One Sunday afternoon, I accompanied my boyfriend to a photoshoot of a cute little boy (we will call him “Jao”). This is my first time to assist in a shoot involving children. The shoot is hard work because children do whatever they like, but I loved that shoot because everyone (parents, grandparents, uncle, and nannies) got involved and we were all having fun at the backyard laughing at and coaxing the little celebrity to make his cute poses.
I’m wearing thrifted hat, cropped eyelet top, vintage maxi skirt, Linea Italia flats, and garage sale bag.
I dreamt of this outfit many times before actually wearing it. In my dreams, I was very shapely, I had really long legs, my hair was “done” and so was my make-up. I was also wearing teetering high heels and carrying an “it” bag, and The Sartorialist was snapping a photographh of me. Then I woke up and it was almost noon time, I had to work and work really hard, and I had less than 30 minutes to take a bath, comb my hair, and put on my clothes — and the cropped top was too short and awkward and the eyelet skirt was too tight and was not really the exact shape I imagined in my dreams. I also had to wear grandma heels because I need to walk fast to walk two blocks to the jeepney stop and walk faster to arrive only 30 minutes after my boyfriend at our designated meeting place. While walking towards the jeepney stop, I had to look around me in case Mr. Schumann was there and I would run fast if he’d see me. Have you seen To Rome with Love by Woody Allen? 😛
I’m wearing vintage lace cropped top, eyelet skirt, Juan shoes, and vintage bag. Photos by Joel Lopez.
I am kind of an “organized packer.” I like to pack light but pack as much options of clothes as possible. And I also bring almost all of my daily “beauty” regimen (in small bottles). I also bring most of my gadgets and chargers. Moreover, I also always pack a hat and a pair of shades and a belt because a belt will help save me from many outfit disasters.
When I pack, the outfits usually center on one piece: may it be a pair of footwear, shades or hat, or the bag I’m bringing. But my clothes should all be comfortable and wearable.
So, when I joined my boyfriend’s family in their Holy Week road trip, I bought clothes centered on my pair of green striped wedges from LeDonne and around this black Liz Claiborne hat. Good thing I also had several clothes I haven’t worn yet, so I brought them with me.
The hat and the dress are gifts from my great grand-aunt. The dress has a very plunging neckline, but I don’t want people to know how ample my breasts are, so I covered them up with this knitted cropped top. The result: color-blocking in the beach.
Photos: Joel Lopez (@lokalgod)
To be honest, I don’t deconstruct clothes that much anymore. I’ve only deconstructed probably 2 dresses in the past 5 months, compared to the monthly deconstruction projects I used to do. I am not very creative and I only have decent sewing skills. I also don’t have a sewing machine. I only sew by hand, learned through years of practice and lessons from our elementary school Home Economics teacher. Continue reading “From Too-Big Vintage Silk Dress to Chic Skirt”
We were searching for a wall. A really simple wall we can use as a backdrop for our photos at the Shop. We found a wall painted in yellow, but it was near the guard post, and I doubt if the guards would let us park and take photos there. I also doubt it if I can change outfits easily with lots of passersby. So we moved a little further, and then we saw this wall. We don’t know who this wall belongs to but I hope it is still available next time because I like this wall.
thrifted cropped eyelet top
vintage polka dot skirt
on-sale strappy sandals from Gibi
Photos by Joel Lopez