio is for rent! 😀

Studio Rental Rates:
Weekdays: Php550/hr
If you get a minimum of three (3) hours, rate will be Php500/hr.

Weekends: Php600/hr
If you get a minimum of three (3) hours, rate will be Php550/hr.

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Tough Chic

I had a really difficult weekend. My right foot was swollen due to a punctured wound caused by–wait for it–a barbecue stick. It was hilarious at the same time, my sister and friends could not stop laughing at my fate. Imagine yourself walking on a busy street in Quezon City with a barbecue stick spiked in your foot. Promise, I really wasn’t aware I’m wounded already until I looked down. Nevertheless, I remained calm and headed straight to work. I didn’t wanna freak out my co-passengers, s0 I hid my wound. There was already a gush of blood by the way (err, sorry to gross you out. Ehe. ).

To make the long story short, I received a couple of injections on my arms. I was really scared, I have fear of injections kasi. Good thing Ms. Lovelle was there to help me through it. 🙂 I had a swollen foot the whole weekend, but it didn’t stop me from shooting for this blog. 🙂

Don’t you just love parks? When I was a kid I never got to visit zoos and parks like this.

I am crazy about this dress from House of Cocco. I like how it complements to the carefreeness of the atmosphere. Ah, it’s always good doing shoots outdoor. Pardon me for the heavy eyes, guys. 😛

Denim + soft tulle dress from House of Cocco| Nude heels from Mario D’Boro| Bangles from Landmark

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Photography by RC Lizan. Like his photography and studio page on Facebook!

Hair and make up by Rowena Cruz. Add her make-up page and online shop, The Closet Goddess, on Facebook!

Visit House of Cocco‘s website to know where you can find their shops! Find them on Facebook: Cocco Cocco Cocco

 

 

Cocco Maxi + Florals

I’ve always been conscious of my height. Who wouldn’t when you always have to use a chair to reach anything beyond five inches in height? Hurhur :3 For that, I seldom dare wearing dresses and skirts that are below the knees. It’s a big no-no for short (ehem) cute girls like me. Hohoho. I don’t have slim legs either, which make matters worse. I envy those short girls who can pull off maxi dresses without looking like an elf.

Last week, however, I thought, heck, why not try donning one first? Fortunately, House of Cocco has this really sweet maxi floral dress. Exactly what I had in mind!

I must say I was pretty surprised when the photos came out. I don’t look short! Yay! I dunno if it’s because of the length or the wedges. Either way, I’m happy of the result.

Uhh, too happy actually. I remember my friend calling me Gummybears because my gums show when I smile too much. ‘Funny friend he is.

This awesome dress is sponsored by House of Cocco. (YES! I HAVE A SPONSOR NOW. YIPEE!) They have really pretty dresses, I often turn to Cocco when I have events to attend to. You can see photos here and here. Cocco, as I call it, offers lots of items–from dresses, accessories, shoes, to lingerie. It’s like a one-stop shop. Now isn’t that great? Visit their site to know where you can find their stores.

Ah, summer is almost over. 🙁

Photography by RC Lizan. Like his photography and studio page on Facebook!

Hair and make up by Rowena Cruz. Add her make-up page and online shop, The Closet Goddess, on Facebook!

Styling by yours truly :0]

Shot at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, Diliman, QC

Maxi floral dress from House of Cocco| Bangles from Seasons| Wedges from The Ramp (thank you, Nez! <3)

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Wear Red, Wear Hope

More than a month ago, tragedy struck Japan. Millions of properties and thousands of lives were lost, and a multitude of people went and are still missing.

I feel guilty for being quiet about it. Frankly, I was really at loss for words regarding what happened and couldn’t figure out a thing on how to help. I know the delay is inexcusable, but I’d rather be late than never present.

Chictopia, an online fashion community similar to Lookbook.nu, has recently started a fund-raising campaign to help the victims of Japan tragedy–the Wear Red Wear Hope campaign. The campaign encourages Chictopians like me to wear and upload a photo wearing any outfit with a hint of red.

According to Chictopia:

The red circle on the Japanese flag represents what many Japanese children perceive to be the sun.  For us at Chictopia and many others in the wake of the recent crisis, it represents hope.

Every outfit post of Chictopia members wearing red will raise $1.

But if you’re not a member, you can still extend aid by donating through Red Cross here.

