On the last weekend of 2013, I had the chance to visit Bohol — after such a long time and after the October earthquake. I assisted in a wedding shoot and although it was a wedding, it was more like a “tour.” We traveled from Panglao, to Alburquerque to Loay. Along the way, I saw remnants of the damage of the quake — the Loay and Dauis Churches, the damaged roads and houses, but I also saw how the people are picking up their lives and continuing to live. It made me teary-eyed, but I fell asleep because it was raining.
I was lucky to snatch this Moschino Cheap & Chic skirt with cute stitching. The stitching reminded me of the many cross-stitch pieces I made when I was younger. I thought it would be the best skirt to wear to a children’s party. The skirt though was too tight I can barely breath in it anymore. That skirt will have to go to someone with smaller hips soon. I paired it with a vintage neon top, gifted handbag and Juan by Janilyn l0w-heeled pumps. Continue reading “Thrifted Moschino “Garden” Skirt”
I am not a very religious person, but I am a very dedicated godparent. Whenever someone asks me to be a ninang, I always think of something “conservative” to wear especially when the child would be baptized in a Catholic church because most of the churches here in the Philippines require conservative clothes. However, I still need to breathe while being ninang because the whole baptism affair takes long (from the ceremony to the baptismal party). I attempted to gather together all the outfits I wore for baptisms through the years. Continue reading “OUTFIT | The Ninang”
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.
Our road trip to the north of Cebu capped with a rainy and windy day at San Remegio. We were at Lingay Beach but the sea was rough and the wind made it dangerous for us to trek the water — not that I was very excited to do that also. It was a gloomy day but being in a different place and with different people gave me a different kind of energy. The beach resort is nothing extraordinary but I loved their arc of green vines, which I think made for a perfect backdrop for this vintage floral top I thrifted from Moalboal.
When I was younger, I bought swimwear that were trendy — skimpy, stringy and cut to leave only a little to the imagination. I wasn’t comfortable and I was in love with vintage already, so I now wear vintage swimsuits, which cover more skin (but are not necessarily less sexy) and are made of more durable materials than mass-produced or poorly-made swimswuits. Glamoursurf.com has an extensive inventory of vintage swimwear and lingerie. The online store dates their vintage and includes substantial information and photos of their items. If you are interested in vintage swimwear and lingerie, the online store is a good resource guide. Continue reading “Vintage Swimsuit in Bunzie’s Cove”
I think I may have already mentioned that I am not particularly a fan of skinny jeans. In fact, I am not a big fan of jeans. When I graduated from college, I gave away all of my pairs of pants, mostly because they didn’t fit anymore and mostly because I don’t want to look like everybody else. It was not about being unique, it was about not being comfortable with the usual Filipino combination of tank top + jeans. Denim pants also didn’t allow my crotch and my legs to breathe, so to get rid of those discomforts, I gave them away. Now, I have three pairs of denim jeans, and none of them are skinny, which, I think, should be rightly so because I would no longer define my body as skinny.
Not being skinny though is not an excuse not to look great. I still tend to gravitate towards comfort, especially when it comes to pants, which I why I love wearing men’s pants. They’re roomy, but fits me at the hips. They have big pockets, and they are not slim-cut. Most vintage pants also are well-tailored, giving you quality that is beyond the amount you paid for it. I’ve had this pair of pants many years already, and it still remains a comfortable go-to piece when I don’t know what to wear, or when I am pressed with time, or when I do not feel like dressing up. The pair is also conservative enough for a team meeting, where I have to “look older” because I realized, at 28, I am the youngest member of that team. I went for an all-black ensemble, but I threw in a vintage floral jacket, which was light weight, and wore, for the first time, a cute necklace I bought from a downtown accessories store. The bag is vintage, I bought from a friend, and my work notebook, which I got from a downtown school supplies store for P10, is vintage as well.
* Wearing vintage floral jacket, thrifted black shirt, vintage men’s pants, necklace from downtown, vintage red clutch, dept. store flats *
Photos by Joel Lopez
To me, preparation is key, especially when attending formal events, like weddings. While my boyfriend is calm and collect when it comes to “dressing up” and needs only five seconds and his deodorant to look good; I, on the other hand, take the whole night fitting and figuring out what to wear, and my whole lunch time to do make-up and “fix” my hair. My little apartment also resembles a war zone with many clothes, contraptions, pins and brushes flying every where. It doesn’t help that the wedding my boyfriend got invited to (I’m +1) was on a Friday (my worst day of the week) and on a rush hour. Continue reading “How to Wear Monochromatic Blue to a Wedding”
Sometimes my intention in dressing up is to look appropriate and good. Oftentimes, it is to have fun and add a bit of humor. I am not known to have a sense of humor. In fact, the way I dress may be better than my humor, which means my humor is really bad. We dress up for different reasons, but I love it when people dress up to combine a good sense of style and a good sense of humor.
* wearing thrifted knitted shirt dress, vintage clutch from grand aunt, flats from local mall, glasses from downtown Cebu store *
Photos by Joel Lopez