Saturday, April 30, 2011

Always In The Company Of Music

Blazer: from Harajuku, Japan | Shirt: Dim Mak | Miniskirt: Forever 21 (from long long ago) |  Shoes: from Far East Plaza, Singapore | Pacman necklace: Fourskin | Chain and cloth strips necklace: H&M

I got that Dim Mak shirt at 50% off in a store Singapore that also had brands such as Hellz, Cheap Monday, RVCA and Tokidoki on sale. (I'd have gotten more awesome shirts but I was out of money and we all know how that works. :|) It's easily one of my favorites right now. It reads "Sex & Blood on The Dancefloor: An astonishing story about nasty ladies and dirty clubs!" like a campy-erotic '80s horror film advertisement. That, and it's really comfy.

The classic fake-candid-poignant-gaze-away-from-the-camera-and-into-the-near-distance portrait. .. That was a lot of hyphens. Although this actually was .. Probably 70% candid.

My iPhone, dressed in Tokidoki.

The other pendant on my pacman necklace reads "Eat 'Em All." Also, sorry about my two nails. I was testing out nail colors at a cosmetics store and forgot to take them off. No judgment. They're gone now, at least.

The foxtail hanging from my bag is from Singapore too. I'm glad I found one because I've always wanted one. I love that they're so big, fluffy and rather outlandish-- and that they have such lovely textures. Whenever I put my bag down it really looks like there's some fuzzy creature sleeping on it. It's just so amusing to touch and see. Maybe I should give it a name. Probably Balto.. Until I think of something cooler. Any suggestions?

Went over to Tina's place today to record a song, and then attended the Ateneo COA general assembly with my fellow organization executive board members. This is me being pathetically artsy-fartsy vain while waiting for her to finish recording her part on the lovely microphone lent to us by a dear friend named Gab Medina.

Here is the said microphone. Amazing stuff. It recorded our voices so clearly!

In case you're curious, Tina and I recorded a mashup of Maroon 5's Misery and Bruno Mars's Grenade that we arranged ourselves (with Dana Marquez on the keyboards!) You can listen to it in my Tumblr. :) Enjoy!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Drip Days Dry

Photographed by my friend Fish for a school project. Thank you, Fish!

I usually like keeping my face simple and clean (Utada Hikaru reference much?) My skin can't handle too much makeup everyday.. Just a thought. Wish I could always look polished, though. Someday, someday.. When I'm not being eaten alive by sweat, grime and stress in my school's campus. You're very welcome for that glamorous mental image. ;)

I look different here. Oh well Rockwell.

Blazer: from Harajuku, Tokyo | Shirt-dress: Greenhills Tiangge | Black multi-chain necklace: SM Dept. Store | Silver "Fringe" Necklace: DIY | Black leather cuffs: Rebel Gear | Boots: from Harajuku, Tokyo
I look really goofy but I love the candidness of my facial expression here. I think I was laughing at the of the pose I was doing.

That's all I've got to share! Buh-bye for now.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Make Love Not War

Top + Shoes: Thrift | Dress: Vintage | Skirt: Forever 21 | Belt: Divisoria

I tied some lollipop hair ties to my shoes, mehehe.
What I wore to Bisita Iglesia. What'd you guys do during Holy Week? Visit churches? Reflect and pray? Hope you all had a blessed one! :)

Top: Mom's | Dress: Thrift | Shoes: SM Department Store

And then suddenly, my Easter outfit was all colorful and bright. This was I wore in the morning during mass, but I changed into something breezier later that afternoon for a visit to my aunt's house...

Top + Shorts: Thrift | Shoes: Jellybean

I must say, late afternoon lighting at my aunt's place is really pretty. So much that I asked for more pictures of myself LOL but I won't spam you more shots of my face! (Or won't I? loljk)

Thanks to my cousin Krista for documenting the last two outfits!

THE SECRET BEHIND MY SUDDENLY SHORT HAIR, HOHOHO. This is something I found off some Japanese magazine scans, so the style might be familiar to some of you. I call it 'fake!short hair' (sometimes with 'x pseudo!Princess Leia hair HAHA), and I've been doing it while my hair's still long enough. Although with the uneven length my hair has always been in, I can never get both sides to be the same size. Oh well.

