On All Soul’s Day, I dragged my boyfriend to an impromtu trip to my home island, Siquijor. It was a Saturday and we were expecting many people traveling but we got a not so pleasant surprise, not many were traveling that day, which made our travel time longer than usual because we had to wait for other passengers before boats would travel. We took the “land trip” route, which was supposed to be faster and cheaper than a boat trip or a fast craft trip.
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.
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.
My initial plan was to wear a yet un-worn white eyelet skirt + a silk top, but the couple warned ahead not to wear white. And because I am a stranger to both, I don’t want to make a scene, just in case they take their dress code seriously. Some couples do. When it comes to weddings, it’s really appropriate to wear what the couple wants — it is after all their day. As the master of the ceremonies said in the wedding reception, this is not about me, this is about them. I don’t want them to remember me as the “stranger guest who ruined our wedding day.” LOL (But seriously, the proper etiquette is the best way to go).
I opted to wear this monochromatic blue ensemble that hides my most undesirable body part (the arms). I found the outfit a bit plain but I didn’t want to add any other color so I added a vintage brooch pinned at the waistline, the most “creative” accent I can come up with. The top is vintage from my Moalboal secret, vintage skirt (also worn here and here), vintage brooch from Grandma, P30 earrings from downtown (also worn here), vintage Anne Klein bag bought from a friend, and thrifted Enzo Angiolini sandals (also worn here)
It’s a hot summer afternoon and my eyes are heavy after eating pandesal and kalamansi juice. It is but fitting to post something that will make a summer afternoon perfect: the beach! Last Holy Week, I joined my boyfriend and his family in a road trip to Badian, a small town southwest of Cebu City. While I am not a beach bum, it would be sad for me to stay inside my little cave while other people are having fun.
I’m loving white and blue for the beach (vintage top and shorts worn above) and one-piece vintage swimsuit (worn below). Very nautical.
The Philippines has 7,100 (give or take) islands. This summer, we also have 7,100 islands to choose as destinations. It’s truly and really more fun in the Philippines. Ohyeah! Happy summer!
Photos: Joel Lopez
Lambog Beach, Badian, Cebu