Monthly Archives: May 2012

Because I still can’t focus

…and I am on an attempt to clear my mind by going to Tagaytay before the weekend, I am postponing my Fashion Week posts. I hate it when I lag behind my schedule, but I really can’t write and edit right now. I wish, too, that I get by these feelings because it’s becoming too hard for me to do anything.

For the meanwhile, I’ll leave you with the Lady Gaga Musical by Trasher Bangkok! These trannies are the best performers (or spoofers) I’ve ever seen!!! I love them, and yes, they distract me a little, haha.

See, it really distracts you from whatever you are doing!!! HAHA!

But not quite as well as… Oh damn, how do I do this?! :/

I’ll sing to you how I feel instead


I wanna sing this now. I feel so consumed and tired.


I didn’t think I’d sing this again. NOT. AGAIN. :'(


WHY WON’T YOU ANSWER ME?


‘Cause you are this to me. I’m sorry I even tried.


If only it’s this easy to shake it out. All the ghouls just came out to play with my heart.


I wanna be bullet proof, feel nothing. ‘Cause it’s easier that way.


I hate myself, ’cause after all, I’m still not going.


Dreaming that one day, just one day, you’ll come by me, singing this.

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I wanna go home.

#itsmorefuntoTWEETUP at Relik Tapas Bar

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Civic Duty Launch Party

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DSC_0470Very inclined to Jerome Lorico’s present collection :)

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DSC_0472This is my favorite pair!

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DSC_0478Another favorite from the Bumgarners

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I love these Tyvec shoes by Civic Duty!

Boracay in Maginhawa!

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It was a sunny summer afternoon in Maginhawa. And a certain tea shop that goes by the name of Moonleaf held the summer party that ended all summer parties this year. Milk tea + bands + free photo booth and henna + TWO new tea flavors? What more can you ask for? OH YEAH — summer rain and dancing in it like nobody cares!

DSC_0334Our fiercest hosts Julianna Madeleine Force, Thysz Estrada, and Gelo Arucan

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We set up a small pool in the middle of the parking lot and hosted pool games! Later on, it’lll serve other purposes *wink*

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Some people just know how to werq it!

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DSC_0366Summer rain came but nothing stopped the party! The rain was a welcome guest, after all those heat!

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Bloggers United STRIKES 3!

Third time’s the charm for the most anticipated fashion bloggers event in the country!

Bloggers United is staging their third bloggers bazaar this June 2 at the Grandview Events Place to once again gather Manila’s top fashion bloggers in one single venue outside of the World Wide Web. After holding two successful events last year, Bloggers United has easily become one of the most anticipated affairs for both fashion bloggers and readers in the metro.  More than just a bazaar, Bloggers United also partners with charitable groups to use and channel their influence in a positive manner.

Through the overwhelming power of social media and blogs in today’s generation, the previous Bloggers United events have successfully joined forces with top fashion bloggers like Laureen Uy, Camille Co, Kryz Uy and many more to inspire their followers and to raise funds for various beneficiaries,  namely KIDS Foundation and GMA Kapuso Foundation. This time around, the event will benefit Operation Smile Philippines.

The event gets better and better every time! To make Bloggers United 3 even more momentous, top Indonesian fashion blogger Anastasia Siantar of The Brown Platform will also be selling alongside Cebu fashion bloggers and our very own top celebrities Divine Lee & Sarah Meier.

So, if you love blog-reading and blog-hopping, Bloggers United is sure to be the perfect end-of-summer bazaar for you. Not only will you be able to bump elbows with your favorite bloggers at the event, but you will also be able to snag some of their own stylish statement pieces as they open their closets to sell to the public. Stay-up-to-date with the biggest gathering of bloggers by following us on Twitter (twitter.com/bloggers_united) and Facebook (facebook.com/bloggersunitedph), and bookmarking our official webpage (bloggersunited.org).

Bloggers United is in partnership with: 
Operation Smile
Globe Tattoo

Event is co-presented by:
Colgate
Hedgren
Jansport
Canon
Zalora
Raffles
Clear
Pond’s
Hotel Celeste

Official Media Partners:
ETC
Meg
Status Magazine
When in Manila
Gadgets Magazine

In cooperation with:
Kotex
Payless
Nail It
Fashionary
Pinkbox
Coca Cola
Lorys 

Special thanks:
The Closet Goddess
Le Plume
Asian Vogue
Bubbles

Ayala Style Origin: Mensweek @ Trinoma

In its first year, and the second Men’s Fashion Week in Asia after Singapore, Ayala Style Origin 2012 presents Mensweek to showcase our very own local menswear designers such as M Barretto and Norman Noriega.

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I love the boots with man-platforms!

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This jacket… I COVET!

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There is a certain eerie and spectacle, all at the same time, at the sight of M Barretto’s controlled and clean designs. At one look, it may seem a tad classic, what with polos, vests and coats; but the cuts that capitalize in silhouette and body frame seems to give it more character. Add to that the boots with platforms (I’m guessing by Bang Pineda) not just gives height but gives the whole look a glorifying finishing touch.