The bracelet I wore in all three outfits is an old gift from my friend Ana. :D Anyway, that's all I have for now. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

EverywhereWeShoot! @ Ayala Museum

Top: Mango (gifted) | Skirt + Shoes: Thrift
Thanks to my friend Danica for the shots!
Call me crazy for wearing something so dark in the middle of summer, but this was an extremely enjoyable outfit, paired with a just-as-dark lip color, sort of. Anyway! This was what I wore to the talk and exhibit by artistic duo Everywhere We Shoot!, held at Ayala Museum.

The talk itself, which covered a mini-timeline of EWWS's life in the industry so far, was inspiring to say the least. Breaking into the industry with a style as unconventional as theirs must of been challenging, but that's what I've always liked about them. A style that is so unique and out there is really refreshing.

Their first solo exhibit featured some of their works mounted on glass windows. The effect looks pretty, don't you think?

A piece of advice from Ryan, one half of the team, given to students like myself is to never give up. Pleasant surprises attack when you least expect it, so the key is to keep on doing what you love. Even if you don't have a model to shoot, find a way and work with what you have. (Can you say totally inspired to shoot right now?)

CUTEST DUO EVER, SO OF COURSE I NEEDED A PICTURE WITH THEM! What do you expect? I love you both, please continue making magical art babies. Also, GAROVS CALLED ME CUTE. Totally made my day because I've alwaysalwaysalways thought of Garovs as the cutest thing ever. I've also always loved how she dresses herself because her outfits always express so much individuality!

There was also this foreigner who asked me to wear those glasses with fake eyes and took my picture as part of an international project of his. I happily obliged, giddy at the thought of being able to participate in an ~*~international project~*~. I don't really know what it is (silly me for not asking more on that), but hey, it's not everyday that you get to say you're part of an ~*~international project~*~! *sparkle sparkle*

Snapshot of Jujiin Samonte that I took for a friend of mine who is the biggest Jujiin fan ever. I took his picture backstage at the Jellybean - Folded & Hung show during Fashion Week last year, so I thiiiiink he remembered me from then, albeit quite barely, I'm guessing. Or not at all, but psh regardless, I like taking his picture because he's such an eccentric character.

I've said this a million times already, but I really enjoy being in Makati at night. This was taken while my parents and I were on the way back to Greenbelt coming from Ayala Triangle.

I've also always been fascinated by the underpasses in Makati, as I only come across overpasses than these underground passageways.

And then suddenly, lights. Whut.

Here's an Instax shot with the awesome people who accompanied me to the talk even if just for a while! That's Alex and Jam, both of whom are Junior Jocks at Magic 89.9. I am therefore cool by association, being friends with these rad kids.

Ahhhhh I've jabbered on enough. Such an enjoyable day with an influx of such inspiring and talented people! I hope to be just as talented one day. Congrats to EWWS on your first solo exhibit and talk! Here's to more art and success in the future!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lazy Adventures

I hung out with Ina today, and all we did was lazily walk around High Street and Rockwell while the summer sun blazed on. Ina took photos with her film camera and searched for Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (one of my favorite books!) in various book stores-- but to no avail.

Vest: thrifted | White V-Neck shirt: Forever 21 | Necklace: SM Dept. Store | Leggings: thrifted | Boots: Takeshita-Doori, Harajuku, Japan

Meet my newly thrifted vest. It's a little too big for me, but I loved the acid wash so much (it gave the denim just the right lightness and texture!) and it was such a steal that I just cheated its size and tightened it via a safety pin at the back.

These leggings were thrifted at the same place as my vest. They remind me of one of my favorite designers, Jeremy Scott, mostly because of the prints on his collaboration with Longchamp. I dunno, somehow my mind made a connection between the chain links on my leggings and the telephone wires on the bag. The heavily-outlined cartoon style and strong colors that both prints share help, too.

Ina wasn't the only one who took some snapshots. I did, too! ... With my iPhone. Of a couple of things that caught my eye during our lethargic inter-mall journey. Edited using one of those automatic lomo-fying applications because Ina's vintage camera inspired me to have my pictures turn out in the same way. Well, relatively.

I've always wanted to have a collection of sculptures and figurines. But unfortunately, I already have way too many cash-ingurgitating hobbies.

I wonder what this is for...