OR you can spread the news by sharing this post on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Plurk or whatnot (via the buttons below), so that all Chictopians or interested donors will be informed of this cause. Let us all join hands in helping Japan.

Arigato!

Photo by Mark Tiu| Make up and hair styling by Em Rejano

Sheer, printed top from JACOB| Nude tube top| Denim shorts from Bench| Gladiator heels from Parisian

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SUMMER STYLE TIP: Sheer + prints are a good combo for your daily walks or hangouts with friends. 🙂

 

It’s finally out: Ann Ward for Vogue Italia!

Ann Ward, the extremely thin-waisted gal of ANTM Cycle 15’s controversial promo video, can be finally brought home! This stunner who stands 6 feet and 2 inches is currently gracing Beauty in Vogue’s March cover photographed by Ellen von Unwerth, the fashion photographer well known for her playful and high contrast style [source].

Having won five consecutive best photo during the cycle, it is a no-brainer that she totally deserved to be declared as America’s next top model.  She may be very shy, yes, but that trait could be mended. And by being on Vogue’s cover and pages, who wouldn’t gain confidence right? I’m pretty sure Ann’s timidness has diminished.

Styled by Shiela Single, Ann has definitely transformed from an awkward girl to a high-fashion model. Check out the behind-the-scenes video:

 

Photo credits go to Vogue.it.

How to Add Excitement to Your Otherwise Drab and Dull Outfit

The most redundant color you can find in my “closet” is nude, brown, black, and gray. Those are the colors which I find easy to match with, so don’t stab me. Hoho. Having them is very convenient, especially when you’re too lazy to dress up. Sometimes though, those colors do not look entrancing when the heat is on or colors start to pop in your neighbor’s garden. You could be mistaken for an old hag (gee, that’s creepy).

This past weekend, most of my clothes were still in the laundry. I’m such a slacker during weekends (eww me), I had no choice but to wear my grays and blacks. But I didn’t want to look like it’s the end of the world, so I wore my red suede heels to add a punch of color to my dull Saturday clothes choice.

I think RED is the perfect party-starter. The contrast of colors is very noticeable, and I just love it.

Flats are okay, too; however, if you want to add more attitude, I say wear heels. Heeled shoes make you look confident and TALL. I’m only five feet, but heels can elongate the legs thus making the wearer look taller. Couple them with mini-skirts or shorts, and you’ll look more statuesque. Skirts and shorts that are below the knees can make height-deficient people look shorter. 🙂

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Thank you Katt Maxwell for taking my photos. 🙂

Someday I’ll Be Alice and Fall Through the Rabbit Hole

I have loved Alice in Wonderland since I was a kid. The original novel, Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, is the first English novel I read. I still remember how I endured the holes and dust that ailed that book (because I only found it at our old mini-library at home) and how it tickled my imagination. Yes, even at such a young age I already wondered what Alice wore when she fell through that rabbit hole. It wasn’t ordinary of course. The best thing about fiction is that it’s open to many possibilities; even the most hideous and ridiculous images are allowed.

Going back to Alice, I was so thrilled when I saw that America’s Next Top Model have done an Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired shoot for their 3rd episode. They shot in groups of two (which is very hard to do). But the best part is, they wore couture dresses from Chanel, Galliano, among others. Perfect!

Below are the top 3 group shots which also happened to be my top 3 choices.

3rd: Brittani Kline and Hannah Jones

2nd: Kasia Pilewicz and Molly O'Connell

1st: Monique Weingart and Alexandria Everett

I specifically love Brittani’s, Kasia’s, and Alexandria’s looks and dresses. I want a photo shoot like this one (ANNOUNCING… lulz). Better keep these as pegs.

Alexandria is most of the time bitchy and bossy to everyone on the show, but she definitely delivers during photo shoots. She resembles Cameron Diaz like A LOT. I’m rooting for Brittani to win though. 🙂

Styled by Lori Goldstein (I adore her aesthetic!)

Photography by Pamela Hanson

All photos taken from America’s Next Top Model Flickr Photostream. Check other photos there.


 

Spring This Look for Spring

This year’s spring and summer look is all about florals and prints and lots of colors. Spring is about to start in foreign countries while we Pinoys are getting ready for the summer. Yes, it may be kind of redundant wearing florals and other colorful pieces in spring, but you cannot wear dark, heavy colors while soaking yourself in the heat and fun, could you?