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M Barretto

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Do you notice the shredded part at the chest? It’s such a subtle and witty addition to the whole ensemble.

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If structure is M’s strength, then Norman’s on the lighter side. As some would say, it’s primeval and organic, I’d say it’s all about being free. Yes, the OS accessories have given it a yaba-daba-doo feel, but what I still see are cuts banking on silhouette – either strict to follow the body or loose, boxy and drapey to alter it. Whether it’s bedrock-ancient or 2020 couture, what we can sum up from all this is function without appearing lousy. Can you imagine wearing Norman’s comfy clothes and still manage to look edgy?

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Norman Noriega

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This Philippine Fashion Week, I am so glad that we have not just one show, but a whole week to celebrate menswear! If there’s one thing we could take pride is that Filipino designers are world-class.

Kudos to all the talented and promising designers in the Philippines!

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Enchong Dee

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Joseph Marco

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Ayala Style Origin: High Street Men’s Fashion @ Trinoma

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We now continue this Style Origin coverage with the Men’s High Street brands —

van heusen
Van Heusen. Corporate, sleek and clean.

swatch
Swatch

izod
Izod. Nautical and cuffed. Perfect look for that weekend escape in some obscure island.

debenhams
Debenhams

Sperry
Sperry. I was over with the topsider fever, but you have to admit, it suits anything.

merrel
Merrel

topman
Topman. Stand out in the crowd with prints, bold and subtle.

mundo
Mundo (The Ramp). I am thrilled with the minimalist touch of monochrome in Mundo’s pieces.

maldita man
Maldita Man. Basics in excellent cut and muted tones.

celio + pedro
Celio + Pedro. When it calls for preppy, you know where to get ’em.

sassa jimenez
Sassa Jimenez. Summer = floral. And I like how it played with other colors.

joey samson
Joey Samson. Floral prints seems to be the theme in unique cuts

jerome lorico
Jerome Lorico. This isn’t your normal Summer collection, but I love the inspiration got from several indigenous tribes in the South and the use of knit in this collection (which is indigenously sourced also.) What sets it apart from other designs though is the drape styling and ornamental touches such as metallics and aztec patterns.

I really regret not going to the first one, but was really lucky to catch even just a glimpse of Jerome Lorico’s collection.

COMING UP NEXT: M Barretto and Norman Noriega shows their menswear collection at Style Origin 2012 at Trinoma!

Ayala Style Origin: High Street Fashion @ Trinoma

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Hi there y’all! That was a whirlwind half month that passed and that has left me with overwhelming backlogs. Anyway, I am back, and it’s fashion week already! What more exciting to start with but the Style Origin High Street fashion show by Ayala at Trinoma!

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The show was opened by composer-singer-rockstar Bamboo Manalac and he sang most of his all-time hits all throughout the show. I think it’s refreshing that rock music is being used in the runway HERE in the Philippines, ’cause surprisingly it works! Bamboo wooed the ladies like how Adam Levine did in the Victoria’s Secret show last year! The lady models must’ve missed a beat or two trying to concentrate between walking and looking at Bamboo :P

1The very summery pantone of the year is ever present

2Prints is still in vogue

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4Pair your favorite summer pieces (i.e., florals, pastels, nautical) with neutrals for cleaner look 

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6Achieve that summer tan and flaunt it over some of these pieces. And don’t forget that hat!

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10It’s very difficult to layer in this time of the year so look for outfits that can probably stand for itself or will do with accessories

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13Let sheer help your skin to breathe

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18Dress a la Summer in the Hamptons

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It was a fresh show of Summer-Spring collection of different high street brands, both local and abroad. There were about 20+ brands who participated in the High Street Fashion Show which are the following:

Human
Call It Spring
Kashieca
Charles & Keith
Bauhaus
Dorothy Perkins
Mango
Topshop
7 for All Mankind
Michael Antonio
Accessorize
Naturalizer
Details
Esprit
Maldita
Missy
Inches
XOXO
Promod
Chocolate
R.A.F.
Swatch
Geleia
Gap
Springfield
Zara

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DSC_0128I am loving Bamboo’s outfit palette!

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Thank you to Cariza who invited me over to Style Origin and to Jonard for coming with us! I really had a good time (and possibly a hard time computing how much more broke I will become after the smorgasbord of shopping possibilities! Haha!) UP NEXT: Men’s High Street and Menswear by M Barretto and Norman Noriega!

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Oxygen long drapey top and denim jeans, Memo belt, Thrifted military boots

ALSO, I got featured here!! Thanks to Style Origin and looking forward to the other shows, schedule below:

See you when I see you!

Fashion Week, anyone?

Outfits ready! Fashion Week mode is so on!
Walk, walk fashion baby, work it, move that bitch crazy!

See you there,
J