I end this entry with a photo of my partner-in-crime. More posts to come soon, naturally. Farewell for now!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

KYSS and Tell

Knitted top: thrifted | Black bandeau: American Apparel | Necklace & Belt: borrowed from mother dearest | Trousers: Custom-made (I use this for cosplay! Haha) | Shoes: 168 mall, Divisoria 
Last Friday, a few of my fellow Blue Repertory girls and I performed at KYSS for a Pepe Jeans event (an Integrated Marketing competition among groups from some of the top universities in the country.) We all decided that we should have a green accent on our outfits to keep us looking sort of thematized onstage, and I had a little trouble since I had to find out the hard way that I actually don't own a lot of green clothing. My friend Roxci went to the rescue though-- She spotted these green pants without being aware that it was actually for one of my cosplays, and gave me the idea of using them! Who would have thought I'd be able to use one of my costume pieces in an outfit? (Roxci, if you're reading this, hello and thanks again for styling me. Heehee.)

My mother owns a lot of statement ethnic-looking necklaces-- mostly made with resin, wood and shells-- that she doesn't use anymore. I am making sure that these beauties don't get lonely! (However... Admittedly, ethnic isn't a style I do often, even though I still really enjoy it.)

Here are a few shots of us performing. We sang a medley that my good friend Tina Ramos and I arranged, including the songs Where Is The Love, Price Tag, I'm Yours, No One, and Billionaire. We were overwhelmed with how the crowd responded to our performance. Even before we actually performed, Frank, the organizer of the event, was already proudly showing us off to the other heads and directors of Pepe Jeans who were at the venue early to check on things. Everyone flattered us infinitely, and even moreso after the actual performance, where we were met with a very loud, long and roaring applause! My heart has been warmed substantially. I'll embed a video of us at the end of the entry, in case you're curious of what the medley sounded like! 

Don't we look like a legit singing group? From left to right, that's Mica, Angela, myself, Tina and Roxci.

It's too bad this photo's dark. I really love it; we all look like we're having a blast.

That's me with Mica, who borrowed my shoes for that night, and Roxci, who was wearing a very very adorable pair of neon green platform sandals from the Jellybean S/S 2011 collection. Not only did the heel height make her significantly taller and more long-legged than she already is, they also totally looked great with her skin tone.

Here's a closer look at her shoes! They're so candy-bright I feel like I could bite them and they'd taste like lemon squares.. Or pina collada or something. I should stop talking typing. My cheesy imagination is running amok. Haha! Speaking of Roxci though, you should go see her blog for a better read on what happened during the night of our performance!

As promised, here's the video of our medley. The clip is split into 3 parts. The first part is the actual medley, the second part is the live performance (at around 4:25) and after that are snippets of our rehearsals. Please do check it out. Enjoy! ;)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Starting Summer in... Shangri-la

I'll have to thank Maronne for giving me a title to follow, haha! How I ended up being in Shangri-la mall three consecutive days in a row, all for different reasons and time durations, is beyond me. Anyway, here are my outfits from those three days!

Top: Gingersnaps | Skirt + Shoes: Thrift

Channeling my inner...sailor girl/school girl, if I even have that.

Blouse: Bayo | Top: Zara | Skirt: Thrift | Shoes: Gift from Maronne

This is what I wore when I went to see the Sucker Punch film and hang out with my friends. It was heaps fun as usual, especially because it's been ages since we last got together like that. Movie or not, it was a blast being in their company again.

Top + Skirt: Thrift | Shoes: Defect
Also during the weekend was my first ever (legit) visit to CSB-SDA! Legit, meaning I actually got to roam around the building, because you need a permit or some other paperwork in order to be able to do so. I was there to help a friend with her shoot, although I think I ended up being a lounger who provided more moral support than any actual help...

If I had to describe the SDA building in one word, it would have to be photogenic. It's like every corner of the place could be used for shoots and the like; even the fire exit stairways looked usable! White walls in abundance + great natural lighting = totally the easiest place to take your outfit shots.

Totally, totally, totally legit because I have a photo with the ~*~SDA windows~*~. Super giddy because everyone has a picture in that particular area, so I thought, "PROOF THAT I WAS HERE NEEDS TO BE AT THE WINDOW AREA." Haha! Thanks to my friend Beau for my SDA shots!

So that was pretty much my weekend in outfits. Tell me how yours went!