Floral dresses, as I have noticed, are the easiest items to wear. Why you ask? Because it needs minimal styling. You don’t have to pile up tons of accessories because the dress itself is already an eyecatcher. With all that print, accessories are not required; slip in some flats and you’re good to go.

Check out how Zuzi wore her floral dress:

Or if you can’t live without any accessory, try donning a hat and a thin belt like Elle Ribera‘s style:

Wearing those heels with socks will give your look more attitude.

I’m more of a minimalist though when it comes to styling, so I just chose a pretty floral dress with pockets for a younger, go-getter vibe:

Since I wasn’t wearing any accessories, I added flair by curling my hair instead:

Katt Maxwell, a friend/colleague of mine who's been very kind and helpful to me today, told me that this was my signature pose and expression, which, unfortunately, I couldn't perfect when we took this. *sobs*

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE.

They say shoes can make any bland outfit fabulous. And I couldn’t agree more.

Floral dress at Cocco| Awesome Charles & Keith heels willingly lent by Katt (who was also the photographer for this post. Thank you, Maxwell!)

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Wardrobe Switching: The Easiest Way to Create Disparate Looks

Although I love shopping and I always see to it I buy something new each payday, I cannot wear the same thing everyday or every week for that matter. Buying another dress, skirt, or tank top just for the sake of having a different look every single day is just very impractical and, not to mention, expensive. So what I do instead is recycle clothes and “wardrobe switch.”

Sometimes when my dress is too short for the office, I use it as a top. I have also visualized using skirts as a top but I wasn’t sure if it would fit my torso. Luckily, my hip is the same size as my bust!

Below are photos where two of my skirts were interchangeably used as a tube top and a skirt.

This one looks a little bit sexy and sensual to me.

And this is a more innocent, girly look. (Forgive me for the lack of accessories. )

It’s indeed surprising how one ensemble could create two distinct looks.

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The Second First: Make-up Artistry

If last week was my first official styling gig, yesterday was the first time I “painted” someone else’s face for a photo shoot. Not that I’m new at it, I’ve always loved painting my friends’ faces and mine but it’s all for fun. It’s quite nerve-wracking seeing your work being taken by the lens, unsure if what you did fell short, or is over-the-top, or is just right.

Thankfully, it turned out fine.

What do you think?

I can only do natural looks or barely there make-up because that’s what I wear everyday. I also had immense difficulty with the model’s lips because they’re too thin (which I so want. Haha). Using a lipliner, I lined past her real lips to make it look thicker (or at least I thought it did).

Model: Maribeth Balay

Photographers: Kendrick Go and Cristina Brito

I have not blogged for almost a week, and the whole team was awesome enough to let me model, too, so I brought one ensemble. Yay! Hello Lookbook and Chictopia post!

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Yesterday was so fun. Too bad I didn’t get to stay longer, I and my old high school friends had to meet to watch the pyrolympics at SM Mall of Asia. I was so tired that day I was sleeping while on the way to the mall. Hehe.

Thank you Cristina Brito, Philip Jara, and Marc Wew for the photos! 🙂

Testing the Waters: My First Ever Styling Gig

Saturday is my favorite day. It’s that time of the week that I can do the things I love: dressing up, shopping, blogging, reading, sometimes modeling, and sleeping like there’s no tomorrow.

Yesterday, however, was a bit unlike my usual Saturdays. I love dressing up so much that I never thought anyone would take interest in what I do and actually invite me to dress up someone else, and for a photo shoot even! Armed with my personal “aesthetic”, I grabbed every stuff I can carry–from dresses, accessories, shoes, make-up, and whatnot, and went to the shoot location. The whole experience was unnerving but at the same time gratifying, especially when I saw the outcome:

DRESS Cocco| ACCESSORIES Pearl necklace turned into layered bracelets, black gem bracelet, gold headband turned into ponytail tie

TOP & BOTTOM Bunny sweater, denim shorts

TOP & BOTTOM Printed tank top, beaded tulle skirt| ACCESSORIES Layered pearl necklace, Boveeshop vintage ring, Chanel bracelet, bow hair clip

TOP Red Safari-inspired tube dress| ACCESSORIES Bangles in animal prints

Unfortunately the last model had no body shots as she had to go home early, it was her birthday. Yay! Anyway, what do you think of my styling? 🙂

PHOTOGRAPHERS Kendrick Go and Paolo Sy respectively

MAKE-UP ARTIST Kaycee Lim

MODELS Monic Cua, Blizzeth Lee, Danica Ong respectively