Saturday, May 30, 2015

Corporate Cool!

One of the things I learned in my styling workshop is the different areas that the stylists are working on. There’s TV, editorials, celebrities and so on. But I think there is something that is missing in that list – stylists should be hired or atleast have a “consultative role” in drafting the company policies too – in the dresscode department. :P

Let’s take a look for example, at the shorts. I don’t understand why shorts (I’m talking about the appropriate length here) shouldn’t be considered as wearable at work (for most companies) when there are different ways to make it look corporate-y enough.  I can pull off a hundred galleries of women who makes it work (first thing in mind: Olivia Palermo of course!). It’s the same thing for school policies too. I remember being “awarded” a violation slip for wearing sandals that are wedge-y enough to look formal for school but still not within the “should-have-straps-at-the-back “rule. :P Guess I’m really notorious for violating dress codes even back then, lol.

Having said this, I do know that there’s a lot of considerations that employers must make in instituting dress codes at work (public image, nature of work and the type of environment, etc). But stylists are exposed to different looks, materials, outfit combinations and what-not to cover atleast everything that should fit the company's general image but still giving enough leeway for the employees. And as for this shorts? For a casual Friday without the need for meeting up clients, this look should be appropriate enough. Come to think of it, the first half of this day was even spent doing the fire drill. Lol.

Fire drill. In that heels. I seriously didn’t get the memo. And let me just add that thankfully, we’re not in the 41st floor anymore. Lol!

Blazer: Forever21; Buttondown: Lacoste; Shorts: Unbranded
Sunnies: Flea market in Osaka; Bag: Night market in Seoul; 
Shoes: Ezra by Zalora

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Nothing special. I just feel that things are looking up lately in this little styleblogging world of mine especially when I look at the numbers in this blog. Wow, I really do appreciate statistics now. :P So, what better way to express my gratitude and happiness than by posting this very spontaneous shot of me holding a set of balloons that I borrowed from a vendor and totally reminiscent of that house in the cartoon movie. Hehe. I hope everyone is having a great week so far. :)

Dress: Topshop; Shoes: H&M

Friday, May 22, 2015

An Anderson Reference

“The details, that’s what the world is made of.” – Wes Anderson

His movie poster for The Grand Budapest once caught my attention because of its whimsical nature. I remember saving a copy of the picture itself simply because “I like seeing pretty things.” Come to think about it, I didn’t even bother to get to know who the director was then.  Shame.

As fate would have it, the name Wes Anderson would eventually be revealed to me when our styling instructor grouped us to create an editorial inspired by one of his movies. He briefly gave us a background of the director – his penchant for sticking to a certain palette per movie.

Now that I have gathered more details about him for this post, the more I find myself curious to actually watch one of his films. Yet again, double shame because given the tight schedule, me and my classmate focused only on the color composition aspect per se of the movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Had I known how meticulous Anderson is when it comes to details, I would’ve seen the movie itself and gone gaga for this editorial. Like seriously. Reading this beginner’s guide to his movies is just soooo inspiring that I wanna apply his filmography techniques to styling. Haha!

But with a one week deadline, this is the by-product of our humble effort - red and blue by the bay. Still, I am proud of our collaboration given our meager resources (aka an iPhone5  for the shots and us taking photos of ourselves – the group was taken by Teray’s nanny) and I had really fun working with this girl.

Honestly, I had so many ideas for this homework that were not executed. The fashion styling class is over (*sob*) and a lot of the editorials submitted will be featured here soon. Wait for it. :) But I know to myself, this Wes Anderson editorial is not yet over. Haha! I don’t have to be in a styling class to work on it right? All I need is time and imagination….Soon…

Red gown: Mango

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


History really repeats itself no? But the amazing part is how it all happens on the same time of the year. I know I just talked about it here but this time it's not an outfit but rather, an event. After the teambuilding trip to Subic as seen in the post below, Timehop resurfaced photos of me in Subic’s Ocean Adventure with a friend four years ago. But funny that prior to that I was also in an oceanarium here in Manila. So they all coincidentally happened in the same time of the year. 

You’d think that after many visits in attractions like this and being a certified scuba diver, there’s nothing new to discover. Well this time, I tried to put more effort in taking mental notes of the species' name. Haha. You see, the struggle is real. It has always been like that even underwater. Lol. My favorite part of the attraction? The jellyfish exhibit.

Just like sharks, jellyfish have projected a negative image because of their stings. But they’re not all harmful. I should know because I remember swimming with a swarm of these critters in Bataan a few years back and never did I get stung. But I am impressed with the way this Ocean Park represented this group of animals. Who would’ve thought of visualizing them as dancing sea fairies underwater, complete with soothing music and multimedia effects? 

As seen below, they're boxed in a pool with changing neon lights to make them appear more  beautiful. With dancing being one of my passion – of course this definitely appealed to me. I actually think this idea is brilliant! The next time I have an encounter while scuba diving, I’ll try to imagine them gracefully gliding as my back-up dancers as I maneuver my way underwater. =)

Dress: Tomato; Necklace: Unbranded